If you’re in the market for unique, exciting sporting events in Austin, we have your go-to list with 6 of the best sporting events and competitions this fall. Whether you are a visitor looking for a live, thrilling event to attend or a local with a hunger for action, look no further!

Texas Stars Hockey at Cedar Park Center
Texas Stars Hockey at Cedar Park Center. Credit Mollie Kendall/Texas Stars.

10/6/17 - 10/7/17
Texas Stars Opening Weekend
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Witness the NHL’s Dallas Stars’ top affiliate, the Texas Stars, in their home opening weekend against the Chicago Wolves in Cedar Park, just outside of Austin. The team recently signed Colin Markison, a forward with four years of professional experience under his belt, and a rookie defenseman named Eric Sweetman. Anticipation is high for the first home game of the season, awaiting the performance of these new additions; be sure to grab your tickets here!

Texas Longhorns Football vs. Kansas State
Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
What better way is there to experience Austin than to stand amidst 100,000 burnt orange-wearing fans in the the electricity of DKR Texas Memorial Stadium? Join the crowds at the Saturday night home game against Kansas State where sounds of cannons erupting, the band playing, and fans chanting “Texas Fight” will round out the atmosphere. By the time you leave the stadium, you just might find yourself thrusting your horns in the air.

F1 USGP. Courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
A must-see event for Austin visitors and locals alike, the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix provides an action-packed experience that fuses world-class racing with an entertainment, live music, and party atmosphere. COTA’s Super Stage Festival Lawn will be hosting performances by world-renowned artists Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder, while more than 30 additional artists set the lively tone all weekend at satellite stages around the Circuit. Following a record-breaking 2016 race, be sure not to miss this year’s thrilling family-friendly event. Kids two and under will be admitted for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Find all ticket purchasing options here.  

2017 Livestrong Challenge
Downtown Austin
Join fellow bikers from around the country on this scenic ride through Austin and surrounding areas while benefiting the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. The ride offers various distances, 20, 45, 65 or 100-mile rides, to accommodate every level of rider. The challenge is a perfect opportunity to make your contribution to changing cancer care and reaching more survivors while participating in the only ride that starts and finishes in downtown Austin. Reward yourself afterward at the post-race party that will provide music, food, beer, and more. Register now and join the ride here!

Ironman 70.3 Austin
Travis County Expo Center
This isn’t a challenge for the weak-minded. Test your limits and compete in the city named one of the fittest in the country at this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Austin. Whether you're a beginner or an expert triathlete, join the competition in the Live Music Capital of the World, which also happens to boast a perfect setting for the race. Following the 1.2-mile swim in Decker Lake, athletes embark on the beautiful, rural 56-mile bike ride through Texas farmlands. The half-marathon run, which loops back along the shores of Decker Lake, has a unique indoor finish at the Travis County Expo Center which makes this a particularly spectator-friendly race. Up to the challenge? Register here.

University of Texas Tower orange11/10/17
Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball vs. Northwestern State
Frank Erwin Center
Texas Longhorns men’s basketball are set to play Northwestern State at home for their first game of the season this fall. The game is sure to offer an authentic, high-energy Austin sports experience that gives visitors and Austin-natives alike a glimpse into the Longhorn’s unmatched team spirit and pride. Whether you’re a Texas sports devotee or just a basketball fan looking for an exciting family-friendly game to see, look no further! Buy your tickets here.

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Contributed by Melanie Cirillo, Austin Sports Commission Intern.