Fall is here in Austin, and while the days may still feel warm, the nights have begun to cool off to the perfect temperature for patio dining, outdoor concerts and evening hikes. October is full of exciting events for everyone, from the craft beer enthusiasts and film lovers to the traveling music festival-goers and kiddos looking for some pumpkin patch fun. Here is a selection of some of the top things to do around Austin this month:
Texas Wine Month
Texas Hill Country
Take a day trip just west of Austin into the Hill Country and venture onto the Texas Wine Trail. Throughout the month of October, many Austin-area vineyards will be celebrating with special events and tastings. Try top Texas wines direct from the makers while enjoying live music, food truck offerings, pairings and more (details dependent on date & location).
10/6/17 - 10/8/17 and 10/13/17 - 10/15/17
Austin City Limits Music Festival
One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends. Get your passes to this unique Austin fest now!
10/6/17 - 10/28/17 (Friday and Saturday nights)
Boo at the Zoo
Bring the kids in full costume to Boo at the Zoo (Friday and Saturday nights in October), where they can experience the Austin Zoo in a whole new way: in the dark. Train rides, musical entertainment and unlimited Haunted House visits are also included in the fun.
Texas Teen Book Fest
St. Edward's University
This free annual festival celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. Check out the schedule which is full of panels and signings with some of the best YA authors in the world.
"Star Wars: A New Hope." Photo Credit: © 2017 & TM Lucasfilm. All Rights Reserved.
10/11/17 - 10/12/17
Star Wars: A New Hope
Long Center Dell Hall
John William’s legendary “Star Wars” score didn’t just enhance a great story, it gave life to an entire galaxy. From “Binary Sunset” to the “Imperial March,” the themes of “A New Hope” ushered in a renaissance of film music, the likes of which Hollywood had never seen before. Join the Long Center for a special screening with live score performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the film.
10/13/17 - 10/14/17
Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition
Alamo Drafthouse Village
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities hosts the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition which shines a spotlight on films that positively and accurately represent disability.
10/13/17 - 10/28/17 (Fridays & Saturdays)
Haunted Halloween Trails
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at Pioneer Farms' annual Haunted Halloween Trails festival. The family-friendly spook-tober extravaganza will be open on Friday and Saturday nights, where visitors can choose from three separate spooky trails (fright ratings G, PG & PG-13), enjoy food trucks, dancing in the historic dance hall and more.
German Free School
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid's activities and more at the German Free School.
F1 USGP at COTA, 2015. Courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.
10/20/17 - 10/22/17
FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more - including headlining performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder for ticketholders.
Día de los Muertos Celebration
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
This is the largest annual event at the ESB-MACC, and is free, open to the public and a great outing for families. The event will also include live music and entertainment, family art activities, a costume contest and more.
10/26/17 - 10/29/17
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning four days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart's desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.
Tony Hale and Anna Camp on red carpet at Austin Film Festival. Credit Jack Plunkett.
10/26/17 - 11/2/17
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.
34th Annual Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.
Ironman 70.3 Austin
Race in Texas's capital of cool with one of the only indoor finishes on the Ironman circuit. The swim will begin in Lake Walter E. Long, the bike ride will loop through rolling Texas farmlands, and final run will end inside Luedecke Arena.
Fall Pumpkin Patch. Credit Barton Hill Farms.
Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one's concert experience.
Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Kreig Baseball Field
Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.