Late summer in Austin, Texas is all about sunny days and festival season - from music to film to comedy and more. Relax like a local this September by hitting the lake for an afternoon of paddle boarding before posting up on a patio with a refreshing local beer in one hand and the sound of a local artist in the background. If you're looking for a little more action as the days and nights cool off, check out these late-summer events & festivals:
Unplugged at The Grove
Join locals under the shade of the tall pecan grove for Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine and unplugged performances by some of Austin's hottest live acts.
Tower at COTA. Courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.
9/2/17 - 9/3/17
Pirelli World Challenge
Circuit of The Americas
Sports car racing enthusiasts don’t want to miss this unparalleled series at COTA. Top racers and race cars from around the world go head to head on the track for three full days of action.
Free Day of Yoga
All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level.
9/7/17 - 9/10/17
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQ cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in September and watch for monthly screenings around town.
The Zilker Relays is a 10-mile team race. Each participant runs a 2.5 mile loop from one central festival/transition area. The team concept of the Zilker Relays is not unique, but the combination of a relay, festival home base, drinks and music, make this experience a favorite for runners of all calibers and ages.
9/9/17 - 9/10/17
International Music Festival
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center's Boyd Vance Theatre
Don't miss the Texas Music Museum's 7th International Music Festival at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. The festival features a diverse set of accomplished Texas musicians, dancers and groups who perform authentic international–specific music/dance. Performances will include distinctive traditional instruments and promotes appreciation of the music from many cultures that are now part of the Austin ethnic fabric.
Credit Dave Mead.
HAAM Benefit Day
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM, and presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market host a citywide benefit to raise support for local musicians. For one day, hundreds of music showcases and concerts will take place at venues across Austin. Restaurants and retail outlets are also participating by donating 5% (or more) of their daily sales back to HAAM. Get out and shop, eat, drink and enjoy some live music. Time and cost will vary by location.
Austin Music Video Festival
Now in its second year, the Austin Music Video Fest celebrates Austin's longstanding music video heritage with screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops around town.
9/15/17 - 9/16/17
Lone Star Le Mans
Circuit of The Americas
This three-day event is COTA's unique twist on the world's greatest sports car endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The weekend features live music, interactive displays, an open paddock and nearly nine hours of racing, finishing under the stars - all topped off with a dazzling fireworks show.
Neill-Cochran House Museum. Credit Bill McCullough, Technicolor Weddings.
Austin Museum Day
Museums Across Austin
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.
9/21/17 - 9/28/17
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.
9/23/17 - 9/24/17
Fall Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street Austin
The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual juried music, arts and crafts festival held on historic Sixth Street. The show proudly features over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival. Credit Tyler Malone.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.
This year, the Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the 5th annual AustOberfest at Scholz Garten, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state. This festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with beer, sausage, live music and bowling!
Pride Parade. Courtesy of Austin Pride.
Austin Pride Parade
Join Austinites as they take to the streets to celebrate LGBTQ Pride and equality. The parade begins at the Texas State Capitol, runs down Congress Avenue and concludes in the Warehouse District. Austinites, students, local organizations, visitors, allies, live performers, celebrities, floats and more will create a spectacle unmatched by any other local event. This is the best way to conclude a week of celebrations so head downtown early to get a prime spot for viewing!
Soul Food Truck Festival
George Washington Carver Museum Freedom Plaza
The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce's Soul Food Truck Fest will season up the city's traditional fall festival lineup with 10 central Texas African-American-owned food trucks serving up savory, finger-licking dishes for attendees.
9/30/17 - 11/19/17
Sweet Eats Farm Fall Festival
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm is a beautiful peach orchard located on the San Gabriel River, with many farm activities nestled under 100+ year-old pecan trees. The Fall Festival will include a large pumpkin patch, many fall photo opportunities, hay rides, live music, local food truck and adult beverages, along with the usual yearly activities like pony rides, a petting zoo, hay maze, bouncy pad, face painting and an obstacle course.
Tri-Rock Austin Triathlon
Palmer Events Center
The urban setting provides a swim start at the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, a swim course in Lady Bird Lake, a bike course over the Congress Street Bridge and a run along Auditorium Shores. This event has a triathlon scene that rocks like no other!