Austin Events Calendar: October & November 2022

Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during October and November. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.

October 2022 Events and Festivals

9/9/22 - 12/31/22
Field of Light
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Debuting at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center this fall, Bruce Munro’s Field of Light is an immersive exhibition that explores the intersection of art, technology and nature.
wildflower.org/field-of-light

10/7/22 - 10/9/22 and 10/14/22 - 10/16/22
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Zilker Park
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.
aclfestival.com

10/8/22
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
The 45th annual  Pun-Off World Championships consists of two competitions, Punsligners and Punniest of Show, voted upon by the public.
punoff.com

10/8/22
Oktoberfest
German Free School
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring kid-friendly activities during the day along with live music and authentic German food. This is a limited attendance, outdoor event. It'll be the biggest little Oktoberfest around!
germantexans.org

10/8/22
Quesoff
Mohawk
The annual festival and competition celebrating all things melted cheese is not to be missed. Home-cooks, top chefs, friends, siblings and pets all compete in four delicious categories of queso dishes. Attendees have the opportunity to sample award-winning recipes from local chefs, restaurants and Austinites. 
facebook.com/quesoff

10/14/22 - 10/15/22
UTOPiAfest Down in the Oaks
Burnet, TX
What began as gathering of music lovers on a ranch, has evolved into a weekend of camping and live music featuring 35+ bands. Festival-goers will enjoy a curated culinary experience, a wine grove, a Texas craft beer garden, workshops, art installations and a kid zone for the little ones.
utopiafest.com

10/14/22 - 10/29/22 (select dates)
Boo at the Zoo
Austin 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.
austinzoo.org

10/16/22 - 10/18/22
Local & Live: Free Austin Music Showcase
Austin Visitor Center
The Austin Visitor Center and Visit Austin Foundation invite you to experience Local & Live, October 16-18. Drop in daily to enjoy free live music performances from Austin musicians and shop a curated selection of Austin-themed art, apparel, home goods, accessories and more.

10/21/22 - 10/23/22
Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
The pinnacle of motorsports is returning to Texas for a three-day celebration of speed and sound! The Formula 1 USGP provides an action-packed experience that fuses world-class racing with major championship implications. There's no shortage of star power off-track as superstars headliners hit the Super Stage on with post-race performances each night.
circuitoftheamericas.com/f1

10/23/22
Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
Long Center
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.
austinsymphony.org

10/27/22 - 10/29/22
Ventana Ballet's "UNDEAD"
The Ballroom at Spider House
Horrifying hipsters, exiled ex-wives, and slapstick sidekicks are just a few of the spooky characters you'll find at Ventana Ballet's immersive "UNDEAD," a re-imagining of the classic ballet "Dracula." This year, the immersive dance performance. So, come experience a night of classic Halloween creatures, suspense, comedy and, of course, ballet.
ventanaballet.com

10/27/22 - 10/30/22
LEVITATION
Various Venues across Austin
This independent psychedelic music and art festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend that attracts bands and attendees from all over the world. This four-day event comes to many diverse venues and art spaces across the Red River Cultural District and east side venues.
levitation-austin.com

10/27/2/22 - 11/3/22
Austin Film Festival
Downtown Austin
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. 
austinfilmfestival.com

10/30/22
Polkapocalypse!
Elisabet Ney Museum
The Elisabet Ney Museum's annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! is a joint celebration of Oktoberfest, Dia de los Muertos and Halloweeen the Elisabet Ney way. Expect incredible Polka bands, family-friendly games and activities and much more.
texasfolklife.org

Annual Dia de los Muertos​ Exhibition
Mexic-Arte Museum
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, the long-running annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition pays tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead by their families and friends.
mexic-artemuseumevents.org

Texas Teen Book Festival
TBA
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 readings from some of the best YA authors in the world.
texasteenbookfestival.org

Austin Oktoberfest
Scholz Garten
This year, the Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the annual Austin Oktoberfest 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!
austoberfest.com

November 2022 Events and Festivals

11/4/22 - 11/6/22
Austin Food + Wine Festival 
Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.
austinfoodandwinefestival.com

11/4/22 - 11/13/22
Wurstfest
New Braunfels, Texas
Here, you'll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!
wurstfest.com

11/5/22 - 11/6/22
Austin Celtic Festival
Pioneer Farms
This annual festival returns to Pioneer Farms this November, along with the 2022 Scottish Highland Games World Championships. Check the website for the full schedule of events, music lineup, special guests and more.
austincelticfestival.com

11/5/22 - 11/6/22
Fossil Fest
Old Settler's Heritage Association
Bring the kids to the 29th annual Fossil Fest to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops
austinpaleo.org

11/5/22 - 11/6/22
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Grounds
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. Join in with other bookworms for readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and more. 
texasbookfestival.org

11/5/22-11/20/22 (weekends)
Austin Studio Tour
Studios Across Austin
The Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided art event that takes place over three weekends and combines the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour. The Tour provides opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect with each other and for the public to experience art in person​.
bigmedium.org

11/11/22 - 11/13/22
Austin Fashion Week
The Domain
The annual Austin Fashion Week, hosted by Fashion by Texas, returns this December for in-person, outdoor runway shows. More details to be announced later in the year.
fashionbyevents.com

11/12/22
Austin Powwow
Travis County Expo Center
For more than 25 years the Austin Powwow is the largest of its kind in Texas, featuring American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.
austinpowwow.net

11/12/22
Field Guide Festival
Fiesta Gardens
Field Guide Festival is a food systems festival that brings the farmers to you! You’ll find fresh ingredients, grown and harvested by local farmers, prepared by chefs from around the city. Communities are built around tables, and this festival is an expansion of the farm to table movement. Experience a weekend of innovative conversation, connection and cookouts with those who make our Austin food economy special.
fieldguidefest.com

11/16/22 - 11/20/22
A Christmas Affair
Palmer Event Center & Online
A Christmas Affair is a five-day holiday market benefiting The Junior League of Austin. The annual event hosts 200+ retail merchants and attracts 25,000+ patrons.  As a new tradition started in 2020, The Junior League of Austin has also launched A Christmas Affair Virtual Marketplace.
jlaustin.org

11/18/22 - 12/24/22
​Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. With in-person and virtual shopping alternatives, shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists.
bluegenieartbazaar.com

11/19/22
FC Köln and VfB Stuttgart Match
Q2 Stadium
A friendly match between German Bundesliga sides FC Köln and VfB Stuttgart, which will mark the first time European teams have played at Q2 Stadium.
austinfc.com

11/19/22
Texas Hemp Harvest Festival
Distribution Hall 
Celebrate this year's hemp harvest with Texas farmers, producers, manufacturers and retailers. Enjoy live music, food trucks, adult (and kid-friendly) beverages, games and great vendors at this family-friendly festival.
texashempharvestfestival.com

11/24/22
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Downtown Austin
ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Compete with the best of Austin or head outside with the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
thundercloud.com

Austin Area Jazz Festival
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians, be wowed by talented visual artists and enjoy an extraordinary weekend of live music and fun.

Chuy's Christmas Parade
Congress Avenue
This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving. 
chuysparade.com