Austin Events Calendar: October & November 2023

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 2023 Events and Festivals

10/6/23 - 10/8/23 & 10/13/23 - 10/15/23
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.

Every Saturday & Sunday in October
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.

10/20/23 - 10/22/23
Formula 1 Lenovo 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.

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!

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.

10/26/23 - 10/29/23
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.

10/26/23 - 11/2/23
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.

​Annual Dia de los Muertos​
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.

10/28/23 - 10/29/23
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.

10/28/23 - 10/29/23
Freaky Deaky
Travis County Expo Center
Celebrate this Hallow’s Eve and commit yourself to Freaky Deaky with two days of dancing on the dark side. Our freaky celebration welcomes many of today’s most sinister selectors across several stages with booming basslines to be heard for miles.

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.

Outside the City Limits Music Festival
Vista Brewing
Vista Brewing’s laid-back, outdoor music fest is back! Spend the day at the Driftwood brewery for a relaxing day in the Hill Country filled with live music, farm-fresh food, craft beer and Texas wine & cider. Held on Vista Brewing's beautiful, tree-filled 21-acre ranch, the 4th annual OCL Music Fest is hosting an outstanding lineup of local musicians playing all day on two stages.

Elisabet Ney Museum
The Elisabet Ney Museum's annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! is a joint celebration of Oktoberfest, Dia de los Muertos and Halloween the Elisabet Ney way. Expect incredible Polka bands, family-friendly games and activities and much more.

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!

Weird Homes Tour
Around Town
This wacky annual event showcases what "Keep Austin Weird" is all about. Tour a selection of the most creative homes around town and meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.

November 2023 Events and Festivals

11/3/23 - 11/4/23
​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.

11/3/23 - 11/12/23
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!

11/4/23 - 11/5/23
Texas Monthly BBQ Fest
Downtown Lockhart
Texas Monthly hosts the annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival just south of Austin in historic Downtown Lockhart, Texas. This two-day event features live music, an artisan market, live cooking demos and some of the best BBQ in the state.

11/4/23 - 11/5/23
Austin Celtic Festival
Pioneer Farms
This annual festival returns to Pioneer Farms this November, along with the 2023 Scottish Highland Games World Championships. Check the website for the full schedule of events, music lineup, special guests and more.

11/4/23 - 11/5/23
​Fossil Fest
Old Settler's Heritage Association
Bring the kids to the 31st annual Fossil Fest to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops

11/4/23 - 11/5/23
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.

11/4/23 - 11/19/23
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​.

11/4/23 - 11/19/23
The Front Market
Ani's Day & Night
Shop a rotating lineup of 170+ Texas-based women and LGBTQ+ vendors each Saturday and Sunday. While you shop, snack on treats from Ani's and the on-site food trucks.

11/10/23 - 11/12/23
​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.

11/11/23 - 11/12/23
​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.

11/15/23 - 11/19/23
​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.

11/16/23 - 12/28/23
​Miracle on 5th Street
The Eleanor
Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in the most festive and nostalgic setting in the city. Featuring wall-to-wall Christmas decor, multiple bars, cheery social experiences and a whole lot of Christmas spirits.

11/17/23 - 12/24/23​
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.

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.

11/22/23 - 11/24/23
​AAUL HBCU Basketball Invitational
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
The AAUL will host its inaugural HBCU Basketball Invitational. This quintessential cultural experience will offer official events appealing to a diverse demographic of alumni and fans, to include a youth basketball clinic, HBCU College Fair, Career Expo, and, 4 basketball games.

Mozart’s Light Show
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
At Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November through January.

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
The Long Center
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.

Peppermint Parkway
Circuit of The Americas
Peppermint Parkway is a magical experience at Austin's Circuit of The Americas. This year, the holiday spectacular will be transformed into a one-mile driving attraction that immerses visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics.

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.