OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2018
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.
10/5/18 - 10/7/18 and 10/12/18 - 10/14/18
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.
Texas Teen Book Festival
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.
Liga MX Friendly: Chivas V Tigres
This October, LIGA MX soccer returns to Dell Diamond for the fourth year when the Tigres take on Chivas de Guadalajara! Buy your tickets today for this friendly international match.
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.
10/18/18 - 10/20/18
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning three days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart's desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.
10/19/18 - 10/21/18
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.
10/25/18 - 11/1/18
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.
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.
10/27/18 - 10/28/18
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.
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.
Elisabet Ney Museum
The fifth annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! will take place at the Elisabet Ney Museum this October. Come dressed as the Chicken Dance Chicken, a Lederhosen-clad zombie, a Día de los Muertos Catrina or whatever suits your fancy and enjoy live polka music and a dance floor, food trucks, a costume contest and tons of free, family-friendly fun.
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.
11/1/18 - 11/4/18
U.S. Vintage National Championships
Circuit of The Americas
Old meets new in Austin when more than 400 competitors test iconic racing machines on COTA's state-of-the-art track! Come see some of the craziest, most charismatic and passionate racing to hit Circuit of The Americas this year.
11/1/18 - 11/7/18
Christmas at the Caswell House
The Caswell House
Christmas at the Caswell House has been an Austin community tradition since 1983. The Austin Junior Forum transforms this historic home into a winter wonderland. For more than 35 years Christmas at Caswell has been raising funds to be distributed to local charities and non-profits through their grants program.
11/2/18 - 11/4/18
UTOPiAfest Down in the Oaks
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.
11/2/18 - 11/11/18
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!
Travis County Expo Center
Now in its 27th year and the largest of its kind in Texas, this festival features American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.
11/3/18 - 11/4/18
Austin Celtic Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.
11/3/18 - 11/4/18
Old Settler's Heritage Association
Bring the kids to the 27th annual Fossil Fest to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops
11/3/18 - 11/4/18
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
City Terrace at The Long Center
Now in its ninth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas' best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let The People decide who made the best goods.
11/6/18 - 11/14/18
Feminine Identities: A Winter Showcase
The Austin Asian American Film Festival will screen a selection of 2018’s best Asian and Asian American films during Feminine Identities: A Winter Showcase, at AFS Cinema. Each film in this showcase explores various facets of Asian female identity. Selections include Cannes 2018 Best Screenplay winner "3 Faces," CAAMFest Centerpiece Documentary and Audience Award winner "Origin Story," Slamdance Official Selection "Fish Bones" and more.
11/10/18 - 11/11/18 & 11/17/18 - 11/18/18
East Austin Studio Tour
More than 70 east-side studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
11/14/18 - 11/18/18
A Christmas Affair
Palmer Events Center
The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch, and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!
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 bring the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar - 6100 Airport Blvd.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists - with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
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. With the breathtaking Austin skyline serving as a backdrop, kick off your Thanksgiving weekend with entertainment from top-tier jazz musicians, be wowed by talented visual artists and enjoy an extraordinary VIP wine tasting experience.
Chuy's Christmas Parade
This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving.