Austin Events Calendar: October & November 2021
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 2021 Austin Events and Festivals
10/15/21 - 10/16/21
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.
10/21/21 - 10/14/21
Old Settler's Music Festival
Central Texas' signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.
10/21/2/21 - 10/28/21
Austin Film Festival
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.
10/25/21 - 10/31/21
Texas Book Festival
Online & 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. Tune in to the online festival from October 25-28, or join the in-person literary celebration from October 30-31 for readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and more.
10/25/21 - 10/31/21
Texas Teen Book Festival
Online & Texas State Capitol Grounds
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.
10/28/21 - 10/31/21
This independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts bands and attendees from all over the world. Stay tuned the lineup, individual tickets and day passes.
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. Tickets are limited; call 512-288-1490 to make your reservation in advance.
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring limited picnic tables by reservation with live music and authentic German food. This year. it'll be the biggest little Oktoberfest around!
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
O. Henry Museum
We all know COVID-19 us a pundemic, so the 43rd annual Pun-Off World Championships has become an online competition. The Pun-Off World Championships this year consists of a virtual competition of punning, done with video submissions, and voted upon by the public online.
Texas Monthly BBQ Fest
Each November, more than 4,000 smoked-meat lovers make the pilgrimage to Austin for the annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest, which includes a 'Cue Course at top spots around town, and the Sunday centerpiece event at the Long Center, where 30 of the state's best joints serve up memorable bites.
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.
Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
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.
Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition
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.
November 2021 Austin Events and Festivals
11/5/21 - 11/7/21
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.
11/5/21 - 11/14/21
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
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.
11/6/21 - 11/7/21
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
11/17/21 - 11/21/21
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.
11/26/21 – 11/27/21
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.
Virtual Austin Celtic Festival
This annual festival is hosting a free virtual celebration in 2020. Check the website for the full schedule of online live events, curated archives as well as new materials, special guests and more.
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 Studio Tour
Studios Across Austin
This year, the EAST and WEST Austin Studio Tours are merging into one citywide celebration of art in Austin.
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. This year, compete with the best of Austin or head outside with the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
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.