Austin Events Calendar: October & November 2020

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 2020 Austin Events and Festivals

10/4/20 - 10/26/20 (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. Tickets are limited; call 512-288-1490 to make your reservation in advance.
www.austinzoo.org

10/10/20
Oktoberfest
Stubb's Bar-B-Q
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!
www.germantexans.org

10/14/20 - 10/31/20
Art Heist
Stateside Theater
A true crime outdoor and socially distanced walking theatre experience where you become the detective and try to solve history's biggest art heist. Explore downtown Austin while meeting some interesting characters along the way who just may offer a clue or two on your journey.
www.austintheatre.org/art-heist

10/17/20
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
Virtual Event
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.
www.punoff.com

10/22/20 - 10/29/20
Austin Film Festival
Virtual Event
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. 
www.austinfilmfestival.com

10/24/20 - 11/1/20
Texas Monthly BBQ Fest: Backyard Edition
Virtual Event
The famed festival is returning for 2020 with a new format! Order your BBQ Fest box for a Texas-sized celebration of barbecue in your own backyard.
www.texasmonthly.com/events-home/bbq-fest-2020-backyard/

10/25/20
Polkapocalypse!
Virtual Event
The Elisabet Ney Museum's annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! will take place from the comfort of your home this October. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Dia de los Muertos and Halloweeen the Elisabet Ney way with three incredible Polka bands in a fun mix of ethno-various sounds! And this year, do it ONLINE!
www.austintexas.gov

10/31/20 - 11/1/20
Virtual Texas Teen Book Festival
Online Event
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.
www.texasteenbookfestival.org

10/31/20 - 11/15/20
Virtual Texas Book Festival
Online Event
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 for two full weeks of programming, including readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and more.
www.texasbookfestival.org

10/31/20
Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
Virtual Event
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.
www.austinsymphony.org

Through 11/22/20
The 37th Annual Day of the Dead 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.
www.mexic-artemuseumevents.org

 

November 2020 Austin Events and Festivals

11/14/20
Virtual Austin Celtic Festival
Online Event
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.
www.austincelticfestival.com

11/13/20 - 12/24/20
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.
www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

11/18/20 - 11/22/20
A Christmas Affair
Virtual Event
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!
www.jlaustin.org

11/27/20 - 11/28/20
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.
www.austinareajazzfestival.com

11/14/20 - 11/22/20
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.
www.bigmedium.org/austinstudiotour

11/26/20
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Virtual Event
ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. This year, compete virtually with the best of Austin or head outside with the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
www.thundercloud.com

Canceled
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.
www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com

Canceled
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.
www.austinpowwow.net

Canceled
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. 
www.chuysparade.com

Canceled
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
www.austinpaleo.org

Canceled
MOTOGPTM Grand Prix of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas
MotoGPTM, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The AmericasTM track with a three-day series at the purpose built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of this race, the new circuit is the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year's time.
www.circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp

Canceled
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!
www.wurstfest.com