Austin is home to some of the biggest music and entertainment events in the country including Austin City Limits Music Festival, The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest and many more. While all of these events are hugely popular and TONS of fun, there are several smaller scale events happening in Austin this fall that provide just as much entertainment.
Here are a few that we want to check out:
¡Viva México!: Sept. 13
Celebrate Mexico’s independence day with music and tradition and experience the Aliento Tequila Art Exhibit’s opening reception in the main gallery of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
Austin Pride Week: Sept. 13-21
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation celebrates Austin’s LGBTQ community with an entire week of fabulous events including the annual Austin Pride Festival and Parade.
Austin Museum Day: Sept. 21
Spend the day exploring and learning with activities and exhibits at over 35 Austin cultural institutions.
2nd Annual Austoberfest: Sept. 27 The Old Pecan Street Festival: Sept. 27-28 Trailer Food Tuesdays: Sept. 30 and Oct. 28 Texas Book Festival: Oct. 25-26 Local Farmers Markets: various days Volunteer!
While you may have to save a little for this Austin-style Oktoberfest, you don’t have to feel bad about spending the money because proceeds from this event benefit Foodways Texas.
One of Central Texas’ oldest and most popular events, The Old Pecan Street Festival celebrates art in every form with live music, local food vendors and hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations.
On the last Tuesday of each month from April to October, Austin’s favorite food trucks gather at the Long Center for Performing Arts for a fun night of delicious eats, drinks and live music.
Established in 1995 by former first lady Laura Bush, the Texas Book Festival hosts around 250 authors each year and has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country.
Enjoy delicious food, beverages and art while supporting local farmers and producers. There are several farmers markets all over Austin and Central Texas, and some even have live music and other entertainment.
Most of the huge festivals and events (and the smaller ones too) around Austin cannot happen without the help of dedicated volunteers! Spend a few hours helping out, and you can usually score yourself free entry to the event.
Visit the Frank Erwin Center website to see who's coming, and subscribe to Be the First to Know to get a jump on upcoming pre-sales and ticket giveaways.
The Old Pecan Street Festival: Sept. 27-28
Trailer Food Tuesdays: Sept. 30 and Oct. 28
Texas Book Festival: Oct. 25-26
Local Farmers Markets: various days