Fall Fun in Austin

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.
courtesy of http://blogsbybornstein.blogspot.com/2013/10/bornstein-commissioned-to-chronicle-new.html

Photo by blogsbybornstein

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.
courtesy of http://www.austinpride.org/

Austin Museum Day: Sept. 21
Spend the day exploring and learning with activities and exhibits at over 35 Austin cultural institutions.

Photo courtesy of Blanton Museum

2nd Annual Austoberfest: Sept. 27
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.

The Old Pecan Street Festival: Sept. 27-28
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.

Trailer Food Tuesdays: Sept. 30 and Oct. 28
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.

Austin Celtic Festival: Oct. 18-19
The Austin Celtic Festival brings Celtic culture to life with traditional music, dance, history, workshops and even dogs!

Photo by Mark Scott

Texas Book Festival: Oct. 25-26
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.

Photo by Tx Book Fest

Local Farmers Markets: various days
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.

Photo by Bob Keefer
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  1. Donnelle · September 19, 2014

    Thanks so much for mentioning the Austin Celtic Festival. Unfortunately, the photo is from a Ren Fair in the area and not representative of our artists. Visit http://www.austincelticfestival.com for a list of our lineup. Thanks!

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