Austin’s festivals cover every niche from live music and film, to Formula One race cars or Oktoberfest. Fall time is prime time for festivals and we understand how hard it is to pick and choose which one to attend. We made it real simple for you and provided a list of festivals with information, where to buy tickets and any extra things you need to know to have a rockin’ fall.

Check out our complete guide to learn more about Austin fall concerts or read below to get concert dates.


Austin City Limits Music Festival

With over 75,000 people flocking to Zilker Park per day for this event, Austin City Limits reigns as the heavyweight champion of music festivals in Austin.

Week One September 30-October 2 Schedule
Week Two October 7-9 Schedule
Sponsors Buy Tickets Information

Fantastic Fest

Hailed as “The Most Important Film Festival in North America” by Texas Monthly and the largest one in the U.S., Fantastic Fest features the best horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action thrillers from around the world. Nearer to the festival, check their website for official schedule or scroll through the festival archives from years past.

Festival Dates: September 22-29 Buy Tickets
2016 Fantastic Arcade Spotlight Games Description
Everything (David O’Reilly) Everything is a game in which everything you see is a playable character, allowing you to be anything you want, and to experience the same world through thousands of points of view.
Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope) Players will find means to board the ship and recover the Crew Muster Roll book for assessment in Return of the Obra Dinn.
Knuckle Sandwich (Andrew Brophy) After landing a job at a run-down diner, a boy finds himself wrapped-up in a missing persons mystery that involves a local crime gang and a fanatical cult.
Loot Rascals (Hollow Ponds) Crashed on a hostile alien world in the depths of space, Loot Rascals sees players fighting their way to freedom with only their wits to keep them alive.
Manifold Garden (William Chyr) Set in an Escher-esque world filled with secrets and mysteries, learn to see the world through whole new perspectives as you navigate mind-boggling architecture and solve seemingly impossible puzzles.
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month) Take in the trash…Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is an anti-adventure game about picking up trash in an alien bazaar.
Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh & Sylvain Tegroeg) Hidden Folks is a game like Where’s Waldo?, but black and white and interactive, in which players find little people in tiny landscapes, lifting doors, pressing buttons, and shaking trees.
Yankai’s Triangle (Kenny Sun) Circa Infinity’s Kenny Sun returns with his first Spotlight title, a colorful, recursive puzzler that slowly stretches out like a folding kaleidoscope of infinite triangles.
Orchids to Dusk (Pol Clarissou & KO_OP) Orchids to Dusk is a short contemplative wandering experience about being an astronaut stranded on an alien planet, with only a few minutes left to live.
TumbleSeed (Greg Wohlwend, Joel Corelitz, Benedict Fritz, Jenna Blazevich & David Laskey) TumbleSeed is the dual-stick “rolly rogue-like” debut from a Chicago-area supergroup of developers and designers, whose members have variously contributed to other indie game favorites.

Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

Want to experience a taste of Germany without the 18-hour flight? For one weekend only you can get your fill of authentic German bratwurst and beer each day.

Festival Dates: September 30-October 2 Buy Tickets
OkTubaFest September 30 Sounds of tuba or euphonium just inside the front gate.
Music and Dancers September 30 Full lineup here.
Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance October 1 Bring your family and line up to do the Chicken Dance on Main Street with prizes for the first 360 to register.
Music and Dancers October 1 Full lineup here.
42 Tournament October 2 Join them for their 42 Tournament in the Strassen Zelt on Adams, with prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.
Music and Dancers October 2 Full lineup here.
Food & Drink Location Information

Austin Film Festival: The Writers Festival

This unique conference brings together professional and amateur screenwriters to celebrate the role of screenplays in filmmaking, and also hosts conversations focusing on craft and on particular films and television series.

Festival Dates: October 13-20
Schedule Buy Tickets
List of Panel Discussions List of Speakers
List of Exhibitors List of Sponsors
List of Volunteers
Austin Film Festival’s First 10 Films
Film & Food Fundraising Party
FAQs Travel & Lodging

Texas Book Festival

What started out as a small gathering back in 1995 has since evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, and takes place in and around the State Capitol.

Festival Dates: November 5-6
Buy Tickets Schedule
Authors Map
Exhibitors & Food Vendors
6th Annual Lit Crawl

Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest

Once the checkered flag is waved at the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the track is cleared, head to downtown Austin to continue the celebration of the finest racing technology, culture and entertainment.

Festival information TBA

Austin Beer Week

Austin Beer Week is a collection of craft beer-related events spanning over a week with a sole purpose of celebrating and promoting craft breweries throughout central Texas. If you love beer, check out our comprehensive guide of Craft Breweries in Austin.

Festival Dates: October 28-November 6
FAQs Buy Tickets


Similar to the Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, this 10-day German style festival is a bit bigger and bolder than its predecessor. Experience authentic beers and German dishes from the Deutschland, and enjoy the best ten days in sausage history.

AccommodationsShuttle Service

Festival Date: November 4-13
Online Schedule Printable Schedule
Buy Tickets Map
Directions Parking

Sound on Sound

Sound on Sound’s aim is to transform the typical festival experience into a three day event with stellar bookings indie, punk, hip hop, metal, dance music, comedy, and live panel discussions.

Festival Dates: November 4-6
Lineup by Day Buy Tickets
FAQs Directions
Spotify Soundtrack

Austin Music Video Festival

Austin Music Video Festival takes place across downtown and puts on 4 days of screenings, an award show, interative video technology, parties, panels, workshops, and live concerts.

Festival Dates: September 7-10
Buy Tickets Information

East Austin Studio Tour

For two weekends, the public is able to enjoy a free, self-guided art event with art-themed parties, a special culinary event with locals chefs, educational programs and more.

Festival Dates: November 12-13 & 19-20

Austin Celtic Festival

For over 20 years, Austin Celtic Festival is dedicated to authentic Celtic traditions. Celtic music, dancing, sports, animals, and history are just a couple of things this festival offers.

Festival Dates: November 5-6
Buy Tickets Schedule
Vendors Sports
Music Dance
Animals History
Workshops & Lectures Directions

Map of Austin’s Fall Festivals

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