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Austin’s Top Fall Festivals and Why You Should Go


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Austinites enjoy their festivals as frequently as they enjoy their BBQ…Every. Single. Weekend. Fall is the perfect season to get back outside and enjoy the outdoors without the heat and humidity that comes with summer. Austin Festivals cover ever niche from from live music and film to Formula One race cars. Festivals are a huge part of Austin’s eclectic culture, so make plans to attend one of Realty Austin’s top picks for upcoming Fall festivals.

1. Fantastic Fest

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Hailed as “The most important film festival in North America” by Texas Monthly, event features the best horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action thrillers from around the world. If your love for film goes beyond sifting through Netflix movies, this event is just for you.

When is it: September 18-25

Cost: Daytime-only badges start at $75, and all-access badges start at $309

Why you should go: Three reasons: Drafthouse. Movies. Beer.

2. Pecan Street Festival

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As one of Central Texas’ oldest and most popular events, this timeless Austin tradition is one you don’t want to miss. Hundreds of local and national artisans come together on the streets of downtown Austin to showcase their handcrafted creations.

When is it: September 27-28

Cost: FREE!

Why you should go: Whether you’re into live music, petting zoos or on the hunt for a rare and unique gift, the Pecan Street Festival has something for everybody.

3. Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

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Want to experience a taste of Germany without the 18-hour flight? Just head West on 290 for a little over an hour till you hit the small town of Fredericksburg. For one weekend only you can get your fill of authentic German bräts and beer each day from 10AM to midnight. Don’t forget to pack your Lederhosen!

When is it: October 3-5

Cost: $7 per person or 2-day passes for $12

Why you should go: Looking for an alternative to ACL? Look no further. This German festival is your safe haven from the droves of wayfarer-wearing festival goers at Zilker Park.

4. Austin City Limits Music Festival

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With over 75,000 people flocking to Zilker Park per day for this event, ACL reigns as the heavyweight champion of music festivals in Austin. With more than 130 performing artists, this festival spans two weekend and is the biggest and baddest of its kind.

When is it: October 3-5 & October 10-12

Cost: $90 for 1-day passes, $225 for 3-day passes

Why you should go: Attending ACL Festival is an Austin rite of passage.

5. Austin Film Festival

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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. Attendees get a sneak peak to see all the great documentaries and independent films that everyone will be talking about next year.

When is it: October 23-30

Cost: Film passes start at $50

Why you should go: Truly a great opportunity to go beyond the screen, and into the creative minds of screenwriters and filmmakers alike.

6. Texas Book Festival

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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.

When is it: October 25-26

Cost: FREE!

Why you should go: Because being a bookworm is cool again.

7. Formula One Austin Fan Fest

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At any typical racing event, the final lap signifies the end of an event. In the case of Fan Fest, things are just heating up. Once the checkered flag is waved and the track is cleared, head downtown to continue the celebration of the finest racing technology, culture and entertainment.

When is it: October 31-November 2

Cost: FREE!

Why you should go: With three music stages and multiple city blocks full of food trucks, interactive displays and racing simulators for FREE, why wouldn’t you want to go?

8. Wurstfest in New Braunfels

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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.

When is it: November 7-16

Cost: $8 per person

Why you should go: With 10 days full of German food, rides and games, its like going to a carnival…without the carnies. Sprechen sie fun?

9. Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Recognized as one of the most relaxed, creative, and pioneering festivals in music today, Fun Fun Fun Fest is custom booked for the most passionate, underground, and progressive musicians, comedians and fans around the world.

When is it: November 7-9

Cost: 1-day passes start at $85, and 3-day passes start at $195

Why you should go: They use the word fun three times for a very good reason.

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