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36 Things to Do in Austin in October | Austin October Events

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  • Dripping With Taste TrailOctober 1- October 31
    Multiple Locations Dripping Springs, TX

    The Dripping with Taste Passport is a self-guided event taking place in the scenic Dripping Springs area. With the purchase of a Passport, receive one complimentary tasting (determined by each establishment) at all 25 participating wineries, breweries, and distilleries.There’s new wineries, breweries and distilleries popping up all over Dripping Springs and Driftwood on what seems like a weekly basis and it can be tough to keep up-to-date on the newest destinations. The wine, beer, and spirit loving folks of Dripping Springs and Driftwood are here to help you discover all of these booze-y destinations without burning a hole in your pocket!

  • Robinson Family Pumpkin PatchOctober 1- November 3
    The Robinson Family Farm 3780 White Owl Ln, Temple, TX 76501

    Come and spend the day at the Robinson Family Farm with your family and friends! With a host of new activities and special events planned, this years Pumpkin Patch will be bigger and better than ever. Make new memories at the Robinson Family Farm by searching through their corn maze, taking a hay ride, and picking out that perfect fall pumpkin for you and your family!

  • Sweet Berry Farm Harvest of Fall FunOctober 1- November 10
    Sweet Berry Farm 1801 FM1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654

    One of the Hill country’s favorite farm is back with their annual Harvest of Fall Fun! Come out with family and friends and enjoy hayrides, mazes for all ages, pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, horse rides, flower picking, sand art, a barrel train, and berry bounce! There is no entry or parking fee! All you need to do is pay for your pumpkins and any activities that you want to do!

  • U.S. Vintage National ChampionshipOctober 2- October 6
    Circuit of the Americas Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

    The U.S. Vintage National Championship returns to the Circuit of The Americas. Competitors from around the world compete for the coveted Golden Bell Championship helmets. Ginetta’s will be celebrated with a featured Marque Reunion and race. Champions will be announced at the Saturday night Awards banquet. In addition to the Championship Awards, the Group and Sprint Awards, Driver of the Year, Amateur and Professional Mechanic of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Driver, and SVRA Hall of Fame Inductee will be announced. The Trans-Am Series and IGT Series will share in the weekend festivities!

  • Tuscon Roadrunners vs. Texas StarsOctober 4
    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613

    Texas Stars will begin their 11th season of play in the American Hockey League for their first of 67 games in the 2019-20 season! They will be playing their first game of the season against the Tuscon Roadrunners! Bring the whole family out since they offer ticket discounts! You can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at $17 per person, courtesy of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar!

  • Round Rock Chalk WalkOctober 4- October 5
    Dell Diamond 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

    The Chalk Walk Arts Festival is Round Rock’s largest festival for the arts drawing tens of thousands of people to downtown Round Rock over the course of two days. Hundreds of artists will showcase their incredible talent by creating beautiful sidewalk murals. In addition to the sidewalk chalk murals, the Chalk Walk Arts Festival will showcase tons of local artists and artisans, community performers, non-profits, and businesses. This year there will be new children’s activities in the Sprouts Kids Zone, youth performances, and a concert!

  • Leander Bluegrass FestivalOctober 4- October 5
    Mason Homestead 1101 S Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX 78641

    The city of Leander will be hosting their thirteenth annual Leander Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, from 6-10 p.m next to the Mason Homestead located at 1101 S. Bagdad Road. The best part about this event is that it’s FREE and will be featuring live music performances by local musicians, there will be plenty of concessions, super fun children’s activities, and a variety of vendors! This is the perfect event to come out with your family and friends!

  • OktoberfestOctober4- October 6
    Marktplatz 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

    Celebrate Fredericksburg’s German heritage at Oktoberfest! There will be lots of food and drinks, dance contests, music on four stages all weekend, artisans, Kinderpark, souvenirs and more! It’s fun for the whole family! The weekend will be filled with many activities including OkTUBAfest on Friday, a Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance on Saturday and a 42 domino tournament on Sunday! Oktoberfest is held at Marktplatz.

  • Austin City Limits Music FestivalOctober4- October 6
    Zilker Metropolitan Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

    Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual multi-day music festival that takes place each fall in Austin’s Zilker Park! Festivalgoers enjoy six days of music, food, and art set against the dazzling downtown skyline. The festival brings together over 130 musical acts of all genres from country to electronic to rock. Today ACL is one of the most popular music festivals in the nation, attracting approximately 450,000 attendees each year. The event has actually become so popular that tickets often sell out within a few days of being announced on the ACL website!

  • Barton Hill Farms Fall FestivalOctober 5- November 3
    Barton Hill Farms 1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX 78602

    A whole day of fun-filled activities is in store for you and your family! Pick out your own pumpkin, take a stroll through their corn maze, jump on their jumping pillow, slide down our various slides, and even more! If you’re looking for great food and cold drinks, check out the concession stands for Lavell’s Lemonade, cold beer, frozen sangria, and other refreshing beverages. Barton Hill Farms also offers 100% all-beef hot dogs, Angus beef burgers, snow cones, pulled pork sandwiches, and kettle corn! This is a great place to come out with family and friends!

  • Texas Renaissance FestivalOctober 5- December 1
    21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363

    The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance theme park where the sights, sounds, tastes, and beauty of the 16th Century come alive for eight magically-themed weekends! They welcome more than half a million guests annually and feature nearly 500 costumed performers on 17 stages; 400 shoppes including international food purveyors, unique artisans, merchants, and craft vendors; human-powered rides; an abundance of strolling performers and the Royal Fireworks display at dusk! Memories made here will become timeless!

  • Baby Shark Live!October 10
    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613

    Sharks must always keep moving, so Pinkfong’s viral song and dance sensation will come to life in over 30 cities over six weeks this fall! The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance and of course, Baby Shark!

  • Gruene Music and Wine FestivalOctober 10- October 13
    Gruene Historic District New Braunfels, TX 78130

    The Gruene Music & Wine Fest began as a one-day event in 1986 with the purpose of promoting Texas and Americana music in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Over the years, it has become a four-day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of wine, craft beer, food and gift items handmade in the Lone Star state! All the proceeds of the event will benefit the local United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Comal County by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.

  • Austin City Limits Music FestivalOctober 11- October 13
    Zilker Metropolitan Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

    Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual multi-day music festival that takes place each fall in Austin’s Zilker Park! Festivalgoers enjoy six days of music, food, and art set against the dazzling downtown skyline. The festival brings together over 130 musical acts of all genres from country to electronic to rock. Today ACL is one of the most popular music festivals in the nation, attracting approximately 450,000 attendees each year. The event has actually become so popular that tickets often sell out within a few days of being announced on the ACL website!

  • Texas Mesquite Arts FestivalOctober 11- October 13
    Marktplatz 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

    The Mesquite Arts Festival has become one of the top events in Fredericksburg. Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world’s absolute finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers, and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to unique craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scrollwork, handsome pen and pencil sets, unique Christmas tree ornaments, and sculpted vases, all carefully crafted of mesquite.

  • Pfloating Pumpkin PatchOctober 12
    Gilleland Creek Pool and Park 700 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Don’t miss the coolest pumpkin patch in Pflugerville and in Texas! Take a dip in the pool, pick your pumpkin, decorate it your pumpkin, and stay for pfun games and treats to participate with your family and friends. The pool will also be open for a recreational swim during the pumpkin patch event. Admission prices for this event are $10 per person (includes one medium pumpkin), $5 per child (includes one small pumpkin) and $3 per person (no pumpkin).

  • Dripping Springs Songwriters FestivalOctober 18- October 20
    Dripping Springs Historic District Dripping Springs, TX

    You’re invited to the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national talent, the festival features more than 30 shows a day! Audiences are treated to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters from all across the US play “in-the-round,” Nashville-style. This year, they’re offering people an up-close and personal chance to see, hear, and get to know some of the very talented performers who have a deep love of the art of songwriting! Put plainly; the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is all about finely-crafted songs, and the talented folks who have written them!

  • Kyle Founders’ ParadeOctober 19
    Gregg-Clarke Park 1231-1301 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640

    The town of Kyle was first settled around the 15th of October, 1880 and on Saturday, October 19, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m, the Kyle Founders’ Parade will once again pass through downtown. The parade participants will gather at Gregg-Clarke Park and head east on Center Street. The parade will end at the Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park’s Gazebo, and when the last parade entry arrives at the Gazebo, everyone will gather and sing “Happy Birthday” to Kyle and have a piece of birthday cake to celebrate!

  • Austin Heart and Stroke WalkOctober 19
    The Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

    The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s largest source of funding and one of their biggest platforms to connect with the community, celebrate heart disease and stroke survivors, and honor its volunteers and partners who do so much for their organization! We have all witnessed the impact that heart disease & stroke has had on our friends, family, and community. Prevention, early detection, and advanced research and medical care are what is needed to help reduce the effects of these deadly diseases. The AHA works on all of these factors, providing free resources to our community and impacting the health of all Americans daily.

  • Pfall Chili FestOctober 19
    Downtown Pflugerville 100 East Main St, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Join the city of Pflugerville for their 12th annual Pfall Chili Pfest. There are many activities to participate at the festival such as tasting the best chili, voting for your favorite, sampling the chili at any of the booths, seeing some of the hottest cars and trucks in Central Texas (classic cars, hot rods, convertibles and more), and eating as many jalapeño peppers as you can! There will also be a live music performance by Blind Innocence. The winners of the jalapeño eating contest will receive a cash prize and bragging rights! Let’s not forget about the live music, food and drink vendors and a kid’s area!

  • Austin Fermentation FestivalOctober 20
    Multiple Locations Austin, TX

    The Austin Fermentation Festival is a free educational event that celebrates all things fermented in Central Texas and will run from 10 am to 4 pm at the Mueller Lake Park and Texas Farmers’ Market! There will be plenty of activities to engage in, such as workshops focused on fermented foods and beverages, discovering fermented foods and dishes from local chefs and vendors, wine, beer, and cider tasting, live music and more! All proceeds from this event will benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which offers financial assistance to TFM farmers and ranchers in times of environmental, personal, or other crisis.

  • Chance The RapperOctober 24
    Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

    Chance The Rapper has announced his highly-anticipated return to the road with The Big Day, touching down in cities across North America this fall. The tour reveals followed the long-awaited release of his debut studio album, “The Big Day,” which came out Friday, July 26. The innovative GRAMMY award-winner will kick off the 35-stop tour on Sept. 14 in San Francisco, CA with a stop at the Frank Erwin Center on Oct. 24!

  • Austin Film FestivalOctober 24- October 31
    Multiple Locations Austin, TX

    Founded almost twenty years ago, the Austin Film Festival was the first event of its kind to bring together professional and amateur screenwriters to celebrate all things television and film. Every October, the Austin Film Festival and Conference bring producers, agents, and screenwriters together to showcase the best film talent in the nation. Past participants include Ron Howard, Sandra Bullock, Owen Wilson, and America Ferrera!

  • Goo Goo Dolls – The Miracle Pill TourOctober 25
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712

    Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band, the Goo Goo Dolls, have announced they will be embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in support of their forthcoming album, Miracle Pill(Warner Records). The tour kicks off in Austin, TX on October 25th at Bass Concert Hall. Joining them on tour will be special guests, The Unlikely Candidates!

  • Ken JeongOctober 26
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712

    Come see Ken Jeong perform stand up comedy at Bass Concert Hall! Known for his scene-stealing abilities, actor, producer, writer, and comedian Ken Jeong has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. In February 2019, Jeong returned to his stand-up roots for his first-ever hit Netflix comedy special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho.” Jeong dedicates his spare time to volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer, which is a cause very dear to his heart. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.

  • Food and Wine FestOctober 26
    Marktplatz 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

    Held in historic, downtown Fredericksburg, the Food and Wine Festival is a full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, beer, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun! Texas wineries, gourmet chefs, will hold demonstrating shows, and there will also be a silent auction and live music! There are also several additional special events to attend including special dinners and a brunch for which tickets must be purchased in advance!

  • 36th Annual Viva La Vida Parade & FestivalOctober 26
    100-200 block E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

    Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day!

  • Boo-da HalloweenOctober 27
    Downtown Buda Ash Street, Buda, TX

    Local businesses and organizations line up in Downtown Buda for the annual Boo-da Halloween party to provide a fun and safe opportunity for trick-or-treating for children. Bring your little ghost or goblin for some candy, treats, and entertainment on this spooky Saturday! The Buda Public Library will also provide more fun to the Halloween block party with spooky stories, crafts, games, and more!

  • Rolling Sculpture Car ShowOctober 27
    Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

    Realty Austin’s own Peter van Kooij is partnering with the Hill Country Galleria and multiple sponsors to host the Hill Country’s largest Classic Car show the Hill Country Rolling Sculpture Car Show! 200 collector cars, antiques, modern classics, exotics, muscle cars, street rods, foreign sports cars, art cars, and even bicycles will be at the car show, and it’s all free and family-friendly! There will be plenty of activities and events such as live music, restaurants, shops, and a multi-screen theater! More than $54,000 has been raised for the library through sponsorships, registrations, and outright donations. All the proceeds go to the Friends of Bee Cave Public Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting and promoting the Bee Cave library!

  • Straw FestOctober 27
    Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 605 Azie Morton Rd, Austin, TX 78704

    The UMLAUF’s 5th annual Straw Fest is a community-wide event centered on family fun. Straw Fest will feature a number of family-friendly interactive activities! For the first time in the UMLAUF’s history, they have created Austin’s first family and pet fall fashion show for this year’s event! Now that sounds like fun! There are plenty of fun activities to engage in, including pumpkin carving, crafts, games, yoga, and food trucks. Make sure to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. The UMLAUF will be at capacity with over 2,000 kids and families for this popular community-wide day of family fun.

  • Halloween Children’s ConcertOctober 27
    The Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

    It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt the Long Center for the Performing Arts for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! This season’s featured piece will be selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with narration by Austin storyteller, Bernadette Nason. Other fun pieces will be performed that will keep you and your entire family entertained!

  • HalloweenOctober 31

    Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on the 31st of October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films!

  • Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos CelebrationOctober 31
    Krieg Softball Complex 222 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78741

    Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration! This year, Planet K will introduce community fair booths, some early morning yoga and be on the lookout for great activities for kids as well as a bit of entertainment. Every year the Texas sky looks brighter and brighter, and the fireworks keep getting bigger and bigger! They hope to raise money and donations for all those affected across Texas and The Virgin Islands as well as Planet K’s favorite local charities. This is the perfect way to celebrate a spooky Halloween night!

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