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Top October Events
Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 4th-6th and 11th-13th, 2019 | Zilker Park
One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.
October 12th, 2019 | German Free School
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid’s activities and more at the German Free School.
October 19th-20th, 2019 | Various Locations
For 33 years, the AIA Austin Homes Tour has been delighting the public with the chance to step inside inspiring works of residential architecture. This year’s 12 homes, all designed by AIA Austin Architect Members, are exceptional examples of design, representing a variety of budgets, scales, and styles—all expressive of the clients who now call the space their home. Take the tour and meet the architects in each home, as well as the builders and other design professionals who collaborated to create these unique residences.
October 24th-31st, 2019 | Paramount Theatre
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.
Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
October 26th, 2019 | Downtown Austin
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, 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.
October 26th, 2019 | Republic Square
The Austin Lobster Festival provides Fresh Live Maine Lobster, prepared to mouth-watering perfection. You can also dance away the calories to a variety of popular artists throughout the day on the dance floor, enjoy tasty eats in the food tent, take a Free Souvenir E-Photo, sip on adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks — infamous Signature drinks and Margaritas), and play lawn games. There is something for everyone, including kids!
October 26th-27th, 2019 | Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.
October 26th-28th, 2019 | Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning three days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart’s desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.
Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children’s Concert
October 27th, 2019 | The Long Center for the Performing Arts
This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one’s concert experience.
Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
October 31st, 2019| Kreig Baseball Field
Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.