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Top 10 October Events
2632 Ridgepoint Drive
October 4th – November 10th
House of Torment is the premier haunted attraction in Austin, Texas featuring elaborate Hollywood-quality sets, iconic characters portrayed by talented actors, towering animatronic monsters and terrifying scenarios like Blackthorn Penitentiary, Darkest Dreams, and Trick or Treat. With other attractions such as mini escape rooms there is so much to experience! House of Torment has been featured on Buzzfeed, Travel Channel, Huff Post and Discovery Channel.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
2632 Ridgepoint Drive
October 5th – October 7th | October 12th – October 14th
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. This year’s headliners include Paul McCartney, Odesza, Metallica, Travis Scott, Justice, and Arctic Monkeys.
Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Tx
October 6th | 11:00 am
More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair.
Game tickets are purchased through each university’s athletic office. A ticket to the 2018 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer
October 18th – October 20th
Enjoy German influenced food, beer, and live music followed by Banger’s Big Brass Band Brunch on Sunday, October 21st. They will be serving bierwurst, spaetzle, schnitzel, weisswurst, and German potato cakes. Banger’s version of Oktoberfest games take place daily, open to the public on a first come first-serve basis. Winners of each game will receive a “trophy”, t-shirt, and “Skip the Line” brunch voucher.
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.
FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
October 19th – October 21st
The pinnacle of motorsports is returning to Texas for a three-day celebration of speed and sound! In the midst of a competitive and unpredictable season, the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI 2018 United States Grand Prix arrives at COTA this October with major championship implications. International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more – including headlining performances by Bruno Mars and Britney Spears for ticket holders.
Palmer Events Center
October 21st | 12pm – 8 pm
Join riders from around the country for the 2018 LIVESTRONG Challenge on October 21st ,2018! Chose from our 20, 45, 65, or 100-mile bike routes through beautiful Texas hill country. We are also proud to offer a 1-mile fun run for participants and supporters of all abilities. After the ride or run, participants and spectators are invited to the post-event party in the Challenge Village where you will find delicious local food and beer, music, vendors and a fun time for all ages.
Austin American- Statesman
October 20th | 12pm – 8pm
This one-day event is a reflection of Austin’s plethora of eclectic styles and artistry, only this diversity shows through in the 20+ Margarita Flavors. Served frozen or on the rocks, the endless choice of mouthwatering margaritas can be enjoyed against the backdrop of Austin’s beautiful skyline. Adding to the cool vibe of this Margarita Mecca, you can sip to the sounds of live bands and DJs, and to the complement of great food!
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
October 25th – November 1st
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. The full lineup for the 25th annual Austin Film Festival has been revealed, and it includes Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn’s action thriller, Widows, and Peter Farrelly’s dramedy, Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.
Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
October 27th, 2018
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.
1100 E 5th St.
October 28th | 12pm – 4pm
Barkitecture Austin is back, featuring ZilkerBark for what’s sure to be our best year ever, benefitting Emancipet Greater Austin, Bastrop Animal Rescue, and Meals on Wheels Central Texas PALS Program! Barkitecture Austin is 100% LOCAL & VOLUNTEER-RUN with 100% of OUR PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS OUR CAREFULLY-SELECTED BENEFICIARIES! We raised $80K over the last two years and this year we want to break $50K!