Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fall Festivals in Austin: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

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There are tons of Fall Festivals in Austin!

Whether you’re looking to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, meet your favorite author, don a Dirndl and do the polka, or just enjoy some delicious wine, there’s something for everyone! So grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte, zip up your knee high boots and get out there and enjoy Austin’s amazing Fall weather at one of the Fall Festivals in Austin or in the nearby Hill Country! 

Austin Festivals

Austin City Limits Festival

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It's already happened for this year, but go ahead and mark your calendar for next year! This is the definitely the biggest of the Fall Festivals in Austin. Each year over 450,000 people descend on Zilker Park to see more than 130 performers on seven stages. Mark your calendars now for October 4-6 and 11 through 13, 2019 and prevent a MAJOR case of FOMO! 

Austin Margarita Festival

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This one has already passed for this year too, but it's never too early to plan for the next one! Austin’s (un)official drink is the margarita, so why not have a festival to celebrate and honor all things lime and tequila! There are over 19 different margarita flavors, live bands and DJ’s on the Austin American-Statesman’s property along Lady Bird Lake. You can enjoy watching the city’s best margarita makers compete for the title of Best Margarita in Austin! Just don’t blow out a flip flop ;) 

Austin Film Festival

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This homegrown film festival has become one of the largest and most respected film festivals in the country. It's goal is to focus on screenwriter's contributions to film. Also, there will be tons of celebrities, so this is the perfect place to catch a movie star in action! Check out the schedule and get your pass ASAP! 
October 25-November 1

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade

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This parade and festival celebrates Dia de Los Muertos, aka the Day of the Dead. This Latin American tradition honors and remembers loved ones through celebration. It’s a chance for people to come together and sing, play music and feast to remember their departed family and friends. Viva la Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-standing celebration of this holiday and includes a big parade through East Austin and downtown. There will lots of fun activities like hands-on art activities and artist demos and even a low-rider exhibition! This is one of the Fall festivals in Austin that’s a feast for all the senses, including the heart.
October 27th Noon to 6pm 

Texas Book Festival

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This is one of the biggest and most prestigious literary events in the country. The Texas Book Festival is a fantastic chance to meet your favorite author, attend a reading, and get your beloved novel signed. About 250 authors present each year to over 40,000 book lovers of all ages. The event takes place at the beautiful Texas State Capitol and includes panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, local food, children’s activities, Young Adult authors, and live music. You can find out exactly when your favorite writer will be doing a signing on the schedule. Come celebrate everything that’s amazing about reading at the most literary of the Fall festivals in Austin!
October 27 10am to 5pm & 28 11am to 5pm

Austin Celtic Festival

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Head to Pioneer Farms for the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. There will be four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops, bagpipes (of course) and more! Check out the schedule to be sure you don't miss your favorite!
November 3 & 4 12pm to 7pm

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival 

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Enjoy all things meaty at this festival on the City Terrace at the Long Center! Texas Monthly invited all of the Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas to bring their absolute best! You get to sample their wares and then declare who has the best barbecue in Texas! A tough job, but someone's got to do it.
November 3-4

East Austin Studio Tour

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Over 70 eastside art studios open their doors to the public at this free festival. Meet the artists, see their work and even purchase a one-of-a-kind piece to take home! There's no cost to go to the studios and there are usually fun extras like free wine or beer. A great way to spend the weekend! Check out the list of participants and clear your schedule!
November 10-11 and 17-18, 11am to 6pm

Not ready to stop festing yet? Don't worry there are tons more fun Fall festivals in Austin:

  • Polkapocalypse! - Warm up for WurstFest with this free event at the Elizabet Ney Museum that features so much Polka music, you won't be able to stop dancing! Don't miss the Costume Contest! October 28, 12pm-5:30pm
  • U.S. Vintage National Championships - This exciting, unique race includes more than 400 competitors putting iconic racing machines to the test on the Circuit of the Americas' state-of-the-art track! November 1-4
  • Austin Powwow - This is the largest celebration in the state of Native Americans in Texas. Enjoy dancing, singing, arts and crafts, and food, while learning about the first residents of Texas! November 3, 9am to 9pm, Travis County Expo Center
  • Austin Area Jazz Festival - Enjoy entertainment from top-tier jazz musicians and incredible art from talented visual artists all against the backdrop of the Austin skyline. November 24, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Hill Country Festivals

There are even more fun Fall festivals a short drive away from Austin in the Texas Hill Country!


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Photo courtesy of @amberaiton via Wurstfest on Facebook 

Enjoy a very gut time in the very German town of New Braunfels! Just a short 45 minute drive south of Austin, you can enjoy German food, beer, music (this is the BEST place to do the Chicken Dance), carnival rides and games and more! Make it your squad goal to get Alpine Hats and take a look at the line-up so you can get your polka on! 
November 2-11

Utopiafest Down in the Oaks

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This fun and funky festival is in its tenth year of being a music festival with everything you love about festivals and none of the stuff you hate! Incredible artists like Patty Griffin and Grandmaster Flash will perform at this ranch in Burnet, Texas. There will also be a variety of workshops and activities to enjoy! 
November 2-4, Reveille Peak Ranch

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Make a road trip to the beautiful Fredericksburg Marktplatz for a celebration of Texas Food and Wine. Most of the Hill Country wineries will be there providing samples and there will also be gourmet cooking demonstration, a silent auction, and live entertainment. This is a fantastic way to find your favorite Fredericksburg wine and totally worth the 90 minute drive west to this historic town. Tickets are $25 for 21 and up and $5 for minors under 21. 
October 27th 12pm to 7pm

Halloween Scare n’ Pair Party at Pedernales Cellars

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$25 Tickets include a flight of 6 wines paired expertly with an assortment of candies. Experience Halloween candy on a whole new level! There will also be a costume contest, so don’t forget to don your most ghoulish (or funny) attire for a chance to win! 
October 26th, 6-8pm, 134 E. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Even more Hill Country Fun:

  • Hayride in the Vineyards at 1851 Vineyards - 1851 Vineyards is giving wine lovers a chance to go on a hayride while enjoying a delicious glass of their vino! $5 + cost of wine. Sundays from 2-2:30pm October 28th through November 18th
  • Annual Fall Brunch at 4.0 Cellars - The perfect way to celebrate the changing of the seasons, cooler temperatures and the end of the harvest. And, or course, WINE, our favorite fruit ;) $40 per person includes a delicious fall-inspired brunch, a complimentary glass of wine and live music from Two’s Company Jazz Duet. November 10, 11am to 1pm 
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