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Austin

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Hill Country

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As the Texas capital and the home of the Longhorns, Austin inspires big expectations that it easily lives up to with its supply of outdoor adventure and delicious eats, and its well-deserved status as a cultural hub.

Upcoming Events

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct. 7-9, 14-16

Zilker Park , 2207 Lou Neff Road

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. Headliners this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, the Chicks, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, and Lil Nas X.

aclfestival.com

Oktoberfest

Oct. 8

German Free School, 507 E. 10th St.

The German-Texan Heritage Society holds their annual festival featuring kid-friendly activities during the day along with live music and authentic German food.

germantexans.org

The Black Keys in Concert

Oct. 17

Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive

The Black Keys are bringing The Dropout Boogie Tour to Moody Center with special guests Band of Horses and The Velveteers. Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have been called “rock royalty” by the Associated Press and “one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet” by Uncut. Cutting their teeth playing small clubs, the band has gone on to sell out arena tours and released nine previous studio albums.

moodycenteratx.com/event/the-black-keys

Formula 1 Aramco US Grand Prix

Oct. 21-21

Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd

The pinnacle of motorsports is returning to Texas for a three-day celebration of speed and sound. The Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix provides an action-packed experience that fuses world-class racing with major championship implications. There's no shortage of star power as superstars hit the Super Stage with post-race performances each night.

circuitoftheamericas.com/f1

Gem Capers 2022

Oct. 21-23

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Hosted by Austin Gem and Mineral Society, this gem and mineral show offers over 30 vendors selling jewelry, beads, gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils, and spheres. Exhibits include a touch table of rocks and fossils, fluorescent minerals, and members’ collections.

agms-tx.org

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Halloween Children's Concert

Oct. 23

Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive

This concert is a wonderful chance to introduce children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall is decorated top to bottom to enhance children's concert experience. It’s creepy, crawly, and spooky!

my.austinsymphony.org/halloweenconcert

Levitation

Oct. 27-30

Various locations

This independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full-weekend event that attracts bands and attendees from all over the world.

levitation-austin.com

Austin Film Festival

Oct. 27-Nov. 3

Various locations

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.

austinfilmfestival.com

"Chicago"

Nov. 1-6

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

After 25 years, "Chicago" is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another. The musical has received six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations.

broadwayinaustin.com

Carrie Underwood in Concert

Nov. 2

Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive

From "American Idol" to American country music star, Carrie Underwood has created a highly successful career and remains a fixture in pop country music.

countrystars.live/concerts/carrie-underwood-tickets/austin-tx

Garage and Estate Sale

Nov. 4-6

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Tens of thousands of items are up for sale at bargain prices. Shop from jewelry, tools, vintage collectibles, and children’s clothing plus loads more. All proceeds go to support The Settlement Home for Children (The Home), which serves individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse, and neglect.

settlementhome.org/garage-sale

Austin Celtic Festival

Nov. 5-6

Pioneer Farms, Pioneer Farms Drive

The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns for its annual Celtic Festival. Internationally acclaimed as one of the few remaining festivals that celebrate the authentic music honed by the Celtic people, the Austin Celtic Festival goes beyond gimmicks to highlight traditions and achievements in a way that reminds audiences of the extraordinary craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland and Scotland leaders in folk music and dance.

austincelticfestival.com

Texas Book Festival

Nov. 5-6

Various locations

The festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. Join other bookworms for readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities, and fun literary-related happenings like the annual Lit Crawl. This year's event takes place at Symphony Square and Austin Central Library.

texasbookfestival.org

Powwow

Nov. 12

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane

For more than 25 years, the Austin Powwow has been the largest powwow of its kind in Texas, featuring American-Indian dancing, singing, arts and crafts, the Native Market, and food.

austinpowwow.net

A Christmas Affair

Nov. 16-20

Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

More than 200 retail merchants are on site for holiday shopping. Over the five-day period, more than 25,000 people come through to shop for everyone on their lists.

jlaustin.org/a-christmas-affair

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Nov. 18-Dec. 24

Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd.

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. With in-person and virtual shopping alternatives, shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. It's a great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists.

bluegenieartbazaar.com

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Nov. 26-27

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Driskill Grand Lobby Tree Lighting

Dec. 1

The Driskill, 604 Brazos St.

Gather at The Driskill hotel and watch as the Grand Lobby tree is lit, accompanied by holiday music and caroling. The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas.

driskillhotel.com/driskill-experiences/driskill-holidays

"The Watchmaker's Song"

Dec. 2-18

Neil-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Ventana Ballet and Red Nightfall Productions present "The Watchmaker's Song," an immersive retelling of "The Nutcracker." An Austin holiday favorite, this jazzy and interactive re-imagination of the classic story is performed at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum and serves to nurture and grow the vibrant culture of Austin, giving artists of all backgrounds and cultural traditions a platform to share their craft.

ventanaballet.com

SantaCon

Dec. 3

Rainey Street

Don your Santa suit or finest holiday attire and join hundreds of participants for drink specials and networking at select venues along Rainey Street. SantaCon combines fun, friends, and fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. All funds raised support the organization's work to provide caring, adult mentors for children who need them. Ages 21 and up only.

bigmentoring.org/santacon

German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market

Dec. 3

German Texans Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th St.

The German-Texan Heritage Society's annual market offers shoppers handmade and imported crafts, decorations, and ornaments. Browse the market, listen to traditional German Christmas music, and take home Christmas stollen made by the New World Bakery and German cookies from Silke's German Gourmet Cookies.

germantexans.org/christmas-market

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 3-23

The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive

From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of "The Nutcracker" is Austin’s favorite holiday tradition. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.

balletaustin.org/performances/thenutcracker

"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical"

Dec. 6-11

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

The record-setting Broadway holiday show features the songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates while the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday- loving Whos. Sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and remind everyone of the true meaning of the holiday season.

austin.broadway.com

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Dec. 10-11

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

"Medieval X Modern"

Dec. 10-March 19, 2023

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Along with representative medieval objects, "Medieval X Modern" presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages.

blantonmuseum.org

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Outside

Dec. 17-23

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

For 45-plus seasons, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists alongside live music in a festive, lively atmosphere. This year, Armadillo Bazaar Outside offers a three-day, in-person event to create a safe, family-friendly scene. Experience a selection of curated artists with works to excite every art lover, collector, or first-time visitor.

armadillobazaar.com

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Jan. 14-15

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

PrintAustin

Jan. 15-Feb. 15

Various locations

PrintAustin Collective is an artist-led nonprofit that works with local venues and artists to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking. During the annual festival, patrons can partake in printmaking-focused experiences and virtual programming.

printaustin.org

3M Half Marathon

Jan. 22

Downtown Austin, 9700 Stonelake Blvd.

Run a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. The 3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country.

3mhalfmarathon.com

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Feb. 4-5

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Carnaval Brasileiro

Feb. 5

The Concourse Project , 8509 Burleson Road

One of the biggest "carnaval" celebrations outside Brazil, Carnaval Brasileiro excites crowds with samba, costumes, and thrills in Austin, Texas.

sambaparty.com

OUTsider Festival

Feb. 15-19

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road #2135

As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community for three days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, and visual arts.

outsiderfest.org

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