While other cities are lamenting the end of summer, here in Austin we couldn’t be more excited for fall. Not only is the weather ideal, but the city is buzzing with music and art festivals, football games, cultural events, and more. We’ve compiled our proper picks for what to do in Austin this season - read on for our full list.
With its cooler temperatures, fall is the perfect time to take advantage of some of Austin’s amazing outdoor spaces and sculpture gardens. Wander the grounds of the Zilker Botanical Gardens, a peaceful oasis within Zilker Park, or enjoy a day of art and nature at Umlauf Sculpture Garden or The Contemporary Austin’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria (pictured above). There’s plenty going on indoors, too - the Blanton Museum is always a great bet for noteworthy exhibits and events, like their Midday Music Series, during which artists play music inspired by the surrounding artwork. And, be sure to check out East Austin Studio Tour (EAST), two weekends in November when some of the city’s most talented artists open up their studio spaces for visitors to peruse, meet the artists, and get a peek inside their creative process - free of charge.
Thought music festival season was over? Think again. One of Austin’s best festivals has yet to take place. In November, Fun Fun Fun Fest brings its carefully curated lineup of music, comedy, athletes, and more to Auditorium Shores. Thought to be one of the most creative and pioneering festivals in the industry, this year they welcome Jane’s Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan, and Bill Nye, among others. If festivals aren’t your thing, check out a live taping at Austin City Limits, right in our 2nd Street District neighborhood.
While the SXSW Film Festival is still a ways off, the Austin Film Festival takes place October 29 - November 5, premiering over 150 films and bringing some of the industry’s biggest talents to the city. For a night out in your own backyard, check out our neighbors, Ballet Austin - the 12th largest classical ballet company in the US. This fall brings performances of Snow White and holiday classic, The Nutcracker.
Indulge in one of Texas’s most iconic meals - BBQ, of course - at TMBBQ on November 1st. Hosted by Texas Monthly, the annual barbecue festival gives meat-lovers a chance to taste offerings from restaurants that made Texas Monthly’s top fifty list. If that’s not enough for you, be sure to also check out Wurstfest, an annual celebration of German culture, and yes, sausage, that takes place in New Braunfels (just under an hour outside of Austin). From November 6th - 15th, enjoy good food, beer, music, dancing, carnival rides, games, and more.
Fall and football season go hand-in-hand, and what better way to delve into the local spirit than by attending a University of Texas Longhorn’s game? Don some orange and white and get swept up in the students’ enthusiasm. And though Formula 1 is now behind us, auto-enthusiasts will love the US Vintage National Championship, taking place November 7th and 8th at Circuit of the Americas. For two days, over 400 competitors will test iconic racing machines on the state-of-the-art track, and there will be plenty of rare vintage automobiles to ogle.