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Travel Everything You Need to Do in Austin This Fall

19:25  04 october  2019
19:25  04 october  2019 Source:   thrillist.com

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With the kids back in school and summer winding up, ‘tis the season to venture forth from your home without fear of skin scorching. Naturally, we’re all anxiously anticipating Austin City Limits Festival and the USA Grand Prix, but that’s not all that’s happening this fall. Drink your way through beers and Bloody Marys, nerd up at the Texas Book Festival, celebrate Dia de los Muertos, and run a 5K or three. Here’s everything you need to do in Austin this fall.

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Be a hometown hero at the Austin City Limits Festival

October 4 - 6, October 11 - 13

Zilker Park

Music lovers await this festival with bated breath for good reason: the gorgeous grounds, food trucks, vendors, craft beer tent, and the music are simply unbeatable. This year’s lineup is pure magic (per usual), with Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, and more gracing the multiple stages. There'll also be some serious food vendors on hand, with highlights including a Brussels sprout salad from East Side King, Banh Mi tacos from Peached Tortilla, and sloppy nachos from the Salt Lick. Your ears, heart, stomach, and general Austinite cred will thank you.

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Cost: One-day tickets start at $105, three-day tickets start at $260

Walk the chalk at the Chalk Walk Arts Festival

October 4 - 5

Dell Diamond

The Chalk Walk Arts Festival may be in Round Rock, but it’s so unique that it’s worth the drive. Hundreds of artists showcase their talents at the festival, creating awesome sidewalk murals that you really kind of have to see to believe. There’s also a great lineup of musicians like Tomar and the FCs and Hector Ward and the Big Time, along with kids’ activities including face painting, roaming characters, and train rides.

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Blow it up at the Bubble 5K Run

October 12

Travis County Fairgrounds

Sure, there’s a 5K every other weekend in Austin, but this one’s a little bit different and definitely foamier. Don a white shirt and do your outrageous best to run, walk, prancercise, or skip through “foam bogs” of different colored foam to a live DJ soundtracking the action. All ages, stages, and levels of athleticism are welcome for the race and the BubbleFest celebration afterward with live music, snacks, and high fives.

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Cost: Free

Lose your shirt at the 25th annual Hairy Man Festival

October 19

Cat Hollow Park

This event has everything: a 5K, live music, a battle of the bands, a costume contest, storytelling, a chili contest, a marketplace, and both Halloween and carnival activities. However, the one thing you may not have witnessed previously is the legendary Hairiest Man Contest. Men, sans shirts, showing off shoulder hair and boasting about their chest bush. Be hair or be square.

Cost: Free ($2 suggested donation)

Get funkified at the Austin Fermentation Festival

October 20

Mueller Lake Park

Fermentation is so hot right now. That’s why all these central Texas farmers, chefs, and businesses come together in this epic epicurean event featuring the funky sourness of all things fermented. It’s an all day educational event with workshops like “Killer Kimchi” and “Ryeteous Bread” plus specialty dishes from local restaurants, live music, and a silent auction.

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Cost: Free a group of people walking down the street© Mexic-Arte Museum

Dive into Día de Muertos at Viva La Vida

October 26

100-200 block of E. 4th Street

Long before 007 tore his way through colorful streets lined with catrinas, we had our own grand Día de los Muertos celebration. Be a part of the illustrious holiday by joining the procession, learning at the educational pavillion, checking out artist demos and hands-on activities, indulging in Mexican dishes, and enjoying live music, Aztec dance and folkloric performances.

Cost: Free

Release your inner nerd at the Texas Book Festival

October 26 - 27

The Capitol

Remember how you felt when the Scholastic Book Fair came to school? That sense of imminent adventure and infinite possibility (plus cat posters about “hanging in there”)? That’s nothing in the face of one of the largest literary festivals in the country. Live your best nerd life with 250+ critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 100+ exhibitors, food trucks, family activities, and opportunities to meet the authors.

Cost: Free

Honor tradition at the 28th annual Austin Powwow

November 2

Travis County Expo Center

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Skip your regularly scheduled Netflix programming and head to the Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival. It’s a fascinating look into the traditions, heritage and culture of the OG Americans. Hundreds of artists, dancers, and singers from across the country participate in storytelling, competitions, a craft market, and a food court with traditional Native American food.

Cost: $5-$7 a bunch of food on a plate on a table© Texas Monthly

Eat all the meat at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend

November 2 - 3

The Long Center

It’s been 10 glorious years since Texas Monthly decided to bring all the best barbecues together under one roof, and we couldn’t be happier. So much smokey, savory, sweet meat gets collected under one proverbial roof as the top 50 BBQ purveyors in Texas come together. Add that to some cold beer, cocktails, live music from Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue and The Suffers, and it’s basically a perfect day

Cost: $85+

Find out what’s craicing at the Austin Celtic Festival

November 2 - 3

Pioneer Farms

Irish step dancing, Viking combat simulations, Scottish highland dancing, a Celtic dog show, and Scotch tastings are somehow happening at the same place at the same time. It’s the Austin Celtic Festival, the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas, offering four stages of fun including music, dance, sports, workshops, storytelling and, most importantly, mini-horses.

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Cost: $20 per day or $35 for weekend pass a group of people jumping in the air© Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race

Run, dance, and slide at the Rugged Maniac 5K

November 9

Travis County Expo Center

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Trampolines, a three-story water slide, a fire jump, mechanical bulls, beer, food, and DJs are just the bonus fun you get to have at the Rugged Maniac 5K. There’s also, you know, the running part: a 3-mile course with 20+ obstacles designed to challenge anyone willing to take them on. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a dance-off, a pie-eating contest, and a stein-hoisting showdown.

Cost: $69

Heart the art on the East Austin Studio Tour

November 16 - 17 & November 23 - 24

East Austin

Austin’s thriving art scene is due in part to Big Medium’s art-centric events that help showcase local creators. The East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T) is an annual self-guided tour all over East Austin that takes you into galleries, studios, and homes. This is your chance to connect with new and veteran artists in their creative spaces to see where the magic happens.

Cost: Free a woman holding a cell phone© Bloody Mary Liberation Party

Enjoy a Sunday Bloody Sunday at the Bloody Mary Festival

November 17

Fair Market

Much like your proclivity towards opera, you’re either a Bloody Mary person or you’re not. And if you are, welcome to your new Bloody Mary Mecca. Go full Sunday Funday with 2.5 hours of Bloodys made with Tito’s Vodka from places like Pitchfork Pretty, South Congress Cafe, and Snooze. There will also be on-site food trucks and other beverage and food samples to pad the party, with proceeds benefiting The Boneshaker Foundation.

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Wear your pig out pants to Wine & Swine

November 24

Camp Mabry

Local chefs compete for “Best Pork Dish” in this pig-centric foodie fest, staying overnight to roast whole pigs before putting their inventive spin on their creations. Listen to live music while you sample wine, craft beer, and top-shelf spirits on the beautiful grounds of Camp Mabry. Proceeds benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s grant program for culinary innovators.

Cost: $95

Ingest some holiday cheer at Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade

November 30

State Capitol

We love Chuy’s for their chimichangas, spicy ranch, and this annual parade. Get into the holiday spirit with giant inflatable balloons, holiday floats, kids’ characters, marching bands, and of course, Santa. Bring new unwrapped toys to donate and Operation Blue Santa will distribute them to kids in need.

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Kelly Stocker wasn't born in Austin, but she got here as fast as she could. If you want to follow her adventures around town, find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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