Things To Do In Austin Texas — September 2021

September is a great time to get out and about in Austin because the weather is finally starting to cool down after a long, hot summer.

Things To Do In Austin, Texas.

Austin’s Local Guide – September

September is a great time to get out and about in Austin because the weather is finally starting to cool down after a long, hot summer. Fall is considered festival season in Texas, which means there are plenty of cool and interesting things to do in September in Austin.

Museum of The Future Present

August 4 – December 31

Native Hostel

Billed as a “visual mixtape of space, time, and mind,” Museum of The Future Present is a limited engagement at Native Hostel. Explore music-based installments from famous creators like Hannibal Buress, Shabazz Palaces, Strangeloop, and more at one of the best things to do in September.

Museum of Ice Cream

August 21 – October 31

The Domain

The Domain gets a cherry on top with a limited engagement of NYC’s world-famous Museum of Ice Cream. The multi-sensory exhibit celebrates America’s favorite sweet treat and features a family-friendly Daytime showing and an adults-only Night at the Museum. Limited tickets for the exhibition are on sale now, but you can visit the cafe, bar, and gift shop for ice cream and boozy shakes for free!

Central Texas State Fair

September 2 – 5

301 W Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513

The 2021 Central Texas State Fair takes place about an hour north of Austin and is well worth the drive. Enjoy four days of bull riding, fair food, family fun, and live music featuring Wade Bowen, Pat Green, Flatland Cavalry, and Aaron Watson, at one of the most iconic festivals in Texas, save the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Blended Festival 

September 10 – 11

Hartman Lawn at Long Center

A celebration of wine in Austin, Blended Festival features live performances by Kaskade, Nelly, and a fleet of other notable acts, plus a 100-foot wine tent, culinary stage, wellness lounge, and the Maxim VIP Village. Blended Festival is easily one of the best things to do in September.

ATX Food Truck Festival

September 12

Barton Creek Square

The grand return of the ATX Food Truck Festival is bound to be outstanding. Sample bites from dozens of top-notch food truck trucks while you shop local Austin goods. Legend has it that Aint No Thang But A Chicken Wang will be at this year’s festival, alongside other local heroes, so come on out and show local food trucks your love.

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival 

September 12

The Far Out Lounge & Stage

The 31st iteration of Austin Chronicle’s annual Hot Sauce Festival kicks off in South Austin on a Sunday afternoon. Tickets are only $10, $5 of which will go directly to the Central Texas Food Bank. Sample hot sauces with flavors that aren’t so hot and others that will make you question your decisions. Hear live music from local Austin artists on the Far Out Lounge stage.

Fall Pecan Street Festival

September 18 – 19

24 blocks on 6th Street between Brazos & IH35

The highly anticipated Fall Pecan Street Festival is the largest free arts and crafts festival in Central Texas. Enjoy two whole days shopping over 300 national artisan vendors, chowing down on delicious food, and enjoying music from over 50 bands across three main stages. The festival is family-friendly and features plenty of exhilarating carnival rides and performances.

Austin Museum Day

September 19

All Participating Austin Museums & Landmarks

The Austin Museum Partnership presents a whole day of free access to exhibitions and activities at participating local museums and cultural landmarks. Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Presidential Library, and Texas State Capitol are among the 40+ museums celebrating the best things to do in September.

Moontower Comedy Festival

September 22 – 25

10 Austin Venues

Experience four days of funny at the Moontower Comedy Festival, where you’ll laugh along to over 100 famous comedians across 10 iconic Austin venues. Watch never-before-seen stand-up routines, listen to commentary podcasts, and attend the afterparties. Margaret Cho, Dave Attell, Leanne Morgan, and Bob the Drag Queen lead the lineup. 

Austin Summer Carnival

September 25

The Venue ATX

Austin Summer Carnival celebrates the city’s African heritage with Brazilian, Latin, and Caribbean music every last Saturday of the summer. Dance the night away to Afrobeats, Soca, Samba, Reggaeton, and Dancehall at The Venue ATX downtown.

Fantastic Fest

September 23 – 30

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Fantastic Fest is not just for anybody—it’s an incredible and niche community of film lovers who enjoy horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies. This year’s Post-Apocalyptic edition of Fantastic Fest focuses on the weird and wonderful with access to 80 feature-length films and 40 short films over the course of eight days.

Austin Music & Arts Festival

September 25 – 26

Typhoon Texas Waterpark

Austin Music & Arts Festival closes out the last of summer with 8 concerts and 100+ visual art march booths. Drool over luxury and vintage vehicles at the classic car show. Enjoy food, drinks, and dozens of other family-friendly attractions at one of the best things to do in September.

As originally published in Austin Local.

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