Things To Do In Austin Texas — October 2023

Discover Austin's October festivities, from music festivals to comedy legends and Halloween celebrations.

Discover Austin’s October festivities, from music festivals to comedy legends and Halloween celebrations.

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Austin City Limits

October 6-8 & 13-15

The ACL Festival is a powerhouse of musical diversity, boasting 9 dynamic stages and over 100 captivating performances each year, spread across two weekends of pure musical magic. But it’s not just about the music – the festival offers a culinary journey like no other. Indulge in the city’s best bites, from mouthwatering tacos to refreshing brews; all served alongside vegan delights and more at the ACL Eats Food Court. And there’s no shortage of excitement between sets, either. Explore a mini-fest tailored for kids, discover photogenic spots to capture memories, and immerse yourself in sponsored giveaways and festival merchandise. With a lineup featuring megastars like Kendrick Lamar, Lil Yachty, Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, The 1975, Niall Horan, and many more, this year promises to be unforgettable.


October 6-8

Get ready for the ultimate celebration of Fredericksburg’s German heritage in October! Join us for a weekend filled with culinary delights, lively music across four stages, artisans, souvenirs, and more. Experience the true essence of Oompah with activities like the waltz contest, OkTUBAfest on Friday, and the Altstadt Waltz Contest. On Saturday, immerse yourself in the festivities with the Kraut Run, Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance, Samuel Adams Beer Stein Hoist, and the Polka Contest. Sunday brings more excitement with the 42 Domino Tournament and the Family Dirndle and Lederhosen Contest. With fun for the whole family, this event is not to be missed!

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler: Restless Leg Tour

October 12-14

Join comedy legends and Saturday Night Live alums Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for an unforgettable evening of laughter and camaraderie on their debut live tour, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler: Restless Leg Tour. Celebrating their three decades of friendship, this tour promises an array of jokes, iconic tales, and engaging conversations. Tina Fey’s impressive career includes her role as ‘Liz Lemon’ in 30 Rock, her iconic run on Saturday Night Live, and her contributions to film and television, such as Mean Girls and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler, known for her versatile talents, has starred in Parks and Recreation, co-hosted Peacock’s Baking It, and excelled in various producing roles, including Lucy & Desi and Duncanville.

Formula 1 Lenovo United States Grand Prix

October 20-22

Experience the unparalleled excitement of Formula 1’s grand return to COTA from October 20 to 22, 2023. Prepare for the inaugural F1 Sprint Race in the US and electrifying performances by The Killers and Queen + Adam Lambert on the remarkable Germania Insurance Super Stage. Children aged 3 and under enjoy complimentary Grounds Passes, while you can choose from diverse general admission options for 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day access. Elevate your experience with Reserved Seats, from the iconic Main Grandstand to thrilling spots like Turn 1, Turn 2, Turn 4, and Turn 15. For the utmost luxury, indulge in Premium Hospitality packages for top-tier views, exquisite dining, and a private haven amidst the action.

Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival

September 23-October 29

Immerse yourself in an autumn wonderland of entertainment at the Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival! Set within the historic Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, this enchanting event offers a myriad of engaging games, including Barnyard Volley, Hillbilly Horseshoes, and Hen House Scramble. Guests can partake in thrilling activities like 3D Impression Art, Crazy Corn Pit, and LED Seesaws. Embarking on adventurous attractions such as Camel Rides, Exotic Petting Zoo, and The Piglet Pen adds to the excitement. Attendees can capture cherished memories with captivating photo ops and groove to the rhythm of live music. Palate pleasers abound with a diverse array of treats, ranging from Cilantro Tacos to Italian Gelato, ensuring a delectable experience for all tastes.

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics

October 26

Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable Halloween-inspired musical journey at AFS Cinema, all set under the tender glow of candlelight. This exceptional event features a lineup of thrilling pieces, including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette,” themes from “Stranger Things,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Addams Family,” and many more. The performance will be delivered by the talented Austin Camerata String Quartet.

Viva La Vida 2023

October 28

Celebrate the 40th Annual Viva La Vida Festival and Parade, Austin’s largest Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event, presented by Mexic-Arte Museum, the Austin Convention Center, and the City of Austin. Taking place on October 28 at 4th Street and Congress Avenue, this vibrant festival features a captivating Grand Procession at noon, followed by a day filled with cultural richness. Explore hands-on art activities, artist demos, traditional foods, local artisans’ offerings, and live performances. Día de los Muertos, an amalgamation of indigenous traditions and Catholic practices, is observed on November 1st and 2nd, involving cemetery preparations, altars adorned with offerings, and a blending of ancient rituals with contemporary expressions.

Round Rock Diwali Festival 2023

October 28

The Round Rock Diwali Festival encapsulates the essence of Diwali, the ‘celebration of light,’ symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and strength over fear. This vibrant festivity welcomes families from the community to revel in its magic. Visitors can immerse themselves in the splendor of beautiful street lights, savor delectable food, sway to cultural dances, admire intricate Rangoli (Sand Art), and witness a captivating fashion show. Kids can explore various arts and crafts, while others can participate in free Bollywood dance lessons. The event features local vendors showcasing colorful arts, crafts, Indian clothing, and jewelry, with artists offering Henna temporary tattoos. The festivities also encompass live performances, a Rangoli competition, a fashion show, and a Bollywood Dance workshop. The event concludes with an open dance floor featuring music by DJ TEJ.

Spooky Sprint

October 28

Join in the Halloween spirit with the annual Spooky Sprint event at Lake Pflugerville Park, located at 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville, TX. This fun-filled event offers something for everyone in the family. Enjoy a designer shirt and custom medal as part of your registration, along with chip-timing and live results. Free photos and delectable treats await you at the finish line, ensuring a delightful experience. Choose from various race options, including the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and more. Young participants aged 12 and under can take part for just $15. The event also includes a Kid’s Dash for those aged 10 and under, creating an untimed, joyous experience. Can’t make it to the event? Opt for the virtual race option and still earn the event’s exciting swag.

Haunted Hops Halloween 5k Beer Run x Circle

October 28

Circle Brewing is set to host the upcoming event on October 28th, with the fun run commencing from the taproom at 11 am. The course, approximately 5k in length, starts and concludes at Circle Brewing while winding through the N. Austin area. Everyone is invited, regardless of age or fitness level – participants can run, walk, or jog to their heart’s content. As the finish line is crossed, the celebration commences, with each participant entitled to a complimentary craft brew from Circle Brewing. The event also offers a choice of seasonal swag items, the opportunity to win enticing door prizes, and access to engaging event features such as live music, games, and giveaways.

Annual Boo Bash On The Square

October 29

Don your costumes and gather at the Georgetown Square for a delightful Boo Bash experience. Come with your candy bags ready for a fun-filled trunk-or-treat adventure. This event is perfect for goblins of all ages, offering the chance to revel in the charm of The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, renowned for its distinctive shopping and dining scene. Hosted by The Downtown Georgetown Association, this free event invites you to embrace the spirit of Halloween. Enjoy trunk or treating, a DJ, and a variety of engaging activities, including a Pet Costume Contest hosted by Wag Heaven. Local merchants and restaurants contribute to the vibrant atmosphere, ensuring a memorable shopping and dining experience.

As originally published in Realty Austin.

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