Things To Do In Austin Texas — September 2023

Fall in love with music festivals, vintage sales, and great food this month!

Fall in love with music festivals, vintage sales, and great food this month!

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Shoal Creek Social

September 1-15

The Shoal Creek Social is the Shoal Creek Conservancy’s largest annual celebration and fundraising event. This year, it offers free, family-friendly activities along the beautiful Shoal Creek Trail. From interactive exhibits to live performances, attendees of all ages can enjoy a range of engaging experiences while supporting the conservation efforts of the Shoal Creek Conservancy. The event provides an opportunity to connect with nature, participate in educational activities, and contribute to the preservation of this cherished natural space.

Zilker Relays

September 8

The Zilker Relays is a renowned 10-mile race where 4-runner teams tackle a 2.5-mile loop from a central festival area, creating a unique blend of relay, festivity, drinks, and music. It’s a favored experience for runners of all levels and ages. No need to train like a marathoner; just embrace the 2.5-mile run/jog/walk, relish live music and delectable food, and rally 3 companions for this exceptional running event. The 20th Zilker Relays in 2023 marks the kickoff of Austin’s fall racing season. The event supports Marathon Kids, a local nonprofit promoting youth activity. Additionally, get ready for the return of the beer garden, courtesy of Real Ale Brewing Company, and enjoy the lively tunes of live music!

Sherwood Celtic Music Festival & Highland Games

September 8 & 9

The Celtic Music Festival & Highland Games is an exciting event that showcases the vibrant culture and traditions of the Celtic heritage. Over two days, on September 8 and 9, 2023, attendees can enjoy live music performances featuring captivating Celtic melodies. In addition, the festival offers an array of activities, such as the Scottish Highland Games, where participants can witness impressive athletic competitions. The event also features talented artisans, providing an opportunity to explore unique crafts and goods. 

Eastside Kings Festival

September 8-12

The Eastside Kings Festival, an homage to Austin’s hidden African American blues talents, honors the legacy of artists like Clarence Pierce, Willie Sampson, and Donald ‘Duck’ Jennings. Founded by Eddie Stout in 1999, the festival spotlights lesser-known musicians and their enchanting blues, jazz, and gospel sounds. The event’s heart beats in East Austin, particularly the Rosewood area, an epicenter of post-War blues and R&B heritage. With the support of sponsors and fans, including the City of Austin Economic Development Department, this festival thrives, promoting cultural preservation and garnering recognition such as the Best of Austin award.

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

September 10

Join the 33rd Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival at The Far Out Lounge & Stage on Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 3-9 p.m. This sizzling event benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, featuring 20 local and regional hot sauce bottlers, celebrity judges, and People’s Choice awards. Guests can indulge in endless chips and hot sauce, enjoy live music performances, and support the cause with ticket sales. Tickets are priced at $10 during pre-sale and $15 at the door, contributing $5 to the Central Texas Food Bank. Don’t miss this spicy celebration where flavors, music, and giving back come together!

City-Wide Vintage Sale

September 16

On September 16, City-Wide Vintage Sale, a woman-owned small business rooted in Austin since 1977, invites you to experience its unique marketplace. Originating during the gasoline shortage, the concept aimed to unite garage sales in one location, evolving into a haven for vintage and collectibles. Over the years, its identity as a hub for the unusual, bargain finds, and all things vintage remained intact while barring new items. As Austin transformed, so did the event, adapting to changes like the transition from the City Coliseum to the Palmer Events Center. City-Wide Vintage Sale continues to captivate eclectic shoppers, attracting collectors, designers, families, and the simply curious. With its iconic Austin legacy spanning over four decades, the event’s name was updated to City-Wide Vintage Sale in 2019, reflecting its enduring significance.

Pecan Street Festival

September 16-17

The Pecan Street Festival, organized by The Pecan Street Association, stands as one of the nation’s largest and most enduring arts, crafts, and music gatherings. Managed by Special Events Live since 2006, this festival contributes to the Austin community and its historic 6th Street preservation. Originally named Pecan Street by Austin’s founder, Edwin Waller, the street grid’s nomenclature shifted, but the festival commemorates its roots by embracing its original name. The event’s impact echoes through time, blending art, music, and heritage.

Bastrop Music Festival

September 21 – 24

Mark your calendars for an incredible musical extravaganza! The highly anticipated Bastrop Music Festival is set to make a triumphant return from September 21 to 24, 2023, offering four unforgettable days and nights filled with sensational live performances. Prepare to be immersed in the magic of music as over 40 shows take place across the picturesque and charming Central Texas community of Bastrop. From the moment the festival kicks off, a diverse range of talented artists spanning various genres will grace the stages at multiple venues, ensuring there’s something for every musical taste. Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through an array of captivating performances during the Bastrop Music Festival, where the spirit of music truly comes alive in this beautiful and vibrant Texas town.

Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest

September 23

Mark your calendars for the Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest every September in San Marcos, where merfolk take center stage! Celebrating the city’s unique culture, the fest showcases local art and heritage through a lively parade and faire. The party kicks off on September 23, 2023, with the Mermaid Capital of Texas Downtown Promenade from 10am to 12:30pm. This all-inclusive parade celebrates the history of the Aquarena Springs Aquamaids, local art, history, businesses, and the San Marcos River. Floats, marchers, dancers, and more will captivate your imagination along the route from CM Allen Parkway to Cheatham Street. Follow this with the Downtown Street Faire from noon to 8pm, featuring live music, a juried art market with over 130 vendors, and mouthwatering food trucks. Don’t miss this chance to revel in the quirky and vibrant spirit of San Marcos!

River Revival Music Fest

September 28-October 1

River Revival, the collaborative camping and music festival by Splice Records and Saint Arnold Brewing Company, invites attendees to an all-inclusive experience along the Guadalupe River in Texas. With live music, exceptional art, and the river’s charm, it offers a distinct festival vibe. Partnering with KL Ranch Camp “on the River” and “Cliffside,” the festival spans over 10 acres, with campsite prices varying based on amenities. Welcoming nature lovers, families, and music enthusiasts, River Revival stands out as a vibrant event that fosters camaraderie. It promises a revitalizing weekend for all to enjoy.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 30

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is a must-attend event for beer lovers, providing a chance to try a wide variety of craft beers from Texas brewers and enjoy delicious food from local vendors. Since its inception in 2003, the festival has been instrumental in the growth of the craft beer industry, introducing unique flavors and supporting emerging breweries. With a focus on seasonal, special, and one-off beers, there’s always something new to discover. Hosted at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, this outdoor festival offers covered seating and a vibrant atmosphere. Supported by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the event also contributes to Austin Habitat for Humanity. Remember, it’s an age-restricted event (21+) and pets are not allowed.

As originally published in Realty Austin.

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