by Brad Pauly
on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:00am.
With September officially behind us, it’s finally time for autumn in Austin. Although it’s still pretty steamy outside, now is the perfect time to enjoy all Austin has to offer before the temperatures cool down too much! Whether you're a longtime native, or an ATX greenhorn hoping to join the Austin experience, our beloved city offers tons of unique ways to enjoy the fall season. Not sure what’s out there? Here’s a list to get you started.
Fall Festival at Barton Hill Farms
Saturdays and Sundays from September 27 – November 9, 2014 Bastrop, TX
Those looking for traditional seasonal activities in the Austin area will be sure to find them at Barton Hill Farms. Navigate your way through a corn maze, paint pumpkins (or bring some home for carving), listen to live music, and snack on anything from pumpkin pie to brisket sliders. There are tons of great activities for kids, but people of all ages can marvel at the picturesque grounds and a beautiful view of the Colorado River.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 3-5 & 10-12, 2014 Zilker Park
ACL is one of Austin’s most anticipated music festivals of the year, with this year’s lineup drawing in huge names like Pearl Jam, Outkast, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, and more. Festival-goers will have a chance to see today’s most talented musicians from a variety of genres like rock, indie, hip-hop, country, and folk. Spread out over two weekends, ACL Fest also features food from Austin’s finest vendors as well as an art market. This is one of the most talked about events in Austin...with good reason!
UT Longhorn Football
One trip around Austin and you’re bound to see a pair of Hook ‘Em Horns, the sign that you’re in Longhorn country. For many people, autumn’s biggest strength is that it signals the start of football season. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to experience a UT Longhorns game. Seeing the thousands of fans in orange swarming the area around the UT-Austin campus is pretty incredible. Games are filled with fast-paced excitement and competition. Catch a Longhorns game in October or November to witness some of the finest college football out there!
Fall Jazz Brunch
October 18 & 25, November 15 & 22, 2014 Hotel San Jose
If there are two things that Austin does well, it’s music and food. For a classy combination of the two, check out the Jazz Brunch series happening on selected Saturdays this autumn at the polished Hotel San Jose on South Congress. Partake in an incredible brunch buffet (with $3 mimosas!) and enjoy your meal while listening to live jazz. Not a bad way to start the weekend, if you ask us.
Austin Film Festival
October 23-30, 2014 Screenings shown at theaters throughout Austin
Movie fans should make sure not to miss this one! This week-long celebration of film has been running for 21 years and presents Austinites with over 100 premieres along with Q&As with filmmakers and a conference with dozens of panelists. Some of this year’s panelists and special presenters include Lauren Morelli (writer, Orange is the New Black), Dan Sterling (writer/ producer, The Daily Show, Girls, The Office) film star Luke Wilson, and Jon Stewart presenting his new film Rosewater.
There’s hardly a better way to spend a crisp fall morning than walking around your local farmer’s market. And luckily for Austinites, there are plenty to choose from. Pick up fresh produce at Boggy Creek Farm in East Austin, the SFC Farmer’s Market downtown, the Mueller Farmer’s Market off Airport Boulevard, or the dozens of others you’ll find around the city on any given day of the week. Farmer’s markets are a great way to buy local produce, support Texas businesses, and enjoy tons of free samples from some of the best vendors around Austin!
Texas Book Festival
October 25-26, 2014 State Capitol and surrounding grounds
This literary weekend celebration was actually established in 1995 by Former First Lady Laura Bush. This year’s lineup is the most extensive in the festival’s history, boasting over 275 authors in just two days (some of this year’s heavy hitters include Martin Amis and Joyce Carol Oates). Free and open to people of all ages, the event also provides lit enthusiasts with book signings, cooking demos, live music, children’s activities, and vendors from all over Texas.
Fun, Fun, Fun Fest
November 7-9, 2014 Auditorium Shores
If you missed ACL Fest, you still have a chance to experience a major music festival before winter rolls around! Big music acts include Judas Priest, Girl Talk, Wiz Khalifa, and Sky Ferreira, among others. Attendees can also catch acts by comedian Fred Armisen and legendary filmmaker John Waters. This festival is guaranteed to live up to its name while also delivering excitement and interest.
November 7-16, 2014 New Braunfels, TX
Although technically located about an hour outside of Austin, what better place to hold a German heritage festival than in the German-settled city of New Braunfels? Bratwurst-lovers won’t want to miss this ten-day festival filled with authentic German food, beer, music and dancing, as well as grounds filled with carnival rides, games, and booths. Experience a bit of Bavaria right here in Central Texas.
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