• Austin Events Calendar: October & November 2020

    Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during October and November. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.

    October 2020 Austin Events and Festivals

    German Free School
    The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid's activities and more at the German Free School.

    O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
    Brush Square Park
    For more than 40 years, the  annual Pun-Off has been Austin's punniest event by far. 32 punsters go head-to-head in this humorous wordplay competition, taking place in the backyard of Austin author William Sydney Porter's (also known as O. Henry) historic home.

    10/22/20 - 10/29/20
    Austin Film Festival
    Paramount Theater & Various Locations
    Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. 

    10/23/20 - 10/25/20
    FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
    Circuit of The Americas
    International drivers will be in Austin this November to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more. 

    10/31/20 - 11/15/20
    Virtual Texas Book Festival
    Online Event
    The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. Tune in to the online festival for two full weeks of programming, including readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and more.

    Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
    The Long Center for the Performing Arts
    This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one's concert experience.

    Texas Teen Book Festival
    St. Edward's University
    This free annual festival celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. Check out the schedule which is full of panels and signings with some of the best YA authors in the world.

    Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
    Downtown Austin
    Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.

    Texas Craft Brewers Festival 
    Fiesta Gardens 
    The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.

    Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Zilker Park
    One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.

    November 2020 Austin Events and Festivals

    11/5/20 - 11/8/20
    U.S. Vintage National Championships
    Circuit of The Americas
    Old meets new in Austin when more than 400 competitors test iconic racing machines on COTA's state-of-the-art track! Come see some of the craziest, most charismatic and passionate racing to hit Circuit of The Americas this year. 

    11/6/20 - 11/15/20
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Here, you'll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!

    Austin Powwow
    Travis County Expo Center
    For more than 25 years the Austin Powwow is the largest of its kind in Texas, featuring American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.

    11/13/20 - 11/15/20​
    Austin Food + Wine Festival 
    Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park
    Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

    11/18/20 - 11/22/20
    A Christmas Affair
    Palmer Events Center
    The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch, and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!

    Austin Area Jazz Festival
    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
    Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians, be wowed by talented visual artists and enjoy an extraordinary weekend of live music and fun.

    Austin Celtic Festival
    Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
    This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.

    Blue Genie Art Bazaar
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar - 6100 Airport Blvd.
    The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists - with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

    Chuy's Christmas Parade
    Congress Avenue
    This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving. 

    East Austin Studio Tour
    Various Locations
    More than 70 east-side studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.

    Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
    City Terrace at The Long Center
    Now in its ninth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas' best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let The People decide who made the best goods.

    ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
    The Long Center
    ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Compete with the best of Austin or bring the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.

    2020 Canceled
    Fossil Fest
    Old Settler's Heritage Association
    Bring the kids to the 29th annual Fossil Fest to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops

    MOTOGPTM Grand Prix of The Americas
    Circuit of The Americas
    MotoGPTM, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The AmericasTM track with a three-day series at the purpose built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of this race, the new circuit is the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year's time.