Calendar Austin Events 2017

Austin Events 2017 for Sun., Sept. 24
  • 2017 Austin International Drag Festival

    Prepare for the fierce return of Austin International Drag Fest! Spend daylight hours at Drag Village with showcases, a Drag Market, workshops, podcasts, glamour lounge, and more. Head to Red River when night falls for showcases of the world's greatest drag stars. All ages welcome, night shows are 18 and up.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 9-12. $0-99.  
    Various locations
  • GAyCL 2017

    Just like ACL, but queerer ... and smaller ... and only one day ... OK – just trust us, will ya? DJ GirlFriend brings the queer music fest back for a new year!
    Sat., Oct. 14, 4pm-2am  
    Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133
  • Fantastic Fest 2017

    One of North America's most premier and popular genre festivals, FF is devoted to horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. While some of the premieres may be hard to attend, there are often single tickets available in the latter half of the fest. See "The Show Must Go On," p.XX for our preview.
    Sept. 21-28  
    Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040
  • Texas Tribune Festival

    Three days. Sixty sessions. Two hundred fifty speakers. All focusing on education, climate change, President Trump, media's role in 2017, and more. Plus, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, opens the fest with a keynote on his best-selling memoir, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.
    Sep. 22-24. $50-2,500.  
    University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434
  • Pecan Street Festival

    This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of one of the stages with a handheld food option and enjoy a performance. Don't worry about bringing the kids, they'll be busy getting their faces painted or staring rapt at one of the traveling street magicians.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 23-24, 11am. Free.
    Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
  • Theorist Festival

    Dance performances, live music, film, art installations, community booths, and night-swim festivities, with the eclectic night of fun spiked by one of the planet's favorite aesthetic heretics, Jason Akira Somma, guiding the audience through his interactive "Because I Hate Technology" experience. Definitely a thing, this festival. A new thing, a thing worth attending and having your senses galvanized by. You know that Amy Morrow wouldn't steer you wrong, would she?
    Sun., Sept 24, 7-10pm. $20-50.  
    Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/397-1463
  • Austin Oktoberfest

    Enjoy beer, brats, and bands at this annual celebration of Central Texas' German heritage.
    Sat., Sept. 30. $50.  
    Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/666-7464
  • Austin Pride Parade 2017

    They can reschedule our parade, but they'll never take our Pride. Better late than never so come out and watch the procession in all it's glittery, rainbow glory.
    Free to $25.  
    12th & Congress, to Fouth Street
  • Austin Record Convention

    Vinyl is back! And so is the largest sale of recorded music in the U.S. More than 1 million records, cassettes, CDs, 8-track tapes, posters, and collectibles will be on hand from more than 300 dealers and collectors from across the globe.
    Sept. 30-Oct. 1. $5 (good for both days).
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Texas Craft Brewers Festival

    This is the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
  • Far East Fest

    Sample the cuisine and culture of Asia at this food festival.
    Sun., Oct. 1. $55, $100 (VIP).  
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017

    An ACL haiku:
    Sun, sweat, and music:
    A large park’s worth of B.O.
    Somehow still worth it.
    Oct.6-8, Oct.13-15
    Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
  • Bug Night Out

    All the usual fun at the Wildflower Center with a bug bent. That means bug-themed meals, a bat-moth game, storytime, and flashlight-guided bug walks.
    Fri., Oct. 6 (tentative). $10 ($4, kids).
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
  • Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

    Join the fun and flavor of the town’s German heritage with music, food, drink, dancing, and arts.
    Marktplatz, Fredericksburg, 830/997-4810
  • Texas Teen Book Festival

    This annual festival is a one-day event celebrating the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young-adult authors in the country. Marie Lu! Mayim Bialik! Jason Reynolds! Too many more for anything less than a Borgesian library to contain!
    Sat., Oct. 7. Free.  
    St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8400
  • Texas Native Plant Week

    Talks, nature walks, and almost 300 species of "hardy Texas natives." See website for more.
    Mon.-Sun., Oct. 16-22
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
  • Austin Heart & Stroke Walk

    Raise money for the American Heart Association with a group.
    Sat., Oct. 21  
  • Austin Pride Festival 2017

    Tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 21; will update as we know more. Get yer rainbows ready for a Pridetastic celebration! From tabling orgs to two stages of epic entertainment.
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
  • Texas Trucklandia Fest

    Food trucks from across the state battle for a $10,000 prize. 10% of sales benefit Keep Austin Fed.
    Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress
  • Austin Fermentation Festival

    celebrates all things fermented with featured speaker Sandor Katz along with a series of fermentation workshops, a film screening, a silent auction, fermented foods and product vendors, festival-inspired lunch for purchase from local purveyors, fermented beverages and alcohol, a mini farmers' market, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Texas Farmers' Market Farmer Emergency Fund.
    $20-60, workshops priced separately.  
    Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907
  • Austin Fermentation Festival

    Hands-on workshops, live music, and a keynote speech by Sandor Katz are on the menu for this daylong party promoting all things fermented.
    Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907
  • Austin Film Festival

    Dubbed "the writer's film festival," AFF brings an assortment of creatives and world premieres to town. Hobnob with acclaimed screenwriters and try to get your spec screenplay into the hands of studio executives. Festival passes cost $50 or $12 per ticket, and are available online or at the venues.
    Oct. 26-Nov. 2  
    Various locations
  • Armadillo Hill Country Classic Ride

    Ride through broad valleys, over sweeping vistas, and gently rolling hills. Benefits the support the Bike Austin and the Education Fund and their efforts to spread the word on bike safety.
    Sat., Oct. 28
    Liberty Hill Elementary, 1400 Loop 332, Liberty Hill
  • Death By Festival

    A combination of underground films and extreme metal, the organizers promise a celebration of all that is "dark and grotesque."
    Sat., Oct. 28  
    The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765
  • Hey Sugar! Austin Dessert Fest

    Because sugar.
    Peached Social House, 6500 N. Lamar, 512/222-8781
  • Planet K Fireworks Celebration

    Pay tribute to life by shooting off fireworks loud enough to wake up the dead.
    Tue., Oct. 31. Free.
    Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
  • Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale

    New and used goods of all types will be available, and the money goes to help break the cycle of abuse in families.
    Thur.-Sun., Nov. 2-5. $7, Friday; free, Saturday & Sunday.
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Christmas at the Caswell House

    It's never too early to transform this historic Victorian home in an X-mas extravaganza filled with ornaments, décor, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food items, and other giftable items. Go online for a complete schedule of daily events.
    Nov. 3-11. $15-35, depending on the event.
    Caswell House, 1404 West Ave., 512/472-0779
  • Wurstfest

    Texas’ most famous sausage festival celebrates the area’s German heritage with food, craft beers, music, and family fun over 10 days.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 3-12
    New Braunfels, 830/625-9167
  • Austin Celtic Festival

    Put on your plaid and spend a weekend surrounded by the music, dance, history, and food of Ireland and Scotland. The whole shebang is highlighted by the Highland Games where large, unwieldy objects are thrown.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 4-5, noon-7:30pm. $15-18, free (kids under 12).
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
  • Austin Powwow

    Kick off Native American Heritage Month with the largest single day American Indian Powwow in the country. Traditionally clad dancers compete in numerous categories along with popular Native American drummers and singers. Storytellers and craft tables await visitors outside.
    Nov. 4. $5 (free, kids).
  • Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

    If barbecue is our state's unofficial religion, then the annual TM BBQ Fest is one tasty tent revival, dishing out sweet meat nirvana from more than 30 of the state's top purveyors.
    $80, $165 (VIP).  
    Long Center for the Performing Arts Lawn, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100
  • Sound on Sound Music Festival

    ACL's punk-rock kid brother features more than 75 bands, comedians, and podcasts including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iggy Pop, and Vince Staples. The Sherwood Forest Faire creates the perfect medieval vibe for young jousters and archers.
    Fri,-Sun., Nov. 10-12. $89-189.  
    Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade
  • East Austin Studio Tour

    This Big Medium-organized spectacle of creative goodness, with hundreds of private studios and galleries opening their doors all across the sunrise side of our busy city, for your pretty-much-nonstop opps for shopping, shmoozing, interactive presentations, workshops, parties, and afterparties into the wee hours of each night. Discover new artists. Rekindle old relationships. Check the EAST website for a vast panoply of details and go ahead, citizen: Be a part of the art deep in the slightly arrhythmic heart of Texas.
    Nov. 11-12 & 18-19. Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm
  • A Christmas Affair

    The Junior League of Austin gathers 200 vendors in a "shopping extravaganza" of parties, kids' events, shopping brunch, and a special appearance from Santa.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 15-19
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Wizard World Austin

    This traveling comic con touches down in Austin with celebrity guests including Stan Lee, Gene Simmons, Jason Momoa, Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols, and more.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 17-19
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
  • Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade

    30th annual kids' parade meets toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa.
    Nov. 18
    Texas State Capitol to Congress Bridge
  • Austin Empty Bowl Project

    Buy a handmade bowl, fill it up with a gourmet soup, and fight hunger.
    Nov. 19 (tentative). $75.
    Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metroplis Dr.
  • Austin Mac & Cheese Fest

    Up to 35 vendors will be spooning out cheesy goodness at this second annual event hosted by Austin Food Magazine and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020-B Dillard, 866/552-2433
  • Operation Turkey

    Register online at to help cook, package, and deliver food and clothing to the homeless. The goal is to help 3,500 people, so every hand helps. Won't volunteering feel better than a third helping of turkey?
  • ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

    This turkey-day tradition offers participants the option of a timed or untimed 5-mile run, 1-mile walk and a kids’ K. If the running doesn't tire out the kiddos, there will be activities and games. Proceeds will benefit Caritas of Austin.
  • Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
    Daily Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 10am-10pm
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
  • Wild Ideas Shopping Event Wild Ideas Shopping Event

    Local artists and artisans hock their creations for your gifting convenience.
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3. Free.
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
  • Art From the Streets Show & Sale

    This annual show and sale features works of art from artists from the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 11am-5pm
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
  • German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market

    A festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, hand-made, imported crafts direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, and a visit from both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas!
    Dec. 2, 11am-5pm
    German Free School, 507 E. 10th, 512/482-4847
  • Other Worlds Austin Film Festival

    This fest celebrates all things sci-fi, with four days of shorts and narrative films. Badges range from $50-85.
    Thu., Dec. 7  
    Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549
  • Cherrywood Art Fair

    Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 88 artists and artisans, live music, dance performances, a photo booth, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 9-10, 10am-5pm. Free.
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year.
    Dec. 13-24, 10am-10pm (tentative). $8, free for children 12 and under.
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.