Back in 2003, when hoppy IPAs were just a glimmer in their brewers’ eyes, the Texas Craft Brewers Fest emerged like a beacon in the night. Today it’s huge, featuring tons of Texas brews in addition to seasonal, specialty, rare and one-off beers. Raise a glass to those pioneers of industry and they’ll feed you too, with trucks on hand like Saigon Le Vendeur, Taco Baby, Liberation Kitchen and more. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.
Calling all carnivores: It’s time to heed the siren song of this all-you-can-handle sausage extravaganza. It’s the seventh annual Austoberfest and that means lots of bier, contests, bowling, live music, and some questionable fashion choices. Don your lederhosen and leap onto the stage for stein holding, air accordion, and of course, best costume. Then dance ‘till your dirndl droops to Austin Polka and Matt Wilson Band.
October 4 - 6, October 11 - 13
Music lovers await this festival with bated breath for good reason: the gorgeous grounds, food trucks, vendors, craft beer tent, and the music are simply unbeatable. This year’s lineup is pure magic (per usual), with Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, and more gracing the multiple stages. There'll also be some serious food vendors on hand, with highlights including a Brussels sprout salad from East Side King, Banh Mi tacos from Peached Tortilla, and sloppy nachos from the Salt Lick. Your ears, heart, stomach, and general Austinite cred will thank you.
Cost: One-day tickets start at $105, three-day tickets start at $260
October 4 - 5
The Chalk Walk Arts Festival may be in Round Rock, but it’s so unique that it’s worth the drive. Hundreds of artists showcase their talents at the festival, creating awesome sidewalk murals that you really kind of have to see to believe. There’s also a great lineup of musicians like Tomar and the FCs and Hector Ward and the Big Time, along with kids’ activities including face painting, roaming characters, and train rides.