October festival guide: Food, fun, music and more in Central Texas


Well, we survived another long, hot summer (with a couple of very wet days there near the end). Fall brings a bevy of festivals to Central Texas. Whether you’re looking for live music, fabulous food or just a place to take the family for weekend fun, we’ve got you covered. Here are October fests to anticipate.

Are we missing one? Email cgonzales@statesman.com and we’ll add it to our online list.

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, Oct. 6-8. The festival celebrates the Hill Country town’s German heritage with music, food and drink, artisans and a children’s area.

Austin City Limits Music Festival, Oct. 6-8, Oct. 13-15.One of Austin’s biggest music events, ACL Fest includes two weekends. Headliners are Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the XX, the Killers and the Gorillaz.

Texas Teen Book Festival, Oct. 7. Young adult authors engage with fans during this one-day event at St. Edward’s University. Marie Lu and Jason Reynolds are the 2017 keynote authors.

Formula One, Oct. 20-22. The U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track east of Austin and parties downtown draw racing fans from around the world. Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and dozens of local acts will also provide music at the track.

Austin Fermentation Festival, Oct. 22. This celebration of all things microbial returns to the Barr Mansion with dozens of fermentation experts who make everything from kombucha and kimchi to beer, wine and cheese.

Austin Film Festival, Oct. 26-Nov. 2. The film fest aims to inspire and champion the work of screenwriters, filmmakers and all artists who use film and television to tell a story.

Texas Clay Festival, Oct. 28-29. The 25th annual festival in the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels will feature the work of more than 60 Texas clay artists. Demonstrations, from hand-building to wheel-throwing to raku firing, will be held in four tents both days of the event.

Viva La Vida Fest, Oct. 28. Austin’s Day of the Dead festivities celebrate life and those who have departed. The event includes a downtown parade, music, crafts and vendors, organized by the Mexic-Arte Museum.

Austin Margarita Festival, Oct. 28. The classic lime drink will be joined by more than 20 others with a wide range of flavors, including coconut, chocolate, green apple, jalapeño, grapefruit and more, plus wine, beer and other kinds of mixed drinks, live music and margarita-friendly food in the American-Statesman parking lot.



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