ACL Fest, voter registration deadline, New Central Library opening and more dates to know in Central Austin through November 2017

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Sept. 29

American Indian Heritage Day celebrates 5 years

In 2013 the Texas Legislature acknowledged the contribution of American Indians to the state with this annual event, which includes dancing and drumming performances. 6 p.m. Free. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Oct. 1

Fiscal year 2017-18 begins

Austin City Council approved its fiscal year 2017-18 budget Sept. 13. The $3.9 billion total budget is the largest in Austin’s history. With the tax rate set at 44.48 cents per $100 property valuation, the median homeowner can expect to pay $1,250 per year, or $104.18 per month.

Oct. 3

Former VP Joe Biden speaks as part of series

Biden serves as the fifth annual Tom Johnson lecturer. Tom Johnson was an executive assistant to former President Lyndon B. Johnson and later president and chairman of CNN. 6 p.m. Free. Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.

Oct. 4

Dan Rather to speak at Johnson auditorium

This year’s Liz Carpenter Lectureship features Texas native and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. He will discuss his long career and new projects. 7 p.m. Free. Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.

Oct. 6-8, 13-15

Austin City Limits Music Festival returns

Headliners this year include Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chance the Rapper. More than 75,000 attendees are expected each day. Times vary. $100 (single day), $255 (weekend). Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

Oct. 7

Teen book fest returns

The Texas Teen Book Festival is back with keynote speakers Marie Lu and Jason Reynolds. The iTent, where teens can get closer to their favorite authors, also makes its debut. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave.

Oct. 10

Last day to register to vote in Nov. 7 election

Before heading to the polls Nov. 7 to vote on Austin ISD and county transportation and parks bond issues, Central Austin residents should ensure they are registered to vote. Applications are available in person, by mail and online.

Oct. 11-12

Orchestra performs live score of ‘Star Wars’

The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ score of George Lucas’ 1977 film, “Star Wars: A New Hope,” at this live screening and performance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $39. Long Center for the Perfoming Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Oct. 13-31

Church hosts pumpkin patch off South Congress

The third annual SoCo Pumpkin Patch will benefit local nonprofit Water to Thrive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), noon-7 p.m. (Sun. ) Free. Christ Lutheran Church, 212 E. Monroe St. 512-442-5844.

Oct. 14

German Free School hosts Oktoberfest in Austin

The German Free School hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with German beer, live music and a “bounce haus” for children. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $10. The German Free School Building, 507 E. 10th St. 512-467-4569.

Oct. 16

Income taxes due for those granted extension

Travis County residents who received a six-month extension must file individual tax returns for 2016 no later than Oct. 16. Property tax bills sent in early October by the Travis Central Appraisal District are due Jan. 31. For more information, visit

Oct. 20-22

Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix features racing, concert

After last year’s record-breaking attendance, this year delivers headliners Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder. Tickets from $50. Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

Oct. 21

Butterflies celebrated on Monarch Appreciation Day

See a monarch eye-to-eye, make nature crafts and more at this annual event. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 (age 12 and younger, seniors age 62 and older), $2 (Austin residents), $3 (nonresidents). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2300 Stratford Drive.

Oct. 22

Pedal for a cure

For 20 years the Livestrong Challenge has raised money for cancer research in Austin. This year’s goal is $1 million to benefit the Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School. 7:30 a.m. $25 (registration starting price). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Oct. 26-Nov. 2

Watch a movie marathon at annual film festival

The Austin Film Festival has screened such titles as “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “Black Swan” (2010). This year’s opener is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird.” Times and locations vary by screening. Badges start at $65.

Oct. 28

New Central Library opens downtown

After more than 10 years of development and $125 million in investment, Austin’s main library is opening. 10 a.m. Free. New Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Number to know


As of Sept. 22 the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Fund has received more than $61 million in donations. This does not include donations made to the American Red Cross or other organizations. To contribute, visit

Coming up

Oct. 31 | Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Nov. 4-5 | Texas Book Festival

Nov. 7 | Election Day

Nov. 23 | Turkey Trot


Fitness studio Body20 is coming soon to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
New fitness studio, candy pop-up shop coming to Hill Country Galleria

A new candy pop-up shop and fitness studio are coming to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria.

Photo of Austin Community College pharmacy students preparing vaccines
Austin Public Health ramps up COVID-19 booster shot offerings, prepares for pediatric vaccines

High-risk individuals who received Pfizer are Moderna doses six months ago or more are now eligible for boosters—as are most recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
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Rendering of the UT Leona Child Development Center
UT Austin set to open new Child Development Center east of I-35

A new university child care facility is headed to 2216 Leona St.

Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed City Council on Austin's spending of more than $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on homelessness Oct. 21. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials share outlook of 3-year plan to house 3,000 homeless people in Austin

Although the path to build more than 1,000 new spaces for those without shelter will take time, officials believe the goals are achievable.

Photo off APD sign
Austin police cadet academy review notes positive strides but says instructors lack buy-in to 'reimagined' concept

Reforms at the Austin Police Department academy are mixed so far, while the department and outside evaluators agree on several potential improvements going forward.

Franklin Barbecue in East Austin closed its dining room in March 2020. (Courtesy Franklin Barbecue)
Franklin Barbecue to reopen dining room on 11th Street in Austin

The dining room will reopen just before Thanksgiving.

Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

From 2018-20, the city only reached 12% of its 10-year goal to build thousands of new homes and rental units.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

The Austin Transit Partnership is exploring above- and below-ground options for a transit center at the East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley intersection. (Courtesy Austin Transit Partnership)
Project Connect plans to explore above-, below-ground options for East Riverside/Pleasant Valley Transit Center

After hosting a community design workshop, the group overseeing Project Connect designs is moving forward with options for both an underground and above-ground station at the intersection.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.