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

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more from September through November.

Find more or submit Central Austin events at communityimpact.com/cta-calendar.

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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. www.thestoryoftexas.com







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. www.austintexas.gov







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. www.lbjlibrary.org/events







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.
www.liberalarts.utexas.edu/plan2







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. www.aclfestival.com







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. www.texasteenbookfestival.org







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.
www.votetexas.gov







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. www.thelongcenter.org







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. www.christaustin.org







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.
www.germantexans.org







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 www.traviscad.org







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. www.circuitoftheamericas.com







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. www.zilkergarden.org







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. www.livestrongchallenge.org







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. www.austinfilmfestival.com







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. www.library.austintexas.gov/central







Number to know


$61M


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 www.ghcf.org/hurricane-relief.







Coming up


Oct. 31 | Dia de los Muertos Celebration
www.planetktexasfireworks.com


Nov. 4-5 | Texas Book Festival
www.texasbookfestival.org


Nov. 7 | Election Day
www.austintexas.gov/vote


Nov. 23 | Turkey Trot
www.thundercloud.com/register






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