Fall events in Central Austin: Texas Book Festival goes virtual, paddle-up trick-or-treating on the lake and more

The Texas Book Festiva will take place virtually this year.l (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)
The Texas Book Festiva will take place virtually this year.l (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)

The Texas Book Festiva will take place virtually this year.l (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)

While many fall events remain virtual, such as Austin Symphony Orchestra's annual Halloween concert, others, such as the full moon paddle on Lady Bird Lake this Oct. 31, will take place in person with safety precautions.

October 31

ASO’s Virtual Halloween Children’s Concert

Austin Symphony Orchestra hosts its annual Halloween children’s concert virtually this year. The one-hour program’s theme is “Fantasy and Fable: A Fantastic Fabulous Mix of Sorcery, Enchantment and Magic,” and it features the music of Harry Potter and “Peter and the Wolf.” All are welcome to tune in, but the program is geared toward families with children ages 2-10. 3 p.m. $20 (per household). 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org

October 31

Asleep at the Wheel at Austin City Limits

Texas band Asleep at the Wheel will partner with Austin to celebrate five decades in the music industry with nationwide airing of “ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel” on KLRU. Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and the Avett Brothers will also perform. The program kicks off a year-long career retrospective and celebration with additional events to come. 11 p.m. Free. www.acltv.com

October 31

Fab-BOO-lous Full Moon Paddle

Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake hosts a socially distanced, paddle-up trick-or-treating event. Guests can use paddle boards and kayaks to access trick-or-treating stations. The event includes spooky music, a photo booth and a costume contest. 5-9 p.m. $5-$20. Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive, Austin. 512-459-0999. www.rowingdock.com/happening-fab-boo-lous-halloween

October 31-November 15

Texas Book Festival

Featured authors and speakers at the virtual festival include Matthew McConaughey, Isabel Wilkerson and many others. Free. 512-477-4055. www.texasbookfestival.org

November 4

Austin Moms Night Out

Austin Moms, a local blog and parenting resource, hosts Austin Moms Night Out at Inn Cahoots. Moms in the Austin area are invited to enjoy an open bar, music and food during this 1920s speakeasy-themed event. 6-9 p.m. Free. Inn Cahoots, 1221 E. Sixth St., Austin.


November 5-8

‘Songs Under the Stars’

Thursdays through Sundays, the Zach Theatre presents live performances, including the final event in its fall concert series—a performance by Austin-based singer Chanel on Nov. 5-8. Social distancing will be enforced, and advance tickets are required. Times vary. $70 (per two-person pod). 512-476-0594. www.zachtheatre.org

November 6-7

Creative Medicine

The organizers of Austin’s annual Babes Fest present Creative Medicine, a virtual film showcase and open-air “sound medicine session.” Various times. $10-$20. The Line Hotel, 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.bossbabes.org/creativemedicine

November 14

Austin Celtic Festival

The celebration of Celtic culture and tradition usually features in-person music, dance, historical reenactments, workshops, lectures and more. For the first time in its 23-year history, the celebration will take place virtually this year. Celtic musicians will perform via Facebook live along with other Celtic features. Various times. Free. www.austincelticfestival.com

November 14 through January 10

Blanton Museum exhibit: ‘Expanding Abstraction’

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas hosts an abstract art exhibition, “Expanding Abstraction: Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas.” Because the museum is open with limited capacity, advance tickets are required. Dates and times vary. Free-$12. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-471-5482. www.blantonmuseum.org

November 21

Rags to Wags Gala

The Austin Humane Society’s online gala delivers food and cocktails to guests’ doors. Free, sponsorships available. 6:30 p.m.-midnight. 512-685-0118. www.ahsragstowags.org
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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