12 events to fall for in Austin this October & November

The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)
The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)

The Turkey Trot is returning in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy ThunderCloud Subs)

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The 17,000-square-foot Marktplatz building hosts Wurstfest. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Frisco Oktoberfest attendees can relax in the Biergarten, browse the local businesses and participate in games. (Courtesy SBG Hospitality)
Here are 12 fall activities to check out over the next couple of months in the Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs areas.

Through Oct. 31 | Celebrate fall

Pick pumpkins, run through a hay maze and play outdoor games at the Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival. The inaugural kid-focused event is hosted at the 5-acre Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead. There will be food trucks, balloon artists, a petting zoo and other events. Free (Mon.), $5 (Tue.-Fri.), $10 (Sat.-Sun.). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 419 Founders Park Road, Dripping Springs. 512-643-5533. www.drippingspringspumpkinfestival.com

Oct. 24 | Listen to the season

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Halloween Children’s Concert featuring “frightfully fun symphonic music” for ages 2-10. Families are encouraged to dress in costume for the one-hour concert and the hall will be decorated. 3 p.m. $10 and up. Long Center for the Performing Arts Dell Hall, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org


Oct. 28 | Test your knowledge

Trivia buffs and spooky movie fans can test their skills at the Tim Burton trivia night. The questions will cover “Beetlejuice to Batman, Skellington to Scissorhands.” 7 p.m. Free. Still Whiskey Co., 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Unit F, Austin. 512-276-2700. www.getitgals.com

Oct. 30 | Dance to a different tune

Outside the City Limits will host its third annual festival—after missing 2020—at Vista Brewing. Bands include a mix of folk, bluegrass and more. The event will be family-friendly, including dogs. There will be local food, ciders and beer available. Doors open at noon. $15 (general admission). 13551 FM 150 Driftwood. 512-766-1842. www.vistabrewingtx.com

Nov. 2 | Vote on Election Day

Austin voters have the opportunity to weigh in on two city ballot propositions this fall pertaining to public safety and parkland maintenance as well as several state propositions. Early voting runs through Oct. 29. Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and during early voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) or noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). Polling locations are available on the Travis County clerk’s website, www.countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov. Learn more at www.communityimpact.com/voter-guide-2021.

Nov. 2 | Get a lil’ bit country

The Hill Country Ramblers will play at Dreamland in the beer garden. The all-acoustic band features fiddles, harmonica, mandolins and other instruments. The show will be free to attend, and there is no need to RSVP. The band will also return Dec. 7. 5-7 p.m. Dreamland, 2770 W. Hwy. 290. 512-827-1279

Nov. 5-7 | Check out Austin’s food scene

Austin’s annual Food & Wine Festival will present three days of food and drink offerings as well as cooking and grilling demonstrations from notable chefs, including Andrea Juarez and Helene Henderson. Local restaurants, including Aba, La Vacher, Suerte and Uchi, will be represented. Times vary. $275 and up. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St., Austin. www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com

Nov. 5-14 | Take a trip to Wurstfest

Visit New Braunfels for the annual festival. Visitors will find German food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games, special events and entertainment. German, Texan and domestic beer will be available. 11 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun.), 5-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 5-11 p.m. (Fri.). $18 (online). $20 (at gate)120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com

Nov. 13-14 | Take a tour

Circle C Creatives, a group of 20 artists, will host a studio tour at the Circle C Community Center. This will be the first year such an event will be hosted in South Austin. In the past, large studio tour events have been in East and West Austin. The event will be open to the public and will have art, jewelry and other items for sale as well as food trucks. Noon-6 p.m. 7817 La Crosse Ave., Austin. www.circlecranch.com

Nov. 11 | Honor local veterans

The Rotary Club of Dripping Springs will host a dinner and dance to honor veterans. The event will be free to attend. Sponsorships are available starting at $250. Hot Texas Swing Band will perform. 6 p.m. Mercer Street Dance Hall, 23490 RR 12, Driftwood. www.drippingspringsrotary.org

Nov. 12 | Enjoy breakfast and booze with a view

Austin’s Underground Pop-Up Art Show will take place at the Far Out Lounge after a brief hiatus during the pandemic. The event will feature more than 75 local artists and over 300 pieces of art, free pancakes and two musical stages. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 (presale), $15 (at the door). Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress Ave., Austin. www.pancakesandbooze.com

Nov. 25 | ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

The Long Center The annual Turkey Trot event will return in person and virtually after only offering a virtual option in 2020. Races include a 5-mile run, 1-mile walk and a kids run. Registration is available online. $10+. The race benefits Caritas of Austin and starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.thundercloud.com
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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