To-do list: Events in and around South Austin and Dripping Springs in October 2019

Oct. 1: Get to know your neighbors

Neighborhoods across Texas celebrate National Night Out, which aims to build relationships between communities and law enforcement. In Oak Hill, the Westcreek Neighborhood Association will host its first such event, with food, educational booths and participation from local public safety officials. 7-9 p.m. Free. Various locations.

Oct. 4-6, Oct. 11-13: Head to Austin’s biggest music festival

Thousands of Austinites and visitors to the city will flood to Zilker Metropolitan Park across two weekends in October for the Austin City Limits music festival. This year’s headliners include Cardi B, Robyn, Childish Gambino, The Cure and others. Noon-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $105 and up. Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Oct. 5: Fall Fest and Living Felt Grand Opening
New Dripping Springs business Living Felt will host a Fall Fest and grand-opening open house with “make-n-take” activities for kids and adults interested in learning about felting. Free. 2440 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. E1, Dripping Springs. 512-894-2099.

Oct. 9: Go Boo-tiquing
Dripping Springs antique shops stay open to welcome antiquers with custom cocktails. 5-9 p.m. $5. Various Dripping Springs locations.

Oct. 12-13: Hill Country Harvest Market
The seventh annual Hill Country Harvest Market will bring together vendors selling jewelry, holiday decor and more. Begins 10 a.m. $5. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-4725.

Oct. 18-20: Celebrate Songwriters

For the sixth annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival, venues across the city welcome singer-songwriters from Texas and beyond. Some proceeds go to nonprofit Kids in a New Groove, which offers music lessons and donates instruments to foster children. 1-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Various prices and locations.

Oct. 19: Let your mutt strut his scruff

Dogs with noteworthy whiskers can be entered in the sixth Annual Dog Beard and Moustache Competition, with categories including best groomed, gnarliest and sweetest stache. A raffle will be held, with proceeds supporting Bully Ranch, a pit bull rehabilitation and homing organization. 2-7 p.m. Free. The Little Darlin’, 6507 S. Circle Road, Austin. 512-814-0999.

Oct. 27: Bark & Brew on Manchaca Road
South Austin Beer Garden and Lofty Dog Pet Supplies will host Bark & Brew, a dog- and family-friendly fall festival. Bring your pup and participate in a costume contest, bobbing for tennis balls, raffles and more. Proceeds will benefit Gold Ribbon Rescue. 3-5 p.m. $5. South Austin Beer Garden, 10700 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-669-5763.

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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