As we say goodbye to summer, we can look ahead to so many awesome upcoming events this fall! It’s time to pull out your calendars and save the date for some exciting family fun.
–> Austin Museum Day
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites across the city.
–> CASA Superhero Run
Put on your best costume and participate in this 5K and Kids 1K where you can be a superhero for children who’ve been abused or neglected. This annual event includes a superhero costume contest, special superhero guest appearances and lots of special family activities!
–> Wizard World Austin Comic Con
A celebration of pop culture with costume contests, special guest stars and more than 100 vendors who’ll be showcasing rare comics, lightsabers, Minecraft and Dr. Who collectibles and more.
–> Fall 2016 Pecan Street Festival
September 24 & 25
The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual street festival held on historic Sixth Street, featuring music, arts and crafts with over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world.
–> Pumpkin Patches, Fall Carnivals & Halloween Events!
You can count on dozens and dozens of fun seasonal events for kids in October. Each year Do512 Family creates epic lists of all the area pumpkin patches and Halloween events. Please check back with us in late September for this info.
–> Round Rock Chalk Walk
September 30 & October 1
Chalk Walk is Round Rock Arts’ version of an Italian street painting festival. Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the pavement. Chalk Walk and Arts Festival is a free event with numerous vendors, sponsors, and artists, including chalk artists, musicians vocal groups, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and children’s performances.
–> Austin City Limits Music Festival
Weekend One: September 30 – October 2
Weekend Two: October 7-9
Held in Zilker Park, this is one of the country’s largest celebrations of music. The six-day festival features more than 130 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends. Click here for more info about this year’s line-up.
–> Austin Film Festival
Held at the Paramout Theatre as well as other locations around Austin, this is recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country where you can see top-billed & independent films.
The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid’s activities and more at the German Free School.
–> Chisholm Trail Days
Kids young and old alike can get up close and personal with that most legendary of all Texas heroes and learn about the great cattle drives of the late 1800s. This event in Georgetown features historical re-enactments, cooking chuckwagons, live music, interactive stations, and culminates with a real cattle drive down a portion of the original Chisholm Trail.
–> FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
Check out the International event as drivers compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This year includes a headlining performance by Taylor Swift.
–> LEGO Kids Fest (Houston, TX)
While it’s not making a stop in Austin this year, we thought some of you would like to know that LEGO KidsFest will be making a Texas stop in Houston this fall. This festival brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.
–> Viva la Vida Festival & Parade
Viva la Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-standing celebration of the Day of the Dead every year at the Mexic-Arte Museum and includes a big parade through East Austin and downtown Congress Ave.
–> Sound on Sound Festival
Austin’s newest music festival, Sound on Sound, will be taking place at the Sherwood Forest with a great line-up of music, comedy, a Volcom skate area, and much more.
Held in New Braunfels, you’ll get your fix of German food & beer, music, carnival rides and games and lots of Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment.
–> Austin Powwow
Now in its 25th year, this festival features American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food held at the Travis County Expo Center.
–> Texas Book Festival
November 5 & 6
The Texas Book Festival has one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year, held at the Texas State Capitol. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.
–> Austin Celtic Festival
November 5 & 6
This annual festival held at Fiesta Gardens is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.
–> East Austin Studio Tour
Weekend One: November 12 & 13
Weekend Two: November 19 & 20
More than 70 East Austin artist studios will open their doors for to the public. Plenty of fun parties and activities for all ages take place during these weekend events.
–> Fossil Fest
November 19 & 20
Kids of all ages can attend the 26th annual Fossil Fest at Old Settlers Heritage Association in Round Rock to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops
–> Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot
ThunderCloud Subs’ annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk that starts at the Long Center is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Bring the kids for a family Thanksgiving tradition.
–> Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
This exciting holiday parade features a procession down Congress Avenue of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats and collects donations for Operation Blue Santa.