Austin Events Calendar: October & November 2020

                                  Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during October and November. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.

                                  October 2020 Austin Events and Festivals

                                  German Free School
                                  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.

                                  O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
                                  Brush Square Park
                                  For more than 40 years, the  annual Pun-Off has been Austin's punniest event by far. 32 punsters go head-to-head in this humorous wordplay competition, taking place in the backyard of Austin author William Sydney Porter's (also known as O. Henry) historic home.

                                  10/22/20 - 10/29/20
                                  Austin Film Festival
                                  Paramount Theater & Various Locations
                                  Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. 

                                  10/23/20 - 10/25/20
                                  FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
                                  Circuit of The Americas
                                  International drivers will be in Austin this November to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more. 

                                  10/31/20 - 11/15/20
                                  Virtual Texas Book Festival
                                  Online Event
                                  The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. Tune in to the online festival for two full weeks of programming, including readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and more.

                                  Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
                                  The Long Center for the Performing Arts
                                  This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one's concert experience.

                                  Texas Teen Book Festival
                                  St. Edward's University
                                  This free annual festival celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. Check out the schedule which is full of panels and signings with some of the best YA authors in the world.

                                  Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
                                  Downtown Austin
                                  Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.

                                  Texas Craft Brewers Festival 
                                  Fiesta Gardens 
                                  The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.

                                  Austin City Limits Music Festival
                                  Zilker Park
                                  One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.

                                  November 2020 Austin Events and Festivals

                                  11/5/20 - 11/8/20
                                  U.S. Vintage National Championships
                                  Circuit of The Americas
                                  Old meets new in Austin when more than 400 competitors test iconic racing machines on COTA's state-of-the-art track! Come see some of the craziest, most charismatic and passionate racing to hit Circuit of The Americas this year. 

                                  11/6/20 - 11/15/20
                                  New Braunfels, Texas
                                  Here, you'll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!

                                  Austin Powwow
                                  Travis County Expo Center
                                  For more than 25 years the Austin Powwow is the largest of its kind in Texas, featuring American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.

                                  11/13/20 - 11/15/20​
                                  Austin Food + Wine Festival 
                                  Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park
                                  Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

                                  11/18/20 - 11/22/20
                                  A Christmas Affair
                                  Palmer Events Center
                                  The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch, and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!

                                  Austin Area Jazz Festival
                                  Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
                                  Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians, be wowed by talented visual artists and enjoy an extraordinary weekend of live music and fun.

                                  Austin Celtic Festival
                                  Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
                                  This annual festival 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.

                                  Blue Genie Art Bazaar
                                  Blue Genie Art Bazaar - 6100 Airport Blvd.
                                  The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists - with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

                                  Chuy's Christmas Parade
                                  Congress Avenue
                                  This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving. 

                                  East Austin Studio Tour
                                  Various Locations
                                  More than 70 east-side studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.

                                  Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
                                  City Terrace at The Long Center
                                  Now in its ninth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas' best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let The People decide who made the best goods.

                                  ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
                                  The Long Center
                                  ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Compete with the best of Austin or bring the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.

                                  2020 Canceled
                                  Fossil Fest
                                  Old Settler's Heritage Association
                                  Bring the kids to the 29th annual Fossil Fest to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops

                                  MOTOGPTM Grand Prix of The Americas
                                  Circuit of The Americas
                                  MotoGPTM, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The AmericasTM track with a three-day series at the purpose built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of this race, the new circuit is the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year's time.