12 Must-See Events in Austin in October and November

The Turkey Trot returns in person after a virtual year. (Courtesy of ThunderCloud subscribers)

Here are 12 fall activities to check out over the next few months in the Southwestern Austin and Dripping Springs areas.

Until October 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 historic 5-acre Dr. Pound Farm. There will be food trucks, balloon artists, a petting zoo and other events. Free (Monday), $ 5 (Tue-Fri), $ 10 (Saturday-Sun). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 419 Founders Park Road, Dripping Springs. 512-643-5533. www.drippingspringspumpkinfestival.com

October 24 | Listen to the season

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

October 28 | Test your knowledge

Trivia lovers and spooky moviegoers 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

October 30 | Dance to a different tune

Outside the City Limits will host its third annual festival, after missing out on 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

November 2 | Vote on polling day

Austin voters have an opportunity to weigh in on two of the city’s vote proposals this fall regarding public safety and park maintenance as well as several state proposals. Early voting runs until October 29. Polling stations are open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and during early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) or from noon to 6 p.m. (Sunday). Polling stations are available on the Travis County Clerk’s website, www.countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov. Learn more at www.communityimpact.com/voter-guide-2021.

November 2 | Get some country

The Hill Country Ramblers will be playing Dreamland in the beer garden. The fully acoustic group includes violins, harmonica, mandolins and other instruments. The show will be free and it is not necessary to confirm your presence. The group will also be back on December 7th. 5 to 7 p.m. Dreamland, 2770 W. Hwy. 290. 512-827-1279

November 5-7 | Discover Austin’s food scene

Austin’s annual Food & Wine Festival will feature 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 more. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St., Austin. www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com

November 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 national beers will be available. 11 a.m.-midnight (Saturday), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun), 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (Mon-Thu), 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (Fri). $ 18 (online). $ 20 (at the door) 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167. www.wurstfest.com

November 13-14 | Take a ride

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 that such an event will be held in South Austin. In the past, major studio touring events have taken place east and west of Austin. The event will be open to the public and will feature works of art, jewelry and other items for sale as well as food trucks. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. 7817 La Crosse Ave., Austin. www.circlecranch.com

November 11 | Honoring local veterans

The Dripping Springs Rotary Club will host a Veterans Dinner and Dance. The event will be free. Sponsorships are available starting at $ 250. Hot Texas Swing Band will be performing. 6 p.m. Mercer Street Dance Hall, 23490 RR 12, Driftwood. www.drippingspringsrotary.org

November 12th | Eat breakfast and drink with a view

Austin’s underground pop-up art exhibit will be held at the Far Out Lounge after a brief hiatus during the pandemic. The event will feature over 75 local artists and over 300 works 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

November 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, a 1 mile walk and a kids’ run. Registration is available online. $ 10 and more. The race benefits Caritas Austin and begins at 9:30 am at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.thundercloud.com

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