8 Fun Things to Do in Austin This October

Here in Austin, there are always loads of things to do in October. After all, it’s finally getting cool enough outside to not start sweating instantly — not to mention, it’s close to Halloween! Of course some of the highlights are ACL the first two weekends, a TON of pumpkin patches to visit, and plenty of beer, but there’s so much more. These are the 8 things we’re most looking forward to this October!

Austin Film Festival

Thurs, Oct 21, 2021 – Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Austin’s film industry is equally — if not more — popular than it’s music. Every year for 8 days, there’s a celebration of everything film. During the festival the largest screenwriters conference in the world takes place, with over 200 panels exploring film, podcasts, plays, and more. And don’t miss checking out the winners of their script and film competitions!

Ranch Rider Migas Fest

Sun, Oct 17, 2021 @ Butler Pitch & Putt  |  201 Lee Barton Dr Austin, TX 78704

Everyone knows Austinites are serious about their Tex-Mex, so serious in fact that there’s a day-long event dedicated to determining who has the best Migas in town. Hosted by Ranch Rider hard seltzer, five competitors (Ciscos, Discada, La Tunita, Nixta, and Cuantos) will be serving their Migas all day — and attendees will vote on their favorites.

Formula 1

Fri, Oct 22, 2021 – Sun, Oct 24, 2021 @ 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

Every year Austin is abuzz — quite literally — with the sound of Formula 1. The Grand Prix is an incredible event, and a must visit, to experience the thrill of the world’s fastest drivers going all out, not to mention the major music performances. 

Texas Book Festival

Sat, Oct 23, 2021 – Sun, Oct 31, 2021 @ 1023 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721

The Texas Book Festival has been connecting readers to authors since 1995! It’s an awesome place to find your next favorite book — and the festival does a lot to support reading education and libraries!

Field Guide Festival

Fri, Oct 29, 2021 – Sat, Oct 30, 2021 @ Multiple Farms

At the Field Guide Festival you’ll be about as close to farm-to-table as you can get — without just being at the farm. It’s a weekend of incredible food prepared by amazing chefs all over Austin! 


Thurs, Oct 28, 2021 – Sun, Oct 31, 2021 @ Multiple Venues

Levitation is a Psychedelic Rock fest that originated in Austin and it’s one of the city’s many music specialities. The shows run for four days in the Red River Cultural District, packed full of exciting music, including plenty of local favorites!

House of Torment

Wed, Oct 6, 2021 – Sat, Nov 13, 2021 @ 2632 Ridgepoint Dr, Austin, TX 78754

It wouldn’t be October without something scary. House of Torment is back and as spooky as ever! There are three brand new attractions, so grab your friends and get ready to scream at this iconic haunted house

Boo at the Zoo

Fri, Oct 15, 2021 – Sat, Oct 30, 2021 @ 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736

Boo at the Zoo takes place at the Austin Zoo on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll be able to enjoy a late-night adventure visiting the animals, not to mention the haunted train and haunted house! Wearing your costumes is not required but highly encouraged.


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