A year of don’t-miss events

Elyana Barrera

Art Outside: Learn how to walk on stilts at Art Outside, a three-day fesival held on campgrounds, features performance artists, musical artists, visual artists and workshops. Musical artists featured in this year’s festival include Residual Kid, Desert Dwellers and Bird of Prey. Fire spinning, aerial acrobatics, stilt walking and acrobatic yoga are all performances highlighted during the three days. Art Outside’s final round of tickets go on sale Sept. 1 for $90 and tickets are also available at the gate for $110.

Texas Book Festival: Book signings, readings and appearances from authors such as Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, P.J. O’Rourke and Tony Danza have been a few main attractions at the Texas Book Festival. The literary event is held annually at the State Capitol and last year’s festival included vendor tents from more than 80 publishers, authors and organizations. Books in every genre, from children’s literature to political satire, are featured. The event is free and open to the public.

New Braunfels Wurstfest: Celebrating Bavarian culture with polka music, great beer and an incredible amount of food, Wurstfest is worth the hour trip from Austin to New Braunfels. With a slogan like “Sprechen sie sausage?,” the annual celebration gives patrons a reason to don a dirndl and indulge in pork chops, potato pancakes, hamhocks and, of course, bratwurst. Tickets can be bought at the gate, and it is recommended to take cash, as ATM lines can get packed and most vendors only take cash.

Austin Record Convention: More than just a marketplace for old records, the Austin Record Convention hosts vendors with vintage record players, collectable lunch boxes and band merchandise such as pins, T-shirts and posters. Patrons can dig in boxes to hunt for out of print vinyl from every genre and converse with other vinylphiles. Regular admission is $5 for both Saturday and Sunday, early shopper admission is $25 for Friday-Sunday.

Other fall events to check out in Austin:

Pecan Street Festival: Sept. 28 & 29; Sixth Street
Fun Fun Fun Fest: Nov. 8-10; Auditorium Shores
ACL Fest: Oct. 4-6 & 11-13; Zilker Park
Formula 1 US Grand Prix: Nov. 15-17; Circuit of the Americas
St. Elias Mediterranean Festival: Oct. 18-19
Austin Museum Day: Sept. 22; Various Venues
Austin Free Day of Yoga: Sept. 2; Various Venues
Fantastic Fest: Sept. 19-26; Alamo Drafthouse and Various Locations
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest: Oct. 19
Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Festival: Oct. 5 & 6; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Austin Film Fest: Oct. 24-31; Various Venues
East Austin Studio TourNov. 16-17 & 23-24; Various Venues
Austin Celtic Festival: Nov. 2 & 3; Fiesta Gardens
A Christmas Affair: Nov. 20-24; Palmer Events Center
Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival: Nov. 2; Toney Burger Center
Día de los Muertos: Nov. 2; Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cutlural Center
Austin Ice Cream Festival: Aug. 17; Fiesta Gardens
Austin Pride Week: Sept. 1-8; Various Locations
State Fair of Texas: Sept. 27 – Oct. 20; Fair Park, Dallas