Fall festival season is upon us, and weekend-long happenings are topping the best things to do in Austin. Celebrate the city's music culture during the Waterloo Music Festival or settle in for nonstop cinema at the 31st annual All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, September 6
All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival
The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) returns for the 31st year. The four-day fest includes 32 feature-length films, and 47 short films and music videos shining a spotlight on stories often left untold by Hollywood. Filmmaker Jake Graf is set to accept the debut Breakthrough Award. For a full schedule of events, visit the film festival website.
Friday, September 7
Waterloo Music Festival
Celebrate Austin's music culture at Carson Creek Ranch. The Waterloo Music Festival features three days of packed rosters ranging from nationally renowned bands and local favorites. Headliners The String Cheese will rock the stage each night of the festival to ensure you get your fill of good vibes. Additional performer include The Motet, BoomBox, Tauk, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and more.
Garrison Brothers present Bourbon and Boots
Garrison Brothers invites you to Lucchese Austin for a first sip of the new Boot Flask Bourbon. The award-winning small batch bourbon is designed to fit in a pair of boots, ensuring you’re never without a stiff drink. (Ah yes, the Texas way.) Guests can enjoy music, passed bites, and plenty of boozy samples. Western footwear is encouraged, but not required. Admission is free.
Saturday, September 8
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band in concert
The 1970s cult favorites The First National Band returns to the Paramount Theatre with Michael Nesmith at center stage. The former Monkees member will perform classic songs like “Listen to the Band,” “Different Drum,” and “Silver Moon” for an evening of nostalgia. Select tickets are available.
Sunday, September 9
The Long Center 10th Birthday Bash
The Long Center for the Performing Arts rings in its 10th birthday with a free day of music, activities, and more on the grounds. Guests to the bash can enjoy live music by local band Grupo Fantasma, and things get official when Council Member Leslie Pool dedicates the day with a municipal proclamation. Admission is free.