Autumn has finally arrived, and in addition to mild temperatures, there are a ton of totally free activities to take advantage of this season. Here are seven essential Austin activities to check out this fall that won't hurt your wallet.
Explore awesome city art
Get in touch with the artistic side of the city and check out Drawing Lines, a unique project running this fall that highlights communities and conversations in Austin's 10 political districts. The City of Austin has also launched Tempo, a new program that displays temporary outdoor installations around town and can only be enjoyed through January.
Tour a local brewery
Austin's craft beer scene is overflowing. Support your favorite brewery with a visit (and perhaps a beer or two). Both Jester King Brewery and Hops & Grain Brewing offer free tours in addition to open tasting room hours.
Take a hike
Now that the weather has cooled off, it's time to explore Austin's best natural features. If you need a hiking suggestion, check out our guide to top trails in Austin.
Expand your scientific mind
Folks from the University of Texas host a monthly lecture series called Science Under the Stars. Austinites are invited to the Brackenridge Field Laboratory on Lake Austin Boulevard for free informal classes on a variety of topics.
Remember what we said about the weather getting cooler? Now you have no excuse not to stay active this season. Sign up for Fresh Friday and reserve your spot for free fitness classes at great studios and gyms around town — we're talking everything from CrossFit to capoeira.
Rev it up at Fan Fest
You don't have to trek out to the track to experience Austin's new Formula 1 tradition. The free three-day Fan Fest held downtown from October 22 through 24 includes musical guests Public Enemy, Mayer Hawthorne, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. A bunch of family-friendly activities will take place too.
The East Austin Studio Tour is your opportunity to meet the local artists and artisans that make Austin's thriving culture so creative and colorful. Visit studios and exhibitions during the self-guided event taking place November 14, 15, 21, and 22.