See and be seen at the hottest events of the weekend. Plan a girls' night at the theater, indulge your inner foodie, or put on your dancing shoes and two-step into the weekend in true Texas style. Whatever you plan to do this weekend, make sure you don’t miss these fun happenings around Austin. For the complete list, check out our events calendar.
La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival
Mix and mingle with the city’s most fashionable foodies at La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival. The indulgent event brings the culinary world of Central Texas to The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria for one night only. Your $200 ticket includes an exclusive taste of Central Texas’ finest flavors and most delicious wines. Spring for a $250 ticket and get VIP access to the ultra luxe cocktail lounge.
Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm
Give Hope 2015 featuring The Band Perry
Put on your dancing shoes for the first-ever Give Hope benefit hosted by Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation. The inaugural night of giving kicks off with a VIP cocktail reception at the W Austin Hotel and finishes with an epic performance by Grammy Award-winning group The Band Perry. Snag your tickets and party for a good cause. Tickets are $49 to $153.
Thursday, October 15 at 8 pm
Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden presents Oktoberfest
Spend your weekend at Banger’s Oktoberfest with buds and suds and all things German. The weekend-long event features brews from Live Oak Brewery, special food, live music, and more. Drink your fill of German beers, both locally and nationally brewed, and celebrate the harvest with Austin’s coolest brew-masters.
Thursday, October 15 – Sunday, October 18
Travis County Archives presents Travis County History Day
Grab the family and head to the Commissioners Courtroom for a fun social studies lesson. Get caught up in the Texas history in the transformed Hall of Government and view local art collections. This year’s free event features special speakers, historical displays, live music, demonstrations, and refreshments.
Friday, October 16 at 10 am
Hostelling International Austin presents Lakeside 2 Steppin’
Slip on your best boots and head to Peace Point park for a free night of two-stepping any Texan will love. Keep the groove going with live music on an outdoor dance floor under the Texas stars. Got two left feet? No problem. Guests can enjoy a free two-step dance lesson from esteemed instructor Campbell Miller.
Friday, October 16 at 6:30 pm
Louis Black’s 65th birthday celebration
Celebrate the 65th birthday of Austin legend and SXSW and The Austin Chronicle co-founder Louis Black. Black’s birthday bash at Palm Door is an Austin concert to end all others with performers including Moving Panoramas, Rosie Flores, and Bob Schneider. Stay until the last song and get a surprise special guest performance you won’t soon forget. Admission is free but a $10 donation is suggested.
Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Texas Tribune Festival
The fifth annual Texas Tribune Festival returns to the University of Texas for a full political weekend. Your $350 ticket gets you access to discussions, parties, and tons of networking opportunities designed to help further your career.
Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18
TexArts presents Steel Magnolias
Round up the girls and settle into the TexArts Kam and James Morris Theatre for the opening weekend of Robert Harling’s comedy-drama Steel Magnolias. This classic story of six Southern women is the perfect way to start your weekend. Tickets are $40 to $60.
Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, October 18 at 2 pm
Easter Seals Central Texas presents Dia de los Muertos Festival
Channel your inner skeleton bride or groom and head to Fiesta Gardens for the third annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. The ticketed event includes live music, cultural performances, food, and more. A kids’ zone full of fun cultural activities makes the festival a Saturday well spent. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $100 for VIP. Children 12 and under get in free.
Saturday, October 17 at noon
Independence Brewing’s 11th anniversary party
Cheers to 11 years of local brews at Independence. Your $15 to $30 ticket gets you access to a variety of limited release brews and a first taste of the brewery’s 11th anniversary beer. Partygoers can also enjoy live music and food trucks on location. Grab a ticket here.
Saturday, October 17 at 1 pm
Funny or Die presents Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
End your Saturday with a side-splitting festival featuring some of comedy’s most hilarious stars. For one night only, the Austin360 Amphitheater will transform into a laugh factory and feature sets by Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and more. A few tickets are still on sale, but they’re sure to sell out. Snag yours now for $35 to $100.
Saturday, October 17 at 5:15 pm
Lick Ice Cream workshop with Genius Gin
Satisfy your sweet tooth at an intimate ice-cream sauces workshop at Mockingbird Domestics. Led by Lick chef Anthony Sobotik, the workshop will teach ice-cream lovers how to make their own seasonal sauces, custom cocktails, and sweet treats. Austin brands Mockingbird Domestics and Genius Gin have teamed up with Lick to introduce special flavors and a co-branded housewares collection including ice-cream spoons and bowls made locally. Tickets are $90.
Saturday, October 17 at 2 pm
Texas Book Festival
Hang out with fellow Austin bookworms at the 20th annual Texas Book Festival. The free festival is perfect for any book lover and will feature more than 300 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, children’s activities, and more. Check out our complete guide for what to do at the fest.
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 at 10 am
ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon
Find your new four-legged friend during the free ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon this Saturday and Sunday. The Austin Humane Society has committed to finding loving homes for more than 325 animals this year. Help out the cause and give a dog a furrever home.
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 at noon
Cochon 555’s Heritage BBQ
What better way to end the weekend than with some local barbecue? For one day only, The Driskill Hotel hosts a fierce cook off featuring five of Austin’s top chefs. Get an up-close look at the action as Austin culinary notables like Contigo’s Andrew Wiseheart and Thai-Kun’s Thai Changthong cook an entire pig for hungry judges. Snag a ticket and wear your stretchy pants.
Sunday, October 18 at 5 pm
Rude Mechs presents The Pearl Drive
Head to Mongers Market + Kitchen for the annual Rude Mechs fundraiser celebrating all things seafood. Fill your stomach with a medley of Gulf Coast-sourced seafood expertly prepared by Austin’s finest chefs. Tickets start at $100.
Sunday, October 18 at 7 pm