Weekend Event Guide

Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend

Roots & Wings Festival
Get up close with monarch butterflies at Roots & Wings Festival. Photo courtesy of Austin Parks Foundation
Theorist Fest 2018
Enjoy performances by artists from around the globe at Theorist Fest.  Photo courtesy of Theorist Fest
Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls come to Bass Concert Hall in support of their new album, Miracle Pill.  Photo by Bob Mussel
Roots & Wings Festival
Theorist Fest 2018
Goo Goo Dolls

This weekend is overflowing with fabulous events, ranging from refined literary gatherings to a family-friendly nature festival. Catch and release monarch butterflies at Roots & Wings Festival or enjoy a live concert by '90s rock icons Goo Goo Dolls. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, October 24

Theorist Fest
Acclaimed performance artists from across the globe venture to Austin for this very unique festival. The four-day, multi-venue event includes auditorium performances, master classes, site-specific installations, and creative drawing breakfasts — and that's only a sample of the events. Enjoy a toast to the festival during a special kickoff event at Rainey Street haunt Half Step. General admission is free. For a full schedule of events and to purchase a VIP pass, visit the festival website

Friday, October 25

Goo Goo Dolls in concert
American rockers Goo Goo Dolls stop at Bass Concert Hall in support of their new album, Miracle Pill. Since their rise to fame in the ‘90s, the band behind top hits like “Iris” and “Name” has continued to shape the sound of alternative rock while racking up a sizable discography and a global fanbase. Unlikely Candidates join the Goo Goo Dolls as special guests. 

Saturday, October 26

City of Austin & Partners presents Roots & Wings Festival
Appreciation for the outdoors takes flight at Zilker Botanical Garden. Visitors can get their face painted, participate in craft activities, and even climb trees with professional assistance all while enjoying this beautiful Austin space. In observance of Monarch Appreciation Day, guests will also have the chance to get up close with monarchs in the butterfly tag and release tent. Don your best nature-themed costume to fully embrace the spirit of the great outdoors. 

Texas Book Festival
The Texas State Capitol hosts a meeting of the literary minds almost as big as the state itself. The 2019 Texas Book Festival features appearances by more than 300 adults and children’s book authors, including notable luminaries such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, John Grisham, Aaron Franklin, and Admiral William McRaven, among many others. Guests can discover more than 100 exhibitors, enjoy family-friendly activities, feast from local food trucks, and mingle with fellow bookworms and authors alike.  

Ken Jeong in concert
Actor and comedian Ken Jeong brings his brand of humor to the Bass Concert Hall for an evening of side-splitting anecdotes. Best known for his roles in The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians, Jeong has garnered international fame as one of today’s top comedy stars. A select number of tickets are still available.