This weekend’s top five things to do in Austin are all about fall festivals. Participate in one of the biggest political events in the country during Texas Tribune Festival or sample more than 75 craft beers from the Lone Star State at Fiesta Gardens. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, September 26
The Texas Tribune Festival
The Texas Tribune hosts its annual weekend of politics and public policy in downtown Austin. Highlights include book signings, keynote addresses, debates, panel discussions, and community conversations focused on local, state, and national affairs. This year’s event also includes Open Congress, a lineup of events open to the public on Saturday, September 28. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the TribFest website.
Central Market 25th Anniversary Celebration
Texas favorite Central Market is celebrating 25 years of open doors with a fabulous, family-friendly fête. Guests can savor unique flavors at tasting stations, enjoy chef demonstrations in the cooking school, snap photos at an Instagram wall, and enjoy live musical performances. One lucky attendee will walk away from the party with a fully stocked Central Market gift basket worth $2,500. Admission is free.
Friday, September 27
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
A massive selection of the best brews in Texas are showcased and toasted to a unique sampling event in Fiesta Gardens. An intimate kickoff event with local artisans, musicians, community figures, and local farms begins the two-day festival, which features more than 75 Texas craft breweries and plenty of surprises. Purchase tickets on the festival website.
Meek Mill & Future in concert with YG, Mustard, and Megan Thee Stallion
Meek Mill and Future team up for a co-headlining tour at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill comes to Austin in support of his 2018 album, Championships, while Future is touring in support of his 2019 project, The Wizard. The rap stars will be joined by fellow chart-topping artists YG, Mustard, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Sunday, September 29
Blanton Museum of Art presents Jeffery Gibson: “This Is The Day” closing day
New York-based artist Jeffery Gibson’s medium-mashup exhibition “This Is The Day” reaches its end at the Blanton Museum of Art. A collection of more than 50 works created over four years includes beaded wall hangings, punching bags, ceramics, garments, and original video. Access is included in museum admission. This show is a can't-miss.