The weather is finally starting to cool down and it is one of the best times to be in Austin. From wine tours to patio dining, take full advantage of this beautiful season with our guide to having the best autumn in Austin!
Autumn in Austin: Events
Mark your calendars! Here are a few events happening in Austin this fall.
Wurstfest, New Braunfels
November 5 – November 14
Enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan, and domestic beer, special events, and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!
Austin Studio Tour
November 6 – November 21
A free, self-guided art event that combines the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour where Austin artists can connect and the public can experience art safely both in person and virtually.
A Christmas Affair
November 17 – November 21
A Christmas Affair is a five-day holiday market benefiting The Junior League of Austin. The annual event hosts 200+ retail merchants and attracts 25,000+ patrons. You can also shop the event online at A Christmas Affair Virtual Marketplace.
Austin Area Jazz Festival
November 26 – November 27
Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians, be wowed by talented visual artists, and enjoy an extraordinary weekend of live music and fun.
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
ThunderCloud Subs’ annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. This year, compete with the best of Austin or join virtually and head outside with the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
Chuy’s Christmas Parade
Postponed until 2022
Due to the current circumstances, this spirited holiday parade has made the difficult decision to postpone until 2022. However, they’re continuing their 2021 fundraising efforts and toy drive collection for Operation Blue Santa.
Autumn in Austin: Activities
From enjoying a Texas Hill Country wine tour to exploring the great outdoors, celebrate fall in Austin with some seasonal activities.
Experience Austin’s Outdoor Art
Enjoy the fall foliage while also experiencing Austin’s outdoor art. Both The Contemporary Austin’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden showcase outdoor sculptures framed by nature. Or take a self-guided tour of Austin’s amazing street art.
Enjoy Dining Alfresco
In Austin, autumn days can provide gorgeous weather perfect for outdoor dining. Enjoy brunch at the new north location of Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, dine on fresh fish at Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, one of Austin’s original high-end patio dining experiences, or try a new cocktail on Bar Peached’s shaded patio.
Get Out On The Water
Make the most of Austin’s fall weather with an excursion on Lady Bird Lake, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes from the Rowing Dock, Greenbelt Outdoors, and Texas Rowing Center. For an insider’s perspective, take a guided kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour of downtown Austin with Austin City Kayak Tours.
Take A Hike
From downtown Austin to the nearby Texas Hill Country, you’ll find no shortage of places to explore. Take in the scenic city views along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, or follow the nature trails of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or discover a new trail with the outdoor recreational app AllTrails.
Autumn in Austin: Prepared Foods
Below are a few of our favorite local restaurants where you can grab some of those Thanksgiving essentials from.
Order a Thanksgiving gift box that can be picked up in-store or delivered. Boxes range from the prime filet box to a twice-baked potato one, with an option to build-your-own box.
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Autumn in Austin: Agent Recommendations
We asked a few of our agents what they are looking forward to the most this fall. See what they had to say below.
“From concerts to festivals, Austin’s fall roster has fun things to do just about every weekend. It’s the perfect way to get out and enjoy Austin this time of year.”
“I enjoy taking weekend drives out to the Hill Country. The temperature is always a little cooler than in the city and I love seeing all of the fall colors covering the hills.”
“I love taking my children to local pumpkin patches, decorating for fall, and visiting local favorite patios. Anything outside enjoying the cooler weather!”
“My favorite thing to do in the fall is to enjoy my home and garden with the windows and doors open! And then exercising any time of the day that it is convenient, rather than only in the morning to beat the heat.”
“My dog, Gracie, and I love enjoying some patio time as Austin has a strong selection of outdoor spaces built perfectly for al fresco dining and drinking.”