Turn on the cloning pods and call Dolly the sheep. You’re going to have to be in more than one place this weekend in Austin.
October and November are busy months on the city’s entertainment calendar. The weather is better than it has been in a long time and the holiday season is officially in full swing. But every year there’s a weekend that’s a real dead end of events, and that weekend is it.
Here’s a guide to the many, many ways you could spend your free time the next few days.
— Eric Webb, Austin360 Editor
Sound Unseen Music and Film Festival
When: November 3-6
Where: AFS Cinema (6259 Middle Fiskville Road) and Frances Modern Inn (1123 E. 11th St.)
What: The 23rd annual film and music festival takes place over two weekends, one in Austin and one in Minneapolis. (You can fly to Minnesota next weekend, if you want.) “Friday I’m In Love,” about a legendary gay nightclub in Houston; and “Meet Me in the Bathroom,” chronicling the New York music scene of the 2000s. On Sunday mornings, there’s a free music showcase with RSVP at the Frances Modern Inn featuring Emily Wolfe, Mama Duke, and Harvest Thieves.
Austin Jewish Film Festival
When: November 3-13
Where: Dell Jewish Community Campus (7300 Hart Lane) and Online
What: Premieres of documentaries, comedies and animated films are all part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival. The festival is held both in person and online and features Jewish films from around the world. Things kick off Thursday with the US premiere of the docudrama “Exodus 91.”
Tickets: Admission to individual screenings starts at $13 and an all-access festival pass is $150.
— Kelsey Bradshaw
Austin Food and Wine Festival
When: November 4-6
Where: Vic Mathias Shores Auditorium (900 W. Riverside Drive)
What: Only “All-In” tickets remain for the annual food and beverage launch. These passes kick you off Friday night, Wurst Weekend, which will fill you with sausages and mousse; access to tastings, demos and signings on Saturday and Sunday; and the festival’s centerpiece, the Rock Your Taco event, where world-class chefs come together for a taco battle. The list of talented Texas chefs is extensive and includes Tiffany Derry of Roots Southern Table in Dallas, Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye, Jorge Luis Hernandez of Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Sonya Cote of Storehouse in Bastrop, Ling Wu of Qi and dozens of others. . For those who don’t want to throw away all weekend, there are also dinners at Este, Maie Day, and Canje that are sold individually, starting at $115.
— Matthew Odam
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When: November 4-13
Where: 120 Landa Street in New Braunfels
What: Wurstfest celebrates German culture and is full of fun activities. Drinking beer, eating flowering onions, dancing and shopping are part of the annual party. We suggest that you bring a large group of friends with you.
Tickets: $18 to $20; children 12 and under enter free. From Nov. 7 to 10 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Nov. 13 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., admission is free for all.
Dia de los Muertos Festival
When: November 5
Where: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center (600 River St.)
What: The Austin celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a beloved Mexican tradition that honors the passing of family members and other loved ones, will culminate in a grand party at MACC. The center’s 15th annual Dia de los Muertos festival will feature an interactive Austin Public Library shadow puppet show, sugar skull decorating, various art exhibits and, for the first time, the MexAmeriCon Comic Convention. A free shuttle service will be available for guests from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to Sanchez Elementary School, located at 73 San Marcos Street.
Tickets: Tickets are free and can be reserved on Eventbrite
More information: dayofthedeadatx.net
— Earl Hopkins
It’s my park day
When: November 5
Where: In parks all over Austin
What: This is a volunteer event organized by the Austin Parks Foundation. You can sign up for a number of projects in Austin’s parks, trails, or green spaces. Available projects can be found on the foundation’s website, austinparks.org. Mulching, planting flowers, collecting waste: there is something for everyone.
More information: austinparks.org
After:Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and Blue Genie Art Bazaar return in December
Austin Fall Asian Festival
When: November 5
Where: Buda City Amphitheater and Park (204 San Antonio Street in Buda)
What: The Buda Amphitheater and City Park will be in full swing with 45 music and dance performances and 25 craft and food vendors for this year’s Austin Asian Fall Festival. The fun will start at 2 p.m. and continue all night, with the all-day event set to end at 10 p.m.
Tickets: This event is free and guests can RSVP on the festival’s Facebook page.
More information: facebook.com
Texas Book Festival
When: November 5-6
Where: In and around the Capitol
What: Oh, you know what it is. The Texas Book Festival, co-founded in 1995 by Laura Bush, returns in person this weekend for a celebration of books, their authors, and all things literary. This year’s featured writers include country singer Margo Price, mystery scholar Janet Evanovich and chef Jacque Pépin. Plus: there will be so many books to buy.
Tickets: All events are free, although some main sessions have priority seating and book signings available for ticket holders.
After:What to know about Texas Book Fest 2022 in Austin
Monthly Texas BBQ Party
When: November 5-6
Where: City Park (504 City Park Road in Lockhart)
What: The magazine’s annual Smoked Meats celebration has moved from the state capital to the unofficial barbecue capital of Texas, but the festival seems stronger than ever. Forty-seven of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQs will serve a variety of classic and specialty cuts at the park. The rally represents an incredible opportunity to hit dozens of the best barbecue operations in the Lone Star State without putting 500 miles on your F-150.
Austin Celtic Festival
When: November 5-6
Where: Pioneer Farms (10621 Pioneer Farms Parkway)
What: Central Texas’ biggest celebration of Celtic culture is back for its 27th year. The annual festival will feature a lineup of regional and international performers of Celtic music and dance, traditional Austin Highland games, workshops and storytelling sessions, and countless horses and dogs at Pioneer Farms in North Austin.
Tickets: Daily tickets are $25 for guests 17 and older, $12 for attendees 6-16, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased on the Austin Celtic Festival website.
More information: austincelticfestival.com
Austin Studio Tour
When: 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 Nov.
Where: Various locations around the city
What: Twenty years ago, Big Medium, a top-notch art advocacy group, launched an East Austin studio tour. Later he added a West Austin edition, then combined the two. Now, the three-weekend fandango features 520 artists and collaborations across the city. See the art where it’s made. Find a map and guide to participating studios online.