Austin in November: BBQ, Turkey Trots and Chuy’s Christmas Parade

There is perhaps no better month to be in Austin than November. It’s not just the generally awesome weather. It’s not just the huge lineup of popular events. It’s not just the hype of high school and college football seasons catching their stride.

It’s an amazing combination of all those things. From beautiful morning strolls to parties that last all night, November is a beautiful time of year in Austin and there’s plenty to do. So, let’s dive into some of the city’s top events this month.

November 1: Texas Monthly BBQ Festival

The writers at Texas Monthly magazine put a whole lot of effort into finding the best barbeque our huge state has to offer. And, it’s not all about Lockhart. Their annual festival, in its sixth year, corrales the smokey goodness and zesty sauces of some of Texas’ best pitmasters. In the end, there’s a winner — and it will probably be your belly. T

When: From noon until you can’t eat any more
Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive
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November 6-8: Fun Fun Fun Fest

What happens when you mix some old school favorites with some up-and-comers? You get a lot of fun. This festival has been running strong for years and is a favorite among the 21-40 crowd, which is a pretty big cross section. Jane’s Addiction and Wu-Tang Clan are among the big names. But there’s wrestling, comedy, extreme sports and plenty of food and drinks to keep almost anyone busy.

When: Noon on Thursday, Nov. 6, until late night Sunday
Where: Auditorium Shores, 800 W. Riverside Drive
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November 7-9: Austin Celtic Festival

Revive the Celtic traditions with the whole family. This one is packed with games, food, drinks, dancing and, of course, a lot Celtic music.

When: Gates open at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7.
Where: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St
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November 14, 15, 21, 22: East Austin Studio Tour

Check out some of the city’s hippest art studios as more than 70 artists invite the public in to see their works and their spaces. It’s a free, self-guided tour. The schedule can be a little tricky. So be sure to plot out your path.

When: Various times
Where: Studios throughout East Austin
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November 26: The Turkey Trot

You’re going to feast at Thanksgiving, so why not pay it forward with a charitable run that will leave you feeling guilt free with the gravy ladle. This 5-mile run and 1-mile walk are put on by ThunderCloud Subs. It’s been going for 25 years and it has raise $2.5 million for Caritas of Austin. And probably burned a lot more calories.

When: Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 9:30 a.m.
Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive
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November 28: Chuy’s Christmas Parade

Huge inflated cartoon characters and carloads of Star Wars Stormtroopers. You can see it all rolling down Congress Avenue. And almost everyone tosses candy. It’s a great way to kick of the holiday season with the family while helping raise money for charitable causes.

When: 11 a.m.-about noon
Where: Between the State Capital on Congress Avenue and the Colorado River
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Maxavenue Staff