Austin in October: ACL Festival, Formula 1 and Books Galore

Austin in October: ACL Festival, Formula 1 and Books Galore

Austin’s headed into one of its busiest months for big events. From music festivals, to book festivals to high tech, high speed racing, October is packed with action.

On the month’s first weekend, Paul McCartney, Metallica and Travis Scott will be in town to play at Austin City Limits Music Festival, along with dozens of other big name bands. And they’ll be back for the second weekend of the festival on October 12-14.

But it’s not all rock and roll. The Texas Book Festival and the Texas Teen Book Festival are both coming up in October, along with a big soccer match at Dell Diamond and plenty of Oktoberfest brews and sausage to check out.

All that activity, and we haven’t even mentioned Halloween yet. It’s going to be a fun month. Whatever you and your friends and family get up to, we hope you have an awesome time.

Now, let’s check out this month’s lineup.

October 5-7 and 12-14

Austin City Limits Music Festival has grown from a single weekend with a relatively small lineup to a two weekend super festival. This year’s concert lineup includes Paul McCartney, Odesza, Metallica, Justice, Travis Scott and Arctic Monkeys.

When: All day both weekends

Where: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.

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October 6

Many of us have fond memories of reading new books when we were teenagers. Now the next generation gets a chance to pick their favorite titles at the Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edward’s University. It’s free, and you’ll have a chance to meet several famous youth authors.

When: 8:15 am to 6:30 pm

Where: St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave.

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October 13

Austin is poised to get its own professional soccer team. But, until then, the biggest game you’ll find in Austin is a LIGA MX soccer league game — a friendly exposition game — between the Tigres and the Chivas.

When: 5 pm

Where: Dell Diamond in Round Rock

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October 18-20

Honor German heritage and enjoy big mugs of cold beer at Banger’s Oktoberfest party. You’ll get a chance to see some fun musical acts, play games and, of course, chow down.

When: All afternoon and evening

Where: Banger’s, 79 Rainey St.

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October 19-21

We all have to keep it at the speed limit. But we can see some of the fastest cars in the world at the Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix. And, if cars aren’t your thing, you can check out tons of exhibits and vendors. Plus, Bruno Mars will play on October 20 and Britney Spears will perform on the 21st.

When: All weekend

Where: Circuit of the Americas

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October 27-28

Cecile Richards, Pete Souza, C.J. Chivers, Alfredo Corchado, Mimi Swartz and Lawrence Wright are just a few of the big name writers at this year’s Texas Book Festival. You’ll find interesting discussions, endless books and plenty of family fun at the festival.

When: All weekend

Where: Texas Capital

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October 25-November 1

Austin is one of the nation’s premier cities for filmmakers, and its annual film festival draws big name actors, writers and directors each year. This year, you’ll have a chance to see “Widows,” Green Book” and Peterloo,” among many other big up and coming productions.

When: All weekend

Where: Various venues

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