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Fun Without the Fest: What to Do Instead of ACL

Fun Without the Fest: What to Do Instead of ACL

As everyone gears up for two weekends of ACL 2019, you may be looking for reasons to escape the Austin city limits and the crowds that come with the internationally-recognized event. If you’re planning on skipping the festival and venturing out to other events, don’t miss these community-focused happenings for ultimate fun without the fest.

Related: The Local’s Guide to Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019


WEEKEND ONE (October 4-6) 

Round Top Antiques Fair 

Round Top, Texas | October 4-5, All Day | Website

This acclaimed antiques fair starts September 30th and ends on October 5th, making it the perfect excuse to get out of Austin for a day trip. The fair only happens twice per year; Head to Round Top to peruse antiques while shopping and drinking with friends. 

6th Annual Catalina Wine Mixer

Duchman Family Winery - Driftwood | October 4, 7-9:3p | Website

Join Duchman Family Winery for their 6th annual Catalina Wine Mixer and Step Brothers screening. Tickets include a glass of Viognier or Montepulciano and picnic meal of your choice. 

Rise + Yoga: Fall Series

The Domain - Great Lawn | October 5, 9:30-10:30a | Website

Join Wanderlust Yoga for a free class on the great lawn in front of iPic theaters. Presented by Outdoor Voices, yogis can enjoy drinks and snacks from Chameleon Cold Brew, Topo Chico and Hello Fresh. Rise + Yoga will also be held on October 12th from 9:30-10:30a.

Austin Coffee & Cordials Festival

Fair Market | October 5, 10a-4p | Website

Grab a cup of joe at Austin’s first coffee festival. Attendees can expect to find CBD coffee, an interactive art wall, live music and pet playground as well as a pumpkin patch for kids. Mimosas and cocktails are available for guests over 21. 

Cheese-Y Bus Tour

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop | October 5, 10a-4p | Website

Purchase a ticket for the ultimate wine and cheese-lover’s day trip. Spend Saturday sampling some of Central Austin’s best cheese by bus from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in Hyde Park to Pure Luck Farm in Dripping Springs. 

The Lights Fest

Apache Pass Event Center - Liberty Hill | October 5, 3-9p | Website

Join The Lights Fest for a magical evening of floating lanterns, live music, food and great company as attendees lift their intentions and dreams to the sky. 

Vintage + Handmade Market

The Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen | October 6, 12-4p | Website

Sunday Market ATX is back at the Brewtorium for a vintage and handmade market featuring handmade jewelry and accessories. Brewpub cuisine and boozy sips will be available. 

Bluebonnet Beer Company Oktoberfest

Bluebonnet Beer Company - Round Rock | October 6, 12-6p | Website

This 5th Annual Oktoberfest will feature German and American-style beers, plenty of bratwurst and schnitzel to enjoy, a Kinder Park and contests for those old enough to participate. 

Gateway Farmer’s Market 

Gateway Shopping Centers | October 6, 1-5p | Website

Purchase local produce, handmade trinkets and more at this casual farmer’s market. Arts and crafts will be available for kids who attend. Gateway Farmer’s Market will also be held on October 13 from 1-5. 


WEEKEND TWO (October 11-13)

BUBBLE RUN 

7311 Decker Ln | October 12, 8a-12p | Website

This isn’t your average 5k! Take part in the BUBBLE RUN, which offers runners (and walkers) of every age endless enjoyment along three miles of course. At each kilometer, participants will have the opportunity to run, dance and play through colorful “foam bogs” full of bubbles. 

Texas Teen Book Festival

Southwestern University - Georgetown | October 12, 9a-5p | Website

This free fest celebrates teen and young adult literature. Guests can engage with some of the nation’s most well-known young adult authors at the event, which boasts countless panels for readers of every genre. 

The Austin Rewild Festival

Gingerland Austin | October 12, 10a-October 13, 12p | Website

This experiential camping festival is perfect for those who love the outdoors. Attendees will share ideas, honor mother nature, nourish their bodies on food from Curcuma and learn from leaders in the Austin community. 

CraftHER Market Fall 2019

Fair Market | October 12-13, 11a-5p | Website

Produced by #bossbabesATX, this beloved bi-annual market showcases talent from a community of makers and entrepreneurs while also providing attendees with intriguing panels. 

Oktoberfest

German Free School | October 12, 11a-7p | Website

Join the German-Texan Heritage Society for their annual Oktoberfest event, complete with live music, authentic German food, a biergarten and kid’s activities. 

Gruene Music & Wine Festival: Texas Tastings & Tunes

Gruene, Texas | October 12, 12-6p | Website

Casey Donahew Band will be headlining this year’s GMWF in Gruene, Texas. Purchase tickets and enjoy a weekend of wine tasting, live music on two stages, “Le Cordon Gruene” food trucks and an artisan market. 

Cedar Bark Festival 

Cedar Park Veteran’s Memorial Dog Park | October 12, 12-2:30p | Website

Grab your furry friend and enjoy this free dog party! Food and entertainment will be provided and pups will be able to participate in the costume contest by themselves or with their human for the owner-pet look-alike contest. 

Texas Spirit & Music Festival 

Fredericksburg | October 12, 12-11:59p | Website

Get to know Texas’ many great distilleries at this spirited event. Sample amazing whiskeys, vodkas, gins and more while listening to live music with family and friends.


Fall is such an exciting time in Austin, with plenty of things happening every weekend. Take a peek at our September and October event lists so you can mark your calendar for the city’s best.

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