Festival Season!

…A close second to Wedding season.

Well it looks like October is now the most festive month of the year in Austin, with three of the city’s biggest events of the year all jam-packed into the Halloween month, and luckily, it’s also the month for you to be Getting Your Art On, so you better be at all three.

1. First of all, we have the big enchilada October 8th through 10th, the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you must just hate music, but at the greatest music gathering in the nation we’ll have acts like the Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Ozomatli, MIA, The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, and The National–and that doesn’t even scratch the surface. And don’t get me started on after-parties and after-concerts. It is the best and busiest weekend in Austin, and no matter how you feel about the influx out-of-towners, it’s hard not to have a great time this weekend.

2. Up next, October 16 & 17, is the Texas Book Festival, a gathering of authors in Texas from far and wide, this year featuring former first-lady Laura Bush, teen-writing sensation Meg Cabot, Food Network star Alton Brown, Tom Grimes, Chip Kidd, and literally hundreds more. Rife with expos, lectures, workshops, presentations, and more, take a trip to the State Capital and surrounding areas. Probably my favorite weekend in town.

3. Rounding out the last of the big three fests and ending the month, Oct 21st through 28th, the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival. Past years have had film legends from across the spectrum attend, such as Harold Ramis and Judd Apatow, as well as ridiculous amounts of movies–local, indie, major release, short films, full length–being shown.

Big month, with the best Austin has to offer, so get out here and Get Your Art On in October. It will be hard to be disappointed.

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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