Late Summer Festival Fun

Back to school certainly doesn’t spell the end of summer festival fun in and around Austin. Mark your calendar and usher out the summer season with these upcoming activities.

August 29 – September 4: Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Spend your Labor Day week with local comedy acts Thursday through Monday at various venues around Austin. A miniature golf tournament will be held somewhere amid the almost-weeklong schedule of activities. Tickets are $10, $139 for all festival passes. For more information visit

September 12 – 16: Austin Music Video Festival

Enthusiasts can view the year’s best music videos on big screens while learning about (and taking part in) virtual reality and interactive video technology Downtown. There will be panel discussions, parties, live concerts, and award presentations. Tickets range from $25 to $65, with student discounts available. For more information go to

September 15: Bean to Bar

Set from 6 to 8pm Friday at CRAFT (4707 E. Casesar Chavez Street), Bean to Bar gives you a chance to make your own chocolate. Bob Williamson, chocolatier and owner of SRSLY, will walk participants through the process of making chocolate, from sorting and cracking to winnowing and grinding to tempering and molding. The cost for the class is $40. For more information call (512) 900-9957

September 17: Austin Museum Day

Austin Museum Day is when the innumerable museums in and around the city of Austin spend a Sunday giving free access to exhibits and activities for people of all ages and interests. There are museums devoted to math, science, technology, industry, and arts, as well as Asian, Latino, French, German, and Texan culture. For more information visit

September 23 – 24: Pecan Street Festival

Pecan Street Festival begins at 11am on Saturday and Sunday on Sixth Street. Now in its 37th year, the biannual gathering will host a number of musicians hitting their licks and hundreds of artisans showing and selling their stuff. Proceeds will go toward the preservation of the historic Sixth Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to

September 29 – 30: Texas Craft Brewers Festival and Partners in Craft

The Partners in Craft part of the weekend festival runs from 5:30 to 9pm Friday at Fiesta Gardens (2102 Jesse East Segovia Street). Local artisans will be the focus of the event (open to ages 21 and older), accompanied by food vendors, music, and of course, beer. The craft brew part of the weekend, set for 2 to 6:30pm Saturday, will highlight Texas craft and microbreweries, who will offer samples of their creations. Tickets for the gathering range from $10 to $120. For more information visit

September 30: Austoberfest

Set for 5 to 11pm on Saturday at Austin Saengerrunde and Scholz Garten (1607 San Jacinto), this Texas take on Oktoberfest will feature bier tastings, unlimited sausage consumption, music and bowling. Tickets are $50, $25 for members. For more information call (512) 666-7464 or visit


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