Summer has come to an end, but there are still some great outdoor events in Austin this September to attend. There are still plenty of festivals taking place in Austin, from the Waterloo Music Festival to the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month in Austin.

Events in Austin this September


When: September 6th– 9th, 2018
Where: Various Austin Locations

The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) cultivates the Texas LGBTQ+ community by enlightening, educating, and entertaining our clients and patrons through programs that enrich the LGBTQ+ and ally communities while developing LGBTQ+ awareness. aGLIFF Nonprofit Organization Programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, Filmmaker Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program and Family Screening Program, all of which culminate in or around the annual aGLIFF Film Festival Program.

Zilker Relays

When: September 9th, 2018
Where: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX

The Zilker Relays is a 10-mile race with teams comprised of 4 runners. Each participant runs a 2.5 mile loop from one central festival/transition area. The team concept of the Zilker Relays is not unique, but the combination of a relay, festival home base, drinks and music, make this experience a favorite for runners of all calibers and ages. You don’t have to train like a marathoner for this one. All you have to do is be willing to run/jog/walk/stroll 2.5 miles, enjoy live music and great food and get 3 of your siblings/kids/buddies/colleagues to come join you for this one of a kind running experience.

Waterloo Music Festival

When: September 7th– 9th, 2018
Where: Carson Creek Ranch
9507 Sherman Road
Austin, TX

Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music culture, and will feature three full days of nationally renowned jam bands performing alongside the city’s finest musical acts during a weekend of camping. The event will be held at Carson Creek Ranch, a venue just ten minutes from downtown Austin with over 60 acres of Pecan-tree-lined campgrounds and scenic views overlooking the Colorado River. The event is produced by Austin events promoters Unknown Entertainment, Havin’ a Ball Productions and Heard Presents.

Fantastic Fest

When: September 20th– 27th, 2018
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Various Locations in Austin

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S. specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. The festival is dedicated to championing challenging and thought-provoking cinema, celebrating new voices and new stories from around the world and supporting new filmmakers. We work with various other festivals, archives, cinematheques and individuals to spotlight lesser-known film regions, luminaries and more in an ongoing effort to expand the general knowledge and appreciation of cinema. We are committed to supporting film in its most provocative, ground-breaking and lesser known forms and giving the audience a chance to find new favorites and future genre classics.

Fall Pecan Street Festival

When: September 22nd– 23rd, 2018
Where: Sixth Street Historic District
Between Brazos Street and Interstate 35
Austin, TX

The Pecan Street Festival is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first Saturday & Sunday in May and the last Saturday & Sunday in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.

Austin Museum Day

When: September 23rd, 2018
Where: All Austin Area Museums

Explore Austin-area museums — for free!

The 21st Annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science. More than forty three museums in central Texas will welcome visitors with special programming, including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages.

Visit for a list of participating museums. Pick up the Austin Chronicle the week of Museum Day for our special insert with complete information about each museum!

Download the free Austin Museum Partnership app on Google Play ( or the Apple Store ( to plan out your day.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

When: September 29th, 2018
Where: Fiesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E Segovia Street
Austin, TX

Much has happened with craft beer since the first Texas Craft Brewers Festival in 2003.

Homebrewers and entrepreneurs have launched and grown craft beer businesses to serve nearby communities. Laws have been changed to make accessing Texas craft beer easier. People curious to discover new tastes have become fans, and those fans devotees.

Throughout craft beer’s re-emergence, an underlying ethos has held strong:

We are a community. We support each other. We respect each other. And our mutual appreciation of the people, the process and the product enriches us.

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival and the Texas Craft Brewers Guild embrace this ethos, striving to be true to Texas craft beer and to benefit all involved. Today as in 2003, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival remains by and for the Texas craft brewers and the Texas craft beer community.

We are proud to support Austin Habitat for Humanity with a portion of event proceeds.

Austin Octoberfest

When: September 29th, 2018
Where: Austin Saengerrunde & Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto
Austin, TX

On Saturday, September 29th, 2018 the Austin Saengerrunde will open its doors to 6th Annual AustOberfest (Austin + Oktoberfest) celebrating Central Texas German heritage with German-style sausage, lots of bier, contest stage, bowling and live music.

Price of ticket includes unlimited German-style sausage from some of Central Texas’ best meat purveyors Including Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse, Stiles Switch, Louie Mueller, Southside Market, Micklethwait Craft Meats, Frank, Scholz Garten, and more. Texas German Bier tastings are also included along with bowling and live music entertainment from the Austin Polka Band and the Chainlink Band.