November Annual Events In Austin
Since 1997, the Austin Celtic Festival has celebrated the Celtic culture and traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Nova Scotia and Wales with over 200 artists, musicians, actors and storytellers. Held over two days on a weekend in November at Fiesta Gardens Park in East Austin, the Austin Celtic Festival presents traditional Celtic music including internationally renown authentic Celtic folk musicians, dance performances, lectures and workshops, animal performers, food, crafts, archery, children's activities and competitive Highland Games. The 2013 dates for the Austin Celtic Festival are Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Austin Comic Con is one of the annual three day pop culture conventions produced by online publication Wizard World Digital showcasing graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. Austin Comic Con features costume contest, celebrity appearances including actors, artists and writers, autograph booths, vendors and special exhibits. The 2013 Austin Comic Con features Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four; William Shatner, Captain Kirk of the original Star Trek; and Scott Bakula from Star Trek Enterprise and Quantum Leap. The 2013 dates for the Austin Comic Con are Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24 2013.
Sponsored by the Austin Independent School District, the Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival is the the nation's largest annual school event and largest American Indian annual gathering in Texas. Hundreds of Native American Indian dancers, singers and drummers gather each year in Austin on the first Saturday in November to celebrate American Indian culture. Dancers of all ages in full American Indian regalia compete for prize money and vendors sell traditional American Indian cuisine, including buffalo stew and roasted corn, and wares such as jewelry and pottery. The annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival always takes place on the first Saturday in November. The date for the 2014 Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival is Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Chuy's Children Giving To Children Christmas Parade is an annual Austin holiday toy drive that takes place on the Saturday morning following Thanksgiving. The inspiration of Chuy's Mexican Food restaurant co-owner Mike Young, the first Chuy's Children Giving To Children Christmas Parade took place in 1989 with Chuy's friends and employees riding alongside Austin musician Marcia Ball on a flat bed trailer and has grown into an yearly Austin family tradition. The Chuy's Children Giving To Children Christmas Parade benefits Operation Blue Santa, a non-profit organized by the Austin Police Department with support from the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Energy to provide needy Austin families with a full holiday meal and wrapped Christmas gifts for each child under age 14. The parade begins at 11 AM and lasts for approximately an hour and a half beginning at the south side of the State Captiol, proceeding south down Congress Avenue and ending at the Congress bridge. The parade features giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children's characters, live music and dancing, marching bands, classic cars and of course a real Santa Claus. At a designated time during the parade procession, all units stop to collect unwrapped toys brought to the parade by the parade spectators. The Chuy's Children Giving To Children Christmas Parade is a free event although spectators are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive. The date for the 2013 Chuy's Children Giving To Children Christmas Parade is Saturday, November 29, 2014.
The East Austin Studio Tour is a self guided tour of working art studios located east of I-35, west of 183, south of 51st Street and north of Town Lake. Begun in 2003 as a one day event with only twenty-eight studios, the East Austin Studio Tour is now a two weekend event with over 100 artists and studios participating. The East Austin Studio Tour usually takes place in November. Look for the red numbered signs that mark all the studios. Maps are available from the studios and are also distributed around town in the weeks before the tour. Funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the East Austin Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to see the working spaces of artists and visit with the artists themselves. Admission to the East Austin Studio Tour is free. The dates for the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour are Saturday November 16 and Sunday November 17 followed by Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24, 2013.
The Circuit of the Americas on the southeast side of Austin is currently the home of the only Forumula One Grand Prix race in the United States. Situated on a 1000-acre site, the racetrack is approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport and a short drive from downtown Austin. Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1, are a series of races known as Grands Prix held throughout the world on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors of the cars. The F1 race cars reach speeds of around 220 miles per hour. The inaugeral Formula One Grand Prix at The Circuit of the Americas was November of 2012. The Circuit of the Americans was the first racetrack built in the United States for the express purpose of Formula One racing, but has the capacity to hosts all classes of racing. Besides the 3.4 mile motor racing circuit, Circuit of the Americas is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater, a music concert venue built at the base of the raceway observation tower. The dates for the third United States Formula One Grand Prix in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas are Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 12, 2014.
Presented by Transmission Entertainment, Fun Fun Fun Fest is an independent genre based annual three day music festival in early November featuring many progressive and underground musicians with a focus on indie rock, punk rock, hardcore and hip hop and DJ music. The first Fun Fun Fun Fest was in 2006 at Waterloo Park in downtown Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 is taking place at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake adjacent to the Palmer Events Center. However, The City of Austin will close Auditorium Shores after this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest for a multimillion-dollar renovation with funds provided by ACL Fest organizers C3 Presents. Since the renovations will take at least a year to complete, Fun Fun Fun Fest will once again have to find a new home for Fun Fun Fest 2014. Along with a wide mix of old and new acts presented on multiple stages, Fun Fun Fun Fest is also reknown for it's mix of comedy, food, action sports, and poster art. The 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest is Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9, 2014.