As any longtime Austinite will happily tell you, the question asked before going out is never, “is there anything to do tonight?” It’s more like, “which thing should we do tonight?”
Austin is downright notorious for its packed events schedule, so finding something to do is not exactly a tough proposition. And that’s on a normal night out. In a city that proudly wears the epithet “Keep Austin Weird,” it’s a guarantee that on a day like Halloween, simply figuring out what to do with yourself to celebrate Halloween is no easy task.
To put your mind at ease, here are a few of the best adult-friendly Halloween events in and around Austin, ranging from the serene to the wild (the gamut that Austin always seems to have covered all at once):
Keep Calm and Taste Wines
On the more tranquil side of things, the 2016 Texas Wine Month Trail includes a tour of the Solaro Estate Winery in Dripping Springs, just outside of Austin. Starting at 11:00AM on Saturday, October 29th, tickets include full complimentary tasting and a 15% discount on up to three bottles of wine.
This is a perfect microcosm of what Austin’s local climate and culture make possible; just a short trip outside Austin’s urban center brings you to Texas’ fertile wine country.
And of course, there’s a music angle to this (we are talking about the Austin area, after all). From 4:00-7:00PM, Solaro Estate will host singer-songwriter Anji Kat. And a little live music is the perfect bridge from a relaxing fall winery tour to:
Disco and a Cocktail (or three)
For the evening of October 29th, the Austin Social Affair’s 5th Annual Halloween Ball weaves a blend of 70’s vibes and disco sounds as their unique spin on a Halloween cocktail party. This is a full evening out, with burlesque performances taking center stage.
The VIP lounge provides tables, from four to ten guests. Alongside complimentary drinks included with your ticket, small bites inside the event and food trucks just outside can keep you going all evening.
Of course, if you’re the type to hop from one event to the next, don’t worry: shuttle service is available to get you straight to downtown for the next stop on your list.
But Halloween’s on a Monday!
Indeed. And with that, the boozy nightlife tone of events shifts to something a bit more celebratory. Central Market’s Dia De Los Muertos festival includes over 130 performers, showcasing Brazilian music, dance, art, and food. With their stated goal to “bring the pageantry and joy of Carnaval” to Austin and the very holiday-appropriate themes of death and rebirth taking center stage, this is a fantastic way to spend the afternoon and early evening on Halloween.
Planet K Texas‘ own Dia De Los Muertos celebration closes out Halloween starting at 9:30PM with a massive fireworks display paying tribute to “those we have lost” behind Krieg Baseball Fields in Austin. If this video of a previous year’s display is any indication, this will be a spectacular and fitting end to celebrating the day.
This Isn’t Anywhere Close to Everything
Touring a winery to the sounds acoustic strumming, dancing to disco while sipping cocktails, eating Brazilian street foods while watching professional Samba dancers, with a distinctly Halloween theme running through it all… and yet, this is a tiny sample of what the Austin area has to offer for Halloween and the weekend before.
There are more festivals, more balls, concerts, and parties, more arts and cuisines, all on a single weekend in Austin. If you’d like to learn more about what the area has to offer, contact us and we’ll be happy to guide you!