Fall's Free Events

Discover all the free, fun events to attend in Austin this fall

The Texas Book Festival

Bookworms unite! This year’s festival features more than 275 authors and will be held in and around the State Capitol from Oct. 25-26. Food trucks, shopping and all the literary goodness you can handle. Session seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.texasbookfestival.org for more information.

Austin City Limits Tapings

Did you know that longest-running music program in television history is filmed right here in Austin at The Moody Theater? Even better, you can win tickets to a taping for free! This month’s artists include Sam Smith, The Avett Brothers, perennial Austin favorite Spoon and more. If any of those are up your alley, visit www.acltv.com/upcoming-tapings to enter the contest.

Nerd Nite Austin

Who said learning can’t be fun? Nerd Nite is a monthly event held at The North Door in East Austin, where subject experts give 20-minute lectures on a wide range of disciplines. As the Nerd Nite website puts it, “It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer!” Visit www.nerdnite.com for more information.

Movies with Campus E+E

If you’d rather avoid the inevitable headache of parking downtown, UT’s Campus Events + Entertainment organization puts on lots of free film screenings at the Union. This month’s movies include “The Fault In Our Stars,” “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” “22 Jump Street” and my personal favorite, a Rocky Horror Picture Show quote-along. “Do the Time Warp” over to www.utexas.edu/universityunions/events-and-entertainment/calendar for details.