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7 Things To Do In Austin Before November Ends

By Megan Menchaca

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With only three weeks left in November to enjoy the beautiful weather, the time to take advantage of some of the best autumn activities in Austin is dwindling. However, even if you’ve spent the last two months solely on campus, it’s not too late to take a step out of your comfort zone to enjoy everything the city has to offer. From dog jogs to Christmas tree lightings, there’s something for you on this list to put on your calendars and enjoy.



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1. McKinney State Falls

If you’ve never visited a state park before, now’s your chance. Instead of the usual six dollar fee, McKinney State Falls, along with all Texas State parks, will be free for everyone to attend on November 12. McKinney has 700 acres of hiking trails, a beautiful waterfall, and one of the top 10 swimming holes in Texas. Plus, it’s only a 20 minute drive from UT on car or Uber, and only an hour away on the free MetroRapid. So if you’re interested in escaping the stress of midterms, you should definitely check out this incredibly gorgeous park here.



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2. Wurstfest 

The Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels is a unique annual celebration rich in German culture where you can enjoy good food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games. Additionally, Wurstfest will take place from now until November 12, giving you lots of time to plan on attending. Even though it’s an hour drive from Austin, it’s definitely a must-see event for all Austinites. If you missed it last weekend but are interested in eating some delicious food for 35 dollars, check out the Wurstfest here.



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3. East Austin Studio Tour

Everyone knows Austin is incredibly well-known for its awesome art culture. But it can be increasingly impossible to take the time of day to appreciate it, especially with the difficulties of being a UT student. Luckily, a non-profit group has organized a massive art event on November 11, 12, 18 and 19, providing opportunities for the public to see over 500 artists and their artwork throughout the city. So if you’ve been dying to become more involved in the art scene and want more details about this event, just click here.



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4. Outdoor Voices Dog Jog

An event where you can watch hundreds of dogs do nothing but jog around for hours? This might have been tailor-made for me. On November 19 at 9 am, Outdoor Voices will be hosting a casual 5k race featuring tons of dogs. The event benefits Austin Pets Alive!, whose programs save at-risk animals. And while the multiple dogs at this event are incentive enough, the dog jog will also feature tailgates, live music, and an appearance from dogs on my favorite viral Twitter account, @dog_rates. Find out more about it here.



(Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman)


5. UT Football Game against Texas Tech

After enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with your family and/or friends, it’s practically tradition to head over to see the Longhorns play a football game. On November 24, the Longhorns will be playing against Texas Tech University. While this year’s UT football team hasn’t exactly been the most inspiring to watch, things are looking up for this game. Tech is only one place away from last in the Big 12, so if you’re hoping to watch the Longhorns maybe win for once, click here for more details about the game.




7. Zilker Park Tree Lighting 

While I’m extremely tempted to say the dog jog is my favorite event happening this November in Austin, I’m not sure that anything can compete with the Zilker Park tree lighting ceremony. In Austin, the Christmas season officially begins on November 26 with this event. And along with the notable tree lighting ceremony, there will also be local entertainment, food and live music. So if you’re counting the days until Christmas, find out more details about the perfect event for you here


While this isn’t everything Austin has to offer this month, all of these events are must-sees for the autumn season. After reading and checking out all of the links, I hope this list helps you plan some incredibly exciting weekends for this November.