Our Favorite 9 Events
for the East Side
Words by Jessi Devenyns
September 30–October 30
What does a hand hold? Ask yourself this question as you visit the Gray Duck Gallery and consider artist W. Tucker’s work. Through his series of black and white drawings, you are asked to contemplate your own hands, and it may surprise you the power that lies in them.
2213 E. Cesar Chavez | grayduckgallery.com
For $20, you can admire the work of some of the world’s top tier contemporary artists. Whether you are an art aficionado or an art appreciator, POP Austin will enthrall your senses with its dynamic gallery setting that is purposefully free of any alienating aloofness to leave you free to experience each piece as it demands. The gallery will be held at Fair Market.
1100 East 5th St. | popaustin.com
Dia de los Muertos Music Festival
October 15, 3-10pm
At Fiesta Gardens, it is no surprise that the celebration of the blending of Día de los Muertos traditions is driven to a Latin beat. Featuring renowned recording artists from Texan and Latin traditions, music will flow all day while you wander around sampling different historical performances and traditions. General admission is $30, cash only at the door.
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. | austindiadelosmuertos.com
October 22, 6-11pm
Immerse yourself for one evening in an exploration of your childhood fantasies and consider how these once cherished memories influenced your adult self. Austin artist Denise Prince will host L’enfant Terrible at the Justine’s Secret House, as a vibrant and interactive multi-media exploration of this transformation, with the hope that you will be inspired to participate in the journey.
Texas Fireworks Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
October 31, 9:30pm
Bring your candy with you and come celebrate Halloween a little differently this year. Planet K will light up the sky with their annual intricately designed display of pyrotechnics at the Kreig Softball Fields.
517 S. Pleasant Valley | planetktexasfireworks.com
Austin Celtic Festival
November 5 & 6, 12-7:30pm
Would you like to take a peek into the past and celebrate authentic Celtic music, dance, sports, and dogs? Unlike many festivals of this type, the Austin Celtic Festival at Fiesta Gardens reaches beyond the gimmicky costumes to highlight the traditions and achievements in craftsmanship that made the Celtic people leaders in folk music, dance, and artisanal works.
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. | austincelticfestival.com
October 29–November 26
Art.Science.Gallery presents dino-inspired art which will be on exhibit at Austin’s only gallery for artwork galvanized by science. Explore prehistoric biology, paleontology, and ecology before the extinction of this one-of-a-kind show.
916 Springdale Rd. Building 2 #102 | artsciencegallery.com
Texas Book Festival
November 5 & 6
With Nick Offerman, Hannah Hart, and T.C. Boyle on the schedule, there is now even more reason to come celebrate literacy and creativity in Central Texas at the Texas Book Festival. Even if you don’t want to spend your weekend with your nose in a book, all ages can enjoy live music, local food, cooking demonstrations, and readings from reputed authors.
East Austin Community Fall Festival
November 5, 12:30-6pm
It’s that time of the year again for the 3rd Annual East Austin Community Fall Festival. The event will take place at Space12. Come enjoy great food, listen to live music, shop vendors, and meet your neighbors.
3121 E. 12th St.