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By Molly McManus

Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 12 – 14, Zilker Park

An amazing lineup, ridiculously good food and drink, and too-good-to-be-true people watching all encompass the 10th edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Although tickets are sold out, you can refer to for individuals selling their tickets, as well as for after shows and parties that extend the festival to legendary Austin venues all weekend long. Check out for more information.

ACL Lineup Highlights
Friday The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, M. Ward, The Afghan Whigs, Florence + the Machine
Saturday Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, The Roots, Neil Young, Jack White
Sunday Gary Clark Jr., Iggy & The Stooges, Ruthie Foster, The Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Texas Tribune Festival
Sept. 21 – 23, University of Texas

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public media organization with a mission that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics and government. In its second year, the Texas Tribune Festival will bring together renowned leaders from throughout the state and nation to discuss significant issues of politics and public policy. This year’s topics include Health and Human Services, Energy and Environment, Public and Higher Education, Race and Immigration, Law and Order, and Trade and Transportation. Governor Rick Perry will speak at the opening session of the festival, interviewed by CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, Evan Smith. Throughout the weekend, there will be more than 80 elected officials present, including public policy professionals, issue activists and advocates, leaders from academia and the like, including Attorney General Greg Abbott and executive director of the Nature Conservancy, Laura Huffman. The closing session will include a panel discussion made up of Gwen Ifill, Hendrik Hertzberg, Julie Mason and Maggie Haberman. For more information and to register, visit

Austin Film Festival & Conference
Oct. 18 – 25, various locations in downtown Austin

This October, Austin Film Festival & Conference will once again showcase the very best that the city has to offer—convenient downtown venues, fun parties at Austin’s finest bars and restaurants, and community partnerships— while presenting an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings and independent films. Film screenings are complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers. Be the first to see the movies everyone will be discussing in 2013 at the 19th-annual Austin Film Festival. More information, schedule, badges, film passes and party registration are available at

Panelist Spotlight: Elizabeth Avellan, producer of Sin City, Machete, Predators and Grindhouse; Alec Berg, writer and executive producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld; Tim Talbot, writer for South Park; and Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids, The Office and Arrested Development.

Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov. 2 – 4, Auditorium Shores

Need a little fun in your life? Don’t miss out on the sixth-annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. This festival is an independent-genre-based festival known as one of the most relaxed, creative and pioneering festivals in music today. FFF is custom booked for the most passionate underground and progressive musicians, comedians and fans throughout the world, featuring a lineup that will knock your socks off. Acts include Santigold, the Head and the Heart, Run DMC, De La Soul and local acts the Black Angels and Not in the Face. In addition to music and comedy, FFF also encompasses fantastic food, fashion and art. To view the full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit

Texas Book Festival
Oct. 27 – 28

The 17th-annual Texas Book Festival will once again celebrate authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination. The two days are packed full with readings, presentations, panel discussions, musical entertainment, book signings, food vendors and activities for kids. Started by first lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and a passionate supporter of literacy, the Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and serves to benefit the state’s public libraries. Approximately 40,000 people participate in the fun-filled weekend, making it one of the premier literary events in the country. Our recommendation for the must see author of 2012 is the larger-than-life, hilarious Joe Nick Patoski. Patoski will be at the festival promoting his latest book, The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. Patoski’s experience is vast, as he has written about Texas and Texans for four decades, from Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughn, to B.B. King and Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to engage with this charismatic, legendary Texas author.

Other Must-See Austin Authors
H.W. Brands, The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr; The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
Michael Brick, Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids, and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform
Douglas Brinkley, Cronkite
David Dettmer, The Texas Book Two: More Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University
Michael L. Gillette, Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History
Turk Pipkin, Building Hope: The Story of The Nobelity Project and Mahiga Hope High School; Dan Rather, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News
Jan Reid, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards
Scott Roberts, The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love
Steven Saylor, The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World
John Spong, A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove
W.K. Stratton, Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing ’s Invisible Champion
Mark Updegrove, Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency
Ralph Yznaga, Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas

For dates and times to hear and meet these authors, visit



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