Planning your social and holiday events

Things are different this year, and many social events and gatherings will not be the same, or happening at all. To help you plan, we've made a list of how these iconic Austin events will be taking place for the remainder of the year.

Posted on 10/21/2020 by Austin Chamber of Commerce

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  • UT football and tailgates

    It's no question that Texans love supporting their Longhorn football, inside and outside the stadium. Occupancy at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium has been reduced to 25%, holding about 18,000 fans rather than the usual of a little over 100,000. Floor markings have been placed to encourage social distancing, as well as hand sanitizer stands around the stadium. Masks are also required.

    Due to COVID-19, tailgating has been banned on and around campus. However, Ryan Lepper, owner of Horn-Ball Texas Tailgaters found a safe way to go around the university ban. His group is the only group with approval to tailgate.

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  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    Originally scheduled to be held early in October, the festival will no longer take place in order to help keep the Austin community, musicians, staff, and visitors safe. However, they will commemorate the festival on October 9-11 with a free broadcast.

    The festival plans to celebrate its 20th year anniversary October 1-3 and 8-10 in 2021.

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  • Halloween trick-or-treating

    Halloween door-to-door trick-or-treating is not banned in Austin but is strongly recommended to not participate.

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  • Formula 1 Grand Prix

    After selling out last year, COTA officials have confirmed that this year's race is canceled.

    However, COTA invites the community to an all-new "Peppermint Parkway" holiday experience from November 27 to December 27.

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  • Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

    Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Turkey Trot will take place virtually. They are shaking things up this year to comply with state regulations, but Austinites and visitors will still be able to purchase bibs and log their activity. Profits will once again go to Caritas of Austin to help end homelessness in Austin.

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  • Black Friday shopping

    Deals can still be had on Cyber Monday! But the jury is still out on the traditional Black Friday activities like long lines and camping outside stores.

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  • Austin Trail of Lights

    Rewinding back in time to how the Trail of Lights used to operate, the free event might be done by way of a drive-through, allowing 1300 cars per night. Tickets are now on sale!

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  • Mozart's Christmas light show

    Known for over one million LED lights, synchronized music, and a live pianist, Mozart's light show is an Austin tradition.

    Mozart's will be putting on a COVID-Cautious Light Show beginning November 11-January 6.

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