Visit the ACL Festival, attend the inaugural Williamson County Rodeo and 7 other events to experience in Northwest Austin

After being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ACL festival returns to Zilker Park. (Iain Oldman / Community Impact Journal)

OCT. 1-3 & OCT. 8-10 Attend the ACL Festival

After being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ACL festival is returning to Zilker Park. The festival features over 100 headliners, including Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent, George Strait and Megan Thee Stallion. Show times vary. Ticket prices vary. Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Road, Austin. 888-512-7469.

OCT. 1-10 Eat in Austin restaurants

Austin Restaurant Weeks kicks off in early October at participating restaurants across the city. The 10-day event features special drinks and meals at local restaurants and helps raise funds for the Central Texas Food Bank. The prices of the plates vary. Locations vary. 512-684-2549.

OCT. 7 watch US Soccer compete in its quest for the next FIFA World Cup

The United States Men’s National Team visits Stadium Q2 on their way to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The national team faces Jamaica in their fourth of 14 total qualifying matches. 6:30 p.m. $ 125- $ 950. Q2 Stadium, 10414 McKalla Place, Austin.

OCT. 16 grab ice cream with the Texas Stars

The Texas Stars, the minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, kick off their season in October with a homestand at Cedar Park. The Stars host the Iowa Wild for a two-game set. 7 p.m. $ 18- $ 52. HEB Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-467-8277.

OCT. 16, 23, 30 NOV. 6 Enjoy live music while shopping

Domain Northside hosts several local musicians throughout the month of October as part of its “Northside Rocks” series. Acts include the Peterson brothers, Donovan Keith, Dossey and Quiet Company. 5 pm-6:30pm Free. The Northside Lawn, 11821 Rock Rose Ave., Austin. 512-758-7937.

OCT. 21-23 Rope in the County Rodeo

Williamson County’s first fair and rodeo kicks off on October 21 with three days of family programming. Held in Taylor, the weekend event features a carnival, live music, a local farmers market, pig races and professional rodeo competitions. Times vary. Tickets $ 5 and more. Williamson County Exhibition Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor. 512-238-2101.

OCT. 21-28 Watch movies at a film festival

The Austin Film Festival offers eight consecutive evenings of special film screenings. The festival also includes a 4-day writers’ conference and industry panels. Tickets for individual screenings will be available in October. Screen times vary. Badges range from $ 70 to $ 650. 512-478-4795.

OCT. 22-24 COTA race for Formula 1 events

The 2021 Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix returns for three days of racing and events at the Circuit of the Americas. Musician Billy Joel is headline-grabbing the post-qualifying festivities on Saturday before the main event of the United States Grand Prix kicks off on Sunday afternoon. Event times vary. Tickets $ 49 and more. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-301-6600.

OCT. 23 – Discover Pet-Toberfest

P&F Pet Provisions pet supply store hosts the Pet-Tober Fest with over 55 vendors. The event includes live demonstrations and a costume contest. Small and large pets are welcome to participate with their owners in the Halloween costume event. 10 am-4pm Free. The Estate, 10910 Domain Drive, Austin. 512-956-9000.

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