The largest genre film festival in the United States is a pet project of our very own Alamo Drafthouse. Specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action films, this event lets badgeholders enjoy everything from big blockbusters (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) to niche works (24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters) to wacky events (A Satanic Panic Room). Purchase badges here. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.
Get ready to laugh until it hurts at Funny or Die’s festival stop in Austin. Festivalgoers can expect comedic geniuses like Dane Cook and Baby Cobra funnywoman Ali Wong. Purchase tickets here. Austin360 Amphitheater
For two days, Sixth Street transforms itself as the host for this long-running festival that celebrates everything about downtown Austin. Peruse crafts from local makers, sample delicious bites, and dance in the streets to musical guests at this family-friendly gathering. Free admission
Austin City Limits Music Festival is celebrating 15 years and still going strong. This year, expect closing shows from Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, and Mumford & Sons, plus countless incredible acts (Colombian sensations, Bomba Estéreo, R&B crooner Torey Lanez, and tropical house DJ Kygo, to name a few) and more intimate night shows scheduled in between—trust us, this year's event will be one for the books. Purchase here. Zilker Park
A combination of powerhouse conferences and exclusive screenings, Austin Film Festival helps screenwriters and filmmakers achieve their dreams. This time around, look forward to discussions with award-winning writers—which opens with Loving featuring writer Jeff Nichols in attendance—a panel with Saturday Night Live writers, and a script-to-screen analysis of I Love You, Man with Jason Segel. Purchase badges and passes here. Various locations
Though countless pubs around town get into their German spirit come autumn, few go as big as Rainey Street hot spot, Banger’s. Though details have yet to emerge, attendees can prepare for food specials, games, traditional live music, and of course beer from the third-largest draft system in Texas. 79 & 81 Rainey St., 512-386-1656
Ever wanted to go to a concert in a castle? Fun Fun Fun Fest may be no more, but in its place is an incredible lineup (Phantogram, Run The Jewels, Big Boi) scheduled for Sound on Sound Fest's debut at Sherwood Forest. Camp on-site at the 23-acre Renaissance village to get immersed in a weekend of standup comedy, panel sessions, and of course amazing sounds. Purchase tickets here. Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade