With the Austin City Limits Music Festival kicking off, Halloween at the end of the month and everything in between, there definitely isn’t a shortage of things to indulge in during October.
This month, Austin will become a smorgasbord of comedy, art, costumes, parties, festivals and of course, live music. Here are 10 events worth experiencing:
Austin Comic Con (Oct. 2-4. Austin Convention Center. $39.95-$79.95. www.wizardworld.com/austin.html)
Day two of the "con" is underway at 2 p.m. and will go on until 9 p.m. Austin Comic Con will be stocked with some pretty sweet guests, including Summer Glau of "Firefly," Allison Mack of "Smallville," ESPN’s Michael Smith and former WWE superstar the Undertaker. Aside from the special guest appearances, which come with autograph and photo opps, be on the lookout for all kinds of comics, video games and more.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. ACL Live. $82-$178. www.acl-live.com.)
Starr was solidified as musical royalty from the start as the renowned drummer for the Beatles. At 74, this Beatle now has another all-star band, including Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana, Richard Page of Mr. Mister and Todd Rundgren.
Jim Gaffigan (Oct. 23. Bass Concert Hall. $50-$76. www.texasperformingarts.com)
Gaffigan has made a name for himself through his popular specials on Comedy Central and appearances on TV shows, in movies and on bookshelves. His book, "Dad Is Fat," is a New York Times bestseller, and he’s back with new book "Food: A Love Story" and will be in Austin for a standup show ($76 tickets include an autographed copy if his new book).
Austin Film Festival (Oct. 23-30. Various locations downtown and surrounding areas. $12-$675. www.austinfilmfestival.com)
The Paramount Theatre, Alamo Village, Long Center Rollins Theatre, Hideout Theater and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Musuem IMAX Theater will play host to 180 films over eight days. The conference part of the festival celebrates writing and includes interactive panels with writers, actors and directors.
B.o.B (Oct. 24. Stubb’s. $27-$30. www.stubbsaustin.com)
One of hip-hop’s young, bright stars, Atlanta’s B.o.B has three studio albums and countless chart-topping hip-hop/pop hits under his belt ("Nothin’ on You," "Airplanes" and "So Good" to name three). Now, he’s following the release of his latest two projects, "Underground Luxury" and "No Genre Pt. 2," with his "No Genre" tour.
Texas Book Festival (Oct. 25-26. Free. Texas State Capitol and surrounding area. www.texasbookfestival.org.)
Since its christening in 1995, the Texas Book Fest has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, hosting about 275 authors who engage in book signings, readings, panel discussions and cooking demonstrations.
La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival (Oct. 16. $175. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/la-dolce-vita)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of this event, and participating restaurants include Chavez, Lucky Robot and Barlata Tapas Bar; wineries include 4.0 Cellars, McPherson Cellars and Pedernales Cellars. There will also be sweets, coffee and a cocktail lounge. Proceeds benefit the education programs at the Contemporary Austin.
Austin Celtic Festival (Oct. 18-19. Fiesta Gardens. $12-$20. www.austincelticfestival.com)
Music from acts such as the Karan Casey Band, Tannahill Weavers and fiddler Liz Carroll will celebrate Celtic heritage, along with Celtic food, dance, animals, history and even sports on display. Don’t forget to have haggis while you’re there.
Zombie Ball Masquerade (Oct. 31. $35-$65. ACL Live. www.acl-live.com/calendar/zombie-ball-2014)
ACL Live transforms into the ghoulish home of the sixth annual Zombie Ball Masquerade on Halloween. This year’s masquerade is headlined by Neon Trees and Austin’s T Bird and the Breaks. Hosting the night are Booker, Alex and Sara of 94.5’s MIX Morning Show. There will also be aerial acrobatics, a red carpet and, of course, a Halloween costume contest.
Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest (Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. Free. www.circuitoftheamericas.com/cotafanfest)
Timed to the third Formula One United States Grand Prix race in Austin, this downtown event will showcase 48 acts on several downtown stages, anchored in Republic Square Park. The lineup includes Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, De La Soul and the Texas Torndados.