9 Austin Events You Can’t Miss This September

September 02, 2015

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Cirque Du Soleil Kooza

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to announce its return to Austin with the big top production, KOOZA. KOOZA will premiere on Thursday, September 3 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow big top located at the Circuit of The Americas.

Since its premiere in April of 2007, KOOZA has performed over 2,700 shows in 47 cities, in 12 countries, on three different continents. Over 4 million spectators have enjoyed this critically acclaimed show.

The story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world, KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

When: September 2 – October 8, 2015
Where: Circuit of The Americas
Tickets: Purchase here



Austin Cactus and Succulent Society

Plant show with specimen cacti and succulent plants from around the world with plant sales with vendors from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. There will also be handcrafted pottery, daily silent auction and hourly plant raffles.

When: September 5 – September 6 10AM to 5PM
Where: Zilker Botanical Gardens
Tickets: FREE admission with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children & seniors). Facebook event here.


Odd Duck Bake Sale

Labor Day Weekend Summer Sale + Odd Duck Pop-Up Bake Sale

On Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (until 5 p.m on Sunday) Métier will put select merchandise on sale out in the side yard, including select knives, tools, books and apparel. Sale will take place all day during opening hours. Take a browse while enjoying complimentary beer from Hops & Grain.

Odd Duck’s Susana Querejazu Pop-Up Bake Sale is Saturday, September 5 starting at 10AM (until sold out). Pastry chef of Odd Duck, Susana Querejazu, will host a pop-up bakeshop at Métier! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Zilker Elementary School Edible Garden. Cash and credit card will be accepted.

When: September 5 – September 7 10AM to 6PM
Where: Métier, 1805 South First Street, Austin, TX 78704


Hotel Ella Tailgate Series

Hotel Ella Tailgate Series

The Hotel Ella Tailgate Series returns this fall with four custom-crafted tailgate events coinciding with University of Texas home football games.

Cheer on the Longhorns while enjoying a complimentary buffet by Goodall’s Kitchen, Deep Eddy Vodka and High Brew Coffee cocktails, beer & wine, shuttles to & from the stadium, and pre-game & game broadcasts on flat-screens under the tent on the Hotel Ella lawn.

When: 9.12 / 9.19 / 10.24 / 11.7
Where: Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705
More Info: https://hotelellatailgate.splashthat.com/


UT Football Games

UT Football vs. RICE

The University of Texas football season kicks off with it’s second game against the Rice Owls.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7PM
Where: Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Tickets:  Tickets will be on sale here


Whiskies Of The World Austin

Hotel Ella Tailgate Series

Discover The Art of Whisky Thursday, September 17 at the highly acclaimed Whiskies of the World Austin expo, an evening of education and enjoyment of all things whisky. With hundreds of whiskies to taste, whisky masterclasses and food and cigar pairings, this event will satiate the savviest connoisseur. Whiskies of the World Austin will lead whisky lovers on the ultimate journey, showcasing the most unique whiskies while providing them the opportunity to converse with the personalities that comprise the whisky world.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 6-7PM Bon Vivant Hour & 7-10PM General Admission
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701
Tickets:  On Sale Now | General Admission $120 Bon Vivant Hour an additional $85



BarkHappy’s Charity Doggy Ice Cream Social

Dog lovers can expect an afternoon filled with contests, games and treats for themselves and their four-legged friends including:

· Dog ice cream eating competitions
· Fire Hydrant Ring Toss
· Complimentary Nail Trimmings and Dog Tattoos
· K9 Agility Course
· BarkHappy Social App Scavenger Hunt
· Complimentary dog treat buffet
· Free Craft beer
· Raffle prizes and more

When: Sunday, September 20th, 11am-2pm
Where: Fair Market, 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
Tickets: Register here



Péché’s Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Péché is pleased to announce its third annual Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser, taking place all night at the restaurant on Tuesday, September 22, starting at 4 p.m.

Keeping true to the Alzheimer’s Association theme, we will be featuring a purple cocktail called the French 69 (gin, champagne, St. Germain, crème de violette and lemon). Every 69 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease–a fact inspiring the name for the speciality cocktail.

In addition to the featured cocktail, Chef John will feature specials for the evening, and 10% of every patron’s check will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association team, Angels for Alice.

When: September 22th, 4PM
Where: Péché, 208 W 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701


Pecan Street Festival

Pecan Street Festival

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation presented by The Pecan Street Association, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization.
  • More than 50 of Austin’s top musical acts, from up-and-comers to renowned veterans, perform on three stages, located on Trinity, Neches and Red River streets.
  • Thirty food vendors located throughout the festival offer both indulgent and healthy options from crepes, funnel cakes and regional cuisine, to smoothies and fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • Kid-friendly activities include rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, interactive workshops, street magicians and more.

When: Sept 26 & 27, 2015
Where: 6th Street
More Info: http://pecanstreetfestival.org/


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.