October 2: Made famous by the reality show America’s Got Talent, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is visiting Austin with his collection of puppets for laughs. Frank Erwin Center, 8 p.m.
October 3: Carlos Mencia At Close Range Tour. The notorious Latino stand-up comic is bringing his crack-up show to Austin. Frank Erwin Center, 8 p.m.
October 3 – 5: Austin Record Convention. Are you a music junkie? Come out to this event and buy and trade CDs, LPs, and DVDs. This is the 30th year of this uniquely Austin event and is the largest such convention in the United States. Crockett Event Center,.
October 4: Chuck Klosterman, SPIN columnist and quirky author of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, visits BookPeople to promote his first novel, Downtown Owl. 3 p.m.
October 4: Eid Al Fitr Carnival 2008. This event is hosted by the Muslim American Society of Austin to promote tolerance and understanding. It will feature a combination of the modern and traditional: face painting, ping pong, henna moon walks, ethnic clothing vendors, Wii, football, ethnic food, a bazaar, and more. It will be held at the North Austin Muslim Community Center at 11900 N. Lamar Blvd.
October 4: Austin Family Music Festival. More than 24 acts will appear at this third annual event, including Kelly Willis, Bruce Robinson, the Biscuit Brothers, and PBS’ Mr. Steve. The children can play on a variety of musical instruments and take a musical hayride. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms,1400 Pioneer Farms Drive, 10 a.m.
October 5: The Austin Symphony presents the Halloween Children’s Concert. Bring the kiddos in their costumes to enjoy creepy music and storybook classics such as Wizard of Oz and Peter and the Wolf. Ideal for children ages 2 through 10. The Long Center, 2 p.m.
October 12: Black Tie Boots Ball. This inaugural event will be attended by honorary chairs Governor Rick Perry and First Lady, and is benefiting The Central Texas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There will be live music, a silent auction, and a live auction with luxury items. The Hilton Downtown Austin. Cocktail reception: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner and dancing: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
October 14: A Night of Island Wishes . benefit for the Make A Wish foundation. It will be held at Roy’s, which serves upscale Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi will be there, along with celebrity guests. Tickets are required and cost $150 - $200. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
October 15: Phantom Planet and The Rocket Summer play at Emo’s. Doors open at 8 p.m.
October 15: Popular Latin American singer Luis Miguel performs at the Frank Erwin Center, 8 p.m.
October 16: La Dolce Vita . food and wine festival. This event, going on its 19th year, supports the Austin Museum of Art’s exhibitions and education programs. Attendees can listen to live music while tasting food from more than 50 Austin chefs and sipping wine from a variety of Texas wineries. AMOA - Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, 6 – 9 p.m.
October 16 – 23: The Austin Film Festival and Conference . Going on its 15th anniversary, this nationally recognized film industry event will screen 190 different films across Austin. The film festival always attracts a multitude of A-list actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers. You can attend workshops and panels, or just screenings. This year’s special honoree is actor Sam Shepherd.