Culture calendar: October 2019

Rock out at Austin City Limits

October 4 to 6 and October 11 to 13

Austin bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and its annual six-day extravaganza is a highlight. This year’s lineup will showcase 140 acts including Guns N’ Roses, Rosalía, Mumford & Sons, and Childish Gambino. Attendees can also sample craft beers and enjoy bites by local favorites such as Torchy’s Tacos.


Experience a landmark cultural event

October 11 to 13

The attractions will be wide-ranging and impressive at the 20th anniversary of The New Yorker Festival. Take a master class on writing with Teju Cole and Zadie Smith, see Patti Smith in conversation with New Yorker editor David Remnick, or witness a debate on American identity by novelists Téa Obreht and Ocean Vuong, among other events.


Listen in on big ideas

October 12 to 17

At Chicago Ideas Week, immersive experiences include a yoga class surrounded by adoptable bunnies and a workshop on relieving stress and increasing happiness. Exonerated 5 member Yusef Salaam and New York City–based psychiatrist and health and wellness advocate Jessica Clemons will speak on resilience.


Watch world-class cyclists compete in London

October 22 to 27

Six Day London will pit some of the world’s best cyclists, including Olympic gold medalists Owain Doull, Katie Archibald, and Elinor Barker, against each other in a series of track cycling races at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In the epic “Madison” relay race, each team member brings his or her partner into the race with a hand-sling.


Summit on the future of health

October 28 to 30

At the Future of Health Summit in Washington, D.C., presented by the Milken Institute, visitors can expect interactive panel discussions and talks on the latest in biomedical innovation, public health, aging, and longevity. More than 125 speakers are scheduled to attend, including Nir Barzilai, M.D. (director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and Christy Turlington Burns (founder of Every Mother Counts).


Upcoming events at The Shed at Hudson Yards:

October 9 to January 19: Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates

Budapest-born Agnes Denes has been dubbed the “Queen of Land Art” for her pioneering conceptual, environmental, and ecological pieces. This major retrospective will look at more than 150 works spanning her 50-year career, including her iconic Wheatfield—A Confrontation (1982), known as one of New York City’s greatest public art projects. It will also showcase new Shed commissions.


October 11 to October 25: William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance

One of the world’s most renowned and groundbreaking choreographers presents an electrifying combination of new and existing work—set primarily to the sounds of the dancers’ breath.