• FESTIVALS IN AUSTIN

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    Austin is a 24-hour town populated by an upstart mix of musicians, techies, film pros, athletes and foodies - and our yearly events calendar shows it. The Austin Marathon draws 20,000 runners from around the world. The Austin Food + Wine Festival welcomes visitors from across the nation and showcase the best innovative cuisine. Old Settler's Music Festival has been celebrating the best of Americana, bluegrass and roots music for more than 30 years; and Fantastic Fest, which features sci-fi, horror, fantasy and other genre films, has become a favorite of film buffs and celebrities alike. SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals expand every year and the Austin City Limits Music Festival will once again welcome 70,000 fans per day to Zilker Park for performances by more than 100 bands.

    Chairlift at ACL Festival 2016 Weekend 1
    Credit Charles Reagan Hackleman, courtesy ACL Festival.

    Here are our top picks for must-attend Austin events in the new year.

    January

    Free Week
    Red River Cultural District
    Hundreds of local bands participate in this week of free live music that encompasses venues all over downtown Austin.

    Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival
    Huston-Tillotson University
    March from the University of Texas to Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

    February

    Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
    Downtown Austin
    Nearly 20,000 participants, 40 bands and a course through Austin’s scenic neighborhoods make this race a must-hit for everyone.

    Austin Oyster Festival
    Republic Square
    Try every style of oyster at this annual food fest, while enjoying live Cajun and “newgrass” music.

    Carnaval Brasileiro
    Emo's
    Experience authentic Brasileiro-style samba, costumes and wild abandon at one of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil.

    OUTsider Festival
    Various Locations
    As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQI community for five days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, visual art and more.

    Ellen Page at SXSW Film

    Ellen Page at SXSW Film. Photo by Robert A Tobiansky, Getty Images for SXSW.

    March

    ABC Kite Fest
    Zilker Park
    The nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air, kite flying contests, food, games and more all for free.

    Austin Urban Music Festival
    Auditorium Shores
    Some 15,000+ fans converge on Auditorium Shores for this festival celebrating R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop music.

    GT World Challenge America
    Circuit of The Americas
    This racing series features more than 100 production-based cars that have been prepped specially for racing. There will even be access to the paddock to see the cars up close, hear the engines roar and speak with the drivers.

    Rodeo Austin 
    Travis County Expo Center
    Over the years, Rodeo Austin has grown from a show featuring 16 animals into one of Austin's premier events, featuring ProRodeo events, daily concerts, livestock show and more.

    St. Patrick's Day Festival
    Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
    This family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day fest celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!

    MARCH 2020 DATES CANCELLED
    SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival

    Various Locations
    Noted filmmakers, musicians and thought leaders showcase music, film and interactive media at this international event.

    World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play
    Austin Country Club
    The WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play returns to historic Austin Country Club, bringing the top 64 golfers in the world for a weekend of golf action.

    Artist MiYoung Lee and her booth from Art City Austin 2015
    Art City Austin. Credit Rich Merritt.

    April

    Art City Austin Festival
    Republic Square
    The event will showcase a highly curated selection of 75+ local and visiting visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans and makers showcasing and selling their work.

    Austin Food + Wine Festival
    Auditorium Shores
    Join top chefs, sommeliers and winemakers from across Austin and the nation for a three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other.

    Austin International Poetry Festival
    Various Locations
    Poets from around the world, country, and all of Texas gather for four days of live performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival in April.

    Austin Reggae Fest
    Auditorium Shores
    A fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.

    Fusebox Festival
    Various Locations
    This hybrid arts festival champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts.

    IndyCar Challenge
    Circuit of The Americas
    The popular, American-bred IndyCar series tackles COTA’s curves, along with special COTA Super Stage performances from award winning bands.

    Lonestar Round Up
    Travis County Expo Center
    A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, and bringing visitors from all over the world.

    Moontower Comedy Festival
    The Paramount Theatre & Other Locations
    Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, brings the funniest comics to Austin each April.

    Old Settler's Music Festival
    Tilmon, TX
    Central Texas' signature music event features three days of Americana and roots rock live music from around the world, camping, family events, food and libations.

    May

    Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
    Various Locations
    Catch screenings of contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula.

    Hot Luck Festival
    Various Locations
    Come hungry and thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots, to this eat-with-your-fingers food festival highlighting culinary know-how and live music.

    JMBLYA Music Festival
    Circuit of The Americas™
    This one-day music festival showcases the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music today.

    Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
    East Sixth Street
    Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafters turn Sixth Street–historically called Pecan Street–into a lively street fair.

    West Austin Studio Tour
    Across West Austin
    The West Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that celebrates Austin’s talented and wildly diverse creative community. 

    Festival-goers share a toast at the Austin Food + Wine Festival 2015
    Courtesy of Austin Food + Wine Festival.

    June

    African American Book Festival
    George Washington Carver Museum
    This free, annual literary event showcases new works by and about African-Americans.

    ATX Television Festival
    Downtown Austin
    The first festival devoted to television, ATX Television Festival features premieres of new series, current hits and cult favorites.

    Austin Asian American Film Festival
    Around Austin
    Asian and Asian-American cultures and experiences are promoted at this fest showcasing cinema and the creativity of Asian-American artists.

    July

    Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony
    Auditorium Shores
    The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.

    Hot Summer Nights
    Red River Cultural District
    Venues throughout the Red River Cultural District host four days of free live music, alongside local food and vendors.

    Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
    Circuit of The Americas™
    This annual event features a star-studded lineup, headlined by Nelson himself, and a fireworks display at the end of the night.

    Bat Bridge Skyline Meeting Planner Toolkit MPG
    Credit Pierce Ingram.

    August

    All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF)
    Various Locations
    The oldest and largest LGBTQI film fest in the Southwest is also the largest LGBTQI cultural event in Austin.

    Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
    Fiesta Gardens
    Join in one of the world’s largest hot sauce festivals, which attracts as many as 10,000 spectators each year.

    Austin Pride Parade & Festival
    Fiesta Gardens and Downtown Austin
    Don’t miss the festival and parade down Congress Avenue during the largest annual LGBTQI advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas.

    Bat Fest
    Congress Avenue Bridge
    Celebrate the world's largest urban bat colony, which takes up seasonal residence beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, with live music, children's activities and a costume contest. 

    Capital City Black Film Festival
    Austin Convention Center
    Recognizing black filmmakers, the Capital City Black Film Festival provides a stage for burgeoning talent in the heart of Austin.

    September

    Fantastic Fest
    Various Venues
    The largest genre film festival in the U.S. specializes in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and more from around the world.

    Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
    Various Locations
    Comedians from around the country head to Austin for this festival showcasing the best in improv, sketch and stand-up.

    Pecan Street Fall Arts Festival
    East Sixth Street
    Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafters turn Sixth Street–historically called Pecan Street–into a lively street fair.

    Texas Tribune Festival
    Downtown Austin
    This annual event brings students, educators, journalists, politicians, policy makers and other political junkies to the Capital of Texas for three days of informative and engaging sessions.

    People wait in line at the Texas Book Festival in front of the capitol building
    Courtesy of Texas Book Festival.

    October

    Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Zilker Park
    One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival includes 140+ musical acts over two weekends.

    Austin Film Festival
    Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
    Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.

    Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
    Circuit of The Americas
    Experience three days of F1 racing, camping, live music events, headline performances by international acts and more.

    LEVITATION
    Downtown Austin
    This independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world.

    Texas Craft Brewers Festival
    Fiesta Gardens 
    The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers, featuring the best of Texas craft beer and the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.

    Texas Teen Book Festival
    Georgetown, TX
    This one-day festival invites readers to engage with some of the best YA authors in the country.

    Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
    Downtown Austin
    Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, featuring a Grand Procession, art activities and demos, traditional foods, live music and performances throughout the day.

    November

    Austin Celtic Festival
    Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
    This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.

    Chuy's Christmas Parade
    Congress Avenue
    A procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats usher in the season of giving. 

    East Austin Studio Tour
    Various Locations
    More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure during this bi-annual event.

    Texas Book Festival
    Texas State Capitol Building
    Enjoy readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and exhibiting vendors.

    Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
    Long Center for the Performing Arts
    Visitors are invited to sample as many of Texas’ best BBQ joints as possible at one of Austin’s most delicious festivals.

    Austin Trail of Lights
    Austin Trail of Lights. Credit Dear Wesleyann Photography.

    December

    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
    Palmer Events Center
    The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun with nearly 200 artists and makers, live music daily, interactive activities, local food and two full bars.

    Austin Music Video Festival
    Various Locations
    AMVFest celebrates Austin’s long-standing music video heritage with screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops around town.

    Austin's New Year
    Auditorium Shores
    This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with 4 stages, 22 bands, visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and a grand fireworks finale.

    Trail of Lights
    Zilker Park
    The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. Plan your visit early and don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

     
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