Events in Austin
Austin’s exciting year-round events celebrate everything from live music and the arts to local foods and fun holiday happenings.
For current details and dates, go to visitaustin.org/events or the event’s website.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Zilker Park, aclfestival.com One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six- day festival includes 140+ musical acts over two weekends.
Austin Urban Music Festival
More than 15,000 fans converge on Auditorium Shores for this festival celebrating R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop music.
One of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil. Experience authentic Brasileiro-style samba costumes and wild abandon.
Red River Cultural District,
Hundreds of local bands participate in this week of free live music that encompasses venues all over downtown.
H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4Th Concert & Fireworks
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake.
Circuit of The Americas
This one-day music festival showcases the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music today.
Red River Cultural District
Four days of live music in downtown Austin, featuring psychedelic light shows.
Old Settler’S Music Festival
Central Texas’ signature music event features Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations.
African American Book Festival
George Washington Carver Museum
This free annual literary event showcases new works by and about African- Americans.
Art City Austin
Nearly 200 national artists, local restaurants, two music stages and art activities make this one of the city’s favorite festivals.
Austin Museum Day
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.
East Austin Studio Tour
More than 70 Eastside studios open their doors for the public’s viewing and purchasing pleasure.
A hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts.
This multidisciplinary art festival brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community and showcases film, performance art, music, visual arts and more.
Pecan Street Festival (Spring & Fall)
Historic Sixth Street
Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafters turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair.
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol & Congress Avenue
Enjoy readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and special exhibitors.
West Austin Studio Tour
The West Austin Studio Tour is a free self-guided tour that celebrates Austin’s talented and wildly diverse creative community.
Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker Hillside Theater
Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free summer musical at Zilker Park, Thursdays through Sundays, beginning around sunset.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
One of the world’s largest hot sauce festivals attracts nearly 10,000 spectators each year.
Austin Food + Wine Festival
Join top chefs, sommeliers and winemakers from across Austin and the nation for a three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other.
Austin Oyster Festival
Try every style of oyster at this annual food fest while enjoying live Cajun and “newgrass” music.
An eat-with-your-fingers food festival highlighting culinary know-how and live music. Come hungry and thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
This annual event showcases the thriving Texas beer community and lets visitors sample the best of local craft beer.
Film & Video
All Genders, Lifestyles And Identities Film Festival (Agliff) Various Locations
The oldest and largest LGBTQ film fest in the Southwest is also the biggest LGBTQ cultural event in Austin.
Atx Television Festival
The first festival devoted to television features premieres of new series, current hits and cult favorites.
Austin Asian American Film Festival
This festival promotes Asian and Asian-American cultures and experiences through media arts, showcasing cinema and the creativity of Asian-American artists.
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
One of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on top-billed films and indies alike.
Austin Music Video Festival
AMVF celebrates Austin’s long-standing music video heritage with screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops around town.
Capital City Black Film Festival
Recognizing Black filmmakers, this movie festival provides a stage for burgeoning talent in the heart of Austin.
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Catch screenings of contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula.
The largest genre film festival in the U.S. specializes in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and more from around the world.
SXSW® Music, Film And Interactive Conferences And Festivals
Austin Convention Center & Across Austin
Noted filmmakers, musicians and thought leaders showcase music, film and interactive media at this international event.
Moontower Comedy Festival
Paramount Theatre & Other Locations
Moontower Comedy Festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, brings the funniest comics to Austin.
Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country head to Austin for this festival, showcasing the best in improv, sketch and stand-up.
Austin Pride Parade & Festival
Fiesta Gardens & Downtown Austin
Don’t miss the festival and parade down Congress Avenue during the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas.
Martin Luther King Festival
March from the University of Texas to Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
St. Patrick’S Day Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops and the finest Irish imports at this family-friendly fest.
Viva La Vida Parade & Festival
Austin’s largest and longest-running Di´a de los Muertos festival features a grand procession, activities, traditional foods, artists and live music.
Sports & Outdoors
Abc Kite Fest
The nation’s oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air, kite flying contests, food, games and more.
Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Nearly 20,000 participants, 40 bands and a course through Austin’s scenic neighborhoods make this race a must-hit for everyone.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Enjoy live music, children’s activities, a costume contest and more in celebration of Austin’s Congress Avenue bats.
Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores
Texas’ largest 10K race, and one of the nation’s top runs, draws some 10,000 serious and not-so-serious runners.
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
University of Texas at Austin
This premier track and field event brings together top athletes at various levels from around the world.
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
Three days of F1 racing, camping, live music events and more, including headlining performances by international acts.
Motogp Grand Prix Of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas
MotoGPTM joins the roster of racing events at the COTA track with a three-day series at the Grand Prix venue.
Republic Of Texas Biker Rally
Travis County Exposition Center and Sixth Street
The state’s largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, parades and music.
One of the state’s premier rodeos features ProRodeo events, a family-friendly fair, daily concerts and more.
World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club
This annual golf tournament features the top 64 players from around the world competing in a rare match play format.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
Shades of old Austin are reflected with eclectic gifts and local entertainment from more than 160 artists and merchants.
Austin’S New Year
This family-friendly event celebrates the New Year with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.
Austin Trail Of Lights
Some 400,000 people a year come to see the dazzling trail of holiday lights and iconic tree in Zilker Park.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
6100 Airport Blvd.
This unique holiday art show features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists.
Chuy’S Christmas Parade
A procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats usher in the season of giving.
Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll
Join hundreds of carolers in front of the Capitol as the tree is lit, plus enjoy live music, art and shopping.
Circuit of The AmericasTM
This new, mile-long holiday drive-thru experience features dancing elves, dazzling lights and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Austin, TX 78701