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Austin Festivals Guide | Events in Austin 2019


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It’s clear to say that in a city full of talent, Austinites enjoy live music, even if the conditions are less than ideal. Rain, dust and heat can’t stop us from enjoying what we love most: contributing to the growth of the music industry and our economy. We are so thankful that the City of Austin understands this and continues to promote live music festivals.

Austin Festivals and Events in 2019

January

PrintAustin EXPO19

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January 15- February 15

Multiple Locations

With several professional print shops, nationally recognized university printmaking programs, internationally acclaimed print collections, and a thriving printmaking community, Austin is a hub for printmaking in Texas! The PrintAustin team is working with organizations and individuals throughout the Austin visual arts community to showcase fine art prints during this annual event. Their month-long event celebrates the art of original printmaking and educating the public about the traditions of printmaking, as well as showcasing the innovations of the contemporary approach. So, come out and support local artists!

FronteraFest

January 17

Multiple Locations

It’s time to heat up your winter nights again, with the 26th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre! The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, or Mi Casa (as always and ever), FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre. Every night they present a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Taking place at venues across Austin, this celebration is a great way to see the city while supporting the arts. Too bad there’s no actual way to expect the unexpected because that is your only hope!

Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival

January 18- January 20

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Performers with many tattoos and skilled tattoo artists will feature a unique balance of entertainment and education at the festival. Seminars are offered for those interested in tattoo art history, form and meaning. Tattoo contests are held throughout the festival, allowing attendees the chance to have the craft tattoos practiced on them by professional, skilled tattoo artists!

Migrations World Dance and Music Festival

January 18- January 20

1209 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664

The Migrations World Dance and Music Festival is inspired by the way dance was passed through families, communities, from culture to culture, sharing and morphing from initial forms into the myriad of fusions, styles, and beautiful shapes it takes now. The festival is a three-day workshop that celebrates and focuses on dances from around the world such as belly dance, flamenco, drum, zills, Bollywood, Chinese classical dance, ATS, classical Indian dance, and more! Not only will there be dancing, but there will be two nights of shows with live music!

MLK March, Festival, and Food Drive

January 21

300 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712

The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. You will then march to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. The MLK Community Festival will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! All businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy!

February

Kerrville Renaissance Festival

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January 25- February 2

3785 TX-27, Kerrville, TX 78028

Kerrville Renaissance Festival transports modern-day visitors into a time and place from far away! Occurring over a single weekend, a village’s worth of entertainers, musical acts, food vendors, and artisans help shape an immersive experience back in time. Located in a picturesque setting in the Texas Hill Country, the Family-Friendly Festival will feature Locally Renowned Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey show, Texas Native musicians Coal Black Rose, The Great Rondini, Austin Favorite Magical Mystical Michael, and more live entertainment on three stages. The Merchant village of over 40 artisans will include potters, jewelers, painters, leather workers, and more eclectic and unique crafts for your shopping pleasure. Food is fit for a King featuring, of course, the ubiquitous Turkey Legs and meats on a stick!

Carnaval Brasileiro

February 9

2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro is one of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil. Their unique semi-cohesive and conscious environment have been growing like Austin. Brasileiro-style samba, costumes, and wild abandon can all be seen in the heart of Texas. So come out and celebrate Carnaval with your family and friends!

Austin Fashion Week

February 15- February 24

Multiple Locations

2019 marks the 11th anniversary of Austin Fashion Week/Fashion X Austin. Fashion X Austin is the largest week of fashion events in Texas and the 4th largest fashion week in the United States! The week emerges independent designers with hopes of being connected to boutique buyers and consumers through runway shows and pop up shops. A whole new calendar of unique events will be highlighted in brand new venues that they can’t wait to tell you about!

OUTsider Fest

February 20- February 24

Multiple Locations

OUTsider is an Austin-based transmedia nonprofit that celebrates the bold originality and creative nonconformity of the LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of provocative, overlooked and out-of-the-box film, dance, theater, performance art, music, writing and visual art. Through its annual festival and conference, OUTsider unites queer artists, audiences and scholars from around the globe to exchange ideas, ignite conversations, transcend boundaries and experience new pleasures through artistic discovery!

Juggle Fest

February 22- February 24

1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758

Celebrating its 26th year, Jugglefest is a three-day event full of workshops, games, demonstrations, and shows featuring juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. There will be 21 hours of workshops, games, door prizes, trick trading, and more! Everyone is welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people or just chill out and watch.

BDYHAX 2019

February 23- February 24

612 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

BDYHAX is back in Austin for their fourth year of making human augmentation accessible! Don’t miss two days of talks from national and international speakers on wearable and implantable tech, brain-computer interfaces, prosthetic technology, gene therapy, bioethics, cyborg art, and the newest research. Meet and collaborate with other biohackers, tech enthusiasts, and experimenters throughout the conference as well as at The Wormhole our Saturday night celebration of cyberpunk and science fiction.

Austin Oyster Festival

February 23

422 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

The executive chef of Eddie V’s will prepare oysters in nearly every way imaginable such as on the half shell, grilled, roasted, fried, in gumbo and more! There will be a bloody mary bar with Deep Eddy featuring specialty cocktails, premium wines, and beers! While enjoying the delicious oysters, there will be live music and prizes!

March

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019

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March 2- March 3

713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour for 2019 returns to Austin with two evenings of the best films shown at the 2018 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival in Alberta, Canada! The films feature travel and adventure in distant lands as well as adrenaline-fueled action sports films. Each evening will feature a different selection of movies. No repeats! Join us on Saturday and Sunday evenings, March 2nd and March 3rd at the Historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin!

SXSW 2019

March 8- March 17

Multiple Locations

If you want to stay in Austin this spring break, then head out to SXSW! The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences and Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies.

Festival of Colors

March 9

Milburn Park Soccer Fields Cedar Park, TX 78613

Come out and play with colors and feel like a kid again at the Holi Festival of Colors! There will be live music performed by Dj Dhol Player, Bollywood dance performances, and delicious authentic Indian street food! If you don’t know how to Bollywood dance, there will be dance workshops so you can participate in their famous Holi Rain Dance! The best part is that kids under the age of 12 are free!

Rodeo Austin

March 16- March 30

9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724

Rodeo Austin is a family friendly event and offers something for everyone! The top-ranked athletes in each rodeo event compete in Rodeo Austin for the title of Champion! In an action-packed two hours, fans enjoy extreme competition, bullfighting entertainment, and the fan-favorite Mutton Bustin’. There will be a carnival, shopping, food and a variety of shows and special attractions. Rodeo Austin also hosts over 100 live music performances during the fifteen-day Fair and Rodeo with a variety of music from Texas country to punk rock! Exhibitors from Texas and across the nation travel to Austin each year to show their animals as well!

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17

10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin, TX 78754

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day 2018 by grabbing your friends and family for an epic weekend of Irish celebration! There is a variety of St. Patrick’s Day events going on in Austin from block parties to family-friendly events. Pioneer Farms, hosted by the Celtic Cultural Center, is a festival that honors the patron saint of Ireland in a more traditional way! If block parties with leprechauns and kegs of green beer are more your style, then head to Fourth Street in downtown Austin! So stay close to it all with JW Marriott’s St. Patrick’s Day Package which includes everything you need to help survive the weekend!

Mighty Texas Dog Walk 2019

March 23

305 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Join thousands of dogs and their best friends for a scenic stroll, free samples galore, and amazing advice from top vets and trainers. This year’s costume & team theme is Carnaval! There will also be lots of cool selfie backdrops for you and your dog! Dogs will also be receiving awards such as Team Raising the Most Donations, Largest Team, and Best Team Costumes. The grand prize winner will receive two SXSW wristbands for the individual biggest fundraiser from a team! You can also save $10 when you pre-register online!

INDY Car Classic

March 22- March 24

9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

You asked for it, you got it! This spring, North America’s premier open-wheel racing championship is finally coming to COTA’s hallowed Stars and Stripes to write the first chapter in a brand new racing legend. International rock superstars MUSE join the party Saturday night, bringing their electrifying live show to Austin’s big INDYCAR debut.

Austin Urban Music Festival

March 29- March 30

900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

The Urban Music Festival is Austin’s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop music! UMF has had over 500 musicians play on the Auditorium Shores, and 10,000 festival attendees come to the festival! This year’s festival will be a fun-filled weekend full of great entertainment and community participation! All are welcomed to join in the fun!

2019 ABC Zilker Kite Festival

March 31

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Held each year in March, the ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s most beloved, family-friendly traditions! ABC Kite Fest, held at Zilker Park, creates day-long activities for all ages. Some of these events include a traditional kite-flying contest and showcase, a fun run and MossFest, and a children’s music concert! Soar into spring and join thousands of Austinites for a day filled with kite making, flying and gazing!

April

Texas VegFest

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April 7

2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702

Texas VegFest is an educational event orchestrated by Texas Veg Foundation that celebrates the health, environment, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. When you attend the event, you gain the knowledge necessary to begin incorporating more plant-based products! There will be educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, youth activities, fantastic food, craft beer, and live music and even more activities! Entrance to the event is free to the public.

Old Settler’s Music Festival

April 11- April 14

1616 FM3158, Dale, TX 78616

At Old Settler’s Music Festival, there are almost three dozen bands, performance workshops, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, music stores, youth talent competition, gospel shows, Friday and Saturday concerts at the Salt Lick Pavilion, wholesome food, libations and more! Some of this year’s lineup includes Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, The Del McCoury Band and more! They also offer camping at the festival creating a cultural experience all of its own, and the grounds rival some of the most beautiful festival camping sites in the world! The best part is that kids twelve and under get in free when accompanied by a paying adult! This year they are now offering multi-day “teen” priced tickets!

Lone Star Round Up

April 12- April 13

7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724

The Lonestar Round Up is an outdoor car show hosted at Travis County Expo Center with a sprawling weekend-long celebration of hot rods and custom cars for the people who build them, drive them! There will be live music, a giant swap meet, vendors, and tons of traditional hot rods and custom cars from across the country! It’s a unique, home-grown and Texas-sized experience that is family friendly!

Bluebonnet Festival

April 12- April 14

Multiple Locations

The Bluebonnet Festival is hosted by the Chappell Hill Historical Society, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the community’s history and historic buildings. The festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors including home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, and more! There will also be delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more! This is a great event to go to with your family and friends!

Art City Fine Arts Festival

April 13- April 14

422 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

Each April, Art City Austin: Fine Arts Festival; presented by the nonprofit organization Art Alliance Austin, promotes visual art and the art marketplace in Austin. 2019 marks the 69th year of this event! Approximately 150 local and national artists will exhibit outdoors under the canopy and throughout the grounds creating a centralized hub for art in downtown Austin! There are even more events Friday night including a party with music, performance, activations, and much more!

Fusebox Festival

April 17- April 21

Multiple Locations

Fusebox Festival is a city-wide celebration featuring artists from all over the world! Their goal is to put on a festival built that creates a space for the unexpected, for disruption, for discovery, and for experimentation. It’s also a powerful moment to connect, imagine new things together, and build community. The performances, the parties, the meals, and the discussions leverage and celebrate the potential of the live situation!

Austin Reggae Festival

April 19- April 21

900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

The Austin Reggae Festival brings three days of incredible dub music with international food and art vendors to the city’s most picturesque outdoor venue! Headliners for the 2019 event include the The Late Ones, Hempress Sativa, Don Carlos, Jah9, Mykal Rose, Etana, Cocoa Tea and Freddie McGregor! The Austin Reggae Festival benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, and over the last decade, this event has raised more than $1,000,000 to help feed hungry families in the Central Texas region.

Moontower Comedy Festival

April 24- April 27

Multiple Locations

Moontower Comedy Festival is presented by the Paramount Theatre, and brings you some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe! This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city brings over 100 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy! National headliners such as Nick Offerman, David Spade, Sal Vulcano, Nate Bargatze, Jenny Slate, Vir Das, Anthony Atamanuik and more, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure that there are options for every type of comedy fan; die-hards to those just looking for a fun night!

Hill Country Film Festival

April 25- April 28

Multiple Locations

The Hill Country Film festival is a celebration of independent film, screens over 90 independent films (short and feature length), hosts revealing Question and Answers, provides captivating filmmaker panel discussions and nightly festival parties giving attendees a chance to rub elbows with filmmakers! All these activities and events will be held at Fritztown Cinema in Fredericksburg.

Founders Day Festival

April 26- April 28

511 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

The Founders Day Festival is the largest annual community event in Dripping Springs! The three-day festival celebrates the founding of Dripping Springs and its community since 1850 and offers a variety of family-friendly activities. The spring festival kicks off with the Grand Parade followed by live music on two stages! There will be a carnival, cook-off competitions and arts and crafts vendors, and more! This festival offers something for everyone to participate in!

Austin Food and Wine Festival

April 26- April 28

Multiple Locations

The Austin Food and Wine Festival marks a collaboration between C3 Presents and some of Texas’ most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs! Some of the chefs for this year’s lineup include Tiffani Faison, Jonathan Waxman, Sarah Grueneberg, Andrew Zimmern, Nancy Silverton, Antonia Lofaso and Aarón Sánchez! This is their 8th year bringing the food and wine festival into Texas, and they promise to give you a gourmet celebration unlike any other! There will be cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars, a Grand Taste Pavilion, 40 food artisans and an autograph tent! A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance, who are dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in Central Texas.

Red Poppy Festival

April 26- April 28

Downtown Georgetown

Known as the “Red Poppy Capital Of Texas,” Georgetown is one of the few places in the United States where red poppies grow naturally every year. So come over and celebrate its signature red poppies with the 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival, April 26-28! The festival encompasses three days of concerts (headliner is Pat Green), parades, contests, art, food and family fun in the downtown area.

Texas Community Music Festival

April 26- May 5

4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Over the years, the performances at The Texas Community Music Festival have run the musical gamut, from traditional bierhaus music to full-sized orchestras; from Middle Eastern Belly Dancers to Scottish pipe and drums to “All That Jazz.” They’ve even had a few “zombie invasions!” Musicians are ranging in age from 9 to well past 90. If the music lives in Texas, the music’s been performed live at the Texas Community Music Festival!

Eeyore’s Birthday

April 27

1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a fundraiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Some of these groups will be selling hot and cold food (there will also be a vegetarian menu), soft drinks, juices, spring water, and Texas beer! Make sure to wear a costume since there will be costume contests and other games with prizes for children of all ages! There will be plenty of activities to participate in such as face painting, henna, and temporary tattoos. All while engaging in these activities, you can listen to live music! Happy Birthday, Eeyore!

Lake Travis SpringFest

April 27

12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

SpringFest is the premier event in the South Lake Travis area at the Hill Country Galleria! Presented by St. David’s Emergency Center, the festival is the perfect community and family fun event on a perfect Spring weekend in Lake Travis. SpringFest is expecting record attendance this year, so mark your calendars and save the date for SpringFest 2019!

Buda Wiener Dog Races

April 27 – April 28

1761 South FM 1626 Buda, TX. 78610

Every spring the Buda Lion’s Club hosts their annual Buda Wiener Dog Races at Buda City Park. Their yearly country fair and fundraiser begins with the cutest pet parade, followed by the nationally known Wiener Dog Races, where the speediest dachshunds take to the track! Not to mention that there will also be a BBQ cook-off, a bake-off, arts and crafts, games for the kids, a washer tournament and lots of entertainment!

May

iHeartCountry Festival

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May 4

1701 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

For the sixth straight year, Country music’s biggest superstars will perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas in a live celebration of all things Country at the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival. In addition, Bobby Bones, one of iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated top on-air personalities, will return as the official host of the iHeartCountry Festival main stage. Past performers include Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, and Kelsea Ballerini.

The Pecan Street Festival

May 4- May 5

6th Street

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts and crafts and music festivals in the nation! Named after 6th Street’s original name, this family-friendly street festival takes place twice a year in Austin’s downtown entertainment district (also takes place on September 21st and 22nd, 2019). Pecan Street Festival offers several blocks of family fun, from local art to live music and entertainment. Of course, no Austin festival would be complete without food! Experience all of this and more each May and September in the lively streets of downtown Austin.

Texas Burlesque Festival

May 10- May 11

701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

The Texas Burlesque Festival is a two-day hoedown and showdown celebrating the revival of burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville! This festival is a weekend that overflows with opportunities to refine your bump and grind including parties, a roundtable with brunch, workshops, and performances. Their mission is to foster a supportive community among performers in Texas, across the United States and the world through networking and professional performance opportunities.

Finding Euphoria Festival

May 11- May 12

8500 Hergotz Ln, Austin, TX 78742

Euphoria Festival’s vision is to create an opportunity to reconnect with the values and vibes that made the festival all possible. So this year, they are changing things up and are presenting Finding Euphoria Festival Series; a two-day, scaled back version of the festival, offering a more intimate experience for you. Finding Euphoria is a place to reconnect, experience great music and meet up at The Ranch. Car camping will be offered for those who wish to extend the Finding Euphoria experience, but only 2,000 attendees will be able to enter the festival. Make sure to get your tickets sooner than later!

West Austin Studio Tour

May 11-12 & May 18-19

916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101, Austin, TX 78702

Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST, a non-profit organization, provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces. Through their programs and partnerships, they work to foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.

Austin Sketch Fest

May 20- May 26

4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Austin Sketch Fest is a sketch comedy showcase held every year over Memorial Day weekend! This year’s headliners are Ego Nwodim and Amber Ruffin. Austin Sketch Fest is presented by ColdTowne Theater and features comedy groups from Austin and all over the country. In addition to the annual festival, ColdTowne Theater hosts alternative comedy shows year-round with stand-up, improv and sketch shows taking place seven days a week.

Blues on the Green

May 22, June 12, July 17 & August 7

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Austinites are always longing for live music, and during these long summer nights, there are plenty of chances to get your fill! Blues on the Green is the longest series of free summertime concerts hosted by KGSR Radio Austin! KGSR invites music lovers to Zilker Park every Wednesday of every month in the summer to enjoy a family (and pet-friendly!) night of music in a comfortable atmosphere. These free concerts feature performances by popular local bands with a variety of different genres. The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, pack a picnic and bring the whole family out for a unique musical experience!

Kerrville Folk Festival

May 23- June 9

3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028

The Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running music festival in the United States! The festival is celebrated by a community who considers themselves family and is the second largest community in Kerrville. Over the course of 18 days, there will be activities of all sorts including workshops, yoga and more! The festival’s goal is to develop artistic expression, especially the art of songwriting, in a loving, family-friendly environment.

June

Blanco Lavender Fest

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June 7- June 9

Multiple Locations

For many years, visitors to the Texas Hill Country have enjoyed the beauty of the rough landscape and winding rivers. Come out to Blanco County and visit local lavender farms, lavender markets, listen to live music, eat delicious food and more! There will also be a Beer and Wine Tent serving up a signature drink of the festival that’s bubbly and sweet! You will want to be sure to stop and get one! The Blanco Lavender Festival is a major fundraiser for the year for the Blanco Chamber of Commerce.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

June 13- June 16

Multiple Locations

The Republic of Texas Biker Rally, otherwise known as ROT Rally, is the largest motorcycle rally in Texas and the fourth largest motorcycle rally in the US. Held every year on the weekend after Memorial Day, hundreds of bikers gather at the Travis County Expo Center and ride along the hilly roads of Austin for an entire weekend. On the Friday of that weekend, the City of Austin closes off parts of Congress Ave. for the largest biker party in a downtown area. In 2006, ROT Rally was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the “Longest Parade of Motorcycles Known to Mankind.”

Juneteenth

June 19

MLKing Jr. Blvd/Comal Street

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day” commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the United States. Everywhere in Austin, African Americans celebrate this historical day with parades, a 2K walk and run, food, vendors, Miss Juneteenth Austin Scholarship Pageant, and much more fun!

Austin Ice Cream Festival

June 22

2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702

Experience your favorite local flavors and try something new! Choose from local, regional and national brands to tickle your taste buds. Enjoy family-friendly activities like ice cream eating, frozen treat making, popsicle stick sculpture contests, rock climbing, DIY water guns, a dunking booth, yard games and more! There will also be live music acts, a movie in the park, savory food options and adult beverages!

Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K

TBD

701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Keep Austin weird by slipping into your weirdest costume, slap on your favorite light up running shoes, and throw your timer into Lady Bird Lake for the Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K! Bring your friends for the wildest, weirdest, and most memorable Saturday of summer! There are many fun stops along the running route, so you’ll be partying more than running! These fun stops include a super foam pit and a puppy kissing booth! This is an event not to miss!

July

RTX Austin

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July 4- July 7

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

RTX is the world’s greatest celebration of gaming, animation, comedy, and internet culture. With events in London, Sydney, and its flagship convention in Austin, TX, RTX is where fantastic entertainment and the best fans in the world meet up for the best weekend of the year. At RTX, there will be awesome panels, special guests, screenings and much more!

Float Fest

July 20- July 21

601 Dupuy Ranch RD, Martindale, TX 78655

Whether you love music, rides, or just want to spend a weekend floating the river with friends, we guarantee that you will have fun at Float Fest this July! Float Fest is an annual music festival on the San Marcos River and this year’s lineup is better than ever! This year’s lineup is still TBD!

Body Mind Spirit Expo

July 20- July 21

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Body Mind Spirit brings refreshed energy this year through new thought presentations, wonderful exhibits, the best advances in alternative health and the nation’s finest selections of psychics and mediums. These exhibits and presentations will have you smiling throughout the entire weekend! Make sure to mark your calendars, and enjoy the expo!

Classic Game Fest

July 27- July 28

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Enjoy 70,000 square feet of retro video games and fun at one of the largest retro game conventions in the country! This two-day fest includes free play on game systems and aracades, the opportunity to buy and sell classic games and consoles, and more. Overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the downtown Austin skyline, the Palmer Events Center is conveniently located only a short walk from many hotels, restaurants, bus stops, and bike rental stations. You are guaranteed to have a great time!

August

Austin Pride Festival

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August 10

2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702

The Austin PRIDE Festival and Parade host two stages to many entertainers and performers. The main stage has headline entertainers and a second stage has DJ’s and carnival performers. Amazing entertainment from Austin PRIDE is to be expected and this year will be no exception! Attendants can also see pet parades, eat food from local food vendors, and experience carnival-themed games and activities. This year, Festival Tickets purchased in advance will be able to enter the Festival at any entrance.

Bat Fest

August 24

100 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

The Bat Fest is a major Austin attraction of watching the bats emerge from under the Congress Bridge and now has become a festival that takes place once a year. Bat watchers can enjoy live music, local food, and drinks while gazing at 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the night sky. Everyone in attendance can also enjoy a bat costume contest and fun children’s activities like arts and crafts. Come on out to the Bat Fest and make it a night to remember!

Quesoff 2019

August 24

912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Quesoff, a celebration of all things melted cheese, will take place at The Mohawk on Saturday, August 24th. Around thirty vendors of all shapes and sizes including restaurants, top chefs, home-cooks, neighbors, brothers, and sisters will all go head to head in four categories; Meaty, Spicy, Veggie, and Wild Card! A Best in Show will also be awarded to the overall top queso dish as decided by the esteemed panel of judges. If you are absolutely in love with queso, then this is the perfect event for you!

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

TBD

2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702

The Austin Hot Sauce Festival is a massive gathering of people who want to feel the burn. Each year, more than 15,000 people flock to Fiesta Gardens to try as many different types of sauce as they can during this one-day event. More than 350 varieties of hot sauce are represented, and you can also expect to find plenty of food at this event. Beyond the sauce and the food, the festival includes live music as well as entertainment for the whole family. Bands from many genres fill the roster and get the people moving after they’ve had their fill of heat. The festival is free to the public, but organizers ask that they bring non-perishable food to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas!

Out of Bounds Comedy Fest

August 27- September 2

TBD

The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is a 7-day, multi-venue festival of all things comedy, featuring the world’s best in hundreds of improv, sketch, and stand-up shows over Labor Day Weekend! Their mission is to bring worldwide attention to the Austin comedy community by strengthening performer networks, providing educational opportunities and stimulating both Austin tourism and industry interest.

September

32nd Annual aGLIFF

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September 5- September 8

1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) cultivates the Texas LGBTQ+ community by enlightening, educating, and entertaining their clients and patrons through programs that enrich the LGBTQ+ and ally communities while developing LGBTQ+ awareness! aGLIFF Nonprofit Organization Programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, Filmmaker Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program, and Family Screening Program, all of which culminate in or around the annual aGLIFF Film Festival Program.

Waterloo Music Festival

TBD

9507 Sherman Rd, Austin, TX 78742

Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music culture and will feature three full days of nationally renowned jam bands performing alongside the city’s finest musical acts during a weekend of camping! The event will be held at Carson Creek Ranch, a venue just ten minutes from downtown Austin with over 60 acres of Pecan-tree-lined campgrounds and scenic views overlooking the Colorado River. The festival is produced by Austin event promoters Unknown Entertainment, Havin’ a Ball Productions and Heard Presents. This year’s lineup is TBD!

Fantastic Fest

September 19- September 26

1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Experience the world of sci-fi, horror, and gore at Alamo Drafthouse’s annual film festival. Fantastic Fest is the largest film festival in the U.S. that specializes in the genres of horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action. The festival has premiered major horror flicks like Zombieland, There Will Be Blood and Apocalypto. Celebrity guests in the past have included Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Paul Rudd and Jon Favreau.

Leander Bluegrass Festival

September 20- September 21

1101 S Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX 78641

The city of Leander will be hosting their thirteenth annual Leander Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, from 6-10 p.m next to the Mason Homestead located at 1101 S. Bagdad Road. The best part about this event is that its FREE and will be featuring live music performances by local musicians, there will be plenty of concessions, super fun children’s activities, and a variety of vendors! This is the perfect event to come out with your family and friends!

The Pecan Street Festival

September 21- September 22

6th Street

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts and crafts and music festivals in the nation! Named after 6th Street’s original name, this family-friendly street festival takes place twice a year in Austin’s downtown entertainment district (also took place on May 4- May 5, 2019). Pecan Street Festival offers several blocks of family fun, from local art to live music and entertainment. Of course, no Austin festival would be complete without food! Experience all of this and more each May and September in the lively streets of downtown Austin.

Texas Tribune Festival

September 26- September 28

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The 2019 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join the Texas Tribune in downtown Austin for three days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation, and networking, all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol! This year there will be more than 300 leading figures in politics, public policy, networking events, and journalism who will join thousands of Texans to discuss big-picture solutions to the most pressing policy issues facing our state and our nation! Texas Tribune Festival program is bigger and better than ever before!

October

Oktoberfest

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October 4- October 6

126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Celebrate Fredericksburg’s German heritage at Oktoberfest! There will be lots of food and drinks, dance contests, music on four stages all weekend, artisans, Kinderpark, souvenirs and more! It’s fun for the whole family! The weekend will be filled with many activities including OkTUBAfest on Friday, a Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance on Saturday and a 42 domino tournament on Sunday! Oktoberfest is held at Marktplatz.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 4-6 & October 11-13

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual multi-day music festival that takes place each fall in Austin’s Zilker Park! Festivalgoers enjoy six days of music, food, and art set against the dazzling downtown skyline. The festival brings together over 130 musical acts of all genres from country to electronic to rock. Today ACL is one of the most popular music festivals in the nation, attracting approximately 450,000 attendees each year. The event has actually become so popular that tickets often sell out within a few days of being announced on the ACL website!

Texas Renaissance Festival

October 5- December 1

21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance theme park where the sights, sounds, tastes and beauty of the 16th Century come alive for eight magically-themed weekends! They welcome more than half a million guests annually and feature nearly 500 costumed performers on 17 stages; 400 shoppes including international food purveyors, unique artisans, merchants, and craft vendors; human-powered rides; an abundance of strolling performers and the Royal Fireworks display at dusk! Memories made here will become timeless!

Gruene Music and Wine Festival

October 10- October 13

Gruene Historic District, New Braunfels, TX 78130

The Gruene Music & Wine Fest began as a one-day event in 1986 with the purpose of promoting Texas and Americana music in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Over the years, it has become a four-day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of wine, craft beer, food and gift items handmade in the Lone Star state! All the proceeds of the event will benefit the local United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Comal County by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.

Texas Mesquite Arts Festival

October 11- October 13

703 N Llano St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

The Mesquite Arts Festival has become one of the top events in Fredericksburg. Visitors will be treated to collections of sculpted wood from the world’s absolute finest mesquite craftsmen. Items range from large furniture items such as beds, dressers, and chairs made entirely from mesquite, to unique craft and gift items such as beautifully turned lamps, delicate scrollwork, handsome pen and pencil sets, unique Christmas tree ornaments, and sculpted vases, all carefully crafted of mesquite.

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival

October 18- October 20

Dripping Springs Downtown Historic District

You’re invited to the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national talent, the festival features more than 30 shows a day! Audiences are treated to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of songwriters from all across the US play “in-the-round,” Nashville-style. This year, they’re offering people an up-close and personal chance to see, hear, and get to know some of the very talented performers who have a deep love of the art of songwriting! Put plainly; the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is all about finely-crafted songs, and the talented folks who have written them!

Austin Film Festival

October 24- October 31

Multiple Locations

Founded almost twenty years ago, the Austin Film Festival was the first event of its kind to bring together professional and amateur screenwriters to celebrate all things television and film. Every October, the Austin Film Festival and Conference bring producers, agents, and screenwriters together to showcase the best film talent in the nation. Past participants include Ron Howard, Sandra Bullock, Owen Wilson and America Ferrera!

Food and Wine Festival

October 26

126 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Held in historic, downtown Fredericksburg, the Food and Wine Festival is a full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, beer, music, specialty booths, food court and fun! Texas wineries, gourmet chefs will hold demonstrating shows and there will also be a silent auction and live music! There are also several additional special events to attend including special dinners and a brunch for which tickets must be purchased in advance!

Texas Book Festival

October 26- October 27

1023 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721

The Texas Book Festival is one of the largest book festivals in the country, which features over 250 critically acclaimed authors such as Margaret Atwood, Robert Caro Sandra Cisneros and many more! Come out and meet the authors while enjoying live music, food trucks, family activities and much more!

Austin Area Jazz Festival

October 27

2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

Austin Area Jazz Festival specializes in bringing a diverse culture of art, music, and entertainment to the forefront. Their events showcase national and local musical lineups that continue to surpass even their own expectations! Each year they deliver events that not only entertain but also inspire generations of artists and fans. Through AAJF’s annual celebrations, they strive to build positive relationships with all of the artists who participate, and our community, all while putting on spectacular shows! The result is always a great show and a musical experience that is second to none!

November

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival

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November 1- November 2

701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Unveil Texas Monthly’s top 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas by enjoying live music, food, and drinks! Join them for a great weekend deep in the heart of Texas for a delicious feast from more than twenty of the best ‘cue restaurants in the country! Some of the featured BBQ joints include Franklin Barbecue, La Barbecue, Micklethwait Craft Meats, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Terry Black’s Barbecue, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ and much more! Festival-goers will relax on the lawn and enjoy music, sweet treats, cold beer, cocktails, interactive games with sponsors, and all of the smoked goodness they can handle.

Formula 1

November 1- November 3

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

About 8 miles southeast of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is Circuit of the Americas, the home of Austin F1 racing. The multi-million dollar facility is called “The Most Unique Motorsports Facility in the United States” and for a good reason! It is the only track built purposely for Formula One Racing in the country and puts Austin on the map as a World-Class Motorsports destination!

Wurstfest

November 1- November 10

178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Located near the headwaters of the beautiful Comal River in New Braunfels, Wurstfest is the best ten days in sausage history! Join Wurstfest for a unique annual celebration rich in German and Bavarian culture! You’ll be able to enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German and Texan domestic beers, special events and more!

Austin Celtic Festival

November 2- November 3

10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754

The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns for its 21st Annual Celtic Fest! The Austin Celtic Festival is internationally acclaimed as one of the few remaining festivals that celebrate the authentic music honed by the Celtic people. The Austin Celtic Festival goes beyond gimmicks to highlight traditions and achievements in a way that reminds audiences of the extraordinary craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland and Scotland leaders in folk music and dance. Austin Celtic Festival is a friendly family event, is fun for all ages and opened to all!

UTOPiafest

November 14- November 16

1555 Lemond Rd, Utopia, TX 78884

Imagine the magical, extraordinary experience of listening to artists you love, and discovering new favorites, while savoring local hill country cuisine, beverages under the towering oaks and vast Texas sky! Utopia Fest knows that when nature welcomes music surrounded by top-notch hospitality, art installations, workshops, creating a unique festival experience, each guest will truly understand what makes this experience so special. Guests will enjoy world-class music production, as well as a wide variety of workshops and activities, creating a well-rounded festival experience! This year’s lineup is still TBD!

Austin Drag Fest

November 14- November 17

6000 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

The 5th annual Austin International Drag Festival is back and more fierce than ever! Austin is now the center of the Drag Universe as hundreds of Drag Artists from all over the world descend to entertain thousands of Drag fans. Each artist will be displaying their greatest talents for your education and entertainment. So come out and watch your favorite drag queens perform, meet your favorite drag queens, shop for merch, eat amazing food and more!

East Austin Studio Tour

November 16-17 & November 23-24

916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2 #101, Austin, TX 78702

EAST, a program of Big Medium, is a nonprofit organization, a self-guided art event that gives opportunities for local artists and artisans to show their creative side and expand their reach to future patrons. The self-guided tour takes place over two weekends in November and leads visitors through home and commercial studios, galleries, special exhibitions, installations and art-themed parties! The event also features an opening party, a special culinary event with local chefs, competitions, educational programs and more.

December

Winter Wonderland

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November 24- December 30

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit is back and brighter than ever! This year will feature The World Famous Chinese Lantern Festival, a remarkable display of illuminated sculptures, each hand-crafted using a tradition that extends back centuries. The lanterns are created using steel frames surrounded by colorful rayon “skins” and illuminated from within by LED lights. It’s a wondrous cultural experience for people of all ages! Also featured this year will be Texas’ largest outdoor Ice Skating Rink, the Tunnel of Lights, Trips to the top of the North Pole, Carnival Rides, Camel Rides, Singing Trees, a Petting Zoo, Santa’s Workshop, a Live Music Stage and much more holiday fun for everyone!

Budafest

November 30- December 1

303 Main Street, Buda, TX 78610

Budafest attracts artisans, craft workers and craft enthusiasts from all over Texas! This year, the Budafest parade will be a lighted, nighttime parade through the heart of Downtown Buda complete with a lighting ceremony to kick-off the holiday season in Buda! This is an opportunity to sell your wares in a fun, open-air atmosphere. And of course, Santa Claus will be there to take pictures!

AMV Fest

December 5- December 8

Multiple Locations

For the 5th annual AMV Fest, they’ve handpicked 100+ weird and wildly entertaining music videos from around the world for you to experience. There are some fabulous ways to experience these weird and wild music videos through the magic of the silver screen, a pajama party, and VR! The lineup this year includes Neon Indian, Sorne, Whiskey Shivers, Graham Reynolds and more! Let your freak flag fly high inside this one-of-a-kind music video festival!

Other Worlds Austin

December 6- December 9

2200 S Interstate 35 B1, Round Rock, TX 78681

Other Worlds Austin is Austin’s One-and-Only Science Fiction Film Festival and one of the premier SciFi Film Festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the Geek Capital of the World. With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.

Armadillo Art Bazaar

December 13- December 24

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Other Worlds Austin is Austin’s One-and-Only Science Fiction Film Festival and one of the premier SciFi Film Festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the Geek Capital of the World. With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.

Trail of Lights

December 9- December 22

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

An Austin tradition since 1965, the Trail of Lights provides miles or walking amongst thousands of lights and scenes. The Zilker Tree, another holiday favorite, stands 155 feet tall in the middle of Zilker Park and boasts 39 multi-colored streamers, 3,309 lights and bulbs, and a very bright star with 150 lights on the top. With so many lights, it’s hard to miss amongst the Downtown Austin Skyline during the holidays!

Austin’s New Year

December 31

900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Bring in the New Year with a free, fun and family-friendly celebration! Austin’s New Year will transform Vic Mathias Shores into a wonderland of music, art, special performances and of course, Austin’s legendary food favorites, as the community closes out 2018. The New Year’s Eve event, hosted by the City of Austin, kicks off at 3 pm on December 31st, culminating with a fireworks extravaganza at 10 pm! This year’s event will feature great music on two stages, 15 local and regional bands, food trucks, kid’s activities, and multiple art installations!

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