Every month here in Central Texas we have a wide variety of indoor/outdoor events and festivals. From the wildly popular South by Southwest to the more eclectic events like Eeyore’s birthday. (Yes, that Eeyore.) There’s always great music but often, great eats accompany the festivals; or great wines. This is not a complete list but a good sampling of what’s out there. And remember, some festivals change dates, times, and/or locations, so check their websites for the most up-to-date information.
First Friday in Georgetown (Feb-Nov)
Explore the town square one evening with live music, shopping. and food.
First Thursday in Austin
Explore South Congress for fun, food, and shopping.
First Thursday in Buda
Explore Buda’s unique antiques and specialty vendors and taste some of the local cuisine.
Wimberley Market Days (Mar-Dec)
Shop to you drop in one of Texas’ oldest Hill Country Market.
Lions Field • shopmarketdays.com
Barton Springs Polar Bezar Splash
Be one of the many folks who take a dip in Barton Springs in January to benefit the springs and the surrounding area.
Barton Springs • sosalliance.org
Places across downtown open their doors for a celebration of live music.
Downtown Austin • freeweek.do512.com
Enjoy five full weeks of offbeat, alternative, and off-the-wall fringe theatre.
Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, TX 78751 • hydeparktheatre.org
March to the capitol steps and continue celebrating at Hutson-Tillotson University.
Downtown Austin • mlkcelebration.com
PrintAustin (into Feb)
Galleries, printshops, workshops, all gather to celebrate the art of printing and art.
Austin • printaustin.org
African American Community Heritage Festival
Come and enjoy live entertainment, games, arts, crafts, home decor, jewelry, and storytelling at Hutson-Tillotson University.
Hutson-Tillotson University • austinheritagefestival.org
Run along Lady Bird Lake, the I Love You mural, and the UT Tower in the Austin Marathon.
Austin • youraustinmarathon.com
Austin Music Awards
Presented by the Austin Chronical and SXSW, this program benefits the SIMS foundation and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
ACL Moody Theatre, Austin, TX • austinmusicawards.org
Come and attend one of the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval parties in the world.
Emo’s Austin • sambaparty.com
Come and experience three days worth of demonstrations and shows featuring jugglers and other circus acts.
Navarro High School, Austin • juggling.place.org/jugglefest
ABC Zilker Kite Festival
Oh go fly a kite, takes on new meaning at this fun, outdoor, Austin event.
Zilker Park, Austin • abckitefestival.org
Two weeks packed full of exhibitions, livestock show, fair, and live music.
Travis County Expo Center • rodeoaustin.com
Sherwood Forest Faire (into April)
Come and explore your inner renaissance with games, jousting, live performances, and food at the Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade, Texas, about
McDade, TX • sherwoodforestfaire.com
South by Southwest (SXSW or South by)
Definitely on of Austin’s largest, signature events with film, comedy, and music.
Downtown Austin • sxsw.com
St. Patrick’s Day Austin
Jordan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
Austin • stpatricksdayaustin.com
Texas Independence Day
Celebrate the day Texas became a state. Featuring a parade, golf tournament, a 5K run and more.
Downtown Austin • celebratetexas.org
WGC – Dell Match Play
An extended PGA tour until 2023. watch the world’s top players compete for three days at the Austin Country Club.
Austin Country Club • austincountryclub.com
Art City Austin
An indoor-outdoor art festival with music, performances, and great food.
Palmer Events Center • artallianceaustin.org
Austin Crawfish Festival
Do you like crawfish? Me either, but if you do, this is quite the authentic Cajun experience. Heck, even if you don’t like crawfish, come on down and enjoy some other Cajun Seafood specialties, while listening to some great live music!
Downtown Austin • austincrawfishfest.com
Austin Earth Day Festival
Performances in music and celebrations in honor of Earth Day.
Huston-Tillotson University • earthdayaustin.com
Austin Food + Wine Festival (rescheduled for November 5 – 7, 2021)
Enjoy demonstrations from renowned chefs, and sample artisan foods and drinks.
Auditorium Shores • austinfoodandwinefestival.com
Austin Reggae Festival
A festival featuring local and national reggae artists. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Capitol Area Food Bank of Texas.
Auditorium Shores • austinreggaefest.com
Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races
This event has peaked my interest for sometime, being owners of six dachshunds, I’m sure we have at least one winner! In addition to the dog races there’s arts, crafts, pet parade, and much more.
Buda, Texas • budalionsclub.com
Dragon Boat Festival and Race
Put on by the Asian American Cultural Center, this event combines multiple Asian cultures for a dragon boat race, music, dancing, martial arts, and food.
Lady Bird Lake’s Festival Beach • asianamericancc.com
Eeyore’s Birthday Party
From live music, to faceprinting and costume contests, this event is very “Austin”.
Pease District Park • eeyores.org
Founders Day Festival
Drippings Springs’ festival of live music, cook-offs, carnival, and parade.
Downtown Dripping Springs • foundersdayfestival.com
An annual festival of contemporary art and performances.
Downtown Austin • fuseboxfestival.com
Moontower Comedy Festival (May and June)
World-class comedy acts perform at this hysterical festival of improv, stand-up, sketch, and musical comedy.
The Paramount (and others) • austintheatre.org/moontower-comedy/
Red Poppy Festival
Everything from a Kids Fun Zone, to a Car Show, this festival covers a lot of ground. i.e. Poster Art, Parade, Food, Food Awards, 5K, and more. Downtown Georgetown • poppy.georgetown.org
Special events like, Bark Avenue, Craft Brewhaus, KidZone, LIve Music, Lifestyle Expo, and Toddler Town round out this fun festival. Hill country Galleria, Bee Cave • laketravisspringfest.com
Wimberley Arts Fest
Food trucks, beer, wine, hill country, and live music. What’s not to love about this festival!Waters Point, Wimberley • wimberleyartsfest.com
Blues on the Green (thru Aug)
Come and enjoy one of Austin’s longest running free music fests. Money raised will also help the Central Texas Food Bank.
Zilker Park or Subbs BBQ Check Website • acl-radio.com/blues-on-the-green
The festival schedule is always bursting with pfun beginning on Friday with the event’s opening, children’s games and activities, shopping booths, Saturday’s parade, live music, and thrilling rides at the carnival all weekend long!
Pfluger Park, Pflugerville • deutschenpfest.com
Partake in the delicious food, games, arts and crafts, and a variety of entertainment for the entire family.Round Rock • elamistadclub.org/fiesta-amistad
O. Henry Pun-Off
With live performances and competitions, you’ll be rolling your eyes with the best of them. Love them or hate them, they’re the dad joke’s best friend.
O. Henry Museum, Austin • punoff.com
Pecan Street Festival (and September)
Come and explore Austin’s Historic 6th Street with Art, Music, and Food.
Downtown Austin • pecanstreetfestival.org
Viva Cinco De Mayo
Competitors from all over the State come to this official state-wide menudo cook-off. There’s usually a parade, carnival rides, live entertainment, and food!
San Marcos • everfest.com/e/viva-cinco-de-mayo-state-menudo-cook-off-san-marcos-tx
Austin Studio Tour
When artists open their studio doors to the public, it’s a good possibility that something will catch your eye. Austin • bigmedium.org
Central Texas Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day” commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.Downtown Austin • juneteenthcentraltexas.com
Concerts in the Park
Sunday evenings – June – August • 7:30 p.m.
Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. • Free admission
The Long Center • https://austinsymphony.org/education-community-concerts/concerts-in-the-park/
Fun Stop 5K & Fest
Support the Central Texas Food Bank at the Fun Stop 5K & Fest (formerly known as the Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K). For every ticket sold, They will donate $1 to the Central Texas Food Bank. CTFB will gladly accept your food donation! Please bring a canned food or other nonperishable items when you come to the festival!
The Long Center • funstop5k.com
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
Since 1995, The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally has brought bike riders and enthusiasts from all 50 states and international locations to Austin, Texas for the largest “turnstile” (paid ticketed attendees) motorcycle bike rally in the United States. The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally is held at the Travis County Expo Center, and is widely known for its eclectic blend of motorcycles, attractions, vendors and the rich culture of Austin, Texas.
Travis County Expo Center • rotrally.com
Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse Jarrell Rodeo
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse was formed in 1943 to help out the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. Originally named the Williamson County Fair and Rodeo Association, however, in 1943 under the direction of the County Sheriff Robert Davis the name was changed to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse. Sheriff Davis could deputize the members and call upon them to help out law enforcement in the time of need.
WCSP Arena, Jarrell • wcsprodeo.com
Zilker Pops Concerts
Enchanting musical theatre productions that run throughout the summer and are free to the public.
Zilker Hillside Theatre • austincivicorchestra.org
Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
More than 100,000 people gather at Auditorium Shores for the largest Independence Day celebration in town.
Auditorium Shores • austinsymphony.org
Bastille Day Celebration
French wine, French food, French music, and more.
Triangle Commons Park • afaustin.org
Music Under the Star
This popular live concert series is free ad runs Friday evenings in July.
The Bob Bullock Museum • thestoryoftexas.com
Rooster Teeth Expo
A weekend convention of games and web culture where fans and professionals talk about the industry.
Austin Convention Center • https://rtxevent.com
Zilker Summer Musical
Enchanting musical theater productions run throughout the summer.
Zilker Hillside Theater • https://austintexas.gov/department/zilker-hillside-theater
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
One of the biggest and best-known food events in Austin. This festival is also a major fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank.
Fiesta Gardens • austinchronicle.com/hotsauce
Austin Pride Week
Out of the closet and into the streets, Austin’s LGBT community celebrates a week of pride. There’s always music, food, live entertainment, and a parade. Downtown Austin • austinpride.org
Watch the bats emerge from under the Congress Street Bridge at dusk with three stages of live music, vendors, a bat costume contest, and more.
Congress Avenue Bridge • http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/
Gillespie County Fair
The oldest continuous county fair in Texas featuring a carnival, livestock judging, exhibits, horse racing, and more.
Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Fredricksburg • https://gillespiefair.com/gillespie-county-fair
Outdoor art show with visual artists, musician, performers, workshops, food, and more.
Apache Pass, Rockdale • artoutside.org
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
This event features films relating to the LGBTQIA community with filmmakers and other guest in attendance for Q&As and other activities.
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar • agliff.org
Austin Museum Day
Free exhibitions and activities at participating area museums.
Downtown Austin • austinmuseums.org
Burnet Bluegrass Festival
Bring some chairs and drinks and enjoy a full day of good music, food, and vendors.
Haley Nelson Park, Burnet • cityofburnet.com
Diez y Seis Celebration
Mariachi music at its best, dancers in traditional dress, a procession of costumed horseback riders, vaqueros performing rope tricks, and more.
Fiesta Gardens, Austin
This is the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and fantastic movies.
Various Locations • fantasticfest.com
Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
Great food, an art market, too many musical performers to list, and much, much more. You’ll also find ACL on Austin’s PBS station KLRU, just in case you happened to miss a performance or two.
Zilker Park • aclfestival.com
Austin Film Festival
Fantastic performances of narrative, animation, documentaries, shorts, premiers, advanced screenings, and independent films.
Downtown Austin • austinfilmfestival.com
Dia de los Muertos Viva la Vida Fest
Translated as the Day of the Dead Live Life Festival, this festival features latino artists and entertainment, colorful art, wonderful culture, and a procession through downtown.
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin • mexic-artemuseumevents.org
Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
A showcase of local and international artists with a spotlight on finely crafted songs and their talented writers.
Various Locations, Dripping Springs • drippingspringssongwritersfestival.com
Fall Fun Fest
Monster games and rides is sure to be a hit with your Halloweeners.
Old Settlers Park, Round Rock • roundrocktexas.gov
Traditionally, Oktoberfest celebrates Fredericksburg’s German heritage with four stages of continuous oompah music, arts, crafts, shopping, a children’s area, 50 varieties of American, Texas and imported beers, Texas Wine Country selections, great food and fun all weekend long!
MarktPlatz, Fredericksburg • visitfredericksburgtx.com/events/oktoberfest/
Join us for one of Austin’s most beloved, delicious, and fun-filled festivals—the St. Elias Mediterranean Festival. Named one of Central Texas’ Top 10 Food Festivals by the Austin Chronicle
St. Elias Orthodox Church, Austin • mediterraneanfestival.org
Austin Area Jazz Festival
Come celebrate Austin’s up-and-coming Jazz artists as well as some nationally renowned artists.
Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Austin • austinareajazzfestival.com
Austin Celtic Festival
This festival celebrates Irish and Scottish traditional achievements in folk music and dance.
Jordan-Bachman Pioneer Farms • austincelticfestival.com
Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival
A truly unique Austin experience bringing a fascinating look into the culture and heritage of the Native American People. You’ll find a native market, food court, heritage stage and Texas Parks & Wildlife interactive program.
Travis County Expo Center • austinpowwow.net
Blue Genie Art Bazaar (Black Friday thru Christmas Eve)
Shop holiday gifts while supporting your local artist community.
Airport Boulevard • bluegenieartbazaar.com
The Junior League of Austin uses the funds raised at A Christmas Affair to provide essential funding to programs such as Coats for Kids, FIT-Food In Tummies and more than 30 local community non-profits.
Palmer Events Center • jlaustin.org
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
The Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade benefitting Operation Blue Santa.
Downtown Austin • chuysparade.com
East Austin Studio Tour
Combined now with the West Austin Studio Tour.
Austin • bigmedium.org
Circuit of The Americas is the premier destination for world-class motorsports and entertainment in the United States. Set on 1,500 acres in the rolling hills just outside downtown Austin, Circuit of The Americas has hosted the biggest names in racing, action sports and music since 2012. At its heart is a 3.41-mile racetrack that was designed to challenge the world’s most exacting competitors while providing a thrilling spectacle for audiences.
Circuit of the Americas • circuitoftheamericas.com
Ice Skating on the Plaza (thru January)
Whole Food’s Flagship store opens its rooftop for a season of ice skating fun.
Whole Foods on Lamar • wholefoodsmarket.com
Texas Book Festival
Showcasing approximately 250 authors each year with live music, cooking demonstrations, book signings, and more.
Texas State Capitol • texasbookfestival.org
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
If you like Texas BBQ, you won’t want to miss this festival! Join others from all over Texas and sample some of the best BBQ in the US.
The Long Center • https://www.texasmonthly.com/event/
ThunderCloud Sub Turkey Trot
Come and run/walk the largest 5-mile run in Texas and one of Austin’s Thanksgiving traditions.
The Long Center • thundercloud.com
Wizard World Comic Con
A pop culture extravaganza with special guests, panels, and costumes galore!
Austin Convention Center • wizardworld.com
A unique German-Texan culture celebration with great food, special events, as well as Alpine and Bavarian-style entertainment.
Landa Park, New Braunfels • wurstfest.com
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Come and enjoy the city’s favorite place to holiday shop with an art fair and music festival.
Palmer Events Center • armadillobazaar.com
Austin Symphony Christmas in the Community
The Austin Symphony reworks and takes the classic Christmas Sing-Along out of the concert hall and into the community.
Austin • austinsymphony.com
Austin Trail of Lights
Over a mile-long trail of Christmas lights with a multitude of holiday decorations, activities, and of course, food trucks.
Zilker Park • austintrailoflights.org
Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy a great breakfast buffet with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and a host of other Santa’s helpers.
Lakeway Activity Center, Lakeway • lakeway-tx.gov
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will be at the city park for this event with a parade, a carnival, food, and live music.
City Park, Buda • budafest.org
Enjoy a parade, food, live music, local vendors, and a chance to take a photo with Santa.
Downtown Georgetown • thegeorgetownsquare.com
Carnival rides, lights, and more.
Old Settlers Association, Round Rock • roundrocktexas.gov
Zilker Tree Lighting
The Zilker tree is 155 feet tall, composed of 39 strands, each holding 81 lights, for a total of 3,159 lights.
Zilker Park • https://www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-holiday-tree