EVENTS LISTED ON THE "AUSTIN EVENTS" WALL CALENDAR
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3M Half Marathon
The largest stand-alone half marathon in Texas is celebrating its 24th year. If running isn't your thing, volunteers are needed to support, hydrate, and cheer on the runners.
48-Hour Improv Fest
Eight improvisers take the Hideout stage to perform 48 straight hours of improvisational theatre and comedy, without sleep or respite.
A Christmas Affair
This holiday market features 200 vendors, plus parties, kids' activities, a private shopping brunch, and Santa.
The All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Fest spotlights queer, gender-bending, and outside-the-box independent films. The four-day fest combines entertainment with community outreach and education.
Amplify Austin Day
Participate in this 24-hour period (6pm-6pm) of community-wide online giving, helping to raise funds for Central Texas nonprofits.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Peruse art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces, and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.
Art City Austin
Republic Square Park hosts art installations and interactive art projects.
Art From the Streets Show & Sale
Homeless and formerly homeless people produce works of art that are sold at this annual show. All proceeds go to the artists.
ATX Television Festival
Screenings, panels, and events put audiences in touch with the actors, writers, and creators who bring stories to the small screen.
Austin Auto Show
See cutting-edge auto technology and some of 2019's most anticipated car models.
Austin Black Pride
A long weekend of parties, panels, and self-care to celebrate the city's black LGBTQ community
Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Fall Show & Sale
Browse hundreds of species of succulents at the Zilker Botanical Garden. Free admission.
Austin Celtic Festival
Celtic dancers, actors, musicians, and storytellers.
Austin Chamber Music Festival
This multiweek festival showcases an array of performers that explore a variety of works, periods, and genres. Workshops for young musicians are also offered.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Compete, eat, or volunteer at one of the world's largest hot sauce festivals. Free admission with a donation of canned goods to the Central Texas Food Bank.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Austin's biggest outdoor music festival takes over Zilker Park for two weekends of auditory bliss.
Austin Dragon Boat Festival
Dragons race at Lady Bird Lake's Festival Beach. Performances, food, and more.
Austin Duck Derby
Adopt and race a rubber ducky for $5. Festivities include music, games, food trucks, face-painting, and more. Stop by the ìBest Dressed Duckî tent and vote for your favorite!
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
This is one of Texasí largest regional science fairs, showcasing the work of nearly 3,000 students in 3rd through 12th grades.
Austin Film Festival
This national-level film festival presents narrative, animated, and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advance screenings, and independent films.
Austin Home & Garden Show
This is the place to solve all of your home and garden projects. Youíll find the latest in products and services from builders, contractors, landscapers, and more.
Austin International Poetry Festival
Join poets from around the world to celebrate literary excellence through the power of written and spoken word.
Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
Join 17,000 participants from around the globe as runners explore Austinís landmarks, neighborhoods, and culture. Come out to run, volunteer, or cheer at this charitable event.
Austin Museum Day
On this special day, Austinites enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at local museums.
Austin Music Awards
The biggest night in Austin music, with special recognition going to local musicians.
Austin Pond Tour
Streams, fountains, waterfalls, fish, and aquatic plants - some of these ponds and gardens are certified wildlife habitats.
The largest of its kind in Texas, this festival strives to preserve the traditions, heritage, and culture of American Indians.
Austin Record Convention
Peruse CDs, LPs, tapes, posters, and collectibles.
Austin Reggae Festival
Local and national reggae bands invade Auditorium Shores for a music-filled weekend benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank.
Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
This Austin tradition draws thousands of people for a free evening of fireworks and symphony music.
Austin Symphony-Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sundays feature varying ensembles of the Austin Symphony all summer. Performances include jazz, light classical, pops, and film scores. Bring a picnic and blanket; shows start at 7:30pm.
Austin Ultimate Women's Expo
Indulge in the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, and travel. Make it a girls' weekend.
Austin's New Year
This annual, alcohol-free, family-friendly celebration showcases art, food trucks, and live music. Free.
Ballet Under the Stars
The Metamorphosis Dance ensemble performs for free at the Zilker Hillside Theater. Show begins just before sundown.
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort
Balloon flights start early in the morning, and Balloon Glows take place later in the evening. You can attend one or both of the balloon floats. The evening portion also offers wine tastings and live music.
More than a million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge at dusk. Get batty with live music, arts & crafts, food and drinks, and a bat-costume contest.
Champion teams from all over Texas compete in this invitational division for the title of "State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion" and the opportunity to represent Texas in Washington, D.C., at the national cook-off.
Bike to Work Day
Make your daily commute on two wheels. A variety of fueling stations offer bikers free coffee and snacks.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Check out works from more than 200 local and regional artists. A portion of proceeds goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Admission is free.
Boo at the Zoo
Wear a costume, hop on the haunted train ride, explore the haunted house, and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight.
Bowl for Kids
Make a positive, long-lasting impact on children in our community by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, and help change lives for the better.
Now in its 42nd year, this is the largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation.
Cap 2K Swim
This pledge swim promotes water conservation and open-water swimming. It stretches from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center.
This is one of the largest Carnaval celebrations outside of Brazil. Enjoy samba music, conga lines, and outrageous costumes at the Palmer Events Center.
Celebrando Salsa & Heritage Festival
Put on your dancing shoes for this semi-formal event, where you can enjoy Salsa dancing, folklore from Puerto Rico, arts & crafts, and comida criolla (a Puerto Rican dish).
Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral
This yearly gathering brings together some of the city's most honored vocalists, with musicians playing traditional Irish and Scottish music.
Cherrywood Art Fair
This neighborhood fundraiser benefits the eastside arts scene and showcases local artists, live music, kids' activities, and great food.
Children's Book Fair
Meet popular childrenís book authors, enjoy childrenís activities and learning opportunities, or take a break with story time.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Head to Chinatown Center and celebrate the Year of the Pig with dim sum and dancing dragons.
This role-playing and board-game convention strives to inspire and prepare youth for careers in the gaming industry.
Cine las Americas
This film fest promotes cross-cultural understanding by educating and entertaining the community through films made by or about Latinos.
Classic Game Fest
Enjoy 70,000 square feet of retro video games and fun at the Palmer Events Center.
Clean Lady Bird Lake
Keep Austin Beautiful and the Watershed Protection Department ask volunteers to help remove debris from the shoreline and water at 25 locations around the lake.
Come Dance! Ballet Austin's Free Day of Dance
Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a novice, this is the day to get your groove on. Head to Ballet Austin to try out many different styles of dance.
Corporate Battle of the Bands
Austin businesses pull their talented employees together to showcase their unsung talents.
This is the official kickoff to Rodeo Austin. It features a Texas-sized buffet, live music, and two-stepping lessons. Free.
This visually stimulating art show helps educate the community about the importance of Waller Creek's transformation for Austin's future.
Deep Eddy Mile
This classic swimming competition is open to adults 18 years and older and takes place at Deep Eddy Pool, the oldest outdoor pool in Texas.
Make your way to Pflugerville for this pfun-pfilled pfest, complete with a parade and carnival rides.
DÌa de los Muertos Viva la Vida Fest
The Mexic-Arte Museum hosts a parade and party to celebrate and remember the departed.
Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp
Teams of two participate in this event. One of you will do the ìstomping,î and the other will do the ìcollecting.î The team producing the most juice in the allotted time wins.
Rethink power usage and turn out the lights for an hour, 8:30-9:30pm. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, talk to your neighbors, stargaze, or go camping.
East Austin Studio Tour
This free, self-guided art event provides the public the opportunity to meet local artists and artisans who drive the city's creative culture.
Easter Pet Parade
Who doesn't love animals in outfits? How about an entire parade of them down South Congress? And to top it all off, there's a pet costume contest at the end.
Eeyore's Birthday Party
Wear a costume, get your face painted, take a lap around the maypole, then join the drum circle at Pease Park.
Empty Bowl Project
Help feed Austin's hungry by purchasing ceramic bowls from local potters. Fill your bowls with gourmet soups from local chefs.
Dubbed "the biggest open house in Texas." Events allow you to learn and explore the UT campus. Free.
Fall Home & Garden Show
Builders and contractors showcase their latest products and services for decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, landscape displays and materials, kitchenware, and more.
This is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., focusing on horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the globe.
Film & Food Party
The Driskill Hotel hosts this evening of cocktails and culinary treats. This is the opening party for the Austin Film Festival.
The Circuit of the Americas hosts the U.S. Grand Prix. Expect more speed, more thrills, and more music.
This fest celebrates Fredericksburg's German heritage with oompah music, food, drink, artisans, and family fun.
Free Comic Book Day
Readers around the nation flock to independent comic-book stores for special giveaways.
Free Day of Dance
Classes are offered all over town: country, swing, salsa, ballroom, tango, and more.
Free Day of Yoga
Try yoga for the first time, or try out a different style. Discover the benefits of yoga with free classes all around town.
Still haven't checked out that local band you've heard about? Now's your chance! And it's free!
Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera
Experience four short operas at one big showcase. "Taste the future of opera, one ounce at a time."
Fun Stop 5K & Fest
This 5K is the ultimate toast to keeping Austin weird. Don your weirdest costume, and enjoy a party after the run.
Funky Chicken Coop Tour
This tour encourages city residents to raise chickens at home and demonstrates how chicken housing can be incorporated into urban residences.
This fest brings together artists and audiences to explore new ideas and possibilities of contemporary culture.
German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
Enjoy traditional German Christmas music, handcrafted items from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, and a visit from Sankt Nikolaus, who brings gifts for the kids.
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest
Live music, food, a biergarten, kids' activities, and more at the German Free School.
This global day of giving is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Show Austin how much you love it by donating to local charitable organizations.
Heart & Stroke Walk
This walk/run benefits the American Heart Association, which seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans.
Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Shopping, music, barbecue, fireworks, and fun for the whole family, including the dogs.
Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll
Congress Avenue will be abuzz with holiday cheer! Shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums will be open late and feature special activities.
Check out brass bands on the streets of Austin, where everyday locations spontaneously turn into stages.
Hot Luck Food Fest
This is where food, fire, and music all meet for one long, delicious weekend. Local and out-of-town chefs and musicians light it up in Austin.
Hottest Day of the Year Ride
Celebrate the summer heat with this leisurely paced social bike ride, with various pool stops along the way, ending at a great afterparty.
Hyde Park Theatre FronteraFest
A "fringe theatre" festival. Bills feature a potpourri of theatre, comedy, dance, and musical pieces. Venues include theatres, public places, and private homes.
Enjoy cocktails, hors díoeuvres, dinner, an auction, and live music, all to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
International Bacon Day
Satisfy your love for pan-fried pork goodness, and indulge in all that is bacon.
International Dance Day
Join Ballet Austin in celebrating diversity through dance. Traditional dances from around the world represent history and culture.
It's My Park Day
Thousands of volunteers get together to work on various projects in Austin's parks and greenbelts.
Jack's Generic Triathlon
This triathlon is short enough for beginners but still challenging enough for experienced athletes.
This community of independent game developers and fans hosts monthly meet-ups for mingling and playing video games.
Now in its 26th year, this fest features juggling, unicycling, and circus arts. All are welcome to come pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, or just enjoy the show.
Keep Austin Beautiful Day
Join volunteers for a day of service, fun, and community-building, while making our city cleaner and more beautiful for all Austinites.
Keep Austin Beautiful's Highway 360 Cleanup
While holiday tree decorations are a fun tradition, taking them down is important for reducing litter and keeping our city beautiful.
Kerrville Folk Festival
This 18-day music fest at Quiet Valley Ranch emphasizes songwriting with performances by new and seasoned talent. Camping allowed.
KGSR's Blues on the Green
Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and enjoy Austin's biggest free concert series. See website for schedule.
Lady Bird Day
Celebrate the legacy of Wildflower Center co-founder Lady Bird Johnson. Enjoy free admission, crafts, story time, and more.
This free, family-friendly event, on the north shore of Lake Travis, offers big-name music headliners and a great view of the Austin Yacht Club's Turnback Regatta.
Lake Travis Relay
This 12-mile, open water, six-person swimming relay begins at Emerald Point and finishes with an awards banquet.
Life Time Tri CapTex
Tens of thousands of triathletes from around the globe make their way to Austin for this popular race.
Lonestar Round Up
This weekend roundup is a celebration of hot rods and custom cars and the people who build and drive them. It features a swap meet and live music.
Los Reyes Magos Celebran Octavitas
The Three Kings help Austinites celebrate the close of Puerto Rico's extended holiday season. The kings bring gifts for the kids.
Luminations at the Wildflower Center
This display features thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights, turning the Wildflower Center into a winter wonderland.
This family-friendly event dares you to invent, learn, and be inspired.
Maudie's Moonlight Margarita Run
For more than 15 years, runners have participated in this popular nighttime 5K run that is followed by a Tex-Mex party with margaritas.
Mighty Texas Dog Walk
Spend the day with your best friend, and celebrate 20 years of this special fundraising walk. Money raised goes to Service Dogs Inc., which trains dogs to assist people with hearing loss or disabilities.
These Community Talks for Healthy Minds bring mental health experts and advocates together to advance our communityís understanding of mental illness and increase awareness of available resources.
March from the MLK statue on the UT campus to the Capitol, then head over to Huston-Tillotson University for a cultural festival.
Modern Home Tour Austin
This self-paced, self-driving tour showcases spectacular examples of modern design, construction, and decor.
This unofficial annual bike ride attracts hundreds of riders, and it's been happening since 1982. Ride starts at 2am.
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival
National headliners, up-and-comers, and local comedians perform around town.
This is the largest and most successful mental-health awareness and fundraising event in America.
National Dance Day
Ballet Austin offers classes in a variety of dance styles and levels of ability all day long. Come for one class, or dance all day!
National Night Out
Get out and meet your neighbors, and take advantage of this opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime.
National Pilates Day
Ballet Austin's Pilates Center offers free classes and specials.
National Public Lands Day
The nationís largest single-day volunteer effort for parks, trails, and green spaces.
National Trails Day
This nationally coordinated event promotes trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. This is a day for adventure.
Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center
On Thursday evenings partake in interactive presentations, expert-led hikes, crafts for kids, and explorations of Central Texas ecology.
Every second Wednesday of the month, partake in some nerdery, try nerd speed-dating, or sign up to become a Nerd Nite ambassador.
O. Henry Pun-Off
Boasting more than 40 years of puns, this world championship crowns the Punniest in Show.
Old Settler's Music Festival
Four days of camping and multiple stages of bluegrass, roots, and Americana bands.
Not everyone can afford a warm Thanksgiving feast. But you can help change that by spending your morning delivering Turkey Day meals to the less fortunate.
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
This fest showcases the best in improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy, featuring performers from all over the country and across the globe.
This fest showcases the endeavors of LGBTQIA filmmakers and artists while educating and entertaining the public.
Pecan Street Festival
This twice-a-year arts & crafts festival on Sixth Street features unique vendors, food, and live music.
Polar Bear Splash
Participate in this annual New Year's Day swim at Barton Springs. The outside air may be frigid, but the springs stay a constant 68-70 degrees all year.
Celebrate and learn about the art of original printmaking, and explore innovations of the contemporary approach at galleries throughout the city.
This grassroots, corporate-free alt-Pride celebrates the LGBTQIA community and allies with a resource fair, rally, procession, and afterparty.
Record Store Day
Celebrate independently owned record stores with exclusive releases and discounts.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
Bikers and enthusiasts from all 50 states and beyond have been ROT-rallying for 20-plus years. The Travis County Expo Center hosts most events.
River Revival Music Fest
Together, Splice Records and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. created this fest for those who enjoy camping, live music, floating the river, and dancing under the stars.
Rock the Park
This free, family-friendly concert series at Mueller Lake Park, curated by KUTX, spotlights kid-friendly acts as well as music that's fun for all ages. Grab a bite at one of the food trucks, or get your face painted.
This nonprofit rodeo provides scholarships to Texas students. It features barrel racing, "mutton bustin'," and saddle bronc riding.
This triathlon is open to beginners and experienced athletes alike.
Rooster Teeth Expo
This three-day gaming event invites attendees to play some of the greatest new video games, learn about the industry, and meet like-minded fans.
Participate in this annual charity ride with routes of 23, 42, and 62 miles, and support the children of the Rosedale School, Austin ISDís only school exclusively for children with multiple disabilities.
Settlement Home for Children Garage & Estate Sale
You can donate or shop at this annual charity event, with 100% of proceeds going to the Settlement Home.
Shakespeare in the Park
See The Merchant of Venice (with a Texas twist) performed on the Zilker Hillside. Shows start at 8pm.
Sherwood Forest Faire
Jousting, falconry, sword-fighting, glass-blowing and blacksmithing demonstrations, wizards, feasts, and more. It's a medieval good time for the whole family.
Shiner Beer Run
5K, 10K, and half-marathon routes begin at the historic Spoetzl Brewery and wind through the "Cleanest Little City in Texas."
The Great Austin to Shiner Pedal (GASP) is a scenic 100-mile ride through Texas towns, ending at the Spoetzl Brewery, where a Shiner-fueled, post-ride party awaits.
South by Southwest
This fest celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.
Spring Home & Garden Show
It's time to give a whole new look to your home and garden.
Spring Native Plant Sale
Choose from nearly 300 species of native-bred plants that thrive in the Central Texas climate. Purchase seeds, grasses, plants, perennials, trees, and shrubs.
St. Patrick's Day Austin
The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas celebrates this Irish tradition with fun for the whole family. No green beer or leprechauns included.
Sunset Valley ArtFest
With nearly 4,000 people in attendance each year, this fest offers varying forms of art - from classic paintings to music, and sculptures to jewelry. Local food and kids' activities are on hand, too.
Sunshine Community Gardens Plant Sale
Peruse many different types of organic tomatoes, plus peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos.
SUP El Camino Real
This is Texasí original SUP river race. It's the perfect combination of competition and recreation.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Help raise funds for breast cancer research, while also honoring survivors and celebrating those who lost their battle with the disease.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Yar! Land ho! Practice your best Captain Jack Sparrow.
Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge
Swim five lakes in five days! Held in the beautiful Highland Lakes Hill Country territory, just outside of Austin. Each day offers different challenges.
Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.
Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards
This celebration honors songwriters who represent the spirit of Texas.
This annual track & field event brings tens of thousands of people to Austin to compete, cheer, and party.
Texas Tax-Free Appliance Weekend
Purchase any type of energy-efficient appliance with the Energy Star logo, and pay no Texas taxes.
Texas Tax-Free Weekend
During this tax holiday, most clothing and footwear priced less than $100 can be purchased tax-free.
That Takes the Cake!
Celebrating its 16th year, this sugary event features celebrity demonstrations, decorating competitions, and classes. This year's theme: "Wild, Wild West."
Now in its 57th year, Ballet Austinís The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of this seasonal classic in Texas. Shows throughout December. See website for schedule.
Third Thursday at the Blanton
This free monthly event features extended museum hours, live music, yoga in the galleries, happy hour at the cafe, and tours.
Trail of Lights
This festival of lights began in 1965 as a small gathering called the "Yule Fest." It is now a community-wide celebration, with thousands of visitors walking the trail each year. See website for schedule and special events.
Travis Heights Art Trail
Artists open their homes and studios to the public just in time for holiday shopping.
Start Thanksgiving off right, by getting active before the tryptophan sets in. Participate in the 5-mile run or 1-mile walk. Proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin.
Urban Music Festival
This family-friendly fest showcases gospel, hip-hop, R&B, soul, and neo-soul music at Auditorium Shores.
Violet Crown Festival
This fest sports family fun and provides info about community resources. Free admission.
This fest features troupes from all the improv camps in town, all united under one sticky banner of free waffles - plus, all the toppings you can dream of.
Now in its 66th year, this celebration honors Luling watermelon growers. The four-day event boasts a carnival, a parade, live music, and watermelon activities - like seed-spitting and melon-eating contests.
Wiener Dog Races
These four-legged friends may be short, but those little legs are a lot faster than you would think.
Winter Tree Fest
Learn about the best trees for your yard and how to care for them, purchase native trees and shrubs, and participate in guided walks and talks by experts.
New Braunfels' "Ten Day Salute to Sausage" celebrates German culture with a Texas twist.
Zilker Kite Festival
Witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of kites in the sky. Free. Dogs welcome.
Zilker Pops Concerts
Free concerts at Zilker Park. This year the Austin Civic Orchestra will perform songs about the Cosmos.
Teams of four tackle this 10-mile race.
Zilker Summer Musical
This free, annual performance runs throughout the summer at the Zilker Hillside Theater. This year's production is Disney's The Little Mermaid. Shows start at 8:15pm.