EVENTS LISTED ON THE "AUSTIN EVENTS" WALL CALENDAR
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Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K
Join 17,000 participants from around the globe as runners explore Austin’s landmarks, neighborhoods, and culture. Come out to run, volunteer, or cheer at this charitable event.
3M Half Marathon
The largest stand-alone half marathon in Texas is celebrating its 26th year. If running isn't your thing, volunteers are needed to support, hydrate, and cheer on the runners.
A Christmas Affair
This holiday market features 200 vendors, plus parties, kids' activities, a private shopping brunch, and Santa.
ABC Kite Fest
Witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of kites in the sky. Free. Dogs welcome.
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.
American Indian Heritage Day Celebration
Celebrate the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to the state of Texas.
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.
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 Area Train Show
Over 16,000 square feet of model railroading at the Williamson County Expo Center.
Austin Asian American Film Festival
This festival showcases Asian and Asian American stories via media arts and helps Asian Americans explore opportunities in cinema.
Austin Auto Show
See cutting-edge auto technology and some of 2020'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.
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 Dance Festival
At this modern dance and film festival, watch dance films, take master classes, attend showcases, and see the next generation of dancers perform.
Austin Dragon Boat/Paddle Festival
Dragons race at Lady Bird Lake's Festival Beach. Performances, food, and more.
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
This is one of Texas’ 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.
Austin Home & Garden Show
This is the place to solve all of your home and garden projects. You’ll 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 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 Pride Parade & Festival
Celebrate and support the LGBTQ community with an all-day party that culminates with a rainbow- and glitter-filled parade.
Austin Record Convention
Peruse CDs, LPs, tapes, posters, and collectibles.
Austin Refugee Day Festival
Join refugees, their families, agency workers, and the greater Austin community for a festival honoring the strength of refugee families in Austin.
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. Bring a picnic and blanket; shows start at 7:30pm.
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.
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.
Black Composers Concert
This annual chamber music concert celebrates the contributions of black composers from around the world. Free and open to the public.
Blanton Block Party
This free public party is the perfect fusion of live music, world-class art, outdoor family art activities, local food, and museum tours.
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.
Bowl for Kids
Make a positive, long-lasting impact on children in our community by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
Now in its 43rd 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.
Cedar Fest & BBQ Cook Off
Live music, pig races, pony rides, petting zoo, arts & crafts market, washers tournament, and more.
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).
Central Texas Juneteenth
Celebrate African-American emancipation with a festival, parade, run/walk, beauty pageant, and more.
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 children’s book authors, enjoy children’s activities and learning opportunities, or take a break with story time.
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 with 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 multiple locations around the lake.
Colombian Fest ATX
This carnival promotes the cultural and musical diversity of Colombia.
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. Presented by Waterloo Greenway.
Make your way to Pflugerville for this pfun-pfilled pfest, complete with a parade and carnival rides.
Who doesn't love wagging tails and slobbery tongues? Head to the Wildflower Center for a weekend of paws plus plants, and fur-baby-friendly activities.
This car show provides a place where car lovers and the general public can come together and share cultural experiences while enjoying rolling works of art called Donks.
Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp
Teams of two participate in this event. One of you will do the “stomping,” and the other will do the “collecting.” The team producing the most juice in the allotted time wins.
Día de los Muertos Viva la Vida Fest
The Mexic-Arte Museum hosts a parade and party to celebrate and remember the departed.
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.
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.
Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera
Experience short operas at one big showcase. "Taste the future of opera, one ounce at a time."
A "fringe theatre" festival. Bills feature a potpourri of theatre, comedy, dance, and musical pieces. Venues include theatres, public places, and private homes.
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.
Grow Locally Cook Globally Fall Festival
The Green Corn Project promises delicious food, great music, and an all-around good time. Proceeds help provide gardens for communities that need better access to fresh food.
Local businesses donate a portion of the day's sales to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Heart & Stroke Walk
This walk/run benefits the American Heart Association, which seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans.
High Noon Talk
These lunchtime lectures highlight interesting and often untold topics. Noon-1pm.
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.
Hot Luck Food Fest
This is where food, fire, and music meet for one long, delicious weekend. Local and out-of-town chefs and musicians light it up in Austin.
Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, an auction, and live music, all to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
International Dance Day
Join Ballet Austin in celebrating diversity through dance. Traditional dances from around the world represent history and culture.
International Day of Yoga
Join millions of others around the world in this celebration of yoga.
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.
Jo's Pet Parade
Who doesn't love animals in outfits? How about an entire parade of them down South Congress?
Now in its 27th 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'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.
On the north shore of Lake Travis, this event offers big-name music headliners and a great view of the Austin Yacht Club's Turnback Regatta.
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.
Mighty Texas Dog Walk
Spend the day with your best friend, and celebrate over 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 community’s 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 Festival
National headliners, up-and-comers, and local comedians perform around town.
Mozart's Coffee Christmas Lights Show
Make your way to the deck at Mozart's to witness over 1 million festive lights that twinkle along with holiday tunes.
NAMIWalks Central Texas
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 nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for parks, trails, and green spaces.
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 (except March), 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.
Other Worlds Film Festival
This is one of the premier sci-fi film festivals in the U.S., championing filmmakers and writers and a diverse a team of programmers.
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.
Pecan Street Festival
This twice-a-year arts & crafts festival on Sixth Street features unique vendors, food, and live music.
Come celebrate Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance's 23rd anniversary. Learn about Garifuna traditions, and cut loose with bomba, plena, and Taino traditional dances.
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.
Rancho Alegre Conjunto Music Festival
A weekend of down-home traditional Texas music from up-and-coming artists and legends.
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, and floating the river.
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.
Science Under the Stars
This free, monthly public outreach lecture series allows Austinites of all ages to learn about science in an informal setting.
Every year, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance brings audiences a new, original musical that brings history to life.
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 A Midsummer Night's Dream 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.
Part cook-off, part athletic competition, part music festival, part theatre, and all spectacle. Keep Austin weird.
Spring Home & Garden Show
It's time to give a whole new look to your home and garden.
Spring Native Plant Sale
Choose from 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 over 5,000 people in attendance each year, this fest offers varying forms of art - from classic paintings to music, and sculptures to jewelry.
Sunshine Community Gardens Plant Sale
Peruse many different types of organic tomatoes, plus peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos.
SUP El Camino Real
This is Texas’ original SUP river race. It's the perfect combination of competition and recreation.
Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk
Help raise funds for breast cancer research, while also honoring survivors and celebrating those who lost their battle with the disease.
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.
Celebrate the plant-based lifestyle and its benefits.
Texas Woodworking Festival
When a beer festival meets a woodworking convention, you get a woodworking-themed farmers' market.
That Takes the Cake
Celebrating its 15th year, this sugary event features celebrity demonstrations, decorating competitions, and classes. This year's theme: "Clash of the Cakes."
Now in its 58th year, Ballet Austin’s 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." Now, thousands of visitors walk 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.
The first TubaChristmas happened on Dec. 22, 1974, at NYC's Rockefeller Plaza. Now it is celebrated in cities throughout the world.
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.
For over 60 years, this celebration has honored 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 Pops Concerts
Free concerts at Zilker Park. The Austin Civic Orchestra will perform songs that will make you want to Get Up and Dance.
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 Mama Mia! Shows start at 8:15pm.