EVENTS LISTED ON THE "AUSTIN EVENTS 2016" WALL CALENDAR
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101X Summer Cinema Series
Free movies on a big outdoor screen, in the park behind Central Market North. Contests and drink specials. July through August. See website for schedule.
12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival
Make your way over to Rosewood Park to celebrate Black History Month. All-day entertainment, food and fun.
3M Half Marathon
Run one of the largest stand-alone half marathons in Texas. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this year's race benefits Girlstart.
A Christmas Affair
A five-day market at the Palmer Events Center with more than 200 vendors.
Adult Spelling Bee
Dust off your dictionary, and help raise money for the Austin Public Library.
AIDS Walk Austin
Join thousands in helping to raise funds and awareness of HIV and AIDS. All proceeds stay local.
Ameripolitan Music Awards
This awards show acknowledges musicians whose work doesn't quite fit into today's "country" genre. This year hosted by Ray Benson.
Partake in events, panels and workshops during this Japanese animation and pop-culture convention.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Live music and more than 130 artists and merchants take part in this Austin tradition.
Armadillo Classic Ride
Enjoy the beautiful rolling scenery and wildflowers while getting in a great ride. Routes include rides of 11, 20, 39, 51, 68 and 103 miles.
Art City Austin
Downtown's 2nd Street District plays host to 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.
Artists & Artisans Festival
This intimate fest is dedicated to arts, crafts and nature. Explore the blooming gardens, and see the work of more than 30 artists.
ATX Television Festival
Interact with actors, writers, directors and studio executives.
Austin Auto Show
Showcasing some of 2016's most anticipated car models and cutting-edge auto technology.
Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Fall Show & Sale
Browse hundreds of species of succulents at the Zilker Botanical Garden. Free.
Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Spring Show & Sale
Browse hundreds of species of succulents at the Zilker Botanical Garden. Free.
Austin Celtic Festival
Celtic dancers, actors, musicians and storytellers.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Compete or just eat at one of the world's largest hot sauce festivals. Go early. The sauce is free, but the lines get long.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Austin's biggest outdoor music festival. Now extended to two weekends for twice the fun.
Austin Doll Collectors Society Doll Show and Sale
Are all of your Barbies still in their original boxes? Or maybe your grandmother gave you one of her childhood dolls? Now in its 41st year, this show focuses on antique, vintage and modern dolls.
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
Experience one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs, which showcases the work of nearly 3,000 students in 3rd through 12th grades.
Austin Film Festival
This national-level film festival brings in big names and new films while making the screenings accessible to all Austinites.
Austin Food & Wine Festival
Food & Wine magazine hosts this epicurean adventure.
Austin Gorilla Run
Run a 5K in a gorilla suit? No, really, gorilla suits are provided. And it's all to benefit mountain gorillas.
Austin Heart Walk
This walk/run benefits the American Heart Association, which seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans.
Austin Home & Garden Show
This is the place to find everything you need for your home or garden. Got ideas? With a little help, you can make them a reality.
Austin Ice Cream Festival
Celebrate the greatest food ever invented, all while benefiting local charities.
Austin International Poetry Festival
This is "the largest non-juried poetry festival in the U.S."
Austin ISD Back to School Bash
Join other students and parents at the Convention Center for this bash and safety fair. The kids get free vaccinations and backpacks with school supplies.
Austin Jazz Festival
This is the fest where you can really get your groove on.
Three days of circus art, juggling, unicycling, demonstrations, workshops and plenty of games. Now in its 23rd year!
Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
This is Austin's annual full marathon. Run, volunteer or cheer at this nationally recognized charitable event.
Austin Museum Day
More than 40 Austin museums and cultural sites – all free, all day, plus special events.
Austin Music Awards
The biggest night in Austin music.
Austin Pet Expo
Check out obedience/agility demos, cash in on free nail trims, or adopt a new life companion.
The largest of its kind in Texas, this festival features American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.
Austin Record Convention
This is the largest sale of music in the nation. Find CDs, LPs, tapes, posters and collectibles from the U.S. and Europe.
Austin Reggae Festival
Local and national bands be jammin’ for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.
Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
More than 100,000 people enjoy this free evening of fireworks and symphony music. It's an Austin tradition.
Austin Symphony-Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Head down to the Long Center on Sunday evenings throughout the summer to see different ensembles from the Austin Symphony perform outside for free. Concerts at 7:30pm.
This triathlon is open to all experience levels. So swim, bike and run. Or cheer, cheer, cheer.
Austin Urban Music Festival
Mix it up with hip-hop, R&B and DJs at this family-friendly festival at Auditorium Shores.
Austin’s Original Pub Run
With a 2-mile version and a 6-mile version, there’s something for everyone on this run through downtown, which includes stops at some of Austin’s favorite watering holes.
Make your way to Saengerrunde Halle for this all-you-can-eat sausage- and beer-tasting fest.
Ballet Under the Stars
Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble performs for free at the Zilker Hillside Theater.
Barton Springs Fest
Get educated about Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer and its contributing watersheds, while enjoying tours, workshops, music and a diving competition.
Celebrate the world's largest urban Mexican free-tailed bat colony at this family-friendly event featuring music, arts & crafts vendors, a bat costume contest and other batty fun.
Bike to Work Day
Exercise, save a few bucks on gas and get free breakfast at various locations.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Cool, hip and unusual gifts for sale from more than 100 artists.
Board Game Bash
Three days of nonstop board-gaming.
Body Mind Spirit Expo
This holistic expo focuses on advancements in spiritual and planetary awakening with like-minded souls.
Boo at the Zoo
Enjoy the haunted house or hay ride. Proceeds benefit the Austin Zoo's rescued animals.
Cap 2K Swim
Swim in Lady Bird Lake! Legally! This event stretches from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center.
Capital City Black Film Festival
This film fest brings together talented African-Americans who are involved in media and the film industry.
One of Austin's most popular running events and the largest 10K in Texas.
Live samba music, conga lines, costumes and wild abandon fill the Palmer Events Center at one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations outside of Brazil.
Bringing the best music of Central America to Central Texas.
Cherrywood Art Fair
This neighborhood fundraiser benefits the Eastside arts scene.
Children's Book Fair
Meet children’s authors and characters from popular kids' books, and enjoy children’s activities and learning opportunities.
This roleplaying and board game convention benefits Austin Creative Pathways, whose mission is to inspire and prepare youth for careers in the gaming industry.
Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade
Bring a toy to donate, and enjoy the giant balloons, floats, bands and classic cars.
Cine las Americas
This fest features films from Spain, Mexico and South America.
City-Wide Garage Sale
This is the place to shop for all things vintage and collectible. Held at the Palmer Events Center a few times a year.
Classic Game Fest
Classic video games, retro game tournaments, costume contests, live video game music and more!
The Austin league of the national Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers showcases women’s strengths while raising money for local nonprofits.
Come Dance! Ballet Austin's Free Day of Dance
Whether you are a seasoned dancer or have never danced a step in your life, this is your day to get your groove on. Everyone can dance! Head to Ballet Austin to try as many fun dance styles as you can.
It's the official kickoff to Rodeo Austin. Enjoy a Texas-sized buffet and live entertainment. Free.
Day of Tango Festival
The name says it all - except that it lasts three days instead of just one. Participate in dance workshops, beginners' lessons and traditional Argentine milonga dances.
Deep Eddy Pool Splash Party Movie Nights
In the heat of the summer, why not enjoy a film poolside? Movies start at dusk. Check website for schedule.
Make your way to Pflugerville for this pfun-pfilled pfest complete with a parade and carnival rides.
Dragon Boat Festival
Dragons race at Lady Bird Lake's Festival Beach. Performances, food and more.
Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp
Head to New Braunfels for this competitive stomping event, and your name will be printed on the label of Dry Comal Creek's 2016 "Foot Pressed" red table wine. Stomp two weekends.
Join 50 million other folks around the world in rethinking power usage and turning out the lights for an hour.
East Austin Studio Tour
More than 70 Eastside studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Spend the afternoon perusing Eastside farms, with tastes prepared by local chefs using ingredients straight from the source.
Easter Hill Country Tour
In its 43rd year, this biking event showcases the most scenic ride in Texas.
Eat Drink Local Week
Participating restaurants feature special menu items sourced locally (read: fresher, tastier and more sustainable).
Eeyore's Birthday Party
Wear a costume or body paint, then join the drum circle at Pease Park.
Empty Bowl Project
Purchase locally handcrafted bowls, and fill them with soups and breads donated by local chefs.
Dubbed "the biggest open house in Texas." Hundreds of events on campus, where you can learn and explore. Free.
Fall Home & Garden Show
The Convention Center becomes a one-stop shop for all of your home improvement and gardening needs.
Fall Native Plant Sale
Choose from nearly 300 species of hardy, native-bred plants that will thrive in the Central Texas climate.
The Alamo Drafthouse's weeklong exploration of sci-fi, gore, horror and glitz.
Fashion & Fine Art
Witness the talent of young ladies from across the state in the Miss Rodeo Austin Scholarship Contest, and view some of the finest Western art from aspiring high school artists.
Round Rock hosts Central Texas' largest Hispanic festival. Food, live music and family entertainment.
Film & Food Party
Honor Austin for its thriving film industry and culinary brilliance.
This monthly event happens up and down South Congress and features live music and local vendors.
Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair
Check out etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, monotypes and serigraphs, or watch a printmaking demonstration.
Forest Creek Central Texas Amateur
Some of the best Central Texas amateur golfers will head to Round Rock to tee off in this 18th annual golf tournament.
Circuit of the Americas hosts the U.S. Grand Prix.
Check out specimens from around the world, and participate in fossil workshops.
Make a day trip to this festival of German food, drinks, music and dancing.
Free Comic Book Day
Participating shops give away comic books.
Free Day of Dance
Explore the wonderful world of dancing with free classes all over the city.
Free Day of Yoga
Yoga studios all over town offer free classes all day. Beginners welcome.
Take advantage of this free week of music, and check out some local bands you haven't seen live.
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Punk, hardcore, indie, hip-hop and comedy magically coexist.
Funky Chicken Coop Tour
Learn how chicken housing can be incorporated into an urban residence.
This fest showcases cutting-edge contemporary art and performance art.
Gay Softball World Series
More than 2,000 players will face off on softball fields around Austin in the 40th year of this series.
German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
A German holiday market of crafts and imported goods.
German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest
Live music, food, a biergarten, kids' activities and more at the German Free School.
Get Your Rear in Gear
The proceeds from this 5K run/walk go toward providing screenings and medical supplies to low-income Austinites that are at high risk for colon cancer.
HAAM Benefit Day
Local businesses donate 5% of their day's proceeds to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Heart O' Texas Orchid Society Show & Sale
Still bringing the flower power after 45 years.
Heart of Texas Rockfest
Strategically positioned in mid-March so you can take a break from all of the SXSW hustle and bustle - and go listen to some more music.
This comic convention brings together the worlds of comic-book art and costuming.
Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Shopping, music, barbecue, fireworks and fun for the whole family, including the dogs.
Holiday Lights & Ice at Barton Creek Resort
Lace up your skates, and head to Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink. Twinkling lights, s’mores and reindeer games, to boot. Open to the public throughout the holiday season.
Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll
Ring in the season with this annual holiday sing-along, lighting of the tree and downtown stroll. Free.
Three days of free brass on the streets of ATX.
Hottest Day of the Year Ride & Party
Make the most of the summer heat, and have fun on this leisurely paced social bike ride, with multiple stops along the way, ending at a great afterparty.
Hyde Park Theatre FronteraFest
A "fringe theatre" festival. Short-form bills feature a potpourri of theatre, comedy, dance and musical pieces. Long-form shows are 90 minutes or less. Venues include theatres, public places and private homes.
This Japanese animation and pop-culture convention promises fan-centric panels, workshops and events.
Illuminate Austin Walk
Enjoy an evening walk around Mueller Lake Park, along a path lined with beautiful luminarias. Benefits SafePlace, which provides shelter and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
International Mud Day
Celebrate nature and the outdoors by getting really muddy. At the Wildflower Center, the kids can explore the resident bugs and make mud pies.
It's My Park Day
Join more than 2,000 volunteers to work on various projects in Austin's parks.
Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K
Costumes and weirdness are everywhere you look at this 5K.
Kerrville Fall Music Festival
Enjoy this celebration of songwriters and Texas wines and microbrews.
Kerrville Folk Festival
This multiweek festival has camping, music and seminars.
KGSR's Blues on the Green
Free music at Zilker Park throughout the summer. See website for schedule.
Kosher Chili Cook-Off
Join Congregation Agudas Achim for a kosher bowl of red. Enter your own chili in the competition, or just eat some.
Lady Bird Tribute Day
Free admission to the Wildflower Center and free seeds to honor Lady Bird Johnson on the anniversary of her passing.
Lake Travis Hot Air Balloon Flight
Watch dozens of hot air balloons float over Lake Travis in the early morning. Flight may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Camping, music and psychedelic light shows.
Life Time Tri CapTex
This downtown event attracts triathletes from around the globe.
Lighting of the Driskill Tree
The first week of December, the Driskill lobby sparkles with its annual Christmas tree lighting.
Lights of Love 5K
Celebrate the holiday season with snow, Santa, Ronald McDonald and hot chocolate.
Lights, Camera … The Oscars!
The Austin Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalists will perform music from Academy Award-winning films. Just in time for Oscar season.
A celebration of all things beef.
Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off
Proving for more than 25 years that "regular" foods are just as tasty when prepared vegetarian.
Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up
This roundup features a swap meet, mini-bike races and live music.
Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
Enjoy tons of crawfish and other bayou delicacies, as well as Cajun and zydeco music.
Luminations at the Wildflower Center
This display has 3,000 luminarias and 5,000 twinkle lights.
Lung Force Walk
Walk together against lung cancer, and use your lungs to power your body along a safe and scenic course.
German food, German singing, German music. And, of course, German bier.
Mighty Texas Dog Walk
Help compete for the world record for most dogs walked.
Mini Maker Faire
This family-friendly event dares you to invent, learn and be inspired
March from the UT campus to the Capitol, then head over to Huston-Tillotson University for a cultural festival.
Modern Home Tour Austin
Tour some of the city's modern marvels, designed by local architects.
A huge, unofficial annual bike ride that attracts several hundred riders, and it's been happening since 1982. Ride starts at 2am.
Moonlight Margarita Run
This popular nighttime 5K is followed by a Tex-Mex party with margaritas.
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival
National headliners, up-and-comers and local comedians perform around town.
Music Under the Star
The Bullock Texas State History Museum hosts free music on Friday evenings in July.
NAMI Austin Walk
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 Donut Day
This sweet holiday was originally created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during WWI.
National Night Out
Participate in crime-prevention activities and neighborhood camaraderie.
National Public Lands Day
Help the Austin Parks Foundation spruce up the city's green space.
National Trails Day
The Austin Parks Foundation and the American Hiking Society need your help with some necessary maintenance on Austin's trails.
Naturally Fit Games
Health and fitness expo, car show, auction and model search.
Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center
Spend your Thursday evenings at the Wildflower Center, and enjoy fun family activities with live plants and animals.
Every second Wednesday of the month, sip on drinks, partake in some nerdery, or try your cards at nerd speed-dating.
O. Henry Pun-Off
Hang out on the lawn, or join the many punsters playing games onstage.
Old Settler's Music Festival
Four days of camping and multiple stages of bluegrass, roots and Americana bands.
Volunteers deliver Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless and less fortunate.
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.
Pecan Street Festival
Attend this twice-a-year arts & crafts festival on Sixth Street.
Polar Bear Splash
Head down to Barton Springs to swim in this annual New Year's Day event. The air may be cold, but the water at the springs is 68 degrees all year long.
Record Store Day
Celebrate independently owned record stores with exclusive releases and discounts.
Red Dress Run: 12 Bars of Xmas
One night, 12 bars. Runners, both men and women, are encouraged to don their best red dresses on this holiday fun run benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Austin.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
This event holds the Guinness World Record for longest parade of motorcycles.
This nonprofit rodeo provides scholarships to Texas students. It features bull riding, rodeo clowns and "mutton bustin'."
This is the perfect event for both beginners and experienced athletes itching for speed.
Rooster Teeth Expo
Play new video games, and learn how to create online content at this entertainment expo and fan convention.
Participate in this annual charity ride with routes of 23, 42 and 62 miles and a 2-mile children's fun ride.
Settlement Home for Children Charity Garage & Estate Sale
Browse over 20 different departments, at the Palmer Events Center, to find your treasures - 100% of proceeds go to the Settlement Home.
Shakespeare in the Park
See Macbeth performed on Zilker Hillside.
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.
On the summer solstice, hundreds of cities around the world will throw free music celebrations where anyone can perform, anyone can host and anything can become a venue.
South by Southwest
Hundreds of bands, dozens of films and plenty of interactivity.
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 hardy, native-bred plants that will thrive in the Central Texas climate.
St. Patrick's Day Austin
The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas puts on this all-day, family-friendly festival of international and local Celtic music and dancing.
Sunshine Community Gardens Plant Sale
Peruse over 125 types of organic tomatoes, plus peppers, eggplants and more.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
The name says it all for this fun holiday celebrated by wannabe pirates.
Texas Book Festival
The state Capitol building and grounds play host to this big-time book event, chaired by former first lady Laura Bush. It features an impressive list of authors and speakers. Past guests include Bill Clinton and Amy Sedaris.
Texas Burlesque Festival
This three-day festival celebrates all things burlesque, vaudeville and cabaret.
Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.
Texas Native Plant Week
Spend the week learning about the importance of our state's native plants at events around town.
This annual event brings tens of thousands of fans to Austin to watch track & field events, support friends and family, and party like crazy.
Texas Tax-Free Appliance Weekend
Purchase any type of energy-efficient appliance, and pay no Texas taxes.
Texas Tax-Free Weekend
During Texas' annual tax holiday, most clothing and footwear priced less than $100 can be purchased tax-free.
Texas Trucklandia Fest
This is the world's largest food truck mashup and taste-athon - samples from food trucks all over Austin.
A tasty and entertaining homage to the plant-based diet.
Texas Young Composers Concert
New orchestral works composed by Texas students, age 18 and younger, and performed by the Austin Symphony.
That Takes the Cake!
Celebrating its 13th year, this sugar art show and cake competition features celebrity demonstrations as well as on-site decorating competitions and classes. This year's theme is "Night at the Museum."
Now in its 54th year, Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of this seasonal classic in Texas. Tentatively scheduled to run Dec. 3-23. See website for dates and times.
Third Thursdays at the Blanton
This free, monthly event features extended museum hours, special programs (like yoga in the galleries) and tours.
Tour de Meat
Austin has become the mecca of Texas barbecue. Join Austin Duathletes for this celebration of beer, bikes and barbecue.
Trail of Lights
An Austin institution, the Zilker Holiday Tree was first lit on Dec. 10, 1967. But the trail has been shining bright since 1965. Head to Zilker Park during the holiday season for the festival of lights.
Tree Talk Winter Walk
Explore the beauty and benefits of native trees and shrubs during this guided walk, check out the kids' tree climb, or participate in demonstrations.
ThunderCloud Subs' 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a good way to work up a Thanksgiving appetite.
Walk to End Lupus Now 5K
Participate in this fun run that benefits local programs and services of the Lupus Foundation of America. All funds raised go toward Lupus research.
West End Galleries 1st Thursday
Once a month, galleries along West Sixth Street offer wine and art.
Wiener Dog Races
Okay, so Buda's not exactly in Austin's city limits, but wiener dog racing is worth the drive.
Get in the holiday mood, and go shopping at the Wildflower Center.
New Braunfels' "Ten Day Salute to Sausage."
Zilker Garden Festival
For more than 50 years, the Zilker Botanical Garden has hosted this family-friendly event featuring vendors, garden talks, a flower show and more.
Zilker Kite Festival
Gigantic kites, homemade kites, crazy kites - hundreds of them in the air (and a few in the trees).
Zilker Pops Concerts
Free concerts at Zilker Park featuring the Austin Civic Orchestra. This year's theme is "Oscar Winners."
Get three of your buddies to join you for this 2.5-mile relay.
Zilker Summer Musical
This free, annual production runs throughout the summer at the Zilker Hillside Theater. This year's production is Shrek: The Musical. See website for showtimes.
ZOOMA Texas Half Marathon & 5K
Savor the splendor of spring wildflowers as you wind your way through the Texas Hill Country.