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What I Love About Austin ~ All The Austin Events

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 11:01am Engel & Völkers Austin


What I Love About Austin ~ All The Austin Events

The events that are held yearly around the area are some of the main things that make Austin so attractive to visitors and those choosing to move to Austin.  Almost all events include live music, keeping with the slogan, "Live Music Capital".  From running, boating, reading, listening, eating, and watching to participating and just plain enjoying, Austin has always had a culture of celebrating everything with music.

Below is our calendar of yearly events, in chronological order, starting in January.  The list includes a link to the event website, a short description, dates (when available) and location.



Austin's New Year

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December 31st, 2017 January 1st, 2018

Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium Shores

Bring in the New Year in the heart of Austin, Texas, with live music and fireworks.



Carnaval Brasileiro

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February 10th, 2018 rom 8 PM to 9 PM

Palmer Events Center

One of the biggest Brazilian carnival celebrations outside of Brazil.  Samba, costumes and wild abandon.


Austin Marathon and Half Marathon

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February 18th, 2018

Downtown Austin

The Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K will fill Austin’s streets with over 17,000 runners with live coverage to more than one-million viewers.  It also features, what else? Live music and a beer garden.



South by Southwest

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March 9 thru 18, 2018

Hosts a curated mix of artists performing in bars, clubs, parks, churches, hotels and more.

Conference, music festival, software, film, comedy, exhibitions & networking.

The largest event held in Austin.


It's My Park Day

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Early March, 2018


The biggest city-wide volunteer event is It’s My Park Day, held the first Saturday of March. Each year, thousands of volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city.


Zilker Kite Festival

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Early March, 2018

Zilker Park

Free to everyone.  Bring your own kite!

Benefits Communities In Schools of Central Texas.


Rodeo Austin

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March 10th thru 24th, 2018

Travis County Expo Center

Rodeo, county fair, live music, food, exhibits and livestock show.


Zilker Garden Festival

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Late March, 2018

Annual Zilker Garden Festival at Zilker Botanical Garden – a one-stop, garden shopping destination when spring arrives in Austin and Central Texas. Live Music, food vendors, craft beer, all in a family-friendly event, the garden festival offers something for everyone.


Urban Music Festival

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Late March/Early April 2018

Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium Shores

Two days of live concerts with hip-hop, R&B and reggae music.



Cap 10K

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April 8th, 2018


The largest race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation. Includes a two-day health and fitness expo


Art City Austin

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April 13th thru 15th, 2018

Palmer Events Center

The city’s largest art fair, produced and curated by Art Alliance Austin.


Old Settler's Music Festival

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April 19th thru 22nd, 2018

Tilmon, Texas, just southeast of Lockhart

Real Music.  Done Right.  Only in Texas.  Goodness for everyone.  Bluegrass and roots music.


Austin Reggae Festival

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April 20th Thru April 22nd, 2018

Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium Shores

Annual celebration of spring sunshine, dub music, delicious international food, hand-made arts & crafts, as well as community-focused compassion.


Eeyore's Birthday Party

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April 28th, 2018

Pease District Park

Benefits several charities in Austin.

Please wear a costume. There will be costume contests and other games with prizes for children of all ages. Artists will be doing face painting, henna and temporary tattoos. Musicians playing non-amplified instruments are invited to play.  There will be Maypoles for the young and young at heart.  Come join in and wish Eeyore a Happy Birthday.


Dragon Boat Festival

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Late April, 2018

Lady Bird Lake, East of I-35

Interested in racing? Grab twenty of your closest friends and form a team! Or come out and support your favorite teams while enjoying great cultural performances and food.



O. Henry Pun-Off

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Mid May, 2018

409 E. Fifth Street, Austin, Texas, also known as Brush Square Park

Originating in 1977, the O. Henry Pun-Off includes music and World Champion Pun-Off Contest.


Kerrville Folk Festival

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May 24th thru June 10th, 2018

Take your family and enjoy the continuous music for 18 days in a row with 100+ performers.  Camp sites available.



Moonlight Margarita Run

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Early June, 2018

Former Seaholm Power Plant

Benefits The Trail Foundation

Benefit run and party.  The run and the party are separate ticked events.


Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center

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Early June, 2018, from 6 PM to 9 PM

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Family-friendly events with explorations of native plants, animals and the ecology of Central Texas.


Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Rally)

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June 7th thru 10th, 2018

Travis County Expo Center with a downtown parade

Motor cycles, Music and something close to mayhem.  ROT brings over 200,000 total attendees to Austin.


Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, 4 PM to 9 PM

Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center

Festival with live music, a 5K run, and costume contest.

Supports Central Texas Food Bank.



Blues on the Green

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Mid July, 2018

Zilker Park

Each summer, KGSR hosts the longest running FREE concert series in Austin, Blues on the Green – a bona fide Austin institution with endless "best of" lists to prove it.



Austin Ice Cream Festival

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Mid August, 2018

Fiesta Gardens

Entertainment, games, contests, live music and, ice cream.


Bat Fest

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Mid August 2018

Congress Ave Bridge

Live music, arts and crafts, food and bats!



Pecan Street Festival

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Late September, 2018

East 6th Street

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation presented by The Pecan Street Association.  Featuring arts and crafts and live music.



Austin City Limits Music Festival

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October 5th thru 7th and October 12th thru 14th, 2018

Zilker Park

Based on the ever-popular Austin City Limits TV Show, the ACL Fest includes hundreds of live music performances on two consecutive three-day weekends.

More than 100 bands across eight stages, ACL has now been extended to two weekends in order to accommodate more fans. Great music, delicious local food and Porta-Potties everywhere!


Austin Film Festival

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October 25th Thru November 2nd, 2017

Various film, conference and party venues.

Austin’s premier film festival with movie executives, producers, screenwriters and filmmakers.



Austin Celtic Festival

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November 4th and 5th, 2017

10621 Pioneer Farms Drive

Celebrate the traditions of the indigenous population of Great Britain with live music, dance and other activities.


Texas Book Festival

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November 4th and 5th, 2017

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. te Capitol and surrounding grounds


East Austin Studio Tour

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November 11th & 12th and 18th and 19th, 2017

Various galleries

A self-guided tour of art, for two weekends, at various galleries.


Turkey Trot

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November 23rd, 2017

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

The Turkey Trot includes a five-mile run, a one-mile walk, and Kids K.

Benefiting Caritas of Austin



Trail of Lights

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December 9th thru 23rd, 2017

Zilker Park

Hosted by the City of Austin, it includes a tree lighting, nightly light show and a fun run.


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