MARCH ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Sherwood Forest Faire
Weekends, March 4-April 23, 10am-dusk.
Get out your corsets and chain-mail and join the fun and fantasy in the medieval village with scads of performances each day, plus food, shopping, live music, and unparalleled people watching.
March 11-25. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $20-175 (includes fairground).
Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Dwight Yoakam and Elle King are two of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles.
Art City Austin
March 31- April 2.
This outdoor art fair with works in paint, photography, fiber, wood, glass, and more, showcasing more than 120 artists and contemporary galleries from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and right here in the ATX. With live music; with entertainment for kids of all ages. It's a big three-day hullaballoo filled with art, art, and art. See website for details.
Fri.-Sun., March 31-April 2. Free.
Bands from all over the world descend on Austin to make a big noise. Events take place all weekend including a community parade because you can join.
Urban Music Festival
Fri.-Sat. March 31-April 1.
This party got so big they had to expand it to two days. Local acts play on the smaller stage until it's time for the big names like Keith Sweat and Tony! Toni! Toné! to take the stage.
APRIL ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Austin International Poetry Festival
Thu.-Sun., April 6-9.
The irrepressible and relentlessly versiform event is readying for its annual (its 25th annual) inundation of our rapidly embiggening river city. Poets from all over Texas; from all over the United States; hell, from all over the world: massing in the ATX, regaling one another and passersby and gathered crowds with their crafted harangues and lyrical elegies, hawking multiple copies of their latest broadsheets and chapbooks, drinking too much coffee and chai in so many cafes throughout this continual urban conflagration we call home. See website for more.
Texas Burlesque Festival
It's the 10th annual hoedown and showdown celebrating all things burlesque and cabaret, set to bump and grind the capital of Texas to giddy smithereens. It's three days of quality titillation.
Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up
Fri.-Sat., April 7-8. $15.
This is South by Southwest for vintage rides. Cut your bangs, slick your hair back, and lace up your creepers, because the swinging music and parade of low-profile hot rods is nonstop. The proper exhibition is at the Expo Center, but the party crawls all up and down South Congress. Go online for a complete schedule.
Yes, it's the annual festival of live performance and music and film and all manner of vibrant presentation, from the popular to the arcane and many sizzling points between, as curated by a wide-ranging team of cultural instigators, and featuring artists local and national and from across the globe.
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest
Oh, this? Yeah, it's, fuck, tbh it's kind of a pretty big deal. Because there is a plethora of the best comedians alive today all over town this weekend, slaying audiences in those diverse styles that have so endeared them to stand-up aficionados everywhere.
Old Settler's Music Festival
Enjoy four days of Americana and Roots music, with over 20 artists across three stages. Workshops, kids’ activities, art & crafts, and festival food can keep you busy between sets. Add to the fun and camp the entire weekend.
Salt Lick Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, TX
Sun., April 23, 8am.
Texas' largest 10k event is back next April. Join the Cap 10k as a seasoned runner or a beginner. Wear your best costume, and gather your friends to beat a goal or just have fun. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning.
Austin Food & Wine Festival
Austin's biggest foodie confab returns with celebrity chefs and appearances from Texas' brightest culinary talent. It's like ACL, except you won't need earplugs.
Sat., April 29.
It's not the somber affair the title might imply. In fact, the live music, carefree atmosphere (aka some nudity), kids area, costumes, and impromptu music and dance make for a day of un-self-conscious shenanigans. No parking will be available on site (park and pick up the shuttle at Colorado between 16th & 17th). Coolers, bottles, cans, smoking, and tents are not allowed.
Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury, 512/974-6700
MAY ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Cine Las Americas
Feeling frustrated by Hollywood diversity? Check out Cine Las Americas and immerse yourself in a selection of the best films about or produced by Latinos and the indigenous people of the Americas.
The Austin Record Convention
Vinyl is back! And so is the largest sale of recorded music in the U.S. More than one million records, cassettes, CDs, 8-track tapes, posters, and collectibles will be on hand from more than 300 dealers and collectors from across the globe.
The Pecan Street Festival
Sat.-Sun., May 6-7.
This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of one of the stages with a handheld food options and enjoy a performance. Don't worry about bringing the kids, they'll be busy getting their faces painted, staring rapt at one of the traveling street magicians, or petting zoo animals.
Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
Calling all RPG, tabletop, LARPing, and board game enthusiasts! Play your favorite games (sometimes with the game writers and creators themselves) while benefiting Austin Creative Pathways.
Wingate Inn, 1209 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512/341-7000
Maker Faire Austin
Science meets arts and crafts for a two-day innovation celebration of rockets, robots, crafters, stunts, toys, science, tinkerers, art, and pretty much everything awesome.
May 19-21. $5-7.
Live music, a full carnival, kids games, a parade, and more.
JUNE ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
ATX Television Festival
Panels and screenings from some of TV's most popular and/or cult shows.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
Trust us, you'll know when this party is happening. The sound of engines straddled by people looking to celebrate biker culture is inescapable. The epicenter of live music, vintage cars, custom bikes, games, photo ops with leather-clad bros and babes, and entertainment is the Travis Expo Center. Live music all day and every night. The party takes over Congress Avenue and other spots all over town as well.
Texas Young Composers Concert
Sat., June 17.
The most elite young composers Texas has to offer come together for one night to premiere their compositions.
Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K
Sat., June 24, 4-10pm.
It’s that time of year again, weirdos, with the only festival where a twerking zombie and a hippie caveman are social norms. This is a race we can get behind, because no one cares who wins and the focus is on drinking. Bands and businesses are littered throughout the three or so miles of costumed zaniness. The festival starts at 4pm with the 5K at 6pm, if you even make it to the starting line. Free for kids (12 & under) with donation of three canned goods.
JULY ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert & Fireworks
Tue., July 4. Free.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra hosts the biggest Fourth of July party in the state down at Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores)! Grab a spot early and sit back and enjoy some patriotic classics at 8:30pm followed by the stunning "mile-high" fireworks display at 9:30.
Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Tue., July 4, 4pm. Free.
What's more American than shopping? How about shopping and live music, barbecue, a water zone for kids, and fireworks to end the day?
Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave, 512/263-0001
Rooster Teeth Expo
July 7-9. $35-95.
The cool kids call it RTX. The people that supply you with your Red vs. Blue machinima fix bring you this celebration of gaming and internet culture. Get your hands on the newest games before they hit the streets and so much more!
Tour de Meat
Sat., July 15 (tentative).
Austin Duathletes presents a bike ride with a smoky finish – a barbecue meal from a local Central Texas pit-master.
Sat., July 22 (tentative).
Participating companies will build the craziest Austin-themed structures possible out of canned food items and then pass them on to the Central Texas Food Bank. For $5 or five cans of food they'll buy your first beer.
Forest Creek Central Texas Amateur
Sat.-Sun., July 22-23.
Attention all amateur golfers! Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock is holding a competition over who can be the most sub-par player in Central Texas.
99 Twin Ridge Pkwy., Round Rock
Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day
Sun., July 23. Free.
Hey, hey, LBJ! Lady Bird, that is, Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, if you must know. Celebrate the anniversary of Mrs. Johnson's birth with games, activities, talks, and signings and appreciate all she did to help protect our environment/world.
Classic Game Fest
Sat., July 29 - Sun., July 30, 10am-7pm, 10am-6pm.
Free play, tournaments, live music, and a marketplace for all your old faves at one of the largest retro video game conventions in the USA.
AUGUST ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Austin Duck Derby
Sat., Aug. 5 (tentative).
Fifteen thousand rubber duckies will float down Lady Bird Lake to see who crosses the finish line first. Each duck has been adopted to raise funds for the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation. Adopt your duck (or ducks) online now.
Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp
Sat.-Sun., Aug. 5-6.
Come on out to this New Braunfels vineyard and get some grape mush between your toes.
1741 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels
Hottest Day Of The Year Ride
Sat., Aug. 5 (tentative). $5 ($10 for nonmembers).
Heat things up on your bike then cool down in a city pool.
Starting locations: Gillis Pool or Sheffield Pool or Govalle Pool, 512/576-9163
Jacks Generic Triathlon
Sun., Aug. 6 (tentative).
It's just good, old-fashioned triathlon, with a finish line party filled with exhausted people. Wooo.
18216 Weiss Ln., 512-472-5646
Fall Home & Garden Show
Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of professionals, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods.
Austin Pet Expo
Sat., Aug. 19, 10am-6pm; Sun., Aug. 20, 11am-4pm (tentative). Free.
Boy, do pets have it ruff. Here's everything for the love of your life: microchipping, training, heartworm and flea preventatives, and a pet costume contest. Bring your pet (and immunization records), or adopt one there.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Sat., Aug. 26 (tentative). Free with donation.
The heat is on. Hundreds of restaurants, commercial bottlers, and home cooks battle for hot sauce glory – plus food and drinks, cooking demos with top chefs, live music, and ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.
Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
Sat., Aug. 26 (tentative). $15, kids 8 and under free.
One bridge, 1.5 million bats, three live music stages, 75-plus arty vendors, loads of kids' activities, a costume contest, and plenty of batty activities.
Ballet Austin's Annual Free Day of Dance
Sun., Aug. 27, 1-5:45pm (tentative). Like they said: Free.
Several choices each hour. Try one class or try as many of the dizzying variety of dance styles as you can.
Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 512/501-8704
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Through Sept. 4.
Look, it's not all about the improv, OK? That is to say, yes, it's hella about improv, the whole looooong weekend is lousy with improv – with amazing troupes from all over the country attending and performing – but there's also a sweet array of sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and just the naturally occurring comedy that ensues as hundreds and hundreds of professionals and fans converge on the ATX for the seven days of this 16th annual festival of staged (and frequently brilliant) shenanigans. Note: The epicenter of this event is The Hideout, but it's also happening in venues all over the city.
SEPTEMBER ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Kerrville Fall Music Festival
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 2-4.
Enjoy a day of musical activities and then relax for the concerts in the cool evenings.
Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville
Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 2-3, 10am-5pm. Free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children & seniors).
Come out and see rare cacti and other water-rationing flora from around the world as well as handcrafted pottery, a silent auction and plant raffles, and more.
Full Moon Cruze Bike Ride
Sat., Sept. 2 (tentative). Free.
It's a full moon so why not grab your bike for a group ride? All skill levels are encouraged for this 19 mile late Saturday night/early Sunday morning ride.
Free Day of Yoga
Mon., Sept 4 (tentative). Free.
The name kinda says it all. In parks, hospitals, dance studios, and fitness centers, there will be stretches and poses up the yin-yang. All the benefits of yoga – flexibility, strength, balance – without all the nasty capitalistic karma. Check the website for a full schedule of classes.
TriRock Austin Triathlon
Mon., Sept. 4.
The event in its 11th year features a swim in Lady Bird Lake, a bike course with beautiful views over the Congress Street Bridge, and a run along the Vic Mathias/Auditorium Shores.
Fri., Sept. 8 (tentative). $40-50.
The race portion of this event features four-person teams racing, jogging, or strolling the perimeter of Zilker Park. Each member will run a 2.5-mile loop before handing off to their mates. After the race enjoy live music and food at the finish line.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
Austin Museum Day
Sun., Sept. 17, all day long.
Museums and other cultural institutions around the city will be offering free admission and special programs in celebration of the 20th year of this annual event.
Sun., Sept. 17 (tentative). $35-55.
Six team members each run 4.37 miles, which, if you do the math, adds up to 26.2 miles: a full marathon! Now you can put one of those "26.2" stickers on your car. We won't tell.
HAAM Benefit Day
Tue., Sept. 19 (tentative). Cost varies by location.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians gives so much to our local artists – let's help them on this one special day of the year.
Talk Like A Pirate Day
Tue., Sept. 19, 7pm.
Avast! Shiver me timbers! Walk the plank! Parlay!
Devoted to horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world, Fantastic Fest is a film festival like none other.
Austin Record Convention
Sept. 30-Oct. 1. $5 (good for both days).
Vinyl is back! And so is the largest sale of recorded music in the U.S. More than 1 million records, cassettes, CDs, 8-track tapes, posters, and collectibles will be on hand from more than 300 dealers and collectors from across the globe.
OCTOBER ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
ACL Music Festival 2017
An ACL haiku:
Sun, sweat, and music:
A large park’s worth of B.O.
Somehow still worth it.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Bug Night Out
Fri., Oct. 6 (tentative). $10 ($4, kids).
All the usual fun at the Wildflower Center with a bug bent. That means bug-themed meals, a bat-moth game, storytime, and flashlight-guided bug walks.
Join the fun and flavor of the town’s German heritage with music, food, drink, dancing, and arts.
Marktplatz, Fredericksburg, 830/997-4810
Texas Native Plant Week: Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival
Sun.-Sat., Oct. 15-21 (tentative). $9; $7, seniors and students; $4, UT faculty and students; $3, kids ages 5-12; free for members, kids under 5.
Lectures, book signings, nature walks, and almost 300 species of "hardy Texas natives."
Austin Heart Walk
Sat., Oct. 21 (tentative).
Raise money for the American Heart Association with a group.
Texas Trucklandia Fest
Sat., Oct. 21, 11am-8pm. Free-$31.95.
Food trucks from across the state battle for a $10,000 prize. 10% of sales benefit Keep Austin Fed.
Austin Film Festival
Oct. 26-Nov. 2.
The eight-day, screenwriter-centric film festival where industry creatives shine brighter than celebrity red carpet fodder continues through Thursday, Nov. 2. Festival passes cost $50 or $12 per ticket, and are available online or at the venues.
Armadillo Hill Country Classic Ride
Sat., Oct. 28 (tentative).
Ride through broad valleys, over sweeping vistas, and gently rolling hills. Benefits the support the Bike Austin and the Education Fund and their efforts to spread the word on bike safety.
Liberty Hill Elementary, 1400 Loop 332, Liberty Hill
Planet K Fireworks Celebration
Tue., Oct. 31, 9:30pm. Free.
Pay tribute to life by shooting off fireworks loud enough to wake up the dead.
Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
NOVEMBER ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Christmas at the Caswell House
Nov. 5-12. $15-35, depending on the event.
It's never too early to transform this historic Victorian home in an X-mas extravaganza filled with ornaments, décor, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food items, and other giftable items. Go online for a complete schedule of daily events.
Caswell House, 1404 West Ave., 512/472-0779
Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale
Thur.-Sun., Nov. 2-5. $7, Friday; free, Saturday & Sunday.
New and used goods of all types will be available, and the money goes to help break the cycle of abuse in families.
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 3-12.
Texas’ most famous sausage festival celebrates the area’s German heritage with food, craft beers, music, and family fun over 10 days.
New Braunfels, 830/625-9167
Austin Celtic Festival
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 4-5, noon-7:30pm (tentative). $15-18, free (kids under 12).
Put on your plaid and spend a weekend surrounded by the music, dance, history, and food of Ireland and Scotland. The whole shebang is highlighted by the Highland Games where large, unwieldy objects are thrown.
Nov. 4 (tentative). $5 (free, kids).
Kick off Native American Heritage Month with the largest single day American Indian Powwow in the country. Traditionally clad dancers compete in numerous categories along with popular Native American drummers and singers. Storytellers and craft tables await visitors outside.
East Austin Studio Tour
Nov. 11-12 & 18-19. Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm.
This Big Medium-organized spectacle of creative goodness, with hundreds of private studios and galleries opening their doors all across the sunrise side of our busy city, for your pretty-much-nonstop opps for shopping, shmoozing, interactive presentations, workshops, parties, and afterparties into the wee hours of each night. Discover new artists. Rekindle old relationships. Check the EAST website for a vast panoply of details and go ahead, citizen: Be a part of the art deep in the slightly arrhythmic heart of Texas.
A Christmas Affair
Thu.-Sun., Nov. 17-20.
The Junior League of Austin gathers 200 vendors in a "shopping extravaganza" of parties, kids' events, shopping brunch, and a special appearance from Santa.
Austin Empty Bowl Project
Nov. 19 (tentative). $75.
Buy a handmade bowl, fill it up with a gourmet soup, and fight hunger.
Thu., Nov. 23, 9am.
Register online at www.operationturkey.com
to help cook, package, and deliver food and clothing to the homeless. The goal is to help 3,500 people, so every hand helps. Won't volunteering feel better than a third helping of turkey?
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Thu., Nov. 23, 8:15am. $8-40.
This turkey-day tradition offers participants the option of a timed or untimed 5-mile run, 1-mile walk and a kids’ K. If the running doesn't tire out the kiddos there will be activities and games. Proceeds will benefit Caritas of Austin.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Daily Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (tentative.
Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade
Nov. 25 (tentative).
29th annual kids' parade meets toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa.
Texas State Capitol to Congress Bridge
DECEMBER ARTS SCREENS MUSIC OTHER
Lights of Love
Fri., Dec. 1 - Tue., Jan. 3, 6-9pm.
A night of holiday cheer to support Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Texas (an org that offers aid to families of critically ill or injured children).
Wild Ideas Shopping Event Wild Ideas Shopping Event
Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3. Free.
Local artists and artisans hock their creations for your gifting convenience.
Art From the Streets Show & Sale
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 11am-5pm.
This annual show and sale features works of art from artists from the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
Dec. 2 (tentative).
A festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, hand-made, imported crafts direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, and a visit from both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas!
Cherrywood Art Fair
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 9-10, 10am-5pm (tentative). Free.
Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 88 artists and artisans, live music, dance performances, a photo booth, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Dec. 13-24, 10am-10pm (tentative). $8, free for children 12 and under.
Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year.
Red Dress Run: The 12 Bars of Christmas
Dec. 15, 7pm (tentative).
Join Austin Duathletes for their December pub run. All participants are encouraged to rock red dresses, even the men!