Calendar Austin Events 2017

Austin Events 2017 for Wed., Aug. 23
  • allgo Presents Tent Revival

    A three-day affair celebrating black LGBTQ queer arts with poetry, church, performance, gospel, and community building. This revival service unites "black queer operators and movers of the theopoetic, the theatrical, the scholarly, the creative, and the prophetic." See FB for complete schedule of events.
    Aug. 25-26, 7-11pm and Sun., Aug. 27, 12-5pm  
    ALLGO, 701 Tillery Ste. A-1, 512/472-2001
  • Austin Pride Official Women's Party

    Lesbutante & the Boss and special guest Ada Bettencourt (of The Real L Word) host a night of Pride celebrations. Elle G performs before DJ Rocabye takes the booth. Wanna feel fancy? Check the VIP options.
    Sellers Underground, 213 W. Fourth
  • Austin Pride Festival 2017

    Get yer rainbows ready for a Pridetastic celebration! From tabling orgs to two stages of epic entertainment (Mykki Blanco, Betty Who, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, and more) it's gonna be hot and we're not just talkin' temps.
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
  • Ballet Austin's Annual Free Day of Dance

    Several choices each hour. Try one class or try as many of the dizzying variety of dance styles as you can.
    Sun., Aug. 27. Like they said: Free.
    Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third, 512/501-8704
  • Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

    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. With Chickspeare L.A. With White Women. With The Defiant Thomas Brothers. With Witch Taint. With Katie Rich & Holly Laurent. With so! Much! More! (Which is why we recommend getting one of those All-Fest Passes.) See right here for details.
    Aug. 29-Sept. 4. $10 per show.
  • 2017 Austin International Drag Festival

    Prepare for the fierce return of Austin International Drag Fest! Spend daylight hours at Drag Village with showcases, a Drag Market, workshops, podcasts, glamour lounge, and more. Head to Red River when night falls for showcases of the world's greatest drag stars. All ages welcome, night shows are 18 and up.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 9-12. $0-99.  
    Various locations
  • Kerrville Fall Music Festival

    Enjoy a day of musical activities and then relax for the concerts in the cool evenings.
    Fri.­-Sun., Sept. 2-­4
    Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville
  • World Beard & Mustache Championships

    The Austin Facial Hair Club hosts the biggest gathering of competitive beard and mustache growers and groomers. Beardsmen from across the globe will make their way to Austin for this prestigious event.
    Fri.-Sun., Sept. 1-3. $20 three-day pass.
    Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664
  • Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale

    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.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 2-3, 10am-5pm. Free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children & seniors).
    Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/689-5852
  • Gender Unbound Art Festival

    This one-day festival is a celebration of transgender and intersex creators in a vibrant night of music, film, performance, and visual art, featuring everything from the realist paintings of New Hampshire's Catherine Graffam, to the ethereal visual work of Austin's own Jonah Welch. Also, the debut of new episodes of Scout Fernandez' YouTube documentary series, Roaming Gender. And, mmmm, beverages by JuiceLand and Dripping Springs Vodka. So many pronouns, so much expression, the perfect way to kick off a new September!
    Sat., Sept. 2, 4-9pm. $5.  
    Impact Hub, 5540 N. Lamar.
  • Full Moon Cruze Bike Ride

    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.
    Sun., Sept. 3. Free.
    Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lamar & Riverside
  • Free Day of Yoga

    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.
    Mon., Sept 4. Free.
  • TriRock Austin Triathlon

    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.
    Mon., Sept. 4
    Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr.
  • Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

    Now celebrating its 30th year as the Southwest's biggest and best-known gay and lesbian film festival, this four-day-long fest showcases features, shorts, narratives, documentaries, and lots of parties.
    Thu., Sept. 7  
    Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040
  • Zilker Relays

    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.
    Fri., Sept. 8. $40-50.
    Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
  • HAAM Benefit Day

    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.
    Tue., Sept. 12. Cost varies by location.
  • GAyCL 2017

    Just like ACL, but queerer ... and smaller ... and only one day ... OK – just trust us, will ya? DJ GirlFriend brings the queer music fest back for a new year!
    Sat., Oct. 14, 4pm-2am  
    Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133
  • Sonic Transmissions Music Festival

    If you like your music unconventional and without boundaries, this improvised music fest in its third year is for you.
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 14-16. $0-50.  
    Various locations
  • Austin Museum Day

    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, all day long
  • Marathon Relay

    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.
    Sun., Sept. 17 (tentative). $35-55.
    Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day

    Avast! Shiver me timbers! Walk the plank! Parlay!
    Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress, 512/707-0237
  • Fantastic Fest 2017

    One of North America's most premier and popular genre festivals, FF is devoted to horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. While some of the premieres may be hard to attend, there are often single tickets available in the latter half of the fest.
    Sept. 21-28  
    Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040
  • Hump! Film Fest

    A traveling festival that celebrates sexuality of all kinds, and curated by syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, this is porn for the people, made by the people.
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 21-23  
    Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh
  • Texas Tribune Festival

    Three days. Sixty sessions. Two hundred fifty speakers. All focusing on education, climate change, President Trump, media's role in 2017, and more. Plus, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, opens the fest with a keynote on his best-selling memoir, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.
    Sep. 22-24. $50-2,500.  
    University of Texas at Austin, 727 E. Dean Keeton, 512/471-3434
  • Pecan Street Festival

    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 option 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.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 23-24, 11am. Free.
    Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
  • Theorist Festival

    Dance performances, live music, film, art installations, community booths, and night-swim festivities, the vibrant fun spiked by the planet's favorite aesthetic heretic, Jason Akira Somma, guiding the audience through his interactive "Because I Hate Technology" experience. Definitely a thing, a thing, a thing worth attending and having your mind blown by.
    Sun., Sept 24, 7-10pm. $20-50.  
    Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/397-1463
  • Austin Oktoberfest

    Enjoy beer, brats, and bands at this annual celebration of Central Texas' German heritage.
    Sat., Sept. 30. $50.  
    Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 512/666-7464
  • Austin Record Convention

    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.
    Sept. 30-Oct. 1. $5 (good for both days).
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Texas Craft Brewers Festival

    This is the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
  • Far East Fest

    Sample the cuisine and culture of Asia at this food festival.
    Sun., Oct. 1. $55, $100 (VIP).  
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017

    An ACL haiku:
    Sun, sweat, and music:
    A large park’s worth of B.O.
    Somehow still worth it.
    Oct.6-8, Oct.13-15
    Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
  • Bug Night Out

    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.
    Fri., Oct. 6 (tentative). $10 ($4, kids).
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
  • Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

    Join the fun and flavor of the town’s German heritage with music, food, drink, dancing, and arts.
    Marktplatz, Fredericksburg, 830/997-4810
  • Texas Teen Book Festival

    This annual festival is a one-day event celebrating the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young-adult authors in the country. Marie Lu! Mayim Bialik! Jason Reynolds! Too many more for anything less than a Borgesian library to contain!
    Sat., Oct. 7. Free.  
    St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress, 512/448-8400
  • Texas Native Plant Week

    Talks, nature walks, and almost 300 species of "hardy Texas natives." See website for more.
    Mon.-Sun., Oct. 16-22
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
  • Austin Heart & Stroke Walk

    Raise money for the American Heart Association with a group.
    Sat., Oct. 21  
  • Texas Trucklandia Fest

    Food trucks from across the state battle for a $10,000 prize. 10% of sales benefit Keep Austin Fed.
    Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress
  • Austin Fermentation Festival

    Hands-on workshops, live music, and a keynote speech by Sandor Katz are on the menu for this daylong party promoting all things fermented.
    Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907
  • Austin Fermentation Festival

    celebrates all things fermented with featured speaker Sandor Katz along with a series of fermentation workshops, a film screening, a silent auction, fermented foods and product vendors, festival-inspired lunch for purchase from local purveyors, fermented beverages and alcohol, a mini farmers' market, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Texas Farmers' Market Farmer Emergency Fund.
    $20-60, workshops priced separately.  
    Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle, 512/926-6907
  • Austin Film Festival

    Dubbed "the writer's film festival," AFF brings an assortment of creatives and world premieres to town. Hobnob with acclaimed screenwriters and try to get your spec screenplay into the hands of studio executives. Festival passes cost $50 or $12 per ticket, and are available online or at the venues.
    Oct. 26-Nov. 2  
    Various locations
  • Armadillo Hill Country Classic Ride

    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.
    Sat., Oct. 28
    Liberty Hill Elementary, 1400 Loop 332, Liberty Hill
  • Death By Festival

    A combination of underground films and extreme metal, the organizers promise a celebration of all that is "dark and grotesque."
    Sat., Oct. 28  
    The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765
  • Hey Sugar! Austin Dessert Fest

    Because sugar.
    Peached Social House, 6500 N. Lamar, 512/222-8781
  • Planet K Fireworks Celebration

    Pay tribute to life by shooting off fireworks loud enough to wake up the dead.
    Tue., Oct. 31. Free.
    Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
  • Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale

    New and used goods of all types will be available, and the money goes to help break the cycle of abuse in families.
    Thur.-Sun., Nov. 2-5. $7, Friday; free, Saturday & Sunday.
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Christmas at the Caswell House

    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.
    Nov. 3-11. $15-35, depending on the event.
    Caswell House, 1404 West Ave., 512/472-0779
  • Wurstfest

    Texas’ most famous sausage festival celebrates the area’s German heritage with food, craft beers, music, and family fun over 10 days.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 3-12
    New Braunfels, 830/625-9167
  • Austin Celtic Festival

    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.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 4-5, noon-7:30pm. $15-18, free (kids under 12).
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
  • Austin Powwow

    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.
    Nov. 4. $5 (free, kids).
  • Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

    If barbecue is our state's unofficial religion, then the annual TM BBQ Fest is one tasty tent revival, dishing out sweet meat nirvana from more than 30 of the state's top purveyors.
    $80, $165 (VIP).  
    Long Center for the Performing Arts Lawn, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100
  • Sound on Sound Music Festival

    ACL's punk-rock kid brother features more than 75 bands, comedians, and podcasts including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iggy Pop, and Vince Staples. The Sherwood Forest Faire creates the perfect medieval vibe for young jousters and archers.
    Fri,-Sun., Nov. 10-12. $89-189.  
    Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade
  • East Austin Studio Tour

    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.
    Nov. 11-12 & 18-19. Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm
  • A Christmas Affair

    The Junior League of Austin gathers 200 vendors in a "shopping extravaganza" of parties, kids' events, shopping brunch, and a special appearance from Santa.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 15-19
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Wizard World Austin

    This traveling comic con touches down in Austin with celebrity guests including Stan Lee, Gene Simmons, Jason Momoa, Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols, and more.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 17-19
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
  • Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade

    30th annual kids' parade meets toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa.
    Nov. 18
    Texas State Capitol to Congress Bridge
  • Austin Empty Bowl Project

    Buy a handmade bowl, fill it up with a gourmet soup, and fight hunger.
    Nov. 19 (tentative). $75.
    Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metroplis Dr.
  • Austin Mac & Cheese Fest

    Up to 35 vendors will be spooning out cheesy goodness at this second annual event hosted by Austin Food Magazine and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020-B Dillard, 866/552-2433
  • Operation Turkey

    Register online at 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

    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

    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.
    Daily Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 10am-10pm
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
  • Wild Ideas Shopping Event Wild Ideas Shopping Event

    Local artists and artisans hock their creations for your gifting convenience.
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3. Free.
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100
  • Art From the Streets Show & Sale

    This annual show and sale features works of art from artists from the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 2-3, 11am-5pm
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
  • German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market

    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!
    Dec. 2, 11am-5pm
    German Free School, 507 E. 10th, 512/482-4847
  • Other Worlds Austin Film Festival

    This fest celebrates all things sci-fi, with four days of shorts and narrative films. Badges range from $50-85.
    Thu., Dec. 7  
    Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549
  • Cherrywood Art Fair

    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.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 9-10, 10am-5pm. Free.
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    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.
    Dec. 13-24, 10am-10pm (tentative). $8, free for children 12 and under.
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.