Austin Events 2017
Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert & Fireworks

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.

Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., 512/441-9016

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

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.

CANville Competition

CANville Competition

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.

Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles, 512/537-9756

Float Fest

Float Fest

Sat.-Sun., July 22-23. $100 weekend pass.
Head to the river for a day of tubing then enjoy the music under the stars. Camping available.

Cool River Ranch, 601 Dupuy Ranch Rd., Martindale

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

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.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100

Classic Game Fest

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin Duck Derby

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

Fall Home & Garden Show

Aug. 18-20.
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 Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

Austin Pet Expo

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 800/977-3609

<i>Austin Chronicle</i> Hot Sauce Festival

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Sun., Aug. 20. 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

Bat Fest

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.

Congress Avenue Bridge, Congress Avenue & Town Lake, 512/441-9016

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

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Aug. 29-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.


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

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.

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/689-5852

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.

Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lamar & Riverside

Free Day of Yoga

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.

Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr.

Zilker Relays

Zilker Relays

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.

Marathon Relay

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.

Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside

HAAM Benefit Day

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!

Opal Divine's Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress, 512/707-0237

Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest

Sept. 21-28.
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.

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

Austin Record Convention

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

ACL Music Festival 2017

ACL Music Festival 2017

Oct.6-8, Oct.13-15.
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.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

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 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."

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100

Austin Heart Walk

Sat., Oct. 21 (tentative).
Raise money for the American Heart Association with a group.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside

Texas Trucklandia Fest

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 American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress

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.

Various locations

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

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.

Christmas at the Caswell House

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.



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

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.

Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Austin Powwow

Austin Powwow

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.

Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker

East Austin Studio Tour

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

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin Empty Bowl Project

Austin Empty Bowl Project

Nov. 19 (tentative). $75.
Buy a handmade bowl, fill it up with a gourmet soup, and fight hunger.

Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metroplis Dr.

Operation Turkey

Thu., Nov. 23, 9am.
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

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.

Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside

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

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

Lights of Love

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).

Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

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.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100

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.

Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000

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!

German Free School, 507 E. 10th, 512/482-4847

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.

Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood

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.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

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!

City Hall, 301 W. Second

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