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Austin Events 2019
January
  • Third-Annual State of the Uterus*

    Once again, Bossbabes is raising funds for repro justices, gender equality, community health, and their own work – uteri not required to attend. With the babeliest of DJs Chulita Vinyl Club, DJ Girlfriend, and p1nkstar, and goods from rad folks like Peach Fuzz, Keep Austin Queer, and more. Plus period kit packing, speeches, and dancing.
    Fri., Jan. 25, 6pm-12mid. $5.  
    Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133
  • 2019 HRC ATX Gala Dinner

    Shine yer shoes and dust off the ballgowns for a black tie affair to raise money for the local branch of HRC. Dinner, cocktails, and guests like Shae Diamond, HRC President Chad Griffin, Dr. Todd Canon, and Bettie Naylor Visibility Award winner Sylvia J. López are scheduled to entertain and delight.
    Sat., Jan. 26, 6-11pm. $100-400.  
    JW Marriott Austin, 110 E. Second
February
  • The Printmaker's Ball

    Here's a fancy-partying debut event for PrintAustin, a bona fide masquerade ball that’s total Instagram bait (and a night-before harbinger of the next day’s crowd-pleasing Print Expo). Join the artful crowd – the INtaglio crowd, you might say, ah-ha-ha – rocking the rafters of the Blue Genie Big Top across from ACC Highland for a night of stealthy, Tito's-fueled fun.
    Fri., Feb. 1, 7-10pm. $10.  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., 512/222-7303
  • Mineral

    Thu., Feb. 14, 8pm
    Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/666-0877
  • Austin Chinese Culture Festival

    Supported by the City Cultural Arts Division and hosted by the Austin Chinese-American Network, this all-day celebration will feature food booths, cultural exhibits, kids' games, and dance and music performances.
    Sat., Feb. 16, noon-8:30pm  
    AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., 512/414-9832
  • Austin Marathon

    Register for the big race ahead of time online. If you're more of the spectating kind, check online for the ideal place to cheer on the over 20,000 brave souls pushing their bodies to the limit.
    Sun., Feb. 17, 7am. $50-140.
    Congress & 2nd Ave
  • OUTsider Festival: Queeriosities

    Come one, come all to Austin's trans-media festival full of wonderful wackadoos, quintessential queeriosities, and maximum magic from a plethora of queer artists, dreamers, and performers.
    Wed.-Sun., Feb. 20-24. $40+.  
    The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282
  • Jugglefest

    It's the 26th year for this renowned national gathering of talented jugglers (and unicyclists and yo-yo champions and more). Workshops, games, vendors, and more – all culminating in a mind-boggling public performance on Saturday night.
    Fri.-Sun., Feb. 22-24. $10 (1-Day), $20 (3-Day).
    Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, 512/850-6641
  • Austin Modern Home Tour

    Purchase your tickets online, or just show up to one of the many local houses that will be open to the public to promote responsible urban growth. Or just tour your dream home that happens to be someone else's abode. Go online for a list of participating houses.
    Sat., Feb. 23, 10am. $40 ($35, advance), $99 (VIP).
  • Amplify Austin Day

    Austin nonprofit I Live Here, I Give Here is holding their seventh annual Amplify Austin Day, which hopes to raise $9 million in 24 hours online for more than 700 mission-driven organizations across seven Central Texas counties. More than 160,000 individual donations have raised almost $25 million since 2013! And you can schedule your donation in advance if that's more convenient. See website for additional details. And donate, donate, donate!
    Thu.-Fri., Feb. 28 - March 1
March
April
  • Austin International Poetry Festival

    The irrepressible and relentlessly versiform event begins its 27th 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 vibrant urban conflagration we call home. See website for more.
    Thu.-Sun., April 4-7
  • Fusebox Festival

    Here'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. Many of the gigs are already booked solid, mind, but there are still a few shows available for the art-hungry public.
    Wed.-Sun., April 17-21
  • Austin Reggae Festival

    Arts & crafts, international foods, good tunes, and lots of positive vibes.
    Fri.-Sun., April 19-21. $45.
    Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside, 512/282-2111
  • HavenCon 5

    Austin one and only queer geek and gaymer convention returns for year five. Expect drag, cosplay, furries, sci-fi, and some vry special guests like Star Trek's Tracee Cocco. For more info check out our interview with HavenCon board chair Kathryn Gonzales.
    Fri.-Sun., April 19-21. $15-600.  
    DoubleTree Hilton, 6505 N. I-35
  • Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

    Oh, this? Yeah, it's, tbh, it's kind of a big deal. Because there's a panoply of nationally renowned comedians swarming over Downtown this weekend, taking stages and slaying audiences in those diverse styles that have so endeared them to stand-up aficionados everywhere. The Paramount on Congress is the epicenter for this multipartite takeover.
    Wed.-Sat., April 24-27
    Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
  • Art City Austin

    This outdoor art fair with works in paint, photography, fiber, wood, glass, and more, will showcase more than 120 artists and contemporary galleries from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. With live music and entertainment for kids of all ages. It's a big three-day hullabaloo filled with art, art, and art. See website (or right here) for more.
    April 26-28
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • 2019 Hill Country Ride for AIDS

    Celebrating 20 years of riding to raise money to fight HIV, get folks tested, support those living with HIV/AIDs, and getting us to zero.
    Sat., April 27, 7:30am-5:30pm  
    Krause Springs, Spicewood, 830/693-4181
  • Dragon Boat Festival

    It's a 2,000-year-old festival (Austin's celebrated it for 21 years) that brings colorful, 40-foot-long boats to Lady Bird Lake to see which team rows the fastest.
    Sat.-Sun., April 27-28, 9am-4pm. Free.
    Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman
  • Eeyore's Birthday

    This annual institution still features a costume contest, face-painting, music, maypoles, and more. All you free spirits get to the park and raise some money for local nonprofits while you romp.
    Sat., April 27, 11am. Free.
    Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury, 512/974-6700
  • Sunset Valley ArtFest

    Local artists will be represented in various forms such as woodworking, oil paints, pottery, and jewelry. Live music on the main stage and the kids' stage, a kids' zone, local food vendors, and more.
    Sat., April 27, 9am. Free.
    Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096
May
  • 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 the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world and the indigenous people of the Americas.
    May 1-5
  • Pecan Street Festival: Spring

    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 some handheld food 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., May 4-5
    Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
  • Violet Crown Spring Festival

    Local artists will be selling their creations accompanied by drinks, food, kids' activities, and live music throughout the day.
    Sat., May 4. Free.
    Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco, 512/914-2917
  • Fun Stop 5K and Fest

    It’s that time of year again, weirdos. Formerly known as the Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K, 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.
    Date TBA. $35.
    Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
  • O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships

    Now in its 42nd year, it's time to celebrate the lowest form of groan-up humor with the pros going head to head.
    Sat., May 11, 11am. Free.
    Brush Square Park, 409 E. Fifth, 512/974-6700
  • 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. Die-hard record fans buy a VIP (early shopper) pass for $40 online or Sat., May 18, starting at 10am at the front box office.
    May 18-19. $5 (good for both days).
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Hot Luck

    The brainchild of barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody, and Feast Portland's Mike Thelin, this Austintatious gatherum of glory blends world-class culinary talent and live music into an extra-long, chef-driven weekend that celebrates fire, food, music, and camaraderie. "Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin' boots." Boy howdy – they ain't kidding: See here for more!
    Thu.-Sun., May 23-26. Prices and locations vary.
  • Kerrville Folk Festival

    Celebrating their 48th year, the Kerrville Folk Festival will be hosting more than 100 musicians and will have enough plucking to frighten away chickens for miles around.
    May 23-June 9
    Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy., Kerrville
June
July
August
  • Austin Pride 2019

    Start planning yer outfits babe, cuz Austin Pride has locked in its 2019 date and it's turning the town into a proverbial Boogie Wonderland! Shantay to the fest from 11am-6pm at Fiesta Gardens, then sashay your way to the parade that'll wash downtown in glitter, rainbows, and a whole lotta beautiful queers (8-11pm).
    Sat., Aug. 10, 11am-11pm. $20+.  
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    Fiesta Gardens & Downtown Austin
  • Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp

    Come on out to this New Braunfels vineyard and get some grape mush between your toes.
    No date set yet
    1741 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels
  • Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

    The heat is on, citizen! Hundreds of restaurants, commercial bottlers, and home cooks battle for hot sauce glory across a tasty variety of categories – in a day replete with food and drinks, cooking demos with top chefs, live music, and ice cream. The public (that's you) will vote for favorites, and our panel of celebrity judges will weigh in on the finals. Names will be made, careers will be launched, destinies – yea, verily – will be forged! Proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. And this link right here brings more information than there are tortillas in Terlingua.
    tbd. Free with donation.
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
  • Annual Free Day Of Dance

    Whether you've danced before, or never danced a step in your life, this day is designed for all levels and is your opportunity to sample a variety of Ballet Austin's dance classes. Maybe actual ballet is what'll move you right? Or Bollywood style? Or West African? Or hula? Irish dance, like those Highland steppers? Some kind of high-energy cardio program? Hip-hop? Now's the day to find out – for free!
    Sat., Jan. 26, 1-5pm. 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 annual festival of staged shenanigans. Shows? Well, yes! But workshops and classes, too – and more afterparties than you can shake a Big Book at.
    Aug. 27-Sept. 2
    Various locations
September
  • 2019 aGLIFF Festival

    Our queer film fest got even queerer after last year's more inclusive rebranding. Now short for All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival, aGLIFF returns with over 100 LGBTQ-focused films from across the globe and an exciting mix of events, panels, and mingling opportunities for filmmakers and cinema lovers.
    Thu.-Sun., Sept. 5-8
  • Pecan Street Festival: Fall

    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 some handheld food 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. 21-22
    Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
November

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