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Austin Events 2018
  • Sherwood Forest Faire

    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, jousting, and unparalleled people watching.
    Through April 22, 10am-dusk. $22 ($12, child).  
    Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade, 512/222-6680
  • Rodeo Austin

    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. Tracy Lawrence and Ludacris 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.
    March 10-24. Fairgrounds, $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $35 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $20-175 (includes fairground).  
    Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/477-6060
  • Mighty Texas Dog Walk

    Grab your pooch and strut your stuff in this stroll that benefits Service Dogs Inc. There will be dog treats to try, games, and prizes awarded.
    Sat., March 24, 10am. $40 per dog ($35, advance).  
    Austin American-Statesman Parking Lot, 305 S. Congress, 512/441-9016
  • HavenCon 4: A Cosmic Journey

    Texas' first and only queer, geek, and gaymer convention returns for its final year, and they're going out with a bang! Four days (or one, if you choose) of epic nerdiness, cosplay, drag, and loads more. This year, celebrity guests include Tracee Cocco (Star Trek) and Daniel Newman (The Walking Dead). Fest organizers announced this will be the last year for HavenCon, so get out and get weird while you can!
    March 29-April 1. $15-200.
    DoubleTree Hotel, 6505 N. I-35, 512/454-3737
  • Urban Music Festival

    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 En Vogue and Johnny Gill to take the stage.
    Fri.-Sat. March 30-31. $41-160.  
    Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside
  • Austin International Poetry Festival

    The irrepressible and relentlessly versiform event is readying for its 26th 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.
    Thu.-Sun., April 5-8

    Street and brass bands from all over the world descend on Austin to make a big noise on the move and unamplified. Events take place all weekend including a community parade you can join. See website for full schedule.
    Fri.-Sun., April 6-8. Free.
  • Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up

    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.
    Fri.-Sat., April 6-7. $15.
    Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900
  • 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 for more.
    April 13-15
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • 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, plant raffles, and more.
    Sat.-Sun., April. 14-15, 10am-5pm. Free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children).
    Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 512/689-5852
  • East Austin Urban Farm Tour

    Take a tour of local farms with chefs on hand at each location to cook you up something fresh from the land. Tickets must be purchased beforehand.
    Sun., April 15, 1pm
  • Fusebox Festival

    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.
    April 18-21
  • 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.
    April 18-21  
  • Indie Meme Film Festival

    If you're looking to enrich your film palette this spring then check out the third annual Indie Meme Film Festival. The festival seeks to promote socially relevant films from South Asia and to bring about discussion in a civil forum. There will be panels, discussions, and films as well as some parties during the opening and closing of the festival.
    Thu., April 19, 5:00; Fri., April 20, 4:00am; Sat., April 21, 4:00am; Sun., April 22, 4:00am. $55.
  • Old Settler's Music Festival

    Enjoy four days of Americana and roots music, with more than 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.
    Thu.-Sun., April 19-22  
    1616 FM 3158, Dale, Texas
  • Austin Reggae Festival

    Arts and crafts, international foods, good tunes, and lots of positive vibes. Money raised goes to the Capital Area Food Bank.
    Fri.-Sun., April 20-22
    Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside
  • Earth Day

    More than 10,000 attendees will be on hand to learn about sustainability, share their love for the environment, and check out innovative green businesses and organizations. Kids activities, food trailers, exhibitors, and the world's largest shovel are just a few of the highlights.
    Sat., April 21, noon. Free.
    Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/535-0950
  • Record Store Day

    You should support your local record store every day, but on this special occasion there will be one of a kind offerings from artists and labels to entice you.
    Sat., April 21
  • Hill Country Film Festival

    This spring head to the Hill Country for this celebration of the moving image. The area's most scenic festival screens indie films at the Fritztown Cinema in Fredericksburg. Come for the films, stay for the discussion panels and after-screening parties.
    April 26-29 (tentative). $75.
    Fritztown Cinema, 2254 Hwy. 87 S., Fredericksburg
  • Levitation

    Austin’s favorite acid rock festival Levitation starring Dead Meadow, Ty Segall, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Follakzoid The Men, Panda Bear with Geologist, Electric Wizard, Dan Deacon with Baths, and many more.
    Thu., April 26, 8pm; Fri., April 27, 4am; Sat., April 28, 4am; Sun., April 29, 4am  
    Barracuda, 611 E. Seventh
  • Buda Wiener Dog Races

    Don’t miss the running of the wiener dogs as they take to the track for bragging rights among their kind. Parades, best-dressed contests, bake-offs, cook-offs, and vendors complete the weekend lineup of events.
    Sat.-Sun., April 28-29. $5 (kids, free).
    Buda City Park, Downtown Buda, 512/295-3158
  • Dragon Boat Festival

    It's a 2,000-year-old festival (Austin's celebrated it for 20 years) that brings colorful, 40-foot-long boats to Lady Bird Lake to see which team rows the fastest.
    Sat.-Sun., April 28-29, 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 28, 11am-9pm. 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 28, 9am-4pm. Free.
    Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096
  • Cap 2K Swim

    Get in the water and swim from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center. That's 2,000 meters if you were wondering. You can watch the action from the MoPac pedestrian bridge. Money raised goes to the prostate cancer research.
    Sun., April 29. $140.
    Red Bud Isle, 3401 Red Bud Trail
  • 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 2-6
  • Free Shakespeare In the Park

    Austin Shakespeare's annual free production this year is The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas performed right there on the Zilker hillside. Pro tip: Bring a little pick-a-nick.
    Thu.-Sun., May 10-13, 17-20, 24-27. Free.
    Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., 512/397-1463
  • 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.
    Sat.-Sun., May 5-6
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • 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 5-6
    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.
    Sun., May 6, 10am-5pm. Free.
    Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco, 512/914-2917
  • O.Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships

    Now in its 40th year, it's time to celebrate the lowest form of groan-up humor with the pros going head to head.
    Date unconfirmed. 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 Saturday, May 19th, starting at 10am at the front box office.
    May 19-20. $5 (good for both days).
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Austin Youth Film Festival

    The Austin Youth Film Festival dedicates themselves on collecting and screening short films by Central Texas middle and high-schoolers. This festival gives these budding filmmakers a chance to get a taste of formal film-making, and a chance to rub shoulders with industry professionals in their field.
    Sat., May 19
  • Kerrville Folk Festival

    Celebrating their 47th 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 24-June 10  
    Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy., Kerrville
  • Rooster Teeth Expo

    The cool kids call it RTX. The people that started with Red vs. Blue and went on to explode onto the world of online video. Meet your favorite RT personalities and party with like-minded folks all weekend.
    Fri.-Sun., Aug. 3-5. $35-95.
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
  • Austin Duck Derby

    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.
    Sat., Aug. 4, 11:30am (tentative)
  • Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp

    Come on out to this New Braunfels vineyard and get some grape mush between your toes.
    Sat.-Sun., Aug. 4-5 & 11-12
    1741 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels
  • Jacks Generic Triathlon

    It's just good, old-fashioned triathlon, with a finish line party filled with exhausted people. Wooo.
    Sun., Aug. 5 (tentative)
    18216 Weiss Ln., 512/472-5646
  • Hottest Day of the Year Ride

    So what if it's 100 degrees outside? Biking around town is still an option, or at least that's what the host, the League of Bicycling Voters, claims. It's certainly true if you're pedaling from swimming hole to swimming hole. Water and food stops take place along the way, with the sweat finally getting rinsed off at Barton Springs' free swim.
    Sun., Aug. 12, 2pm
    Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, 400 Nueces, 512/473-0222
  • Austin Pet Expo

    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.
    Sat.-Sun, Aug. 18-19. Free.
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 800/977-3609
  • Bat Fest

    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.
    Sat., Aug. 18. $15, kids 8 and under free.
    Congress Avenue Bridge, Congress Avenue & Town Lake, 512/441-9016
  • Fall Home & Garden Show

    Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of pros, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods.
    Fri.- Sun., Aug. 24-26. $0-$9.50.
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez
  • 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 17th 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.
    Dates TBA
  • Capital City Black Film Festival

    After a year off, Austin once again has a dedicated platform for African-American filmmakers.
    Aug. 30-Sept. 2
  • Kerrville Fall Music Festival

    Enjoy three days of music at the Quiet Valley Ranch.
    Fri.-Sun. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (tentative)
    Kerrville, 830/257-3600
  • Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

    Celebrating LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world, the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival is the largest and longest-running of its kind in the Southwest.
    Thu.-Sun., Sept. 6-9. $125-1,250.
  • 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. 7, 6pm. $40-50.
    Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival

    Home to Austin's off-the-grid indie filmmakers. No big stars, no programming films; just pure indie baby.
    Sept. 18-22
  • Fantastic Fest

    After a controversial year, the celebration of global genre cinema returns. Devoted to horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world, Fantastic Fest is a film festival like no other.
    Sept. 20-27
    Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040
  • Austin Museum Day

    Museums and other cultural institutions around the city will be offering free admission and special programs in celebration of the 21th year of this annual event.
    Sun., Sept. 23, all day long
  • Texas Tribune Festival

    Hosted by the Texas Tribune, the festival offers a chance to help community activists and leaders learn more about State as well as National issue in a civil setting.
    Thu.-Sat., Sept. 27-29
  • NAMI Walk Austin

    Meet at Riverside and South First for this 5K walk raising awareness for mental health issues.
    Sat., Sept. 29, 7:30am. Free.
  • 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. 29-20
    Sixth Street, from Brazos to I-35
  • Sweet Eats Fruit Farm Fall Festival

    Located east of Georgetown on the banks of the San Gabriel river shaded by pecan trees, Sweet Eats Farm is a peach orchard that offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. This fall, Sweet Eats will be hosting a fall festival featuring classics like hay rides, face painting and a pumpkin patch.
    Sat., Sept. 29, 9am-6pm; Sun., Sept. 30, 9am-6pm; Sat., Oct. 6, 9am-6pm; Sun., Oct. 7, 9am-6pm
    Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. State Highway 29, Georgetown, 512/766-3276
  • 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.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 1-4
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • 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. 2-11
    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. 3-4, noon-7:30pm
    Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
  • 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.
    Sat., Nov. 3, 9am (tentative). $5 (free, kids).
  • Austin Jewish Film Festival

    Austin Jewish Film Festival, much like the name implies, specializes in films that examine the Jewish experience, in Israel and beyond.
    Nov. 4-10
  • 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. 10-11 & 17-18
  • 2018 Austin International Drag Festival

    Plunge head-first into the center of drag universe with the return of this gender-bent fest! Four full days of drag: from makeup tutorials and panels to jaw-dropping performances. Events take place all over town in the evenings, but during the day get to the Drag Village at the Holiday Inn on Middle Fiskville Road.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 15-18. $45–425.  
    Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757
  • 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 (tentative). Free.
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
  • Children Giving to Children Parade

    Don't get distracted by Santa or his entourage of floats, marching bands, live music, and inflatables and forget to bring a toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa. Get a good spot along the parade route down Congress from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 11am. Free.

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