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  • 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.
    Weekends, March 2-April 21. $22 ($12, child).  
    Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade, 512/222-6680
  • 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. The Chronicle's own Robert Faires provides some specifics for you right here.
    Thu.-Sun., April 4-7
  • LoveBalm 2019: A QueerBomb Fundraiser

    A night of love, queers, and quality performances in the name of QueerBomb 2019. As yer host, Debbie Penetration invites you to getcher fun on with a spanking booth, photo booth, and so much drag and burlesque to ensure you’ll be shimmying all the way to June 1. Chulita Vinyl Club DJs, Caleb De Casper performs, and so do Dandy Velour, Chique Fil-Atio, Chola Magnolia, and more, plus a special guest appearance by Cynthia Lee Fontaine.
    $5-7 suggested donation.  
    Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385
  • Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic

    Join the Waller Creek Conservancy for their annual picnic fundraiser. No black ties required, just music and picnic baskets from your favorite local restaurants (Uchiko, Loro, Home Slice, Sway, etc.) to raise funds and awareness for Downtown’s Waller Creek.
    Baskets range from $35-150.  
    Palm Park, 601 E. Third, 512/541-3520 x107
  • The Lonestar Rod and Round Up

    Bringing custom cars from all across the country to Austin, the Lonestar Round Up is a weekendlong extravaganza filled with live music and hot rods.
    Fri.-Sat., April 12-13. Kids under 12, free; GA $15.  
    Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lake Rd., 512/854-4900
  • Art City Austin

    This annual outdoor fair with works in paint, photography, fiber, wood, glass, and more, will showcase more than 75 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 two-day hullabaloo filled with art, art, and art; also: artist talks, culinary demos by local chefs and experts, local music, food trucks, adult libations, interactive experiences, and city-wide art tours around town. See website (or here, for a glimpse of last year's glory) for more. Oh, and there's a totally rockin' preview party, too.
    Sat.-Sun., April 13-14, 10am-6pm  
    Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe, 512/381-1147
  • DELAYED: Keep Austin Beautiful Day

    UPDATE: Currently, most Saturday Projects have been delayed to a 1pm start time for volunteer safety. Clean Lady Bird Lake Waterway projects are canceled, as is the after party at Givens Park. Check Keep Austin Beautiful’s website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for updates.

    Be one of 3,000 local volunteers helping to plant trees, build gardens, and pick up litter at over 100 projects throughout the city to keep our green spaces green and waterways clean! Presented by Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

    All across Austin
  • Earth Day Austin

    The largest sustainability event in Central Texas, Earth Day Austin includes a rock-climbing wall, community justice hub, kids' yoga, live music, vegetarian food vendors, and many, many opportunities to learn about doing better by Mother Earth.
    Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/505-3139
  • 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, all of which are offered free to the public, are already booked solid, mind, but there are still a few shows available – which our Robert Faires tells you about right here!
    Wed.-Sun., April 17-21
  • Austin Reggae Festival

    Arts & crafts, international foods, good tunes, and lots of positive vibes at this three-day celebration of all things irie.
    Fri.-Sun., April 19-21. $45.
    Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside, 512/282-2111
  • Cheer Up Charlies’ 9th Anniversary Party!

    Help this queer-owned haven celebrate nine shiny years of queerness, dirty/classy bathrooms, ’bucha cocktails, and hawt music. Anniversary sounds provided by DJs GirlFriend, p1nkstar, Big Daddy B, and Belladonna.
    Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133
  • HavenCon 5

    Austin’s one and only queer geek and gaymer convention returns for year five. Expect drag, cosplay, furries, sci-fi, and some very special guests – like Star Trek’s Tracee Lee Cocco. For more info, check out our interview with HavenCon Board Chair Kathryn Gonzales.
    Fri.-Sun., April 19-21. $15-55.  
    DoubleTree Hotel, 6505 N. I-35, 512/454-3737
  • Austin Weird Homes Tour 2019

    This year's tour features several new additions to the usual stellar lineup of Austin residences that are sure to blow your mind and maybe – careful, now! – inspire a frenzy of creative remodeling of your own dwelling. Founders Chelle and David Neff may have been busy with that recent book of theirs, and with launching successful Weird Homes tours in Houston, New Orleans, Detroit, Portland, and L.A., sure … but they haven't been slacking on gearing up our own version to make the 2019 Austin tour the best yet. (Tell you what, citizen – you know you wanna get a peep at The Keep.) Recommended.
  • Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

    Good gods, y'all, there's a panoply of nationally renowned comedians swarming all over Downtown and beyond next weekend, setting fire to stages and slaying audiences in those styles that have so endeared them to stand-up aficionados everywhere. Jenny Slate! Nick Offerman! Nate Bargatze! Hari Kondabolu! Amanda Seales! And more and more and more. The Paramount on Congress is the epicenter for this eighth annual takeover of Austin, but, really, it's a citywide deal and you should check that Moontower website for an almost overwhelming flood of details. Note: The fest is almost sold out already, but the Satellite Badge that's still available will get you into the 50+ shows hosted in those satellite theatres or will "grant you access to the main acts in seats that have a suboptimal view."
    Wed.-Sat., April 24-27  
    Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
  • 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. Riders and supporters welcome.
    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.
    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.
    Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096
  • 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.
    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
  • 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).
    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
  • 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
  • Gender Unbound Art Fest 2019

    Save that date! Austin's trans and intersex art festival returns for year four to showcase the best, brightest, and most awesome work from a bevy of talented creators. We love this fest so much, we invite you to check out our coverage from previous years, including last year's photo gallery, a Q&A with mixed-media performance artist and writer Alok Vaid-Menon and filmmaker Lisa Donato; and some history of how Drew Riley started the fest.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 21-22  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport, 512/222-7303
  • 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
  • Settlement Home Charity Garage & Estate Sale

    It's the largest garage & estate sale in Texas, and there is something for everyone. Shop for vintage items, jewelry, vinyl records, antiques, furniture, art, rugs, clothing, books, electronics, sporting goods, holiday decorations, and more. All proceeds benefit the Settlement Home for Children, a nonprofit that serves children in foster care.
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • 2019 Austin International Drag Festival

    A wild weekend featuring nearly 400 drag performances from KingFest to Drag Fest at the fiercest festivak this side of the Mississippi (and beyond).
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 14-17. $39+.  
    Drag Village (6000 Middle Fiskville Rd.) & Downtown

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