It’s obvious that Austinites enjoy live music, even if the conditions are less than ideal. Rain, dust and heat can’t stop us from enjoying what we love most: contributing to the growth of the music industry and our economy. We are so thankful that the City of Austin understands this and continues to promote live music festivals.

January Festivals in Austin

FronteraFest 2016
January 12-February 13, 2016

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February Festivals in Austin

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
February 17-20, 2016

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Jugglefest
February 26-28, 2016

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Carnaval Brasileiro
February 27, 2016

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African-American Community Heritage Festival
February 27, 2016

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Pachanga Latino Music Series
February 28, 2016

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March Festivals in Austin

Pirelli World Challenge
March 4-6, 2016

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Mighty Texas Dog Walk
March 5, 2016

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Zilker Kite Festival
March 6, 2016

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SXSW Interactive
March 11-15, 2016

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SXSW Film
March 11-19, 2016

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Rodeo Austin
March 12-26, 2016

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Get your Texas on at the Austin rodeo in Cedar Park, TX. The annual week-long event features bull riding, carnival rides, “mutton bustin”, concerts and more. This rodeo is nonprofit and provides scholarships to Texas students.

 

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SXSW Music
March 15-20, 2016

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South by Southwest is one of the biggest music events in the country, attracting thousands from all over the world each year. For 10 days each March, Austin transforms into a playground for all things music, flim, and interactive. During this citywide event, hundreds of Austin venues and restaurants open their doors to creative up-and-comers, allowing them to perform in front of audiences who come from all around the globe to experience it all. For full access, you’ll want to purchase a platinum badge or wristband, but you may not even need it with the hundreds of free shows & events that take place all over town during SXSW.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Austin
March 17, 2016

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Pan Americana
March 18-19, 2016

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April Festivals in Austin

Urban Music Festival
April 1-2, 2016

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Texas VegFest
April 2, 2016

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Zilker Garden Festival
April 2-3, 2016

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Fusebox Festival
April 6-10, 2016

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Euphoria Fest
April 7-10, 2016

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Lone Star Round Up
April 8-9, 2016

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Bluebonnet Festival
April 9-10, 2016

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Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 14-17, 2016

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Austin Fashion Week
April 15-23, 2016

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Austin Reggae Festival
April 15-17, 2016

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Moontower Presents Comedy & Oddity Fest
April 20-23, 2016

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Texas Community Music Festival
April 15-24, 2016

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Texas Burlesque Festival
April 21-23, 2016

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Founders Day Festival
April 22-24, 2016

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Austin Food & Wine Festival
April 22-24, 2016

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Georgetown Red Poppy Festival
April 22-24, 2016

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Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
April 23, 2016

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Buda Wiener Dog Races
April 23-24, 2016

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Hill Country Film Festival
April 28-May 1, 2016

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Art City Austin
April 29-May 1, 2016

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Levitation
April 29-May 1, 2016

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Eeyore’s Birthday
April 30, 2016

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Lake Travis Springfest
April 30, 2016

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iHeartRadio Country Festival
April 30, 2016

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May Festivals in Austin

Pecan Street Festival
May 7-8, 2016

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Named after 6th Street’s original name, this family-friendly street festival takes place twice a year in Austin’s downtown entertainment district. Pecan Street Festival offers several blocks of family fun, from local art to live music and entertainment. Of course, no Austin festival would be complete without food! Experience all of this and more each May in the lively streets of downtown Austin.

 

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West Austin Studio Tour
May 14-15 & 21-22, 2016

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Austin Sketch Fest
May 24-29, 2016

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Kerrville Folk Festival
May 26-June 12, 2016

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Blues on the Green
May 25, June 22, July 13, August 3, 2016

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Austinites are always longing for live music and during these long summer nights there are plenty of chances to get your fill. KGSR has been hosting Blues on the Green for more than 20 seasons, providing free concerts to those lounging on blankets in Zilker Park.

 

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June Festivals in Austin

Summer X Games
June 2-5, 2016

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Republic of Texas Biker Rally
June 9-12, 2016

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The Republic of Texas Biker Rally, otherwise known as ROT Rally, is the largest motorcycle rally in Texas and the fourth largest motorcycle rally in the US. Held every year on the weekend after Memorial Day, hundreds of bikers gather at the Travis County Expo Center and ride along the hilly roads of Austin for an entire weekend. On the Friday of that weekend, the City of Austin closes off parts of the downtown area’s Congress Ave. for the largest biker party in a downtown area. In 2006, ROT Rally was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the “Longest Parade of Motorcycles Known to Mankind.”

 

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Blanco Lavender Festival
June 10-12, 2016

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Juneteenth Park Festival
June 18, 2016

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Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K
June 25, 2016

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August Festivals in Austin

Bat Fest
August 20, 2016

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The major Austin attraction of watching the bats emerge from under the Congress Bridge has become a festival that takes place once a year. Bat watchers can enjoy live music, local food and drink, while gazing at 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Everyone in attendance can also enjoy a bat costume contest and fun children’s activites like arts & crafts.

 

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Ice Cream Festival
August 13, 2016

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Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Fest
August 21, 2016

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Out of Bounds Comedy Fest
August 30-September 5, 2016

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September Festivals in Austin

Fantastic Fest
September 22-29, 2016

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Experience the world of sci-fi, horror and gore at Alamo Drafthouse’s annual film festival. Fantastic Fest is the largest film festival in the U.S. that specializes in the genres of horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action. The festival has premiered major horror flicks like Zombieland, There Will Be Blood, and Apacolypto. Celebrity guests in the past have included Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Paul Rudd and Jon Favreau.

 

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Pecan Street Fall Arts Festival
September 24-25, 2016

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Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg
September 30 & October 1-2, 2016

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Austin City Limits Festival
September 30-October 2 & October 7-9, 2016

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Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Festival) is an annual multi-day music festival that takes place each fall in Austin’s Zilker Park. Festivalgoers enjoy 6 days of music, food, and art set against the dazzling downtown skyline. ACL Festival brings together over 130 musical acts of all genres from country to electronic to rock. The festival features emerging artists as well as long-time music legends. Starting in 2013, the music festival was extended to two weekends in order to accomodate out-of-towners and those who miss out on a chance to get passes before they’re sold out. ACL Festival is an offshoot of the popular PBS studio concert series television program, Austin City Limits, known as the “longest running music program in the history of television.” The first ever Austin City Limits music festival took place in September 2002 at Zilker Park. The event included a wide range of regional, national and international artists and included headliners such as Ryan Adams, Pat Green, and Wilco. It was a huge success, drawing 75,000 attendees. ACL celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. Today it is one of the most popular music festivals in the nation, attracting approximately 450,000 attendees each year. The event has actually become so popular that tickets often sell out within a few days of being announced on the ACL website.

 

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PRIDE Festival, Rainbow Run & Parade
August 27, 2016

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Located in Fiesta Gardens in Downtown Austin, the Austin PRIDE Festival hosts two stages to many entertainers and performers. The main stage has headline entertainers and a second stage has DJ’s and carnival performers. Attendants can also see pet parades, eat food from local food vendors, and experience carnival-themed games and activities.

 

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October Festivals in Austin

Texas Mesquite Arts Festival
October 7-9, 2016

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Austin Film Festival
October 13-20, 2016

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Founded almost twenty years ago, the Austin Film Festival was the first event of its kind to bring together professional and amateur screenwriters to celebrate all things television and film.  Every October, the Austin Film Festival and Conference brings producers, agents and screenwriters together to showcase the best film talent in the nation. Past participants include Ron Howard, Sandra Bullock, Owen Wilson and America Ferrera.

 

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Formula 1
October 21-23, 2016

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About 8 miles southeast of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is Circuit of the Americas, the home of Austin F1 racing. The multi-million dollar facility is called “The Most Unique Motorsports Facility in the United States” and for good reason. It is the only track built purposely for Formula One Racing in the country, and puts Austin on the map as a World-Class Motorsports destination.

 

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Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival
October 22, 2016

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November Festivals in Austin

Wurstfest
November 4-13, 2016

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Texas Book Festival
November 5-6, 2016

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East Austin Studio Tour
TBA

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December Festivals in Austin

Budafest
TBA

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Armadillo Bazaar
TBA

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Trail of Lights
TBA

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An Austin tradition since 1965, the Trail of Lights provides miles or walking amongst thousands of lights and scenes. The Zilker Tree, another holiday favorite, stands 155 feet tall in the middle of Zilker Park, and boasts 39 multi-colored streamers, 3,309 lights and bulbs, and a very bright star with 150 lights on the top. With so many lights, it’s hard to miss amongst the Downtown Austin Skyline during the holidays.

 

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