Austin Insider Guide - 2016/2017
On Our Radar Calendar Of Events
The capital city of Texas loves to celebrate. With 300 annual days of sunshine, unbeatable urban parks and legendary Texas pride, we rarely need an excuse to throw a party. ON THE WEB For up-to-date event info,visit austintexas.org/ visit/events. The Avett Brothers at Austin City Limits Music Festival SEPTEMBER 2016 9/15/16 – 9/17/16 LONE STAR LE MANS Circuit of The Americas™, circuitoftheamericas.com The three-day event culminates with almost nine hours of racing and entertainment, including the only night race to finish under the stars, topped off with a dazzling fireworks show. 9/18/16 AUSTIN MUSEUM DAY Across Austin, austinmuseums.org Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites. 9/22/16 – 9/29/16 FANTASTIC FEST Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, fantasticfest.com Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U. S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. Past years’ guest rosters have included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Paul Rudd and Kevin Smith. 9/24/16 – 9/25/16 PECAN STREET FESTIVAL Sixth Street, pecanstreetfestival.org A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages. 9/24/16 TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS FESTIVAL Fiesta Gardens, texascraftbrewersfestival.org This is a true beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. Features the best of Texas craft brewers and displays the beer community. 9/30/16 – 10/2/16 & 10/7/16 – 10/9/16 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL Zilker Park, aclfestival.com One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this two-weekend festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park with more than 130 musical acts on eight stages. Austin Celtic Festival OCTOBER 2016 10/13/16 – 10/20/16 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL Paramount Theatre and various locations, austinfilmfestival.com Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on top-billed films and indies alike. 10/21/16 – 10/23/16 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX Circuit of The Americas™, circuitoftheamericas.com Drivers will be in Austin competing in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in October. Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power to human power. 10/30/16 TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ FESTIVAL City Terrace at The Long Center, tmbbq.com Now in its sixth year, this festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas’ best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let the people decide who made the best goods. NOVEMBER 2016 11/4/16 – 11/6/16 SOUND ON SOUND Sherwood Forest, soundonsoundfest.com National touring indie rock, hip hop, punk, electronica and metal bands converge on Austin’s urban park for three days of music. There is also a comedy stage, as well as on-site screen printing, shopping and food. 11/5/16 – 11/6/16 TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL Texas State Capitol, texasbookfestival.org Attend signings with some of your favorite authors, visit the children’s chapter tent and enjoy live music and poetry readings. Urban Music Festival 11/12/16 – 11/13/16 & 11/19/16 – 11/20/16 EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR Across East Austin, east.bigmedium.org This self-guided tour provides the opportunity to see work by hundreds of Austin artists. For two weekends, artists, studios, exhibition spaces, pop-up shows and tons of fun art-centered events on the east side will be open and free to the public to celebrate the wide variety of art being created in Austin. 11/26/16 CHUY’S CHRISTMAS PARADE Congress Avenue, chuysparade.com A procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats usher in the season of giving. DECEMBER 2016 12/10/16 – 12/23/16 TRAIL OF LIGHTS Zilker Park, austintrailoflights.org The Austin Trail of Lights is part of the Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. With a beautiful array of lights the tree is lit following a 5k run, which allows the Trail of Lights to be lit and showcased. 12/15/16 – 12/24/16 ARMADILLO CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Palmer Events Center, armadillobazaar.com Shades of old Austin are reflected at this market with eclectic gifts and local entertainment. 12/31/16 AUSTIN’S NEW YEAR Auditorium Shores, austintexas.gov This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers, and other festive performances. JANUARY 2017 MARTIN LUTHER KING FESTIVAL Huston-Tillotson University, mlkcelebration.com Join the march from Huston-Tillotson to the University of Texas to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In multicultural Austin. FEBRUARY 2017 2/19/17 AUSTIN MARATHON & HALF MARATHON Downtown Austin, youraustinmarathon.com Event speakers, live music from more than 40 local bands and a course that winds through Austin’s most scenic neighborhoods make this popular 13.1 and 26.2-mile race a must-hit for runners and spectators. Austin Food + Wine Festival 2/27/17 CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO Palmer Events Center, sambaparty.com Carnaval in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil. Brasileiro style samba, costumes and wild abandon can all be seen in the heart of Texas. MARCH 2017 3/10/17 – 3/19/17 SXSW® MUSIC, FILM AND INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE AND FESTIVALS Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues, sxsw.com Noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event. 3/11/17 – 3/25/17 RODEO AUSTIN Travis County Expo Center, rodeoaustin.com Over the years, Rodeo Austin has grown from a show featuring 16 animals into one of Austin’s premier events, featuring Pro-rodeo events, daily concerts, a livestock show and more. 3/17/17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL Pioneer Farms, stpatricksdayaustin.com A familyfriendly St. Patrick’s Day where families can come out and enjoy the culture of Ireland including music, dance and language. 3/22/17 – 3/26/17 WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS - DELL MATCH PLAY Austin Country Club, worldgolfchampionships.com The world’s top golfers head to Austin’s historic lakeside country club to compete at this championship event. AUSTIN URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL Auditorium Shores, urbanmusicfest.com More than 15,000 music revelers annually converge on Auditorium Shores to enjoy Austin’s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music. The festival has consistently provided a venue for local performers as well as presented top national R&B acts that provide family-friendly entertainment. 90TH CLYDE LITTLEFIELD TEXAS RELAYS Mike A. Myers Stadium, texassports.com The premier track and field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U. S. and the world. ZILKER GARDEN FESTIVAL Zilker Botanical Garden, zilkergarden.org For over 50 years, the annual Zilker Garden Festival has been a onestop, garden shopping destination when spring arrives in Austin and Central Texas. A family-friendly event, the garden festival offers something for everyone, including the annual flower show, live music, gardening talks, a kid’s corner and food court. ZILKER PARK KITE FESTIVAL Zilker Park, abckitefestival.org The nation’s oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more. APRIL 2017 4/14/17 – 4/16/17 AUSTIN REGGAE FEST Auditorium Shores, austinreggaefest.com A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts. 4/20/17 – 4/23/17 OLD SETTLER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL Salt Lick Pavilion, oldsettlersmusicfest.org Central Texas’ signature music event featuring Grammywinning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local faves and award-winning artists from around the world. 4/23/17 CAPITOL 10K Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores, cap10k.com Texas’ largest 10K race and one of the nation’s top runs draws some 20,500 serious and notso- serious participants. 4/29/17 EEYORE’S ANNUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY Pease Park, eeyores.org Live music, beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin’s most eclectic locals. Eeyore’s Birthday serves as fundraiser to benefit many local, Austin nonprofits. ART CITY AUSTIN Palmer Events Center, artallianceaustin.org Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city’s favorite festivals. AUSTIN FASHION WEEK Locations around Austin, afw.fashionxaustin.com Austin Fashion Week showcases the work of fashion designers, photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and models from around the state of Texas with over a hundred events including runway shows, designer meet-and-greets, themed parties and benefits for Austin non-profits. AUSTIN FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL Auditorium Shores, austinfoodandwinefestival.com Now in its fifth year, the Austin Food + Wine Festival, produced by C3 Presents, will welcome top chefs from across the nation. LOUISIANA SWAMP THING AND CRAWFISH FESTIVAL Statesman Parking Lot, roadwayevents.com It’s a Cajun festival in Texas. More than 5,000 pounds of crawfish are consumed at this annual event, which also features zydeco, brass band, funk, blues and rock music. Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival MOONTOWER COMEDY & ODDITY FESTIVAL The Paramount Theatre and other locations, austintheatre.org Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe to Austin, TX. National headliners, upand- comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure a hilarious weekend of fun. MOTOGP™ Circuit of The Americas™, circuitoftheamericas.com MotoGP™, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The Americas™ track with a three-day series at the purpose-built Grand Prix venue. WEST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR Across West Austin, west.bigmedium.org The West Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that celebrates Austin’s talented and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent; see working studios; learn about artists’ tools, techniques and inspirations; explore galleries and a variety of exhibitions; and immerse themselves in the arts and local business communities. MAY 2017 5/6/17 PECAN STREET FESTIVAL Sixth Street, pecanstreetfestival.org A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages. 5/29/17 LIFE TIME TRI CAPTEX Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin, captextri.com The “Premier Texas Triathlon” is now part of the Life Time Triathlon Series and fills the streets of Austin on Memorial Day, selling out with 3,000 participants. KGSR BLUES ON THE GREEN Zilker Park, kgsr.com/bluesonthegreen Once a month during the summer, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets and lawn chairs, families and music lovers. As Austin’s largest free concert series KGSR’s Blues on the Green is consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event and has become a staple of the Austin lifestyle. All Month LATINO MUSIC MONTH Various Venues The many Latino music genres are showcased during performances and other special events throughout the month are presented as well. LEVITATION FESTIVAL Carson Creek Ranch, levitation-austin.com Mark your calendars, Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) will return with on-site camping and three stages of music. The main stage and river stage will feature psychedelic light shows in the evening, and a tent stage featuring psychedelic light shows all day long. Austin Ice Cream Festival JUNE 2017 6/8/17 – 6/11/17 ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL Downtown Austin, atxfestival.com ATX Television Festival is the first festival devoted to television’s history and future. It functions like a traditional film festival with premieres of new series, current hits & cult favorites. ATX Television Festival also offers access to the industry’s leading professionals with cast and creator Q&A’s and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery. 6/24/17 KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD FEST & 5K Downtown, keepaustinweirdfest.com Anything is possible at this decade-old Austin extravaganza! Run, skip or race through the streets of downtown Austin wearing the wackiest costume. Unofficially known as “the slowest 5K you will ever run,” this race is designed for amusement and fun. CENTRAL TEXAS JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION MLK Blvd. And other locations, juneteenthcentraltexas.com Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” is the oldest known African American celebration commemorating the end of slavery. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BIKER RALLY Travis County Exposition Center and Congress Avenue, rotrally.com The state’s largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, a parade and music. JULY 2017 7/4/17 FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS & SYMPHONY Auditorium Shores, austinsymphony.org The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake. All Month GO TEXAN RESTAURANT ROUND-UP Various Restaurants, gotexanrestaurantroundup.com The annual GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up happens at the end of July every year. Make your plans to dine out in 2017, featuring the flavors of Texas as GO TEXAN restaurants highlight the finest Lone Star food and wine and also making donations to food banks across the state. AUGUST 2017 AUSTIN CHRONICLE HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL Fiesta Gardens, austinchronicle.com If you wanna beat the heat this summer then you gotta eat the heat! Join the Austin Chronicle for one of the world’s largest hot sauce festivals. AUSTIN ICE CREAM FESTIVAL Fiesta Gardens, austinicecreamfestival.com The annual Austin Ice Cream Festival is fun for the whole family. Games, activities, contests, live entertainment and, of course, ice cream will keep you cool and happy. AUSTIN PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE Fiesta Gardens, austinpride.org The largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas takes place during Pride Week. Enjoy two stages of live entertainment, inflatable games, food, drinks and over 100 vendor booths. BAT FEST Congress Avenue Bridge, roadwayevents.com Celebrate this batty event as the world’s largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free Tail Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard’s Congress Avenue Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities and costume contest. SEPTEMBER 2017 AUSTIN MUSEUM DAY Across Austin, austinmuseums.org Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austinarea museums and cultural sites. FANTASTIC FEST Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, fantasticfest.com Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U. S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world. FREE DAY OF YOGA Across Austin, freedayofyoga.com All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level. PECAN STREET FESTIVAL Sixth Street, pecanstreetfestival.org A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages. TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS FESTIVAL Fiesta Gardens, texascraftbrewersfestival.org This is the only beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. Features the best of Texas craft brewers and displays the beer community. TRI-ROCK AUSTIN TRIATHLON Auditorium Shores, trirock.competitor.com/austin The urban setting provides a swim start at the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, a swim course in Lady Bird Lake, a bike course over the Congress Avenue Bridge and a run along Auditorium Shores. This event has a triathlon scene that rocks like no other!
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