Austin Insider Guide 2016/2017 : Page 9

ZILKER GARDEN FESTIVAL Zilker Botanical Garden, zilkergarden.org For over 50 years, the annual Zilker Garden Festival has been a one-stop, 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 Urban Music 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. Austin Food + Wine Festival 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. 11/12/16 – 11/13/16 & 11/19/16 – 11/20/16 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. 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. 4/20/17 – 4/23/17 OLD SETTLER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL Salt Lick Pavilion, oldsettlersmusicfest.org Central Texas’ signature music event featuring Grammy-winning 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. 11/26/16 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. 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. 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 not-so-serious participants. 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. 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. 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. 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. 3/17/17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL Pioneer Farms, stpatricksdayaustin.com A family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day where families can come out and enjoy the culture of Ireland including music, dance and language. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. COURTESY OF URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL; COURTESY OF AUSTIN FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL austintexas.org 09

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