on our RadAR calendar of events Austin is a 24-hour town populated by an upstart mix of musicians, tech experts, film pros, athletes and foodies–and our yearly events calendar shows it. For a more comprehensive event list of the variety of things happening in Austin, go to visitaustin.org/events. JANUARY FREE WEEK Various Locations, freeweek.do512.com The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin. ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, stpatricksdayaustin.com This family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day fest celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic! MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. FESTIVAL Huston-Tillotson University, mlkcelebration.com Join the march from the MLK statue at the University of Texas campus to historic Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy for Austin and the world. SXSW ® MUSIC, FILM AND INTERACTIVE CONFERENCES AND FESTIVALS Various Locations, sxsw.com Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world who converge to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally recognized event. FEBRUARY AUSTIN MARATHON & HALF MARATHON Downtown Austin, youraustinmarathon.com Austin welcomes nearly 20,000 participants from around the world for the Annual Austin Marathon & Half Marathon. This exciting event showcases Austin’s scenic urban landscape for both runners and spectators alike. ZILKER GARDEN FESTIVAL Zilker Park Kite Festival MARCH ART CITY AUSTIN Palmer Events Center, artallianceaustin.org Austin’s original fine arts festival and national juried art show of 200 locally and nationally recognized artists and galleries is a family-friendly event featuring local food trailers, beer, cocktails and interactive projects for kids of all ages. CLYDE LITTLEFIELD TEXAS RELAYS The University of Texas, texassports.com This premier track and field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from across Texas, the U.S. and the world. Zilker Botanical Garden, zilkergarden.org For more than 60 years, the annual Zilker Garden Festival has been a one-stop garden shopping destination when spring arrives in 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 BLACK HISTORY MONTH Various Locations, visitaustin.org To commemorate Black History Month there will be events, including film screenings and ceremonies throughout the city, celebrating important people and moments in time in African-American history. 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. RODEO AUSTIN Travis County Exposition Center, rodeoaustin.com Since its inception in 1938, this local event has grown from a simple stock show featuring 16 animals into one of the state’s premier rodeos. Over the course of two weeks, the Rodeo features 10 ProRodeo events, a family-friendly fair, daily concerts and more. APRIL AUSTIN FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL Auditorium Shores, austinfoodandwinefestival.com Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances. ©BRUCE LEMONS CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO Palmer Events Center, sambaparty.com This festival will give Austin a taste of Brazil, merging music, dance and culture into one huge party. Austin’s Carnaval is one of the biggest celebrations outside of Brazil (because everything is bigger in Texas) and everyone can participate, so bring your best samba and prepare to dance the night away. 6 VISITAUSTIN.ORG AUSTIN URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL Auditorium Shores, urbanmusicfest.com More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Lady Bird Lake’s Auditorium Shores to enjoy Austin’s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop music.