The Austin Events Page

Austin's Annual Festivals and Events

Welcome to the Main Austin Events page, your resource for annual or otherwise recurring events and festivals in Austin, Texas updated for 2012.

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Austin Events and Festivals - All

ACL Festival (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
October 12-14, 2012
Zilker Park

AIA Austin Homes Tour
October 2012 (TBA)
Various Locations

African-American Community Heritage Festival
February 25, 2012
Huston-Tillotson University

AGLIFF - Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
September 2012 (TBA)
Alamo Drafthouse - S. Lamar

AIDS Walk Austin
October 2012 (TBA)
Austin City Hall

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 12-24, 2012
Palmer Events Center

Art City Austin (formerly Austin Fine Arts Festival)
April 2012 (TBA)
Downtown/City Hall/Lady Bird Lake

Art Night Austin
February 2012 (TBA)
Various Austin Galleries and Museums

Art Night Austin: East
November 2012 (TBA)
Various East Austin Galleries

Art Outside
October 19-21, 2012
Apache Pass (Rockdale)

January 26, 2012
Mexican American Cultural Center

ASH Dash 5K Bunny Run
April 7, 2012
Austin State Hospital

Austin Auto Show
May 18-20, 2012
Austin Convention Center

Austin Boat Show
January 19-22, 2012
Austin Convention Center

Austin Beer Week
October 2012 (TBA)
Multiple Austin Locations and Events

Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
Twice Yearly
April 14-15, 2012
September 2012 (TBA)
Zilker Botanical Gardens

Austin Celtic Festival
November 2012 (TBA)
Fiesta Gardens

Austin Chamber Music Festival
June 29 - July 15, 2012
Multiple Austin Locations

Austin Cool House Tour (Building Green)
June 3, 2012
Multiple Featured Locations and Projects

Austin Dragon Boat Festival and Race
April 28, 2012
Lady Bird Lake

Austin Fair and Music Festival
November 2012 (TBA)
Travis County Expo Center

Austin Family Music Festival
April 21, 2012
Pioneer Farms

Austin Food and Wine Festival
April 27-29, 2012
Auditorium Shores

Austin Film Festival
October 18-25, 2012
Austin, Texas

Austin Home and Garden Show
SPRING: January 2013
FALL: August 17-19, 2012)
Austin Convention Center

Austin Hot Sauce Festival
August 26, 2012
Fiesta Gardens

Austin Ice Cream Festival
August 4, 2012
Waterloo Park

Austin International Poetry Festival
September 27-30, 2012
Multiple Austin Venues

Austin Italian Festival
August 26, 2012)
Laguna Gloria

Austin Jazz Festival
October 6, 2012
Zilker Hillside Theater

Austin Jewish Film Festival
March 24-30, 2012
Regal Arbor Cinema and City Lights Theatre (locations not confirmed)

Austin Latino New Play Festival
April 2012 (TBA)
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Austin Marathon (and Half Marathon)
February 19, 2012
Downtown Austin

Austin Museum Day
September 2012
30+ Local Museums - Visit For Free

Austin Music Awards
March 2012 (TBA)
Austin Music Hall

Austin Pond Tour
June 9-10, 2012
Multiple Austin Locations - South, Central, and North

Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival
November 3, 2012
Sunset Valley

Austin Pride Parade, Festival, and 5K Run
September 2012 (TBA)
Downtown + Fiesta Gardens

Austin Psych Fest
April 27-29, 2012
Austin, TX

Austin Record Convention
Twice Yearly
April 2013 (TBA)
October 26-28, 2012
North Austin Event Center

Austin Reggae Festival
April 20-22, 2012
Auditorium Shores

Austin Shakespeare in the Park
May 3-27, 2012
2011 Production: Twelfth Night
Zilker Hillside Theater - Zilker Park

Austin Songwriters Symposium
January 5-8, 2012
Omni Austin Hotel at South Park

Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park (Hartman Foundation)
June 3 - August 26, 2012
Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center

Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks
July 4, 2012
Auditorium Shores at The Long Center

Austin Wine and Music Festival
2012 Event Cancelled
NEXT: May 2013
The Domain

Ballet Under the Stars
June 1-2, 2012
Zilker Hillside Theater - Zilker Park

Barsana Dham Mela (Indian Fair)
April 2012 (TBA?)
Radha Madhav Dham (Southwest Austin)

Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon
April 2012 (TBA)
Barton Springs Pool/Zilker Park

Bastille Day Austin
July 14, 2012
French Legation Museum

August 25, 2012
Congress Avenue Bridge

Batstravaganza Fun Run and Family Festival (5K)
May 2012 (TBA)
Round Rock, Texas

Beaujolais Nouveau Austin
November 2012 (TBA)
Artisan Bistro (Lakeway)

Black Arts Movement Austin (BAM)
June 7-16, 2012
Multiple Venues

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 30 - December 24, 2011
Marchesa Hall and Theatre
(Lincoln Village)

Blues on the Green
May 30, 2012 - August 8, 2012
(Every Other Wednesday)
Zilker Park

Brew B Que (Buda)
September 2012 (TBA)
Buda City Park

Bridal Extravaganza Austin
WINTER: January 2013
SUMMER: June 3, 2012
Palmer Events Center

Buda Beer and Polka Fest
October 2012 (TBA)
Buda City Park

Buda Wiener Dog Races
(and Country Fair)
April 28-29, 2012
Buda, Texas (City Park)

Caleb 5K
July 14, 2012
Shoreline Church

Cap 2K Swim
May 5, 2012
Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)

Capitol 10K
March 25, 2012
Downtown Austin

Capital City Salsa Festival
May 3-6, 2012
Multiple Venues

Carnaval Brasileiro
February 4, 2012
Palmer Events Center

Carnival ah!
April 11-12, 2012
Austin Community College - Rio Grande Campus

Cedar Park Rodeo
June 22-24, 2012
Cedar Park Center

Celebrate Texas (Texas Independence Day)
March 2, 2012
Various Austin Locations

Central Texas Air Show
May 4-6, 2012
Temple, Texas

Cherrywood Art Fair
December 10-11, 2011
Maplewood Elementary

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
September 2012 (TBA)
Asian American Cultural Center
Austin, Texas

Chinese New Years Festival
January 29, 2012
Austin Chinatown Center

Christmas Austin
December 2011
Multiple Events and Locations

Christmas Market - German-Texan Heritage Society
December 3, 2011
German Free School (Downtown Austin)

Chuy's Christmas Parade (Children Giving to Children Parade)
November 24, 2012
Downtown Austin

Cinco de Mayo Austin Festival
May 2012 (TBA)
Fiesta Gardens

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
April 24-29, 2012
Mexican American Cultural Center

Dam 5K
November 5, 2012
Mansfield Dam Park (Lake Travis)

Deep Eddy Mile
July 21, 2012
Deep Eddy Pool

Deutschen Pfest
May 18-20, 2012
Pflugerville, Texas

Dia de los Muertos Kyle
November 2012 (TBA)
Kyle, Texas

Diez y Seis Celebrations
September 2012 (TBA)
Fiesta Gardens

East Austin Studio Tour
November 2012 (TBA)
East Austin
150+ Local Art Studios

Eat the Heat (Progressive Cocktail Party & Gala)
(NACE Fundraiser - National Association of Catering Executives)
August 16, 2012
Maggie Mae's, Max's Wine Dive, and the Hilton Garden Inn

Eeyores Birthday
April 28, 2012
Pease Park

Explore UT
March 3, 2012
University of Texas at Austin

Fantastic Fest
September 2012 (TBA)
Various Theaters
(Mostly Alamo Drafthouse - S. Lamar)

Fashion for Compassion
April 2012
Saks Fifth Avenue (Great Hills Trail)

Fiesta Amistad
May 26-27, 2012
Round Rock, TX

January 17 - February 18, 2011
Hyde Park Theater and More

Free Day of Yoga
Spring: March 2012 (TBA)
Fall: September 2012 (TBA)
Multiple Austin Studios

Friends of Barton Spring Pool Annual Fall Social
November 2012 (TBA)
Torchy's Taco Trailer

Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 2-4, 2012
Auditorium Shores

Funky Chicken Coop Tour
April 27, 2012
Multiple Austin Locations

Georgetown Airfest
November 3, 2012
Georgetown Municipal Airport

Ghoulwill Ball
October 26, 2012
The W Austin

Green Garden Festival
February 2013 (TBA)
Bi-Annual Event
Zilker Botanical Gardens

Gypsy Picnic (Food Trailer Festival)
October 2013 (TBA)
Auditorium Shores

Hairy Man Festival
September 2012 (TBA)
Cat Hollow Park
Round Rock, Texas

Halloween Austin
Throughout October 2011
Resource Page: Halloween Events in Austin and Costume Stores

Heart O' Texas Orchid Society Show and Sale
April 28-29, 2012
Zilker Botanical Gardens

Heritage Homes Tour
April 2012 (TBA)
Historical Austin

Hill Country Ride for AIDS
April 28, 2012
Texas Hill Country

Hot to Trot 5K and Kid's K (Chuy's)
May 5, 2012
Chuy's Arbor Trails

House of Torment (Haunted House)
September - October 2012
Highland Mall BLVD

Hyde Park Homes Tour
June 2012 (TBA)
Hyde Park Neighborhood
Austin, Texas

International Freak Show Festival
October 2012
Downtown Austin

Jalapeno 100
February 18, 2012
Harlingen, Texas

Japan May Festival Austin
May 2012 (TBA)
O. Henry Middle School

February 24-26, 2011
Texas School for the Deaf

Juneteenth Celebration Austin
June 19, 2012
Rosewood Park

Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K
June 23, 2012
Long Center

Kerrville Folk Festival
May 24 - June 10, 2012
Kerville, Texas

Kerrville Wine and Music Fest
August 31 - September 2, 2011
Kerville, Texas

Kyle Fair and Music Fesival
October 18-21, 2012
Thunderhill Raceway - Kyle

Lake Travis Relay
October 13, 2012
Lake Travis

Lone Star Rod and Kustom Round Up
April 13-15, 2012
Travis County Expo Center

Lone Star State Jam
May 5, 2012
Waterloo Park

Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off
November 2012 (TBA)
Old Settlers Park
Round Rock, Texas

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
April 14, 2012
Buda City Park

Luling Watermelon Thump
June 21-24, 2012
Downtown Luling, Texas

Madrigal Dinner UT
November 29-30 + December 1, 2012
Texas Union Ballroom - UT

Maifest Austin - German-Texan Heritage Society
No 2012 Maifest Scheduled
NEXT: 2013?
German Free School (Downtown Austin)

Max's Ride (ALS Benefit)
April 21, 2012
South Austin, Texas Hill Country, and Scholz Garten

Mediterranean Festival
October 2013 (TBA)
St. Elias Orthodox Church

Mighty Texas Dog Walk
April 7, 2012
Auditorium Shores

MLK Celebration (March and Festival)
January 16, 2012
University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University

Moonlight Margarita Run
June 2012 (TBA)
Johnson Creek Trailhead (Near Austin High School)

Music Under the Star
July 6-27, 2012 - Friday nights
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Night in Old Fredericksburg
July 20-21, 2012
Fredericksburg, Texas

No Idea Festival
February 2-4, 2012
Location TBA

No Pants Day Austin
May 4, 2012
First Friday of May
Austin, Texas

Oktoberfest Austin - German-Texan Heritage Society
October 6, 2012
German Free School

Oktoberfest - Fredricksburg
October 5-7, 2012
Fredricksburg, TX

O. Henry Pun-Off
May 19, 2012
O. Henry Museum

Old Pecan Street Festival
Spring: May 5-6, 2012
Fall: September 2012
Old Pecan Street (6th Street)

Old Settler's Music Festival
April 19-22, 2012
Driftwood, Texas

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
August 28 - September 3, 2012
Multiple Austin Theaters and Venues

Pachanga Latino Music Festival
May 11-12, 2012
Fiesta Gardens

Paramount 5K
February 19, 2012
Paramount Theatre and Downtown Austin

Pflugerville Pfall ChiliPfest
October 20, 2012
Pflugerville, Texas

Red Poppy Festival
April 28-29, 2012
Georgetown, Texas

Renegade Craft Fair Austin
May 19-20, 2012
Palmer Events Center

Revival Festival Austin
May 26, 2012
Revival Festival Grounds

ROT Rally (Republic of Texas Biker Rally)
June 7-10, 2012
Travis County Expo Center

Rodeo Austin
(Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo)
March 9-24, 2012
Travis County Expo Center

Rodeo Austin Gala
February 11, 2012
Palmer Events Center

SafePlace Field Day and Festival
No Field Day Scheduled for 2012
Stephen F Austin High School

San Marcos Green Living Showcase
March 2012 (TBA)
Embassy Suites - San Marcos

Sapling Days (Free Saplings)
Select Dates - September, October, and November 2012
(2012 Saplings - Cherry Laurel, Red Mulberry, and Pecan
Various Austin Locations

Schlotzsky's Bun Run (5K)
April 2013
Auditorium Shores

South Asian New Year Festival
April 2012
Zilker Hillside Theater (Zilker Park)

South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 9-18, 2012
Austin (Everywhere)

Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival
January 13-15, 2012
Palmer Events Center

St. Patrick's Day Austin (Festival)
March 17, 2012
Cover3 (2012 location not confirmed)

Summerfest San Marcos
July 4, 2012
San Marcos Plaza
San Marcos, Texas

Taste of Austin
January 25, 2012
Palmer Events Center

Texas Book Festival
October 27-28, 2012
Texas State Capitol

Texas Community Music Festival
April 21 - May 3, 2012
Central Market North
The Park @ The Triangle &
Scholz Garten

Texas Greek Festival
May 2012???
Laguna Gloria

Texas Relays
March 28-31, 2012
Mike A. Myers Stadium (UT-Austin)

Texas Renaissance Festival
October 6 - November 25, 2012 (Weekends)
Plantersville, Texas

Texas RockFest
(Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival)
March 14-18, 2012
Downtown Austin - Multiple Locations

Texas Swing
(Project Transitions Fundraiser)
June 1, 2012
Ben Hur Shriners Hall

Thanksgiving Austin
Various Austin Events, Restaurant Meals, and Volunteer Opportunities
Thanksgiving Day (and Thanksgiving Weekend)
November 24, 2011
Multiple Locations

Travis County Youth Show - Multiple Events and Dates
(Livestock Show, Youth Fair Auction, and PBR Bull Riding)
January 12-21, 2012
Travis County Expo Center

Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day
November 22, 2012
Long Center

Umlauf Garden Party
April 26, 2012
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday Nights
April 12 - September 20, 2012
Shady Grove Restaurant

Urban Assault Ride - Austin
June 24, 2012
Fiesta Gardens and Multiple Austin Locations

Urban Music Festival
March 30-31, 2012
Auditorium Shores

Violet Crown Festival
May 5, 2012
Brentwood Park

Viva la Vida Fest (Dia de Los Muertos)
October 20, 2012
Mexic-Arte Museum

Vive le Vin
November 2012 (TBA)
Mercury Hall

Whisky Festival
December 2012 (TBA)
Opal Divine's S. Congress
(Penn Field)

Wheatsville Arts Festival
December 3-4, 2011
Wheatsville Co-op

Wildflower Gala
April 27, 2012
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Wine & Swine Pig Roast
November 4, 2012
Pioneer Farms

November 2-11, 2012
New Braunfels, Texas

Zilker Garden Festival
April 1, 2012
Zilker Botanical Gardens

Zilker Park Kite Festival
March 4, 2012
Rain Date: March 11, 2012
Zilker Park

Zilker Park Pops Concert
June 8-9, 2012
Zilker Park

Zilker Relays
September 2012 (TBA)
Zilker Park

Zilker Summer Musical
July 6 - August 11, 2012
Zilker Hillside Theater - Zilker Park
2012 Production: The Sound of Music

Zilker Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2011
Zilker Park

Zilker Tree Holiday Festival (formerly Trail of Lights)
December 5-11, 2011
Zilker Park

Zilker Tree Holiday Festival Fun Run (formerly Trail of Lights 5K)
December 2012 (???)
Zilker Park