APRIL AND MAY 2016
Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during April & May. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.
4/2/16 - 4/3/16
Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
Austin Convention Center
Lectures, demonstrations, seminars and more than 75 exhibitors will showcase the gluten-free lifestyle during this two-day food festival.
4/5/16 - 4/10/16
Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 5 days in venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national and international artists across all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country.
4/7/16 - 4/10/16
Austin International Poetry Festival
Poets from around the world, country and all of Texas gather for four days of live performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival in April of every year. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.
4/8/16 - 4/9/16
The 15th Annual Lonestar Round Up
Travis County Expo Center
A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, and bringing visitors from all over the world.
4/8/16 - 4/10/16
MOTOGPTM Grand Prix of The Americas
Circuit of The AmericasTM
MotoGPTM, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The AmericasTM track with a three-day series at the purpose built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of this race, the new circuit is the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year's time.
Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores
Texas' largest 10K race and one of the nation's top runs draws some 18,000 serious and not-so-serious runners.
4/14/16 - 4/17/16
Old Settler's Music Festival
Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion
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 favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.
4/15/16 - 4/17/16
Austin Reggae Fest
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.
4/15/16 - 4/23/16
Austin Fashion Week
Locations around Austin
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 including runway shows, designer meet-and-greets, themed parties and benefits for Austin non-profits.
4/20/16 - 4/23/16
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival
The Paramount Theatre and other locations
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings to Austin, TX some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun.
4/24/16 - 4/26/16
Austin Food + Wine Festival
Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. 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.
The 21st Annual Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
The Austin American Statesman Parking Lot
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.
4/29/16 - 5/1/16
Art City Austin Festival
Palmer Event Center
Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city's favorite festivals.
4/29/16 - 5/1/16
Carson Creek Ranch
Mark your calendars, Levitation, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, will return to Carson Creek Ranch the weekend of April 29 - May 1, 2016! There will be on-site camping and three stages with music- the main stage and river stage with psychedelic light shows in the evening, and a tent stage featuring psychedelic light shows all day long.
Eeyore's Annual Birthday Party
Live music, local 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 non-profits.
Latino Music Month
The many Latino music genres are showcased during performances on the Plaza at Austin City Hall each Friday at noon. Other special events throughout the month are presented as well.
5/4/16 - 5/8/16
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.
5/7/16 - 5/8/16
Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
East Sixth Street
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.
5/14/16 - 5/15/16 & 5/21/16 - 5/22/16
West Austin Studio Tour
Across West Austin
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.
Life Time Tri CapTex
Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin
The Life Time triathlon attracts all levels of athletes from top ranked professionals to first-time triathletes. The event includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship, sprint and international distances, First Tri distance and sprint and international distance relays.