Preview the fun to come in 2017 and mark your calendar with the city’s top events, from food to fine arts and of course, live music.

JANUARY

1/1/17-1/8/17 Free Week Around Austin
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.

1/16/17 Martin Luther King March and Festival The University of Texas and Huston-Tillotson University
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.

FEBRUARY

2/19/17 Austin Marathon & Half Marathon Downtown Austin
Austin will welcome nearly 20,000 participants from around the world for the 26th annual Austin Marathon & Half Marathon. This exciting event showcases Austin’s scenic urban landscape for both runners and spectators alike.

2/25/17 Carnaval Brasileiro Palmer Events Center
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.

MARCH

Ellen Page at SXSW Film
Ellen Page at SXSW Film. Photo by Robert A Tobiansky, Getty Images for SXSW.

3/10/17 - 3/19/17 SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals Various Locations
The Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians, and multimedia artists from around the world. Participants converge in Austin to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.

3/17/17 St. Patrick's Day Festival Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
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!

3/31/17 Austin Urban Music Festival Auditorium Shores
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.

3/31/17 - 4/2/17 Art City Austin Palmer Events Center
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.

APRIL

4/14/17 - 4/17/17 Old Settler's Music Festival Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion
Central Texas' signature music event featuring three days of Americana and roots rock, camping, family events, food, and libations. Alternative, jazz, blues, bluegrass and more are performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.

4/19/17 - 4/22/17 Moontower Comedy Festival The Paramount Theatre and other locations
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, brings 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.

Festival-goers share a toast at the Austin Food + Wine Festival 2015
Taste of Texas, courtesy of Austin Food + Wine Festival 2015.

4/28/17 - 4/30/17 Austin Food + Wine Festival Auditorium Shores
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.

MAY

5/6/17 - 5/7/17 The Pecan Street Spring Festival Historic Sixth Street
A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Local musicians, food vendors, artists, and craftspeople turn Sixth Street - historically called Pecan Street - into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages.

5/13/17 - 5/14/17 & 5/20/17 - 5/21/17 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. 

JUNE

6/24/17 Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K Long Center for the Performing Arts
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.

JULY

7/4/17 Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony Auditorium Shores
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual, family-friendly concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.

AUGUST

Bat Bridge Skyline Meeting Planner Toolkit MPG
Credit Pierce Ingram.

Bat Fest Congress Avenue Bridge
Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.

Austin Pride Week Fiesta Gardens and Downtown Austin
The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support and opportunities to volunteer.

SEPTEMBER

Tri-Rock Austin Triathlon Palmer Events Center
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 Street Bridge and a run along Auditorium Shores. This event has a triathlon scene that rocks like no other! 

OCTOBER

Chairlift at ACL Festival 2016 Weekend 1
Chairlift at ACL Festival 2016 Weekend 1. Credit Charles Reagan Hackleman, courtesy ACL Festival.

10/6/17 - 10/8/17 & 10/13/17 - 10/15/17 Austin City Limits Music Festival Zilker Park
One of the country's largest celebrations of live music, this two weekend, six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series "Austin City Limits" outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park. More than 150 musical acts will take over eight stages along with local food vendors, brewers, artists and pop-up shops and artists.

10/26/17 - 11/2/17 Austin Film Festival Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.

Dia de Los Muertos Music Festival Fiesta Gardens
The cultural celebration will feature renowned recording artists in the Latin and Texas music industries. The family-friendly festival will offer local food and beverages, cultural performances, Kids Zone activities and more.

NOVEMBER 

11/10/17 - 11/12/17 Sound on Sound Fest Sherwood Forest
Austin's newest progressive music festival, Sound on Sound, takes on Sherwood Forest again this November. The festival promises three days of music by local, national and international touring indie rock, hip-hop, punk and dance acts.

11/11/17 - 11/12/17 & 11/18/17 - 11/19/17 East Austin Studio Tour Various Locations
More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure during this bi-annual event.

Austin Celtic Festival Fiesta Gardens
This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.

DECEMBER

Trail of Lights Zilker Park
The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories, and fun. Plan your visit early and don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Palmer Events Center
This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition is a cultural icon and one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.

12/31/17 Austin's New Year Auditorium Shores
This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with 4 stages, 22 bands, visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and a grand fireworks finale.

Keep an eye on upcoming events and happenings around town with our full Events Calendar!