Preview the fun to come in 2022 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest festivals and events, from food to fine arts and, of course, live music.

For dates and the latest updates about each event, please check visitaustin.org/events or visit the event's website.

group of people in front of flags at ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival in austin texas
Austin City Limits Music Festival. Credit Sara Marjorie.

Music Events

Austin Area Jazz Festival
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center & Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Join the Austin Area Jazz Festival for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians, be wowed by talented visual artists and enjoy an extraordinary weekend of live music and fun.
austinareajazzfestival.com

Austin City Limits Music Festival
Zilker Park
One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits out of the studio and into Austin's most beloved park, with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.
aclfestival.com

Austin Reggae Festival
Auditorium Shores
Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, along with more than 50 vendors selling food, plus arts and crafts.
austinreggaefest.com

Blues on the Green
Zilker Park
Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin's largest free concert series welcomes performances by top local bands.
acl-radio.com

Carnaval Brasileiro 
Emo's
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. 
sambaparty.com

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.
do512.com/freeweekaustin

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Vic Mathias Shores
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake.
austinsymphony.org

Hot Summer Nights
Red River Cultural District
Multiple venues throughout the Red River Cultural District host four days of free live music, alongside local food and vendors. Local acts take over the stages to celebrate summer in the Live Music Capital of the World®.
facebook.com/RedRiverCulturalDistrict

JMBLYA
Circuit of The Americas
This one-day music festival showcases the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music today.
jmblya.com

LEVITATION
Downtown Austin
Formerly Psych Fest, this independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world.
levitation-austin.com

Old Settler's Music Festival
Tilmon, TX
Central Texas' signature music event features 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. 
oldsettlersmusicfest.org

Tayari Jones and authors speaking at Texas Book Festival in austin
Courtesy of Texas Book Festival.

Arts Festivals & Event

Austin African American Book Festival
George Washington Carver Museum & Library
This free, annual literary event showcases new works by and about African-Americans. Notable speakers and authors discuss their works and facilitate conversations.
aabookfest.com

Austin Fashion Week
The Domain
The annual Austin Fashion Week, hosted by Fashion by Texas, returns with in-person, outdoor runway shows.
fashionbyevents.com

Austin Museum Day
Various Locations
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.
austinmuseums.org

Austin Studio Tour
Various Locations
Artists throughout the city open their studio doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
east.bigmedium.org

Fusebox Festival
Various Locations
A hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts.
fuseboxfestival.com

OUTsider Festival
Various Locations
As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQI community for five days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, visual art and more.
outsiderfest.org

Pecan Street Festival - Spring & Fall
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. 
pecanstreetfestival.org

Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Building
Enjoy readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and special exhibitors.
texasbookfestival.org

Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker Hillside Theater
Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free summer musical at Zilker Park, Thursdays through Sundays, beginning around sunset.
zilker.org

Festival-goers share a toast at the Austin Food + Wine Festival 2015
Courtesy of the Austin Food + Wine Festival.

Culinary Events

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Fiesta Gardens 
If you wanna beat the heat this summer, then you gotta eat the heat! Join The Austin Chronicle for one of the world's largest hot sauce festivals, with as many as 10,000 spectators each year.
austinchronicle.com

Austin Food + Wine Festival
Auditorium Shores & 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.
austinfoodandwinefestival.com

Hot Luck Festival
Various Locations
The Hot Luck: Live Food & Music festival returns on Memorial Day Weekend to honor the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. The festival is an eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know-how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty and bring your dancin’ boots.
hotluckfest.com

Quesoff
The Mohawk
The annual Quesoff is a celebration of all things melted cheese, with restaurants, top chefs and home cooks competing in four categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie and Wild Card. Buy a bag of chips and sample the best of Austin.
mohawkaustin.com

Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Fiesta Gardens 
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is the largest beer fest for and by Texas brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and showcases the beer community that is thriving across the Lone Star State.
texascraftbrewersfestival.org

A row of people sitting in a movie theater for aGLIFF's Opening Night film
Credit aGLIFF.

Film Festivals

All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF)
Various Locations
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ film fest in the Southwest, and the largest LGBTQ+ cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in August and watch for monthly screenings around town.
agliff.org

ATX Television Festival
Downtown Austin
ATX Festival is the first festival devoted to television's history and future. It functions like a traditional film festival with premieres of new series, current hits and cult favorites. ATX Television Festival also offers access to the industry's leading professionals, with cast and creator Q&As, and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery.
atxfestival.com

Austin Asian American Film Festival
Various Locations
This festival promotes Asian and Asian-American cultures and experiences through media arts, showcasing cinema and the creativity of Asian-American artists.
aaafilmfest.org

Austin Film Festival
The 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. 
austinfilmfestival.com

Austin Music Video Festival
Various Locations
Returning in 2021 for its seventh year, the Austin Music Video Festival celebrates Austin's longstanding music video heritage with screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops around town.
amvfest.com

Capital City Black Film Festival
Various Locations
CCBFF celebrates African-American filmmakers from across the nation and provides a stage for burgeoning talent. This festival packs in the fun with events, seminars, parties, screenings and more.
capcitybff.com

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Various Locations
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.
cinelasamericas.org

Fantastic Fest 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas 
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world. 
fantasticfest.com

SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals
Virtual Event
Noted filmmakers, musicians and thought leaders showcase music, film and interactive media at this international event.
sxsw.com

Comedian Nathalie Holmes performing at Out of Bounds Comedy Fest in Austin Texas
Comedian Nathalie Holmes at Out of Bounds Comedy Fest. Credit Dave Alley.

Comedy Festivals

Moontower Comedy Festival 
The Paramount Theatre & Stateside Theatre
The Moontower Comedy Festival, presented by The Paramount Theatre, attracts 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 a hilarious weekends of fun. 
austintheatre.org

Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival
Various Locations
Comedians from around the country head to Austin for this festival, showcasing the best in improv, sketch and stand-up.
outofboundscomedy.com

man and woman with dia de los muertos face paint and traditional clothing at Viva la Vida street parade in austin texas
Viva la Vida. Credit Chris Caselli.

Cultural Events

Austin Black Pride
Downtown Austin
A week of events and parties highlighting Austin’s Black LGBTQ+ community interests, talents and culture.
austinblackpride.org

Austin Celtic Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
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.
austincelticfestival.com

Austin Pride Festival & Parade
Fiesta Gardens 
The Pride Festival is the largest annual LGBTQI advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas. Dozens of nonprofit 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.
austinpride.org

Black History Month
Various Locations
Each February, events around town, including film screenings and ceremonies, celebrate people and moments in Austin’s African-American history.
visitaustin.org/black-austin

Carnaval Brasileiro 
Emo's
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. 
sambaparty.com

CelebrAsia Austin
Asian American Resource Center
Annual event to kick off Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. CelebrASIA celebrates diverse perspectives, history, music, dance, games and fashion.
austintexas.gov/aarc

Central Texas Juneteenth Parade
East Austin
Juneteenth, also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," is the oldest known African American celebration commemorating the end of slavery. Start the day at the 2K Freedom Run/Walk, then join the parade through historic East Austin.
juneteenthcentraltexas.com

Chingona Fest Texas
TBA
Chingona Fest Texas is an annual conference and music festival which aims to inspire and empower Latinas through music, film, art, community and philanthropy.
chingonafesttx.com

Martin Luther King March and Festival
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.
mlkcelebration.com

Oktoberfest
Scholz Garten
The Austin Saengerrunde celebrates the annual Austin Oktoberfest at Scholz Garten, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state. This festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with beer, sausage, live music and bowling!
austoberfest.com

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!
stpatricksdayaustin.com

Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
Downtown Austin
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade. The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.
mexic-artemuseumevents.org

F1 USGP at COTA circuit of the americas in austin texas
F1 USGP. Courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.

Sports & Outdoors Events

ABC Kite Fest
Zilker Park
The nation’s oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air, kite flying contests, food, games and more.
abckitefest.org

Austin FC
Q2 Stadium
Cheer on Austin’s first major league team to victory throughout the spring and fall. See website for team schedule.
austinfc.com

Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Downtown Austin
One of the country's premier races attracts nearly 20,000 participants. Plus, 40 bands along the scenic course through Austin’s scenic neighborhoods make this race a must-hit for everyone.
youraustinmarathon.com

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 Richards Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.
roadwayevents.com

Cap10K
Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores
Texas’ largest 10K race, and one of the nation’s top runs, draws some 10,000 serious and not-so-serious runners.
cap10k.com

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Mike A. Myers Stadium
This premier track and field event brings together top athletes at various levels from around the world.
texassports.com

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
International drivers come to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more. 
circuitoftheamericas.com/f1

MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas
MotoGP,, the pinnacle of all motorcycle world championships, joins the roster of racing events at the Circuit of The Americas track with a three-day series at the purpose-built Grand Prix venue.
circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp

NASCAR at COTA
Circuit of The Americas
Experience another unforgettable race weekend at Circuit of The Americas with the running of the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series at COTA.
nascaratcota.com

Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally
Travis County Expo Center & Sixth Street
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the state’s largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, parades and music.
rotrally.com

Rodeo Austin
Travis County Expo Center
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.
rodeoaustin.com

World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club
The WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play returns to the historic Austin Country Club, bringing together the top golfers in the world for exciting golf matches.
dellmatchplay.com

Christmas lights and ferris wheel at Trail of Lights in Austin Texas
Courtesy of Trail of Lights.

Holiday Events

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience. 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 and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest-running art and music festivals.
armadillobazaar.com

Austin's New Year 
Auditorium Shores
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.
austintexas.gov

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park
The annual Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in November, then the 5k Fun Run kicks off the spectacular season in early December.
austintrailoflights.org

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
6100 Airport Blvd.
This unique holiday art show features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists.
bluegenieartbazaar.com

Chuy's Christmas Parade
Congress Avenue
This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving. 
chuysparade.com

Downtown Holiday Stroll
Downtown Austin
Join hundreds of carolers in front of the Capitol as the tree is lit, plus enjoy live music, art, local foods and shopping.
downtownaustin.com

Peppermint Parkway 
Circuit of The Americas
This mile-long holiday drive-thru experience features dancing elves, dazzling lights and an appearance by Santa Claus.
peppermintparkway.com

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