Preview the fun to come in 2021 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest events, from food to fine arts and of course, live music.
For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website.
Austin City Limits Music Festival. Credit Sara Marjorie.
11/26/21 – 11/27/21
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.
10/1/21 – 10/3/21 & 10/8/21 – 10/10/21
Austin City Limits Music Festival (Outdoors)
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.
4/16/21 – 4/18/21
Austin Reggae Festival (Outdoors)
Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, along with more than 50 vendors selling food, plus arts and crafts.
Blues on the Green (Outdoors)
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.
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.
H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks (Outdoors)
Vic Mathias Shores
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake.
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®.
Circuit of The Americas
This one-day music festival showcases the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music today.
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.
10/21/21 – 10/24/21
Old Settler's Music Festival (Outdoors)
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.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic (Outdoors)
Circuit of The Americas
Willie Nelson returns to Circuit of The Americas for his 4th of July Picnic and fireworks. This day-long event features a star-studded lineup, headlined by Nelson himself, and a patriotic fireworks display at the end of the night.
Courtesy of Texas Book Festival.
Arts Festivals & Event
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.
Art City Austin (Outdoors)
Nearly 75 artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city's favorite festivals.
Austin Studio Tour
Artists throughout the city open their studio doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
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. OUTsider 2021 will likely be a hybrid happening, with several small socially distanced events and a series of interactive online experiences.
Pecan Street Festival - Spring & Fall (Outdoors)
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.
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. Book lovers of all ages attend the festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and exhibitors from across the state.
Courtesy of the Austin Food + Wine Festival.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival (Outdoors)
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.
11/5/21 – 11/7/21
Austin Food + Wine Festival (Outdoors)
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.
Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Hot Luck Festival
The Hot Luck: Live Food & Music festival returns 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.
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.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival (Outdoors)
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.
ATX Television Festival. Credit Jessica Mims.
All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF)
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest, and the largest LGBTQI cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in August and watch for monthly screenings around town.
6/10/21 – 6/13/21
ATX Television Festival
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.
10/21/21 – 10/28/21
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.
12/7/21 – 12/11/21
Austin Music Video Festival
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.
Capital City Black Film Festival
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.
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.
9/24/21 – 9/30/21
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.
3/16/21 – 3/20/21
SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals
Participate in SXSW’s legendary music performances, film screenings and cutting-edge tech panels from the comfort of your own home as the conference and festival goes online this year. Details to come on a possible physical SXSW event to be held in Austin.
Comedian Nathalie Holmes at Out of Bounds Comedy Fest. Credit Dave Alley.
4/16/21 – 4/17/21, 5/15/21 – 5/16/21 & 6/25/21 – 6/26/21
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 three hilarious weekends of fun.
Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country head to Austin for this festival, showcasing the best in improv, sketch and stand-up.
Viva la Vida. Credit Chris Caselli.
Austin Celtic Festival (Outdoors)
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.
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!
Austin Pride Festival & Parade (Outdoors)
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.
2/1/21 – 2/28/21
Black History Month
Events around town, including film screenings and ceremonies, celebrate people and moments in Austin’s African-American history.
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.
Central Texas Juneteenth Parade (Outdoors)
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.
Chingona Fest Texas
Chingona Fest Texas is an annual conference and music festival which aims to inspire and empower Latinas through music, film, art, community and philanthropy.
Martin Luther King March and Festival (Outdoors)
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.
St. Patrick's Day Festival (Outdoors)
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!
Viva La Vida Festival & Parade (Outdoors)
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.
F1 USGP. Courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.
Sports & Outdoors Events
Austin Half Marathon (Outdoors)
One of the country's premier races attracts nearly 20,000 participants from around the world. Events surrounding the half marathon include a 5K, live music, finish line festival and beer garden.
Bat Fest (Outdoors)
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.
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.
3/24/21 – 3/27/21
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (Outdoors)
Mike A. Myers Stadium
This premier track and field event brings together top athletes at various levels from around the world.
10/22/21 – 10/24/21
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix (Outdoors)
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.
4/16/21 – 4/18/21
MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas (Outdoors)
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.
6/10/21 – 6/13/21
Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally (Outdoors)
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.
3/13/21 – 3/27/21
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.
3/24/21 – 3/28/21
World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play (Outdoors)
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.
Courtesy of Trail of Lights.
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.
Austin's New Year (Outdoors)
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.
Austin Trail of Lights (Outdoors)
The 57th 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.
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.
Chuy's Christmas Parade (Outdoors)
This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving.
Downtown Holiday Stroll (Outdoors)
Join hundreds of carolers in front of the Capitol as the tree is lit, plus enjoy live music, art, local foods and shopping.
Peppermint Parkway (Outdoors)
Circuit of The Americas
This mile-long holiday drive-thru experience features dancing elves, dazzling lights and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Keep an eye on upcoming events and happenings around town with our full Events Calendar!