Planning a spring escape to Austin? March is one of our busiest months for festivals and events! Here are a few of our favorite things to add to your list:

Explore UT
University of Texas at Austin Campus
Each spring, the University of Texas hosts this fun and informative open house for students, parents, visitors and families. Kids can explore the campus, participate in interactive demonstrations and experiments, visit university museums and more!
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Zilker Park Kite Festival
Zilker Park
The nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more.

3/9/17 – 11/9/17 (various)
Movies in the Park
Various Austin Parks
The Austin Parks Foundation will host this annual outdoor film series on various Thursday nights, beginning in March. This free, fun series showcases various Austin parks and is open to all (including pups!). Bring a lawn chair, picnic blanket and snack to enjoy during “Aladdin” (3/9), "Batman Returns" (4/6), or “Sister Act” (6/1).

3/10/17 – 3/19/17
SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival
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. Check out the Austin Insider Blog to learn more about Austin films and musicians at the event!

3/11/17 - 3/25/17
Rodeo Austin
Travis County Exposition 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 from legends Dwight Yoakam, Patti Labelle, Kenny Rogers, Elle King and more.

Films for the Forest
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Films for the Forest is a short film challenge created by Rainforest Partnership with the goal of creating an awareness about the importance of tropical rainforests and threats faced by forests.

Inishfree Irish Dancers at St. Patrick's Day Austin
Inishfree Irish Dancers at St. Patrick's Day Austin. Credit Dale Rempert.

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 dance, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!

3/29/17 - 4/1/17
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays 
Mike A. Myers Stadium
The premier track & field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world.

3/31/17 - 4/1/17
Austin Urban Music Festival
Auditorium Shores
More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake 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
Hosted by Art Alliance Austin, Austin's iconic annual art fair will sport more than 100 exhibiting artists this year.