Art thrives in Austin. It's apparent in our world-class museums. rocking music scene and growing film presence. Whether you are looking to view a curated collection or marvel in the stories behind street murals, Austin is a destination for creators and art lovers alike. With arts events happening almost monthly in the capital city, you'll likely have a chance to experience some of Austin's creative soul and spirit while you're in town. Plan your next trip around one of these top art fairs and festivals.

People gathered around the stage at Austin Blues Festival.Courtesy of Austin Blues Festival.

Spring

Austin Blues Festival
Moody Amphitheater
Presented by Austin institution Antone's Nightclub and Waterloo Greenway, jam out to a full weekend of Blues tunes at Annual Austin Blues Festival. Listen to music from blues legends, try delicious food, and browse the curated collection of vinyl at Big Henry's Pop-up.
austinbluesfestival.com

Austin Fashion Week
The Domain
The annual Austin Fashion Week, hosted by Fashion by Texas, returns for this spring with special showcases featuring emerging designers, black designers, local student designers and more. 
austin.fashionweektexas.com

Austin Psych Fest
The Far Out Lounge & Stage
This long running music fest evolved into LEVITATION in 2014, but the team behind LEVITATION restored the beloved event in 2023. Austin Psych Fest features a lineup of psych rock, dream pop and indie rock bands with local visual artists and a Mad Alchemy Light Show.
levitation.fm

Austin Reggae Fest 
Auditorium Shores 
The Austin Reggae Festival raises money for the Capital Area Food Bank through three days of fun-filled reggae music from around the world. The fest also features more than 50 vendors selling food and art, and that's a great reason to plan a weekend road trip.
austinreggaefest.com

Eeyore's Birthday Party
Pease Park
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. 
eeyores.org

Fusebox Festival
Various Locations
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. 
fuseboxfestival.com

OUTsider Fest
Various Locations
OUTsider is an Austin-based transmedia nonprofit that celebrates the bold originality and creative nonconformity of the LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of provocative, overlooked and out-of-the-box film, dance, theater, performance art, music, writing and visual art.
outsiderfest.org

Spring Pecan Street Festival
Historic Sixth Street
The Pecan Street Festival is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first Saturday & Sunday in May and the last Saturday & Sunday in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.
pecanstreetfestival.org

SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival
Austin Convention Center & Downtown Austin
Every spring, crowds descend on downtown Austin to experience the world-renowned SXSW Conference & Festivals. Consisting of three main components, Interactive, Music and Film, each track brings top creatives and global professionals together to collaborate during this exciting 10-day event.
sxsw.com

Summer

African American Book Festival
George Washington Carver Center
This free literary event showcases new works by and about African Americans. Notable speakers and authors will discuss their works and facilitate conversations.
aaabookfest.com

aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival)
Various Locations
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQI+ cultural event in Austin. The event will offer feature and short films showcasing the diverse experiences of Queer people.
agliff.org

ATX Television Festival
Various Locations
ATX Television Festival is a celebration of all things TV with a weekend of panels, screenings and parties. Hang out with your favorite past and present sitcom heroes at this star-studded festival.
atxfestival.com

​Austin Asian American Film Festival
AFS Cinema
The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) celebrated feature filmmakers’ unique voices and create a forum where viewers can come together to experience the wide array of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) perspectives.
aaafilmfest.org

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

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 
Various Locations 
The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival focuses on contemporary film and video from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Documentaries, films and videos are made by and about Latinos living in the U.S. and around the world. The festival also features several films and videos about the indigenous communities of the Americas.
cinelasamericas.org

Night Market
Distribution Hall
The Lunar Foundation and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce have partnered to host Night Market, a celebration of the year of the Wood Dragon through an immersive, story-driven experiential event. This multi-day event will feature family-friendly programming during the afternoon and heat up with a happening nightlife scene after dark. Night Market highlights the best of the Asian community in and around Austin with vendors, food, live music, onsite activations and more. 
nightmarket.fun

Sketch Fest
ColdTowne Theater
Austin Sketch Fest showcases the best scripted comedy from Austin and the wilderness beyond. Produced, booked, and organized by ColdTowne Theater, this year's festival features over 20 headliners from all around the US.
atxsketchfest.com

Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker Hillside Theater
Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater. The outdoor theatre troupe will host live performances Thursdays through Sundays, beginning around 8:15 p.m.
zilker.org

Fall

Annual Dia de los Muertos​ Exhibition
Mexic-Arte Museum
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, the long-running annual Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition pays tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead by their families and friends.
mexic-artemuseumevents.org

Austin Film Festival
Various Locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, Austin Film Festival shines the spotlight on top-billed films and indies, along with a renowned conference that focuses on screenwriting.
austinfilmfestival.com

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

Austin Studio Tour
Studios Across Austin
The Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided art event that combines the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour to provide opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect with each other and for the public to experience art safely both in person and virtually​.
bigmedium.org

Chingona Fest Texas
Hops & Grain Brewing
Chingona Fest Texas was created to unite fellow chingonas through music, food and art, while supporting the advancement of young women of color.
chingonafestatx.com

Crowd on the street at the Spring Pecan Street FestivalPecan Street Festival. Credit Manya Pandya Photography.

Fall Pecan Street Festival
Historic Sixth Street
The Pecan Street Festival is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first Saturday & Sunday in May and the last Saturday & Sunday in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.
pecanstreetfestival.org

​Fantastic Fest 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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

Illfest
Circuit of The Americas
ILLfest features masters of their craft in electronic music and visual arts. This two-day festival is Austin's largest electronic dance festival showcasing over 50 artists and the largest collection of murals and street art in the state.
illfest.com

LEVITATION
Various Venues across Austin
This independent psychedelic music and art festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend that attracts bands and attendees from all over the world. This four-day event comes to many diverse venues and art spaces across the Red River Cultural District and east side venues.
levitation-austin.com

Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 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 exhibiting vendors from across the state.
texasbookfestival.org

¡VIVA Mexico!
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center will host its annual Viva México celebration to showcase visual art, dance and musical performances that explore Mexico’s history through cultural art traditions.
maccaustin.org

Shoppers at Rick Van Dykes booth at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in austin texasArmadillo Christmas Bazaar. Credit Jennifer M Ramos.

Winter

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 and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.
armadillobazaar.com

Art From the Streets Studio Tour & Sale
Austin Convention Center
Tour the new Art From the Streets (AFTS) studio and shop original works, all while helping continue the efforts of AFTS to provide a safe, creative space for homeless and formerly homeless local artists. Profits go to the artists.
artfromthestreets.org

Austin Powwow
Travis County Expo Center
For more than 25 years the Austin Powwow is the largest of its kind in Texas, featuring American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.
austinpowwow.net

​Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. With in-person and virtual shopping alternatives, shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items from November through December. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists.
bluegenieartbazaar.com

German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
German Free School of Austin
The German-Texan Heritage Society's annual market offers shoppers handmade, imported crafts, decorations, ornaments and more. Browse the market, listen to traditional German Christmas music and take home Christmas Stollen made by the New World Bakery and German cookies from Silke’s German Gourmet Cookies.
germantexans.org

Check out our events calendar for more events happening in Austin while you're in town.