May means making the most of what Austin has to offer - live music, film, arts, food, beer and, of course, the great outdoors. No matter where your interests lie, there's always something to do in ATX. Here are some of our favorite things to do around town this spring:
Hamilton Pool. Credit Dave Mead.
Latino Music Month
The many Latino music genres are showcased during Latino Music Month in Austin. Musicians and venues across the city jump on board with this annual tradition to celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture of Latino Music. Check out our Events Calendar for shows throughout May.
Taste of Mexico
Taste of Mexico returns to celebrate the artistry and culinary arts of Austin and Mexico. This culturally conscious and historical celebration of Cinco de Mayo invites guests to generously sample creative cuisines from more than 50 of Austin’s most eclectic and exciting restaurants, food trucks, and beverage purveyors.
5/3/17 - 5/7/17
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.
5/5/17 - 5/6/17
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Circuit of The Americas
After sharing the stage with the World Endurance Championship at Lone Star Le Mans, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads out on its own for an action-packed celebration of speed!
Derby in the City
This fabulous annual music festival fuses the tradition of the Kentucky Derby (hats, bow ties and all) with Austin's vibrant live music scene. Come out to see the Derby on the jumbotron while enjoying tons of food and drink vendors and raffles to the tune of local Americana, indie and roots rockers.
5/6/17 - 5/7/17
Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
East 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.
5/12/17 - 5/21/17
Austin Fashion Week
Locations around Austin
Austin Fashion Week showcases the work of fashion designers, photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and models from around the state of Texas with over a hundred including runway shows, designer meet-and-greets, themed parties and benefits for Austin non-profits.
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
Brush Square Park
The O. Henry Museum's 40th annual Pun-Off is Austin's punniest event by far. 64 punsters will go head-to-head in this humorous wordplay competition, taking place in the backyard of Austin author William Sydney Porter's (also known as O. Henry) historic home.
Austin Saengerrunde and Scholz Garten
TX German Bier Festival hosts this annual festival celebrating German heritage (and food) in Texas. Enjoy special tastings from Texas craft brewers, a community cookout and plenty of fun. Live music, dancing and local vendors will round out the event.
Credit Andrew Reiner.
5/13/17 - 5/14/17 and 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.
Elisabet Ney Museum
Celebrate Austin-based artist Elisabet Ney and her inspirational legacy at the fifth annual Ney Day. The Elisabet Ney Musuem, located in the artist's historic Hyde Park studio, will host live music, food trucks, art demos, kid-friendly craft making and more.
5/20/17 - 5/21/17
Renegade Craft Fair
Celebrate Austin's creative spirit at this annual market and craft fair. Shop independent makers and local vendors, enjoy food truck fare and craft libations, and rock to hand picked DJ sets from Waterloo Records.
Jazz Blues Soul
Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. This year, the Jazz Blues Soul concert will showcase NeoSoul & R&B artists, Kindred The Family Soul, Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee and Blues/Soul & R&B Legend, Betty Wright.
Life Time Tri CapTex
Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin
The Life Time triathlon attracts all levels of athletes from top ranked professionals to first-time triathletes. The event includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship, sprint and international distances, First Tri distance and sprint and international distance relays.
Camp, hike, barbecue, tube and chill – whatever you do, get out and make the most of this long holiday weekend in Austin. Check out our Memorial Day itinerary at the Austin Insider Blog.