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.
5/2/18 - 5/6/18
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.
Circuit of The Americas
This is a three-day, three-city traveling festival makes its stop in Austin this May. The festival will showcase some of the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music today, including headliner J. Cole, as well as performances from Migos, Kevin Gates and many more.
5/5/18 - 5/6/18
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.
5/11/18 - 5/12/18
Finding Euphoria Fest
Euphoria comes to downtown Austin for an immersive two day festival. Musical styles bridge the gaps between hip-hop, electronic, ambient, tribal and experimental. The 2018 festival experience will include three venues in the Red River Cultural District, four stages and a Silent Disco.
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
Brush Square Park
For for more tahn 40 years, the O. Henry Museum's annual Pun-Off has been Austin's punniest event by far. 64 punsters 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.
Taco Libre. Credit Karlo X Ramos.
Republic Square Park
Taco Libre brings together the area's best taquerias served with a side of a lucha libre wrestling and, of course, live music! Tacos will range from traditional to contemporary, with veggie options available. Taco Libre is fun for all ages so bring the whole family.
5/13/18 - 5/14/18 & 5/20/18 - 5/21/18
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.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
This May, Dirtybird BBQ heads to COTA for the first stop on its national tour. Attendees can expect great food and a great time, with an authentic BBQ feast and sets from live DJs throughout the day.
Austin Saengerrunde and Scholz Garten
The Austin Saengerrunde hosts this annual family friendly festival celebrating German heritage (and food) in Texas. Enjoy a community cookout with traditional German foods and plenty of fun. Live music, dancing and local vendors will round out the event.
5/19/18 - 5/20/18
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 local DJ sets.
Jameson’s Love Thy Neighborhood Block Party
Join local bartenders, native bands and Jameson Music artists at this daylong festival, while experiencing beloved Austin food, tastings from Martin House Brewing Company, and craft brewers from across the country including Cigar City, Great Divide, Green Flash, Harpoon.
Blues on the Green
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 will welcome performances by top local bands.
5/24/18 - 5/27/18
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.
Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.
5/24/18 - 5/27/18
Summer Classic Film Series Opening Weekend
Paramount & Stateside Theatres
Love classic movies? The Paramount Theatre has been running the Summer Classic Film Series for more than 40 years. Visit their website for the full schedule of 100 beloved cinematic treasures that are gracing the theater's big screens.
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.
Jazz Blues Soul Music Festival
Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. This year, the Jazz Blues Soul festival will showcase a set of national and local Blues, Soul & R&B legends, food, shopping and more in East Austin.
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.