Austin Events Calendar: April & May 2021
For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website.
Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during April & May. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.
April 2021 Austin Events and Festivals
Moontower Comedy Series
The Paramount Theatre and other locations
The Moontower Comedy Festival brings some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics to presented by the Paramount Theatre each year. This spring, national headliners, up-and-comers and local comedians will grace the stage for a hilarious spring series.
Songs Under the Stars Live Performance Series
The People’s Plaza at ZACH Theatre
This Spring, live performances return to ZACH Theatre with the “Songs Under the Stars” Spring Concert Series. The socially distanced outdoor series will feature five concerts over eight weekends, running Thursdays through Sundays each week. Enjoy live performances, esteemed performers and an outdoor bar surrounded by the Austin skyline.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center is staying open late every Tuesday this Spring to make more hours for wildflowers! Make it a date night, a distanced picnic with friends, or come for some solo solace as spring does its thing. Each evening will feature live music from local musicians, featured visual artists, a rolling lineup of Austin’s favorite food trucks, and take-and-walk adult beverages will be available for purchase too.
Long Center's Good Vibes Only Music Series
Introducing Good Vibes Only, the Long Center’s series of free, fully-produced performances from local artists safely recorded in the Rollins Studio Theatre. These performances are focused on what has kept Austin's culture so cool — great music, bold creativity, and Good Vibes Only.
4/9/21 - 4/10/21
Austin International Poetry Festival
Poets from around the world, country and all of Texas gather for four days of virtual performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.
4/11/21 - 4/13/21
Established in 1978, the Statesman Capitol 10,000 has grown to become the largest 10K in Texas and sixth largest in the country. Each year, Austin’s iconic race teems with talent and personality. Experience the 44th annual Statesman Cap10K virtually.
4/16/21 - 4/25/21
Indie Meme Film Festival
Virtual IMFF2020 was one of the first live, online, and interactive film festivals of its kind. Our audience enjoyed being able to stream our films & still interact (virtually) with filmmakers, by participating in live Q&A’s post-screening -all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Rescheduled to 4/22/22 - 4/24/22
Austin Reggae Fest
A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.
Eeyore's Annual Birthday Party
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.
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.
MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas
Circuit of The Americas
Get back in the saddle when the fastest show on two wheels revs up Austin for three days of bar-banging motorcycle racing action with the greatest riders in the world! Moto2, Moto3 and MotoAmerica fill out the grid at the only North American stop of the world's premier motorcycle racing series..
May 2021 Austin Events and Festivals
Latino Music Month
The many Latino music genres are showcased during performances on the Plaza at Austin City Hall each Friday at noon. Other special events throughout the month are presented as well.
The Rookie Tri
Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park
For true rookie triathletes and veterans alike. The Rookie Triathlon course is a 300 meter swim, 11.2 mile bike and 2 mile run. And don't miss the finish line party complete with food and drink (including beer!) needed to re-fuel.
Weird Homes Tour
This wacky annual event showcases what "Keep Austin Weird" is all about. Tour a selection of the most creative homes around town and meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.
5/21/21 - 5/23/21
NASCAR at COTA
Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas will welcome race fans to an experience like no other when the NASCAR Cup Series visits Austin, Texas for the first-time, courtesy of Speedway Motorsports. The inaugural running of the NASCAR Cup Series at COTA will take place this May.
5/27/21 - 7/3/21
Paramount Summer Classic Film Series
The Paramount Theatre
Flashing marquee lights. Buttery popcorn. Colossal screen. It’s that movie palace atmosphere, an air-conditioned oasis. THIS is how movies were meant to be seen. The 46th Annual Paramount Summer Classic Film Series presented by CapMetro returns in May. New films will be announced each month.
5/27/21 - 9/9/21 (Thursdays)
The Drop-In Summer Concert Series
ACL Radio & The Long Center have teamed up to bring you a free weekly concert series on the Long Center lawn all summer long. The lineup will feature a diverse lineup of Austin’s favorite and emerging artists in the heart of downtown. Tickets are free but limited and must be reserved in advance.
Quesoff 2021: Champions League Edition
The annual festival and competition celebrating all things melted cheese returns in 2021 with a new format! Past champions and special guests will be competing in a special Champions League, and attendees will get the opportunity to sample award-winning recipes from local chefs and restaurants.
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 Weekend Things to Do at the Austin Insider Blog.
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.
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
One day, traveling festival makes its stop in Austin this May. The festival showcases some of the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music, with performances from Lil TJay, bbno$, Kaash Paige, Delly and more.
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.
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.