Austin Events Calendar: April & May 2024

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 2024 Austin Events and Festivals

3/19/24 - 5/14/24
Tuesday Twilights
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.

4/5/24 - 4/9/24
UTOPiAfest Down in the Oaks
Utopia, TX
What began as gathering of music lovers on a ranch, has evolved into a weekend of camping and live music featuring 35+ bands. Festival-goers will enjoy a curated culinary experience, a wine grove, a Texas craft beer garden, workshops, art installations and a kid zone for the little ones.

Bloody Mary Festival
Fair Market
Sample some of the best Bloody Marys in the city at the annual Bloody Mary Festival. The event brings together bars, restaurants and local craft cocktail bottled mixes to compete for the "People's Choice Award" and the "Best Bloody Mary in Austin" titles.

Capitol 10K
Downtown Austin
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.

CMT Music Awards
Moody Center
Country music's biggest stars will converge on Austin for the 58th annual CMT Music Awards. The show, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown in 2023, is set to return bigger and better in 2024.

4/7/24 - 4/14/24
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 7 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.

Great American Eclipse
Austin, TX and surrounding Hill Country
Austin and the surrounding Hill Country are in the direct path of the total solar eclipse taking place on April 8th, 2024. The eclipse will be visible in the early afternoon and will result in nearly two minutes of total darkness as the moon eclipses the sun. For more details on viewing events and locations, eye protection and more, visit the link below.

4/10/24 - 4/21/24
Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival
Paramount Theatre
Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Fest is delivering huge stars, fan favorites, comics to watch, and beloved local talent to Austin this April. The festival will span over a two week period and host shows around Austin featuring over 20 headliners and dozens more comics.

4/12/24 - 4/14/24
MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas
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! The only North American stop of the world's premier motorcycle racing series, the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix, comes to COTA this April.

ABC Kite Fest
Zilker Park
Every year, the nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites across the Austin sky. This year, the festival is hosting a weekend showcase and contest. More details to be announced soon.

4/17/24 - 4/21/24
Indie Meme Film Festival
Austin Film Society
Indie Meme Film Festival (IMFF) is a back this April, bringing the best of South Asian and Iranian cinema to audiences through in-person screenings, Q&A's, mixers and filmmakers.

4/18/24 - 4/20/24​
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.

4/19/24 - 4/21/24
Austin Reggae Fest
Auditorium Shores
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.

Field Guide Festival
Fiesta Gardens
Field Guide Festival is a food systems festival that brings the farmers to you! You’ll find fresh ingredients, grown and harvested by local farmers, prepared by chefs from around the city. Communities are built around tables, and this festival is an expansion of the farm to table movement. Experience a weekend of innovative conversation, connection and cookouts with those who make our Austin food economy special.

4/20/24 - 4/21/24
​"Out of the House" Spring Homes Tour
Various Locations
Preservation Austin's annual event will take guests on a one-of-a-kind, specially curated tour of iconic historic places that speak to Austin's expansive history.

4/26/24 - 4/28/24
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 will feature a lineup of psych rock, dream pop and indie rock bands with local visual artists and a Mad Alchemy Light Show.

Eeyore's Annual 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.

4/27/24 - 4/28/24
The Front Market
Distribution Hall
Shop a rotating lineup of 170+ Texas-based women and LGBTQ+ vendors at Front Market's Spring showcase. While you shop, snack on treats from a brunch menu and listen to the local DJ.

4/27/24 - 4/28/24
Austin Blues Festival
Moody Amphitheater
Presented by Austin institution Antone's Nightclub and Waterloo Greenway, jam out all weekend long to the 2nd 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.

May 2024 Austin Events and Festivals

3/19/24 - 5/14/24
Tuesday Twilights
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.

5/1/24 - 5/31/24
Latino Music Month
Various Venues
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.

5/4/24 - 5/5/24
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.

5/9/24 - 5/12/24
Old Settler's Music Festival Spring Pickin' Party
Dale, TX
Central Texas' signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Listen to acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world at the Old Settler's Spring Pickin' Party.

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
Brush Square Park
The 47th annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships consists of two competitions, Punsligners and Punniest of Show, voted upon by the public.

5/15/24 - 5/19/24
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Various Locations
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 & Latinas 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.

5/23/24 - 5/26/24
Hot Luck Festival
Around Town
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.

5/23/24 - 8/15/24
The Drop-In Summer Concert Series
Long Center
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 featured a diverse lineup of Austin’s favorite and emerging artists in the heart of downtown. 2023 details to be announced.

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 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.

​5/25/24 - 9/1/24
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 49th Annual Paramount Summer Classic Film Series presented by CapMetro returns in May. New films will be announced each month.

5/25/24 - 5/27/24
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.

CapTex Tri
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.

Memorial Day
Around town
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.

5/30/24 - 6/2/24
ATX Television Festival
Downtown Austin
ATX Festival is the first festival devoted to Television's history and future. It functions like a traditional film festival with premieres of new series, current hits and cult favorites. ATX Television Festival also offers access to the industry's leading professionals with cast and creator Q&A's and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery.