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
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.
4/8/24 - 4/14/24
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.
4/10/24 - 4/21/24
Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival
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.
4/18/24 - 4/21/24
Old Settler's Music Festival
Central Texas' signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.
4/19/24 - 4/21/24
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.
Field Guide Festival
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.
4/26/24 - 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
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.
ABC Kite Fest
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.
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.
Austin Urban Cultural Fest
More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin's only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music. The event will also showcase other cultural makers, such as dancers, chefs and creators.
CMT Music Awards
Country music's biggest stars will converge on Austin for the 57th annual CMT Music Awards. The show, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, will honor artists and feature performances by Carrie Underwood and more.
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.
"Out of the House" Spring Homes Tour
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.
USWNT vs Ireland
The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its April friendlies against the Republic of Ireland as both teams continue their journeys to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This match will be the team's second-to-last stop before heading to Australia for the World Cup. In 2021, the USWNT played the first-ever match at Q2 Stadium, defeating Nigeria 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd. This will the USA’s first match at Q2 since that historic night.
May 2024 Austin Events and Festivals
5/1/24 - 5/31/24
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.
5/25/24 - 5/27/24
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.
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.
5/30/24 - 6/3/24
ATX Television Festival
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.
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.
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 featured a diverse lineup of Austin’s favorite and emerging artists in the heart of downtown. 2023 details to be announced.
Circuit of The Americas
One day, traveling festival makes its stop in Austin each spring. The festival showcases some of the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music. 2023 details to be announced.
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
The 45th annual O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships consists of two competitions, Punsligners and Punniest of Show, voted upon by the public.
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.
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.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
Austin Speed Shop
The state's largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, parades and music.
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.
UTOPiAfest Down in the Oaks
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.