AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2016
Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during August & September. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.
Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker Hillside Theatre
Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. The outdoor amphitheater will host performances of "Shrek The Musical" Thursdays through Sundays beginning around 8:15 p.m.
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 groovy performances by local up-and-comers Sweet Spirit and The Suffers.
8/6/16-8/7/16 & 8/13/16-8/14/16
Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
For two weekends, head to New Braunfels for this competitive couples stomping event and the chance for your name to be printed on the label of Dry Comal Creek's 2016 "Foot Pressed" red table wine.
Austin Ice Cream Festival
The Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival is fun for the whole family. Games, activities, contests, live entertainment and of course, ice cream, will keep you cool and happy.
NAGAAA Softball World Series
This year, the Gay Softball World Series heads to Austin to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. The world-class event will feature over 5,000 athletes, coaches and fans in attendance from over 43 cities across the US and Canada.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
If you wanna beat the heat this summer then you gotta eat the heat! Join the Austin Chronicle for one of the world's largest hot sauce festivals.
Capital City Black Film Festival
Now in its fourth year, CCBFF celebrates African American filmmakers from across the nation and provides a stage for burgeoning talent. This festival packs in the fun with four-days of events, seminars, parties, screenings and more.
8/26/16 - 8/27/16
Capital of Texas Aerial Championships
Palmer Events Center
This two-day aerial and pole event will bring together the most skilled athletes, artists and their supporters. Come to compete or just enjoy the performances!
Austin Pride Festival & Parade
The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support and opportunities to volunteer.
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.
Tri-Rock Austin Triathlon
Palmer Events Center
The urban setting provides a swim start at the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, a swim course in Lady Bird Lake, a bike course over the Congress Street Bridge and a run along Auditorium Shores. This event has a triathlon scene that rocks like no other!
Free Day of Yoga
All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level.
Austin Music Video Festival
Now in its second year, the Austin Music Video Fest celebrates Austin's lonstanding museic video heritage with screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops around town.
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQ cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in September and watch for monthly screenings around town.
The Zilker Relays is a 10-mile team race. Each participant runs a 2.5 mile loop from one central festival/transition area. The team concept of the Zilker Relays is not unique, but the combination of a relay, festival home base, drinks and music, make this experience a favorite for runners of all calibers and ages.
9/15/16 - 9/17/16
Lone Star Le Mans
Circuit of The Americas
This three-day event is COTA's unique twist on the world's greatest sports car endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The weekend features live music, interactive displays, an open paddock and nearly nine hours of racing, finishing under the stars - all topped off with a dazzling fireworks show.
9/17/16 - 9/18/16
Voyager Music Festival
Spider House Cafe and Ballroom
This interactive two day festival is a celebration of experimental and progressive music. Enjoy live performances, workshops, interactive art, food trucks and more.
Austin Museum Day
Museums Across Austin
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.
9/23/16 - 9/25/16
Wizard World Comic Con
Austin Convention Center
Join tens of thousands of fans as they converge at Wizard World Comic Con Austin to celebrate the best in pop culture. This event brings it all - movies, comics, toys, video gaming, TV, anime, manga, horror, wrestling, MMA, original art, collectibles & more!
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.
Fall 2016 Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street Austin
The Pecan Street Festival is a FREE, bi-annual juried music, arts and crafts festival held on historic Sixth Street. The show proudly features over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work.
Austin City Limits Music Festival - Weekend One
One of the country's largest celebrations of music, six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public television series Austin City Limits from the studio to Austin's most beloved park. The festival features more than 130 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends (September and October).