Must Attend Events in 2016
Are you ready for a year jam-packed with Austin fun, food and fests? Here's your 2016 guide to the city's top events.
Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Event speakers, live music from more than 40 local bands and a course that winds through Austin's most scenic neighborhoods make this popular 13.1 and 26.2-mile race a must.
Palmer Events Center
One of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil, Brasileiro-style samba, costumes and wild abandon can all be seen in the heart of Texas.
SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals
Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally recognized event.
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
A family-friendly St. Patrick's Day where families can come out and enjoy the culture of Ireland including music, dance and language.
Austin Urban Music Festival
More than 15,000 music revelers converge to enjoy Austin's only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music.
West Austin Studio Tour
Across West Austin
The West Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that invites the public to discover new artistic talent; see working studios; learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations; and explore galleries.
Old Settler's Music Festival
Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion
Central Texas' signature music event featuring Grammy-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations.
Moontower Comedy Festival
The Paramount Theatre and other locations
Some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe perform in Austin.
Austin Food + Wine Festival
Now in its seventh year, the Austin Food + Wine Festival, produced by C3 Presents, will welcome top chefs from across the nation. (pictured above)
Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
East Sixth Street
A free, family event featuring musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people.
X Games Austin
Circuit of The AmericasTM
A festival that highlights the intersection of sports and lifestyle, with more than 250 of the best action sports athletes competing.
Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K
701 W. Riverside Dr.
Anything is possible at this Austin extravaganza! Run, skip or race through the streets of downtown Austin wearing the wackiest costume.
Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Celebrate this batty event surrounding the world's largest urban bat colony (two million Mexican Free Tail Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Street Bridge).
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.
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.
Austin Pride Week
Fiesta Gardens along the shores of Lady Bird Lake
Austin's LGBT community comes together with live music performances, film screenings, a 5K run, parades and more.
9/30/16-10/2/16 & 10/7/16-10/9/16
Austin City Limits Music Festival
One of the country's largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival showcases more than 130 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.
Sound On Sound Fest
Now in its first year, Sound on Sound will bring together the most creative and pioneering artists in music today; featuring underground and progressive musicians, comedians and more.
Austin's New Year
This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.