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Austin: Festival City, USA

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ACL Fest

"Jackalope - Austin City Limits Festival 2008" by Jason McElweenie is licensed under CC BY 2.0

R.O.T. Rally

"Happy Couple, ROT Rally Parade" by Andy is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Zilker Kite Festival

"Kite Runner" by jasleen_kaur is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Eeyore's Birthday Party

"Eeyore's Birthday Party 2009" by Jack Newton is  licensed under CC BY 2.0

A year's worth of festivals!

Austin is home to dozens of festivals large and small! Here are some highlights.



  • Rodeo Austin
    Founded in 1938, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is the 4th largest indoor ProRodeo in the world. Musical headliners perform nightly.
  • SXSW
    Founded in 1987, this internationally known music conference now includes film and interactive portions.
  • Urban Music Fest
    Austin’s largest African American tourist weekend, UMF features R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop.
  • Zilker Kite Festival
    Held on the first Sunday of March, the Zilker Kite Festival it is the kick-off to the hundreds of springtime activities in Austin.


  • Austin Food+Wine Festival
    Endless tastings. Top restaurants. Celebrated chefs. Beer, wine & spirits. BBQ. Live music. A gourmet taco competition.
  • Austin Reggae Festival
    A celebration of spring, food, and the belief that people can always peacefully co-exist when listening to world music.
  • Eeyore's Birthday Party
    A day-long festival taking place annually since 1963. It typically occurs on the last Saturday of April in Austin's Pease Park.
  • Old Settlers Music Festival
    An annual outdoor festival featuring Americana roots music, held on the second weekend of April in Driftwood, Texas.
  • Moontower Comedy Festival
    The festival for all things laughter-related: interviews with comedians, stand-up shows, live podcasts, and more.


  • Blues on the Green
    Usually kicking off in May, BOTG is an Austin family and pet friendly summer tradition hosted by local radio station 93.3 KGSR at Zilker park.
  • Hot Luck Fest
    Co-created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music.
  • Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
    A free two-day arts festival held in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District featuring hundreds of local and national artisans.


  • ATX Television Festival - A celebration of all things TV: history, where it is now, and where it is headed.
  • Austin African American Book Festival - Celebrated since 2007, and free and open to the public.
  • Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park - Kicking off in June, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace on Sunday evenings.
  • Juneteenth
    Also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," this is the oldest known African-American celebration commemorating the end of slavery.
  • Republic of Texas Biker Rally
    The four-day R.O.T. Rally is the largest ticketed motorcycle fest in the nation and features music, bike builds, and a rally downtown.


  • Austin Pride
    Austin's annual PRIDE Celebration and Stonewall Rally features a parade, music, food, and more.


  • Fantastic Fest
    FF is the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and fantastic movies from all around the world.
  • Old Pecan Street Fall Festival
    A free two-day arts festival held in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District featuring hundreds of local and national artisans.
  • Texas Craft Brewers Festival
    The greatest showcase of Texas craft beer. EVER.
  • Texas Tribune Festival
    A weekend of debate and dialogue featuring the biggest names in politics and policy.


  • Austin City Limits Festival
    Three-day music festival featuring 130+ acts from all over the world that takes place in Zilker Park.
  • Austin Film Festival
    Focusing on writers' contributions to film, AFF features screenings, panels, and interviews with artists who use written and visual language to tell a story.
  • Texas Book Festival
    While remaining an important showcase for the work of Texas authors, TBF also features literary programming and readings by writers from all over the world.


  • Austin Celtic Festival
    Music, dance, crafting workshops, history lectures, and highland games are some of the events featured at this festival.
  • Levitation
    Founded in 2008, this psychedelic rock-influenced festival is produced by the The Reverberation Appreciation Society.


  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
    Visitors can explore an array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar.
  • Trail of Lights
    Grab a cup of hot cocoa and take a spin under the famous Zilker Holiday Tree at this most traditional of Austin events in Zilker park.

Austin Reggae Festival

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