Austin Events and Festivals 2016
Austin has many great events and festivals every year, and 2016 is no exception. If you are planning a trip to Austin, plan around an Austin event and make it special. Want an Austin music festival? How about South by Southwest or the Austin City Limits Music Festival? Want a more unusual Austin event? Try Eeyore's Birthday. There's great film festivals in Austin, too. Try the Austin Film Festival or the SXSW Film Festival or Fantistic Fest. Want a running event in Austin? Try the Keep Austin Weird 5K or the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Here's just a sample of things going on. I suggest you get the 12-month wall calendar that has even more Austin events included. (If you don't want to buy it, you can still see all the events on the BigWeekendCalendars.com website for free.)
Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K
Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K is for those that make up Austin and make Austin the unique city it is. Don't forget, it's not just a run; there's plenty of entertainment and a costume contest as well!
South by Southwest
The biggest music, film and interactive event of the year. Parties, bands and free stuff galore!
Trail of Lights
Head to Zilker Park for Austin's most extravagant celebration of the holiday season. Participate in the Fun Run, which happens before the Trail of Lights opens to the general public, for a sneak peek at the light displays and the Zilker Tree.
This run opens up the spring season in Austin! The entire family can enjoy this 10K, which is the largest in Texas and one of the Top 5 in the nation.
Eeyore's Birthday Party
Eeyore's Birthday Party is a fun event for all ages. Be sure to dress in a costume, as prizes are awarded for the best costumes. This is a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations in the Austin area.
Zilker Kite Festival
Looking for a free family event? Visit the Zilker Kite Festival, and the whole family can have fun looking at various designs of kites. Don't forget to bring your kites to fly and maybe even enter the contest!
Wanna experience the Brasileiro style without traveling to Brazil? Carnaval is the place to do it. With costumes, music and samba, this is a fun and exciting experience.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Get in free by donating three cans of nonperishable food items to the Capital Area Food Bank, and try the different varities of excellent (and some not-so-excellent) hot sauce while enjoying great local music!
See the 2016 Austin Events Wall Calendar
Art City Austin
This weekend-long cultural celebration is part art festival, part block party. Art Alliance Austin invites you to scope work from locally and nationally recognized artists in a beautiful downtown setting.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
No matter what kind of weather comes to Austin, this event will still be held. Expect musical acts, celebrity bike builders and a parade of motorcycles.
O. Henry Pun-Off
Looking for great entertainment and live music? Admission to the O. Henry Pun-Off is free, and you will be amazed by the incredible wordplay.
Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
This is Austin's major annual running event. Participation is open to all ages.
Pecan Street Festival
At the Pecan Street Festival, you'll experience live music and entertainment while finding clothing, jewelry, candles, etc. in the middle of the 6th Street Entertainment District.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
More than 100 bands across eight stages, ACL has now been extended to two weekends in order to accommodate more fans. Great music, delicious local food and Porta-Potties everywhere!
Run up an appetite on Thanksgiving morning. All proceeds go to Caritas.
It's My Park Day
If you want to give back to your community, It's My Park Day can be a fun and good way to do so. On this day, many individuals and groups help to restore the beauty and vitality of Austin-area parks by cleaning, installing and repairing.
See the Austin Events Wall Calendar 2016
Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival is the event to attend if you are looking to meet and speak with top-notch movie executies and producers - even screenwriters and filmmakers! They want to help you - buy, sell and promote your work!
East Austin Studio Tour
Step into the studios of dozens of artists on the eastside. Watch them work, while supporting the local arts scene.
Moonlight Margarita Run
Rain or shine, the run goes on! Starting at sunset, participants begin walking, jogging or running to end up at a moonlight festival where you can enjoy Tex-Mex food and music!
Austin Ice Cream Festival
Entertainment, games, contests and, of course, ICE CREAM! Enjoy ice cream at this festival for a good cause!
Austin Celtic Festival
Looking to celebrate the Celtic tradition? The Austin Celtic Festival is full of live music and dancing among many other activities to celebrate the traditions of the Irish, Scots and others!
Free Day of Yoga
Have you always wanted to try yoga but just weren't sure it's right for you? Well, on this particular day in Austin, it's free of charge for one full day. So give it a try!
Austin's New Year
In the Austin area and looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate New Year's Eve? Then check out Austin's New Year. Held at Auditorium Shore, this events provides families with a fun, non-alcoholic celebration. Fireworks included.
Urban Music Festival
The Urban Music Festival lasts for two days and includes nonstop live concerts from some of the hottest bands of hip-hop, R&B and Reggaeton music! It's a music festival you won't want to miss.
Nature Nights at the Wildflower Center
This can be a fun event for anyone in the family. Explore the wonders of the ancient times with a fossil scavenger hunt and even make your own fossils!
Texas Book Festival
This festival takes place every year in the fall and is a fun event for all ages. Speak with hundreds of well-known authors while allowing your children to be amazed with the activities designed just for them.
Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, food, bat-watching and much more at the Bat Fest!
Blues on the Green
This concert series offers live music for everyone to enjoy. And it's free!
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Looking for several different types of music? Then FFF is the fest for you, sporting hip-hop, punk, metal, comedy and more.
Dragon Boat Festival
Are you looking for an exciting event like no other? Head to the Dragon Boat Festival. Enjoy Chinese food, live music and dance performances.
See the Austin Events Wall Calendar 2016
Kerrville Folk Festival
Take your family and enjoy the continuous music for 18 days and nights.
Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival
6,000 pounds of crawfish and an abundance of entertainment that will keep the day and night exciting.
Watch bareback riding, steer wrestling, rodeo clowns and much more! There is something for everyone to enjoy.
Texas Tax-Free Weekend
Tax-Free Weekend happens right before school starts in order for students (or parents) to purchase clothes and other items without paying sales tax.
Zilker Garden Festival
At the Zilker Garden Festival, you can enjoy live music and have access to hundreds of vendors selling various items from jewelry to plants.
Old Settler's Music Festival
At this three-day music festival, not only will you have an amazing time and be able to listen to great bluegrass and roots music, but you can camp out.
Austin Reggae Festival
Come have an amazing time at the Austin Reggae Festival, and enjoy live music, great food and even arts & crafts. It's a festival full of fun for the whole family.
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