Austin Events and Festivals 2013
Austin has many great events and festivals every year and 2013 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 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 Livestrong 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 all the Austin events on it. (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!
The biggest music, film and interactive event of the year. Parties, bands and free stuff galore!
Trail of Lights
A beautiful array of lights - in December, the tree is lit, following a 5k run, which allows the Trail of Lights to be lit and showcased.
Open up the spring season in Austin! Let your entire family enjoy this 10K, which is the largest in Texas and in 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 will be given. 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 - a fun and exciting experience.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Get in free by donating 3 cans of nonperishable food items and experience the fun, excellent (and not so excellent) salsa while enjoying great local music!
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. Also make the name change to the list on the right side as well.
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally
No matter what kind of weather comes to Austin, this event will still be held. Music events are held for 3 days, additionally some of the most popular bike builders come to this event.
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.
Livestrong 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 Thanksgiving morning. All proceeds go to Caritas.
Austin Chocolate Festival
At the Austin Chocolate Festival, you can test several different types of chocolate to find your favorite! There are several different competitions so don't miss it, chocolate lovers!
It's My Park! Day
If you want to give back to your community, It's My Park! Day can be fun and a 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.
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 Wine And Music Festival
At the Austin Wine Festival, you have the option to test and purchase the wine. This event is held in 1 location for a duration of 3 full days and features wine tasting and fun events for the children including face painting! It's a family event, you'll be sure to attend!
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 and 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 and Race
Are you looking for an exciting event unlike no other? Watch the Dragon Boat Festival and Race. Enjoy Chinese food, live music and dance performances.
Kerrville Folk Festival
Take your family and enjoy the continuously played music for 18 days and nights.
Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival
6000 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 get 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 the Old Setter's 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 and crafts. It's a festival full of fun for the whole family.