Austin Festivals 2012-2013
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With a large population of people who are musicians, film pros, techies and foodies, it is no surprise that Austin, Texas is home to over 25 different festivals a year. From the Austin Marathon to the Austin Food + Wine Festival, this 24-hour town has something for everyone.
Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival
Located at Huston-Tillotson University, the outdoor Martin Luther King Jr. Festival is comprised of several events including, performances by some of the city’s finest blues, gospel and jazz musicians.
For more information, visit the MLK Celebration website.
The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon attract nearly 20,000 participants from around the world. The 26 mile-long marathon raises money for the advancement and awareness of 26 different charities located in the Central Texas area.
For more information, visit the Austin Marathon website.
Looking for the best party in Austin? Carnaval Brasileiro is just that. Carnaval in Austin is one of the largest Brazilian carnaval celebrations outside of Brazil. The best way to describe it is Brazilian samba music and flamboyant costumes mixed with a little Texas-twang and Austin’s spirited atmosphere.
For more information, visit the Carnaval Brasileiro website.
Established in 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of music, film, and interactive festivals that last nearly 2 weeks. SXSW Music Festival consists of over 2,000 performers playing at over 90 venues all over Austin, making it one of the largest music festivals in the nation. SXSW Film is more focused on screenings, Q & A’s with directors, and viewings of award-winning independent films. Lastly, SXSW Interactive turns its focus toward emerging technology. SXSW continues to be the highest revenue-producing event for the city’s economy and has grown significantly over the years bringing in roughly 30,000 registrants to Austin every spring.
For more information, visit the SXSW website.
The Austin Statesman Cap10 is the largest 10K run in the state and the 5th largest in the U.S. If you haven’t spent months training for the race, have no fear. The Capitol 10,000 is intended to be a family-fun and festive event for runners, joggers and even walkers. Don’t miss out and get your feet moving in this awesome Austin festival.
For more information, visit the Statesman website.
See what it really means to be a cowboy as the PCRA competitors compete in the Travis County Expo arena and the local high-school student show off their prized live-stock. There are also live, nightly performances by some of country music’s top artists. This non-profit event was founded in 1938 and has made promoting youth education and preserving western heritage its mission. Rodeo Austin is destined to be a good time. Come for the bull-riding, stay for the concert and have yourself one good time.
For more information, visit Rodeo Austin’s website.
Austin Food + Wine Festival
Presented by Food and Wine Magazine, this festival is sure to pamper your palate. Located all over Austin, the Food + Wine Festival bring in top chefs and winemakers from all over the country. This weekend event puts you right in the action with over 35 cooking demos and wine and cocktail seminars.
For more information, visit the Austin Food and Wine website.
Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
Held on 6th Street in downtown Austin, the Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual arts and crafts festival. It is the oldest and largest festival in Central Texas. The festival features artisans from all over the nation who sell their homemade arts and crafts. Shoppers can find a wide array of items including, woodwork, candles, home décor and cowboy hats just to list a few. Each year, the Pecan Street Merchants Association selects several local, non-profit organizations to receive the festivals proceeds.
For more information, visit the Pecan Street Festival website.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally, or ROT Rally, is the biggest motorcycle rally in Texas and one of the largest in the nation. This four day event is filled with amazing motorcycles, live music, and of course, Austin nightlife.
For more information, visit the Republic of Texas Biker Rally website.
Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks
Celebrate the 4th of July this year at Auditorium Shores at the Long Center and listen to the Austin Symphony Orchestra play patriotic tunes prior to and during the grand fireworks show. This is the largest Fourth of July festival in Austin, attracting over 100,000 people every year. Pack a picnic, arrive early, and claim your spot before the show begins because this is truly a spectacular Austin event that you sure don’t want to miss.
For more information, visit Austin Symphony’s website.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Taking place in Fiesta Gardens, the Austin Chronicle’s Annual Hot Sauce Festival is the largest in the world, drawing in more than 350 entries and over 15,000 spectators each year. While sampling some of the hottest hot sauces known to mankind seems like a good enough reason to host the festival, the Austin Chronicle’s main objective is to collect non-perishable food or cash donations for the Capital Area Food Bank.
For more information, visit the Austin Chronicle website.
Fantastic Fest is the nation’s largest genre film festival, specializg in horror, sci-fi, action and fantasy. While the events are held at various locations around Austin, the main events and premiers take place at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Bringing in celebrities such as Mel Gibson and Bill Murray, this week long festival premieres fantastic genre movies from around the world and is a must do for any Austinite.
For more information, visit the Fantastic Fast website.
Austin City Limits
After celebrating its 10th Anniversary last year, Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) continues to be one of the best music festivals in the nation attracting star performers such as, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, and the Eagles. ACL is an annual 3-day music festival that takes place in the heart of Austin at Zilker Park usually in September or October. This year, the music festival will consist of 8 stages and over 130 bands from all over the world. Representing all types of music, from rock to country, it is no surprise that ACL continues to attract over 70,000 visitors from across the nation every year.
For more information, visit the ACL website.
Texas Book Festival
Held the last weekend in October, the Texas Book Festival schedules events such as readings and signings with some of the most popular authors from around the world. There is also a children’s chapter tent and live music so bring your family and get ready for a fun day at the State Capital in downtown Austin.
For more information, visit the Texas Book Festival website.
Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival & Conference showcases everything that Austin, Texas has to offer – historic downtown venues, exciting parties at Austin’s fine bars and excellent restaurants, and community partnerships—while producing an exceptional program of premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films. After each screening, there is a dynamic and informative question and answer session with the film’s cast and crew members. Austin Film Festival is definitely an exciting event that the city is known for so mark your calendars and order your film pass today.
For more information, visit the Austin Film Festival website.
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Known as the darling of independent music festivals, the Fun Fun Fun Fest is a two-day, independent genre based festival that books some of the most passionate underground musicians and comedians from all over the world. FFF attracts all types of fans with its wide array of musicians, comedians, food, fashion, and poster art experiences. Going on year six, this festival is wonderful for those looking to kick back, laugh a little, and listen to great music.
For more information, visit the Fun Fun Fun Fest website.
Beginning in November of 2012, Austin will be hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Named the “Circuit of The Americas”, this state of the art 3.4-mile circuit track can hold 120,000 fans and is the nation’s first purpose-built Grand Prix facility. This $250 million dollar project is one of the most ambitious in the Texas sports and entertainment sector and is estimated to bring in approximately $300 million annually through 2021.
For more information, visit the Formula 1 website.
Chuy’s Christmas Parade
Get your holiday season started off right by attending the annual Chuy’s Christmas Parade. This unique parade down South Congress in the heart of downtown Austin raises money for “Operation Blue” which provides donated toys to the less-fortunate children in the Austin area. Always held the Saturday following Thanksgiving, the procession will have giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars and even a couple of celebrity floats to kick off the season of giving.
For more information, visit the Chuy’s Parade website.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
If you are looking to get your holiday shopping done early this year, head to the Parmer Events center for the spectacular Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. The Armadillo presents a wide array of original work from over 160 artists and artisans. This one-of-a-kind shopping experience is more like a shopping party when you add in the full bar and live music that the Armadillo offers to its holiday shoppers. Whether you stay for three hours or three days, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has something for every person on your gift list.
For more information, visit that Armadillo Christmas Bazaar’s website.
Austin Holiday Sing-a-long and Downtown Stroll
This free family-friendly event is a community Christmas caroling event that takes you around the Capitol grounds and ends directly in-front of the Capitol’s holiday tree. After the caroling ends, participants can make their way down Congress Avenue where they will find live entertainment, Christmas shopping, and lots of holiday cheer.
For more information, visit Austin’s downtown website.
Austin’s New Year
Located at Auditorium Shores, Austin’s New Year is an alcohol-free family-friendly celebration that showcases the city of Austin’s diversity and talents with musicians, actors, dancers and other festive performances.
For more information, visit the Austin, Texas website.