Austin Upcoming Events Everyone Should Experience At Least Once

You can't call yourself a real Austinite until you have experienced these Austin upcoming events at least once. Be sure to mark your annual Austin events calendar now.

Austin Celtic Festival
Web Site: Austin Celtic Festival
2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Web Site: Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Phone: (512) 974-6700
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival began in 1990 as a small contest with a few spectators and has grown over the years into the world’s largest hot sauce festival and judging contest. The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is also a major fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank based in Austin, Texas. Besides free hot sauce samples and food vendors, the Festival also features music from local Austin musicians.

Carnaval Brasileiro
Web Site: Carnaval Brasileiro
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 472-5111
February can be a little rainy and dreary in Austin, but February has one thing to look forward to with the the annual Austin event Carnaval Brasileiro. Carnaval Brasileiro in Austin began in the late 1970’s with Brazilian students attending the University of Texas. What began as the UT students Austin Brazil Carnival has grown to what is billed as the largest indoor Brazilian dance party in the world. Every year more than 5000 costumed revelers converge on the Palmer Events Center for dancing, drumming and general revelry. Music at the Carnaval Brasileiro includes Austin’s own Acadêmicos da Ópera (also known as Austin Samba School), a group of over 100 drummers and dancers. Austin musician Susannah Sharpe and her Samba Police also perform. Many attendees wear costumes, but not all. Face and body painters are available and charge a modest fee for their services. This Rio-style Mardi Gras dance party is an all ages event, but it may be overwhelming for children younger than 12. No food is served. The focus of Carnaval Brasileiro is dancing and drinking.

East Austin Studio Tour
Web Site: East Austin Studio Tour
916 Springdale Road, Bldg 2 #101
Austin, Texas 78702

(512) 939-6665
The East Austin Studio Tour is a self guided tour of working art studios located east of I-35, west of 183, south of 51st Street and north of Town Lake. Begun in 2003 as a one day event with only twenty-eight studios, the East Austin Studio Tour is now a two weekend event with over 100 artists and studios participating. The East Austin Studio Tour usually takes place in November. Look for the red numbered signs that mark all the studios. Maps are available from the studios and are also distributed around town in the weeks before the tour. Funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the East Austin Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to see the working spaces of artists and visit with the artists themselves. Admission to the East Austin Studio Tour is free.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party
Web Site: Eeyore’s Birthday Party
1100 Kingsbury Street Pease Park
Austin, Texas 78705

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is an annual Austin tradition held the last Saturday in April at a location in Pease Park. Admission to Eeyore’s Birthday Party is free. This annual party celebrating the birthday of Eeyore, a chronically depressed donkey in A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories, was started in 1963 by University of Texas students. Eeyore’s Birthday Party features costume contests, relay races, face painting, egg toss and other events for adults and children. In keeping with the original traditions of the event, a live donkey and a may pole will be at Eeyore’s Birthday Party. The festival also has live music and large drum circles. While there are children’s events at Eeyore’s Birthday Party, please be aware that nudity is a common part of many costumes. There is also a lot of recreational drug use. Parking at Pease Park for Eeyore’s Birthday Party is limited, but there are shuttle buses available at the State Parking Garage on Colorado between 16th and 17th to catch the shuttle to the location in Pease Park.

Lonestar Round Up
Web Site: Lonestar Round Up
Address: 9100 Decker Lake Road
Austin, Texas 78724

Old Pecan Street Festival
Web Site: Old Pecan Street Festival
323 E 6th St From Congress Avenue to IH 35
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 485-3190
Taking place on a Saturday and Sunday in both the Spring (May) and the Fall (September) on East 6th Street in downtown Austin between Congress Avenue and IH-35, the Old Pecan Street Festival has been a family tradition event for more than thirty years featuring arts and crafts exhibitors, vendors, live music and multicultural performers in the middle of Sixth Street in downtown Austin. Admission is free. Artisans from all over the United States display and sell homemade arts and crafts at this juried arts and crafts festival. Local musicians provide entertainment on five stages. Sponsored by the Pecan Street Merchants Association, the Old Pecan Street Festival selects several local non-profit organizations each year to benefit from proceeds. The Old Pecan Street Festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas attracting more than 300,000 per event. Pecan Street refers to original name of Sixth Street. When the street plan for downtown Austin was first laid out, north-south streets were given the names of Texas rivers in the order in which they appeared on the Texas map and the east-west streets were given the names of native trees. Years later, numbers replaced the tree-named streets and what was Pecan Street became today’s 6th Street. Admission to the Old Pecan Street Festival is free.

Rodeo Austin
Web Site: Rodeo Austin
Address: 9100 Decker Lake Road
Austin, Texas 78724

Phone: (512) 919-3000

South by Southwest
Web Site: South by Southwest
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 467-7979

Texas Book Festival
Web Site: Texas Book Festival
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 477-4055
The Texas Book Festival was created in 1996 under the guidance of then Texas First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian who has made it one of her life’s missions to promote literacy and the love of reading. The goal of the Texas Book Festival is to honor Texas authors and to benefit public libraries in the State of Texas. The Texas Book Festival hosts more than 200 Texas and nationally known authors every Fall and more than 40,000 visitors enjoy author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, activities for children and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin as well as in other venue locations around downtown Austin including the Paramount Theatre and United Methodist Church. The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public.

West Austin Studio Tour
Web Site: West Austin Studio Tour
916 Springdale Road, Bldg 2 #101
Austin, Texas 78702

Phone: (512) 939-6665

Zilker Garden Festival
Web Site: Zilker Garden Festival
2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 477-8672
The last weekend in March means it is time to head to the Zilker Garden Festival for what is billed as billed as “one-stop garden shopping.” The Zilker Garden Festival is a great place to get plants for spring gardening, but also has garden supplies, tools and decorative items for the garden. Lots of people bring carts and wagons to take advantage of the chance to purchase so many unique items at the Garden Festival.

Zilker Park Kite Festival
Web Site: Zilker Park Kite Festival
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: 512-448-5483
Hundreds of kites fill the sky the first Sunday in March at the Zilker Park Kite Festival. This annual event is free to enter and categories include the smallest kite, the largest kite, the highest flying kite and the most creative kite with both adult and children’s divisions. Only homebuilt kites are eligible for competition at the Zilker Park Kite Festival, but you don’t have to enter the competition to fly a kite during the festival. You can bring your own kite or kites are available for sale at the festival. There is also a kite festival workshop on site during the event. Sponsored by The Exchange Club of Austin, the City of Austin and ABC Home and Commercial Services, food concessions are available and proceeds are donated to local children’s charities. The Exchange Club of Austin started the kite tournament in 1929 to encourage creativity in children. Admission to the Zilker Park Kite Festival is free. Free parking and shuttle rides are available from the State Garages downtown and at the Toney Burger Center.