June Annual Events In Austin
For over ten years, this annual event has celebrated what makes Austin special. The Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K includes music, costumes, food vendors, arts and craft booths and what is unofficially known as “the slowest 5K you’ll ever run” as most participants run, skip or race three-legged through the streets of downtown Austin wearing wacky costumes. The music begins in the afternoon and the Keep Austin Weird race begins in the evening. The weirdest costume in the race wins a cash prize. Proceeds from the Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The date for the 2014 Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Each May and June, tens of thousands of Austinites and visitors from all over the world make the two hour drive from Austin to converge at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville for eighteen consecutive days of traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana music. Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually since 1972 and is the longest continuously running music festival of its kind in North America. Many visitors camp at the ranch during the festival and almost all the staff are volunteers. One of the most unique aspects of the festival happens after the official shows when fans, volunteers and performers play music by the campfires, sometimes till dawn. The 2014 Kerville Folk Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, June 8, 2014.