March Annual Events In Austin
Billed as "Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas," Explore UT has been an annual open to the public event in Austin at the University Of Texas Austin campus on the first Saturday of March since 2001. Explore UT is an opportunity for the Austin community, especially the young people of Austin, to see what the University of Texas is all about and to motivate schoolchildren from all over Texas to aspire to higher education. In 2011 more than 17,000 students between kindergarten and 12th grade from 302 schools in 106 Texas school districts attended Explore UT with their teachers. It is also used as a recruitment tool for the University of Texas and allows prospective students and their families to see the University’s literary and art collections, learn about its cutting-edge research, experience its history and traditions, and interact with faculty members, staffers and students. More than 400 demonstrations and activities are presented on the day of Explore UT including a campus scavenger hunt, campus walking tours, a children's international festival, marching with the Longhorn Band and special tours of the UT Tower. Explore UT is a free event. The date for the 2014 Explore UT is Saturday, March 1, 2014.
An outgrowth of the Honk Festival established in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2006, Honk!TX brings together a nationwide community of activist marching bands and community-rooted union of art, activism, and music for a three day event in several different venues located in East and Central Austin. Austin’s own Minor Mishap Marching Band organized the first HONK!TX along with other local arts and culture groups for it's debut in 2011 and continues to be the driving force behind this annual event. Community street bands range in size from 4 to 40 members usually performing in public spaces without amplification or stages wearing band colors and home made uniforms and playing original, traditional, and borrowed music on a wide variety of instruments while encouraging lively audience participation. The repertoire and inspiration for community marching band music comes from a diverse set of folk music traditions, including New Orleans second line brass bands, European klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, and Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnaval. Honk! Texas events take place all over downtown and central Austin and are free. The dates for the 2014 Honk! Texas festival are Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24, 2014.
SXSW Interactive is a five day conference featuring presentations on cutting-edge and emerging technologies, networking events hosted by industry leaders and showcases of new websites, video games and startup ideas. SXSW Interactive primarily takes place at the Austin Convention Center with related events all over the downtown Austin area. SXSW Interactive has a reputation as a launching pad for new ideas and creative technologies and is credited with being a part of the success of Twitter in 2007 and Four Square in 2009. Past speakers at SXSW Interactive include Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Hotels in the downtown Austin area that are designated as official SXSW hotels require all SXSW reservations to be booked through the SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival. The 2014 dates for South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival are Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
The dates for the 2014 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference are Tuesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 16, 2014.
The 2014 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 16, 2014.
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, however you don't have to enter the competition to fly a kite during the festival. Sponsored by the Exchange Club of Austin, concessions are available and proceeds are donated to local children's charities. The Zilker Park Kite Festival always takes place the first Sunday in March. Admission to the Zilker Park Kite Festival is free. Free parking and shuttle rides are available from the state parking garage at 17th and Colorado. The date for the 2014 Zilker Park Kite Festival is Sunday, March 2, 2014.