2019 Austin Event Guide

Preview the fun to come in 2019 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest events, from food to fine arts and of course, live music.


1/1/19 - 1/8/19

Free Week

Red River Cultural District

The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin.


Martin Luther King March and Festival

The University of Texas and Huston-Tillotson University

Join the march from the MLK statue at the University of Texas campus to historic Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy for Austin and the world.



Carnaval Brasileiro


This festival will give Austin a taste of Brazil, merging music, dance, and culture into one huge party. Austin's Carnaval is one of the biggest celebrations outside of Brazil (because everything is bigger in Texas) and everyone can participate so bring your best samba and prepare to dance the night away.

2/20/19 - 2/24/19

OUTsider Festival

Various Locations

As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQI community for five days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, visual art and more.


3/1/19 - 3/3/19

Pirelli World Challenge

Circuit of The Americas

The Pirelli World Challenge offers unparalleled access to more makes and models than any other racing series. This series features more than 100 production-based cars (like the ones you drive) that have been prepped specially for racing. There will even be access to the paddock to see the cars up close, hear the engines roar and speak with the drivers.

3/8/19 - 3/17/19

SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals

Various Locations

The Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians, and multimedia artists from around the world. Participants converge in Austin to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.

3/16/19 - 3/30/19

Rodeo Austin

Travis County Exposition Center

Since its inception in 1938, this local event has grown from a simple stock show featuring 16 animals into one of the state’s premier rodeos. Over the course of two weeks, the Rodeo features 10 ProRodeo events, a family-friendly fair, daily concerts and more.

3/22/19 - 3/24/19

IndyCar Classic

Circuit of The Americas

The popular, American-bred IndyCar series tackles COTA’s curves this March. On top of all the action on track, IndyCar attendees with Saturday admission will also be treated to a special COTA Super Stage performance from Grammy Award winning rock band Muse.

3/27/19 - 3/31/19

World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin Country Club

The WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play returns to historic Austin Country Club, bringing the top 64 golfers in the world for a weekend of golf action.

3/29/19 - 3/30/19

Austin Urban Music Festival

Auditorium Shores

More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Lady Bird Lake's Auditorium Shores to enjoy Austin's only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop music.


90th ABC Kite Fest

Zilker Park

The nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more.

TBA 2019

St. Patrick's Day Festival

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

This family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day fest celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!


4/11/19 - 4/14/19

Old Settler's Music Festival

Tilmon, TX

Central Texas' signature music event featuring three days of Americana and roots rock, camping, family events, food, and libations. Alternative, jazz, blues, bluegrass and more are performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.

4/24/19 - 4/27/19

Moontower Comedy Festival

The Paramount Theatre and other locations

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, brings some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers, and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun.

4/17/19 - 4/21/19

Fusebox Festival

Various Locations

Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 5 days in venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national and international artists across all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country.

4/26/19 - 4/28/19

Austin Food + Wine Festival

Auditorium Shores

Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

TBA 2019

Art City Austin

Palmer Events Center

Austin’s original fine arts festival and national juried art show of 200 locally and nationally recognized artists and galleries is a family friendly event featuring local food trailers, beer, cocktails and interactive projects for kids of all ages.

TBA 2019

Austin Reggae Fest

Auditorium Shores

A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.


5/1/19 - 5/5/19

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Various Locations

The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

5/4/19 - 5/5/19

The Pecan Street Spring Festival

Historic Sixth Street

A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Local musicians, food vendors, artists, and craftspeople turn Sixth Street - historically called Pecan Street - into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages.

5/23/19 - 5/26/19

Hot Luck Festival

Around Town

The Hot Luck: Live Food & Music festival returns to honor the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. The festival is an eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin' boots.

TBA 2019

Finding Euphoria Fest

Carson Creek Ranch

Live music, camping, yoga and a variety of mindful workshops come together at this immersive one day festival. Musical styles bridge the gaps between hip-hop, electronic, ambient, tribal and experimental.

TBA 2019

West Austin Studio Tour

Studios across West Austin

A self-guided tour that celebrates Austin's talented and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques, and inspirations, explore galleries and a variety of exhibitions, and immerse themselves in the arts and local business communities.


TBA 2019

African American Book Festival

George Washington Carver Museum & Library

This free, annual literary event showcases new works by and about African Americans. Notable speakers and authors will discuss their works and facilitate conversations.

TBA 2019

Austin Ice Cream Festival 

Fiesta Gardens 

The Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival is fun for the whole family. Games, activities, contests, live entertainment and of course, ice cream, will keep you cool and happy.

TBA 2019

Fun Stop 5K & Fest

Long Center

Anything is possible at the decade-old Fun Stop 5K and Festival — formerly known as Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K. Run, skip or race through the streets of downtown Austin wearing the wackiest costume. Unofficially known as "the slowest 5K you will ever run," this race is designed for amusement and fun.



Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony

Auditorium Shores

The Austin Symphony hosts an annual, family-friendly concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.

TBA 2019

Hot Summer Nights

Red River Cultural District

This summer, 20 venues throughout the Red River Cultural District will host four days of free live music, alongside local food and vendors. Local acts like Golden Dawn Arkestra, Emily Wolfe, Moving Panoramas, Ringo Deathstarr and more will take over stages in celebration of summer in the Live Music Capital of the World®.


TBA 2019

Austin Pride Week

Fiesta Gardens and Downtown Austin

The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support and opportunities to volunteer.

TBA 2019

Bat Fest

Congress Avenue Bridge

Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.


TBA 2019

All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF)

Various Locations

aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQ cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in September and watch for monthly screenings around town.

TBA 2019

Fantastic Fest

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas 

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.

TBA 2019

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Fiesta Gardens 

The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.

TBA 2019

Waterloo Music Festival

Carson Creek Ranch

Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music culture, and features nationally renowned jam bands performing alongside the city’s finest musical acts during a weekend of camping.


10/4/19 - 10/6/19 & 10/11/19 - 10/13/19

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park

One of the country's largest celebrations of live music, this two weekend, six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series "Austin City Limits" outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park. More than 150 musical acts will take over eight stages along with local food vendors, brewers, artists and pop-up shops and artists.

10/24/19 - 10/31/19

26th Annual Austin Film Festival

Paramount Theatre & Various Locations

Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.

10/26/19 - 10/27/19

Texas Book Festival

Texas State Capitol Building

The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.

TBA 2019

Viva La Vida Festival & Parade

Downtown Austin

Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, featuring a Grand Procession, art activities and demos, traditional foods, live music and performances throughout the day.


11/1/19 - 11/3/19

FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more - including headlining performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder for ticketholders.

11/7/19 - 11/10/19


Downtown Austin

Formerly Psych Fest, this independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world.

TBA 2019

Austin Celtic Festival

Jourdan Bachman Pioneer Farms

This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.

TBA 2019

Chuy's Christmas Parade

Congress Avenue

This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving.

TBA 2019

East Austin Studio Tour

Various Locations

More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure during this bi-annual event.



Austin's New Year

Auditorium Shores

This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with 4 stages, 22 bands, visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and a grand fireworks finale.

TBA 2019

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Palmer Events Center

This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition is a cultural icon and one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.

TBA 2019

Trail of Lights

Zilker Park

The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories, and fun. Plan your visit early and don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

TBA 2019

Winter Wonderland at The Circuit

Circuit of The Americas

Every holiday season, COTA transforms into a winter wonderland. Light displays, a petting zoo, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and Santa’s workshop are just a few some of the many popular aspects of the event.

2019 Austin Event Guide

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