and events that celebrate the city’s eclectic
and artistic nature, including a symphonic
selection of music, family activities, weird
and wacky costumes, and local food and
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally is the
biggest motorcycle rally in Texas and one
of largest motorcycle events in the U.S.
Come and enjoy an impressive selection of
machines, motorcycles and legendary Austin
nightlife during this four-day event. The
Rally is known for great music, too – past
headliners have included Hank Williams
Jr., Willie Nelson, Bret Michaels, Joan Jett,
Paul Rogers, Steppenwolf, David Allen Coe,
and Charlie Daniels.
X Games – Austin
Circuit of the Americas
Austin has landed the prestigious honor of
hosting the X Games, giving 11-year veteran
host city Los Angeles a deserved break,
and a chance for fans in other regions of
the country to partake. Austin is one of six
stops on the Global X Game circuit, set to
take place over the next four years. Join us
for one event, or a series, to watch athletes
push abilities to the limit and showcase
H-E-B Austin Symphony July Fourth
Concert and Fireworks
This yearly celebration of independence
at Austin’s Lady Bird Lake is marked by
music and a spectacular fireworks display.
Admission is free. Bring a blanket and
Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker Park; 512-479-9491; www.zilker.org
It’s a hot summer night and that tells most
Austinites that it’s time to grab a blanket,
some food, and your family to enjoy a free
production at the Zilker Hillside Theatre.
The production is free to the public.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Come join this beautiful confluence of
music and hot culinary delights! This spicy
event is free with a donation of 3 non-per-ishable food items for The Capital Area
Food Bank of Texas.
Austin Ice Cream Festival
The Austin Ice Cream Festival, held at
Fiesta Gardens, is an event centered on
family, fun and ice cream which harkens
back to a time when ice cream trucks
roamed the streets and running through
sprinklers was an art form. Come enjoy
contests, music and, of course, iced treats.
Admission price includes free ice cream.
Austin Bat Fest
This unique celebration, of one of the
region’s most interesting natural wonders,
attracts around 40,000 spectators and
features arts and crafts, music, food, bat
watching, children’s activities and educational displays. Enjoy the scenic backdrop
of Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin as
two million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge
for their nightly flight. A general admission
fee is charged.
Tri Rock Austin
Auditorium Shores, 800 West Riverside Drive
Now part of the Land Rover TriRock
Triathlon Series, the Austin Triathlon is
an annual, world-class event that attracts
top local and international athletes and
Pecan Street Festival
The Pecan Street Festival, held in both
spring and fall, has been an Austin tradition
for more than 30 years. The event features
hundreds of local artisans who display and
sell homemade art and craftwork. Festival
attendees can find paintings, sculpture,
woodwork, candles, jewelry, cowboy hats,
clothes, home decor, games and other useful
and whimsical household items, plus tons of
performing artists, kids activities, and more
than 20 food vendors. Admission is free.
Austin Chocolate Festival
Finally! A chocolate event that’s guilt-free!
The Austin Chocolate Festival is a nonprofit
fundraiser for local charities that consists
of local chocolatiers and chocolate experts,
including restaurants, bakeries, patisseries,
authors, and catering companies. The
vendors compete against each other in
several categories, as well as offer samples
and yummy products for sale.
Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Fest)
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road
This annual musical event, which is occurs
in two consecutive weekends, brings home
the city’s nickname as the “Live Music
Capital of the World” with a huge array of
artists from local and international stages.
In all, the ACL Festival hosts more than
130 acts playing rock, indie, country, folk,
electronic and more on Zilker Park’s eight
stages, with more than 70,000 fans attending
Austin Film Festival (AFF)
The Austin Film Festival furthers the art
and craft of filmmaking by “inspiring and
championing the work of screenwriters,
filmmakers, and all artists who use the
language of film to tell a story.” The
annual event attracts top movie executives,
producers, screenwriters, and filmmakers.
South by Southwest Eco (SXSWEco)
Austin Convention Center
Join others who are passionate about the
earth, seeking innovative solutions to move
us beyond sustainability. Professionals from
all walks of life gather to seek solutions on
how to operate and stay green.