3M Half Marathon
Stonelake Blvd near 360 (race start)
One of the most popular of Austin’s road
races because of its consistently stellar
goody bag (think LOTS of Post-Its and
other practical household items by 3M),
the 3M Austin Half Marathon also draws a
speedy international field and offers plenty
of fun family activities.
Annual Tenant Show
Guadalupe Arts Center, Austin; 512-473-3775
Running from mid-January to mid-February,
this show features artisan creations from
over 40 artists, ranging from photography
and sculptures to jewelry, all under $500.
Austin Home and Garden Show
Convention Center, Austin
In January, the Austin Convention Center
showcases what’s new in home décor,
gardening and general fix-ups. The show
features exhibitions, live demonstrations
and programs, so you can get your hands
dirty and walk away with a fun project or
two. You’ll also be helping out the Austin
Food Bank, Austin Humane Society and the
Austin Habitat for Humanity.
Polar Bear Splash
Barton Springs Pool, 2101 Barton Springs Road
For the last 30-plus years, Austinites have
been plunging into Barton Springs Pool for
this annual Austin version of the Polar Bear
swim. The event is sponsored by the SOS
Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the
preservation of Barton Springs. Worried
about the cold? Barton Springs is a constant
68 degrees, so our human polar bears are
much warmer than those in, say, Minnesota.
Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
is an annual event for the fitness focused
of our town. The event has hosted as many
as 20,000 runners a year and has generated
more than $90 million for the local economy
and $6 million for Austin non-profits. The
Marathon is the 23rd largest marathon in
the United States and has been host to an
international field of approximately 130,000
runners over the years.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
Touted by Texas Monthly as Texas’ “best
public bash” Carnaval in Austin is one of
the biggest celebrations outside of Brazil.
Music and wild abandon converge in a
festival of fun, music, dancing, and traditional food.
Artists & Artisan’s Festival
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Kick off the annual Wildflower Days
celebration with a festival that brings
arts, crafts and nature together. Features
include works of more than 20 artists in
beads, metal, glass, watercolor, and more.
A great place to pick up a gift or something
special for yourself while enjoying the
spoils of spring.
Austin; 512-445-3598; www.cap10k.com
The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is the largest
10K run (or walk, if you wish) in Texas and
the fifth largest in the nation. Since 1978,
the Capitol 10,000 has become an annual
rite of spring in the region.
It’s My Park! Day
It’s My Park! Day is an annual community
service day on the first Saturday of March
which focuses on improvements to Austin’s
parks. Individuals and community groups
lead projects ranging from simple cleaning to
trail building and playground installation.
MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix
of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas
Sign up early to catch the action at the
MotoGP. Watch as the finest talent in
motorcycle racing showcase skills in riding
and racing along a cutting-edge grid, riding
Rodeo Austin – Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Austin; 512-919-3000; www.rodeoaustin.com
Founded in 1938, the Star of Texas Fair
and Rodeo hosts the world’s fifth largest
indoor, regular season ProRodeo. It includes
an amusement park for kids of all ages and
great entertainment from artists in a range of
musical genres from rock to country.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
Austin • 512-467-7979 • www.sxsw.com
One of the word’s largest and most
respected industry conferences, SXSW
First Thursday on South Congress Avenue (Monthly Event)
South Congress between Barton Springs Road & Elizabeth Street • www.firstthursday.info
First Thursday is a popular monthly event with the atmosphere of a giant block party.
On the first Thursday of each month, South Congress stores stay open late, frequently
offering special sales on merchandise, food, and drinks. Booths line the street selling
handcrafted jewelry, photography and art, pottery, homemade soap, clothes and more,
and there’s also live music and even a Volkswagen parade!