showcases two weeks of the best in new
music, film, digital media and interactive
arts - plus hundreds of industry-related
seminars, discussions, workshops, interviews, meetings, and panels.
South by Southwest edu (SXSWedu)
An energetic and enthusiastic gathering of minds and ideas to make
monumental differences in education.
Members of the education community
converge to collaborate on thoughts and
experience in fun breakout sessions and
Eeyore’s Birthday Party
A fun event for all ages, Eeyore’s Birthday
Party is an annual fundraiser that benefits
a multitude of Austin nonprofit groups.
Besides food, soft drinks, and beer, there
are prizes for the best costume (pretty
much anything goes, so be creative!), face
painting, live music, and more.
Old Settler’s Music Festival
The Old Settler’s Music Festival is Central
Texas’ signature music event featuring
Americana roots music, arts and crafts,
camping, food, and more. Some of the
musical genres at the Festival include
acoustic jazz and blues, bluegrass, favorite
local musicians, and award-winning artists
from around the world.
Annual O. Henry Pun-Off
O Henry Museum
Celebrate the lowest form of humor in
high style at the O. Henry Pun-Off World
Championships, where participants “jest for
a wordy cause!” This freestyle competition
for punsters with prepared material allows
90 seconds “for creative have-wits from
every crook and nanny to stuff their struts.”
The festivities also include live music, BBQ,
and a vintage book sale.
Austin Food & Wine Festival
Butler and Republic Square Park
Great music, wine, chefs and culinary
experts converge to offer a special
festival for the Austin population. The
Festival is held at Butler and Republic
Square Park and tickets as well as
future event talent and sponsors can be
Shakespeare in the Park-Zilker
Zilker Hillside Theater; austinshakespeare.org
Free to the public and located on
Zilker Hillside Theater, this outdoor
event runs from Thursday through
Sunday the entire month of May.
Come out and get Bardy!
Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth honors African
American heritage by commemorating
the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
Recognized as a state holiday in 37 U.S.
states and a day of both reflection and
celebration, the event features entertainment, vendors, a pageant and parade,
and a 2K Freedom Run/Walk.
KGSR’s Blues on the Green
An Austin summer tradition, held in
Zilker Park, Blues on the Green is the
place to bring friends and family every
other Wednesday evening between
June and August to enjoy six big
nights of Austin’s longest running
FREE music series. Enjoy food from
local restaurants, and stop by the local
charity area for volunteer and donation information. Bring the kids, pets
on leashes, blankets, and lawn chairs
for a rockin’ good time.
Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K
The Long Center, Austin
Keep Austin Weird Fest is a salute to
the nonconformist in every Austinite.
The festival includes a variety of
entertainment 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
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This annual music festival is an Austin
Green Art project that celebrates the
local Austin music community. The
festival is held at Pan Am Park but
unofficial parties are held at various
venues around town during the
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 come early!
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.