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
Austin • 512-637-0479 • www.austinchocolatefestival.com
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 • 512-505-4483 • www.aclfestival.com
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 each day.
Austin Film Festival
Austin • 512-478-4795 • www.austinfilmfestival.com
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,
South by Southwest Eco (SXSWEco)
Austin Convention Center, Austin • 512-404-4000 • www.austinconventioncenter.com
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.
Texas Book Festival
Austin • 512-477-4055 • www.texasbookfestival.org
Established in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush – a former librarian and ardent literacy
supporter – the Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture
of literacy, ideas and imagination. The Festival has become one of the premier literary
events in the country, annually hosting more than 200 Texan and nationally known authors.
Approximately 40,000 visitors participate annually in a weekend of author readings and
presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment. The Festival is
held on the State Capitol grounds and surrounding venues.