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Annual Events & Festivals

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University of Texas Football
Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Texas football at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in the heart of downtown Austin. Each Fall Season, the UT Longhorns will host six home games. Join the tailgating festivities with a view of the Capitol building.

South by Southwest (SXSW)
Industry leading creatives and intellectuals gather annually in Austin to share insight on the current and future happenings in film, interactive media, and music. Receive insider knowledge on emerging films, technologies, and artists.
March 10-19, 2017.

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
Taking place in Austin’s most beloved park, this double-weekend music festival brings to life the renowned television series, Austin City Limits. The stages are host to a beautiful backdrop of the city skyline.
Weekend 1: October 6-8, 2017
Weekend 2: October 13-15, 2017

World Golf Championship Dell Match Play
The WGC Match Play is one of four tournaments founded by the International Federation of PGA Tours. This tournament differentiates itself by being the only non-team contest on the PGA Tour that utilizes a match play scoring system. Watch the pros use their strategy and accuracy to navigate the course.
March 22-26, 2017

Austin Marathon
The course explores Austin’s most scenic districts and landmarks. During the race, the city lives up to being “The Live Music Capital of the World,” by placing live music performances along the race path.
February 19, 2017

Formula 1
Formula 1, the highest class of single-seat auto racing, found its way to the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin five years and counting. This race is part of the Grands Prix series of races, traditionally held in Europe.
October 20-22, 2017

Rodeo Austin
Grab your cowboys hats and boots for this true Texan event. Have the chance to see top ranked athletes competing for the title of Champion in one of America’s top 10 ProRodeos. Competitions range from bull fighting to the crowd favorite, Mutton Busting.
March 11-25, 2017

FunFunFun Fest
This all-encompassing festival offers music and action sports, to comedy and food. Enjoy the enticing atmosphere of underground and progressive musicians with the view of Town Lake. Check your availability to join the wide range of events happening November 2017.

Austin Food + Wine Festival
The Austin Food + Wine Festival brings together top chef talent, hands-on demos, and hungry tasters alike. Austin’s culinary side imerges through this interactive and educational artisan event offering wine, craft brews, and food not to be missed.
April 28-30, 2017

Blues on the Green
Take part in Austin’s largest free concert series all summer-long. Families especially enjoy this leisurely time spent relaxing and listening to local musicians. Traditionally held monthly from May to August.

Trail of Lights
Austin Trail of Lights is an authentically Austin community celebration. Zilker Park lights up the season for all to see. Leisurely stroll among enchanting structures, sparkling displays and under twinkling tunnels. Traditionally held all December long.
December 10-23, 2016

Austin Film Festival
An eight-day film festival, four-day conference, and endless panels and workshops all rolled into one. Screenwriters, filmmakers, and inventive executives show their usage of film and television to tell a story. View anything from independent films to premiers and documentaries to shorts during this film loaded festival.
October 26 - November 2, 2017

Congress Street Bats
Austin has grown to revere the 1.5 million bats that reside underneath the famous Congress bridge. They are visible April-May, but peak season to witness the cloud of emerging bats is late June - early August. The sophisticated animals usually surface around 8:30pm-9:30pm. Catch the one-hour Lone Star Riverboat Bat Cruise for a spectacular view from underneath Congress bridge. The cruise runs nightly beginning in March through early November.

Photo Credit: Andy Mahr Courtesy of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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