Best Austin Festivals
Do you love activities, local food, and kid-friendly fun? Austin has numerous fun festivals for all three! With so much to do, it can be overwhelming sorting through the best things to do in town. Luckily, Realty Austin, your top source for Austin activities and real estate, has the scoop on Austin’s top festivals.
Austin City Limits
For more than 10 years, Austin has been home to one of the world’s greatest music festivals --- Austin City Limits (ACL)! The annual 3-day music festival attracts thousands of festival goers each Fall with five outdoor stages filled with live music and entertainment. Whether you’re looking to discover the hottest new band or trying to score a front row spot for a once-in-a-lifetime performance by your favorite rock legend, you’re sure to have a blast at Austin City Limits.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the biggest music events in the country, attracting thousands from all over the world each year. For 10 days each March, Austin transforms into a playground for all things music, flim, and interactive. During this citywide event, hundreds of Austin venues and restaurants open their doors to creative up-and-comers, allowing them to perform in front of audiences who come from all around the globe to experience it all. For full access, you’ll want to purchase a platinum badge or wristband, but you may not even need it with the hundreds of free shows & events that take place all over town during SXSW.
Pecan Street Festival
Named after 6th Street’s original name, this family-friendly street festival takes place twice a year in Austin’s downtown entertainment district. Pecan Street Festival offers several blocks of family fun, from local art to live music and entertainment. Of course, no Austin festival would be complete without food! Experience all of this and more each May and October in the lively streets of downtown Austin.
About 8 miles southeast of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is Circuit of the Americas, the home of Austin F1 racing. The multi-million dollar facility is called “The Most Unique Motorsports Facility in the United States” and for good reason. It is the only track built purposely for Formula One Racing in the country, and puts Austin on the map as a World-Class Motorsports destination.
Get your Texas on at the Austin rodeo in Cedar Park, TX. The annual week-long event features bull riding, carnival rides, "mutton bustin'", concerts and more. This rodeo is nonprofit and ptovides scholarships to Texas students.
Trail of Lights
An Austin tradition since 1965, the Trail of Lights provides miles or walking amongst thousands of lights and scenes. The Zilker Tree, another holiday favorite, stands 155 feet tall in the middle of Zilker Park, and boasts 39 multi-colored streamers, 3,309 lights and bulbs, and a very bright star with 150 lights on the top. With so many lights, it's hard to miss amongst the Downtown Austin Skyline during the holidays.
Free Summer Concerts
Austinites are always longing for live music and during these long summer nights there are plenty of chances to get your fill. KGSR has been hosting Blues on the Green for more than 20 seasons, providing free concerts to those lounging on blankets in Zilker Park. KGSR also hosts Unplugged at the Grove at the Shady Grove right around the corner, as well as Lakeside Live at Uncle Billy's. Uncle Billy's also provides space to KLBJ for their Rock the Lake concert series. Last but not least, the Hartman Foundation hosts Concerts in the Park" in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace.
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