Best Austin Street 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 city festivals.
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.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally, otherwise known as ROT Rally, is the largest motorcycle rally in Texas and the fourth largest motorcycle rally in the US. Held every year on the weekend after Memorial Day, hundreds of bikers gather at the Travis County Expo Center and ride along the hilly roads of Austin for an entire weekend. On the Friday of that weekend, the City of Austin closes off parts of the downtown area's Congress Ave. for the largest biker party in a downtown area. In 2006, ROT Rally was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the "Longest Parade of Motorcycles Known to Mankind."
Located in Fiesta Gardens in Downtown Austin, the Austin PRIDE Festival hosts two stages to many entertainers and performers. The main stage has headline entertainers and a second stage has DJ's and carnival performers. Attendants can also see pet parades, eat food from local food vendors, and experience carnival-themed games and activities.
The major Austin attraction of watching the bats emerge from under the Congress Bridge has become a festival that takes place once a year. Bat watchers can enjoy live music, local food and drink, while gazing at 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Everyone in attendance can also enjoy a bat costume contest and fun children's activites like arts & crafts.
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