The Austin Festival Scene
Austin is famously touted as the Live Music Capital of the World, but the Austin music festival scene is just the tip of a festival iceberg that can go toe-to-toe with any city in the world. It is a big (and rapidly growing) city that somehow still manages to feel small when you want it to, and its festivals follow suit. Most will know the mega festivals like SXSW, Austin City Limits and the Texas Book Festival, but nearly every week is packed to the brim with smaller events of all kinds. The diverse community, latent nostalgia and laid-back culture of weird converge in a festival calendar that will always give you something new to discover.
Top Austin Festivals Austin City Limits
Inspired by the long-running live music program on PBS, this behemoth features two weekends’ worth of music across eight stages in Zilker Metropolitan Park. It’s the city’s largest annual event, bringing in approximately 75,000 people each day. South By Southwest
Speaking of behemoths, SXSW combines hundreds of music acts, feature films, technology showcases and speakers from all corners of the world every March. This is where new ideas and entertainment collide. Texas Book Festival
One of the most prestigious book festivals in the United States, the Texas Book Festival is a top destination for literary lovers. Over 300 authors from around the globe and tens of thousands of people come to Austin to bury their nose in a good book, attend panel discussions and listen to live music. Pecan Street Festival
Downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District comes alive twice a year during one of the finest juried art fairs in the country. Hundreds of exceptionally talented local and national artists come to share their wondrous creations, including paintings, sculptures, clothing and more. Old Settler’s Music Festival
When bluebonnet season is in full swing, it’s time for the popular Old Settler’s Music Festival. From twangy country tunes to bluegrass and americana, older and newer generations of fans love coming to this festival to camp and check out local artists. Carnaval Brasileiro
Austin meets Rio in this wildly entertaining and colorful festival. As one of the biggest Brazilian carnaval celebrations outside Brazil, fans enjoy energetic dance music, lively costumes and delicious cocktails. Finding Euphoria
Formerly known as Euphoria Music and Camping Festival, the new Finding Euphoria experience is jam-packed with electronic music, car camping at Carson Creek Ranch and a series of intimate events like live art demonstrations and outdoor activities. Austin Reggae Festival
You’ll hear uplifting and peaceful music at the Austin Reggae Festival. This fun-filled reggae music experience is complete with upbeat tunes, arts and crafts, great food and a whole lot of community love. Moontower Comedy Festival
For gut-busting laughs and killer jokes, you can’t go wrong with the Moontower Comedy Festival. National headliners, local comedians and up-and-comers perform in various venues around Austin, unleashing their best material on an unsuspecting audience. Austin Food and Wine Festival
Perhaps the most delicious combination in the culinary world, the Austin Food and Wine Festival is sure to please your taste buds. From wine tastings to cooking demonstrations and live music, there’s no way you can resist such deliciousness.