From music to art to racing to beer and ice cream, Austin has it all for the fest fans in the city. Known for music performances in every nook and corner of the city almost every day of the week, Austin music festival and Austin film festival events are popular among art admirers. Not only art lovers, but even foodies have a line of interesting events to choose from, like the Austin food and drinks festivals which are sometimes events that happen in association with prominent music festivals in the city. ABC Kite Fest, Rodeo, Lonestar Roundup and Fusebox Festival are some of the best known annual Austin fests.
Known for its iconic music festivals, Austin does host some of the internationally recognized music fests such as The Austin City Limits Festival and South by Southwest or SXSW. Urban Music Festival is yet another popular fest but a family-centric one, which showcases music performances by more of local artists. These events feature music in every genre like R&B, jazz, country music, pop rock, punk and reggae.
Austin Film Festival (AFF) which happens every October attracts movie lovers from all over the world. The fest features documentaries, short films, movie premieres, animation movies, and independent films. Notable personalities from the industry are often present at the festivals for related interactive events. Austin Revolution Film Festival (ARFF) is another renowned movie festival that honors independent filmmakers. The festival also holds screenings of some fine international movies.
And when you have had enough of arts and music, you may revive the foodie in you and be ready to spoil your palate with a handful of global and national delicacies which line up during the Austin food and drinks festivals. Among the food fests that take place in the city, Austin food and wine festival is surely the mother of all local food fests with over 40 different associated events. There are food stalls, cooking workshops, food trucks, and celebrity shows that happen during the fest, just enough to keep your weekend eventful. The annual Austin Chronicle hot sauce festival is very interestingly the world’s largest hot sauce festival, where you can taste some of the fieriest sauces from different parts of the world while live music fills up the air. And then there is the Margarita festival with endless choices of margaritas on the offering.
The Austin Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the authentic Celtic traditions. Celtic dance and music performances along with workshops and lectures on Celtic artforms happen during the event. Austin lantern festival is a spectacular annual festival where thousands of revelers with lanterns assemble to create a night of visual spectacle. One can enjoy the festive vibes with good food, drinks, live music and other fun activities before lighting the sky with thousands of lanterns. Austin even has a festival for the bibliophile in you as well. The Texas Book Festival held in Austin annually is a free book fair. Thousands of book lovers come to attend the two day fair. The fest includes book readings, panel discussions, workshops, live music, and food stalls.