Every Austin festival taking place in 2023

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Try food from some of Austin’s best chefs at the Hot Luck Fest.

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Austin may be the Live Music Capital of the World, but we think it deserves another moniker: Festival Capital.

Between world film premieres, major comedy acts, political panels, foodie fiestas, and live music (so, so much live music), Austin is home to every kind of party.

It can be hard to keep track of all of these events, so we’re rounding up every festival taking place in the Capital City in 2023. Bookmark this page, because we’ll update it throughout the year as additional information is announced.

January

2023 Austin Martin Luther King Jr. March, Rally, and Festival | Monday, Jan. 16 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Multiple locations | Free | Stop by early for a rally and march to Huston-Tillotson University, where organizers have vendors, live music, and other activities planned.

February

Austin Oyster Festival | Saturday, Feb. 25 | 12-6 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St., Austin | $70-$125 | Dive into raw, grilled, roasted, and fried oysters, alongside live music and drink vendors.

Carnaval Brasilieiro | Saturday, Feb. 4 | 8 p.m. | Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave., Austin | $35-$200 | Celebrate Mardi Gras with samba, live Brazilian dance music, and a live body painter.

Jo’s Annual Chili Cook-Off | Sunday, Feb. 5 | 12-3 p.m. | Jo’s Coffee, 1300 S. Congress Ave., Austin | Free-$25 | Taste the best chili Austin has to offer.

OUTsider Festival | Wednesday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 19 | Times TBD | Location TBD | Prices TBD | This celebration of LGBTQ+ artists’ theme of the year is “Shapeshifting Underbellies.”

FUSEBASH 2023 | Saturday, Feb. 23 | 6-10 p.m. | Distribution Hall, 1500 E. 4th St., Austin | $3,500-$5,000 per table | Drink cocktails from mixologists behind Tiki Tatsu-ya, take in musical performances, and compete in a live auction at this event benefiting Fuzebox.

March

Rodeo Austin | Friday, March 10-Saturday, March 25 | Times vary | 9100 Decker Lake Rd., Austin | Price TBD | Watch bull riding, take in carnival rides, and see late-night shows at this weeks-long festival — the music lineup will be announced next week.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival | Friday, March 17 | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | Celebrate this Irish holiday with live Celtic music.

SXSW | Friday, March 10-Sunday, March 19 | Times vary | Multiple locations | $595-$1,595 | This internationally recognized film, music, and culture festival brings tens of thousands of visitors to Austin annually.

Two people on stage at a SXSW panel

SXSW draws hundreds of thousands of visitors for panels, concerts, and Q+As to Austin every year.

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April

Urban Cultural Festival | Saturday, April 1 | 12 p.m. | Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $75-$150 | Headliners Stokley, Zapp, and Lyfe Jennings will perform at this family-friendly music festival.

ABC Kite Fest | Saturday, April 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Rd., Austin | Free | Show off your flashiest kites for this day in the sun.

Fusebox Festival | Wednesday, April 12-Sunday, April 16 | Times TBD | Location TBD | Prices TBD | The lineup for this music fest is dropping soon.

Moontower Comedy Festival | Wednesday, April 12-Sunday, April 23 | Times vary | Multiple locations | $150-$257 | Laugh out loud to sets from national headliners like Seth Meyers, Maria Bamford, and Trevor Noah.

Old Settler’s Music Festival | Thursday, April 20-Sunday, April 23 | Times TBD | 1616 FM 3158, Dale | $35-$850 | Settle in for camping and music by Yola, Shinyribs, and Melissa Carper at this Americana-styled fest.

Austin Reggae Fest | Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23 | Times TBD | Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | Price TBD | This outdoor concert brings together some of the best artists in the genre.

Lonestar Round Up | Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Ln., Austin | $20 | Vintage hot rods and custom cars line up alongside barbecue and live music at this fest.

Field Guide Festival | Saturday, April 22 | 1-5 p.m. | Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin | $100 | More than 30 chefs and farmers are coming together to create in-season dishes, perform live demos, and speak.

MOCO Music and Arts Festival | Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29 | Times TBD | Lexington | Prices TBD | Paul Cherry is headlining this two-day music, arts, and camping festival.

May

Hot Luck Festival | Thursday, May 25-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Locations TBD | $75-$900 | Save room for trying bites from dozens of Austin’s best chefs at Aaron Franklin’s annual food festival.

Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival | Saturday, May 6-Sunday, May 7 | Times TBD | 6th Street, Austin | Free | Shop for items from local creators while snacking on concessions and listening to live music.

June

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival | Wednesday, June 7-Sunday, June 11 | Times TBD | Location TBD | Prices TBD | This year marks anniversary No. 25 for this international film festival.

African American Book Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St., Austin | Free | Award-winners, scholars, and book lovers convene at this annual event.

ATX Television Festival | Thursday, June 1-Sunday, June 4 | Times TBD | Location TBD | $50-$535 | Hear from director James Burrows and tune into retrospectives on “Homeland” and “Cheers” at this festival featuring dozens of other panels and screenings.

Austin Asian American Film Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | This annual festival screens new and emerging works by Asian and Asian American artists.

July

Fourth of July Fireworks | Tuesday, July 4 | Time TBD | Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | Free | The City of Austin’s annual fireworks show includes live music from the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

A crowd of people under the flags at ACL Fest.

Austin’s signature music festival is a must-do event for live music lovers.

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August

PRISM Film Fest | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | This festival dedicated to LGBTQ+ creators has run for more than three decades.

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | Since 1990, the Chronicle has been ranking hundreds of hot sauces at this fest also featuring live music, food trucks, and cookbooks for sale.

Austin Pride Parade | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | Get ready to march alongside the ~400,000 other attendees at this Pride festival and parade.

Bat Fest | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | Celebrate Austin’s unofficial mascot, the Mexican free-tailed bat, at this event with craft booths, live music, and a bat costume contest.

Hot Summer Nights | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Location TBD | Free | The Red River Cultural District’s summertime concert series supports charitable programs and Austin’s live music community.

September

Fantastic Fest | Thursday, Sept. 21-Thursday, Sept. 28 | Times TBD | Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $275-$1,495 | Get ready to be shocked and awed at the largest fantasy/horror/sci-fi film festival in the US — expect world film premieres and guest appearances from celebrities and directors.

Pecan Street Fall Arts Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times TBD | 6th Street, Austin | Free | This market and festival for local creators takes place twice annually.

Texas Tribune Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Multiple locations | Price TBD | This politics-centered festival brings together the country’s most influential leaders for 180+ panels, discussions, and interviews.

October

ACL Music Festival | Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8 + Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15 | Times vary | Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Rd., Austin | $285-$5500 | Austin’s signature music festival is back with hundreds of live performances and dozens of local food vendors.

Austin Film Festival | Thursday, Oct. 26-Thursday, Nov. 2 | Times TBD | Multiple locations | $60-$5,750 | Film fans will “feel like an eight-year-old at an Amy’s Ice Cream counter” at this festival filled with screenings, premieres, competition films, and Q&As.

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix | Friday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 22 | Times TBD | Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin | $540-$2,250 | Tickets are already selling out for this action-packed Formula 1 race.

LEVITATION | Thursday, Oct. 26-Monday, Oct. 29 | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | Dance for four days straight at this music festival founded in honor of psychedelic rock.

Texas Book Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Congress Avenue, Austin | Free | This festival featuring vendors, signings, and dozens of author panels and Q&As is a book lover’s dream.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin | Price TBD | This event is the largest annual festival for small and independent Texas breweries.

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The Texas Book Festival includes book signings, panels, Q&As, and vendors.

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November

Austin Celtic Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin | Price TBD | Expect traditional Irish music, Celtic sports, and local vendors at this annual festival.

Austin Food + Wine Festival | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | Price TBD | Austin’s best chefs and vintners come together for one of the top food events of the year.

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival | Saturday, Nov. 4-Sunday, Nov. 5 | Times TBD | Location TBD | Price TBD | The top pitmasters in Texas come together for this meaty showdown.

Austin Studio Tour | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Multiple locations | Free | Hundreds of local artists will display their work for free at this city-wide show.

December

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | Price TBD | Get in Christmas shopping to the sound of local live music at this holiday bazaar.

Austin’s New Year | Sunday, Dec. 31 | Time TBD | Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | Free | Send off 2023 with Austin’s annual New Year celebration.

Trail of Lights | Dates TBD | Times TBD | Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Rd., Austin | Price TBD | Austin’s signature holiday event features dazzling displays and carnival rides.

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