With the cold temperatures and ice days behind us, we’re ready to take advantage of the sunshine and enjoy one of the things that make Austin such a unique city: festivals! Austin’s diverse culture makes it home to a variety of festivals from reggae and electronic music to modern art and comedy. There’s a festival (or two) for everyone to enjoy this spring in Austin!
Check out our list of the Austin 2014 Spring Festivals!
Held on the grounds of Travis County Expo Center, this outdoor car show and live music festival is quite an experience. Festivalgoers can listen to live music as they check out custom hot rods and classic cars that have traveled to Austin from all over the country. After the gates close, the fun continues with hangouts at nostalgic Austin locations like Top Notch Burgers and Giddy Ups.
This festival is a nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music that features more than 30 bands on four stages. This year’s headliners include Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Held just outside of Austin at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, the festival is kid-friendly with lots of activities for all ages.
Formerly known as Fiesta, this festival has been an annual Austin tradition since 1950! Downtown Austin transforms into an iconic art festival featuring an outdoor art fair, local food trailers, live music and interactive projects for kids of all ages. For one weekend, the community joins together to celebrate Austin’s vibrant creative culture!
Get ready for positive vibrations with thousands of other reggae lovers from near and far. The Austin Reggae Festival celebrates dub music, delicious food, diversity and the power of giving. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Quick tip: this year’s festival will be at Butler Park and not at Auditorium Shores like in previous years!
This hybrid art festival will span 12 days with more than 50 events ranging from theatrical performances, film screenings, music and visual arts. Get your creative juices flowing and explore new ways of engaging with the artist and people around the world!
Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, non-profit organization offering theatrical screenings of films made by or about Latinos or indigenous peoples of the Americas. The 17th annual film festival will feature over 100 screenings ranging from narrative and documentary features, short films, animation and youth films.
More than 100 nationally known and up-and-coming comedians will invade Austin for four nights of comedy performing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy. Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress and Fred Armisen are just a few of the hilarious headliners that will be in town for the event.
Presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, this three-day festival features tastings demos and more from world- renowned faces like Andrew Zimmern to Austin favorites such as Aaron Franklin and Paul Qui. Prepare your taste buds for an experience unlike any other with delicious gourmet from across the nation and right here in Austin.
More than just a music festival, Euphoria fest integrates art installations and workshops such as intro to Dj-ing, advanced hula hooping and yoga, proving that this festival is sure to be a euphoric event. You may not want to leave, which is okay if you have a camping pass!
Winnie the Pooh’s dearest donkey friend, Eeyore, is having his 51st annual birthday party at Pease District Park! Put on your costume and get ready for face painting, music, and maypoles. Surprise guests are also expected! Admission is free to this fundraising event and all proceeds will benefit Austin non-profits. FYI: In the event that it rains, Eeyore’s birthday celebration will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 3rd.
The Austin Psych Fest has quickly become an internationally-acclaimed festival since it’s inception in 2008. This annual event supports artists, helps build a platform for beginner musicians and is environmentally friendly. The lineup this year includes performers ranging from The Brian Jonestown Massacre to The Golden Dawn, which was actually formed right here in Austin!
Calling all country music fans! This is the event for you to attend. Artists such as Randy Rogers Band will perform right in the heart of Austin at The University of Texas’ LBJ Library Lawn. Presented by Young Texans Against Cancer, Texas Performing Arts and 4-1-5 Productions, this two-day event will feature an all-new Food Truck Court!
This arts and crafts festival has been a grand factor in Austin’s progression for the past 30 years! Vendors from all around the world attend this event to display and sell homemade art and craft work. A majority of the proceeds are donated to the city of Austin and local non-profit organizations.
Pachanga Fest reflects the influence that Latinos have had on America and its culture. The festival’s broad lineup mirrors this blending of cultures by including everything from salsa and tejano to rock and hip-hop. You don’t want to miss out on this!
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