Events in Austin

     Austin is an eclectic city that thrives on events and festivals. Known for its music scene and thrilling community, the capitol city is a destination for big events and festivals of all kinds. The start of a new year has brought many different kinds of community events for people of all ages.

     Carnaval Brasileiro is a giant festival that originated in Brazil and is now celebrated all over the world; Austin hosts one of the biggest celebrations outside of Brazil itself. People dress up in flamboyant costumes and dance to authentic Brazilian samba music and have a great time. This event takes place February 4 through 5at the Palmer Event Center; tickets are $38 in advance and $40 at the door. This is the perfect event to let loose with friends and have a ball.

     The LIVESTRONG Austin marathon comes to Austin once a year to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation which benefits people with cancer and even funds cancer research.  The 26.2 mile course goes through some of Austin’s most charming and historic neighborhoods with 40 local, live bands cheering you on the whole way. This is a great way for family and friends to get outside and get active while, all for a great cause. You can register online at

     The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is held in Austin every year, its lasts for two weeks, from March 11 to March 26, at the Travis County Expo Center. This event features a wide range of things to do for adults and kids alike. They offer ProRodeo events, daily and nightly concerts, a live stock show and the largest carnival in the Austin area. Tickets are available at the admissions gate and prices vary depending on what you want to do. Parking is $10 per car and season tickets are available as well. This is a great family event or just something fun to do with friends, eat authentic carnival food and ride a carousel or two. 

     South By SouthWest (SXSW) is a internationally recognized event held annually in Austin. It’s a chance for noted film makers, musicians, and multimedia artists to come together for one enormous affair. Music, film and interactive events all have separate days and tickets; music normally lasts for six days, interactive for five and film for nine. SXSW tickets for these events can be purchased on their website,, but there are lots of non SXSW related events happening downtown at the same time as SXSW that are free and open to the general public.  

     Austin is a great place for family, friends and fun. There is always something happening and it’s almost impossible not to have a good time. Go to one of these events and a exciting experience is almost guaranteed.