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Austin spring festival and event guide: Big events happening in March, April and May 2024

You could say Austin's events calendar really blossoms in the spring. Here's a guide to the big events happening in March, April and May.

AUSTIN, Texas — The sleepier winter season is coming to a close, and Austinites know what that means: Spring festival season is upon us.

You could say Austin's events calendar really blossoms in the spring. From the madness of March events like South by Southwest (SXSW), Rodeo Austin and Texas Relays all the way through to the Pecan Street Arts Festival in May, there's something going on pretty much all the time when it's spring in the Capital City.

Here's a guide to the big events happening in Austin in March, April and May.


South by Southwest

What: Every March, people from all over the world congregate in Downtown Austin for the SXSW Conference and Festivals. The 10-day event is made up of four main components: Interactive, Film & TV, Comedy and Music. Many of the events require a badge or wristband, but some – including a concert series at Vic Mathias/Auditorium Shores – are free and open to all.

When: March 8 through March 16. Free shows at Auditorium Shores will be held March 14 through March 16

Where: venues throughout Downtown Austin

RELATED: SXSW Music and Film & TV wristbands are on sale now

Rodeo Austin

What: One of Austin's premier events, Rodeo Austin features ProRodeo competitions, daily concerts, a stock show, a carnival and more. 

When: March 8 through March 23

Where: 9100 Decker Lane

Luck Reunion

While not technically located in Austin, Willie Nelson's annual Luck Reunion is one of the best-known Austin-area events every March. The event features dozens of artists performing live, including Nelson himself. This year's lineup also features big names like Tyler Childers, John Oates, the Toadies and many more.

When: March 14

Where: 1100 Bee Creek Road in Spicewood

RELATED: Luck Reunion, Willie Nelson's annual music event, returns to Austin this spring

San Antonio Spurs I-35 Series

The San Antonio Spurs will again play a series of games at Moody Center this March. The team will take on the Denver Nuggets on March 15 and the Brooklyn Nets on March 17. The Austin Spurs, San Antonio's G League affiliate, will play a game in between, on March 16 against the Washington Wizards.

When: March 15 and March 17

Where: 2001 Robert Dedman Drive


What: The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series return to the Circuit of the Americas for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix this March.

When: March 22 through March 24

Where: 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

What: The best high school, college and professional track and field athletes from all over converge at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus every spring.

When: March 27 through March 30

Where: 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive

Round Rock Express opening weekend

What: The Round Rock Express will kick off their 2024 season with a series against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys at Dell Diamond.

When: March 29 through March 31

Where: 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock

RELATED: LED video boards unveiled at Dell Diamond ahead of Round Rock Express season

Urban Cultural Fest

What: Previously known as the Urban Music Fest, Urban Cultural Fest now includes other "Afrocentric aspects of culture" as well. Live music is still a major part of the festival, but it also features "other cultural makers such as ethnic dance, ethnic food, ethnic clothing, ethnic visual arts [and] spoken word." The fest is held at Vic Mathias/Auditorium Shores.

When: March 30

Where: 900 W. Riverside Drive

Other events happening in March:


Statesman Capitol 10K

What: Established in 1978, the Statesman Capitol 10K – or Cap10K, as it's typically known – is the largest 10K race in Texas and the sixth-largest in the country. 

When: April 7

Where: Startling line over Lady Bird Lake to the finish festival at Vic Mathias/Auditorium Shores

Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

This annual two-week festival rounds up a wide variety of well-known comedians, up-and-coming artists and local talent. Check out this year's headline events.

When: April 10 through April 21

Where: 713 Congress Ave.

ABC Kite Festival

What: The nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites and day-long activities for all ages. The event, which is free and held annually at Zilker Park, is in its 96th year.

When: April 14

Where: 2207 Lou Neff Road

Austin Psych Fest

What: The Austin Psych Fest will feature a lineup of psych rock, indie rock and dream pop bands, as well as visuals and installations by Mad Alchemy, TV Eye and drip//cuts. The festival will be held at The Far Out Lounge & Stage.

When: April 26 through April 28

Where: 8504 S. Congress Ave.

Eeyore's Birthday Party

What: First held in 1963, this wonderfully weird gathering honoring everyone's favorite melancholy donkey is held every April (except 2020 and 2021) in Pease District Park. Always free to attend, Eeyore's Birthday Party functions as a fundraiser operated by the Friends of the Forest Foundation to benefit local nonprofits.

When: April 27

Where: 1100 Kingsbury St.

RELATED: 'This is what Austin is about' | Inside the creative hub that is Eeyore's Birthday Party

Austin Blues Festival

Antone's Nightclub and Waterloo Greenway are partnering to host the Austin Blues Festival this April at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. The festival is set to include major names like Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Brittany Howard, plus more than a dozen others.

When: April 27 and April 28

Where: 1401 Trinity St.

Other events happening in April:


Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

What: This free street fair gathers artists, craftsman, musicians and food vendors on Sixth Street – historically known as Pecan Street. The festival is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

When: May 4 and May 5

Where: Sixth Street between Brazos Street and Interstate 35

Greater Austin Book Fest

What: This event, hosted by the Austin Public Library, is an opportunity for local authors and illustrators to connect with the community. Organizers expect more than 80 authors to participate, and readers will be able to get their books signed, shop for books and enjoy panels and workshops.

When: May 11

Where: 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Hot Luck Festival

What: Hot Luck Fest describes itself as a "one-of-a-kind finger-licking & finger-picking good time" and a "DIY casserole of the culinary and music world." The festival centers around live music and food and benefits the Southern Smoke Foundation.

When: May 23 through May 26

Where: various locations throughout Austin

ATX Television Festival

The ATX Television Festival is an annual event very similar to a traditional film festival that instead includes premieres of new TV series, panels featuring well-known TV stars and more.

When: May 30 through June 2

Where: various locations throughout Downtown Austin

Other events happening in May:

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