Annual ATX Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Kelsey Easton January 20, 2024

Well, alright, alright, alright my fellow Austinities and wanderlust seekers! If you're anything like me, you'll live for the moments that make life in Austin sparkle like a Texas star on a clear summer night. And let me tell you, Austin knows how to throw a party that will have you saying "alright, alright, alright" all year long!
So grab your cowboy boots, and your favorite shades, and let me guide you through some of the most happening annual events in Austin Texas baby!

Austin City Limits

This iconic music festival brings some of the biggest names in the industry. Everything from country music to headliner DJs, hip hop to up-and-coming artists, the lineup is always diverse. Residing the first two weekends in October the city is pulsating with energy as festival goers venture to Austin from all over the world. The festival takes place in the famous Zilker Park overlooking the city skyline and is an Austin buck list item you will want to make sure that you don't miss out on.

Trail of Lights

'Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than with the trail of lights? The beloved Austin tradition transforms Zilker Park into a twinkling wonderland of festive lights, holiday music, and seasonal treats. It's like stepping into a Christmas card come to life. Outside of the trail of lights, Austin is known to have many Christmas-themed bars and activities. From the light show at Mozarts Coffee to the faux snowfall at the W Rooftop, there is nothing short of winter activities to take the whole family too, making December a lively month in the city.

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Ah, SXSW, where tech, film, and music collide in a beautiful symphony of creativity and chaos. It's like the ultimate mashup of innovation and artistry, with film premieres, interactive exhibitions, and live music galore. Whether you're a film buff, a tech nerd, or a music aficionado, SXSW is the place to see and be seen.

Formula 1

Now let's rev up the excitement in the fast lane of Austin's social calendar with the Formula 1 United States Grand Pix that happens annually in October. The Circuit of the Americas transforms into a glamorous playground for the world's fastest cars. All weekend long you'll find festivities at every turn as the international racing world flocks to our city to watch the pinnacle of motorsports.

Austin Food + Wine Fest

Calling all foodies and wine connoisseurs, this one's for you! The Austin Food + Wine Festival is a culinary extravaganza that'll tantalize your taste buds and quench your thirst for epicurean delights. From gourmet tastings from Austin's top chefs to cooking demos and wine pairings, it's a feat for the senses that will leave you straight into a food coma when the party is over.

Attend a UT Football Game

Austin takes football seriously. Nationally known for their high energy and team spirit, there's no better way to feel the spirit of Austin than by attending a UT football game. Embrace the sea of burnt orange and cheer on Austin's biggest sport.
Avoid the FOMO and make sure you gather your crew and mark your calendars!  You don't want to miss out on these crowd-favorite events that light up our city. Yeehaw!

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