Whether you’re doing the organizing or just along for the ride, the biggest events of the year take planning! To help you get ready, here are some of the most popular gatherings around the San Antonio and Austin area for the rest of 2019:
March 15th – 30th
Ya’ll been to a rodeo? Austin puts its spin on the time-honored festivities of ropin’ and ridin’, with the live music and delicious BBQ you’d expect to accompany such an event. “Where Weird Meets Western.”
After 90 years and counting, the Austin Kitefest proves that old school fun hasn’t lost its luster – no matter how realistic those new video games get! Bring your family to Zilker Park to see the sky filled with soaring kites of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Admission is free.
Hot rods and custom vehicles from across the country decorate the landscape during Austin’s largest car show. $15 gets you into this family-friendly event with live music, and admission is free for children under 12. This event is considered by some to be the best car show in America!
Roots music lovers will appreciate this nationally-recognized festival featuring acoustic jazz and blues, bluegrass, and award-winning artists. Ticket prices are in the ACLfest-range, and the 4-day schedule is absolutely jam-packed with acts.
Enjoy four nights of hilarity as national headliners join local favorites to see who can get the biggest howls out of their fun-loving audiences. Badges for the event start at $99 and go up from there, but it’s not likely you’ll remember that when you’re doubled-over in laughter.
Just in case you need another reason to eat gourmet food and drink specialty wines, this festival has you covered! Top talent from across the nation flies into Austin to give classes, demos, competitions, tasting events, and concerts. Tickets starting at $250 include food.
Channel your inner hippy! Promising to be full of incense and other interesting fragrances, this long-running free event in Pease Park encourages participants to bring their own musical instruments and costumes. Parking is limited and free shuttle service is offered.
San Antonio’s largest free festival attracts more than three million people annually! It began in 1891 when local women decorated their horse-drawn carriages with flowers and gathered in front of the Alamo to throw their extra blossoms at each other. Now a long-standing tradition, the “Battle of Flowers Parade,” runs each year and is the only parade in the U.S. to be produced entirely by women.
Have an appreciation for hand-made art? The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest and longest-running arts & crafts festivals in the nation, accompanied by plenty of live music and entertainment. Taking over central 6th street for the weekend, this admission-free nonprofit benefits downtown development, homeless initiatives, and youth programs.
Located about two hours from Austin and San Antonio, relaxed Kerrville is home to this popular niche music festival for Folk music, Bluegrass, Country music, Blues, Jazz, and Americana. More than thirty thousand people buy tickets to attend this festival each year, held annually since 1972.