A Guide to Austin’s Best Festivals

Been-there tips to help you get the most out of Austin’s best festivals.


Often overlooked as a tourist destination, Austin has a lot to offer that bigger cities don’t. My wanderlust has taken me many places – in the U.S. and in other countries – but the tree-hugging hippies and authentic Mexican food always beckon me back to Austin, a place I love to visit.

A Guide to Austin’s Best Festivals

Ironically, the more I travel the more I realize how eclectic Austin is. The Texas capital has a quirky personality that feels unique. To get a glimpse of Austin’s peculiar culture, you have to attend at least one of Austin’s many daytime festivals. Even as someone who has been to all of these events, I continue to look forward to them every year.

Here are my favorites, and some valuable tips I’ve learned from attending them yearly:

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging ( and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 238 Comments

  1. Avatar of Lillian Arnold

    Lillian Arnold

    Just the name Pecan Festival makes me want to eat LOL

  2. Avatar of Brandy Warner

    Brandy Warner

    Austin is so underrated. I lived there for 2 years and wish I never left…

  3. Avatar of Margaret Palmer

    Margaret Palmer

    ACL is maybe my favorite concert EVER!

  4. Avatar of Raquel Wilkerson

    Raquel Wilkerson

    The Kite Festival might have to be added to my bucket list. The photos are amazing 🙂

  5. Avatar of Penny Hudson

    Penny Hudson

    I’m so envious, ACL sounds awesome

  6. Avatar of Jenny Gregory

    Jenny Gregory

    America has a lot to offer between the coasts. Austin is a great example 🙂

  7. Avatar of Bobbie Lindsey

    Bobbie Lindsey

    I’m kind afraid of anywhere in the midwest. Is that silly?

  8. Avatar of Darla Lynch

    Darla Lynch

    I can’t believe how much is going on in that little city! I wish Austin was on the sea. I’d move there!

  9. Avatar of Lorraine Montgomery

    Lorraine Montgomery

    SXSW sounds too corporate for Austin

  10. Avatar of Sherry Sandoval

    Sherry Sandoval

    The kite one sounds amazeballs!

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