Best time to visit Austin, TX

Austin, TX

17 THINGS TO DO IN AUSTIN, TX (APRIL 03 - APRIL 12)

Bluebonnets Bloom

Bluebonnets Bloom

late February–April • nature

Don't miss the blooming of the state flower of Texas

Rodeo

Rodeo

mid-January–August • activity

An undeniable part of Texas culture. Don't miss the Rodeo season and enjoy some original shows

Texas Relays in Austin

Texas Relays in Austin

March 31–April 3, 2021 • event

A historical competition is among most popular track and field events in the U.S.

Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

July–November • food

Check out the opening​ ceremony of a shrimp festival and enjoy the traditions and delicious seafood

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

April–June | September–November • activity

Feel like a cowboy from a western movie. Be free and enjoy your ride

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

January–August • activity

Take a day trip on a kayak or canoe and enjoy the sound of the water and peaceful paddling on one of the thousands of scenic trails

Watermelon

Watermelon

April–early September • food

There is nothing better than a cool slice of watermelon during hot summer Texas days

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

November–February (all year round, closed Thursdays) • activity

Have a relaxing dip in a large spring-fed pool in Austin

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

late February–early May • food

There is no such thing as too many strawberries, especially during the Strawberry Festival

Armadillo

Armadillo

April–October • nature

These cute creatures in strong armor continue moving to the North

Raccoon

Raccoon

March–November • nature

These curious small creatures can quietly accompany you during an evening camping trip

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

March–May | August–October (best in mid-September) • nature

Track the world's tiniest bird passing over the Lone Star State

Hiking

Hiking

March–May | September–November • activity

The stunning beauty and natural diversity of this state are amazing. Just choose the best trail for you!

Biking

Biking

March–May | September–November • activity

The diverse terrains of the Lone Star State offer some of the best cycling vacations

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

July–April • activity

Amazing views, huge rocks, wild nature, and challenging routes for climbers of all levels

Bluebonnets Bloom

Bluebonnets Bloom

late February–April • nature

No te pierdas el florecimiento de la flor estatal de Texas

Snake Season

Snake Season

March–May • nature

Snakes have been an object of fascination, fear, and suspicion since ancient times

31 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

July 4 • event

A popular way to celebrate America's Independence Day with good music, famous performers, and a relaxed atmosphere

Día de Los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos

October 31–November 1 • event

This colourful celebration is prepared especially for the immortal souls that come down to earth to join the living on this spec​ial day

SXSW Music Festival in Austin

SXSW Music Festival in Austin

March 16–22, 2020 • event

Visit one of the biggest music, film, and interactive media festivals in the world, attended by 300,000 people every year

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)

October 1–3, 2021 | October 8–10, 2021 • event

A world-class festival which gathers hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy music and entertainment

Lavender Trails

Lavender Trails

May–June • nature

Smell the healing aroma while walking in the fields of lavender in the Texas Hill Country

Austin Celtic Festival

Austin Celtic Festival

November 14, 2020 (online event) • event

Grab a checkered skirt and head for the Celtic Festival—tradition and lots of fun for the whole family

Natural Pools and Springs​

Natural Pools and Springs​

May–September • nature

Spend hot summer days in a natural water reservoir—some of them are beautiful natural creations, others are thrilling mysterious places, but all of them will bring you fresh and cool delight

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

April 8, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

Georgetown Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match

Georgetown Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match

early September 2021 • event

One of the most exciting ballooning events in Central Texas

SXSW Film Festival

SXSW Film Festival

March 16–20, 2021 (online event) • event

The best film festival in Texas and one of the best in the world

River Tubing

River Tubing

June–August • activity

When there is too much sun, cool down with a pleasant ride down the river

Sometimes Islands

Sometimes Islands

May–October • nature

The Sometimes Islands are a part of the Lake Travis area. They come up and submerge whenever mother nature decides!

Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival

November 7–8, 2020 (virtual event) • event

This book fair will inspire you to read again

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

October 1–2, 2021 • event

Check out amazing artworks created just with a piece of chalk. This friendly festival welcomes whole families to take part or just to enjoy the event​

New Year's Eve in Austin

New Year's Eve in Austin

December 31 • event

Ring in the New Year with country music and fireworks

ABC Zilker Kite Festival

ABC Zilker Kite Festival

March 28, 2021 • event

The longest running kite festival in the country

Austin Christmas Lights

Austin Christmas Lights

early November–early January • event

Enjoy some holiday magic in the capital of Texas

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

May–early October • nature

Native Texas spiders leave their burrows en masse in search for females

Austin Reggae Festival

Austin Reggae Festival

April 16–18, 2021 • event

Meet the arrival of spring with good music vibes at one of Austin's best downtown parks

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

October 1–3, 2021 • event

The largest celebration in the polka capital of Texas

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 11–12, 2021 • event

Check out a big Asian bash at the Chinatown Center, far north Austin

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

September–October, March • nature

Watch thousands of butterflies in the parks and gardens of The Lone Star State

Peach Season

Peach Season

May–August • food

Yummy, tasty, fresh peaches are ready to be picked

Big Bertha

Big Bertha

September–November • event

While visiting a football game, you can see and hear the biggest drum in the world supporting its team

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

October–December • food

Try the best pie you have ever eaten on your trip to Texas

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

late October 2021 • event

The best occasion to taste Texan craft beers

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day

March 2 • event

The best time to feel the atmosphere of the Lone Star State, witness legendary Texan patriotism, and enjoy celebrations all over the state

Caves

Caves

May–September • activity

Escape the summer heat in one of these stunning caves. Beware of the bats and be ready to explore something new with every step

Sculpture Falls

Sculpture Falls

mid-May–September • activity

A hidden picture-perfect swimming hole

Austin Pride

Austin Pride

mid-August 2021 • event

Dress in rainbow colors for one of the largest Pride Parades in Texas

Austin 4th of July Events and Fireworks

Austin 4th of July Events and Fireworks

July 4  • event

Austin marks Independence Day with a big bang and lots of music

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