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19 THINGS TO DO IN AUSTIN, TX (APRIL 02 - APRIL 11)

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets

late February–April (best in early-to-mid 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

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

Watermelon

Watermelon

April–early September • food

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

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

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

late February–early May • food

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

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

Armadillo

Armadillo

April–October • nature

These cute creatures in strong armor continue moving to the North

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

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

late February–October | best April  • nature

Every spring, Texas countryside gets transformed with yellow, blue, purple, and red blooms

Raccoon

Raccoon

March–November • nature

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

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

Blooming Cactuses

Blooming Cactuses

April–early June • nature

The arid scenery of West Texas comes alive with unexpectedly colorful blooms

Snake Season

Snake Season

March–May • nature

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

Gorman Falls

Gorman Falls

all year round | April–mid-September • nature

A wide, misty waterfall will make you feel like you are somwhere tropical

Red Poppies

Red Poppies

late March–late April | festival April 23–25, 2021 • nature

Visit the beautiful red poppy capital of Texas

34 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic

unconfirmedJuly 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

out of rangeOctober 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

Austin Reggae Festival

Austin Reggae Festival

out of rangeApril 16–18, 2021 • event

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

SXSW Music Festival in Austin

SXSW Music Festival in Austin

out of rangeMarch 16–20, 2021 (online) • 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)

out of rangeOctober 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

out of rangeMay–June • nature

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

Texas Relays in Austin

Texas Relays in Austin

out of rangeMarch 24–27, 2021 • event

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

Austin Celtic Festival

Austin Celtic Festival

out of rangeNovember 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​

out of rangeMay–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

Georgetown Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match

Georgetown Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match

unconfirmedearly September 2021 • event

One of the most exciting ballooning events in Central Texas

River Tubing

River Tubing

out of rangeJune–August • activity

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

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

out of rangeApril 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

SXSW Film Festival

SXSW Film Festival

out of rangeMarch 16–20, 2021 (online event) • event

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

Sometimes Islands

Sometimes Islands

out of rangeMay–October • nature

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

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg Oktoberfest

out of rangeOctober 1–3, 2021 • event

The largest celebration in the polka capital of Texas

Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival

out of rangeNovember 7–8, 2020 (virtual event) • event

This book fair will inspire you to read again

ABC Zilker Kite Festival

ABC Zilker Kite Festival

out of rangeMarch 28, 2021 • event

The longest running kite festival in the country

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

out of rangeOctober 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

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Ring in the New Year with country music and fireworks

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

out of rangeMay–early October • nature

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

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

out of rangeSeptember–October, March • nature

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

Austin Christmas Lights

Austin Christmas Lights

out of rangeearly November–early January • event

Enjoy some holiday magic in the capital of Texas

Peach Season

Peach Season

out of rangeMay–August • food

Yummy, tasty, fresh peaches are ready to be picked

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

out of rangeOctober–December • food

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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 13, 2021 (virtual) • event

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

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day

out of rangeMarch 2, 2021 (online) • event

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

Big Bertha

Big Bertha

out of rangeSeptember–November • event

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

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

unconfirmedlate October 2021 • event

The best occasion to taste Texan craft beers

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

out of rangeMay–June  • nature

Add sunshine to your life by visiting a sunflower field in Texas

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

out of rangeall year round | best May–September  • nature

Hot summer days in Austin would be unbearable without refreshing waterfalls and swimming holes

Caves

Caves

out of rangeMay–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

Austin Pride

Austin Pride

unconfirmedmid-August 2021 • event

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

Sculpture Falls

Sculpture Falls

out of rangemid-May–September • activity

A hidden picture-perfect swimming hole

Austin 4th of July Events and Fireworks

Austin 4th of July Events and Fireworks

unconfirmedJuly 4  • event

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

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