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Austin

Travel Region

Hill Country

Population

1m

As the Texas capital and the home of the Longhorns, Austin inspires big expectations that it easily lives up to with its supply of outdoor adventure and delicious eats, and its well-deserved status as a cultural hub.

Upcoming Events

OUTsider Festival

Feb. 15-19

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road #2135

As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community for three days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, and visual arts.

outsiderfest.org

"Day Jobs"

Feb. 19-July 23

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The first major exhibition to examine the overlooked impact of day jobs on the visual arts, "Day Jobs" is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike. The exhibition includes approximately 75 works in a broad range of media by emerging and established artists such as Emma Amos, Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Gibson, Tishan Hsu, Ragen Moss, Howardena Pindell, Chuck Ramirez, Robert Ryman, and Fred Wilson.

blantonmuseum.org

ATX Open

Feb. 27-March 5

Westwood Country Club, 3808 W. 35th St.

The ATX Open is Austin's only professional tour-level tennis tournament, bringing world-class women athletes and thrilling tennis action to the capital of Texas. The WTA 250 tournament celebrates its inaugural event at Austin's Westwood Country Club, which is being transformed to include a 1,700-seat stadium court. The tournament is the first of nine U.S.-based events on the 2023 WTA calendar and is being broadcast to a worldwide audience. A global field of WTA stars including 2022 Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens are scheduled to compete in the 32-player singles and 16-team doubles draws.

atxopen.com

South by Southwest

March 10-19

Austin Convention Center and Downtown Austin, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Every spring, crowds descend on downtown Austin to experience the world-renowned SXSW conference and festivals. Consisting of three main components—Interactive, Music, and Film—each track brings top creatives and global professionals together to collaborate during this exciting 10-day event.

sxsw.com

"Vincent"

March 23-April 8

Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road #122

"Vincent" relates the life story of the iconic painter, Vincent Van Gogh, from the perspective of his brother, Theo. Based on actual letters between the pair, this intimate play goes beyond the biography of Van Gogh's life, revealing a story of inspiration, courage, passion, and the lust for life that art kindles in all of us.

penfoldtheatre.org/event/vincent/2023-04-08

Austin Falls Ultra

April 8

McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy.

Within the naturally rugged trails of Texas Hill Country, navigate a technical single-track trail protected by lush green foliage and diverse scenery. Rolling and winding through the course, dodge roots and rocks, ascend and descend hills, and run across wooden bridges. Be prepared for a possible water crossing of the falls (dependent on rain). After the race, have fun jumping off cliffs in the cool, refreshing pools of Onion Creek.

ultraexpeditions.com/austin-falls-ultra

Moontower Comedy Festival

April 12-23

Various locations

The Moontower Just For Laughs Austin comedy fest returns with two full weeks of comedy. Complete with favorite headliners and a four-day comedy club binge, expect over 100 comedians invading downtown Austin for stand-up, podcasts, parties, screenings, and cast panels. Headliners this year include Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, Chelcie Lynn, and Vir Das.

austintheatre.org/moontower-comedy

McKinney Falls Fest

April 15

McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway

Come out to the park for a fun day full of guided hikes, live music, food trucks, and activity booths, plus park staff open a time capsule buried in the park in 1975. Discover the treasures that were left behind and witness the preparation of the next time capsule for McKinney Falls State Park to be opened in 2073.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls

Shakespeare’s Birthday: Celebrate Sonnets

April 23

Pease Park, Tudor Cottage and Terrace, 1100 Kingsbury St.

Austin Shakespeare presents a new project, Shakespeare’s Birthday: Celebrate Sonnets, a collaboration with the Pease Park Conservancy featuring poetry, music, and dance as well as cake and beverages. The event features the park’s newly restored 1920 Tutor cottage and terrace. 

austinshakespeare.org

CelebrASIA

May 13

Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road

The Asian American Resource Center hosts its annual signature event, CelebrASIA, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. A celebration of Asian Pacific American culture, the festival includes performance groups, musicians, food vendors, and hands-on activities.

austintexas.gov/department/asian-american-resource-center

"Steve Martin and Martin Short: You Wont Believe What They Look Like Today!"

May 19-20

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Two of the funniest, most influential, and acclaimed talents of the past century take the stage. Their humor is often subversive, but it is always a joyous, self-deprecating romp from comedic masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace, with little setup and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity.

texasperformingarts.org/event/steve-martin-martin-short-2023-bass-concert-hall-austin-texas

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