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Find Things to Do in Austin, Texas in 2020

Sydney Spence has been writing online since 2008 and enjoys learning about new topics and creating content on what she has learned.

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Welcome to Austin, Texas

Built on an extensive history, rich with diversity, and one of the friendliest places in the country, Austin, Texas is one of the best places to live, visit, and explore. With so many great areas that keep you close to the lively scene, it’s no wonder more and more people are moving to the Austin area. But, even those that are just visiting can take part in the wonderful activities, both indoor and outdoor, that will keep everyone occupied and happy!

Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, home to the famous Sixth Street, and awesome new location to the Formula One races, the Greater Austin Area is also a great place to find many other things to do. Ask any Texan what there is to do and you may find a different answer every time.

Perhaps it is the “Keep Austin Weird” vibe of the city, the lively nightlife, or the laid back nature of some areas that so many come here for. Maybe it is the diverse culture or the artistic side that not many people know about. It is common knowledge that the local food is recognized as some of the best, the locals here are as friendly as you’d expect, and there’s so much to do in Austin and around this happening city that you will never be lacking for entertainment, no matter how long your stay.

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Calendar of Events in Austin, Texas

January brings you activities like the Austin Boat Show, Bridal Extravaganza and the Westlake Farmers Market. It’s the New Year so everyone is recovering from the holidays with a number of sales from the small business owners in the Downtown Austin area so stop by and show your support.

February is the month of romance but you’ll also find the Texas Memorial Museum ID Day, Austin Green Show and Carnival Brasiliero to stop by. Take a carriage ride or make a reservation at a luxury restaurant in Downtown Austin.

March begins spring and a month full of music. After all, Austin is known as the Music Capitol of the World. During this month you’ll have the Texas State Arts Festival, South by Southwest, Texas Relays held at the Mike A. Myers Stadium, the Austin Chocolate Festival and best of all the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. You can also stop by the Zilker Garden Festival.

April brings springtime and a month full of activities to do in the city. The Louisiana Swamp Thing Crawfish Festival down in Buda, Texas begins; as well as the Demo Days Kayak Event, Austin Fine Arts Festival and Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival. Take in Austin culture at the Austin International Poetry Festival, Old Settlers Music Festival, and Art Week Austin while you are in town.

May is the start of summer for the locals and because it is already so hot, many are heading to the lake. Thankfully there is a calendar of events in Austin to keep you busy, and cool, like the Austin Writer’s Downtown festival and Cinco de Mayo. Not to mention all of the water parks and tubing rivers opening. During the summer months Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation also hosts free Sunday concerts in the park that is a must for anyone to check out.

June brings the Texas Greek Festival, Republic of Texas Biker Rally, the Texas Hill Country Railfair and Festival or the Annual Young Latino Art Exhibition.

July is a patriotic month filled with things to do in Austin that celebrate Independence Day, such as the 4th of July Celebrations that take place throughout the area. The Fireworks on Town Lake is a sight to see.

August is the time of year that everyone is gearing up for back to school so you will surely find something to do this weekend. There is the Austin Ice Cream Festival for anyone with a sweet tooth for ice cream. Then you can attend the Austin Home and Garden Show or Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. However, Batfest is one of the fun events in Austin happening in August for locals and tourists alike.

September is Longhorns all the way with UT Football beginning. For those of you who aren’t the sports type, not to worry; there is the Old Pecan Street Fall Festival, the Darkness to Light Gala and Oktoberfest begins at the end of the month.

October is “Spooktacular” with the Nightmare Factory Haunted House opening on the 1st. Halloween on Sixth Street is a famous tradition of Austinites and so is the ACL Music Fest and Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo. We can’t leave out the Austin Film Festival.

November begins college basketball for the sports enthusiasts visiting the area this month. For those of you in the holiday spirit you’ll enjoy Austin as it begins to prepare for the holidays. Christmas at Caswell House, Victorian Christmas on Sixth Street and the Devine Fall Festival are all festivals you want to check out while in Austin.

December is one of the busiest months of the year in Austin. With an Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Santa’s Workshops all over the city, the Cedar Park Tree Lighting or the famous Trail of Lights in Round Rock; Keep Austin Bizarre Christmas Bazaar, worldwide recognized Trail of Lights at Zilker Park and ending the year with a New Year’s Eve celebration in Downtown Austin.

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ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO IN AUSTIN

Whether you are looking for things to do this weekend, next month, or next year, there is always something happening in Austin to keep you, and everyone in the family, busy. From Austin’s action-packed calendar of events to the little-known places that hold a lot of fun, you’ll never know what to expect when looking for things to do in and around Austin, Texas.

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ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE

Austin’s very own Alamo Drafthouse is perfect for date night or just spending time with friends. Enjoy adult beverages or indulge in the delicious menu while watching a movie on the big screen. Visit Alamo Drafthouse online at Drafthouse.com for special offers, upcoming films, and show times.

AUSTIN BALLOON RIDES

Up in the sky you may find more than airplanes passing over the city. Austin Balloon Rides provides an experience to never be forgotten as you glide over Austin as the sun comes up. Visit them online at AustinBalloonRides.com or call 512.851.8009 for specials and reservations.

AUSTIN CARRIAGE

Enjoy the horse drawn carriage ride around Downtown Austin with Austin Carriage. Visit them online for hours of operation and to make reservations at AustinCarriage.com or call 512-243-0044 as they book quickly most weekends.

AUSTIN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The family will enjoy spending time at Thinkery, the Austin Children’s Museum evolution, for a little science that is always changing. Located at 1830 Simond Ave in Austin, learn more at thinkeryaustin.org.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS (ACL)

Enjoy the famous Austin music scene at Austin City Limits Music Festival or take in a live performance at the ACL Live at The Moody Center. Learn more at ACLTV.com for upcoming artists and special events.

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER

There’s always something happening at the Austin Convention Center with the convenient Downtown location and loaded calendar of events. From concerts and trade shows to sporting events and more. The Austin Convention Center is jam packed with activities happening every month.

AUSTIN FLEA MARKET

For thrift shop adventurers or garage sale enthusiasts, Austin Flea Market is the perfect place to venture on the weekends. You’ll find deals galore and feel like you’ve experienced a true treasure hunt. There is no admission fee but, there is tons of booths with original trinkets, fair like foods, and live music. You can spend the day trekking throughout the flea market.

AUSTIN GHOST TOURS

Have a haunted good time with Austin Ghost Tours located at 303 Red River St in Downtown Austin. The average cost is $20 per person and private group tours are available. Tours begin every Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm. Learn more at AustinGhostTours.com.

AUSTIN’S PARK AND PIZZA

Austin’s Park and Pizza offers a day of family fun with go-karts, rock climbing, bumper boats, mini golf, and so much more! Perfect for hosting birthday parties or spending the day with friends. Visit their website for more at AustinsPark.com.

AUSTIN PANIC ROOM

There’s something about haunted houses, mysteries, and thrillers that keep the locals entertained all year long and Austin Panic Room is just such a place.

AUSTIN POETRY SLAM

Austin Poetry Slam is a premiere location for the spoken art of words. There are shows every Tuesday at the Spider House Ballroom on 29th Street. Find more online at AustinSlam.com or through their Facebook page Austin Slam on Facebook.

AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN

All aboard the Austin Steam Train! From Murder Mystery fun to Signature Cocktail Series, there’s so much more to the Austin Steam Train than you could imagine. Enjoy the Hill Country Flyer for a 66-mile round trip through gorgeous Texas Hill Country or enjoy a shorter 44-mile trip on the Bertram Flyer over the San Gabriel River. Visit online at AustinSteamTrain.org for more information, rates, schedules, etc.