JulyZilker Summer Musical. Thursday through Sunday evenings through Aug. 14. The 52nd annual summer musical is `Annie.' Bring a blanket and picnic dinner. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 479-9491, www.zilker.org.
AugustBlanco County Fair and Rodeo. Aug. 19-21. Livestock show, arts and crafts, food and country music. Blanco County Fairgrounds, U.S. 281, Johnson City. www.bcfra.org.Hot Sauce Festival. Aug. 29. Sample more than 350 hot sauce entries. Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th St. 454-5766, www.austinchronicle.com.
SeptemberAustin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Sept. 7-12. Films by and about gays and lesbians. Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 South Lamar Blvd. 302-9889, www.agliff.org.Old Pecan Street Fall Festival. Sept. 25-26. Live music, arts and crafts vendors and a children's carnival. Held along Sixth Street. 825-2634, www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com.
OctoberAustin City Limits Music Festival. Oct. 8-10. Bands from across the nation and world perform during three days; plus food, arts and crafts. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.aclfestival.com.Oktoberfest. Oct. 1-3. Celebrate Fredericksburg's German heritage with food, arts and crafts, and music. Marktplatz, 100 Main St., Fredericksburg. 830-997-4810, www.oktoberfestinfbg.com.Austin Film Festival. Narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts. Conference: Oct. 21-24. Festival: Oct. 21-28. Various venues. 478-4795 or 800-310-3378, www.austinfilmfestival.com.Texas Mesquite Art Festival. Oct. 8-10. Large collection of mesquite art with a juried show. Marktplatz, downtown Fredericksburg. 830-997-8515, www.texasmesquiteassn.org.Food & Wine Fest. Oct. 23. Texas food, wine and live music. Downtown Fredericksburg. www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com.Texas Book Festival. Oct. 16-17. Books and authors from around the world. Texas Capitol, 11th Street and Congress Avenue. 477-4055, www.texasbookfestival.org.Vida la Vida Festival. Late October. Joyful procession in remembrance of the dead; includes community altars, traditional food and live music and dance performances. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave. 480-9373, www.mexic-artemuseum.org.
NovemberA Christmas Affair. Nov. 17-21. Sponsored by the Junior League of Austin. Retail merchants sell antiques, clothing, children's items, holiday items and jewelry. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 467-8982, www.jlaustin.org.Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival. Nov. 6. Celebrates American Indian culture with dance, food, arts and crafts, music and storytellers. Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road. 371-0628, www.austinpowwow.org.Austin Celtic Festival. Nov. 6 and 7. Celtic bands from Austin and around the world. Fiesta Gardens, 2102 Jesse E. Segovia St., on Lady Bird Lake. www.austincelts.org/festival.Chuy's Children Giving to Children Christmas Parade. Nov. 27. Giant balloons and holiday floats parade through downtown. Toys are collected for Operation Blue Santa. Downtown Austin. www.chuysparade.com.Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nov. 6 and 7. A variety of bands perform on four stages. Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th St. www.funfunfunfest.com.
DecemberAnnual Christmas Celebration and Lighted Christmas Parade. Dec. 11. Shopping, lighted Christmas parade and business open houses. Downtown Bastrop. www.bastropdba.com.Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Dec. 15-24. Local artwork and music. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 447-1605, www.armadillobazaar.com.Budafest. Dec. 4 and 5. Carnival and arts and crafts. Downtown Buda. 512-694-3413, www.budachamber.com or www.budafest.org.Holidays at Heritage Park. Dec. 10. Santa Claus, carols, music, choir and hot chocolate. Heritage Park, 901 Old Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-251-5082, www.cityofpflugerville.com.Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Dec. 3-5. Reproduction of biblical-era Bethlehem and arts and crafts booths. San Marcos Plaza, 202 N. CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos. 512-393-5900.Zilker Tree Holiday Festival. 2010 dates not confirmed. The issue is up for debate at the council budget dicussion. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 974-6700. Check website for dates and updates, www.ci.austin.tx.us/tol.
March 2011South by Southwest. March 11-20. A conference for film, multimedia and music. Includes showcases, discussion panels and vendors. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., and other venues. 467-7979, www.sxsw.com.Rodeo Austin . March 11-26. Livestock show, PRCA performances, barbecue cook-off, carnival, exhibits and entertainment. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. 919-3000, www.rodeoaustin.com.Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. March 30-April 3. Wine, food and festivities. Various locations. 249-6300, www.texaswineandfood.org.Zilker Garden Festival. March 26 and 27. Live music, gardening speakers and a flower show. Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Road. 477-8672, www.zilkergarden.org.Zilker Kite Festival. March 7. Contests, stunts and kites galore. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 448-5483, www.zilkerkitefestival.com.
April 2011Art City Austin. April 2 and 3. National artists, local restaurants and hands-on art activities for adults and children. Cesar Chavez Street, Colorado Street to Lamar Boulevard. 609-8591, www.artallianceaustin.org.Eeyore's Birthday Party. April 30. Benefits nonprofit groups in Austin. Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St. 448-5160, www.eeyores.com.Old Settler's Music Festival. April 14-17. International, national and regional artists performing American roots and Texas music. Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood. www.oldsettlersmusicfest.org.Yesterfest. April 23. Storytelling, snake handlers, petting zoo, crafts, music and food vendors. Downtown Bastrop. Bastrop `Old Town' Visitor Center: 512-303-0904, www.bastropdba.com.
May 2011Crawfish Festival. May 27-28. Cajun food, children's activities and arts and crafts. Downtown Fredericksburg. 830-997-8515, www.tex-fest.com/crawfish.Deutschen Pfest. May 20-22. German festival includes music, parade, food, arts and crafts, children's activities and a 5K run and walk. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville. 512-251-5082, www.cityofpflugerville.com.Kerrville Folk Festival. May 26-June 12. Singer/songwriter music festival in an outdoor camping setting with arts, crafts and workshops. Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway, Kerrville. 830-257-3600, www.kerrville-music.com.Viva Cinco de Mayo. April 29-May 1. Celebration of Hispanic heritage includes music, food, a parade, state championship menudo cook-off, folkloric dancers and a beauty pageant. Hays County Civic Center, San Marcos. 512-353-8482, www.vivacincodemayo.org.
June 2011Elgin Western Days. June 20-25. Parade, fair, cooking and photography contests. Elgin. 512-285-4515, www.elgintxchamber.com.Luling Watermelon Thump. June 23-26. Parade and seed-spitting and watermelon-eating contests. Downtown Luling. 830-875-3214, ext. 2, www.watermelonthump.com.Juneteenth. Check website for dates. Pageants, run/walk, parade and celebration with live music, guest speakers and family activities. Various locations. www.juneteenthcentraltexas.com.Republic of Texas Biker Rally. Check website for dates. Biggest motorcycle rally in Texas with live music, bike competitions and trade show. www.rotrally.com .