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Zilker Summer Musical. At dusk Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 13. The 53rd annual summer musical is ‘Footloose.' Bring a blanket and picnic dinner. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road. 479-9491, .


Austin Ice Cream Festival. Aug. 13. Games, activities, contests and free ice cream. ?Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th St. 480-5966, .

Blanco County Fair and Rodeo. Aug. 18-20. Livestock show, arts and crafts, food and country music. Blanco County Fairgrounds, U.S. 281, Johnson City. .

Batfest. Aug. 27. Live music, arts, crafts, food, bat watching and more. Congress Avenue Bridge. .

Hot Sauce Festival. Aug. 28. Sample more than 350 hot sauce entries. Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th St. 454-5766, .


Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Sept. 6-12. Films by and about gays and lesbians. Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. 302-9889, .

Austin City Limits Music Festival. Sept. 16-18. Bands from across the nation and world perform during three days; includes food, arts and crafts. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. .

Old Pecan Street Fall Festival. Sept. 24-25. Live music, arts and crafts vendors and a children's carnival. Held along Sixth Street. 485-3190, .


Oktoberfest. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1-2. Celebrate Fredericksburg's German heritage with food, arts and crafts, and music. Marktplatz, 100 Main St., Fredericksburg. 830-997-4810, .

Texas Mesquite Art Festival. Oct. 7-9. ?Large collection of mesquite art with a juried show. Marktplatz, downtown Fredericksburg. ?830-997-8515, .

Austin Chocolate Festival.Oct. 15-16. Local chocolatiers and chocolate artisans compete, offer samples and sell their products. Benefits Walk MS. Norris Conference Center, Anderson Lane and Burnet Road. 637-0479, .

Austin Film Festival. Conference: Oct. 20-23. Festival: Oct. 20-27. Narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts. Various venues. 478-4795 or 800-310-3378, .

Food & Wine Fest. Oct. 22. Texas food, wine and live music. Downtown Fredericksburg. .

Texas Book Festival. Oct. 22-23. Books and authors from around the world. State Capitol, 11th Street and Congress Avenue. 477-4055, .

Vida la Vida Festival. Oct. 22. 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, .


Austin Celtic Festival. Nov. 5-6. Celtic bands from Austin and around the world. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., on Lady Bird Lake. .

Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival.Nov. 5. Celebrates American Indian culture with dance, food, arts and crafts, music and storytellers. Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road. 371-0628, .

Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nov. 5- 6. A variety of bands perform. Auditorium Shores. .

A Christmas Affair. Nov. 16-20. 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,

Chuy's Children Giving to Children Christmas Parade. Nov. 26. Giant balloons and holiday floats parade through downtown. Toys are collected for Operation Blue Santa. Downtown Austin. 888-439-2489, ext. 225, .


Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Reproduction of biblical-era Bethlehem and arts and crafts booths. San Marcos Plaza, 202 N. C.M. Allen Parkway, San Marcos. 512-393-8400.

Budafest. Dec. 3-4. Carnival and arts and crafts. Downtown Buda. 512-694-3413, .

Holidays at Heritage Park. Dec. 9. Santa Claus, carols, music, choir and hot chocolate. Heritage Park, 901 Old Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6350, .

Annual Christmas Celebration and Lighted Christmas Parade.Dec. 10. Shopping, lighted Christmas parade and business open houses. Downtown Bastrop. .

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Dec. 14-24. Local artwork and music. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 447-1605, .

Zilker Tree Holiday Festival. 2011 dates not confirmed. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 974-6700. Check website for dates and updates, .

February 2012

Carnaval Brasileiro. Feb. 4. Annual Brazilian-style Mardi Gras celebration. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. .

March 2012

Zilker Kite Festival. March 4. Contests, stunts and kites galore. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 448-5483, .

Rodeo Austin. March 9-24. Livestock show, PRCA performances, barbecue cook-off, carnival, exhibits and entertainment. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. 919-3000, .

South by Southwest. March 9-18. 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, .

Austin Food & Wine Festival. March 30-April 1. Wine, food and festivities. Various locations. 249-6300, .

Zilker Garden Festival.Call or check website for date. Live music, gardening speakers and a flower show. Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Road. 477-8672, ext. 12, .

April 2012

Bluebonnet Festival. April 13-15. Music, crafts, parades races and more. Downtown Burnet. 512-756-4297, .

Old Settler's Music Festival. April 19-22. International, national and regional artists performing American roots and Texas music. Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood. .

Austin Reggae Festival. April 20-22. Benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. Auditorium Shores. .

Butterfly Festival. April 21. Live release of hundreds of butterflies, art, games and more. The EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens, 1101 RM 2325, Wimberley. 512-847-6969, .

Eeyore's Birthday Party. April 28. Benefits nonprofit groups in Austin. Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St. 448-5160, .

Yesterfest. April 28. Storytelling, snake handlers, petting zoo, crafts, music and food vendors. Downtown Bastrop. Bastrop ‘Old Town' Visitor Center. 512-303-0904, .

Art City Austin. Call or check website for date. National artists, local restaurants and hands-on art activities for adults and children. Cesar Chavez Street, Colorado Street to Lamar Boulevard. 609-8591, .

May 2012

Viva Cinco de Mayo. May 4-6. Celebration of Hispanic heritage includes music, food, a parade, state championship menudo cook-off, folkloric dancers and a beauty pageant. Hays County Civic Center, 755 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos. 512-395-5332, .

Deutschen Pfest. May 18-20. 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, .

Kerrville Folk Festival. May 24-June 9. Singer/songwriter music festival in an outdoor camping setting with arts, crafts and workshops. Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Highway, Kerrville. 830-257-3600, .

Crawfish Festival. May 25-26. Cajun food, children's activities and arts and crafts. Downtown Fredericksburg. 830-997-8515, .

June 2012

Republic of Texas Biker Rally. June 7-10. Biggest motorcycle rally in Texas with live music, bike competitions and trade show. .

Luling Watermelon Thump.June 21-24. Parade and seed-spitting and watermelon-eating contests. Downtown Luling. 830-875-3214, ext. 2, .

Elgin Western Days Festival. June 23. Parade, fair, cooking and photography contests. Elgin. 512-285-4515, .

Juneteenth. Check website for dates. Pageants, run/walk, parade and celebration with live music, guest speakers and family activities. Various locations. .