23 Austin Texas Food Festivals You Need To Attend AND How to Stay Fresh for Them All Day

January 30, 2018

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2018 is in full swing and the festivals are already filling my calendar to the brim!

I’m always on the run trying out the trendiest spots in Austin, and sometimes I have to go from coffee to lunch to drinks, to then the festival of the evening. And as much I love eating, I just don’t want my clothes smelling like all the food I consumed, whether I’m heading home afterwards, or going to the next event.

That’s why I use Downy Protect & Refresh Liquid Fabric Conditioner – it protects my favorite festival and event outfits from stretching, fading and fuzz, AND gives them all-day odor protection (like deodorant for your clothes!).

It’s so easy to use, too, you just pour it in the fabric conditioner dispenser in your machine after you add your detergent – no need to wait for the rinse cycle.




Downy Protect & Refresh allows me to continue to wear my favorite festival outfit without worrying. Which is great, since there’s a ton of festivals here in Austin for 2018 – fair food at Rodeo Austin, Austin Food + Wine Festival, fried chicken throwdown, ice cream festival, and all the barbecue you can dream of.

Grab your own bottle of Downy Protect & Refresh, and check out the list below for my favorite Austin Texas festivals to hit up this year.


Austin Texas Food Festivals


Oysters at Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin


Austin Oyster Festival

Freshly shucked, grilled, roasted, and fried – oysters will be served all ways at the Austin Oyster Festival. Creole BBQ shrimp, shrimp po’boys, gruyere fritters, and pommes frites will be served too along with Bloody Marys, beer, wine, and spirits while jamming out to Cajun, Bluegrass, and “Newgrass” music.

DATE: February 24, 2018, 12PM – 6PM

LOCATION: Seaholm Power Plant Lawn 800 W Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

TICKETS: $60 general admission, $115 VIP admission, buy tickets


Chilantro Kimchi Fries


Rodeo Austin

Rodeo Austin’s Fairgrounds is Austin’s largest carnival with shopping and food. Enjoy fair favorites like corndogs, cotton candy, and turkey legs!

DATE: March 10-24, 2018

LOCATION: 9100 Decker Lake Rd


SouthBites Trailer Park at SXSW

SouthBites Trailer Park will be back for its sixth year with another eclectic mix of both Austin food trailers and out-of-town trailers.

DATE: March 9-18, 2018

LOCATION: 604 Driskill St. Austin TX

TICKETS: No SXSW badges required


Austin Lamb Jam

Austin Lamb Jam is b-a-a-a-a-ck for an epic gastronomic experience and culinary competition that brings together 16 of Austin’s most talented chefs to vie for the title of Lamb Jam Austin Champion. Celebrate the 80,000 family operated farms and ranches raising lamb across the nation.

DATE: Sunday, March 25th, 2018

LOCATION: Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis Street

TICKETS: $75 general admission, $125 VIP experience, buy tickets


Austin Food & Wine Festival


TX German Bier Festival

What’s better than celebrating Central Texas Germany heritage with all-you-can-eat sausage, bier tastings, contest stage, bowling, and live music. Local chefs and restaurants will be competing in Austin’s first pretzel competition!

DATE: April 7, 2018

LOCATION: Austin Saengerrunde, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard

TICKETS: tbd, ticket info


Texas VegFest

Texas VegFest is an educational event by Texas Veg Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Texas VegFest celebrates the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

Entrance to the event is free to the public. Local and national sponsors and vendors, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, community outreach, a featured nonprofit, youth activities, fantastic food, craft beer, and live music are just a few of the activities Texas VegFest offers for everyone to enjoy!

DATE: 11am – 6pm, Saturday, April 7th, 2018

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens

TICKETS: Free, texasvegfest.com


Texas Wine Revolution

It’s rosé all day at the Texas Wine Revolution! If you like rosé, you’re going to love this annual festival that showcases 100% Texas grown rosé wines with 25+ Texas wineries and winemakers. It’s going to be an afternoon of rosé tastings, live music, local food, educational seminars, interactive activities, picture opportunities, and picnic areas on the gorgeous property of Horseshoe Bay Resort.

DATE: 1pm – 5pm, Sunday, April 22, 2018

LOCATION: Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle N, Horseshoe Bay, Texas, 78657

TICKETS: $50 general admission, $195 VIP weekend events pass, buy tickets


Austin Food + Wine Festival

The ultimate food experience (& my favorite!) in Austin is the Austin Food + Wine Festival. The seventh annual festival

DATE: April 27-29, 2018

LOCATION: Auditorium Shores

TICKETS: $250 weekender passes, $625 for all-in ticket, buy tickets


Live Fire

24 chefs battle the flames at Camp Mabry for Live Fire! highlighting the talent, skill, and commitment to Texas’ star beef cooked over live fire. Live music, curated wine, spirits, and craft brews along with hot-fire cooked beef dishes prepared by celebrated chefs. 2018 is tbd.

DATE: tbd




La Barbecue


Pecan Street Festival

This year’s Pecan Street Festival will mark the 78th year since the event began in 1978. Pecan Street Festival is a free two-day arts festival that’s held each spring and fall in downtown Austin’s Six Street Historic District with hundreds of local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations and food vendors.

DATE: May 5th & 6th

LOCATION: 501 Old Pecan St, Austin, TX



Hot Luck Festival

Hot Luck: Live Food & Music is returning for it’s second annual year to honor the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. Hot Luck is hosted by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland. A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to The SAFE Alliance for the second year.

DATE: May 24 – 27, 2018


TICKETS: tbd, hotluckfest.com


Official Drink of Austin

Austin’s favorite bartenders come together to shake and stir things up for a good cause benefitting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s Culinary Grant Program. Last year’s winning drink was by Frank with their “Capital City Collins” featuring Old Highborn Texas Dry Gin.

DATE: tbd


TICKETS: tbd, austinfoodwinealliance.org


Gus's Fried Chicken


Fried Chicken Throwdown

Winner winner chicken dinner at the Fourth Annual Fried Chicken Throwdown at Royers Round Top Cafe. Be sure to save time for pie afterward!

DATE: tbd

LOCATION: Royers Round Top Cafe, 105 Main Street, Round Top, Texas






Quesoff will be back for its 7th year for the ultimate celebration of all things melted cheese – meaty, spicy, veggie & wild card.

DATE: tbd

LOCATION: Mohawk, 912 Red River St



Austin Ice Cream Festival

It’s impossibly hot during the summers in Austin so the Austin Ice Cream Festival is relief of frosty indulgence and summer fun. I was a judge this past summer and had to eat 10+ ice cream treats including the dog-friendly popsicles!

DATE: tbd

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse East Segovia Street

TICKETS: tbd, austinicecreamfestival.com


Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival

Turn up the heat at Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival with hundreds and gallons of hot sauce. This Austin food event features local restaurant tastings, culinary demonstrations, sauces for sale, cookbooks, peppers, and more.

DATE: tbd

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse East Segovia Street

TICKETS: Free with the donation of three nonperishable food items or a $5 donation to Central Texas Food Bank.



Texas Craft Brewers Festival

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.

DATE: tbd

LOCATION: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse East Segovia Street



ACL Festival x Hask


Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL is a music festival but you’ll be stuffing your face between each act. Popular food trucks include Chi’lantro, Mighty Cone, Peached Tortilla, Amy’s Ice Creams, Torchy’s Tacos, and Micklethwait Craft Meats.

DATE: Oct. 5-7 & Oct. 12-14, 2018

LOCATION: Zilker Park

TICKETS: general admission is $100 to $255


Texas Trucklandia Fest

Food trucks from the state come together to battle for $10,000 and you get to make that vote by trying the food.

DATE: October 20, 2018

LOCATION: Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue

TICKETS: tbd, ticket info


Texas Monthly BBQ Fest


Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

There are so many incredible barbecue spots in Texas and the ultimate event to try them all is at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend. It gets bigger every year with 30+ BBQ joints from around the state from Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ joints in Texas list.

DATE: Nov 2018

LOCATION: The Long Center for the Performing Arts



Wine and Swine

Hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Wine & Swine serves up succulent pork dishes and amazing wines. Austin Food & Wine Alliance is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food, wine and spirits community through grants, educational programming and events.

DATE: Nov 2018




Austin Mac & Cheese Festival

You’ll want to put on your stretchy pants for the Austin’s Mac & Cheese Festival where Austin’s best chefs and eateries battle it out to see who truly has the best mac & cheese in the city.

DATE: Nov 2018





Trail of Lights

Indulge in Austin’s favorite restaurants at Austin’s Trail of Lights. Food vendors are divided up to Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Zilker Village, and Zilker Tree. 2017 included Burro Cheese Kitchen, Veracruz, Crepe Crazy, Wholly Cow Burgers, Fancy Fluff, DFG Noodles, and Amy’s Ice Creams.

DATE: December 2018

LOCATION: Zilker Park

TICKETS: General Admission is free for half of the nights at the Austin Trail of Lights


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.