Winter’s Last Gasp: February Festivals in Austin
Brazilian Carnival, Oysters, Sports Films, and Cajun “Newgrass” Music
Who says February is a month for hiding inside your apartment and pining for sunshine? There’s plenty going on in Austin throughout the waning days of winter; here a few things to get you out and about on crispy cold days.
February 9, 2019
Emo’s, 2015 E Riverside Drive
There’s no need for a journey to Rio this year to celebrate the carnival season; you can get all the fun and frolicking fantasy your heart desires right here in Austin. Carnaval Brasileiro erupts with magic inside Emo’s on February 9th, complete with costumes, dancing and music galore: Brasileiro-style samba, frevo, march, Trio Electrico and batacada drumming. Expect plenty of spirits (liquid and otherwise) as well as food-truck munchies throughout the evening.
Austin Oyster Festival
February 23, 2019
Republic Square Park
Oyster aficionados wait all year for this one: the Austin Oyster Festival in Republic Square Park downtown. Chef Chris Bauer of Eddie V’s Edgewater Grill prepares these little Gulf and East Coast darlings in just about any conceivable form: on the half shell, grilled, roasted, raw, fried, smoked with bacon or swimming in gumbo.
If your tastes veer more toward traditional seafood, you can opt for Creole BBQ shrimp, spicy pommes frites, NOLA-style shrimp po-boys, and Deep Eddy lemon vodka black-pepper shrimp. After dancing off some calories with live Cajun and “new-grass” tunes on the lawn, reward yourself with some baked banana’s foster bread pudding with Amy’s Ice Cream.
You can wash it all down mineral water by Topo Chico and Texas Music Water, or head to one of the Bloody Mary bars. There are also premium wine selections and craft beer from Hi Sign. One entrance fee, which benefits Central Texas Food Bank, includes the live music and six food vouchers. VIP tickets toss in lots of extra goodies.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
March 2-3, 2019
This one slips past February into the first weekend of March, but it’s well worth snagging your tickets now. The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes a two-day stop in Austin, showcasing the “best of the best” films that premiered at the original festival in Alberta, Canada. Your dormant travel and action muses will spring to life while watching travel adventures in far-flung destinations and endorphin-inducing sports films. You’ll get treated to a night at the historic Paramount Theatre while also supporting Texas State Parks.
You’re never far from the energy of the ATX when you make your home in the city. Check out our Austin apartment communities today and learn how easy it is to move in positive directions this year.