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5 Things to Do in Austin Before March Ends

By Megan Menchaca

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The elusive spring season is finally upon us. But even though the seemingly constant rain can often make the month of March seem pretty gloomy, there are so many events during the month of Austin to boost your spirits. From one of the largest music festivals in the United States to the most infamous UT party weekend, here’s a ton of enjoyable events for you to choose from this month.



SXSW – March 9-18


South by Southwest is a week-long annual festival which includes the largest music festival of its kind in the world, with more than 2,000 acts and a film festival with over 130 films and hundreds of sessions featuring notable film-related speakers. And along with these two major primary festivals, there will also be a comedy festival, a gaming conference, and many other official and unofficial events.  While tickets can be expensive, if you’re interested in attending and would like more information about the festival, click here.



Rodeo Austin – March 10-24


If you’re interested in good old-fashioned Texas fun, Rodeo Austin is the event for you. The slogan of this popular Austin event is “where weird meets western.” At its core, it features a professional rodeo, livestock show, horse show, a clay-shooting competition, and a traditional down-home barbecue. If you’re not interested in traditional rodeo festivities, you can also enjoy the varied carnival, midway and fairground attractions and live concerts by artists like Young the Giant, the Josh Abbott Band, and Ludacris. For more information about the rodeo and all of its events, just click here.



St. Patrick’s Austin – March 17


Instead of celebrating with green beer or leprechauns, this St. Patrick’s Day festival in Austin celebrates authentic Irish culture. It’ll have an impressive lineup of Irish dancers, the Capital City Men’s Chorus, and bands like Skipper’s Alley and The Here and Now. And if you’re not interested in hearing the fiddles and bagpipes of Celtic music, you can also enjoy laser tag, free face painting, and other fun activities at all of the events presented by the Celtic Cultural Center at Pioneer Farms. If you’d like more information about the event and all of its festivities, click here.



Roundup – March 23-25


Roundup is a weekend long “festival” of parties, neon clothes and glitter, and crawfish boils, where sororities and fraternities raise tens of thousands of money for a variety of charities. The weekend will begin with crawfish boils, and will continue over the weekend with a countless number of concerts and parties at the frat houses. Also, because of the notoriety of this event, thousands of students from other schools attend every year to see artists like Travis Porter, Migos, and Tyga, so get your tickets soon. If you’re interested, check out this page for all of the updated information about the upcoming events.




Holi Festival of Colors – March 25

Holi, commonly known as the Festival of Colors, is a widely celebrated event that welcomes the arrival of spring and brings together people of all backgrounds presented by Hindu Students Association. People celebrate this festival by throwing rang – colored powder – on friends, family, and complete strangers as well. Holi is meant to bring together diverse communities in a friendly and open environment to illustrate the theme of the Hindu Students Association, Unity Through Diversity. For more information about the event, check out the Facebook event here.