Festival season is upon us and this weekend's five top happenings are sure to satisfy your cultured side. Celebrate five years of OUTsider Fest at The Vortex or feast on fresh seafood all day long at the Austin Oyster Festival. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, February 21
Celebrate of all things LGBTQ+ with vibrant art, performances, and party vibes at The Vortex. The five-day festival features queer artists from around the globe and across mediums. This year’s showcases include unconventional film, dance, theater, performance art, music, visual art, and writing. Attendees can experience new conversations, ideas, and connections with fellow creatives. For a full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.
Cirque du Soleil presents Corteo
The world famous performers of Cirque du Soleil reimagine a happy funeral from a clown’s point of view, with dazzling acrobatics and joyous processions. The whimsical production resonates with themes of strength, vulnerability, and kindness for all ages to enjoy. Following opening night, performances are scheduled at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park through February 24.
Friday, February 22
Bert Kreischer: Body Shots Tour
Comedian Bert Kreischer makes a stop at the Paramount Theatre as part of his Body Shots Tour. Also host of a celebratedNetflix stand-up special, the actor waxes poetic about family and fatherhood. Tickets for both Friday showtimes are still available.
Saturday, February 23
HOPE Farmer’s Market presents Austin Oyster Festival
Shuck to your heart’s content at the Austin Oyster Festival. Attendees can sample oysters, listen to live Cajun music, win prizes, and embrace the good vibes. Refreshing Bloody Mary bars will be conveniently stationed around Republic Square Park to ensure you get the full foodie — and boozy — experience.
Water Lantern Festival
Locals are invited to light up the night at Water Lantern Festival. The illuminating evening includes music, lantern-making, delicious food trucks, and more family fun in Mueller Lake Park. Your ticket includes entry, a floating lantern, a marker for your design, a commemorative bag, and wristband.