Austin’s event cycle slows down just a bit in February as all eyes are on the Super Bowl, which is in Houston this year, and many organizations begin preparations for the massive South By Southwest festival in March.
But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a ton to do across the metro area.
The moderate weather means it’s often an ideal month for running events, including Cupid’s Undie Run and the city’s premier marathon. For those feeling slightly less ambitious, we’ve listed an art gala and an oyster festival.
And, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is coming up fast on Feb. 14. Austin restaurants are typically slammed during the romantic holiday, so if you’re planning a special dinner, don’t wait too long before making a reservation.
Now, let’s pop open a calendar and pencil in a few fun events this month.
This unofficial national holiday needs no introduction. It’s the Super Bowl, and this year it has a Texas tie — it’s being played in Houston. Sadly, the Dallas Cowboys didn’t make it all the way. But there will be plenty of parties to see New England and Atlanta play for the big prize — or at least to see the commercials and halftime show. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Day is coming up, but you can show off your romantic styles a few days before at Cupid’s Undie Run. It’s about a mile-long run in your first layer, and entry fees benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Just keep an eye on the weather before you commit to your running gear.
Where: Steampunk Saloon, 700 W 6th St.
The Blanton Museum of Art is one of Austin’s most popular and interesting galleries, and it will be hosting its annual Glanton Gala Saturday night. There will be a celebratory unveiling of the reinstalled permanent collection galleries.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lace up those running shoes. It’s time for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. It’s Austin’s top distance running event, and it typically bring in talented athletes from around the globe. The race finishes up downtown and is followed by festivities.
When: Race starts at 7 a.m.
Where: Downtown Austin
If you love oysters, here’s your event: The Austin Oyster Festival. Get them raw. Get them grilled. Roasted, fried? Of course. Now in its fifth year, the oyster party is primarily a foodie event. But you’ll find Americana, Bluegrass and Cajun bands to dance to, as well as plenty of adult beverages.
When: 12-6 p.m.
Where: French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St.
Love dance? Love to party? How about customs? If you had three yeses, then carry on to the biggest Carnaval celebrations you’ll find without getting on an airplane. This year’s music will be provided by Dandara Odara and the Pragandaia Band and the Austin Samba School.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Some of the world’s most adrenaline-filled and inspiring outdoors videos will be on the big screen as the Banff Mountain Film Festival stops in Austin as part of a world tour. Ticket proceeds go to Texas State Parks.
When: 4:30 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.