Black History Bike Rides, Mardi Gras Events, and More Things to Do in Austin in February
Your guide to things to do in Austin every weekend in February.
Austin may be hailed as a live music paradise—and it very much is—but the central Texas city bursts with oh so much more. Just look at the variety: cool indie bookstores, vintage shops for days, produce-packed farmers markets, bar arcades and gaming hotspots, impressive restaurants, eclectic bars, stellar record stores (of course), coffee shops, elite barbecue, and the list goes on.
Austinites, lest you forget, love the great outdoors. Such nature-basking recreation come in the form of hiking, getting into spring pools or swimming holes, paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, or—and, yes, this absolutely counts—chilling on a patio.
When romance is in the air, discover plenty of places for a great date (the dating scene itself, however, is another story entirely). There’s also Austin’s rich AAPI and Latinx cultures and a welcoming LGBTQIA+ community that make this Texas capitol feel like home to so many people.
With all this in mind, our monthly events guide will help keep your calendar full with a variety of fun things to do in February 2024. Stay tuned here to discover the best things to do in Austin, updated monthly.
Live Music and Performances in Austin
Bass Concert Hall, $35 and up
As a young Michael Keaton once said, “Iiiiiiit’s showtime!” If you don’t happen to catch that Tim Burton reference, we’re talking Beetlejuice and, more specifically, the Beetlejuice musical hitting the stage at the Bass Concert Hall this month. Whether you are a spooky gal or a musical theater nerd, you can geek out on the story and songs about “the strange and unusual” Lydia Deetz’s encounters with the afterlife. And, as part of the Bass’ Broadway in Austin series, you can expect a high-caliber get-down with these good-time ghouls.
February 17, 8 pm
RADIO / EAST, $29.44
It seems that, lately, the Austin live music gods have been endlessly blessing us with sets from some of the greatest acts to emerge from the city. And the windfall continues this February with White Denim. Even if you’ve caught a show by the gold-star indie rock band before, nothing beats the energy of seeing them perform where they cut their teeth. Their ten-year long career speaks to this—especially in a place like Austin, where classic mainstays of any kind have become increasingly rare. Catch them rocking with fellow local act, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band, at the recently opened music venue of cold brew/brewery heaven, Radio Coffee & Beer.
H-E-B Center, $55 and up
Prepared to be dazzled by some world-famous showmanship, as the company behind numerous Vegas strip productions, Cirque du Soleil, is bringing the high-flying antics of their Crystal show right here to Austin. While the group may have a big-top name, don’t get it twisted — this is nothing like the typical, three-ring, Barnum & Bailey experience of your childhood. Instead, Crystal will take you on a journey that is half ice-skating spectacular, and half aerial acrobatics. However, despite the grown-up touches, you can still indulge your taste for nostalgia with classic circus snacks, such as cotton candy, available at the performance.
Special Events in Austin
Speakeasy, $40 and up
This February, you can dive into a dance floor of colorful costumes and pounding beats at Carnaval Brasileiro, Austin’s annual Brazilian-style Mardi Gras extravaganza. This event, which started as “a small party for homesick Brazilian students” in 1978, has grown immensely through the past 46 years in size and reputation. Self-described as the city’s “wildest party,” it’s certainly worthy of such a title. This year, two live bands, the Austin Samba School and Gigi & Brazilian Express, will be providing the booty-shaking soundtrack for five-hours straight. So, while your outfit should be outrageous, your footwear should probably be sensible.
February 4, 11 am
Moody Amphitheater, Free entry
In honor of Black History Month, the amazing folks at Black History Bike Ride are hosting an event which lets you learn about the incredibly important contributions of local female leaders of color (and get in some cardio, to boot). Their Rosa Parks Birthday Ride, which takes place on the birthday of the civil rights icon, will take you on a ride around spots which highlight, and honor the work of, influential black women who shaped the landscape of Austin today. Overall, it's a great way to commemorate the city’s black culture, as well as a reminder to celebrate this part of our community not only in February, but every month of the year. Remember to RSVP.
Super Bowl Sunday
It’s time for the ultimate celebration of football and innovative television commercials: the Super Bowl. And, whether you’re in it for the game, or for the game day snacks, Austin has plenty of places to get down with the first downs during the championship. Head to South Austin’s TLC, where you can enjoy $1 oysters and $15 Bud Light beer buckets alongside all the sacks and touchdowns. Should you want to enjoy Usher’s halftime performance from the comfort of your own couch, you can pick up Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar’s Big Game Bundle. With the package including grub like smoked baby back duroc pork ribs and chicken karaage, it’s sure to make you say “Yeah!” And, with no offense to Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, you can catch the cutest thing in jerseys at Yard Bar and Austin Humane Society’s 17th Annual Puppy Bowl Live.
If you haven't picked up on the numerous hints dropped by your significant other, let this serve as an official reminder that this upcoming February 14 is, as usual, Valentine’s Day. You can go the classic dinner date route by booking a reservation at Wanderlust Wine Co. for their special Valentine’s Day Caviar and Champagne Tasting event, going down in their intimate wine cave (which is exactly what it sounds like). If celebrating at home is more your vibe, stop by Walton’s Fancy and Staple, where you can pick up the tried-and-true gift combination of chocolate strawberries and floral arrangements. Should the way to your darling’s heart not be through their stomach, you can instead grow your romance (and some agaves) on February 10 at Succulent Native’s Valentine’s Couples Planting Party.
Sports Events in Austin
Dell Diamond, $20
The fourth annual Round Rock Classic is bringing together four of the nation’s top college baseball teams—University of Kentucky, Texas State, Washington State University, and the University of Kansas—to compete in a round robin tournament over the course of three days. So, whether you are a die-hard Bobcat, or just a die-hard fan of drinking beer and eating hot dogs, you can cheer on some home-runs with friends. Be sure to check out their schedule to see when your favorite team is playing, and don’t forget to buy some peanuts and cracker-jacks.
February 24–March 3
Westwood Country Club, $28 and up
While football may reign supreme in Texas, you can still find lots of love in the Lone Star State for other forms of sport. This month serves up a first-rate chance to witness some first-class athletes get their game on. For only the second time ever, female tennis professionals will take to the courts of Bat City for the ATX Open. As one of the four women-only tennis tournaments in the entire country, the event’s matches are stacked with notable names: including two-time Australian Open Champion Victoria Azarenka, US Open Champion Sloane Stephens, and NCAA Champion (and local UT alum) Peyton Stearns. So, regardless if you’re a true backhand buff, or a net novice, you’re guaranteed a grand time at the grand slam.
Food and Drink Events in Austin
Hotel San José parking lot, Free entry
After a January full of frost and rain, rest assured that you’re not the only one experiencing weather-related stress this month. At least you can warm up your stomach with the various combinations of peppers, tomatoes, and beans being ladled out at Jo’s 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The best amateur and professional stew cookers around will ply you with spoonfuls of their top batches, and you can vote for a winner while listening to live music from the Jo’s House Band and other special guests. As if the idea of Frito pie isn't a strong enough draw already, the whole event will be in support of local non-profit, Free Lunch, which works to end food insecurity within the Austin community. $25 per person for tasting pass.
February 6–10 and 15–17
Italian Americans certainly know a thing or two about romance. If you doubt us, just watch Moonstruck. And, for the month synonymous with love, you can have the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie at a special pop-up going down at East Austin restaurant and wine bar, Birdie’s. This buzzy hot-spot is bringing back Aiello’s, their popular Italian-American-inspired concept which takes its name from their chef’s grandfather who hailed from Calabria. Since nothing says love like carbohydrates, the set menu lets you mangia on such morsels as marinated olives, Nonna’s meatballs, fusilli a la vodka, and vanilla soft serve with rosemary honey and Sicilian olive oil.
Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, Free entry
There is, perhaps, no better antidote to all the mushy-gushy PDA this month inspires than going to town on some bourbon-barreled beers and beignets. Rainey Street favorite, Banger’s, will have both at Pardi Gras, their annual Mardi Gras-inspired event. Since it’s beads over boys any day, you can party away the memory of that loser who ghosted you with special keg tappings and live music. Not to mention, a ton of Big Easy food specials, including boudin links, fried shrimp po’boys, crawfish and sausage gumbo, and the aforementioned fried dough delights that are beignets.