June 01, 2018

25 Festivals In and Around San Antonio to Check Out This Summer

Summer is here, which means there's plenty of cool festivals happening very soon! We gathered the best things to do and sights to do right in your backyard (or pretty darn close) this season.
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Kerrville Folk Festival
$20-25, Thu May 24-Sat Jun 10, Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, (830) 257-3600, kerrvillefolkfestival.org
The Kerrville Folk Festival has become the longest continuously running music festival in North America since its founding in 1972 by Rob Kennedy. This year’s schedule includes performances by Son of Town Hall, The Honey Dewdrops and The Peterson Brothers.
Photo via Instagram / kerrfolkfest
Kerrville Folk Festival
$20-25, Thu May 24-Sat Jun 10, Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, (830) 257-3600, kerrvillefolkfestival.org
The Kerrville Folk Festival has become the longest continuously running music festival in North America since its founding in 1972 by Rob Kennedy. This year’s schedule includes performances by Son of Town Hall, The Honey Dewdrops and The Peterson Brothers.
Photo via Instagram / kerrfolkfest
Boerne Berges Fest Cookoff & Auction
Free, Fri Jun 15-17, Kendall County Fairgrounds/Herff Park, 1307 River Rd, Boerne, bergesfest.com
This festival is a three-day celebration of Germanic culture through food, parades and tournaments. The event even has a dachshund race!
Photo via Instagram / boernebergesfest
Boerne Berges Fest Cookoff & Auction
Free, Fri Jun 15-17, Kendall County Fairgrounds/Herff Park, 1307 River Rd, Boerne, bergesfest.com
This festival is a three-day celebration of Germanic culture through food, parades and tournaments. The event even has a dachshund race!
Photo via Instagram / boernebergesfest
DreamHack Austin
$30, Fri Jun 1-Sun. Jun 3, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, dreamhack.com/austin 
DreamHack is a Sweden-based festival heading to Austin to celebrate internet culture with cosplay, live music and 72 hours of nonstop gaming. 
Photo via Instagram / dreamhack
DreamHack Austin
$30, Fri Jun 1-Sun. Jun 3, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, dreamhack.com/austin
DreamHack is a Sweden-based festival heading to Austin to celebrate internet culture with cosplay, live music and 72 hours of nonstop gaming.
Photo via Instagram / dreamhack
United We Brunch
$35, Sat Jun 9, Jack Guenther Pavilion, 210 W Market St, unitedwebrunchsa.com
United We Brunch combines delicious brunch food and live music to create a fun-filled event. All proceeds benefit the Briscoe Western Art Museum. 
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
United We Brunch
$35, Sat Jun 9, Jack Guenther Pavilion, 210 W Market St, unitedwebrunchsa.com
United We Brunch combines delicious brunch food and live music to create a fun-filled event. All proceeds benefit the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Fun Stop 5K & Fest
$31, Sat Jun 23, Auditorium Shores, 800 W Riverside Dr, Austin, (512) 524-2945, funstop5k.com
Formerly known as Keep Austin Weird Fest, this athletic event allows runners to stop at puppy kissing booths, foam pits and even a donut shop. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their wackiest costumes and enjoy alcoholic beverages along the course.
Photo via Instagram / paigejwagner
Fun Stop 5K & Fest
$31, Sat Jun 23, Auditorium Shores, 800 W Riverside Dr, Austin, (512) 524-2945, funstop5k.com
Formerly known as Keep Austin Weird Fest, this athletic event allows runners to stop at puppy kissing booths, foam pits and even a donut shop. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their wackiest costumes and enjoy alcoholic beverages along the course.
Photo via Instagram / paigejwagner
PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival
Prices vary, Sat June 30, Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave, pridesanantonio.org
The official San Antonio LGBT Pride Celebration is pulling out all the stops this year to encourage everyone to “live now - forever proud.” The celebration will have food and merchandise available while guests enjoy an illuminated night parade, a rainbow dash and a family fun run/walk.
Photo by: Julian P. Ledezma
PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival
Prices vary, Sat June 30, Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave, pridesanantonio.org
The official San Antonio LGBT Pride Celebration is pulling out all the stops this year to encourage everyone to “live now - forever proud.” The celebration will have food and merchandise available while guests enjoy an illuminated night parade, a rainbow dash and a family fun run/walk.
Photo by: Julian P. Ledezma
Austin Ice Cream Festival
$15, Sat Jun 23, Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin, austinicecreamfestival.com
This festival allows guests to taste samples from over a dozen Austin ice cream vendors while enjoying live music and games all day. After Dark tickets give access to late night musical performances by DJ Mel, Tameca Jones and Lee Fields & The Expressions, 
Photo via Instagram / positivelycourtney
Austin Ice Cream Festival
$15, Sat Jun 23, Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin, austinicecreamfestival.com
This festival allows guests to taste samples from over a dozen Austin ice cream vendors while enjoying live music and games all day. After Dark tickets give access to late night musical performances by DJ Mel, Tameca Jones and Lee Fields & The Expressions,
Photo via Instagram / positivelycourtney
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
$30-$89, Thu Jun 7-Sat Jun 10, Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Ln, Austin, (512) 854-4900, rotrally.com
This event combines elements from a variety of attractions such as wrestling, tattoo art, roller derby and of course bike racing.The most notable event will be the 50-block bike parade which will cruise down the streets of downtown Austin to end in front of the Texas State Capitol.  
Photo via Instagram / laurenvarnercreative
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
$30-$89, Thu Jun 7-Sat Jun 10, Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Ln, Austin, (512) 854-4900, rotrally.com
This event combines elements from a variety of attractions such as wrestling, tattoo art, roller derby and of course bike racing.The most notable event will be the 50-block bike parade which will cruise down the streets of downtown Austin to end in front of the Texas State Capitol.
Photo via Instagram / laurenvarnercreative
Illectric River Music Festival
$60, Sat Jun 2-3, Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 Farm to Market Rd 306, New Braunfels, illectricriver.com
Illectric River combines art installations, live graffiti and music to create New Braunfels premier EDM experience. 
Photo via Instagram / illecticriver
Illectric River Music Festival
$60, Sat Jun 2-3, Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 Farm to Market Rd 306, New Braunfels, illectricriver.com
Illectric River combines art installations, live graffiti and music to create New Braunfels premier EDM experience.
Photo via Instagram / illecticriver
Bat Fest
$15, Sat. Aug 18, Congress Ave Bridge, 100 S Congress Ave., Austin, roadwayevents.com
1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats live under the Congress Avenue Bridge, making Austin home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Bat Fest sets out to celebrate the bat’s nightly emergence from the bridge with three stages of live music, 75 arts & crafts vendors and a variety of other batty activities.
Photo via Instagram / outdoorfamilyadv_com
Bat Fest
$15, Sat. Aug 18, Congress Ave Bridge, 100 S Congress Ave., Austin, roadwayevents.com
1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats live under the Congress Avenue Bridge, making Austin home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Bat Fest sets out to celebrate the bat’s nightly emergence from the bridge with three stages of live music, 75 arts & crafts vendors and a variety of other batty activities.
Photo via Instagram / outdoorfamilyadv_com