Austin Food + Wine Festival is this weekend!

Are you ready for the tastiest weekend of the year? Incredible cuisine, tastings, demos and more await you. The festival is right around the corner, and we can’t wait. Check out our tips for all the information to know before you go!


Austin Food + Wine Festival will take place April 26-28, 2019 at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market. Our prelude event on Thursday night, Feast Under The Stars, is sold out.

Auditorium Shores: Directions to Auditorium Shores

Fair Market: Directions to Fair Market


Check out the Festival Map below for Auditorium Shores! Be in the know before you go.


You’ll need both your Ticket and ID to access the festival, so don’t leave home without them!

Auditorium Shores (Official Box Office)
Tickets may be picked up at the Box Office, located at Auditorium Shores, by the entrance of the festival, which is directly across from the Long Center.

  • Thursday, April 25th
    4:00PM- 8:00PM
  • Friday, April 26th
    11:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Saturday, April 27th
    9AM – 4PM
  • Sunday, April 28th
    9AM – 3PM

Fair Market Square Box Office (Rock Your Taco)

  • Saturday, April 27th
    6:30PM- 9PM

PRO-TIP: Feel free to swing by the Auditorium Shores Box Office in advance of the weekend on Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th, but remember that we’ll also be fully staffed & open during regular festival hours as well, so you can just stop by on your way in to the fest with ease on Saturday or Sunday!


Want to get into the festival as quickly as possible? Leave the bag at home and go through the No Bag Express Lane!

Bringing a bag? We are committed to the safety and security of all patrons in the park. ALL bags will be searched before entry, each time you enter the fest. Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm) and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.



Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis within easy walking distance of Auditorium Shores at the following locations:

  • One Texas Center Garage 505 Barton Springs Rd
  • Palmer Events Center Parking Garage at 900 Barton Springs Rd
  • Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd
  • Austin City Hall Garage, 163 Lavaca St
  • Austin Convention Center, 201 East 2nd Street

Parking rates will apply.

Accessible parking is available at all of the above locations. For info on ADA access and accommodations, please write


Want to avoid the parking hassle? Austin has plenty of rideshare and taxi companies that can easily get you to the festival. The ADA and Ride Share Pick-up and Drop-Off is located at on Riverside Dr., just west of the main entrance to the festival.


Austin Food + Wine Festival offers ample bike parking next to the main entrance on Riverside Drive. Remember to roll with your lock to keep your bike secure while you’re at the show. Don’t have a bike? Utilize the city bike program Austin BCycle by clicking here.

Public Transportation

We also encourage fest-goers to take the bus! Attendees can use Cap Metro’s high-frequency 801, 803, 7, 10, and 20 bus routes stop regularly near Auditorium Shores Park. Check the Cap Metro app or trip-planning website before you go to see the most updated schedule.


Need a hotel? We’ve partnered with select hotels to offer our ticket holders the best hotel rates over the festival weekend. When you book your hotel room through us, $2 per room night goes to Kids In a New Groove. Inventory is limited, so head to our hotel page to reserve your room now before they’re gone!


Be sure to check out the schedule before the weekend to plan out your demos, tastings, panels and activities. Seating begins 15 minutes prior to each demo and will be on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to arrive early!

And don’t forget to check out the immersive activities our partners like Toyota, H-E-B, Maker’s Mark and more have set up for you Around The Park.

Throughout the fest you’ll taste delicious bites from top chefs & restaurants – click here to see who is cooking on which day.


Lidia Bastianich signs books at AFW 2018

Meet your favorite chefs and pick up a signed cookbook! Swing by the Festival Store on both Saturday and Sunday, while you are there check out our Official Festival Merchandise and take home your own copy of other featured books by the Festival’s top chefs and talent!


Order favorite Austin Food + Wine Festival wines from select wineries around the park with H-E-B Curbside. Over 40 wines available to order onsite and then pick it up later at a local H-E-B Curbside location. Visit the H-E-B Curbside tent for VIP service from Wine Stewards at the fest!


Add Some Food + Wine Flavor To Your Closet

Stop by the Festival Store for a wide selection of merchandise from hats and tees to picnic blankets and wine tumblers! As always, shop early for the best selection. You’ll also find a number of books by your favorite chefs – Don’t forget to check the signing schedule to get an autograph!


Keep up with Austin Food + Wine Festival on social media. We’ll be posting our favorite photos and videos all weekend long, and checking yours out too! Join the conversation.

This article was posted on April 9, 2018