Tips For The Weekend 2017

Austin Food + Wine Festival is this weekend!


Feast Under The Stars, the Grand Taste, Chef Showcase and all demos and panels will be located in downtown Austin at Auditorium Shores.

Friday night’s Lone Star Nights and Saturday night’s Rock Your Taco will be located in downtown Austin at Fair Market.

Festival Map

Check out the 2017 Event Map below for Auditorium Shores! Be in the know before you go.

Festival Hours

On Saturday, April 29th, the gates at Auditorium Shores will open at 11:00am and close at 4:00pm.

On Sunday, April 30th, the gates at Auditorium Shores will open at 11:00am and close at 3:00pm.

Thursday’s Feast Under the Stars takes place at 6:30pm at Auditorium Shores.

Friday’s Lone Star Nights takes place between 7:00pm and 9:30pm at Fair Market.

Saturday’s Rock Your Taco takes place between 7:00pm and 9:30pm at Fair Market.

Picking Up Your Tickets

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.

Auditorium Shores Box Office Hours
Thursday, April 27th
4PM- 7:30PM

Friday, April 28th
9AM – 6PM

Saturday, April 29th
9AM – 4PM

Sunday, April 30th
9AM – 3PM

Fair Market Box Office Hours

Friday, April 28th
6:30PM – 9PM

Saturday, April 29th
6:30PM – 9PM

You’ll need both your Ticket and ID to access the festival, so don’t leave home without them! Feel free to swing by the Auditorium Shores Box Office in advance of the weekend on Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th, 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!

Getting Here

Want to avoid the parking hassle? Take RideAustin to the Festival. You can download the app at

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 at Barton Springs Rd. & S. 1st St.
Palmer Events Center Parking Garage at 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Parking rates will apply.

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

Bike parking is available next to the main entrance on Riverside Drive. You must provide your own lock.

Where To Stay

Need a hotel? We’ve partnered with select hotels to offer our ticket holders discounted 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!

Plan Your Schedule

Be sure to check out the schedule before the weekend to plan out your preferred, demos, 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! If you’re grilling with Tim Love, make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure your spot.

Meet The Talent

Meet your favorite chefs and pick up a signed cookbook! Swing by the Book Signing Tent on both Saturday and Sunday, then head to the Festival Store to check out our 2017 festival merchandise and take home your own copy of other featured books by the Festival’s top chefs and talent!

Connect With Us

Follow along the festival fun all weekend and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Remember to use the festival hashtag when sharing your photos: #AFWFest

This article was posted on April 21, 2017