Art Alliance Austin

Art Alliance Austin

Art City Austin is the anchor event for Art Alliance Austin, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose long history and dedication to the visual arts has ensured that art and creativity have a place at the core of Austin.

Art Alliance Austin supports and contributes to the growth, prominence, and sustainability of Austin’s art scene – ultimately contributing to Austin’s creative culture. For over 70 years, Art Alliance has worked collaboratively with artists, museums, curators, and galleries to create a diverse and powerful series of programming that highlights Austin as a visual arts capital including Pecha Kucha, ARTBASH, The Weekly e-newsletter, and Beyond the Bio Blog.


What Is Art City Austin?

Art City Austin is the city’s’ 2nd oldest outdoor fair in Austin. The event showcases a highly curated selection of local and visiting visual artists exhibiting outdoors in the heart of the city.

Art City Austin will build on the success of 2019, incorporating more immersive experiences into the three-day festival happening at the beautifully renovated Republic Square.

Art City Austin will offer the most diverse, thought-provoking and entertaining programming in its 70-year history while simultaneously acknowledging the artists, organizers, and supporters who have made this festival what it is today.

The History

Art City Austin began as “Art Mart” in 1950 at City Coliseum currently known now as the Palmer Events Center. It moved to Laguna Gloria in 1957 - rebranded as “Fiesta” and became a fundraiser for Laguna Gloria, and eventually the Austin Museum of Art. In 2000, Mayor Kirk Watson requested the festival be moved downtown to help revitalize downtown. So from 2009-2015, the festival was held along Cesar Chavez near City Hall.

In 2016 Art City Austin came full circle relocating to the site of its original home - the new Palmer Events Center. Paying homage to its Fiesta roots, in 2018, the event was re-established as an art block party where the Austin community could connect with 120 dynamic artists in a variety of genres at the annual art market.

In 2019, Art Alliance Austin will move the festival back into the heart of the city - to the newly renovated Republic Square. The year's event will focus on Art Alliance Austin's goals of disrupting how our community view and interacts with art. It will also be expanded with additional weekend events and new experiences guests are sure to remember.

See what we've got in store for this year's Art City Austin Festival!