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Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. One of the top track and field events in the U.S., the Texas Relays are held in early April at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas. The Relays, founded in 1925, attract about 5,000 of the best athletes in Texas (and elsewhere) on the high-school, collegiate, and professional levels. Tickets can be purchased about a month prior to the competition. 512/471–3333. www.texasboxoffice.com for tickets,.
Red Eye Regatta. Every January 1st since 1976, the Austin Yacht Club starts the year off with this popular sailboat race on Lake Travis (about a half-hour from downtown Austin). 512/266–1336. www.austinyachtclub.net.
Republic of Texas Biker Rally. Every June, tens of thousands of bikers invade Austin for three days of partying, camping, talking shop, and browsing vendors' wares. Based at the Travis County Expo Center just east of the city, the event includes a huge Friday-evening motorcycle parade from the Expo Center to Congress Avenue with much of Austin looking on, and much partying ensuing (both during and afterward) among bikers and spectators alike on 6th Street. There are also free concerts by local musicians Thursday through Saturday at the Expo Center rally grounds. On its more than 300 acres, the Expo Center provides special lots for RV and tent camping. Other bikers also stay in off-site RV lots and, of course, in hotels. On-site facilities include hot and cold showers, food service, a first-aid station, and a FedEx/UPS drop site. 512/252–9768. www.rotrally.com.
Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo. Did you come to Texas to see some real cowboy stuff? Austin puts on its hat and boots at this very popular perennial affair. The event, held at the Travis County Expo Center, typically runs from the last day of February through the first half of March. It includes an indoor rodeo, a livestock and horse show, various Texas-style cook-offs, and a carnival. Entertainment ranges from name acts like Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Styx to more than 40 local bands. Proceeds go toward scholarships and youth-education programs. 512/919–3000 for information; 512/477–6060 for tickets. www.staroftexas.org.