Aqua Festival

The Austin Aqua Festival began in 1962 as Aqua Fest, a ten-day festival that featured local music acts and a variety of water-related events, held in August to boost tourism during a normally slow season. Most events took place on the newly-formed Town Lake and “Festival Beach,” a park along the river just east of Interstate 35. The festival included parades, a variety of races, a beauty pageant, a rodeo, and theme nights. In 1980, major Aqua Festival events were moved to the larger Auditorium Shores park, where multiple stages for entertainment shifted the focus of the festival towards ever larger musical acts and away from local talent and water sports through the 80s and 90s. After a few years of higher ticket prices and dropping attendance, the last festival was held in 1998.

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The Wallace and Euna Pryor Collection, no. 1 - Aqua Fest, Performance by Willie Nelson
Footage of Willie Nelson and his band performing at the 1973 Aqua Festival in Austin, TX
The Wallace and Euna Pryor Collection, no. 2 - Aqua Fest, Interview and Performance by Willie N...
Footage of Willie Nelson giving an interview and a performance at Austin’s Aqua Festival
The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 22 - The First Annual Aqua Festival Parade and Rodeo (1962)
Home movie captures of the first annual Aqua Festival parade and rodeo in Austin in 1962
The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 5 - Carrera de la Capital Races, 1963
Home movie footage of the 1963 Carrera De La Capital Races, a racing event in that year’s Aqua Festival.
The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 4 - Aqua Fest 1963
Home movie footage of Austin's 1963 Aqua Festival parade
The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 19 - Aqua Fest Parade, 1964
Home movie footage of Austin's 1964 Aqua Festival
The Baylor Family Collection, no. 21 - 1974 Aqua Fest and Lake House Work
Home movie footage of the Baylors at the Thunderbirds air show, Austin’s Aqua Fest, and working on their ...
Texas: Land of Contrast (1966)
Travel film highlighting the variety of recreational activities found in Texas, especially at its many st...
Progress Report Austin 7 - Summer Fun
Installment of the locally produced television program, Progress Report Austin, takes viewers on a tour o...
Motorcycle Race at Auditorium Shores (1983)
Raw footage of a motorcycle race around Auditorium Shores
Aqua Fest Boat Parade (1972)
B-roll footage of floats that were included in Austin’s 1972 Aqua Fest