Food, Fun and Fireworks

Each year, we conclude Hilltopper Welcome Days with Hillfest, a giant carnival overlooking downtown Austin.

Students, facutly, staff and alumni are invited to enjoy attractions, local Austin food trucks, and fireworks from Main Building lawn.  

Hillfest 2016 sign  Hillfest food vendors  Hillfest Fireworks 2015

15th Annual Hillfest Information

Activities and Attractions

Event begins goes from 7 - 10 p.m. in the Visitor and Green Parking Lots between Moody Theatre and John Brooks Williams North (see event map below)

FREE ENTRY for all students, faculty, staff and guests

Food available for purchase - see food vendors below

On-site T-shirt screen printing - bring your own shirt! We will also have some available. 

Collect tickets for raffle prizes at all carnival game booths:

  • Big Baller
  • Shooting Stars
  • Hi Striker

Ride these awesome rides:

  • Ferris Wheel
  • Zipline
  • Rock Wall
  • Meltdown

Raffle Prize drawing at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks show begins at 9:53 p.m.

Food Vendors

All food vendors will accept Topper Tender, as well as cash and credit card.

TopperPride App Raffle

Coming soon!

Parking Lot & Road Closure Information

  • Parking Lot Closures:
    • Visitor Lot closed starting midnight, Thursday Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 9 at midnight.
    • Moody Theatre Green Lot closed starting midnight, Thursday Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 9 at midnight.
  • Road Closures:
    • Theater Pass closed from Theater Pass and Moody Drive four-way stop starting midnight, Thursday Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m.
    • University Circle closed from St. Joseph Hill to East Hall parking lot from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. for event and fireworks viewing pedestrian safety.

Campus Parking Map

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Contact Student Life at 512-448-8422.