Events

Everything You Must Do in Austin This Summer

Updated On 06/13/2017 at 03:18PM EST Updated On 06/13/2017 at 03:18PM EST
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June
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June

Tuesday - Thursday
Jun 13-Sep 14
The Shady Grove
The perennially popular summer concert series comes back for another year, with live music on the lawn of Shady Grove every Thursday evening, and $4 ZiegenBock pints for all.
Wednesday
Jun 14
Zilker Park
Local favorite Grupo Fantasma kick off this family friendly summer concert series in Zilker Park, where attendees are invited to kick back on their picnic blankets with friends, family, dogs, and about a gallon of bug spray! Additional dates: July 12, August 2.
Thursday - Saturday
Jun 15-17
Pan Am Park & the Red River Music District
Austin’s entry into the globally celebrated Fete de la Musique, this festival features an art village, yoga workshops, and live performances from local and international bands in and around the Red River district. Plus a 10-hour music marathon in Pan Am Park.
Saturday
Jun 17
Chestnut House
Commemorate the end of slavery in Texas with this annual parade, 2K walk/run, and festival featuring live music and local vendors.
Saturday
Jun 17
Bastrop Public Library
This awards ceremony honors the contributions of local and public artists in Bastrop with a walking tour, library reception, and light refreshments.
Saturday
Jun 17
Mexic-Arte Museum
Head to the always-worth-visiting Mexic-Arte Museum for a craft market featuring the work of local artisans and craftspeople from throughout central Texas.
Thursday - Saturday
Jun 22-24
Carver Museum and Library
This is the 10th anniversary of this unique festival which emphasizes empowerment through literature, celebrates African-American contributions to American letters, and brings readers and writers together through author talks, film discussions, and readings, all of which are free and open to the public.
Friday
Jun 23
Austin 360 Amphitheater
Future, along with Young Thug, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, and Zoey Dollaz, brings his signature boundary-pushing, multi-platinum-selling hip hop sound to the Austin 360 Amphitheater, in what promises to be one of the most talked about shows of the summer.
Saturday
Jun 24
Long Center, Riverside Drive
With food and drink booths, a music festival featuring live music from Boss Street Band and Sphynx, plus what the organizers claim is the world’s slowest 5K (featuring 15 “fun stops” and a costume contest), this year’s fest might be the weirdest yet.
Tuesday
Jun 27
Long Center for the Performing Arts
We Austinites love our food trailers, and what better way to get your fix than by checking out this weekly event where you can try a little something from 12 to 15 different food trucks each week, plus live music and a festival atmosphere. Additional dates: July 25, August 15.
Wednesday
Jun 28
Texas State Capitol
Stand up for your rights and celebrate the history of the LGBT community at this annual rally with inspiring speakers, live music, wall-to-wall free speech, and what the organizers describe as a "HUGE DRAG PERFORMANCE FINALE."
July
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July

Saturday - Sunday
Jul 1-2
Trinity Hall
Check out this year’s finest independently produced web series at Texas’ only digital series festival, showcasing the best of the web.
Friday
Jul 14
Circuit of the Americas
If you live in Austin, you love Willie Nelson. No exceptions. Show up for Uncle Willie at this beloved local tradition, with live music from a slate of artists including the man himself.
Tuesday
Jul 4
Vic Mathias Shores
If you’re more of a classical music fan, the Austin Symphony throws a free event that’s a little more laid back than Willie’s shindig, with a free live performance, fireworks, and a festival featuring food, drinks, and the work of local arts and crafts vendors.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 7-Aug 12
Zilker Hillside Theater
Other cities have Shakespeare, but in Austin we celebrate summer with free musical theater in the park. This year, it’s a production of The Wizard of Oz, Broadway’s biggest hit in 1903 and the inspiration for the 1939 film.
Saturday
Jul 15
Saegerrunde Halle
Strap on your dancing shoes, and celebrate German-Texan heritage at this night of Tex-Mex, margaritas, and a live band playing western swing, classic country, and boogie-woogie in the historic Saengerrunde Halle.
Wednesday
Jul 19
The North Door
The cringe factor is high at this live podcast taping, where the hosts collect anonymously written confessions about sex and sexuality from audience members, as well as featured confessions from a rotating slate of comedians, musicians, artists, and performers.
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 22-23
Cool River Ranch, San Marcos
Camp, float, and listen to live music down in San Marcos Texas, where you can take a weekend excursion to enjoy the river, get down to bands like Passion Pit and MGMT, and try your darndest to avoid getting sunburned. Spoiler alert: You will get sunburned.
Saturday
Jul 29
Bass Concert Hall
It’s not everyday that you get a chance to see John Travolta’s favorite performer, the talented multihyphenate Adele Dazeem, live in concert.
August
Congress Avenue Bats
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August

Tuesday
Aug 8
Bass Concert Hall
A live performance of the hit Lifetime series based in “the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition,” with dancing and drama from Miss D and her Dancing Dolls (stars of the show in every sense of the word).
Saturday
Aug 12
Fiesta Gardens
It’s an ice cream festival; what more do you need to know? Obviously you’re going. There will be games, contests, and live entertainment, plus lots and lots (and lots) of ice cream.
Saturday
Aug 19
Congress Avenue Bridge
Most days, if you want to see the bats come out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge, you just call the bat hotline and ride your bike over. On the 19th, however, their emergence will be celebrated in style with live music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and even a bat costume contest. Show the little guys you care.
Saturday
Aug 19
Frank Erwin Center
Multi-platinum, multi-hyphenate music producer/documentary maker/philanthropist/entrepreneur J. Cole brings his No. 1 album to the Frank Erwin Center.
Sunday
Aug 20
Austin Convention Center
Back for its fifth year of showcasing the best Black Independent Films, this festival aims to bring together talented African-Americans working in entertainment, exploring and celebrating the work of black artists and filmmakers from around the globe.
Sunday
Aug 20
Location TBD
The Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival may have started small back in the '90s, but today it’s one of our city’s most popular annual food events. Expect live music, hot sauce samples, culinary demonstrations, food tastings from local restaurants, and cookbooks, sauces, and tons of peppers for sale.
Saturday
Aug 26
Texas State Capitol
Show your LGBT Pride at this annual festival/parade, with tons of performers, dancers, marchers, and bands -- there'll also be a fashion show, it all helps to raise money for the local community.
Tuesday - Monday
Aug 29-Sep 4
Various venues
What started out as a small festival/mini-golf tournament showcasing local Austin comedy has grown into a massive, seven-day comedy festival featuring over 500 performers from around the globe, showcasing the best in improv, sketch, and standup comedy.
Wednesday - Friday
Aug 30-Sep 8
Bass Concert Hall
Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan brings this politically inspired dystopian thriller to the Bass Concert Hall, for what will probably be the tensest 90 minutes of your summer.