Events

Everything You Need to Do in Austin This Weekend

Updated On 08/09/2018 at 05:58PM EST Updated On 08/09/2018 at 05:58PM EST
Buzz Mill
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Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse
Friday
Aug 17
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Blaze Foley was one of the most enigmatic voices of the Austin Outlaw Country music scene. on this film about his life, actor Ethan Hawke both co-wrote the film with Foley’s muse Sybil Rosen (played by Alia Shawcat) and directed. See the flick, then discuss the biopic with Ethan himself.
Price: $12.18
Friday
Aug 17
Empire Control Room & Garage
Regardless of whether you’re Team Cardi or Team Nicki, you can cast your ballot in the ultimate battle for Best Female Rapper. Come ready to slay to a soundtrack of Bodak Yellow and Chun Li until one woman is named the true Queen of Rap.
Price: Free before 11pm, $5 after 11pm
Friday
Aug 17
The W Austin
Austin natives and old-timers will remember a particular west 6th bar with Arabian decor and some of the best world music jams and cocktails around. Red Fez is making a comeback with a one-night-only happy hour and a performance by former Fez regulars, Atash.
Price: Free
Saturday
Aug 18
S. Congress Ave Bridge
What’s better than seeing 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge at dusk? How about two stages of live music including Ghostland Observatory, over 50 local vendors, food, drinks, kids activities, and a bat costume contest? Austin Bat Fest has got you covered with all of it; come early, stay late, and keep Austin batty.
Price: $15 early bird tickets (while they last), $20 cash at the gate, free for kids under eight
Austin Restaurant Weeks
Austin Restaurant Weeks
Saturday
Aug 18
Multiple Restaurants Across Austin
This weekend kicks off the beginning of Austin Restaurant Weeks, a two-week exploration of Austin’s finest eateries. A portion of every meal benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, so you can finally visit that world-class restaurant you’ve been meaning to try and secure a meal for somebody in need at the same time.
Price: Free
Saturday
Aug 18
Kitty Cohen’s, EastSide Tavern, Revelry Kitchen + Bar
If you can’t get enough frosé this summer, this tour (figuratively) has your name on it: the Annual Frosé Tour presented by Envy & ATX_Bites is an exploration of East Austin’s top frosé purveyors.Tickets include free frosé, as well as special pricing on food & beverages, and chances to win raffle prizes and giveaways.
Price: $10-30
Saturday
Aug 18
Cactus Cafe
With a vocal range of 4.5 octaves, Jeff Buckley was one of the greatest voices of popular music until he tragically disappeared into the Mississippi River in 1997. Meet Buckley’s manager Dave Lory in a behind-the-scenes look at his unparalleled musical talent and rise to prominence.
Price: $25 advance, $28 at the door
Sunday
Aug 19
The Buzz Mill
Beat the heat and shop for a cause: the Summer Artists Market, sponsored by Buzz Mill and Real Ale, takes place in the evening and supports Articulate Austin, as well as local artists and vendors. Come to shop and listen to live music, and stay for the beer and raffle prizes!
Price: Free to attend
Sunday
Aug 19
Circuit of The Americas
Auto enthusiasts rejoice! Cars and Coffee Austin is your chance to see a pop up car show that’s fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and leashed pets, and enjoy coffee and concessions (and free parking) while checking out some sweet rides. Profits go to Central Texas Food Bank.
Price: Free
Sunday
Aug 19
Live Oak Brewing Company
Every year Monarch butterflies pass through Austin as they migrate to Mexico, and every year it’s dangerously hot outside for them. Help these little guys out, and stop by Live Oak Brewery to craft a butterfly watering/feeding station (that works for bees too!), and cool yourself off with a cold beer.
Price: $10 for advanced RSVP, $14 at the door