Only in Austin can melted cheese inspire such devotion. The annual QuesOff pits thirty different purveyors of the hallowed goop against each other in an epic showdown. This includes profesh chefs and local restaurants, as well as home cooks. There are four categories: meaty, spicy, veggie and “wild card” -- you’ll have the cheesy pleasure of tasting them all. They’re still accepting entries!
Cost: $3 or 2 canned goods
2nd Street District
Break out your pearliest white pants and head to this sip-and-stroll event benefiting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Your ticket includes bites and cocktails from some of the area’s most prominent bars and restaurants, like La Condesa, Taverna, She’s Not Here, Trace, Swift’s Attic and more. As you amble along valiantly trying to keep those pants pristine, enjoy live music from legendary local R&B singer-songwriter, Tje Austin.
Palmer Events Center
If you’re really into keeping Austin weird, this expo may do just the trick. With a huge range of the mysterious and odd, you’ll be loaded for bear with cocktail conversation. Taxidermy, specimens, antiques, jewelry made from bones, original artwork will be on display along with sideshow performances, human suspension and taxidermy classes.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Bat party on the bridge, bro! Every year, Congress Avenue Bridge hosts a huge festival honoring our city’s spirit animal, the almighty bat. There’ll be two stages of live music with acts like Ghostland Observatory, Roger Creager, Dharma Kings, and Cory Morrow, plus over 50 arts and crafts vendors, food, and drinks. Oh, and a bat costume contest, among the many bat-themed activities.
August 27 - September 2
The annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival showcases the best in improv, sketch and standup from Austin and across the world. Over 500 performers and 130 acts will grace the stage -- in the past, they’ve featured performers from Saturday Night Live, MADtv, Kids in the Hall, Second City and The Daily Show. I wish I could think of a joke to insert here, but I can’t. Rest assured, they’re funnier than me.