KGSR Austin
KGSR Austin
Wednesday - Wednesday
Jun 13-Aug 8
Zilker Park
Every summer your favorite radio station (KGSR, of course) and your favorite grocery store (HEB, incidentally the perfect place to pick up beers for the event) team up to bring you free monthly concerts featuring the best of Texas blues.
Cost: Free!
Friday - Saturday
Jun 15-Aug 4
Volente Beach Resort
If you thought Jaws traumatized you for life when you saw it in the theaters, just imagine the damage it’ll do when you watch that enormous fish gnaw his way through some well-meaning bathers while you float on the dark waters of Lake Travis, beer in hand. Float tubes are provided -- this year with headrests and cupholders!! -- and admission includes free access to Volente Beach Resort before the movie.
Cost: $12 for the movie only, $55 if you want to eat dinner too
Sunday
Jun 17
Circuit of the Americas
Central Texas’ largest association of auto enthusiasts -- in a city that leans on cars as much as Austin does, is it really a surprise? -- gathers every month for car spotting and coffee sipping (iced, one hopes) benefiting a different Austin non-profit every month.
Cost: Free!
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Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Friday - Friday
Jun 22-Aug 10
... uhh, the Bullock Museum
Once a month, all summer long, the good folks at the Bullock are opening their doors and providing Austinites with evenings of culture, creativity, and that sweet, sweet, museum-quality air conditioning, each centered around a different theme from Texas history.  
Cost: Free!
Saturday
Jun 23
Carver Museum and Library
For the 12th year in a row, the AABF brings outstanding African American authors, intellectuals, and literary figures for a day of horizon-expanding discussion, collaboration, creativity, and activism.
Cost: Free!
austin ice cream
Austin Ice Cream Festival
Saturday
Jun 23
Fiesta Gardens
During the day, the Austin Ice Cream Festival is a wholesome, family-friendly scorcher of a good time, with samples for all, food trucks, contests, and activities. Things get a little more adult after dark, with boozy frozen cocktails and live music from Lee Fields and the Expressions.
Cost: $15-67
Thursday - Thursday
Jun 28-Jul 5
The Vortex
Jake Cordero and A. Lucio claim to merely be recreating the seances of old using classic techniques of the masters, but what if they actually did manage to summon a spirit? Can you imagine how cold/refreshing that ectoplasm would be?
Cost: $15
Wednesday
Jul 4
Circuit of the Americas
Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July barbecue is a beloved Austin tradition, a full day of kicking back in old-school Texas style with some grilled meats, cold beers, and classic tunes provided by a packed roster of musical talent -- topped off, of course, with Uncle Willie himself.
Cost: Prices range from $42.50 for HEB Lawn seats all the way up to $399 for VIP packages
Wednesday
Jul 4
Vic Mathias Shores
This wildly popular annual event professes to be the largest Independence Day Celebration in the entire state, with over 100,000 attending each year. If that sounds too hectic, tune your radio to Majic 95.5 and find somewhere high up to watch the distant fireworks.
Cost: Free!
Friday - Saturday
Jul 6-Aug 18
Zilker Park
Every year, the good people at the Austin Parks department organize a free summer musical where Austinites can, after a swim in Barton Springs, stretch out with a picnic and enjoy some tunes; this year, it’s All Shook Up! featuring Elvis’ most popular hits.
Cost: Free!
Sunday - Sunday
Jul 8-Aug 26
Austin Motel
Say sayonara to the utter chaos of SXSW with a locals-only, Austin-at-its-finest celebration, featuring a wide selection of not-for-the-faint-of-palate pepper-infused Texas craft beers, and a pepper-themed pizza from Eastside favorite Via 313. There will, of course, be live music.
Cost: Free
Wednesday - Sunday
Jul 11-Sep 2
The ZACH Theater
What’s better than escaping the heat with a few hours in a movie theater? Doing it in style in a real theater, of course, and you couldn't ask for a better theater experience than ZACH theater’s all-singing, all-dancing Disney extravaganza.
Cost: $20-88
austin pride
austin pride
Saturday
Aug 11
Fiesta Gardens
Austin Pride is the largest annual LGBTQ+ event in central Texas, a place to gather and celebrate love and the freedom to be true to yourself with live performances, games, activities, and a family fun zone.
Cost: $15-125
Saturday
Aug 18
Congress Avenue Bridge
You’ve seen the bats before, right? You’ve lived in Austin this long, so surely you’ve made the trek down to South Congress to see all 1.5 million members of the bat colony emerge from under the bridge in all their fluttering glory. Greet their emergence this year at the 14th annual Bat Fest, with food, a costume contest, and (of course) live music.
Cost: $15-20
Sunday
Aug 26
Fiesta Gardens
If you can’t beat the heat (spoiler alert: you can’t), you might as well eat the heat at the Chronicle’s annual hot sauce extravaganza. You'll be able to sample hundreds of hot sauces, try to numb the heat with snacks, and enjoy (say it with me now) LIVE MUSIC! The spice sweats should cool you down, right?
Cost: $5
Out of bounds comedy festival
Out of bounds comedy festival
Tuesday - Monday
Aug 28-Sep 3
Various locations
Austin is well known for its groundbreaking comedy scene, and the good folks at the Out of Bounds Festival (a certified non-profit proving you can be funny AND nice) celebrates our quirky comic sensibilities with visiting comics from all over the country -- plus, apparently, a mini-golf tournament.
Cost: TBD
Thursday - Sunday
Aug 30-Sep 9
Various Locations
Over four fun packed days, the CCBFF celebrates black film in Austin with events, parties, screenings, seminars, and more, featuring both local talent and filmmakers from across the country and even world.
Cost: TBD