With fall fast-approaching, Austinites and visitors alike are looking for ways to savor the last bits of our official summer season. Get a taste of some of this months full-flavored local happenings, and see what the Austin CVBhas chosen for their top staff picks this August!

Austin Ice Cream Festival

Austin Ice Cream Festival

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! TheAustin Ice Cream Festival, August 9 at Fiesta Gardens, will satisfy your ice cream craving. Besides lots of tastings, the festival includes contests, shopping vendors, kids activities and more. $10 admission with kids 8 and under free. -Katie Cook, Interactive Marketing Manager
  • I was lucky enough to experience The Whos legendary rock opera Tommy at Zach Scott Theatre. If you want a night of seeing whats at the end of the rabbit hole, its a must see. The show, very reasonably priced, is running at the newly renovated Zach Scott through August 24th and even includes all you can play pinball for FREE. Shilpa Bakre, Senior Communications Manager
  • Sounds too good to be truefree concerts with the best views of the Austin skyline to be had? The Summer Concert Series at The Long Center with the Austin Symphony brings you FREE concerts on the lawn of the Long Center on Sunday nights at 7:30pm through August 24th. Picnicking, blankets, & lawn chairs encouraged. Free parking at One Texas Center. -Shawna Bridgman, Partner Relations Specialist
  • Stop by the Austin Visitor Center Local & Live Music Series while you're downtown every other Friday afternoon (4-6pm) - on August 8 you can hear Little Brave, and August 22 Dawni McCray, live! -Amanda Garcia, Music Industry Manager
  • This month I plan on beating the heat at The Blue Hole in Wimberely Texas! Just a quick 45 minute drive from downtown Austin, Blue Hole is a beautiful swimming hole complete with rope swings and a sunbathing and picnic area- but make sure you arrive early! -Kristen Maurel,Film, Music & Marketing Coordinator
  • Beat the heat and eat the heat! Austin Chronicle will be hosting it's annual Hot Sauce Festival, August 24. This event has been a favorite for spicy food lovers and connoisseurs since 1990, and also serves as a major fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Check it out with your favorite foodies. -Rebekah Grmela, Marketing and Tourism Coordinator
  • There is nothing that signals the coming of cooler fall weather more than the first University of Texas home football game. Join 100,000 of your closest friends and fans as the Longhorns take on their first opponent UNT August 30th. -Shilpa Bakre, Senior Communications Manager