Welcome to August in Austin where high temps mean refreshing lakes, swimming holes, funky festivals, iced treats and plenty of cool drinks. If you are still looking to pack in as much summer fun as possible before school starts again, then Austin is the destination for you! Here are our top things to do this August:
Through 9/22/16 Unplugged at The Grove Shady Grove
Join locals under the shade of the tall pecan grove for Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine and unplugged performances by some of Austin's hottest live acts.
Through 9/4/16 Summer Classic Film Series the Paramount & Stateside Theatres
Love classic movies? The Paramount Theatre has been running the Summer Classic Film Series for more than 40 years. Visit their website for the full schedule of 100 beloved cinematic treasures that are gracing the theater's big screens throughout the summer.
Through 8/28/16 Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center
Now in its 14th season, the Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park are held in front of the Long Center on Sundays throughout the summer at 7:30 p.m. Concert styles include strings, woodwinds, big band and brass.
Through 8/13/16 Zilker Summer Musical Zilker Hillside Theatre
Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. The outdoor amphitheater will host performances of "Shrek The Musical" Thursdays through Sundays beginning around 8:15 p.m.
8/3/16 Blues on the Green Zilker Park
Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin's largest free concert series will welcome groovy performances by local up-and-comers Sweet Spirit and The Suffers.
8/6/16-8/7/16 & 8/13/16-8/14/16 Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
For two weekends, head to New Braunfels for this competitive couples stomping event and the chance for your name to be printed on the label of Dry Comal Creek's 2016 "Foot Pressed" red table wine.
8/10/16 and 8/17/16 Sound & Cinema the Long Center
Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse have teamed up to pair local live music with a classic movie to follow. Food and beverages can be purchased on-site from food trailers as part of the Long Center’s “All Summer Long Series.”
8/13/16 Austin Ice Cream Festival Fiesta Gardens
The Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival is fun for the whole family. Games, activities, contests, live entertainment and of course, ice cream, will keep you cool and happy.
8/15/16-8/20/16 NAGAAA Softball World Series Various Locations
This year, the Gay Softball World Series heads to Austin to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. The world-class event will feature over 5,000 athletes, coaches and fans in attendance from over 43 cities across the US and Canada.
8/20/16 Bat Fest Congress Avenue Bridge
Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.
820/16 Quesoff the Mohawk
This is an annual food competition of Texas-sized proportions! Each August, Austin's best queso-makers come together to share their best dips and spread the queso love.
8/21/16 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Fiesta Gardens
If you wanna beat the heat this summer then you gotta eat the heat! Join the Austin Chronicle for one of the world's largest hot sauce festivals.
8/25/16-8/28/16 Capital City Black Film Festival Various Locations
Now in its fourth year, CCBFF celebrates African American filmmakers from across the nation and provides a stage for burgeoning talent. This festival packs in the fun with four-days of events, seminars, parties, screenings and more.
8/27/16 Austin Pride Festival & Parade Fiesta Gardens
The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support and opportunities to volunteer.
8/30/16-9/5/16 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Various Locations
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.