Welcome to August in Austin where high temps mean refreshing natural swimming holes, unique cultural events, funky food festivals, and plenty of al fresco dining with iced treats and 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!
Summer nights at the Long Center.
Here are our top things to do this August:
4/18/19 - 9/19/19
Unplugged at The Grove
Join locals under the shade of the tall pecan grove each Thursday evening for Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine and unplugged performances by some of Austin's hottest live acts.
5/23/19 - 8/31/19
Summer Classic Film Series
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.
6/2/19 - 8/25/19
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park
Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center
Now in its 17th 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.
7/12/19 - 8/17/19
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 "The Little Mermaid" taking fans "under the sea" Thursdays through Sundays beginning around 8:15 p.m.
7/31/19 - 9/8/19
ANN is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written and originally performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.
Bat watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Credit Pierce Ingram.
Austin's Birthday Bash
Celebrate Austin's birthday at the historic Republic Square with a free evening-long, family-friendly celebration. Activities include live music and entertainment by local artists Mobley, Kalu & The Electric Joint, Bidi Bidi Banda and Girlfriend ATX, lawn games, food by local vendors and more.
Blues on the Green
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 and Austin legends.
Austin Pride Festival & Parade
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.
Sound & Cinema
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.”
RAS Day Festival
Kenny Dorham's Backyard
The sixth Annual RAS Day Festival is a family-friendly event in East Austin, celebrating the community and Austin's homegrown live music. Featuring artists Riders Against the Storm, Leikeli47, Madison McFerrin and more.
8/22/19 - 8/25/19
All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF)
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQI+ cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in September and watch for monthly screenings around town.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest. Credit John Anderson/The Austin Chronicle.
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.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
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 with as many as 10,000 spectators each year.
8/27/19 - 9/2/18
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.
8/30/19 - 9/1/19
Capital City Black Film Festival
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.
8/31/19 - 9/1/19
City-Wide Garage Sale
Palmer Events Center
Don't miss this huge vintage market at the Palmer Events Center, an Austin institution since 1977. Browse and shop eclectic items, homegoods, gifts and clothes.