Updated Aug 19, 2020
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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! Here are our top August things to do in Austin.
Bat watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Credit Pierce Ingram.
8/6/20 - 8/16/20
aGLIFF Virtual Festival (All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival)
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQI+ cultural event in Austin. This year, the festival is going virtual, offering more than fifty feature and short films showcasing the diverse experiences of queer people over two weekends in August.
Austin's Birthday Bash
The third annual Austin’s Birthday Bash is going virtual this year! Celebrate Austin quarantine-style with an at-home party filled with everything we love most about our city. Tune in for a two-hour virtual concert featuring a lineup of local artists curated by Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone of Riders Against the Storm!.
8/15/20 - 9/19/20
Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities hosts the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition which shines a spotlight on films that positively and accurately represent disability.
8/24/20 - 9/13/20
ATX Black Food Week
24 Restaurants & 9 Food Trucks
Austin Justice Coalition hosts the annual ATX Black Food Week with three full weeks of food, drinks and community empowerment. Support local, Black-owned restaurants for two weeks, plus a full week dedicated to food trucks. Learn about the history of Austin while supporting the businesses that make this city feel like home. Find full details about participating restaurants on the website.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
If you wanna beat the heat this summer then you gotta eat the heat! Join the Austin Chronicle for an at-home virtual edition of one of the world's largest hot sauce festivals.
Blues on the Screen
Since we can’t gather in Zilker Park, Austin City Limits Radio is bringing Blues On The Green to your screen! Tune in for performances from some of Austin’s most buzzed-about rising stars, along with special sets from Austin legends.
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest. Credit John Anderson/The Austin Chronicle.
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.”
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.
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.
Texas Roller Derby
Palmer Event Center
An Austin original, TXRD has been wowing crowds since breathing new life into the sport of roller derby in 2001. The unique blend of camp and athleticism continues to win over new fans young and old, while staying in tune with their old-school derby roots.
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.
Postponed to 2021
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.
Postponed to 2021
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 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.
RAS Day Festival
Kenny Dorham's Backyard
The annual RAS Day Festival is a family-friendly event in East Austin, celebrating the community and Austin's homegrown live music. Past festivals have featured artists like Riders Against the Storm, Leikeli47, Madison McFerrin and more.
The Sound of Music
The hills are alive in this intimate, heartfelt re-imagining of the beloved musical classic! Maria's sunny nature and passion for music brings joy and laughter back to the Von Trapp family, and melts the Caption's cold heart. Your spirits will soar to the Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning score, including "My Favorite Things", "Do-Re-Mi", "Climb Every Mountain", and of course, the title song. Love triumphs, and light wins over the darkest of times.