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 things to do this August:
4/13/17 - 9/14/17
Unplugged at The 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.
5/25/17 - 9/2/17
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.
Summer nights at the Long Center.
6/4/17 - 8/27/17
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park
Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center
Now in its 15th 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.
7/7/17 - 8/12/17
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 Wizard of Oz" Thursdays through Sundays beginning around 8:15 p.m.
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 The Bright Light Social Hour and The Digital Wild.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Taproom. Credit Courtney Pierce.
First Friday at Infinite Monkey Theorem
Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery
Head to the urban winery's South Congress tasting room for $5 wine slushies (yes, you heard that right), food trucks from local vendors and live music from Exit Wonderland and a silent disco to end the night.
8/5/17 - 8/6/17
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.
Austin Ice Cream Festival
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.
8/16/17 - 8/20/17
Millennial Film Festival
Violet Crown Cinema
The Millennial Film Festival celebrates high school and college level filmmakers with career exploration through hands-on, creative film production experiences.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at the Bud Light Summer Live Series. Credit Jenna McCann.
Bud Light Summer Live Series
Once a month during the summer, the Austin-American Statesman Warehouse will be transformed to provide Austinites with a unique concert experience. What's better than food, beer & friends?
*2017 Event Cancelled*
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.
Bat watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Credit Pierce Ingram.
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.
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.
Courtesy of Quesoff.
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.
8/29/17 - 9/4/17
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.