In the dog days of summer, you've got to find a way to beat the heat. Stay cool (both socially and literally) by checking out some of our top event picks this August.

8/8/15 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.

Ballooning! Photo provided by The Central Texas Ballooning Association,
Ballooning! Photo courtesy of The Central Texas Ballooning Association,

8/8/15 Lake Austin Hot Air Balloon Flyover Lake Austin Watch dozens of hot air balloons float over Lake Travis in the early morning.

8/1/15-8/2/15, 8/8/15-8/9/15 Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp Dry Comal Creek Vineyards For two weekends, head to New Braunfels for this competitive stomping event and your name will be printed on the label of Dry Comal Creek's 2015 "Foot Pressed" red table wine.

8/8/15 Barton Springs Fest Barton Springs Get educated about Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer and its contributing watersheds, while enjoying tours, workshops, music, and a driving competition. This year's event celebrates Barton Springs and sustainable living. It also commemorates the August 8, 1992 vote by two-thirds of Austin voters in favor of the citizen-initiated Save Our Springs Ordinance.

8/14/15-8/16/15 Anime Overload Holiday Inn Austin Midtown Partake in events, panels and workshops during this Japanese animation and pop-culture convention.

8/22/15 Bat Fest Congress Avenue Bridge Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (two million Mexican Free Tail 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 and costume contest.

8/23/15 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.

8/29/15 Austin Pride Festival & 5K Fiesta Gardens along the shores of Lady Bird Lake 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.

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