With summer somehow already winding down and the kids throughout the city gearing up for a new school year, how should you spend your final weeks of summer? Below we have put together a list of our favorite events happening in Austin and the surrounding area in August and September. If we have forgotten anything let us know in the comments below.
7/6/18 - 8/18/18
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 "All Shook Up" featuring Elvis' top hits 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.
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.
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.
8/28/18 - 9/3/18
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.
8/30/18 - 9/2/18
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.
Free Day of Yoga
All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level.
9/6/18 - 9/9/18
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.
The Zilker Relays is a 10-mile team race. Each participant runs a 2.5 mile loop from one central festival/transition area. The team concept of the Zilker Relays is not unique, but the combination of a relay, festival home base, drinks and music, make this experience a favorite for runners of all calibers and ages.
9/7/18 - 9/9/18
Waterloo Music Festival
Carson Creek Ranch
Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music culture, and will feature three full days of nationally renowned jam bands performing alongside the city’s finest musical acts during a weekend of camping.
9/20/18 - 9/27/18
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.
9/22/18 - 9/23/18
Fall Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street Austin
The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual juried music, arts and crafts festival held on historic Sixth Street. The show proudly features over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work.
Austin Museum Day
Museums Across Austin
Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, this special day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.
This year, the Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the 6th annual Austin Oktoberfest at Scholz Garten, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state. This festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with beer, sausage, live music and bowling!
9/29/18 - 9/30/18
FIA World Rallycross
Circuit of The Americas
The World RX Championship is bringing sprint-style automobile racing to Austin. Drivers will be equipped with RX Supercars hitting speeds up to 600bhp, with the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than two seconds. In addition to the rallycross, COTA will have multiple activations and entertainment throughout the weekend.