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How to Enjoy Summer 2018 in Austin

How to Enjoy Summer 2018 in Austin

There's so much to enjoy about Austin in the summertime! From food festivals to live shows and concerts in the park, each day is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the city with friends and family. 


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RECURRING EVENTS

Blues on the Green

Zilker Park | June 13, July 18, August 8 | 8-11p | Website

Grab a picnic blanket, canned wine and close friends before heading to Zilker for live music as the sun sets on the Austin skyline.

Free Admission at Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool | Daily | 5-8a, 9-9:50p | Website 

Enjoy Barton Springs Pool for free this summer with free admission first thing in the morning or just before closing. Jump in for a night swim at 9pm and catch the tail end of a free show at Zilker Hillside Theater next door. 

Trailer Food Tuesdays

Long Center | June 19, July 17, August 7 | 5-9p | Website

The only thing better than dinner from a food trailer is a whole lineup of food trailers against the Austin skyline! Eat your way through the city's finest food trailers at Trailer Food Tuesdays. 

Sound & Cinema

Long Center | July 11 & 25, August 1 & 15 | 6p-12a | Website

Catch a concert as the sun sets on Austin and stay for a feature movie on the lawn of the Long Center. For extra summer fun, head down Barton Springs for a beer at Billy's or walk the congress bridge and take in the skyline at night. 

Zilker Summer Musical

Zilker Hillside Theatre | July 6-Aug 18 | 8:15p | Website

This annual summer series starts in July and the performers will be putting on a rendition of All Shook Up. 


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JUNE EVENTS

ATX Television Festival

Downtown Austin | June 7-8 | Times Vary | Website 

The first festival devoted to TV's history and future, experience premieres of new series, cult favorites, and current hits. 

Austin Ice Cream Festival

Fiesta Gardens | June 23 | 10a-3p | Website

The Annual Ice Cream Festival has games, activities, live entertainment, fun contests, and plenty of ice cream to keep you cool!


JULY EVENTS

Bullock Museum’s “Music Under the Stars” Series

Bullock Texas State History Museum | Days and Times TBD | Website

This annual summer concert series features local musicians and performers while guests enjoy complimentary tacos and tea.

Willie Nelson’s 4thof July Picnic

Circuit of the Americas |  July 4 | 11a-11:59p | Website

Willie Nelson will return to Circuit of the Americas for the 4thof July for another year of patriotic fun on the 4th. 


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AUGUST EVENTS

Bat Fest

Congress Avenue Bridge | August 18 | 5-10p | Website

Enjoy this funky Austin festival with live music, children’s activities, contests, and more celebrating the 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats that migrate from downtown nightly.

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Fiesta Gardens | August 26 | 11a-5p | Website

As one of the world’s largest hot sauce festivals, over 10,000 spectators join the heat at this Austin Chronicle-sponsored festival. 


For a full list of events happening around Austin in the coming months, be sure to check out our events calendar or browse our Explore Austin page!

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