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.
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.
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!
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.
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.