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As the Texas capital and the home of the Longhorns, Austin inspires big expectations that it easily lives up to with its supply of outdoor adventure and delicious eats, and its well-deserved status as a cultural hub.

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Upcoming Events

Hot Luck Festival

May 26-29

Downtown Austin

Honor the soul, sweat, and DIY diversity of the food and music world. Hot Luck is an eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know-how and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin' boots.

hotluckfest.com

CapTex Triathlon

May 30

Lady Bird Lake, Downtown Austin, 1200 W. Cesar Chavez St.

All levels of athletes from top-ranked professionals to first-time triathletes compete in this triathlon, which includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship. The race begins with a swim in Lady Bird Lake with beautiful views of the downtown Austin skyline. The bike course takes athletes right to the heart of downtown Austin and directly into the Texas capitol. The race concludes with a run through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center before the rousing finish and post-race party at Vic Mathias Shores (Auditorium Shores).

captextri.com

ATX Television Festival

June 2-5

Various locations, Downtown Austin

As the first festival devoted to television's history and future, the ATX Television Festival functions like a traditional film festival with showings of new series, current hits, and cult favorites. The festival also offers access to the industry's leading professionals with cast and creator Q&As and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery.

atxfestival.com

Maudie's Moonlight Margarita Run

June 2

Sand Beach Park, 111 Sandra Muraida Way

Back for its 19th year, the Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run 5K fun run brings two of Austin’s favorite things together—running and margaritas. At the end of the race, celebrate with a Tex-Mex finish-line party. In celebration of the Butler Trail’s 50th anniversary, the race features fun twists. Break out your best 1970s running gear for your race day outfit. Each dollar raised from the race ensures that the Butler Hike and Bike Trail remains one of Austin’s greatest assets for generations to come.

thetrailfoundation.org/mmr

"Beautiful World"

June 2-4

KMFA Draylen Mason Music Studio at the Hatchery, 41 Navasota St.

Ventana Ballet and Austin Camerata present this world premiere ballet. Two years in the making, the ballet features an original score by Michael Alec Rose, filled with beautifully haunting music for string quintet, and choreography by Dorothy O'Shea Overbey and AJ Garcia-Rameau. Loosely inspired by a poem by Alice Meynell, the ballet presents a vision of spiritual pluralism and cosmic dialogue, exploring psychological openness and demonstrating how a breakthrough in our mindset might happen so simply, just by allowing ourselves to recognize the gifts and blessings always in our midst.

ventanaballet.com

Pond and Garden Tour

June 4-5

Various locations

The Austin Pond Society presents this annual self-guided tour of ponds and gardens in and around the Austin area. On view are waterfalls, streams, fountains, koi, and aquatic plants at more than 20 locations. Some of these ponds and gardens are certified wildlife habitats.

austinpondsociety.org

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

June 8-12

Various locations, Downtown Austin

Contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula are showcased. Films and videos made by or about Latinxs in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about Indigenous groups of the Americas, are invited to participate.

cinelasamericas.org

Jimmy Buffett in Concert

June 11

Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform as part of Buffett’s Life on the Flip Side Redux Tour. Local Parrot Heads (Buffett fans) won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience. The setlist includes selections from Buffett's latest releases, "Life on the Flip Side" and "Songs You Don’t Know By Heart," and of course all of the fan favorites.

moodycenteratx.com/event/jimmy-buffett

Rupi Kaur in Concert

June 11

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Through the power of her voice, renowned poet, artist, and performer Rupi Kaur brings a captivating performance to the world stage in an all-new spoken word poetry experience. Audiences are taken on a journey of personal loss and love, growth, mental health, community, friendship, and strength. These universal themes take center stage as original music scores the show and projections immerse audiences.

texasperformingarts.org

"Cheer" Live

June 12

Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive

"Cheer" Live is a touring show featuring the stars of the Netflix hit show, "Cheer." The show is one of the top trending shows on Netflix, and is a mix of choreographed dances, cheerleading routines, storytelling, and Q&A.

moodycenteratx.com/event/cheer-live

"The Sound of Music"

June 15-July 24

ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

The hills are alive in this intimate, heartfelt reimagining of the beloved musical classic. The Von Trapp Family come to life in a ZACH360 experience, where The Topfer theater is transformed into a lively biergarten. Maria’s sunny nature and passion for music brings joy and laughter back into the aching Von Trapp family, and melts the Captain’s icy heart.

zachtheatre.org

Oddities and Curiosities Expo

June 18

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Vendors, dealers, and artists feature all things weird. Find items such as preserved specimens, original artwork, horror- and Halloween-inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, and odd jewelry.

odditiesandcuriositiesexpo.com

Central Texas Juneteenth 2K, Parade & Celebration

June 19

Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.

Juneteenth, also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," is the oldest known African-American celebration commemorating the end of slavery. This annual event features a parade with floats and entertainment and a celebration with food and local vendors.

juneteenthcentraltexas.com

Austin Asian American Film Festival

June 23-26

AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Road

Feature filmmakers' unique voices are celebrated in a forum where viewers come together to experience the wide array of Asian American Pacific Islander perspectives. Narrative features and shorts and documentary features and shorts are showcased throughout the festival.

aaafilmfest.org

City-Wide Vintage Sale

June 25-26

Austin's Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

"The Masked Singer" National Tour

July 13

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Building upon the excitement of Fox’s hit reality series and family-favorite guessing game, "The Masked Singer" National Tour hits the road in 2022, featuring celebrity guest hosts from the TV show, as well as one local celebrity at every show who performs in a top-secret disguise. The audience attempts to decipher the clues to guess the identity until the local celebrity is unmasked at the end of the night. The evening also includes fan-favorite masked characters from the TV show live on stage.

texasperformingarts.org

City-Wide Vintage Sale

July 16-17

Austin's Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

"Mean Girls"

Aug. 2-7

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

See the musical based on the hit movie. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on the Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. 

texasperformingarts.org

Leon Bridges in Concert

Aug. 6

Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Drive

Leon Bridges’ Boundless Tour has the Grammy Award-winning R&B artist and songwriter bringing to the stage all elements of his career-spanning experiences, inspirations, and expansive catalog of songs.

moodycenteratx.com/event/leon-bridges

"The Inheritance: Part 1" 

Aug. 10-Sept. 24

ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

In contemporary Manhattan, Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be very much in love and thriving. But on the cusp of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past, and a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations interlink and collide—with explosive results.

zachtheatre.org

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Aug. 13-14

Austin's Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

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