Summer Fun 2014





Round Rock Express Baseball

Through August. $7-30.
What they might lack in major league experience they make up for in heart. Not to mention they do a great job at entertaining the whole family between innings and often have themed games and fireworks to keep the crowd entertained. Good seats are cheap, but sitting in the grass in the outfield berm or the home-run balcony in left field is even cheaper.

Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/255-2255


The Who's Tommy

July 9-Aug. 17.
Really good rock operas are a dime a dozen, but leave it to the original mods to jam about pinball and make it great. Dave Steakley takes the helm, so you know it will rock as hard as the original.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 512/476-0541


'Child of God' opens

Fri., Aug. 1.
James Franco directed this dark adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' opens

Fri., Aug. 1.
Marvel's latest juggernaut focuses on a team of antiheroes.
Austin Pet Expo

Austin Pet Expo

Sat., Aug. 2, 10am. Free.
This event has booths and reps for everything your pet loves including training, pet activism and rescue, various products. There will also be a few things you animal companion might not need. The pet costume contest, for instance. Bring your pet (and immunization records) if you like, or adopt a pet there. Shorty Rossi of Pit Boss fame will also be on hand.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 800/977-3609

'Lucy' opens

Fri., Aug. 8.
Luc Besson goes backs to his La Femme Nikita roots in this action flick starring Scarlett Johansson.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' opens

Fri., Aug. 8.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the gang are back in this live-action reboot. We hope they still like pizza!

Anime Overload

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 8-10. $35.
No surprises here, just a whole heck-of-a-lot of Japanese animation and pop culture events, panels, and workshops. We imagine there will be no shortage of outlandish costumes as well.

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757

Barton Springs Fest

Sat., Aug. 9.
In addition to the cooling waters that are so dear to this sweltering city, this event brings live music, speakers, a diving competition, and free watermelon to celebrate.

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080

Hottest Day of the Year Ride

Sat., Aug. 9. Free (donations accepted).
In case you haven't noticed, it's hot out there. A bike ride might sound like torture, but this trip brings you to various pools, eateries, and bars to keep you pedaling.

Austin Tri-Cyclist Inc., 923 Barton Springs Rd., 512/494-9252



Tue., Aug. 12, 8pm. $49 and up.
The man is pretty much the male equivalent of Sade with enough slow jams to turn Dell Hall into one big Urban Hang Suite.

The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664

Sarah Brightman

Wed., Aug. 13, 8pm. $70-125.
Brightman is as adult contemporary as you can get (the tour is called the Dreamchaser World Tour for crissakes) but it's hard to deny her ethereal voice. Bring your mom, so you can enjoy the show without shame.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden

Thu., Aug. 14, 7pm. $35-100.
Add Death Grips to the opening slot and you have one of the angriest triple-threats of the season.

Austin 360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., 800/745-3000

'The Expendables 3' opens

Fri., Aug. 15.
Stallone once again leads his team of aging action stars into the fray.

'The Giver' opens

Fri., Aug. 15.
Lois Lowry's beloved YA novel gets a big screen adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
Classic Game Fest

Classic Game Fest

Sat.-Sun., Aug. 16-17. $10 (kids, free).
Leave the quarters at home, but don't forget your love of antiquated consoles and all those games that didn't require photo-realistic gore to be fun. The weekend consists of tournaments, cosplay contests, live music, and more.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' opens

Fri., Aug. 22.
Miller and Rodriguez reteam in this dark noir sequel to their 2005 film.

Bat Fest

Sat., Aug. 23. $8.
Bat lovers fill the Congress Avenue bridge in style with vendors, arts & crafts, kids' activities, bands, and thousands of people paying their respects to the winged creatures of the night. Come dressed as a bat and see if yours is the best on the bridge.

Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Nickel Creek

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 23 & 24. $39-49.
The Saturday show is already sold out. If you want to see this Grammy winning trio after a seven-year hiatus, now's your chance.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

'The Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival

Sun., Aug. 24, 11am. Free with a donation of three nonperishable food items to the Capital Area Food Bank.
You have us to thank for this gathering of masochists who come out every year for hundreds of hot sauces made by local individuals, restaurants, and commercial bottlers. Beer and food will be available for those who can't subsist on palate-frying concoctions alone. Live music gives your ears a workout so your tongue can take a breather.

Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318

Italian Festival

Sun., Aug. 24. $10 (kids free).
Celebration all things Italian: sports cars, espresso, gelato, wine, pizza, bocce, accordionists, Mediterranean belly dance, and more. There's also face-painting and balloon-twisting, but that's not exclusively Italian.

Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Aug. 26-Sept. 1.
Dozens and dozens of top-name or emerging acts from all across the nation descend on the ATX to perform the best of improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy for sell-out crowds of locals and invaders. Also, workshops, classes, and more parties than you can say “Yes, and” to.

The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473

'Life of Crime' opens

Fri., Aug. 29.
Jennifer Aniston gets kidnapped and her wealthy husband, Tim Robbins, refuses to pay the ransom in this film from the Elmore Leonard novel.
Float Fest

Float Fest

Sun., Aug. 31, 11am. $30 and up.
It's the first year for this festival which combines your love of floating on the river with your love of live music. Take a tube down the San Marcos River and dry off to the sounds of Grouplove; Portugal, the Man; STRFKR; Bun B; and more.

Cool River Ranch, 601 Dupuy Ranch Rd., Martindale