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  • Rooster Teeth Expo

    The cool kids call it RTX. The people that started with Red vs. Blue and went on to explode onto the world of online video. Meet your favorite RT personalities and party with like-minded folks all weekend.
    Fri.-Sun., Aug. 3-5. $35-95.
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000
  • Austin Duck Derby

    Fifteen thousand rubber duckies will float down Lady Bird Lake to see who crosses the finish line first. Each duck has been adopted to raise funds for the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation. Adopt your duck (or ducks) online now.
    Sat., Aug. 4, 11:30am (tentative)
  • Austin Pet Expo

    Boy, do pets have it ruff. Here's everything for the love of your life: microchipping, training, heartworm and flea preventatives, and a pet costume contest. Bring your pet (and immunization records), or adopt one there.
    Sat.-Sun, Aug. 4-5. Free.
    Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 800/977-3609
  • Dry Comal Creek Grape Stomp

    Come on out to this New Braunfels vineyard and get some grape mush between your toes.
    Sat.-Sun., Aug. 4-5 & 11-12
    1741 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels
  • Austin Pride 2018

    Tickets are already on sale for Austin's 2018 Pride Celebrations. Catch the fest at Fiesta Gardens then hoof it Downtown to peep the parade lighting up the night. Course runs from the Capitol all the way down Congress to 4th Street.
    Sat., Aug. 11, 11am-11pm. $15-125.  
  • Hottest Day of the Year Ride

    So what if it's 100 degrees outside? Biking around town is still an option, or at least that's what the host, the League of Bicycling Voters, claims. It's certainly true if you're pedaling from swimming hole to swimming hole. Water and food stops take place along the way, with the sweat finally getting rinsed off at Barton Springs' free swim.
    Date TBA
    Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, 400 Nueces, 512/473-0222
  • Bat Fest

    One bridge, 1.5 million bats, three live music stages, 75-plus arty vendors, loads of kids' activities, a costume contest, and plenty of batty activities.
    Sat., Aug. 18. $15, kids 8 and under free.
    Congress Avenue Bridge, Congress Avenue & Town Lake, 512/441-9016
  • Kathy Griffin

    You know this Grammy- and Emmy-winning comic is "is a towering figure on television, on tour, and in publishing," right? Then you'll be sure to be front and center for this stop on her current "Laugh Your Head Off" world tour.
    Sun., Aug. 19, 7:30pm. $39 and up.  
    Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, 512/471-2787
  • Marvel Universe Live: Age Of Heroes!

    Hold on to your infinity stones, True Believer! This is a live, action-packed stage show direct from the House of Marvel. Much acrobatic derring-do, pyrotechnics, and motorcycle stunts are involved in this narrative in which "Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki's hands." You might could appreciate this spectacle as a functioning adult, citizen; kids, OTOH, will definitely have their little minds blown.
    Aug. 23-26. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 11am, 3 & 7pm; Sun., 1 & 5pm. $25-90.  
    Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, 512/477-6060
  • Fall Home & Garden Show

    Whether you're looking to remodel your house or merely gawk at the work of pros, this gathering of experts and vendors has the goods.
    Fri.- Sun., Aug. 24-26. $0-$9.50.
    Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Marie/Lepanto

    One of the bright new hopes of country alongside Sturgill, Chris, and Margo.
    Fri., Aug. 24, 8pm; Sat., Aug. 25, 8pm
    Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, 512/471-2787
  • Kansas

    Classic rockers from Topeka enjoy fifth decade of riding "Dust in the Wind."
    Fri., Aug. 24, 7:30pm
    Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 W., 512/301-4648
  • Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

    The heat is on. Hundreds of restaurants, commercial bottlers, and home cooks battle for hot sauce glory – plus food and drinks, cooking demos with top chefs, live music, and ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.
    Sun., Aug. 26, 11am-5pm. Free with donation.
    Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
  • Jack's Generic Triathlon

    It's just a good, old-fashioned triathlon, with a finish line party filled with exhausted people. Wooo.
    Sun., Aug. 26
    Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake Road, 512/472-5646
  • Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

    Look, it's not all about the improv, OK? That is to say, yes, it's hella about improv, the whole looooong weekend is lousy with improv – with amazing troupes from all over the country attending and performing – but there's also a sweet array of sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and just the naturally occurring comedy that ensues as hundreds and hundreds of professionals and fans converge on the ATX for the seven days of this annual festival of staged (and frequently brilliant) shenanigans. Note: The epicenter of this event is the Hideout, but it's also happening in venues all over the city.
    Aug. 28-Sept. 3
  • Capital City Black Film Festival

    After a year off, Austin once again has a dedicated platform for African-American filmmakers.
    Aug. 30-Sept. 2
    512/301-4141
  • Splash Days

    Austin's annual summer send off with non-stop gay parties to get you wet, wild, and feeling good (funds raised go back to the community via local nonprofits like the Kind Clinic).
    Fri.-Mon., Aug. 31-Sept. 3. $25-160.  
    Numerous locations
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November
  • Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale

    New and used goods of all types will be available, and the money goes to help break the cycle of abuse in families.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 1-4
    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Wurstfest

    Texas’ most famous sausage festival celebrates the area’s German heritage with food, craft beers, music, and family fun over 10 days.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-11
    New Braunfels, 830/625-9167
  • Austin Celtic Festival

    Put on your plaid and spend a weekend surrounded by the music, dance, history, and food of Ireland and Scotland. The whole shebang is highlighted by the Highland Games where large, unwieldy objects are thrown.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 3-4, noon-7:30pm
    Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
  • Austin Powwow

    Kick off Native American Heritage Month with the largest single day American Indian Powwow in the country. Traditionally clad dancers compete in numerous categories along with popular Native American drummers and singers. Storytellers and craft tables await visitors outside.
    Sat., Nov. 3, 9am (tentative). $5 (free, kids).
  • Austin Jewish Film Festival

    Austin Jewish Film Festival, much like the name implies, specializes in films that examine the Jewish experience, in Israel and beyond.
    Nov. 4-10
  • East Austin Studio Tour

    This Big Medium-organized spectacle of creative goodness, with hundreds of private studios and galleries opening their doors all across the sunrise side of our busy city, for your pretty-much-nonstop opps for shopping, shmoozing, interactive presentations, workshops, parties, and afterparties into the wee hours of each night. Discover new artists. Rekindle old relationships. Check the EAST website for a vast panoply of details and go ahead, citizen: Be a part of the art deep in the slightly arrhythmic heart of Texas.
    Nov. 10-11 & 17-18
    512/939-6665
  • 2018 Austin International Drag Festival

    Plunge head-first into the center of drag universe with the return of this gender-bent fest! Four full days of drag: from makeup tutorials and panels to jaw-dropping performances. Events take place all over town in the evenings, but during the day get to the Drag Village at the Holiday Inn on Middle Fiskville Road.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 15-18. $45–425.  
    Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757
  • Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
    Daily Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (tentative). Free.
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
  • Children Giving to Children Parade

    Don't get distracted by Santa or his entourage of floats, marching bands, live music, and inflatables and forget to bring a toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa. Get a good spot along the parade route down Congress from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 11am. Free.
    512/426-8232
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