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May
  • Austin Sketch Fest

    This tenth annual festival, happening on Memorial Day weekend, features more than 30 acts from across the country. The three-venue fest, taking over the hottest stages at ColdTowne, Fallout Theatre, and the North Door, rocks a diverse showcase of America’s best live, scripted comedy from acts who are on the verge of blowing up – including this year's headliners – Ego Nwodim, Amber Ruffin, Maggie Maye, UCB Characters Welcome, and Asian AF – and so many more from everywhere that's funny.
    Thu.-Sun., May 23-26. $6-30.
    ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696
  • Dining Out for Life

    We all gotta eat, so take yerself, your boo, your grandma, your poppop, your gaggle, your squad out on the town cuz dozens of local restaurants are donating a portion of today’s funds to AIDS Services of Austin. Participating places include Amy’s Ice Creams, Lick, Contigo, Garbo’s, Güero’s, Mother’s, Via 313, and more. Come hungry, leave satisfied. See the full list online, and read about 2018’s festivities here too!
    All around town
  • Hot Luck

    The brainchild of barbecue maestro Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody, and Feast Portland's Mike Thelin, this Austintatious gatherum of glory blends world-class culinary talent and live music into an extra-long, chef-driven weekend that celebrates fire, food, music, and camaraderie. "Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin' boots." Boy howdy – they ain't kidding: See here for more!
    Thu.-Sun., May 23-26. Prices and locations vary.
  • Kerrville Folk Festival

    Celebrating their 48th year, the Kerrville Folk Festival will be hosting more than 100 musicians and will have enough plucking to frighten away chickens for miles around.
    May 23-June 9
    Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy., Kerrville
  • Movies in the Park

    The Austin Parks Foundation joins with the Alamo Drafthouse and H-E-B to bring these free, family-friendly screenings to various parks around town.
    Through Oct. 17. Free.
    Various locations
  • Paramount Summer Classic Film Series

    The Paramount screens the classics all summer long, starting with their "Crazy in Love" weekend, featuring Casablanca, It Happened One Night, and more.
    May 23-Aug. 31. $8-12.  
    Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
  • Great State Classic

    This three-day weekend, join GayKickball.com for three days of – you guessed it – gay kickball. Play, watch, cheer! Find the details on FB!
    Fri.-Sun., May 24-26. $45+ to play.  
    See online
  • People of Color Comedy Fest

    Here's "one of the few festivals in the country that focuses on performers of color, giving non-white audiences in particular a chance to enjoy entertainment that might otherwise not be seen outside of New York or Los Angeles." Featuring ¡ESCÁNDALO!, the improvised bilingual Spanish-English telenovela; the Lucky Chaos Lion Dance troupe; the all-black, all-male improv troupe Sugar Water Purple; Latino Comedy Project's Adrian Villegas; the incomparable Shannon Dale Stott; and your host for this two-nights-only celebration of color and comedy, Vanessa Gonzalez. Recommended!
    Fri.-Sat., May 24-25, 8pm. $15-25.  
    AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., 512/414-9832
  • Star Party at Inks Lake Park

    Austin Astronomical Society invites folks out for a night of stargazing with the help of their telescopes.
    Sat., May 25, 8pm; Sat., July 6, 8pm. Party: free; park entrance fee: $6, ages 13 and older; free, ages 12 and under.  
    Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 W., Inks Lake
  • Life Time Tri CapTex

    This is Austin's only Downtown triathlon: Start with a swim at Lady Bird Lake; bike to the Capitol; race through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center; and finish with a post-race party at Vic Mathias Shores.
    $89+.  
    Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside
  • Cultural Funding Open Office Hours

    Stop by to learn about the city’s Cultural Funding programs. Current cultural contractors are welcome; groups and individuals interested in applying are encouraged to attend. No appointment necessary.
  • Hamilton

    This, in case you somehow didn't know (and please accept our sincere congratulations on finally waking up from that years-long coma, yo, it's good to have you back), is Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Brought to town by the good people of Broadway in Austin, it's a phenomenon that's worthy of its endless hype, and they say tickets are possibly still available if you were born on a full moon, the wind is coming in from the northeast, and the Westlake sibyl dances a clockwise tarantella during consultation. Or, better: See the website right here for the show's two-days-before ticket lottery.
    May 28-June 16. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $79-539.  
    Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, 512/471-2787
  • Texas Meats Canada

    Taster’s Table Club brings a fierce trio of Vancouver-based chefs to Austin for a night of incredible dining as Intero's chef Ian Thurwachter and chocolatier Krystal Craig team up with Tim Schulte of Bauhaus Restaurant and Tushar Tondvalkar of Mumbai Local and personal chef Brockton Lane, resulting in a five-course dinner focused on Texas-sourced meat – with each course featuring an amuse bouche and meat dish – and the whole feast finished off with a wild boar bacon dessert(!). Note: One night only, but two seatings. Bonus: This event helps support the Central Texas Meals on Wheels program. Recommended? Are you kidding – doubly recommended, and not out of any Canadian politeness!
    Tue., May 28, 6 & 8:30pm. $80.  
    Intero, 2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052
  • EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING!

    To close this 19th year of making dances for her company, Kathy Dunn Hamrick has revisited pivotal moments from previous works, placed them within new contexts, given them new meaning, and created a whimsical hour-long show that stands alone as an entirely new dance. So now here comes everything KDHDC, in a stunning reinvention of original music scores, graphic art, video, and costumes.
    May 30-June 2. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 4pm. $19-21.  
    Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664
  • 48 Hour Film Project

    Stress, little sleep, and maximized creativity. These are the common elements in a 48-hour film festival and Austin's iteration is no different.
    Fri.-Sun., May 31-June 2. $168.  
    Various locations
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  • Boots & Bats Gala: Supporting Student Scholarships

    Help Austin Community College raise money for student scholarships at this party with live music, a live and silent auction, and a cute cocktail reception with light hors d’ oeuvres prepared by ACC Culinary Arts students and more.
    Sat., Nov. 2, 6-12mid. Sponsorships start at $1,000.  
    ACC Highland, 6101 Highland Campus Dr, 512/223-7837
  • 2019 Austin International Drag Festival

    A wild weekend featuring nearly 400 drag performances from KingFest to Drag Fest at the fiercest festivak this side of the Mississippi (and beyond).
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 14-17. $39+.  
    Drag Village (6000 Middle Fiskville Rd.) & Downtown

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