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    COTFG New Media Art & Sound Summit 2023

    COTFG NMASS is back with 12 performances over three days at Ground Floor Theatre, with music, improvisation, free jazz, and multi-genre styles bringing diversity to the Austin underground music community.
    July 27-29. Thu.-Fri., 7-10pm; Sat., 4-10pm. $10-15.
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    "Tangible/Nothing"

    In the first reinstallation of the collection galleries since it opened in 2019, Ruby City will present an exhibit of artwork from the Linda Pace collection by national and international artists.
    Through July 30, 2023  
    Ruby City, San Antonio
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    AARC Open Call for Artists

    The Asian American Resource Center Exhibits Program aims to foster and promote artists and curators whose work embodies the AARC's mission, vision, and values and to create spaces of belonging and healing for Asian American communities in Austin and beyond. An independent panel will review all submissions and the top applicants will be chosen for exhibitions at the AARC.
    Deadline: Fri., Aug. 4  
    Apply online
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    ArtConnect Youth Art Contest

    The city's fourth annual contest is open now for submissions from Austin students ages 10 to 18. In honor of Digital Inclusion Week (Oct. 2-6), young artists are asked to "picture a world where everyone is connected digitally." The top three entries win a monetary prize and will have their artwork displayed in city spaces.
    Deadline: Thu., Aug. 31
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    Austin International Folk Dancers

    With live music and line, circle, and couples dancing.
    Fri., July 28, 7pm. $5; free for under 18.
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    Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

    San Antonio Transit and Marion Meadows take the stage at the amphitheatre at Wonderland of the Americas.
    Fri., July 28, 7:30pm. Free.
    San Antonio
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    Beat the Heat

    With Central Texas experiencing extremely high temperatures, city leaders issued a reminder to be aware of Excessive Heat Watch and Excessive Heat Warning alerts from the National Weather Service. A warning means action should be taken immediately to avoid heat-related illness. The city began a pilot program in July at Republic Square with misting tents and cold bottled water, and always offers facilities like rec centers and libraries as cooling centers. In addition, city pool fees are waived Aug. 9-Sept. 30, except for Barton Springs. Visit the city's website for more information, and always check before you head to an outdoor event: For safety, organizers may cancel events that put people at risk due to the heat.
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    Blue Star Museums

    The Bullock Museum is part of a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, which means active duty military members and their families get free exhibit admission all summer, from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day.
    May 20-Sept. 4  
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    Canvas & Claws Charity Event

    Don't miss Austin Sign Co.'s biggest charity auction event yet! An unforgettable evening of giving back features incredible items for auction from generous sponsors to benefit the Austin Community Foundation. Beyond the silent auction, browse local artist prints and enjoy an exclusive exotic animal demonstration by Zookeepers.
    Fri., July 28, 6:30-8:30pm. $10.
    Austin Sign Co., 9012 Research Ste. C-9
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    Critical Mass

    Join a massive social bike ride at a chill pace around the Downtown area.
    Fri., July 28, 5:30pm
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    Critical Mass

    Join in for an eight-mile social ride followed by a roller disco afterparty.
    Fri., July 28, 7:58pm  
    25 Pedernales
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    Dig Deep ATX: Live Music Showcase

    A unique new collaboration between ATX TV Festival and Deep Cut Music spotlights emerging local musicians and exposes them to the world of sync for TV and film. This expertly curated showcase features performances by Daniel Fears, Pelvis Wrestley, Kalu & the Electric Joint, and Being Dead.
    Fri., July 28, 6-9pm. Free.  
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Alamo Drafthouse Tickets

    Get a voucher for Alamo Drafthouse when you donate blood or platelets this month.
    Through July 31. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Fall Registration Open

    Austin Community College is now registering for the fall semester, offering more than 100 programs including associate degrees, workforce certificates, and more. ACC offers free support and resources to students like tutoring, advising, and financial guidance. Classes start Aug. 21.
    Ongoing  
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    Final Fridays: Texas Ties

    Spike Gillespie leads a free, hands-on bottlecap bolo tie workshop, with instruction and supplies provided.
    Fri., July 28, 10am. Free.  
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    Free Drinks & Bites With the Purple Fig

    Join the Purple Fig Eco Cleaning Co. for drinks, bites, and a pop-up market as they invite all (including dogs!) to take a look at their new space. The event is free and they'll have gifts for all attendees.
    Fri., July 28, 5:30-8pm  
    The Purple Fig, 8900 Shoal Creek Blvd. #113
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    Free Vaccine Clinic

    At this immigrant-focused clinic, several vaccines will be available for adults with no insurance or proof of citizenship required: hepatitis A & B, COVID-19, polio, HPV, and more. El Buen Samaritano will be giving out $50 H-E-B gift cards while supplies last.
    Fri., July 28, 5:30-8pm  
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    Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

    This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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    Geeks Who Drink Trivia

    The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
    Ongoing
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    Get Here Pop-Up Shop

    As part of Future Front's Emerge series with the Line Hotel, enjoy a curated shopping experience in the lobby with a vendor from FF's creative fair, Front Market.
    Last Fridays, 1-5pm. Free.
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    MoveOutATX Donation Stations

    MoveOutATX works with reuse groups to keep gently used items out of the landfill during the West Campus move-out season. Eight pop-up stations will accept items like gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, clothing, arts & crafts supplies, nonperishable food items, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Get more details and find the full list online.
    Fri.-Mon., July 28-31, 11am-6pm
    Various West Campus locations
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    MoveOutATX Free Furniture Market

    Due to a partner program between the city of Austin, UT Office of Sustainability, UT Off-Campus Initiative, local reuse organizations, and local properties, residents can pick up free items collected from West Campus donation stations. The market runs on volunteers, so sign up for a shift if you'd like to help out and you'll get a cooling towel, snacks, cold water, and discounts at 10 local businesses.
    Fri.-Mon., July 28-31, 6:30-8:15pm. If items remain, also open Tue., Aug. 1, 10-11am. Free.
    UT Intramural Fields, 287 W. 51st
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    Night Golf

    A nighttime shotgun-style nine-hole round made more fun and challenging with glow-in-the-dark balls.
    Thu.-Sat., 6-9:30pm. $20.  
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    Nintendo Summer of Play

    To celebrate summertime gaming, Nintendo gives guests of all ages the chance to discover their favorite Nintendo characters and learn more about the worlds they come from. There'll be plenty of activities, goodies, and games to play.
    July 28-31. Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm; Mon., 10am-8pm. Free.
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    Pease Nights

    Dynamic trio Hong Kong Wigs plays their final show for Pease Nights' series presented by Brother Friend and Pease Park Conservancy with music, snacks, and beverages.
    Fri., July 28, 7:30-9:30pm. Free.
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    Purple Martin Parties

    Travis Audubon hosts a gathering to watch thousands of the mosquito-eating birds “swirl” into their nightly roost currently in the trees near Old Navy and Barnes & Noble in the parking lot of La Frontera Mall at I-35 and Highway 45.
    Fri.-Sat., July 21-22 & 28-29, 8-9pm
    Round Rock
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    Put a Bird on It: International Owl Day Tattoo Contest

    In celebration of International Owl Day (Aug. 4), Blue Owl Brewing has partnered up with the Travis Audubon Society for a contest that could win you a free tattoo at Austin Tattoo Company. Submit photos of your owl ink through July 28 to be entered in a slideshow for Owl Day, where the winner will be announced.
    Contest runs through July 28; event is Fri., Aug. 4, 7pm. Free.  
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    Shakespeare at Winedale

    Since 1970, UT students have performed the Bard’s greatest works in the barn during the summer. Catch the season finale this weekend of As You Like It, Hamlet, and Cymbeline.
    Through Aug. 13. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2 & 7:30pm. $10.
    Round Top
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    Still Brewing Art

    The world-renowned art museum looks back at its history as the Lone Star Brewery prior to 1981 through photographs, artwork, and posters.
    June 30-Sept. 3. $10-20.
    San Antonio
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    Sun Radiothon Live Broadcast Fundraiser

    Local, independent radio station 100.1 Sun Radio broadcasts an amazing three-day live fundraiser concert series from the Austin Eastciders Collaboratory taproom.
    Thu.-Sat., July 27-29, 6am-7pm. Free.  
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    Texas State Parks Photo Contest

    Capture your adventures at Texas State Parks. Explore a new trail, discover a cool critter, or catch an awesome sunset, then submit your pics or tag them on social media (#TexasStateParks and #TexasParks100) to win parks passes or H-E-B gift cards.
    Deadline: Nov. 27  
    Submit online
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    The Great Mosquito Festival

    If you can’t beat ’em, have a party honoring the flying pests with Willie-Man-Chew, the giant mosquito, as the guest of honor.
    Thu.-Sat., July 27-29
    Clute
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    Urban Legends: Urban Rules

    A fun, friendly axe-throwing tournament for throwers of all ability levels.
    Fri., July 28, 7-10pm  
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    Viva Big Bend

    Escape the heat and head to the desert where more than 65 bands at a dozen venues keep the music flowing in and around the Big Bend.
    Thu.-Sun., July 27-30
    Alpine
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    WIC Mobile Unit

    Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
    Check online for current schedule. Free.  
    Various locations

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