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    Austin Public Pools Opening

    Hoo-wee! Does anything feel better than a dip in the pool during a hot Texas summer? While some among us may be privileged to own private watering holes, most of us get to enjoy the great Austin PARD’s work at the 44 public aquatic facilities to choose from this summer. You’ve got regional, neighborhood, and community pools; a wading pool; splash pads; and the crown jewel: Barton Springs. Check austintexas.gov/pools-splashpads for up-to-date info on which pools are open, what their entry fee is, and whether you have what it takes to be a public pool lifeguard. Now, outta the way if you don’t wanna get wet: I’m gonna do a cannonball! – James Scott
    Through August 18
    Multiple locations
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    Music Under the Star w/ Peterson Brothers, Kamica King

    After seven years, Austin’s beloved music series Music Under the Star returns brighter than ever. Officially in its 15th year, the concert series will give music lovers an opportunity to experience the freedom of a balmy summer accompanied by a soundtrack of some of Austin’s most beloved artists, starting on June 14 with jazz-funk outfit the Peterson Brothers and Dallas-based folk/soul fusion songstress Kamica King. Bring a blanket and some refreshing drinks as you sit out on the Bullock Museum lawn and celebrate summer soft with a carefree Austin. Dates: June 14, July 19, and Aug. 9. – Cy White
    Fri., June 14, 6pm. Free & open to the public.
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    Books

    Summer at Austin Public Library

    Hurrah! It’s the only good thing about summer – sorry to summer-enjoyers – come back once more. Austin Public Library’s summer reading program runs from June 1 until Aug. 10 and challenges readers of all ages to get 20 minutes of reading done a day. They’ve also got activity badges you can earn – fun biz like using APL’s seed library, making a DIY nature journal, attending any of APL’s free events. Finish 10 reading hours and three activity badges to earn prizes like a free book (kids 0-17) or a camping mug (adults). But isn’t the real reward the great books you read along the way? – James Scott
    Mondays-Sundays. Through Aug. 10
    All library locations
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    Central Texas Juneteenth Festival & Parade

    Celebrate the federal holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last slaves in Galveston Bay finally got the news that they were free. The festivities begin at 10am with a parade through the Eastside starting on MLK Boulevard, going down Chicon and concluding at Rosewood Park. The procession includes bands, dance troupes, city officials, and more. The festival starts at noon with food, music, and local vendors. Admission is free.: – Jasmine Iman Wright
    Sat., June 15
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    19th Fest

    Soul Food Truck Fest expanded and rebranded to incorporate Juneteenth, offering music, vendors, family activities, and cooking demos along with fabulous food.
    Sun., June 16
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Austin Shakespeare’s Richard III

    Eager to watch a tragic, thought-provoking, sociopolitical tragedy? Experience the student-performed, professionally directed classic (which feels like an understatement), in a replica Elizabethan theatre space by Lake Austin.
    June 21-30
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    Arts & Culture

    The Majestic Ball

    Queer magic transforms this historic Downtown theatre into a “lights-flashing, music-blasting ballroom under the big top” with Legendary Mother Natalie Lepore hosting the mini-ball and performances by Diamond Dior Davenport and A’Keria C. Davenport.
    Sat., June 22
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    Community

    The Little Gay Shop Pride Party 2024

    Over 70 local queer vendors gather for your shopping pleasures under Distribution Hall’s shady cover with free drinks, coffee, food, fun activities, and more to entice even those most grouchy of gay.
    Sun., June 23
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Austin Asian American Film Festival

    Though May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Austin’s premier Asian American Film Festival serves up AAPI cinematic talent through June, too.
    June 26-30
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    Books

    Austin African American Book Festival

    Free to the public, the Austin African American Book Festival shines a spotlight on award-winning and budding Black writers.
    Sat., June 29
  • Music

    Sips and Sounds Summer Festival

    Coca-Cola’s Sips and Sounds is back for a second year in Austin with 15 music performances across two stages. Headliners Kelsea Ballerini and Jon Pardi accompany your choice of the many local food vendors on hand.
    Sat., June 29
  • Community

    Sports

    Copa America

    Austin got picked as a host for one of the top soccer tournaments in the world, and we drew four interesting outsiders. Sunday it’s Jamaica against Venezuela, and Tuesday is Costa Rica against Paraguay.
    Sun., June 30
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    Star Spangled Fest: ASO 4th of July Concert and Fireworks

    Free, family-friendly fun along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, with spectacular songs from Austin Symphony Orchestra capped off by a stunning fireworks display over the water.
    Thu., July 4. Free.
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    Events

    Jurassic Quest

    Walk beside realer-than-real dinos with yer kiddos – or your adult friends, the Chron won’t judge – while checking out fossils, photo ops, and other interactive excitement.
    July 5-7
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Legally Blonde: The Musical

    Zilker’s summer musical series celebrates its 65th production with the song-and-dance stylings of sorority girl-turned-Harvard Law dynamo Elle Woods.
    July 12-Aug. 17
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    Events

    Hot Summer Nights

    Over 20 music venues, eateries, and bars join forces for a no-cover summer-bummer buster lineup of 100+ local musicians. If that don’t beat the heat, we don’t know what will.
    July 18-22
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    Classic Game Fest

    Long for the days of the original Nintendo or Genesis or Game Boy? Join a gathering of like-minded folks for guests, live music, vendors, cosplay, tournaments, and more retro-gaming enjoyment.
    July 19-21
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    Events

    Greater Austin Comic Con

    This family-friendly fan event promises face time with parody songsmith “Weird Al” Yankovic, martial artist Bolo Yeung (Enter the Dragon), and voice actors from Avatar: The Last Airbender and X-Men ’97, plus cosplay galore.
    Sat., July 20
    H-E-B Center
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Shrek the Musical

    There’s only so many times you can rewatch the best Dreamworks movie – so this time try it with some new Tony Award-winning original songs and choreography.
    Sun., July 21
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Comedy Bang! Bang!

    Don’t miss this live performance of humanity and the animal kingdom’s podcast, where host Scott Aukerman interviews world-class improvisers playing zany characters.
    Thu., July 25
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    Events

    The Leagues Cup

    Austin FC hosts two of Mexico’s top clubs in a major cup competition: Mexico City’s Pumas UNAM on Friday, and los Rayados of Monterrey, the second-ranked team in the whole tournament, on Tuesday.
    July 26 & 30
  • Arts

    Dance

    Ballet Folklórico de Austin

    The troupe performs traditional folk dances for Guelaguetza Oaxaqueña, a festival celebrating the alliance between indigenous groups in Oaxaca, Mexico.
    Sat., July 27
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid

    Summer Stock Austin takes us “Under the Sea” for an enchanting and breathtaking musical journey with Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, and the gang.
    July 27-Aug. 11
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    Theatre

    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Theatregoers will feel the earth move as one of Austin’s foremost theatre companies closes its 2023-24 season with this Tony Award-winning musical that follows King’s early career and includes classics such as “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Natural Woman.”
    July 31-Sept. 8
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    Community

    ATX Pride Market

    Celebrate what makes Austin queerness so dang special at this mega-market from the Little Gay Shop, featuring tons of Austin-area queer vendors as well as drinks and food.
    Sat., Aug. 3
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    Theatre

    POP Cats

    A purr-fect way to spend the weekend if you like the sound of “a festival where the worlds of cats and pop collide” with art, workshops, catios, cattoos, and more.
    Aug. 3-4
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    "Native America: In Translation"

    Apsáalooke (Crow) multimedia artist Wendy Red Star curates a captivating exhibit of work from nine indigenous artists who actively challenge the oppressive forces of white supremacy and colonialism while honoring their heritage.
    Aug. 4-Jan.5
  • Music

    Music Under the Star w/ Guy Forsyth, South Austin Moonlighters

    Powerhouse singer/songwriter/saw player concludes the free summer music series at the amphitheatre, warmed up by Americana toe-tappers from the South Austin Moonlighters.
    Fri., Aug. 9, 6pm
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    Community

    Austin Pride 2024

    First, you load up on swag, goodies, and more at the annual Austin Pride festival, and second, you cheer and clap for the flamboy- ant floats from local queer- and ally-run orgs in the Pride Parade. Perfect day!
    Sat., Aug. 10
  • Community

    Sports

    WWE Monday Night RAW

    From ladders to chairs to cages, watch Liv Morgan, Jey Uso, and other WWE superstars throw each other around the squared circle, with a side of theatrics.
    Mon., Aug. 12
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Cirque du Soleil: Songblazers

    If you’ve ever thought to yourself, country music is great and all, but it could really use more trapeze artists and fire-breathers, then this is the show for you.
    Aug. 14-18
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Ben Schwartz & Friends

    You probably know Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation or as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, but he’s also one of the world’s preeminent improvisers. With help from his pals, prepare for ad-libbed antics.
    Sat., Aug. 17
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    aGLIFF Prism 37 (2024)

    Austin’s oldest and queerest film festival returns every year with the best in movies made for and by the LGBTQ community – and beyond!
    Aug. 21-25
    various locations
  • Community

    Sports

    PBR Gambler Days

    Some say it’s the best eight seconds in sports. For three days, the Moody Center will fill with dirt as PBR (Professional Bull Riders) brings the Austin Gamblers to compete in the PBR Camping World Team Series.
    Aug. 23-25
  • Community

    Events

    Le Garage Sale

    The “Le” lets you know it’s classy, and the “Garage” lets you know there will be deals: fashion-conscious shoppers will find bottom-dollar offers from dozens of brands and boutiques.
    Aug. 23-25

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