Believe it or not, Austin, but it’s already August. It won’t be long before school supplies hit the shelves and local campuses + coffee shops are once again swamped with studying students.
August may be the Sunday of summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’tmake the most of it. Here are eight must-do events taking place around town this month that will help you experience your best August yet.
Zilker Botanical Garden is already pretty magical, but throw in a faerie garden workshop? Little ones will be enchanted. | Photo via @nataliealtamirano
Mean Girls | Tues., Aug. 2-Sun., Aug. 7 | Times vary | Bass Concert Hall | $55+ | The musical based on the 2004 movie “Mean Girls” will be so “fetch.”
Wild Spirit Wild Places Hullabaloo 2 | Wed., Aug. 3 | 6-10 p.m. | 3TEN ACL Live | $200 | This gala featuring food from Lo Salvaje + drinks from Desert Door Distillery will benefit conservation nonprofit Wild Spirit Wild Places.
COIN: Uncanny Valley Tour | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 p.m. | Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater | $32.50+ | Spend your Friday night with this indie pop band.
August is Pride Month in Austin, so celebrate with a parade and day-long festival on Sat., Aug. 20. | Photo by siyan li on Unsplash
Fareground Food and Wine Festival | Sat., Aug. 13 | 4-8 p.m. | Fareground Austin | $45 | Collect a stamp on your event passport at every vendor to receive a plate of bites + featured wines.
Austin Pride 2022: Beyond the Rainbow | Sat., Aug. 20 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Fiesta Gardens | $17+ | Celebrate Austin’s Pride Month with free games + carnival rides, vendors, drinks, food, and a performance from CupCakke.
The Front Festival 2022 | Fri., Aug. 26 – Sun., Aug. 28 | Times vary | Locations vary | $15+ | Support Texas women and LGBTQ+ creatives at this end-of-summer festival featuring performances, screenings, and parties.
High Noon 70th Anniversary | Wed., Aug. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $11 | Celebrate seven decades of the Western film at this showing. 🎥
Margarita Madness | Thurs., Aug. 4-Sun., Aug. 28 | 3-9 p.m. | Desert Door Distillery, 211 Darden Hill Rd., Driftwood | $18+ | Desert Door’s bracket-style cocktail competition will rely on public vote to decide the distillery’s next Top Shelf Margarita recipe. 🍹
Friday Flicks – “Selena” | Fri., Aug. 5 | 7 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater | Free | Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “Selena” movie with a free screening of the 1997 film + live music by Bidi Bidi Banda.
Longtime Austin radio host John Aielli died on Sunday at 76 years old. The radio personality had a tenure with KUT and KUTX for 50+ years. He was well known for his radio show “Eklektikos.” (KUT)
Texas recorded the nation’s largest job gains in June, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The Lone Star State added 82,500 nonfarm jobs, and saw a 1% decrease in its unemployment rate. (Community Impact Austin)
In case you missed it, Austin City Council recently voted to put a $350 million affordable housing bond on the November ballot. If passed, the bond — which was originally proposed at $300 million — would be the city’s largest housing bond to date. 🗳️ (KXAN)
A new mixed-use developmentis headed to the northwest corner of Kenney Fort Boulevard and Highway 79, following its approval from the Round Rock City Council. The project will include up to 530 housing units + commercial space. 🏗️ (Community Impact Austin)
South Austin’s 1417 Bistro is now 1417 French Bistro. Today marks the official launch of the rebranded concept, which is being led by executive chef Kyle Mulligan. New menu items include escargot + French onion soup. 🇫🇷 (Eater Austin)
Nido — a new restaurant concept that features local charm and coastal Europe — will open in late September on the rooftop of The Loren at Lady Bird Lake at 1211 W. Riverside Dr. Dishes will include chicken wings stuffed with foie gras and braised lamb breast with milk jam + herb salad. 🍽️
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