What to Do in Austin This Summer
Take a break from MPA summer classes or your accounting internship to explore the city of Austin this summer. It’s the perfect time of year to take some leisure and try new things in this vibrant town, so check out these 10 summer events and activities you can do in Austin this summer.
Blues on the Green
29 years and counting, Blues on the Green is one of Austin’s most iconic summer events hosted by Austin City Limits Radio. This free concert series features upcoming local artists and is located at Zilker Park. Blues takes place once a month on a Wednesday, so get there early to get the best view. Parking is $15. Alternatively, you can take the bus with Capital Metro which offers plenty of routes directly to Barton Springs/Zilker. For the rest of summer 2019, the show dates are July 17 and August 7 at Zilker Park starting at 8:00 p.m.
Unplugged at the Grove
As the “live music capital of the world,” Austin boasts its fair share of music events. Unplugged at the Grove is a more frequent free concert series hosted by Austin City Limits Radio. Every Thursday, Austinites gather at the Shady Grove off Barton Springs Road to enjoy music and drinks. For summer 2019, the show dates are every Thursday until August 29 at Shady Grove at 8:00 p.m.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Though live music may be the star of Austin, the city also offers a fantastic glimpse of the natural world. The Greenbelt is acclaimed as the place to be on a nice day with a variety of activities—hiking, biking, rock-climbing, swimming, and sun-bathing. This park has multiple access points directed towards the pool or the hiking trails. The Greenbelt provides a sweet relief from the city. If you prefer to play it safe, Barton Springs Pool is a sectioned area fed by natural spring water where you’re welcomed to chill and relax. The pool fee is $9 for non-residents and $5 for residents, plus it’s free after 9:00 p.m.
Saturday Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Sustainable Food Center supports local vendors and farmers by hosting a farmer’s market. With ready-to-eat foods from your favorite bakeries and fresh produce for when you want to cook, this market provides a sustainable way to support and buy local. Many artisanal products are available ranging from soap to hemp-based skincare making it the perfect place to shop for a little something for yourself or buy the perfect gift. Every Saturday at Republic Square from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker is the hub of summer events and the rest of the year. This year, the Zilker Theatre Production is debuting The Little Mermaid musical at the park. Bring some friends, a blanket, and bug spray to watch and sing along to the classic Disney songs we all know and love. For summer 2019, shows happen every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 12 to August 17 at Zilker Hillside Theatre at 8:15 p.m.
As one of the highest points in Austin (other than our city skyscrapers), the views at Mount Bonnell are not one to miss. A popular destination for sunrise and sunset, take in the idyllic views of the Colorado River and downtown. With 102 steps, you’ll get your workout in, take some fun pictures, and enjoy a nice view. The mount is also a wonderful picnic destination and getaway.
Pennybacker Bridge, or commonly known as the 360 Bridge, is a curved bridge which offers the perfect place to capture the busy city. Crossing over Lady Bird Lake, the view combines the water and landscape for the perfect place to watch the sunset and see the whole expanse of the sky.
Just like New York has SoHo, Austin has SoCo. With funky and unique shops and eateries, SoCo embodies all the vibes of Austin as a landmark location with the iconic “I love you so much” mural. Visit Amy’s Ice Cream for a cool treat with flavors such as avocado and apple pie. You can also stop by the YETI flagship store for an experience like no other complete with a bar, customization station, and a display of historical artifacts.
Movies in the Park
A take on drive-in movies, the Austin Parks Foundation hosts movie nights for everyone to enjoy in parks around town. There’s no specific genre, but come out and watch for the first time or re-watch your favorite classic movies from Space Jam to Harry Potter. Food trucks are available on-site where you can grab a bite from an Austin favorite. For the remainder of summer 2019, dates and movies are: July 25 (The Road to El Dorado) and August 16 (Caddyshack).
Yoga Summer Sunset Series
Presented by Wanderlust Yoga, this summer series event is not one to miss with free yoga Tuesday evenings. A perfect way to wind down and relax from the workday or your studies before heading home for the night. You don’t have to be an experienced yogi to enjoy this event which is suited for all levels. Bring a mat and bathe in the setting sun wearing your most fashionable athleisure fit. For summer 2019, yoga is every Tuesday between July 2 and August 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.