Fun Events Happening This Summer – Ways to Stay Cool

Austin plus Summer can equal misery for most of us! But you’re in luck!

We’ve got your list of favorite places to beat the heat in the dead of Summer.


Austin Ice Cream Festival & After Dark

June 23rd 10am-3pm & 6pm-10pm

I Scream. You Scream!! We can’t get enough of ice cream! Get ready for this twofer of a Summer celebration! You’ll taste mounds of frozen treats, killer music, contests and Summer fun all day and night! After a day of family-friendly festivities, guests will enjoy a headlining concert, boozy frozen cocktails, fun and games!

To learn more about the festival and to buy tickets, head to the website:


Blues on the Green

Happening each month all Summer long, with the second concert in Zilker Park taking place Wednesday, June 13. Take the edge off your week and soak in Summer vibes.

For more information, head to the website:


NLand Surf Park

Can’t bare the heat anymore? Hang 10 at NLand Surf Park anytime throughout the Summer! Learn a new Summer skill on the water as you beat the heat. Check out one of NLand’s weekly events on the beach!

Get the details on their website:


Green Belt

Escape the sun’s torturous rays any Summer day by hiking any of our cities beautifully shady green belt trails. Pro Tip: Take a dip in the many swimming holes you pass along your hike.

Check out the Austin Chronicle’s comprehensive guide to Austin’s many greenbelts:


Howl at the Moon at Barton Springs

Austinites, of course, will swim at this local institution anytime… but you’ll hear them howl ONLY on a Full Moon! This Austin tradition has been going on for decades and is one of the great things that keeps Austin so weird! So, keep an eye on the skies for your next opportunity to take part in this uniquely Austin tradition.


Independence Day Fireworks

July 4th

Here’s to America! Our favorite way to celebrate is, of course, watching the fireworks! H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Fireworks and Concert kicks off the evening at 9:30pm with our own Austin Symphony’s performance of patriotic tunes on the lawn of Auditorium Shores. You won’t want to leave early – you’ll be in the prime spot for fireworks viewing along Lady Bird Lake!


Movies in the Park

Next June 21st then Aug 16th

Each month throughout the year, Austin Parks Foundation hosts a movie in the park for the whole community to enjoy at a variety of our beautiful local parks. Gather the whole family for the next showing of “How To Train Your Dragon” on June 21st at Patterson Park. Don’t forget to come out to Martin Multipurpose Fields in August for a nostalgic showing of “10 Things I Hate About You.” Head to the foundation’s website for more information:


Jaws on the Water

Beware of what lies beneath! Float the waters while you catch Steven Spielburg’s classic flick at Alamo Drafthouse’s August month-long screening at Volente Beach. If you haven’t been before OR seen the movie, you have GOT to put this activity on your Summer to-do list! For dates and tickets, click here:


Zilker Hillside Theater

Thursdays – Sundays, July 6 – August 18

Twist and Shout with the cast of Zilker Theater Productions Summer musical, All Shook Up. You’ll be swingin’ your hips and squeelin’ for the King all night long at this free event


Austin Sound & Cinema

Every Wednesday from July 11 – August 15, The Long Center with Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse present Sound & Cinema, a free evening of entertainment on the Long’s lawn with live music plus classic and cult movie screenings that the Alamo does so well! Get there early to grab your spot on the lawn and hit up Austin’s famous food trucks. For details, visit