The Texas Tribune Festival, HAAM Day and 13 other things to do in Central Austin this August and September

Nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom the Texas Tribune hosts its annual festival, which gathers hundreds of leading figures in politics and public policy for informative panels and interviews.

Nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom the Texas Tribune hosts its annual festival, which gathers hundreds of leading figures in politics and public policy for informative panels and interviews.

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings
and more in the months of August and September.



Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Laugh all weekend at Out of Bounds Comedy Festival


Out of Bounds Comedy Festival features 130 improv, sketch and standup acts. This year’s lineup includes Gina Yashere, Ian Abramson and Rooster Teeth: Always Open. Times vary. $10 and up (individual tickets), $129 (badge). Locations vary.
512-913-0162. www.oobfest.com





Aug. 29

Classes begin at UT


School is back in session for the 51,525 students beginning the fall semester at The University of Texas, including freshmen in the class of 2022. This year, Texas high school students needed to be in the top 7 percent of their class at the end of their junior year to be automatically admitted to the state school.
www.utexas.edu





Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Attend a showcase of black filmmakers


The Capital City Black Film Festival returns for its sixth year. Showtimes vary. $60 (all-film pass), $195 (VIP pass). Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-301-4141. www.capcitybff.com





Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Support local artists


Local nonprofit Boss Babes hosts its fourth annual Babes Fest, a comedy, music and film festival featuring women-led artists. Times and locations vary. $10-$25 (individual events tickets), $50 (three-day pass). www.babesfest.com





Aug. 30

Attend budget and tax rate public hearing


Austin City Council provides the public a final opportunity to weigh in on the fiscal year 2018-19 proposed budget and requisite sales and property tax rates. 10 a.m. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. www.austintexas.gov






Sept. 3

Austinites can join Free Day of Yoga


The 20th annual event encourages Austin residents to try yoga—for the first time or at a new studio. Kickoff class at 8 a.m., Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Azie Morton Road. www.freedayofyoga.com





Sept. 6

Watch a movie in a park


The Austin Parks Foundation continues its series with “Beauty and the Beast.” 8:15 p.m. Free. Adams-Hemphill Park, 201 W. 30th St. www.austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park/





Sept. 7

Run the Zilker Relays


The race benefits the Lesedi Project, which provides literacy resources to South Africa. 6 p.m. (children’s race), 6:30 p.m. (adult race). $50 (per team member). Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.zilkerrelays.com






Sept. 11

HAAM Day features live performances from artists


The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, which provides affordable health care for working musicians, celebrates HAAM Day with live performances around town. Times vary. Free. Locations vary.
512-541-4226. www.myhaam.org






Sept. 22

Celebrate seven years of no-kill


Austin Pets Alive hosts an anniversary party for Austin’s No-Kill policy, which requires shelters save 90 percent of the city’s homeless animals. 6-9 p.m. $75 (general admission), $150 (VIP ticket). Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E. Sixth St.
512-961-6519. www.austinpetsalive.org





Sept. 22

GAHCC marks 45 years


The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 45th anniversary this year with a gala gathering Hispanic business people, community leaders and elected officials. 6-11 p.m. $175 (members), $225 (nonmembers). Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road. 512-476-7502. www.gahcc.org






Sept. 22-23

Venture out to the Pecan Street Festival on 6th St.


This biannual arts festival features local musicians, food vendors and kid-friendly activities, including a petting zoo. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.). Free.  Sixth Street between Brazos Street and I-35. www.pecanstreetfestival.org





Sept. 23

Run on the river to fight cancer


The Livestrong Honor 5K and 10K remembers those lost to cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those fighting the disease. There is no fundraising minimum for the all ages run, but all participants are encouraged to raise money. 7:30 a.m. (race start time). $35-$55. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive. 877-236-8820.
www.livestrong5k10k.org





Sept. 23

Guests can gain free entry to Austin-area museums


This year’s Austin Museum Day includes the Blanton Museum of Art, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Mexic-Arte Museum, Thinkery, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and others. Times vary. Free. Locations vary.
www.austinmuseums.org






Sept. 27-29

Attend the Texas Tribune Festival


Nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom the Texas Tribune hosts its annual festival, which gathers hundreds of leading figures in politics and public policy for informative panels and interviews. Last year’s speakers include Cecile Richards, Ted Cruz and DeRay McKesson. Times vary. $50-$2,500. Locations across downtown Austin. www.texastribune.org/festival




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