To-do list: Local events South Austin residents can enjoy in July 2019

Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo takes place at the end of this month.

Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo takes place at the end of this month.




July 6: Get your Spam on


Moontower Saloon hosts the first Spamarama event since 2007, with cookoffs, music and athletic events all centered around Spam. An Austin festival that dates back to 1978, Spamarama bills itself a “keep it weird” cultural spectacle. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $10. The Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Road, Austin. www.spamarama.net







July 8: Make your block green with Austin Recycles


Austin Recycles sponsors the Zero Waste Block Leader Orientation at the Twin Oaks Austin Public Library Branch. Learn about Austin’s zero-waste goals and become  a green community leader. 6-8 p.m. Free. Twin Oaks Branch, Austin Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth St., Austin. 512-974-2744. www.austintexas.gov/zerowasteblockleader







July 11: Mingle at Hangar Lounge


Light Up the Night Cocktail Party, hosted by the Light the Night Young Professionals Committee, features cocktails and professional mingling. Proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, supporting the search for a cure for blood cancers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado St., Austin. 512-474-4264. www.thehangarlounge.com







July 12: Make a musical part of your world this summer


Zilker Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid” for its 61st annual summer season, inviting families to sing along to classic Disney tunes. The show runs Thursday-Sunday throughout the summer beginning July 12 until Aug. 17. Begins 8:15 p.m. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin. 512-479-9491. www.austintexas.gov/zilkerhillsidetheater







July 13: See the Texas Rollergirls


The Texas Rollergirls celebrate 16 years of competition with a doubleheader of champions. The Rollergirls are the originators of the flat-track roller derby, a contact racing sport played on a roller skating track. As always, families are welcome. Begins 6 p.m. $5-$15. Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward St., Austin. 512-479-8776. www.texasrollergirls.org







July 13: Put some play in your day


Attend Keep Austin Playing at the Palmer Events Center and take part in activities such as rock climbing and human foosball, or try your hand at a ninja warrior course. The event is hosted by the Austin Department of Parks and Recreation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-931-3911. www.palmereventscenter.com







July 14: Partner up for acro at Crux Climbing Center


Crux Climbing Center hosts Empowered Acro, a two-hour workshop in partnered acrobatics, an activity that uses “pushing” movements that complement the “pulling” movements emphasized in climbing. Beginners are welcome. 4-6 p.m. $30-$60. Crux Climbing Center, 121 Pickle Road, Austin. 512-931-3911. www.cruxclimbingcenter.com







July 20: Listen in at the South Asian Music Festival


Agni Foundation for the Arts sponsors the celebration of South Asian music, from Qawwali to Sufi Fusion, Eastern Soul, Bollywood and more. 7:30-11 p.m. Price $25-$50. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin. www.brownpapertickets.com








July 26-28: Giddyup to the rodeo in Dripping Springs
At the Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo, visitors can enjoy a petting zoo, pet costume
contest, kid-friendly rodeo activities like muttin bustin' as well as other traditional rodeo events. Begins 8 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $10 per night (kids), $15 per night (adults). Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. 512-858-4725.
www.drippingspringsfairandrodeo.com





July 27: Honor Lady Bird's legacy at the wildflower center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower
Center celebrates its annual Lady Bird Day, honoring the legacy of the center’s founder Lady Bird Johnson. As first lady, she influenced key environmental legislation, including the 1965 Highway Beautification Act. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 5801 Lacrosse Ave., Austin.
512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org





July 29: Spend a night with bluegrass
Radio Coffee and Beer continues its Monday night bluegrass
series, featuring only “old bluegrass standards” by live string players. Radio bills Bluegrass Night as “Austin’s best ongoing residency.” 8-11 p.m. Free. Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204
Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-394-7844. www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com


By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.