24 things to do in Central Austin this August and September

Local nonprofit BossBabes ATX hosts its fifth annual Babes Festu2014a music, film, comedy, art and education festival featuring women and nonbinary artists.

Local nonprofit BossBabes ATX hosts its fifth annual Babes Festu2014a music, film, comedy, art and education festival featuring women and nonbinary artists.

From the Capital City Black Film Festival to the first University of Texas football game of the season, here's what's happening around Central Austin in late summer and early fall.



August 27st - September 2nd


Laugh all weekend


Out of Bounds Comedy Festival—Austin’s longest-running comedy festival—features 80 improv, sketch and standup acts. This year’s headliners include Scott Adsit, of the NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” and Laura Kightlinger, a writer and producer of “Will and Grace,” as well as many local performers. Showtimes vary. $10-$129. Locations vary. www.oobfest.com





August 28th - September 24th


Provide feedback on the city and county budgets


The city of Austin hosts a public hearing on its upcoming fiscal year 2019-20 budget and tax rate Aug. 28 at noon; City Council is scheduled to adopt the budget Sept. 10-12. Travis County hosts its public hearings Sept. 17, 20 and 24 at 9 a.m.; commissioners are scheduled to adopt the county’s FY 2019-20 budget Sept. 24. Free. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St. www.austintexas.gov www.traviscountytx.gov





August 29th - September 15th


See a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama


“Dance Nation,” an original comedic play and finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, begins a three-week run in Austin, which ends Sept. 15. The play is directed by local Jenny Lavery of Theatre en Bloc, which is partnering with the Long Center for the production. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sun.) $15-$34. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.org





August 30th - September 1st


Attend a showcase of black filmmakers


The Capital City Black Film Festival returns for its seventh year with a slate of over 50 films that are written, directed or produced by black filmmakers; prominently feature black actors; and address topics and issues related to the black community. Showtimes vary. $30-$195. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. www.capcitybff.com





August 30th


Kick off the new school year with the GABCC


The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Collegiate Chapter hosts a back-to-school bash open to students from all local colleges and universities. The chapter works to encourage students’ involvement within the African American and Greater Austin business communities. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Dedrick Hamilton House, 912 E. 11th. St., Austin. www.austinbcc.org





August 31st


Catch the first football game of the season


The University of Texas Longhorns open this year’s season at home against Louisiana Tech. Last year, the Longhorns had a record of 10-4, landing in second place in the Big 12 conference. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2139 San Jacinto Blvd. www.texassports.com





September 2nd


Take a free yoga class


The 21st annual Free Day of Yoga encourages Austinites to try yoga—for the first time, at a new studio, with a different instructor or in an unfamiliar style. Class times vary. Free. Locations vary. www.freedayofyoga.com





September 6th


Hear Salman Rushdie speak about his new book


The British-Indian author of “The Satanic Verses” talks about his latest book, “Quichotte,” inspired by Cervantes classic “Don Quixote.” The event is hosted by BookPeople. 7 p.m. $28 (includes copy of book). First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St. 512-472-5050. www.bookpeople.com






September 6th


Run the Zilker Relays


This 10-mile relay race benefits the Lesedi Project, which provides literacy resources in South Africa. Teams are comprised of four members. 6 p.m. (kid’s race), 6:30 p.m. (full relay race). $10 (kid’s relay), $60 (team captain). Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.zilkerrelays.com






September 6th-8th


Support local artists


Local nonprofit BossBabes ATX hosts its fifth annual Babes Fest—a music, film, comedy, art and education festival featuring women and nonbinary artists. Times vary. $15 (film showcase, music showcase), $25 (panels and workshops), $60 (three-day pass). Locations vary. www.babesfest.org





September 7th-8th


Enjoy music and dance from around the world


The Texas Music Museum hosts its ninth annual International Music Festival, featuring 11 Texas artists and groups who perform music and dances from around the world. 12:30-5:15 p.m. (Sat.), 12:30-6:15 p.m. (Sun.). Free. George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St.
512-203-4875. www.texasmusicmuseum.org





September 10th


Return to Broadway


The 2019-20 Broadway in Austin season begins with the opening performance of “Les Miserables.” The show runs through Sept. 15. This season also will include performances of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “A Bronx Tale.” Showtimes vary. Prices vary. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-471-1444. www.austin.broadway.com





September 13th


Watch a movie in a park


 
The Austin Parks Foundation continues its annual summertime Movies in the Park series with “Freaky Friday,” the 2003 remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. 8 p.m. Free. Dottie Jordan Neighborhood Park, 2803 Loyola Lane. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org





September 13th


Toast eight years of Austin’s no-kill policy


Austin Pets Alive hosts its annual party celebrating Austin’s no-kill policy, which requires shelters to save 95% of the city’s homeless animals. Austin City Council recently approved an increase in the no-kill rate from 90% to 95%. 7-11 p.m. $100 (standard ticket), $250 (VIP). The Line Austin, 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-961-6519. www.austinpetsalive.org





September 14th


Attend a festival dedicated to margaritas


The Austin Margarita Festival returns with a lineup of more than 20 different flavors as well as live bands and a tequila-tasting station. Noon-8 p.m. $23-$100. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. www.austinmargaritafestival.com





September 15th


Learn about the history of Mexican independence


Fiesta de El Grito de Indepencia is a musical celebration and historical re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain. The family-friendly event is alcohol-free and produced in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation, the city of Austin, Univision, the State Preservation Board and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. South steps of the Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave. www.austintexas.gov/event/el-grito-de-indpendencia





September 15th


Be a superhero


The 5K and kids’ 1K CASA Superhero Run benefits the CASA programs of the Greater Austin Area, which train volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates to speak on behalf of children who have been abused or neglected as they navigate the court system. Participants are encouraged to wear superhero costumes; a costumes awards contest will follow the kids race. 7 a.m. $30-$50. IBM Broadmoor Campus, 11501 Burnet Road, Bldg. 902.
512-539-2993. www.casasuperherorun.com





September 19th-26th


Attend the country’s largest genre film festival


Fantastic Fest—a film festival specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action movies—returns to the Alamo Drafthouse for its 15th year. The theme is Mexican cinema. Showtimes vary. $10-$520. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-1320. www.fantasticfest.com





September 21st-22nd


Venture out to Pecan Street


The twice-yearly Pecan Street Festival—one of the largest, and longest-running, arts and crafts and music festivals in the country—features local musicians, food vendors and kid-friendly activities. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Sixth Street, formerly known as Pecan Street, between Brazos Street and I-35. www.pecanstreetfestival.org





September 22nd


Check out a museum


On Austin Museum Day, visitors enjoy free access to exhibits and activities. Participating museums include the Art Galleries at Black Studies at The University of Texas, the Contemporary Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, among many others. Times vary. Free. Locations vary. www.austinmuseums.org   





September 22nd


Run to Brunch


This 5K run will culminate in a celebratory brunch at Auditorium Shores, featuring dishes from Grizzelda’s, Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum Restaurant, Loro and Austin’s Pizza. Proceeds will benefit Livestrong, a locally headquartered nonprofit that serves cancer survivors. 7:30 a.m. to noon. $30-$60. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive. www.runtobrunch.com





September 24th


Taste some craft beer


The Texas Craft Brewers Festival returns for its 16th year to celebrate Texas-produced craft beer. Participating local breweries include (512) Brewing Co. the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Black Star Co-op, Friends Allies Brewing Company, Hops & Grain Brewing, Oddwood Ales and Zilker Brewing Co. 2-6:30 p.m. $15-$120. Fiesta Gardens, 2012 Jesse E. Segovia St.
www.texascraftbrewersfestival.org





September 24th


Celebrate HAAM Day


The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, which provides affordable health care for working musicians, hosts this annual fundraising event with over 200 live performances at local businesses and music venues. Last year, the event raised $565,000. Showtimes vary. Free. Donations accepted. Locations vary. 512-541-4226. www.myhaam.org






September 28th


Open Congress
Texas Tribune Festiva


Part of the annual Texas Tribune Festival, Open Congress offers a day of free programs open to the public in tents located along Congress Avenue. Panelists include current and former politicians, members of the media and entertainers. Topics discussed will including health care, Texas education, the 2020 election, the recent Texas Legislative Session and local politics. Other events during the three-day Texas Tribune Festival are held at locations across downtown Austin from Sept. 26-28, and are available to those who purchase general admission passes. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Congress Ave. south of the Texas Capitol. https://festival.texastribune.org