11 things to do in Austin this May and June

Preservation Austin's virtual homes tour will focus on the Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross historic district in East Austin this June. (Courtesy Lauren Kerr)
Preservation Austin's virtual homes tour will focus on the Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross historic district in East Austin this June. (Courtesy Lauren Kerr)

Preservation Austin's virtual homes tour will focus on the Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross historic district in East Austin this June. (Courtesy Lauren Kerr)

In-person events are slowly returning to the Austin area. Find a list here of both virtual and in-person things to do this May and June.



May 29

Shinyribs at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre


The longtime staple of the Austin music scene will perform two limited-capacity, socially distanced shows. Concerts and events are on the calendar at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre in Southwest Austin, but the venue is planning a move to Round Rock. Owner Mike Farr has not announced a date for the move yet. Construction permits are active through 2021. 5 p.m., 9 p.m. $30-$75. 12225 Hwy. 290, Austin. www.nuttybrown.com

May 29

Quesoff returns


The queso cook-off, which features restaurants, chefs, home cooks and more, will be back after it was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 and closure of its home venue, the Mohawk. Participating restaurants include Better Half, Eldorado Cafe, Comedor and La Condesa. Masks and distancing are required. 5-8 p.m. $16. Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St., Austin. www.mohawkaustin.com

May 31

CapTex Tri


This triathlon begins with a 1,500-meter swim in Lady Bird Lake followed by a 24.3-mile bike ride through downtown, then concludes with a 6.2-mile run. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. $139-$259. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.captextri.com

June 3

Broadway at the Ground Floor Theatre


“Sing Out!: A Broadway Musical Revue” brings together six Tony- and Grammy-award winners for a show reflecting the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. After its debut in Austin, the show will head to New York City in 2022. 8 p.m. Tickets are pay what you can with a minimum of $25. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, Austin.


www.austinartistsproject.org/singout

Through May 31 (June 4 packet pickup)

Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run


Participants in the run, which is being presented virtually this year, can register online and submit results for their 5K race anytime before May 31. Then, on June 4, they can pick up their race packet, which includes a T-shirt and a frozen margarita. Proceeds from the annual event benefit The Trail Foundation. Various times. $30. Drive-thru packet pickup will take place just outside the Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org/mmr

June 5-13

It's My Park Day


The Austin Parks Foundation’s annual citywide volunteer event will have virtual events taking place over the course of a week and limited in-person volunteer opportunities on Saturday, June 12. Registrants can receive a t-shirt by volunteering virtually or in-person, or by making a donation of $25 or more. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org/IMPD

June 10-13

ROT Rally returns


After its cancellation last year, the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally comes back to town. Performers this year include Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd and rock group Blackberry Smoke. Various times. $89 (daily pass), $149 (four-day pass).Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin..www.republicoftexasmotorcyclerally.com

June 11

A virtual conversation with Fran Lebowitz


The writer, satirist and subject of Netflix documentary film series “Pretend It’s a City” is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of online media outlet The Texas Tribune. Customers who purchase tickets can add an optional donation to the Paramount or Stateside theaters. Available to stream starting at 10 a.m. $25. 512-474-1221. www.austintheatre.org

June 17

Preservation Austin presents a virtual homes tour


The nonprofit’s annual event, held virtually this year, will feature homes in a historic district of East Austin. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 512-474-5198. www.preservationaustin.org

June 19

Austin FC’s debut at Q2 Stadium


Austin’s new Major League Soccer club takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium in North Austin. Austin FC has not yet announced capacity limits for the game or put single-match tickets on sale. 8 p.m. Ticket prices TBD. 10414 McKalla Place, Austin. 512-572-8932. www.austinfc.com

June 27 through Sept. 19

Two new exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art


“Black is Beautiful” features the 1950s and ‘60s photography of activist Kwame Brathwaite. “Valley” is a video installation by Suzanne Bocanegra, which references actress Judy Garland’s struggles in life and show business. Various times. $12 for adults. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin. 512-471-5482. www.blantonmuseum.org
By Olivia Aldridge

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