Fasten Fest, solstice parties and more things to do in Central Austin this weekend, June 15-18

This weekend's Solstice Festival takes place in various venues, including a few in the Red River Cultural District.[/caption]


1. Solstice Festival

The fourth iteration of the music, art and technology festival brings live music, yoga workshops and an art village. The music lineup includes Built to Spill, The Bright Light Social Hour and Leopold & His Fiction.

Times vary by performer. $35-130. Locations vary.


2. Tapestry hosts Soul 2 Sole

Tapestry Dance Company hosts the annual Soul 2 Sole Festival of rhythm with more than 75 master classes, a showcase anchored by the company and a faculty performance. Times vary. $25 (registration), prices vary by class. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-9846.

Times vary. $25 (registration), prices vary by class. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-9846.


3. Celis Brewery launch party

The craft brewery, first founded in 1992, is reopening. The company will celebrate with the release of its Celis White and Celis Citrus Grandis brews. In addition to trying the beers, attendees can meet the owner as well as get glassware and stickers.

7-10 p.m. Free (admission). Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St., Austin.

4. Sawyer & Co. pop-up

The East Cesar Chavez restaurant takes over the patio of Kitty Cohen's with a pop-up shop featuring such New Orleans fare as veggie fried green tomato muffuletta, sausage and chicken gumbo, and boudin balls.

6-10 p.m. Free (admission). Kitty Cohen's, 2211 Webberville Road, Austin.


5. Fans for Austin seniors

Fans for Fans benefits Family Eldercare’s Summer Fan Drive. The event includes a children’s concert from 9-11 a.m.

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (admission), $15 or donation of one fan (pancake breakfast). Threadgills World Headquarters, 301 W. Riverside Drive.

6. Juneteenth brings tunes

Musical acts CJ Edwards and The Funk Fellowship as well as blues, funk, soul and New Orleans jazz musicians perform at the Juneteenth Music Festival. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

6 p.m. $5. Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.


7. City invites public for Mexican American Cultural Center master plan meeting

Attendees help design a new master plan for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, which is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation and promotion of Latino cultural arts.

10 a.m. Free. 600 River St., Austin.

8. Summer Solstice

Three music performers, a free African food buffet and African-themed cocktails are a few of the ways attendees can celebrate the Tuesday arrival of the summer solstice at this Sahara Lounge-hosted event.

7 p.m.-2 a.m. $8. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Road, Austin.


9. Fasten Fest

Ride-hailing company Fasten celebrates its first year in Austin with a two-day festival featuring live music, a comedy showcase and a chance to win as much as $100,000 in ride credit. The event also includes a free brunch and free drinks until 5 p.m.

11 a.m. (doors open). Free (admission). Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St., Austin.


10. Take your dad to these restaurants for a free drink

Dads get a free beer—along with Chex mix—with the purchase of a Father's Day meal at Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St., Austin; a free can of Budweiser and popcorn at Irene's, 506 West Ave., Austin; a free draft beer and a small order of chili cheese fries at 24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin; and a free Peroni bottle along with half-price pizza at Italic, 123 W. Sixth St., Austin.

Times vary. Comes with the purchase of a meal. Locations vary.


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