Five virtual and socially distanced events going on in Central Austin this month

A photo of the Paramount Theatre sign
The Paramount Theatre will reopen its doors for its annual Classic Film Series this month. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Paramount Theatre will reopen its doors for its annual Classic Film Series this month. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

More Austin businesses have begun to reopen now that the city has moved into Stage 3 coronavirus risk, and some are venturing to host live events once again. However, many virtual are still held virtually. Here are five events and openings to check out in September from Central Texas businesses and organizations, including some kicking off this weekend.

The Paramount Classic Film Series


The Paramount Theatre will reopen its doors for its annual Paramount Classic Film Series beginning Sept. 11. The series’ opening weekend will feature “Casablanca” on Sept. 11 and 12, along with “Cabaret” and “Do the Right Thing” on Sept. 13. Weekends throughout September and October will feature a range of other classic films, including some family-friendly titles, such as “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music.” Following six months of closure, Paramount Theatre has installed new health and safety policies, including a mask requirement for patrons over the age of 10 and a no-touch ticketing and concession process. Clear bags will also be required. Tickets are available at www.austintheatre.org/film.

Bullock Texas State History Museum reopening


Bullock Texas State History Museum welcomes the public back to its exhibits and shop Sept. 12 after being closed since March 17 due to COVID-19 precautions. The reopening will feature a special exhibition called “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” and the museum’s IMAX documentary theater will screen the film “Into America’s Wild.” Health and safety protocols, including timed entry and required masking for patrons over age 10, will be implemented. Certain areas of the museum, including the on-site cafe and Texas Spirit Theater, will not yet open. Learn more and reserve a visit at www.thestoryoftexas.com. IMAX information is available at 512-936-4629.

The Attacca Quartet in virtual concert


The Austin Chamber Music Center will present a virtual concert program of “Beethoven & the Infinite” on Sept. 12. The Attacca Quartet will perform in honor of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday and engage in an audience discussion. Tickets to the Zoom event are available for $25 at www.austinchambermusic.org. Similar events will be held throughout the fall season as part of Austin Chamber Music Center’s Chamber Connect: Fall Sessions series, and tickets for the entire series are available on the website on a sliding price scale.

Aldrich Street's Got Talent


The Mueller neighborhood’s Aldrich Street activity hub will air a virtual talent show, Aldrich Street’s Got Talent, on Facebook Live on Sept. 24. Central Texas residents can submit video auditions until Sept. 14, after which time five finalists will be selected to compete in the final event for a grand prize of $500 and gift cards for Aldrich Street businesses, including Alamo Drafthouse, Rebel Cheese and barre3. The talent show will replace the annual Aldrich Street Fair, which was cancelled this year due to coronavirus concerns. The submission form can be found here. More information is at www.aldrichstreet.com.

Party for the Parks


Austin Parks Foundation will hold its annual “Party for the Parks” fundraiser virtually this year Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The at-home event will feature to-go dining from Emmer & Rye chefs Kevin Fink and Tavel Bristol-Joseph as well as beer and wine from Zilker Brewing and Union Wine Co. The evening’s program will be hosted by Andy Langer and will feature music performances, raffles and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the city’s parks following the cancellation of the Austin City Limits Live Festival, which usually raises significance funds for the park system. Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased at www.party.austinparks.org.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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