Bat Fest, Rosé Day and 6 more things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Aug. 18-20


Friday, Aug. 19

1. Bat Fest returns

Attendees enjoy live music while 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. 4 p.m.-midnight. Free (age 8 and younger), $15 (age 9 and older). Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave.

2. Rock Band of the Year performs free

Austin indie-rock band and SXSW 2016 Rock Band of the Year winner Quiet Company performs songs from their new EP. 5 p.m. Free. Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday, Aug. 20

3. Pet adoption fees waived for #ClearTheShelters

As part of a nationwide effort, the Austin Animal Center waives all pet adoption fees on Saturday. Last year, more than 50,000 pets found forever homes as part of this event. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop.

4. Austin Ballet welcomes prospective students

Kids (ages 3-5) attend a free 30-minute creative movement class and tour facility with parents before a question-and-answer session. 10:15-11:15 (age 3), 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (age 4), 12:45-1:45 p.m. (age 5). Free. Austin Ballet Academy, 501 W. Third St.

Family archives workshop courtesy Mark Menjivar

Learn how to create projects from your own family archive on Saturday, Aug. 19. (via Courtesy Roadway Events)

5. Learn to create projects from family archives

Artists Mark Menjivar and Molly Sherman show participants how to create projects from family archives. 1-4 p.m. Free. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.

6. PRIDE takeover at Barton Springs

The high is 102 degrees Saturday. Austinites can cool off at the Austin PRIDE and GAYTX Events takeover of the Barton Springs Pool. 2-6 p.m. Free (ages 1 and under and 80 and over), $1-$3 (residents), $3-8 (nonresidents). Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

Sunday, Aug. 21

7. Wine down on Rosé Day

Easy Tiger patrons can savor a glass or enjoy a flight from a selection of French and American rosés while seated on a cozy patio. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 per glass or flight. Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St.

8. Hot sauce fest turns 27

If you can’t beat the heat, eat the heat. The 27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival offers samples of hundreds of hot sauces, plus local food and live music. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (with donation of three non-perishable food items or $5 donation to Central Texas Food Bank). Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her reporting focuses include employment and economic development. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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