Austin FC debuts in North Austin and 9 other events to check out in and around Northwest Austin

Q2 Stadium
Austin FC will play its first game at Q2 Stadium on June 19. (Courtesy Austin FC)

Austin FC will play its first game at Q2 Stadium on June 19. (Courtesy Austin FC)

MAY 28-30

IKKiCON Returns

IKKiCON, an annual convention celebrating Japanese pop culture, returns with virtual and in-person programming for attendees. This year’s event includes three days of panels, cosplay events, art contests and more. Times vary. $39.99-$109.99. Marriott Downtown Austin, 304 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.ikkicon.com

MAY 29

Quesoff returns to benefit Central Texas Food Bank


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. Participating restaurants include Better Half, Eldorado Cafe, Olamaie, Comedor and La Condesa. 5-8 p.m. $16. Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St., Austin. www.mohawkaustin.com

MAY 31

CapTex Triathlon

This triathlon begins with a 1,500-meter swim in Lady Bird Lake, followed by a 24.3-mile bike ride through downtown to the Texas Capitol, then concludes with a 6.2-mile run through Butler Metro Park. The post-race party will be held at Auditorium Shores. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. $139-$259. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.captextri.com

JUNE 4

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, a frozen margarita and food. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Trail Foundation. Various times. $30. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org/mmr

JUNE 5-6

Austin Pond Society’s Annual Pond and Garden Tour

The Austin Pond Society is hosting its annual tour of notable ponds and gardens throughout the Austin area to raise funds for its organization. Times vary. $20-$25. Multiple locations. www.austinpondsociety.org

JUNE 5, 12

Live music and painting at The Arboretum

Shoppers can enjoy free live music and painting from local artists every other Saturday throughout mid-June. Austin painter Kathy Meador is the featured artist June 5. 1-3 p.m. Free. The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-338-4755. www.thearboretum.com

JUNE 10-13

ROT Rally brings bikers back to town

The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally features music, vendors, food trucks and more for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. After its cancellation last year, the event returns for its 25th anniversary and will feature performances from Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynard and rock group Blackberry Smoke. Various times. $50 if you ride in on a motorcycle (daily pass). $69 (daily pass), $149 (three-day pass). Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin. www.republicoftexasmotorcyclerally.com

JUNE 11-13

Vintage Market Days

This three-day special event features a market with vintage goods. Vendors will sell antiques, original art, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. $10-$15. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. www.vintagemarketdays.com

JUNE 17

Preservation Austin Homes Tour

The nonprofit’s annual fundraising event, held virtually this year, will highlight homes in the Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross historic district, which encompasses the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in East Austin. The event will explore the homes of some significant historical figures, including Tuskeegee Airman Norman Scales and former Huston-Tillotson University President Dr. John Q. Taylor King. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 512-474-5198. www.preservationaustin.org

JUNE 19

USWNT Friendly and Austin FC home opener

Before Austin FC plays its first home game, Q2 Stadium will host the U.S. Women’s National Team for an international game. The USWNT takes on the Nigerian women’s squad on June 16. After starting its inaugural season on the road, Austin FC will then host the San Jose Earthquakes June 19. Several breweries around the stadium are hosting watch parties for the game. Both games are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CST. Q2 Stadium, 10414 McKalla Place, Austin. 512-572-8932. www.austinfc.com



WORTH THE TRIP


MAY 29-30

Wimberley Memorial Day Rodeo

This annual rodeo raises funds for the Wimberley 4-H Buyers’ Pool, which supports projects for the town’s local 4-H club. Rodeo events include team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, mutton busting and more. Shows start at 8 p.m. General admission $10, $5 for kids. VFW Arena, 401 Jacob’s Well Road, Wimberley. 512-423-8035. http://wimberleyrodeo.org
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.