Visit a watermelon festival, go to the rodeo and 8 other events to check out around Northwest Austin

Texas Farmers' Market
The Texas Farmers' Market is holding a watermelon festival at its Lakeline and Mueller locations the weekend of Aug. 7-8. (Courtesy Texas Farmers' Market)

The Texas Farmers' Market is holding a watermelon festival at its Lakeline and Mueller locations the weekend of Aug. 7-8. (Courtesy Texas Farmers' Market)


Champagne party at Cru

Wine bar Cru in The Domain hosts Nicolas Feuillatte, a champagne maison, for an exclusive tasting of bubblies. Attendees will taste three selected champagnes, as well as a limited edition Sakura Rosé, all paired with small plates. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $35. Cru - A Wine Bar, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 104, Austin. 512-339-9463.


Gold Cup Semifinal at Q2 Stadium

North Austin’s new soccer stadium is set to host its first-ever competitive international tournament match. Concacaf selected Q2 Stadium as the home of one of the Gold Cup semi-final matches. The Gold Cup is a tournament held every two years featuring teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Q2 Stadium, 10414 McKalla Place, Austin.

AUG. 7-8

Watermelon Festival weekend at Texas Farmers’ Market

Texas Farmers’ Market is hosting a watermelon festival at its Lakeline (Aug. 7) and Mueller (Aug. 8) locations. The farmers’ market organization will share recipes for using watermelons leading up to the event, and visitors get a free slice of Texas-grown watermelon the day of the event. Times vary. Free. Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline, 11200 Lakeline Drive, Cedar Park; Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller, 2006 Philomena St., Austin.

AUG. 7, AUG. 21

Summer movie night at the Arboretum

Families are invited to enjoy outdoor screenings of movies on the lawn at the Arboretum in Northwest Austin. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets to screenings. Films scheduled include 1994’s iconic cartoon “The Lion King” and romantic comedy “13 Going on 30”. The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-338-4755.

AUG. 11-12

Fly Fishing Film tour benefiting Colorado River clean up

North Austin brewery Oskar Blues is holding a charity screening of a series of fly fishing films this August. The 15th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is a nationwide series of story-driven films about fishing. Proceeds from this event go to benefit Clean Up the Colorado, a nonprofit environmental group focused on protecting the Colorado River around Austin. 5:30 p.m. $25. Oskar Blues, 10420 Metric Blvd., Austin. 512-243-7054.

AUGUST 13-14

Cedar Park Rodeo

The Cedar Park Rodeo returns with two nights of professional events. Programming includes bull riding, calf roping and more. Times vary. $10-$29. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000.


Austin Pride

​​The Capital City’s pride parade and festival are back in 2021 to celebrate Austin’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The pride festival is open to people of all ages. The free parade begins at 8 p.m.

AUG. 21

Monty Python at IPIC Austin

IPIC Theatres is showing a Sunday afternoon matinee of the classic comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. The British sketch comedy group’s 1975 film satirizes the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. 3:15 p.m. $9-$10. IPIC Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin. 512-568-3400.

AUG. 22

Outlaw Music Festival

Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Bingham and more artists bring the Outlaw Music Festival’s tour to the Germania Insurance Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the show begins at 4 p.m. $107 and up. Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Del Valle.

AUG. 28-29

Austin Train Show

The annual Austin Train Show returns in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced a hiatus last year. This is the first year the train show is held at the Palmer Events Center, and the convention will feature more than 25,000 square feet of model railroading. Guests can buy and sell model train supplies from dozens of vendors and enjoy operating model and lego railroad sets. Doors open at 10 a.m. $8. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
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.


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