Here are 14 events happening around Southwest Austin to check out in August, September

The Samaritan Center will invite attendees to climb its 251-foot Circuit of Americas Observation Tower in honor of victims and heroes of 9/11. (Courtesy Samaritan Center)
The Samaritan Center will invite attendees to climb its 251-foot Circuit of Americas Observation Tower in honor of victims and heroes of 9/11. (Courtesy Samaritan Center)

The Samaritan Center will invite attendees to climb its 251-foot Circuit of Americas Observation Tower in honor of victims and heroes of 9/11. (Courtesy Samaritan Center)

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Bob the Drag Queen will perform Sept. 24 for the Moontower Comedy Festival. (Courtesy Moontower Comedy Festival)
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Austin-based band The Wilder Blue is made up of members from across Texas. (Courtesy Saxon Pub)
Aug. 28 | Experience West African funk

Kalu and the Electric Joint will perform at Still Austin Whiskey Co., mixing West African and American funk styles with blues and psychedelic rock. This event will be the latest installment of Front Porch Sessions presented by Austin Monthly. $15. 7 p.m. 440 East Saint Elmo Road Ste. F, Austin. www.stillaustin.com

Aug. 30 | Enjoy bluegrass and tacos

Radio Coffee and Beer will host its free Bluegrass Night with string players assembling to perform old bluegrass standards. The venue features a taco truck and outdoor seating in a rustic space. 7 p.m. 4204 Manchaca Road, Austin. www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com

Aug. 31 | Attend food distribution event


The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute food in a drive-thru for people in need. No one will be turned away from the event. However, food assortments will vary depending on available supplies at Nelson Field. 8 a.m. 7105 Berkman Drive, Austin. www.centraltexasfoodbank.org

Sept. 1 | Learn to two step to live music

South Austin honky-tonk Sagebrush will host three live country acts after its Wednesday two-step lessons. Singer-songwriter Billy Broome will end the night. Free. 7 p.m. 5500 S. Congress Ave., Austin. www.sagebrushtexas.com

Sept. 1 | Relax with free outdoor yoga

Yoga studio My Vinyasa Practice will continue its second season of Sunset and Savasana at the lawn at Jacob Fontaine Park with a free community yoga session in the grass. The class is designed for people of all levels. 7:30 p.m. 109 Jacob Fontaine Lane, Ste. 800, Austin. www.myvinyasapractice.com

Sept. 3 | Enjoy a local country show

The Wilder Blue, a Texas-based band, will perform at Saxon Pub for tickets under $20. The five-piece band blends country, bluegrass and acoustic rock. The show will center on their recent album called “Hill Country.” 8 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. www.thesaxonpub.com

Sept. 4 | Hear a Grammy-nominated artist

Americana musician John Fullbright from Oklahoma will perform at Sam’s Town Point, which serves burgers and bar staples. Fullbright’s first studio album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Album and he is a winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. 8 p.m. 2115 Allred Drive, Austin. www.samstownpointatx.com

Sept. 5 | Meander through a local market

Moontower Saloon hosts the 512 Market Sundays featuring shopping from small local vendors, barbecue, drinks and outdoor seating. The family- and pet-friendly free event revolves through different hosts, including the Round Rock Garden Center and Lustre Pearl South. 2 p.m. 10212 Menchaca Road, Austin.

Sept. 10 | Mosh to metal

Come and Take It Live will host a metal concert with four acts, headlined by Hinayana, an Austin-based melodic death metal band. The genre-neutral venue is two stories and includes a general admission area, mezzanine, balcony and smoking patio. Tickets start at $10. 7 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive, Bldg. 4, Austin. www.comeandtakeitlive.com

Sept. 11 | Honor fallen heroes

Samaritan Center will host a climb of the Circuit of The Americas Observation Tower to mark 20 years since the Sept. 11 attacks. The $30 ticket fee will benefit the center’s mental health program. 8 a.m. 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. www.samaritan-center.org

Sept. 11 | Stroll through an art walk

Austin Art Walk will hold a tour featuring murals, street art and graffiti. Couple Douglas and Eileen Barber, a former manager of an art gallery and manager of a painting company respectively, run the tours that cost $28 and run at several times during the day. 9 a.m. 2215 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.atxartwalk.com

Sept. 12 | Experience a food truck festival

Food trucks will return in droves to Barton Creek Square for the second Food Truck Festival, which organizers said they planned with care in response to COVID-19. Tickets start at $5. 2 p.m. 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. www.facebook.com/atxfoodtruckfest

Sept. 15 | Learn to knit

A beginner’s knitting class at The Sated Sheep in Dripping Springs will set aspiring knitters up with the basic tools needed for the craft—casting on, knitting and purling. Attendees will start their first project and pay $20 for the lesson. 2 p.m. 100 Commons Road, Ste. 5, Dripping Springs. www.thesatedsheep.com

Sept. 22-25 | Attend the Moontower Comedy Festival

More than 100 comics will perform, including Margaret Cho and Bob the Drag Queen, at the Paramount and Stateside theaters at 719 Congress Ave. and other Austin venues. Tickets start at $99. 512-472-5470. www.moontowercomedyfest.com
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.

By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.



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