20 things to do in July and August around Central Austin

POP Cats will take place on August 25 and August 26 at the Palmer Events Center.

POP Cats will take place on August 25 and August 26 at the Palmer Events Center.



July 25: Travis Central Appraisal District certifies tax rolls


The Travis Central Appraisal District, along with other appraisal districts, certifies appraised values to local taxing entities. The entities use the certified tax rolls to propose their tax rates for the next fiscal year.
512-834-9137. www.traviscad.org





July 25-26: Learn about the Peyoteros of South Texas


The MACC presents a documentary by Eugenio Del Bosque, “The Gardens of South Texas: Scenes from Peyoteros,” about people who grow and sell peyote. 7 p.m. Free. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 Red River St.
512-974-3772. www.austintexas.gov





July 27-28: Broadway Bound campers put on a show


Students ages 7-17 finish George Washington Carver Museum’s Broadway Bound summer performing arts camp with a performance of “42nd St.” 7 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.) and 1 p.m. (Sun.)  $7. 1165 Angelina St.
512-974-4926.
www.austintexas.gov/carvermuseum





July 28-29: Retro game fest returns


classic video games, tournaments and costume contests. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Admission is $25 (Sat.), $15 (Sun.), $30 (weekend pass) and free for children under age 12. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. www.classicgamefest.com





Aug. 1: Austin City Council resumes sessions


After taking July off, council returns with a budget work session from 9 a.m. to noon. Budget sessions continue through the month before the tax rate is scheduled for adoption in September. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. St. www.austintexas.gov






Aug. 3-5: Check out RTX Austin


The gaming and internet convention hosted by local production company Rooster Teeth features live events, panels and more. Exhibit hall opens at noon (Fri.) and 9 a.m. (Sat.-Sun.) $50-$335. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. www.rtxaustin.com





Aug. 4: Dress in your summer best for White Linen Night


The block party hosted by the 2nd Street District includes bites from local restaurants, live music, and wine and beer pairings. All proceeds benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance and SafePlace. 6-9 p.m. $55-$85.
512-476-1225.
www.2ndstreetdistrict.com/whitelinen





Aug. 4: Duck, Duck, Race


Tens of thousands of rubber ducks are lowered from the Ann Richards Bridge on Congress Avenue into Lady Bird Lake to start the Austin Duck Derby. Proceeds benefit the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation. 11 a.m. Free to attend, $5 to purchase a duck. 100 S. Congress Ave. www.duckrace.com/austin





Aug. 4: See The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group display


Eight local artists participated in the 2018 Crit Group program, which includes critiques and professional development workshops. Open through August. 2 p.m. Free. grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-453-5312.
www.thecontemporaryaustin.org





Aug. 8: Last chance to catch Blues on the Green


Last chance to catch Blues on the Green
The popular, free summer concert series has been running monthly since May in Zilker Park. Previous performers include Wild Child, Bob Schneider and the Black Angels. 8 p.m. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green-home





Aug. 10-12: Take advantage of the sales tax-free weekend


State law makes back to school shopping a little easier, exempting most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, according to the Texas Comptroller.
www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes






Aug. 11: Take part in the Austin Pride celebration


The festival will feature vendors, live music, games and family activities. The parade begins at 8 p.m. at the Capitol. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.  $17-$150. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. www.austinpride.org





Aug. 11: See Woody and Buzz at the Bullock Texas State History Museum


The museum’s summer family film series concludes with a screening of “Toy Story.”  2-3:30 p.m. $3-$5.
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-8746.
www.thestoryoftexas.com





Aug. 14: Take part in a discussion of art and architecture


Thoughtbarn, an Austin-based design and art group, is featured in the “Visionary Voices” lecture series. The events feature conversations about public art. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. 500 Chicon St. 512-478-7386. www.texasarchitects.org





Aug. 18: Attend the Bat Fest


The event features performances from Chingy and Mike Jones, arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks. At dusk, 1.5 million bats fly from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. 4 p.m.-midnight. $15-$20, children age 8 and younger are free. 100 South Congress Ave. 512-441-9015. www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest





Aug. 20: Austin ISD students return to class


The summer comes to an end for students around the district as they begin their first day of the 2018-19 school year. 512-414-1700.
www.austinisd.org/calendar






Aug. 25: Attend the Ice Ball for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas


The event features dinner, cocktails, and a  live and silent auction. Tickets: $175-$250. Sponsorships are also available. The Fairmont Hotel, 101 Red River St. 512-472-5437. www.austiniceball.org






Aug. 25-26: Celebrate some cool cats


POP Cats is a convention devoted to everything feline. The event will feature Moshow—a hip-hop artist who raps about cats—exhibits, a play space for animals and more. $10-$32. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. www.popcats.org






Aug. 26: Bring your dog to the river for Paddle for Puppies


Put your pooch in a canoe, kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard to this event hosted by Austin Subaru. Boat rentals are available. Proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive. 7:45-9:30 a.m. $20-$40.
Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive. www.paddleforpuppies.com