21 things to do around Central Austin this June

Bubblepalooza takes place at the Long Center on June 1.

Bubblepalooza takes place at the Long Center on June 1.

May 31
Dance to the ‘Beet’

Local instrumental groove band Canned Beets will celebrate the five-year anniversary of its residency at Half Step with an outdoor show at the Rainey Street bar, featuring some special guests to be announced. 9 p.m.-midnight. Free. Half Step, 75 1/2 Rainey St. 512-391-1877.


May 31 through June 01
View works of art from Austin’s seniors

The Lamar Senior Activity Center art show features works from local professional artists alongside beginner and intermediate art students, all age 50 or older and active participants of the LSAC. Fri. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Ave.
512-978-2480. www.austintexas.gov

May 31
Wish the Texas 4000 team a safe journey

University of Texas students bike 4,000 miles every summer from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, and raise money to battle cancer as part of the Texas 4000 program. Their journey starts with a send-off from campus. 8 a.m. Free. The University of Texas McCombs Business School, 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 737-300-2318.

June 1
Fight Sickle cell

Walk for Sickle Cell benefits the Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation, which supports families battling the disease. 9 a.m. $15-$25. 2300 Rosewood Ave.
844-994-4673. www.walkforsicklecell.org

June 1
Kick off summer

Family celebration Bubblepalooza will feature music, games, food trucks and plenty of bubbles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.org

June 2
See an art exhibit before it’s gone

“A Permanent Record” features ink drawings from artist Heidi Pitre on vintage library cards. The artistic pieces combine elements of storytelling, memory, literature, nostalgia and history. The exhibit is on display Wednesdays through Sundays and will end June 2. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. 512-974-1625. www.austintexas.gov/elisabetney

June 3
Learn dance from a ‘Hamilton’ cast member

Ballet Austin hosts a master class with Tyler McKenzie, a cast member of the Broadway musical production “Hamilton.” The class will end with a 30-minute Q&A with McKenzie. 7-9 p.m. $50. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St. 512-476-9151.

June 6
Go for a moonlight run

The Austin Parks Foundation’s movies in the park series features the 1995 comedy “Clueless” starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Paul Rudd. The series continues with more film screenings through October. 8:45 p.m. Free. Palm Park, 200 N. I-35 service road southbound. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org

June 6 through June 9
Celebrate television

The ATX Television Festival features panels, screenings and events, including a presentation of HBO’s new series “Euphoria” and a discussion about destigmatizing mental health and mental illness with “You’re the Worst” creator Stephen Falk and other panelists. Multiple times and locations. $275. 512-551-1330. www.atxfestival.com

June 9
Make your wedding planning a breeze

The Austin Bridal Extravaganza is held three times a year and draws thousands of attendees to each show. There will be over 200 vendors at the event, including entertainers, photographers, officiants and venue representatives. Noon-5 p.m. $15. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 210-599-0336. www.texasweddings.com

June 12
Enjoy some free tunes

Local radio station 93.3 KSGR presents Blues on the Green, a series of free, family- and pet-friendly concerts at Zilker Park. This is the second of the four-show summer series. 8-10 p.m. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.austintexas.org

June 12
See a world premiere

“Immortal Longings” focuses on the life of Sergei Diaghilev and his Parisian ballet company Ballets Russes. Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winner, directs the production. Previews begin June 12. 7:30 p.m. $30-$78. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

June 12 through June 13
Check out the ROT Rally

The Republic of Texas Rally is the largest motorcycle bike rally of paid attendees in the U.S. The rally features events throughout the weekend at the Travis County Expo Center and its annual downtown Austin bike parade, which ends at the Texas Capitol. Various times. $30-$89. 7311 Decker Lane.
512-906-9954. www.rotrally.com

June 14
Donate a fan for Family Eldercare

The “Fans from Fans” event is the largest of the year for the local nonprofit. Bring a fan or donation for someone in need and enjoy food at family-friendly events. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Road. 512-459-4326.

June 15
Remember Juneteenth

The celebration of Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the emancipation of slaves in Texas, which took place in Galveston on June 19, 1865. The day’s events include a historical parade and a 2K run and walk as well as an all-day festival at the Boggy Creek Greenbelt. Various times and locations. Free.

June 16
Watch a film about a country music icon

“Be Here to Love Me” is a 2004 film chronicling the life of talented but troubled musician Townes Van Zandt. The film is presented by KUTX and the Austin Film Society to commemorate its 15th anniversary and features a conversation with Director Margaret Brown. 4 p.m. $13. 6406 N. I-35, Ste. 3100.
512-322-0145. www.austinfilm.org

June 16
The Legislature passes an important deadline

The last day of the session at the Texas Capitol was May 27. June 16 is the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to sign or veto bills that have passed during the regular session. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.

June 21
Network with the city’s female leaders

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Luncheon, hosted by the city of Austin’s Small Business Program, recognizes the success of women-owned businesses. A panel discussion will feature Blanca Zamora-Garcia of Casa Blanca Realty, Alta Alexander of Altatudes and W. Elisa Chan of Unintech Consulting Engineers Inc. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $45. Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road. 512-974-7800.


June 21
Spend a night at the museum

The Blanton Museum’s “Fridays Late Till 8” series extends the museum’s hours on Friday nights in the summer through July 19. Local band Ponytrap will perform June 21 at 6 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Free with price of admission. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
512-471-5482. www.blantonmuseum.org

June 22
Attend the African-American Book Festival

This year’s event features author discussions and community dialogue focusing on the theme of black economic opportunity. Author A’Lelia Bundles will discuss her biography of her great-great-grandmother businesswoman and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. 512-974-4926. www.aabookfest.com

June 22
Take in a Mexican folk dance fiesta 

Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas puts on its annual “Fiesta” show, which is the biggest production of the year for the Mexican folk dance company. 8 p.m. $15-$25. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. 512-928-1111.

By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at [email protected]


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