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Cool Summer Nights and More Evens in Austin This Weekend

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We’re cruising straight through July in style with the best things to do in Austin. From the best ways to cool down this summer to the best live music in town, we’ve got you covered!

Be sure to read (or at least scroll) to the bottom to learn how you can send us your recommendations on what you want to see more/less of. 

Now for the good stuff, the best things to do in Austin this weekend!

1. Cool Summer Nights

Did someone say “cool summer night?” In Texas? In July? Woah, count me in!

For real though, the Bullock Texas State History Museum feels your pain of the Texas heat and have just the solution. A fun, family-friendly, and free night filled with food, drinks, music, and plenty of activities.

Activities include access to activated exhibits with living history participants, a photo booth, live music, improv performances, community chalk art project, and so much more. There will also be a cash bar serving up specialty themed Tito’s cocktails and Story of Texas Café will have food available for purchase. Be sure to try the complimentary samples from Waterloo Sparkling Water and Addison Coffee Roasters!

It gets even better! Cool Summer Nights is a monthly series so if you are unable to make it this week, you can always catch the next one.

Oh, AND there is complimentary parking in the museum’s garage!

Event Details
🗓 JUL 19 | 6PM–9PM 
📍 Bullock Texas State History Museum
🎟 FREE

I typically try to focus solely on things to do in Austin during the weekends and I’ve decided the weekend is going to start early on Wednesday evening this week. One of my favorite Austin summer traditions is back for the third time this summer and I am SO pumped.

Grab your pups and round up your friends for an evening of great music in Zilker Park. This month’s Blues on the Green features Ben Kweller with Como Las Movies!

Be sure to arrive early as Blues on the Green is an extremely popular Austin event. Parking at Zilker is nearly impossible, so plan ahead to either take CapMetro, rideshare, scooter, bike, or look into parking elsewhere and walking. 

There is one more Blues on the Green taking place in August, so if you are unable to make it this week plan ahead so you don’t miss the last one of the summer!

Event Details
🗓 JUL 17 | 8PM–10PM
📍 Zilker Park
🎟 FREE

Want to take part in a record-breaking, drone-captured, cheers? Well, that is exactly what the plan is for Austin Cheers Fest!

Kick off the fun-filled evening at Rio Rooftop Pool where there will be a live DJ spinning tunes, an Instagrammable photo wall, cotton candy cocktails, and 200 bottles of champagne. That’s just the start!

At 7PM, take part in a Guinness World Record champagne cheers. Following the record-breaking cheers, head out to the participating bars and receive drinks specials all evening long. End the night at Concrete Cowboy’s upstairs area with a neon themed after party! 

The theme of the event is 90s neon! So round up your crew and pull out your bright colored spandex, it’s going to be one totally bangin’ day!

There are two ticket levels, general admission, and VIP. General admission includes 1 champagne cocktail, a stadium cup, $3 champagne specials at all participating bars, entry to raffle giveaway, and more. The VIP ticket includes everything that the general admission ticket does as well as the access to the VIP section, complimentary cotton candy cocktails, and complimentary champagne bottle service!

Event Details
🗓 JUL 20 | 5PM–11:30PM
📍 RIO
🎟 General Admission $20 | VIP $50 | 21+

Bringing all things that scream Austin to one spot. Live music, great food, and weird people. What more could you ask for?

The artists performing this week are Jaimee Harris, Sydney Wright, Graham Wilkinson & Kalu trio, Superfonicos, and Trouble In The Streets. 

Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, and your reusable water bottles with you. There will be food and alcohol available for purchase.

Event Details
🗓 JUL 19 | 5PM–8PM
📍 Long Center
🎟 FREE

Running isn’t all fun and games, but once you add brunch at the end, well then it becomes all fun and games.  

Round up your running buddies and get ready because it’s a race to the finish line. Meet at Ready to Run and head out for a 5K at 7:30AM followed by mimosas, bagels, and coffee!

What more can you ask for?

Event Details
🗓 JUL 20 | 7AM–10AM
📍 Ready to Run
🎟 FREE

What do y'all want to see more of?

I absolutely love sharing all the best things to do in Austin each and every week with you all, however, I want to know what y’all want to see more/less of. Want to know about where to catch the best live music or the happy hours with the best bang for your buck? Let me know!!

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Lexi Hendrix

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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