93 Things To Do In Austin, TX This Summer

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It’s officially the first day of summer! And we’ve hit 100 degrees so needless to say, summer is in full swing here in Austin. There are 93 days until fall and here are 93 fun things to do in Austin this summer! Most of the lists I looked at were packed with stuff to do with kids or toddlers, which is great, but why should kids get all the fun? I mean they are already out of school for three months after all. Since I am always looking for random, fun things to do during summer, here is a list I always wish I had on hand! It’s packed with fun festivals, music events, frozen boozy cocktails and some cool things to do in-between!

  1. Keep Austin Weird Fest– In true Austin spirit, let’s keep it weird. The Keep Austin Weird Fest boasts a 5k run, costume contest, bands and sideshows. Get excited and get weird on June 24th.
  2. Quesoff at The Mohawk– The 7th annual Quesoff is hosted on August 26th and sure to be extra cheesy and delicious. The event is free with a donation to the Central Texas Food Bank but get in line early before they reach capacity or worse– run out of queso!
  3. Austin Ice Cream Festival– The best way to escape the August heat is to eat ice cream as fast as possible and the Austin Ice Cream Festival is the perfect place to get your fix. Hosted on August 12th at Fiesta Gardens.
  4. Blues On The Green– One of Austin’s most famous summer music events, this gathering has turned into a little ACL if you ask me. Grab your cooler and your dog and head out for some sweaty tunes this summer.
  5. Summer Classic Film Series at The Paramount– I’ve always loved the Paramount, such an iconic venue. Venture back to the golden age of movies and go see a classic film one evening this summer!
  6. Music Under The Star– Yes, that music under the star, at the Bullock Museum. Every Friday in July you an enjoy some free tunes plus booze and food for sale. BYO chair and some canned food to donate to the food bank.
  7. Sound & Cinema– The concert and movie are free at the Long Center but come early for the food trucks and cocktails. Those aren’t free but certainly a unique setting to catch a show.
  8. Austin Pride– Though June is typically when most cities celebrate Pride month, Austin likes to do their own thing and celebrate in August. The parade and festival take place downtown on August 26th.
  9. Movies in the Park– Technically this fun lingers into the fall but this summer they are showing Aladdin and The Mighty Ducks. Relive your childhood one summer eve!
  10. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Movie– There is something fun about a drive-in! Grab some friends and head out to catch a show this summer. You can bring your dogs and your own snacks but they have some concessions for sale too. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Sunday Funday At The W Wet Deck PoolSunday Funday at The Wet Deck at W Austin Hotel
  11. Trailer Food Tuesdays at The Long Center– Austin is home to some great food trucks and over the summer they get together on select Tuesdays so you can try them all in one place!
  12. Zilker Summer Musical– Grab a picnic and head out to Zilker to see their summer musical! This season it’s The Wizard of Oz and shows run Thursday-Sunday evenings but double check their site for details. PS- no pups allowed at this one.
  13. Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park– Get classy and enjoy some tunes on the lawn at The Long Center. Grab a blanket, some friends and something cool to drink. Shows run on Sunday evenings until August 27th.
  14. Unplugged at the Grove– It’s kinda like Blues on the Green but at a bar with a bathroom. I like that. Shows run every Thursday until September.
  15. Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival– Hot sauce lovers unite! I have a deep love for all things spicy and this is a fun way to try some of Austin’s hottest flavors. Sunday August 20th.
  16. Austin Symphony 4th of July Concert and Fireworks– If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch fireworks, head over to The Long Center for some great views and good tunes.
  17. Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at COTA– Willie Nelson and Kasey Musgraves are playing and dreams really do come true. Catch this show while Willie is still playing!
  18. Float Fest– Tubing, camping and concert. Sounds pretty Austin to me. Tickets are sold out but try and snag passes online. Saturday and Sunday July 22nd & 23rd at Cool River Ranch.
  19. Bat Cruise– If you want a truly unique bat viewing experience, sign up for a Bat Boat Cruise! There’s a DJ, food and oh it’s BYOB. Runs Tuesdays through the season. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Day Trip To Sage Hill InnStaycation at Sage Hill Inn 
  20. Bud Light Summer Live Series– If you haven’t had your live music fill, catch more tunes for free courtesy of Bud Light at the Statesman parking lot. Events are ticketed but free. Be sure to RSVP early.
  21. Grassy Thursdays at St. Elmo Brewery– Bluegrass music is live every Thursday at St. Elmo Brewery. It’s dog-friendly and you’ll definitely want to try out SourSop, their food truck on-site.
  22. Free Day of Yoga– On Labor Day you can catch free yoga classes all over town. Use this as an opportunity to check out that new studio you’ve been eyeing.
  23. Barton Springs– No summer in Austin would be complete without a visit to Barton Springs Pool. Come early on the weekends or else you risk standing in line in the heat.
  24. Deep Eddy– Not quite as iconic, or chilly, Deep Eddy is a local’s paradise. Grab a swim and cool off from those 100 degree temps.
  25. Blue Hole– If you’re up for a quick drive, head out to Wimberly to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Hole’s crystal waters. Go early so you don’t have to wait to enter the park.
  26. Paddleboard Lady Bird Lake– At least once a summer, I grab my dog’s life jacket and make her go paddleboarding with me. It’s good bonding time. This is perfect to do with that friend that is in town.
  27. Pedernales Falls State Park– You can head outside of town, only 30 miles, for the afternoon or go camping. The limestone covered park is a great place to cool off.
  28. McKinney Falls State Park– Even closer is McKinney Falls, a mere 13 mile jaunt. You can practically take an uber. Go for a swim, hike with your dog or even camp overnight. There is mountain biking too if that’s your thing.
  29. Howl At The Moon Swim– One of my favorite Austin tradition’s is the Howl at the Moon swim! Happens every full moon at 9pm. Last year things got a little out of hand though, so please be respectful so we can still enjoy this weird Austin tradition. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Barton SpringsSummer Days at Barton Springs Pool 
  30. Hamilton Pool– Easily one of Austin’s treasures, this place gets crowded early. They even now require reservations to get in so plan ahead before making the drive. Don’t forget cash for parking.
  31. Krause Springs– This oasis is a wonderful respite during the hot Texas summers. The springs keep the water pristine and constantly flowing. No credit cards accepted so stop by the ATM on your way out to Spicewood.
  32. Sundays at The Wet Deck– Finding water in which to cool off is usually my #1 priority on any given weekend during summer. Sundays at The W Hotel pool turn into a pretty fun, brotastic time if that’s your scene.
  33. Twin Falls– One my most favorite greenbelts in Austin, be sure and check the water levels before you make the trek to Twin Falls. It’s dog-friendly but please clean up after your pets!
  34. Jacob’s Well– This is the place to go if you want to get a bunch of Instagram likes. It does get crowded, so crowded that you need to make a reservation ahead time if you want to swim.
  35. South Congress Hotel Day Pass– I’m partial because it’s in my neighborhood but if it’s possible to have a crush on a hotel then South Congress Hotel would be mine. They offer weekday pool passes to locals for only $20. Play hooky one day and enjoy the pool.
  36. Secret Beach– Ok so it’s not really a secret anymore but if you don’t have time to drive to the coast, get a mini-beach fix right here in Austin.
  37. Westlake Beach– Who knew Austin had so many beaches! Only open on weekends, be sure to call ahead and double check they aren’t closed for a private party. Entry is $8.
  38. Float the Guadalupe– It’s practically like an Austin initiation, you must float the river at least once while you live here. Round up your friends and head out for a good time. Bring sunscreen and bag to collect your empty beer cans.
  39. Hippie Hollow– Texas’s only nudist park is of course located right near Austin! It’s worth visiting at least once, even if you’re shy, it’s certainly a memorable time!Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Lake Austin Spa DayEnjoy a relaxing day trip to Lake Austin Spa
  40. Lukenbach– The tiniest town in Texas! and it’s a quick drive from Austin. It’s quaint and the cloggers are cool. Wear your boots and get ready for a little two steppin’ because this is Texas after all!
  41. Fredericksburg– If you can’t catch a flight to get out of town this summer, Fredericksburg provides the perfect escape from the city. Plenty of great restaurants, adorable B&Bs and oh, there’s tons of wineries.
  42. Schlitterbahn– Let your inner kid out and enjoy some water slides and fun this summer. Sure there might be some kiddos crawling around but you can still make a fun day of it!
  43. Lake Austin Spa– Now this is what I am talking about it! If you need to zen out, head to Lake Austin Spa for a retreat. You can go for the day or for the week.
  44. Austin Steam Train– Skip the day rides and book ahead for one of their beer dinner rides. Vegetarian options available.
  45. Round Rock Xpress Game– We don’t have any pro-sports teams in Austin but the Round Xpress makes for a fun night! Head out to the ballpark and enjoy some baseball and hot dogs. They also have pools you can rent. Not kidding.
  46. Enchanted Rock– Get out an enjoy some nature, maybe even get a little exercise. Makes for a fun day trip!
  47. Concert at Whitewater Amphitheater– After you’re done floating the river, if you have any energy left, catch a concert at Whitewater Amphitheater. It’s a fun venue, especially if you like acts like Josh Abbott Band and Miranda Lambert.
  48. Texas Wine Tours– Let someone else do the planning for you and head out for a wine tour in the Hill Country. Coordinate your DD and enjoy a fun day of wine this summer!
  49. Deep Eddy Distillery– Grab a bus load of your friends and plan a trip out to Deep Eddy Distillery. The space is fun and a great place to spend a weekend afternoon. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Wine Tour in FredricksburgSip on Texas Wine in Fredericksburg 
  50. Jester King Brewery– One of the funkiest breweries in town! It’s a fun place to head out to to enjoy some local brews and while you’re at it, grab some pizza from Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza!
  51. Sage Hill Inn– You can rent little casitas for a group of gals or a romantic weekend getaway. They have a great pool, delicious food and a relaxing spa. The perfect place to decompress.
  52. Frosé at Hotel San Jose– One of my personal favorites, grab a glass of frozen rosé from Hotel San Jose on those steamy evenings after a long day of work.
  53. Sno-Beach– Basically, all my college dreams are being relived. Grab a mountain of shaved ice covered in some syrup concoction and enjoy.
  54. Lick Honest Ice Creams– Cilantro Lime? Lemon Lavender? Lick has some of the most delicious and interesting flavors of ice cream in town! They even have ice cream sandwiches this summer too!
  55. Puff Puff Pass Drink from Kemuri Tatsu_Ya– Kemuri is by far one of my favorite restaurant openings in Austin in quite sometime. And their version of the punch bowl, Puff Puff Pass, is a fun way to get your night started!
  56. Sip poolside at Kitty Cohen’s– There is literally no place cooler in Austin. Dip your toes into their wading pool and sip on frozen cocktails all summer long.
  57. Hay Elotes– Satisfy your sweet tooth at Hay Elotes! This under the radar eastside shop serves some up some tasty treats like the Mangolada!
  58. Cow Tipping Creamery– They started as mere food truck slinging soft-serve near campus. Now their legendary treats are served up at their brick and mortar in South Austin.
  59. Snow Monster– This super unique (and Instagrammable) take on shaved ice can be found in north Austin. A great way to cool down on a hot summer night. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Hay ElotesHay Elotes in East Austin
  60. Cold Cookie Company– Do I need to explain more? Cold, chewy cookies sandwiched with loads of colorful ice cream.
  61. Zilker Botanical Gardens– Zilker has so much more to offer than just Barton Springs and the Great Lawn. It’s Zilker Park’s 100th Year Anniversary all year long and celebrate by finally visiting their lovely gardens.
  62. HOPE Outdoor Gallery– Local artists graffiti their artwork all over HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Grab a smoothie from Soup Peddler just down the block and head up to check out the art and the views.
  63. Mt. Bonnell– Hike up to Mount Bonnell for sweeping views of Lake Austin! Head up around sunrise or sunset if you can.
  64. Cathedral of Junk– A truly unique Austin experience, this guy has collected so much junk, it’s a thing he lets people take tours of. Call ahead to make sure he’s around to let you into his yard.
  65. East Austin Succulents– Basically, millenials are keeping the plant business alive. Visit one of Austin’s best shops and pick up a little plant baby and see how long you can keep it alive.
  66. Go To A Class At Paper + Craft Pantry– From calligraphy to pottery, there are always fun classes to chose from. Let your inner creative side have a little fun (indoors!)
  67. Austin Art Garage– Visit because it’s that place you always say you’ll stop in and check out but never really do.
  68. The Blanton– When it’s too dang hot to be outside, head over to the Blanton. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how beautiful the space is!
  69. State Capitol– Get a little educated about our fair state by taking a tour of the Capitol! It’s free and who knows, you might learn a little something. Head to the Cloak Room afterwards and grab some drinks in this staffers haunt. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Tour Street Art in AustinTour Austin’s Street Murals
  70. iFly– I tried this earlier this year and I haven’t screamed with that much excitement in a long time. It was actually really fun!
  71. Bob Bullock State History Museum– Adding another museum because they have really good AC. And cool stuff to look at. And I like museums.
  72. Movie at IMAX– Let’s hope they show Wonder Woman all summer long!
  73. Mexic-Arte Museum– Head to Mexic-Arte Museum and get your culture on and the venture over to Emmer & Rye for a delicious meal. Makes for a great date night.
  74. Austin Panic Room– Maybe this isn’t for your anxiety-ridden friend but could be fun with a group!
  75. The Contemporary Austin– Visit any of The Contemporary’s great sites: Laguna Gloria, Waller Creek or their museum. Ai WeiWei has an exhibit going on so go check it out!
  76. Peter Pan Mini Golf (BYOB)– Grab some friends and go play some good ol’ fashioned mini golf. Don’t forget your cooler- it’s BYOB!
  77. Lake Travis Zipline– When you’re looking for something different to do last minute, try ziplining out on Lake Travis! Enough of a thrill without going to the extreme like say actual sky diving.
  78. Inner Space Caverns– I had driven by this place a gazillion times on my drives in and out of Austin and finally one day Brandon and I made the trip to check it out. There are tons of caverns beneath Austin and it was a fun tour.
  79. Watch the Bats– If you’re in Austin then you’ve gotta catch the bats fly! Head to Congress Bridge and watch them fly. Grab a drink at the Yeti Flagship across the street before sunset. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Stand In Line At Franklin BarbecueFranklin Barbecue
  80. Stand in line at Franklin– Just in case you haven’t done this already, pick a day and go through the ritual of waiting in line to get some of the most delicious barbecue in the world!
  81. Salt Lick– Summer is the perfect time to head out to Salt Lick! Grab your cooler and head out to their all you can eat feast!
  82. Snow’s BBQ– Just a little over an hour drive from Austin, head out early to try Snow’s BBQ! It’s been rated best barbecue in Texas by Texas Monthly in case you needed more motivation. Only on Saturdays.
  83. Opie’s Barbecue– There’s lots of good barbecue around central Texas and Opie’s has always been a great stand by. Their tater tot casserole is something I still think about!
  84. Pick Peaches– Check ahead before you go but there are lots of different pick-your-own farms all around Austin!
  85. Take a tour of the street art in Austin– If you haven’t noticed, there are lots of murals all around this city. Pay homage to the artists and take a tour one summer evening of your favorites!
  86. Austin Duck Adventures– You’ve all seen the duck boat and you know you wanna go on it at least once! Have a little cheesy fun and take a tour this summer!
  87. Go Dancing at The Broken Spoke– Get your honky tonk on at one of Austin’s oldest dance halls! Don’t know how to two-step? Dance lessons begin at 8pm every Wednesday through Saturday.
  88. Play a Round at Lions Municipal Golf Course– Help save MUNY by teeing up at this public golf course at least once this summer!
  89. Beach Volleyball at Aussie’s– Nothing says summer like some sand volleyball! Catch a game at Aussie’s everyday except Saturdays. Fun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Inner Space Natural CavernsInner Space Caverns
  90. Cool down at Garage Bar– One of my favorite places to get an Old Fashioned is at Garage Bar. It’s dark and cool and a sweet place to escape the summer sun.
  91. Catch a Show at Violet Crown Cinema– I’ve said it before, this is one of my favorite date nights! Grab a drink and a bite at their bar before catching an artsy flick.
  92. Jaws on the Water– Yes, there is a place where you can watch Jaws while floating on the water. Only if you’re brave!
  93. Celebrate Christmas in July at Lala’s Little Nugget– If you love Christmas as much as I do than this is the place for you! They celebrate Christmas everyday here!
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