August in the state of Texas usually means lots of heat and time spent in the house to avoid the balmy temperatures. But you’re in Austin, where there’s always something worth leaving the house to do.
Here are 10 entertainment recommendations as we roll through August. More of the month’s best offerings can be found in the "August ATX events" category in the Austin360 app.
Fall Out Boy and Paramore at the Austin360 Amphitheater (Saturday)
Punk rock band Fall Out Boy caught the ears of the masses with their 2005 hit "Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down." Nine years later and with five albums under their belt, the band has refined its sound and was on the charts recently with 2013 hit "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark." (austin360amphitheater.com)
Austin Pet Expo at Palmer Events Center (Saturday)
Tons of products and vendors will be on site, along with vets giving discounted shots and microchips, plus training and sports demonstrations. Local rescue groups will be there for a mega-adoption event. And well-behaved dogs, on leashes and with up-to-date vaccinations, are welcome, too (think about whether your dog wants to be in a lot of noise, people and energy). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. www.austinpetexpo.com.
Blues on the Green at Zilker Park (Wednesday and Aug. 13)
Blues on the Green is down to its last two weeks. On Wednesday, honorary Austinite Charlie Mars plays with Austin band Quiet Company. Kevin Russell’s Shinyribs will perform alongside songstress Tameca Jones on Aug. 13, a show rescheduled twice earlier due to rain. (www.kgsr.com)
Ice Cream Festival at Fiesta Gardens (Aug. 9)
The eighth annual Ice Cream Festival celebrates one of summer’s best treats to beat the heat. Admission for adults is $10 and includes one ice cream. Children 8 and younger get in free. Activities include homemade ice cream making, an ice cream screaming competition, a popsicle stick sculpture-making contest and, of course, an ice cream eating contest. Every member of the family is invited, even dogs. (www.icecreamfestival.org)
Maxwell at the Long Center (Aug. 12)
Funk, soul, rhythm & blues are all a part of Maxwell’s musical repertoire. His BLACKsummers’night tour is in support of the platinum hit album of the same name, released in 2009 after an eight-year musical hiatus. Seeing this Grammy Award-winning crooner at work will be a rare treat worth seeing. (thelongcenter.org)
Sound & Cinema at the Long Center (Aug. 13 and Aug. 20)
Like Blues on the Green, this year’s Austin Sound and Cinema season comes to an end this month. On Aug. 13, the presence of the "ark" will be felt as the classic film "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is screened and the Golden Dawn Arkestra provides live music. The series wraps with a screening of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" with Octopus Project as the musical guest on Aug. 20. (thelongcenter.org)
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at the Austin360 Amphitheater (Aug. 14)
Late last year, Nine Inch Nails released their eighth LP, "Hesitation Marks," and recorded an episode of "Austin City Limits" that will air during the show’s 40th season, which starts in the fall. Look for the Grammy Award-winning band to deliver on their classics in addition to some of their new material. (austin360amphitheater.com)
Paula Poundstone at One World Theatre (Aug. 31)
Comic, author, Emmy winner and cat-lover Paula Poundstone is perhaps best known for her frequent appearances as a panelist on "Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me," National Public Radio’s weekly current events quiz show. I always feel bad for the other panelists when Poundstone appears because, as a fan favorite, she never fails to elicit raucous applause and cheering hootery that is, frankly, unbecoming of an NPR audience. A quick wit and expert improviser, Poundstone frequently interacts with audience members, targeting and drawing laugh lines from them so deftly that it’s hard to believe the banter isn’t scripted. If she singles you out at the One World, ask her when she’s going to retire the suspenders. – Dale Roe (www.oneworldtheatre.org)
Bat Fest at the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge (Aug. 23)
Over the years, it seemed as if the bat and the armadillo have duked it out for the hearts of Austinites and the title to be the city’s unofficial mascot. It’s the bat that has his own festival. The 10th annual incarnation will take place on the concrete span affectionately known as the "bat bridge," at sunset. General admission is $10. Children 8 and younger can get in free with an adult admission. Ten bands will play over three stages. And, of course, you’ll get to see the bats. (www.roadwayevents.com)
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival at Fiesta Gardens (Aug. 24)
If the month of August itself isn’t hot enough for you, this festival will help. Enter the competition with your own hot sauce by Aug. 20, or show the world that your taste buds can take the heat in the tasting tent. The world’s largest hot sauce festival is free to attend with a donation of three non-perishable food items or a $5 donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. (www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Market/HotSauce)