It’s a three-day weekend for most folks in Austin. Wondering how to spend your extra day off? We’ve got some ideas.
Friday, Aug. 31
Austin’s Inaugural Summer Jam. Look, the temperatures are still hovering close to the triple digits, so this late summer show is just calling it like it is. Hosted by hip hop radio show the Breaks, the evening jam session will feature hot hip hop, R&B, pop and soul artists like Melat and Deezie Brown, and it’s all for a good cause. Fifty percent of ticket sales, which are $10, benefit local nonprofit Kids in a New Groove.
?Saturday, Sept. 1
The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Fall Show and Sale. Get yourself some new plant friends at the Zilker Botanical Garden. The show and sale runs through Sunday.
Babes Fest music showcase at the Mohawk. Back in March, NYC duo Oshun scorched a South by Southwest stage with a blazing blend of lyrically incisive hip-hop and emotionally urgent soul. They swoop back into town to headline the music portion of Babes Fest, the 3-day celebration of art and culture created by women curated by Boss Babes ATX. The two-stage extravaganza also includes performances from local soul artist Alesia Lani, post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom and electro-hip-hop artist Latasha, who is headlining the indoor stage. Babes Fest also includes art, film, comedy and panels.
UT Kick-Off Brunch with St. Elmo Brewing. Football season is finally back — which means it’s time to cheer the Longhorns again. Irene’s will screen the first game of the year, UT versus Maryland, on its extensive patio; get there early to snag a spot. In addition to the downtown bar’s regular brunch menu and drink specials, there will be raffles for a giveaway, as well as St. Elmo’s limited release Darrell Burnt Orange Ale. The beer was named in honor of the late Texas football legend Darrell K. Royal, the winningest coach in UT history.
Sunday, Sept. 3
The Peached Tortilla's Shakes, Burgers & Bubbles brunch on Sunday features the Henbit Monster Cookie milkshake as well as specials on burgers.
The Peached Tortilla’s Shakes, Burgers and Bubbles. The monthly brunch series is bringing us another decadent milkshake, this time featuring a Monster Cookie from Henbit, the Fareground restaurant from the Emmer & Rye team.
End of Summer Party at the Brewtorium. Don’t let summer pass you by without bidding it a proper adieu. The Brewtorium is hosting a celebration the day before Labor Day with brats and other meats on the outdoor grill, housemade ice cream specials and lots of fruited beer that the brewers have put through the randall. Plus, there will be live music by swing band Albanie & Her Fellas, beats by DJ Phauxkis and kid-friendly activities.
NXNW 19th Anniversary Party. That’s right: Austin has had almost 20 years of good beers and food thanks to this northern brewpub. The party will have live music, special beers including the trendy brut IPA, and other entertainment such as face painting and a bounce house.
The ABGB’s 5th Anniversary Party. The brewpub with the country’s best pilsners is throwing a birthday party with beer, pizza and lots of live music from Leo Rondeau and Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks. Plus, there’s going to be cake. And if you think you can tell the difference between all three styles of the ABGB’s award-winning pilsners, compete in a tasting challenge in the hopes of winning a crowler.
?Monday, Sept. 4
Deep Eddy Pool’s Labor Day Pool Party. There’s no better way to bid adieu to summer than with a pool party at one of Austin’s most beloved watering holes. Bring the whole family to enjoy the Labor Day bash, which will include live music from Reveleros and the Minor Mishap Marching Band, a lifeguarding demonstration, synchronized swimming performances by the North Austin Rivermaids, a water polo demonstration and remarks by Council Member Alison Alter. Refreshments will be provided by Jim Jim’s Water Ice.
Free Day of Yoga. Labor Day in Austin means one thing — that you’ll be able to attend free yoga classes at a variety of participating studios. The official kick-off session will take place at 8 a.m. at the Umlauf, where you can immerse yourself in the rejuvenating sights and sounds of nature while enjoying gentle hatha, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just one yoga class.
Soundwave Weekender: Labor Day Edition. The W Austin hotel’s popular summer pool party series isn’t over yet. The Labor Day installment will run all day to help you cool down and feature DJ beats by Bird Peterson and special guests.
Bey-bor Day at St. Elmo Brewing. In honor of Beyonce’s birthday the day after Labor Day, St. Elmo is once again releasing the beer Bey, a honey ale brewed by the ladies of the South Austin brewery using locally sourced honey. Ten percent of the day’s sales will go toward the Girls Empowerment Network, a local nonprofit that promotes self-esteem and skills in young girls. What better way to spend your extra day off than by drinking cold beer for a cause?
?Deborah Sengupta Stith contributed to this report.
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