With school just around the corner again, summer is drawing to a sizzling close, which means it’s time to ask yourself — have you completed your summer bucket list in Austin yet?
There are a number of summer events and activities you just have to enjoy each year in this bustling city. Some of them have already wrapped up (such as the terrifying Jaws on the Water film screening on Lake Travis), but plenty of these essential Austin events are offering at least one last installment for you to bid adieu to another summer season.
Here’s what’s left:
Blues on the Green
The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has tapped a bit of an underdog for its final headlining spot on Aug. 8. The Oh Hellos are a San Marcos folk-rock outfit led by siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath. Opening act Bidi Bidi Banda, featuring Stephanie Bergara, is well-known locally for its lively Selena tribute performances. — Peter Blackstock
Rhythm on Stage
Experience what it’s like to take center stage at the Long Center’s Dell Hall with this dance lesson from Ballet Austin, which has partnered with the Long Center to produce this free family-friendly summer dance series. The last outing, kicking off at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9, is Bollywood Dance Night, showcasing a blend of Indian dance styles. You don’t have to be an experienced dancer to participate.
Unplugged at the Grove
It’s a summer tradition Austinites have been able to count on for 25 years. KGSR hosts this weekly show at Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road with live music staples such as Tomar and the FCs (performing Aug. 9) and Bob Schneider (performing Aug. 23). The final Thursday night concert is on Sept. 6 and features Mobley.
Zilker Summer Musical
With "All Shook Up," the 60th year of Zilker Theatre Productions’ annual summer musical takes us back to the 1950s, the decade of the inaugural show, and serves as a modern twist on a Shakespeare classic: "Twelfth Night." The jukebox musical "All Shook Up" features 24 Elvis Presley hits as well as lots of laughs and leather jackets. Head to the Zilker Hillside Theater for a show at 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 18.
Cool Summer Nights
The Bullock Museum knows how much we need the air conditioning this time of year, and the final installment of this appropriately named summer series is blessedly all indoors. Try your hand at playing a ukulele, experience contemporary opera or attempt to write a song. Cool Summer Nights, a free event, also has small bites, a cash bar, a photo booth and more from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 10.
The Hartman Foundation’s "Concerts in the Park"
Each weekend in the summer, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured on the front lawn of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. The free Concerts in the Park series runs 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26.
Sound & Cinema
The popular music and movies series co-presented by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse closes on Aug. 15 with the comedy crime flick, "O Brother Where Art Thou." Local country band Rattlesnake Milk sets the stage for a film that rambles along on a rollicking soundtrack of country, folk and bluegrass. The music starts at 7:30 p.m., the movie at sunset, both on the Long Center lawn. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Paramount Summer Classic Film Series
Beloved classic movies are revisited on the big screen every summer at the Paramount. This year’s lineup, through Sept. 1, has highlighted more than 110 films, from "Bringing up Baby" to "Breakfast at Tiffany’s," as well as more modern fare like "The Devil Wears Prada." (The latter two play this weekend.) It’s worth noting that Hitchcock Week runs from Aug. 14-19 with the likes of "Vertigo" and "Rear Window."
The Wine Down
One of the best free summer music offerings is this monthly series at 3Ten Austin pairing local bands with wine and food samples. Charles Smith Wines, the series sponsor, will feature free tastings, with music from a different artist each month plus bites from a rotating cast of local restaurants and pop-up shops from area businesses. Next up on Aug. 29 is the band Love & Chaos, with bites from the Living Room Lounge at the W; the final Wine Down is on Sept. 26. — Peter Blackstock
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