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Kick off summer with Bubblepalooza, Paul Simon and more Austin events

Arianna Auber
You might not see the real and true Li’l Sebastian at ATX Television Festival’s outdoor screening of “Parks and Recreation,” but there will be a suitable alternative for all your selfie needs. Contributed by NBC

1. Bubblepalooza at the Long Center

9 a.m. June 9. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664,

It’s not an Austin summer without Bubblepalooza. The kickoff to the Long Center’s All Summer Long series of free community events, the annual celebration of open play on the front lawn features live music, games, food trucks and — of course — a whole lot of bubbles. Additional activities include a giant rock-climbing wall, trampolines, face painting, foam pits, chalk art, garden starter kits, ambulance tours with St. David’s and more. Live music will come from Big Don, Trout Fishing in America and the Saddle Sores.

2. Emmer & Rye Give Bees a Chance dinner

7 p.m. June 3. $150. 51 Rainey St. #110.

One of Austin’s best restaurants is teaming up with Whole Kids Foundation to showcase the vital role that bees play in food and gardens, as part of a monthlong fundraising campaign called Give Bees a Chance. June also happens to be National Pollinator Month. Emmer & Rye will complement the four-course feast with wine pairings, as well as a special Honeybee cocktail. All profits from the dinner, one of several around the country, will support the campaign.

3. Paul Simon at Erwin Center

8 p.m. June 4. $49.50-$149.50. 1701 Red River St.

Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this is his last go-round. He’s definitely in a looking-back phase, with journalist Robert Hilburn’s new biography “Paul Simon: The Life” hitting shelves this month. Judging from performances at Bass Concert Hall and on “Austin City Limits” two years ago, it’s still worth hearing one of the greatest living American songwriters, even if there is a next time. — Peter Blackstock

4. Chad Sarno at BookPeople

7 p.m. June 5. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,

Chad Sarno, the man behind the healthy menu at vegetarian-friendly local restaurant the Beer Plant, is coming to BookPeople to discuss the new cookbook, “The Wicked Healthy Cookbook,” that he has co-authored with Derek Sarno and David Joachim. They have written a vegan and plant-based compilation of recipes — 129, to be exact — that will make a convert out of any meat eater. The book has a knife-sharp attention to detail and a commitment to cooking food anyone can savor.

5. Zach Theatre’s “Sunday in the Park with George”

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $30-$150. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541,

What could be a more perfect start to summer than Zach Theatre’s dazzling rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece? The play centers on the artist George Seurat as he discovers endless possibilities while creating an enduring work of art. And, indeed, that’s what “Sunday” is, from the story to the acting to the music and beyond: art. The live onstage orchestra brings it all together with a the score about the art of making art.

6. Sours Appreciation Party at Banger’s

6 to 9 p.m. June 7. Free. 79 Rainey St.

Love sour beer? This celebration featuring the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Brewing along with our own Jester King Brewery is a big treat. Cascade’s master blender, Kevin Martin, will be at Banger’s all night to talk about all things sour beer-related, and a variety of Cascade and Jester King brews will be on hand for you to enjoy. The beers include Cascade Manhattan, Cascade Rose City Sour, Jester King Cerveza de Mezquite and Jester King Colour 5, all hard-to-find options.

7. ATX Television Festival’s “Parks and Recreation” outdoor screening

6 to 10 p.m. June 8. Free. Hotel San Jose parking lot, 1316 S. Congress Ave.

For the second year, the ATX Television Festival is holding an outdoor screening of “Parks and Recreation,” complete with music, food and drink and other Pawnee Harvest Festival fun. It’s free and open to everyone, not just ATX Fest attendees; all you need to do is RSVP. And, yes, everyone’s favorite tiny horse, Li’l Sebastian, may have gone to horsey heaven on the show, but a look-alike will be on hand for all your selfie needs. The ATX Television Fest runs through June 10.