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Blues on the Green, other summer things to do

Arianna Auber
Max Frost headlines the next Blues on the Green, a step up from his 2016 appearance when he opened for another musical group at Zilker Park. [Jay Janner / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

1. Blues on the Green

8 p.m. June 12. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

The June edition of one of Austin's most popular free summer events, Blues on the Green, will feature pop standout Max Frost. The Austin native dropped his debut full-length, “Gold Rush,” a sunny collection of festival-ready jams produced by Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums, on Atlantic Records in October. The outdoor show on the big stage at Zilker Park won't be his first time at Blues on the Green, as he opened for Wild Child in the summer of 2016. Sun June opens. Dogs and blankets are welcome; be prepared to come early for a good spot. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

2. Saint Arnold Brewing 25th Anniversary Dinner

6:30 p.m. June 9. $76.95. Greenhouse Craft Food, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd. #110, Round Rock.

Celebrate Texas' oldest craft brewery at the most epic of all epic multicourse beer dinners. Greenhouse Craft Food's chefs, Rob Snow and Todd Engel, came up with a food menu inspired by and paired with Saint Arnold beers, a mix of both year-round staples like the 5 O'Clock Pils and one-offs like the 25th Anniversary Grand Cru (a blend of three bourbon barrel-aged beers: Belgian-style quadrupel, Russian imperial stout and English-style barleywine).

3. 10th Annual Tyler's Dam That Cancer

6 to 10 p.m. June 10. Free. LCRA Red Bud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd.

It’ll be a celebratory year for the 10th edition of the 21-mile stand-up paddle and party benefiting the Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that provides access to mental health services to those affected by a cancer diagnosis. If you aren't one of the paddlers completing the dam-to-dam course across Lake Austin, you can still attend the post-paddle party that will have a DJ, food and drinks, raffles, giveaways and more. For VIP treatment, donate $200 or more.

4. Sour Duck Market Anniversary Party

6 to 10 p.m. June 11. $25. 1814 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The little sibling restaurant to Odd Duck and Barley Swine is all grown up and celebrating one year in business with an anniversary party. With patio season in full swing, head to the East Austin eatery for a night of passed bites, drinks and bluegrass music. Sour Duck will donate $5 of the admission cost to Juneteenth to be used for upcoming projects and events. Tickets include the cost of food, but you'll have to pay for drinks.

5. "Iolanthe"

Opens June 13. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 23. $8-$27. Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd.

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's summer grand production is "Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri," a fanciful comedy that presents a topsy-turvy love story involving fairies and members of the House of Lords — a political fairy tale that only Gilbert and Sullivan could conceive. First performed in 1882, “Iolanthe” is the seventh of 14 operatic collaborations by the duo. It is also universally regarded as one of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s most beautiful scores.

6. Trace's Summer Secret Garden Launch Party

3 to 8:30 p.m. June 14; Secret Garden continues same time Fridays through July 26. W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.

Start your weekends early and with extra tranquility at the new Friday happy hour at Trace. The downtown restaurant is transforming its lush outdoor lounge, shaded by ample canopy coverage, into a "secret garden” this summer. The themed menu features light garden bites including English tea sandwiches, prosciutto flatbread, summer macarons and more. These and garden cocktails are complimentary during the launch.

7. "Truth Before Flowers" at Women and Their Work

Opening reception June 15. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday through July 25. 1710 Lavaca St.

In her solo show, artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk disentangles histories and traumas through objects culturally associated with womanhood. Inspired by the history of teacups and dinnerware, she employs porcelain to speak in dualities, especially of fragility, resilience and ultimately the struggle between diversity and the flawless white body. Datchuk deconstructs established hierarchies of materials and champions the handmade.