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Five Things to Do in Austin Before Summer Ends


By Megan Menchaca

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With only a few weeks left before the fall semester begins, time is running out to enjoy everything Austin has to offer. Even though the chaos of dorm shopping and Moov-in is fast approaching, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy at least one event going on during the month of August. From comedy festivals to pride celebration, there’s so much in Austin for you to do this month.

 

Austin PRIDE

Austin PRIDE is one of the largest celebration of the LGBT community, where people can interact with thousands of attendees and find various nonprofits to support and organizations to join. Along with the main festival and parade the celebration will also include fundraisers, movies, and stage performances. The proceeds from these events, which began on August 3rd and will conclude on August 12th, will all be donated to nonprofits with a direct impact on the Austin community. More information about the event can be found here.

 

14th Annual Bat Fest

At this year’s 14th Annual Bat Fest, hundreds of people will enjoy seeing over a million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the Congress Ave Bridge. The festival will also include live music performances, dozens of arts & crafts stations, various bat-related activities including a costume contest, and delicious food and drinks to consume. The festival is occurring all evening on August 18 and more information about the details of the event can be found here.

 

Quesoff

Austin’ Quesoff is a celebration of melted cheese, where over thirty vendors will create a variety of queso products to be judged in four different categories — meaty, spicy, veggie and wild card. For two dollars or a donation of  two canned goods to the Central Food Bank, people can enjoy queso made by popular restaurants, top chefs, local cooks, or even from their neighbors. The event is occurring on August 25th at The Mohawk and more details about the event can be found here.

 

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Thousands of people attend the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, which features hundreds of gallons of delicious hot sauce and cold beverages along with peppers, sauces and cookbooks for sale. As the festival raises money for the Central Texas Food Bank, there will also be food from popular local restaurants  and multiple live music artists to enjoy. The festival is happening on August 26th at the Fiesta Gardens and all of the event details can be found here.

 

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival showcases improv, sketch, podcasts, musicals, and stand-up during the weekend-long life performance festival. The mission of the festival, which features dozens of groups and solo acts, is to provide educational opportunities, support Austin tourism, and strengthen networks among comedy performers. The festival is happening from August 28th until September 3rd and more details about the event can be found here.