For the next 30 days, we're your personal compass, guiding you to the beating heart of Austin's cultural, culinary, musical, and outdoor events. This is more than a list—it's your key to experiencing the city's vibrant soul and diverse community. Get ready to dive into a diverse mix of festivities, from toe-tapping live music and tantalizing food festivals to intriguing art exhibits and exhilarating outdoor activities.
Whether you’re a long-time local or a curious traveler, this bucket list will open doors to an Austin you’ve never seen before. Buckle up and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime in the next 30 days!
While Austin plays it cool and waits until August to strut its Pride March, the rest of the nation is throwing confetti and flying flags high for Pride Month in June. But hold on to your party hats, because this party train isn’t pulling into the station just yet. As we hit the home stretch of June, the lineup of exciting Pride events to be found in Austin is still going strong.
Get ready to join in on the fun with Dripping Springs Pride, cheer on the fabulous displays at San Antonio Pride, and rock out at The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Pride in Local Music Festival. Clear your calendar for June 24th and prepare for an epic block party with live music performances that’ll have Fourth Street shaking its groove.
But hey, why stop there? If you’re hunting for even more rainbow revelry this summer, check out these other Pride shindigs happening across Central Texas.
Juneteenth, often referred to as “Freedom Day,” honors the historic moment when slavery was abolished in Texas. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect back in 1863, several states under Confederate control didn’t put it into practice for quite some time. It wasn’t until June 19, 1965 that the winds of change blew into Galveston Bay, Texas. On this day, Union troops led by General Gordon Granger arrived, announcing that more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were now free, all by the power of an executive decree.
Celebrated as our “second Independence Day,” Juneteenth stands as the longest-running national commemoration of slavery’s end in the United States. It heralded a new age where individuals could define their identities outside of race, cultivate a strong sense of ethnic pride, and lay the groundwork for economic success for the generations that would follow. Juneteenth, therefore, is not just a celebration of freedom, but also a recognition of the enduring spirit of progress and resilience.
So, if you are looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Austin with your loved ones this year, take a peek at these events! They’re a perfect blend of history, fun, and community spirit that’ll make this 2023 Juneteenth an unforgettable one. Looking to support local Black-Owned Businesses in Austin? Check out the linked list!
Get ready for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic! Our Austin treasure, Willie Nelson, started this annual shindig back in 1972, and this year, he’s taking over Q2 Stadium, the stomping grounds of Austin FC, for an unforgettable picnic and fireworks extravaganza. But that’s not all! Willie Nelson & Family are headlining, and they’ve brought along a constellation of talent to light up the stage. The lineup is packed with stars like Tyler Childers, Dwight Yoakam, Shakey Graves, Shane Smith & the Saints, Sierra Ferrell, Asleep at the Wheel, and Particle Kid. This is a star-spangled bash you don’t want to miss!
You’re in for a treat with the Downtown Fireworks display. There are a number of prime spots to catch the spectacle. Consider pulling up a stool at one of our many Downtown Rooftop lounges for an unimpeded view of the sky. Or, how about soaking in the view along the scenic Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail or right from the heart of Zilker Park? Not to mention, Barton Springs Pool offers a unique vantage point (just be ready for the refreshing 68-degree water temp). Just a heads up— these spots can fill up fast, so make sure to stake out your spot early!
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