Here in Austin, we take food pretty seriously. That’s why it’s literally a feeding frenzy every time Austin Restaurant Week rolls around. The twice-a-year citywide event is back again with a vengeance, teasing our palates for two extended weekends in a row. Stretching from September 23-26 and September 30-October 3, opportunities abound to try prix fixe menus at Austin’s finest restaurants at a reduced price, which in turn benefits local charities. Lunches generally run $11-16 while dinners range from $26-$36. Doing good while doing well? We’d love another helping of that.
Austin Restaurant Week, Sept 23-26 and Sept 30-Oct 3
Full listing of restaurants and reservation info here
Proceeds benefit local charities like Meals on Wheels and more.
If the face above seems familiar for some reason, the truth is, there are at least four sources from which to choose — to wit: 30 Rock, Soul Plane, Chelsea Lately and Zoolander. Godfrey (yep, that’s his whole name) is one of the busiest comedians on television today, and he’s bringing his stage show to Capital City Comedy Club here in Austin this weekend, with two performances on Friday and two on Saturday. General admission tickets are $15 with seating on a first-come, first-served basis, while assigned seats are $19 and a King Kong ticket – the best deal – gets you 2 reserved seats, 2 drink tickets (good for beer, wine, well liquor, or soda), 2 tee shirts, and 2 passes to a future club show. Sorry – no refunds if you split your side from laughing too hard.
Tickets $15-$55: Friday, Aug 25 and Saturday, Aug 26, 8 and 10 pm
Capital City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd.
Details and tickets here
Each summer on the south shore of Town Lake, the Austin Symphony hosts a free series of mini-concerts on the lawn of the Long Center, courtesy of the Hartman Foundation. Revelers dot the grass with picnic blankets and baskets, cheese and wine, taking in the sights and sounds of the city’s finest classical musicians. There’s something for the kiddos, too: the illuminated tiles at the front of the stage tend to transform into a dance floor for the elementary school set during the summer series, making a sweet evening outing even more adorable. Midway through the series, the event will continue taking place each Sunday through the end of August.
Free admission: Sundays, August 12, 19 and 26, 7:30 pm
Long Center front lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Learn more about Austin Symphony events here
Since 1988, The Velveeta Room
has stood proudly next to Esther’s Follies on East 6th Street, bringing the LOLs (and sometimes the groans) as only it can. One of Austin’s most well-known comedy clubs, the venue yuks it up with the same cheesy decor that was originally there whenthe club’s owner took over the space — hence the name, which also applies delightfully well to some of the comedic acts that take the stage on any given night. Thursdays are open mic night at The Velveeta Room beginning at 9:30; step onstage and crack some jokes if you dare, or just sit back and be thankful it isn’t you up there. Either way, a good time’s just waiting to be had, and since laughter is the best medicine, by the end of the week, we generally don’t mind a dose of it ourselves.
$5 admission; ticket prices vary for special events
521 East 6th Street, next to Esther’s Follies
Details at the The Velveeta Room’s website
This week’s rains brought with them an added benefit: they cooled things off just enough to allow for a perfectly comfortable evening of free music under the big Texas sky. The Bob Bullock museum’s annual “Music Under the Star” series is back again, gracing our ears every Friday in July at 6 pm with al fresco performances from some of the Lone Star State’s finest under the museum’s iconic star. This week, Kelly Willis and Ruby Jane grace the stage with neotraditionalist country leanings and killer fiddling chops. The show starts at 6; consider arriving early with a blanket or lawn chair to snag a spot and enjoy refreshments from local vendors. Yet another reason to TGIF.
Friday, July 13, 6-9 pm
Front lawn of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Corner of Martin Luther King & Congress Avenues