Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
When the song says “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas,” it may as well be talking about the talent behind the longstanding lone star staple, Rodeo Austin, which kicks up its boots and sticks around for a few weeks every spring. This year, contemporary superstars like Alabama Shakes, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band and Josh Turner will share the country stage with the likes of legends Merle Haggard, The Charlie Daniels Band and even Three Dog Night. Of course, there’s the actual rodeo itself, too, with competitive events, horse shows and agricultural exhibitions galore. And what would a good state fair & rodeo be without a cold beer and some funnel cake? Enjoy some of the finest down-home entertainment the Lone Star State has to offer at the Travis County Expo Center.
The Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (aka “Rodeo Austin”)
Friday March 8, 2013 through Saturday, March 23, 2013; hours vary by day
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane
Admission is $5-8 per person
We can’t all be professional basketball players, football champions or even badminton badasses, but if there’s one thing that’s as much about luck as it is about skill, it’s Skee-ball. This arcade classic is being taken to the next level each Monday night for the next few weeks at Kung Fu Saloon, a laid-back bar in the heart of the Warehouse District downtown. “Brew Skee Ball Mondays,” as they’re called, pit players in a best-of-three tournament as they vie for a $50 bar tab. Feeling like a winner? Go back each week until the series ends in mid-December if you want to go down in history as a true “Skeelebrity.” Good luck!
Mondays at 8 pm through mid-December 2012
Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande
Tickets: $5 at the door
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
Every summer, the beautiful and historic Paramount Theater opens its doors for an exhausting array of classic movies, shown in twos and threes as themed events sharing a lead actor, director, style or genre among them. On Sunday, July 22, the hills will come alive onscreen (twice!) as Julie Andrews swirls and sings her doe-eyed way through The Sound of Music following Saturday’s showing of Grease — a family-friendly weekend full of sweet musical classics.
The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Avenue
Saturday, July 22; shows start at 2 pm and 6 pm
Tickets: $10 at door, $8 online
Details at the Paramount website