It’s no secret that Austin wears its weirdness like a badge of honor. There’s perhaps no greater bastion of oddity than the Cathedral of Junk, which is, quite frankly, exactly what it sounds like. The owner of a private residence in south Austin has taken bric-a-brac and random trinkets and fashioned them, quite literally, into a cathedral in his backyard. It’s open to the public during daylight hours; admission is free, although donations are accepted. In recent years, an architect was brought in to assure the structural soundness of the ‘cathedral,’ which includes a few creative sets of stairs and tunnels; it was given the all-clear, and kids and adults alike are free to roam through the history-filled labyrinth of junk safely. Be sure to bring a camera; this treasure trove of found and donated items is a photographer’s dream come true.
4422 Lareina Dr. (south Austin, between South First & South Lamar)
Open to the public 7 days a week; free or donated admission
See the cathedral’s Facebook page for more details
East Side Glass Studio is exactly what it sounds like: a professional hot glass studio on Austin’s eastside. Known as much for its cool monthly demonstrations (which are free and open to the public) as it is for the actual art it produces, these artisans seriously know what they’re doing. This Saturday, though, the studio opens its doors for a special Christmas in July event, where guests can get hands-on and create their own works of art with guidance from the experts. Craft a holiday ornament or create a solid glass “space rock” and enjoy on-site brews from hops&grain and yummy bites from Yume Burger while you stand back and admire your artistic prowess; portions of the day’s proceeds will go to Community Glass House to benefit disadvantaged youth in the arts.
$30 per person, Saturday, July 28, 3-6 pm
507 Calles Street, on the eastside
Learn more about the studio here
We’re no strangers to food trailers around here, but until recently, we’ve had to venture south to get to some of the best ones. Now, however, North Austin has its very own food trailer yard, very aptly named… North Austin Trailer Yard, or NATY for short. Featuring the beef, chicken and pork sandwich specialties of Snarky’s MooBawkOink (again with the literal titles), the yard also boasts a mobile version of the nearby Genuine Joe coffee house (with its original location just a stone’s throw away, about a mile west on Anderson Lane), as well as a Greek food trailer, a hot dog vendor and a traditional Ramen truck. NATY also offers free wi-fi and shaded outdoor seating for those who need to stay connected while they nosh al fresco. Individual trailer hours vary.
1012 West Anderson Lane, near Lamar Blvd.
Visit the Facebook page for individual trailer hours & news
Austin is known worldwide for its live music scene, but in reality, that moniker generally refers to rock, country and blues. This weekend, though, Chaos in Tejas
brings the noise with a mix of punk and metal taking over Mohawk and Red 7 from Thursday through Sunday in a musical melee hearkening back to the heyday of places like CBGB’s and bands like The Ramones and the Sex Pistols. Full festival tickets are sold out, but individual show tickets and weekend club passes are still available on the official website.
Thursday through Sunday at Mohawk and Red 7, downtown
for schedules, tickets and details
Austin is undoubtedly known for its food trailers and, of late, there’s been an ever-increasing array of them popping up in “parks” downtown, down south and on the Eastside; one trailer in particular, though, simply can’t be imitated, and it’s recently relocated to become neighbors with an instant classic. Gourdough’s is essentially a bastion of caloric excess, with its two dozen donuts slathered in everything from maple syrpu and bacon to berries and chocolate. Nestled next door to Izzoz Tacos on South First at the intersection of Monroe Street, this duo offers a one-two punch of salty and sweet, with Gourdough’s staying open late into the night to feed the concert-going masses in need of sugary sustenance on their way back home. Pro tip: during the day, start with a migas taco at Izzos and move on to the Dirty Berry next door; bonus points if you can get through the whole thing. Bon appetit!
South First Street at Monroe Street
See Izzoz and Gourdough’s websites for menus and hours