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Come on down to the Long Center tonight for Sound & Cinema with The Princess Bride and the sweet sweet sounds of ICING (Covering Cake) before the movieThousands of Austinites will be flocking to the lawn to watch this ’80s classic on a giant inflatable screen with the gorgeous city skyline in the background.

This is all ages and free to the public. In fact, no childhood is complete without a viewing of this movie! You can even stop by the Do512 Family tent for free face painting, temporary tattoos, and a Princess Buttercup hair braiding station.

When: Tonight, June 21st

Time:
Doors and Food Trucks Open – 6:00 p.m.
ICING (Covering Cake) – 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark – around 8:45 p.m.

Location:
The Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by roho foto via Austin Sound and Cinema’s Facebook page

Sound On Sound Festival (SOS Fest) is excited to announce the full music lineup for the second annual event, which is set to take place on November 10-12 in McDade, Texas. The 2017 event is slated for a return to Sherwood Forest, a beloved medieval-style village and an idyllic festival location nestled among the Lost Pine Forest and about 35 miles east of downtown Austin. Weekend GA, VIP, and camping passes are all available now for purchase at www.soundonsoundfest.com.

The 2017 SOS Fest will once again play host to a wide mix of music acts spanning many genres and personal tastes, as well as a variety of medieval-style activities and games, comedy stand-ups and panel sessions, on-site camping, and more, all across three days in the heart of Central Texas. One of today’s most beloved and sought-after indie acts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will headline the 2017 fest after a notable hiatus from live performances and recordings since 2013.

Additional headliners include punk rock godfather Iggy Pop, who continues to perform in support of last year’s Grammy-nominated album, Post Pop Depression; and experimental rock group Grizzly Bear, who are slated to release their fourth studio album, Painted Ruins, this August following the band’s highly applauded 2014 album, Shields, and marking their only performance in Texas in 2017. The Grammy-nominated folk rock sextet The Shins are also set to headline and perform in support of their recent album, Heartworms, which was released this March after a five-year hiatus from recording. Also performing is new wave R&B project Blood Orange, led by singer, songwriter and producer Dev Haynes; English doom metal band Electric Wizard, who are currently recording their next studio album and whose performance at SOS Fest will mark their only currently scheduled US performance in 2017; and Pusha T, the acclaimed Virginia-born rapper and president of G.O.O.D Music (a record label founded by Kanye West) who is currently prepping the release of his newest album, King Push, for release later this year.

SOS Fest will also welcome a variety of renowned national acts including Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and dancer Kehlani, who just released her highly-anticipated debut album, SweetSexySavage, in early 2017 to praise from critics and fans alike; one of today’s most exciting West Coast rappers, Vince Staples, who is releasing his follow-up studio album, Big Fish Theory, this June; hard metal rock group Sleep, marking one of the only performances currently scheduled worldwide in 2017 for the stoner-rock pioneers; industrial metal band Ministry, who are prepping their fourteenth studio album for digital release this fall; synth-pop singer and songwriter Washed Out; emo rock outfit Taking Back Sunday; funk/soul/R&B singer Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, who will return to the festival after being forced to back out last year due to complications with stomach cancer; Canadian rock band Japandroids; electronic synth-pop band Austra, who continues to perform in support of their recent album, Future Politics, released earlier this January; indie rock outfit Real Estate, who released their latest studio album, In Mind, this past March; French electro-pop group Yelle; and a rare reunion from the groundbreaking alternative hip-hop trio Digable Planets.

Additional acts at the 2017 SOS Fest include a diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming performers from across the globe, including Dinosaur Jr., Converge, Ariel Pink, The Story So Far, NONAME, Foxygen, Cannibal Corpse, Cloud Nothings, Boris, Twin Peaks, Citizen, Cherry Glazerr, Turnstile, Snow Tha Product, and more.

Plus, SOS Fest will now feature a dedicated DJ stage this year, which will aim to showcase some of the best in forward-thinking dance music from a variety of genres — boogie, disco, classic electro, old school hip-hop, house, techno, and more. Key DJ acts set to perform include Hot Chip (DJ Set), Poolside, Lindstrom, Egyptian Lover, Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Peanut Butter Wolf, Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space), Honey Soundsystem, Lovefingers, and more.

SOS Fest will also play host to a variety of Texas music talent throughout the three-day weekend. Texas-based music acts include S U R V I V E (Austin), Power Trip (DFW), Capyac (Austin), Sweet Spirit (Austin), Holy Wave (Austin), Sam Lao (Dallas), Street Sects (Austin), Mélat (Austin), Growl (Austin), Alex Napping (Austin), USA/Mexico (Austin), Kydd Jones (Austin), and more. A variety of DJ’s from across the state will also be on site to keep the energy high throughout the second annual festival, including DJ Sober (Dallas), Flying Turns (Austin), Chulita Vinyl Club (Austin/San Antonio), All/Everything (DFW), Dayuta (Houston), and more.

In 2017, SOS Fest will once again offer ticket-buyers a truly unique festival experience at the beloved Sherwood Forest. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Austin and set among the beautiful Lost Pines Forest of Central Texas, Sherwood Forest is a 23-acre permanent renaissance village that features over 100 permanent buildings including shops, pubs, restaurants and stages, many of which will be again utilized in creating the festival footprint for the event. Through an expanded partnership with the Sherwood Forest community, ticket buyers can also expect an even more highly-curated festival experience, which will include a variety of medieval-style activities for attendees of all ages ranging from axe throwing to jousting to archery and more.

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Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores.

When: Today, June 11th

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

2017 Schedule
June 11 – Woodwinds
June 18 – Brass
June 25 – Big Band program

July 9 – Strings
July 16 – Woodwinds
July 23 – Big Band
July 30 – Brass

August 6 – Strings
August 13 – Woodwinds
August 20 – Brass
August 27 – Big Band

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

This is exactly the kind of thing that Austin does best: a day of great food, drinks, and music. If you’re a foodie—and who isn’t these days?—come spend the day at The Domain and see what the various restaurants at the shopping mecca have to offer. The 10th Annual Taste of North Austin is an all-day family food festival that will feature delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and lots of fabulous shopping. Guests who want to go all-out for the VIP experience will get a goody bag, complimentary drinks, and access to the swanky VIP lounge.

Balloon twisters, caricature artists, and crafts will be on hand for the kids.

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Wristbands are $20 and include 10 tastes. The VIP experience is an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.

Location:
Domain II
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza
Austin, TX 78758

Call 512-873-8099 or click here for more information. For the latest deals, contests, and event information at The Domain, click here.

 

Remember the Untapped Festival? Well now it’s called Index Fest and it has everything you could ever want or need—namely: craft beer, music, food, and art! The fest is traveling across Texas and stops in Austin today with more than 60 breweries pouring more than 250 different beers.

When: Today, May 13th

Time: Gates at 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Austin American Statesman (map)
305 South Congress Ave
Austin TX 78704

Tickets start at $35 and you can buy them right here.

Photo credit: Index Fest Facebook page

 

 

Austin’s Ultimate Boy Band Experience.

See them at Cedar Street Courtyard every Thursday night at 9:30 for your favorite boy bands – from blackstreet & backstreet to boyzII men & bieber.

Things are getting real y’all. Oh and come prepared to dance your ass off.

Cost: $5

When: Thursdays

Time: 9:30pm

Location:
Cedar Street Courtyard
208 W. 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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If you can’t get yourself and your giant hat to Louisville this year, don’t fret—the Austin version is every bit as fun. The third-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. This is, by far, the biggest Race for the Roses party in the city. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring Black Pistol Fire, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast, The Watters, and headliner Citizen Cope with his full band!

The 3rd Annual Derby In The City Music Festival

Odd Duck will be crafting their Makers Mark mint julep, Kentucky mules, and other fabulous cocktails and there will be a solid beer list with Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Deep Ellum Brewing, and Schilling Cider. Also check out the food trucks and massive Jockey Club Tent with flat screen TVs.

When: Saturday, May 6th

Time: Gates – 1:30 p.m. | Festival Ends – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: General Admission Tickets – $31.50 for a limited time – price increase coming soon!

VIP –  $100, includes:
  • Intimate area tucked beneath the oak trees for the ultimate shaded experience
  • Complimentary food provided by Odd Duck
  • Complimentary massages provided by Austin Massage Company
  • Dedicated bar with exclusive choices not available in general admission area
  • UPGRADED Luxury VIP toilet station
  • Ticket holders receive a swanky VIP GIFT BAG with access to exclusive discounts, products and experiences from companies/merchants such as Kendra Scott, Odd Duck, Austin Massage Company, Soul Cycle and more
  • Tables and chairs for seating (seating on a first-come basis)
  • Complimentary bottled water
Location:
Austin American Statesman
305 S. Congress Ave.

It’s time to dust off your BeDazzler and bring your A game. Tonight, come celebrate the birthday of the woman who started it all, the Queen of Tejano music … Selena!

Join Bidi Bidi Banda and guests for a night you’ll never forget. Learn how to cumbia or simply show off your skills with Melissa Corpus of MeliSamba. Get your kicks with Austin’s Puro Pinche Party Band, Su Madre.

Plus win prizes in the Selena lookalike and dance contest!

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When: Today, April 16th

Cost: $5

Time:
4-6 p.m. – Bidi Bidi Banda
6-6:45 p.m. – Cumbia Lessons with Melissa Corpus
6:45-7 p.m. – Selena Lookalike/Dance Contest
7-7:45 p.m. – Su Madre
8-10 p.m. – Bidi Bidi Banda

Location:
The Highball
1120 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

Hours and hours of live music in the summer is great, but in Texas we always have the issue of it being roughly one thousand degrees. Well, no matter. The brilliant people behind Float Fest have solved that problem for everyone—float the river first, then music! It’s nature’s air conditioning.

float fest

Everyone’s favorite concert/festival/tubing adventure just announced its line up and this year’s bands include: Zedd, Weezer, Cage The Elephant, MGMT, Passion Pit, Mac Miller, just to name a few.

This wet, wild, and weird adventure will take place July 22nd and 23rd in San Marcos, Texas.

Here’s how it all works:

The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 10 a.m. to all tubers on Saturday and Sunday. Once you show up you will be pointed toward the box office where you can redeem your tubing passes, camping passes, and concert tickets. If you are camping you can check in to your campsite starting on Friday at 2pm-8pm. See our Tubing and Camping page for more information on camping. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area near the box office that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles up river and drop you off at our river drop in location. Then, you FLOAT about 2 1/2 miles back to Cool River Ranch. The FLOAT takes about 2.5-4 hours so come prepared! Once you arrive at Cool River Ranch river exit you will be directed up the hill to the concert gates! Feel free to go back to your car and change or whatever you need to do before you come party at the concert.

float fest

Click here to learn more about the weekend and to purchase your tickets. This event really is worth planning your whole summer around—so get your crew organized.