One year in, and Float Fest is quickly becoming one of my favorite summer festivals. This year’s lineup promises to keep the momentum going with a diverse bill that includes hometown favorites Ghostland Observatory, and co-headliners Phantogram, and Local Natives.
If you are looking for other fun happening around Austin here are our Top Picks. It’s a great weekend with everything from a massive boutique sale at Palmer Event Center, to yoga on the dock at Alta’s Cafe.
Radio Coffee and Beer is easily one of my favorite coffee shops in town. They’ve managed to nail the atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating. Not only do they offer phenomenal breakfast tacos from food trailer favorite, Veracruz they also have a calendar full of events all month.
Tonight they’re showing cult classic, The Princess Bride on their outdoor patio.
In this hot weather what better to do than eat hot sauce? This has become the world’s largest hot sauce festival, what can we say, Austin knows its salsa!
Come hungry! The hot sauce contest has three levels of competition, individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. They will also have plenty of food vendors including Amy’s Ice Cream, Curra’s Grill, Veracruz All Natural and more serving up their specialty dishes.
As all good festivals have in Austin they will have live music throughout the day.
Not only is this event one of kind it benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Last year they raised over 43,000 meals for families in the Austin area.
Admission: free with donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.
Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest. Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!
The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 3 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!
Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes.
The Austin Duck Derby will launch 10,000 adopted yellow rubber ducks into Lady Bird Lake, where they’ll race to the finish line for prizes for their sponsors.
Not only does Duck Derby support a fantastic cause, as it benefits the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation; it will also be pretty cool to see!
While ducks have already been adopted for this year’s Derby, I still recommend stopping by the bridge and checking it out. Lady Bird Lake filled with thousands of rubber ducks isn’t something you see everyday!
This splash mob is definitely the coolest thing happening today! It’s like a flash mob, only wetter. This is the best way to beat the heat all while having fun right in downtown Austin.
The idea is to take 6th Street by storm and have a huge water fight! Grab your squirt guns, super soaker, water balloons, a swim suit, water balloon launcher and anything else that will make this the most epic water fight/flash mob you have ever seen!
The splash mob will last about 30 minutes, so get in, get wet, and enjoy the rest of your day.