What’s Going Down This Summer in Austin

Tuesdays in the flowers- Trough 5/11/21 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Wildflower center in Austin is staying open late every Tuesday this spring! The socially distant evenings will offer lots of space for picnics and feature live music from local musicians, local art, and some of Austin’s famous food trucks! For more information, go to Wildflower.org.

Get your Climb on-

If you are into some limestone, take a trip to the Barton Creek Greenbelt Gus Fruh, which offers a famed Urban Assault limestone rock wall that’s a favorite of climbers and a swimming hole. Reimers Ranch Park offers 300 highly technical sport climbing routes on highly limestone cliff walls, many of the routes have fixed cable draws, bolts, and anchors removes in place so that climbers can access popular routes with protection.

The Rookie Triathlon- On 5/2/21 at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park

A triathlon tailored to the sports rookies and veterans, the course will be a 300-meter swim, 11.2-mile bike, and a 2 mile run to the finish. The event will also include food and drink to celebrate the finishers. For more information, go to Therookietri.com.

Enjoy some Camping-

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is located along Lake Austin’s edges; it features some beautiful waterside campsites, swimming, boating spots for picnics, and grilling and hike and bike trails. The Metropolitan park is one of the rare places where campers can set up inside the city limits. The McKinney Falls State Park is a 726-acre park that offers 81 camping sites with electricity and water, many miles of trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival- On 6/9/21 to 9/13/21 at Various Locations

This film festival gives a stage to contemporary films and videos made about indigenous groups of the Americas created in North, Central, South America, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Caribbean. For more information, go to www.cinelasamericas.org.

Take a Hike-

The Pedernales Falls State Park offers a landscape of the local texas hill country and breathtaking riverbed and limestone cliffs, hope on the Juniper Ridge Trail, which takes you through a mesquite forest and leads to the park’s main attraction, the Pedernales Falls. If you are looking for some mountain biking, visit the Violet Crown Trail, which offers gnarly in-town mountain biking, with some steep slopes and rocky surfaces. If you are into paved trials, take a look at the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, a part of the city’s Walnut Creek Trail System, designed for bikers and pedestrians.

The ATX Television Festival- On 6/11/21 to 6/20/21 and is a Virtual Event

This television festival celebrates its 10th season by hosting a ten-day virtual event filled with panels, screenings, and interviews with the television industry leaders. This event will allow all lovers of television to celebrate together. For more information, go to www.atxfestival.com.

By Tia Davison, Entertainment Editor

Featured photo by Cade Prior on Unsplash

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