Our Favorite 10 Events
for the East Side
Words by Jessi Devenyns
Aug 13, 10am-7pm
Join in the family fun and end the summer break with the annual Austin Ice Cream Festival at Fiesta Gardens by Festival Beach! Bring the kids and your family pet to enjoy games, live music, and lots of frozen treats. If you dare, sign up for any of its three contests: ice cream eating, popsicle stick sculpture, or the homemade ice cream contests. Admission includes 3 ice cream samples. Tickets are $15; kids 8 and under are free.
austinicecreamfestival.com | 2102 Jesse E. Segovia
August 5-21, Sat. & Sun. only, 12-6pm
During the month of August, the Dimension Gallery will host an exhibition featuring women sculptors and the personal folklore that has influenced their creations. Elements differ, motifs diverge and reconvene, but the common thread of the female experience holds these works together.
dimensiongallery.org | 979 Springdale, Ste. 99
August 21, 11am-5pm
In case the Austin weather isn’t hot enough for you, come see if you can heat it up at the 26th Annual Hot Sauce Festival. Bring your family and friends to one of the world’s largest celebrations of spice at Fiesta Gardens by Festival Beach. Admission is free with a donation of three nonperishable food items.
facebook.com/HotSauceFestival | 2100 Jesse E. Segovia
September 3, 11am–10pm
Are you curious about the rich cultural tapestry that makes up international diversity? The Lovestream festival at Pan Am Park is designed to stimulate the senses and celebrate human diversity. Lovestream will link people physically and virtually through several artistic shows in strategic points around the world. Tickets run $20-$50.
lovestreamfestival.com | 2100 East 3rd Street
If you need something to do this Labor Day, good news! Yoga studios in Austin will be offering free classes for the community all day long. Whether you’re curious about a new style of yoga or just want to try out a new studio, the Austin Free Day of Yoga is the perfect excuse to stretch yourself and try something new.
Do you love that unique Austin sound that you hear in bars all over the city? Then come get your fill at the Eastside Kings Festival. Filled with jazz, blues, and gospel music, this festival explores the foundations of Austin’s claim as the “live music capital of the world.” With 2016 marking his 4th festival, Eddie Stout continues to remind attendees about Austin’s musical roots that run deep in the Afro American clubs and juke houses of the east side.
Austin Museum Day
Every year on the second to last Sunday in September, museums in Austin open their doors to the public for free. Take advantage of the exhibitions and artwork all over the east side. If you plan well, perhaps you’ll even catch an appearance of the famed taco cannon at the O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson Museums. Check their website for a full list of participating museums.
austinmuseums.org/museumday | Various Loctions
Sept. 23, 5pm | Sept. 24, 12pm | Sept. 25, 9:30am
Lighthouse Yoga School teacher, Aviad Sasi, will be in Austin to lead an asana workshop at Bikram Yoga. The workshop is open to anyone and will cost the general public $60 and yoga teachers $50 for all 3 classes. Single classes are available for purchase as well.
yogaeastaustin.com | 3801 Berkman Dr. #B
On exhibit until September 26
Presented by the Susanna Dickinson Museum, this exhibition showcases the fashionable female silhouette of the mid to late 1800s. Stop by and have a glimpse into history and listen as docents vividly describe what you could have been wearing during a Texas summer 200 years ago. All clothing on display comes from the museum’s collection as well as the private collections of Judy Richey and Buffy Manners.
austintexas.gov | 411 East 5th Street
Austin Parks Foundation kicks off ACL Music Festival with food, fun, games, and live music. Join in the fun at Brazos Hall for a night of celebrating all things that make Austin so great—especially our parks! Bring a guest and support community parks. Buy tickets Aug. 1-Sept. 18 at only $80 a ticket before prices go up.
party.austinparks.org | 204 East 4th Street