Weekend Roundup

Our top event picks for celebrating a weird first weekend of summer

Our top event picks for celebrating the first weekend of summer

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A scene from the Keep Austin Weird Fest 2012. Veronica Castelo
Sky Candy Circus
Sky Candy presents "The Circus." Photo Courtesy of Sky Candy/Facebook
Fan Fare Friday for Summer Fan Drive benefiting Family Eldercare
Donate to the Summer Fan Drive at Fan Fare Friday. Courtesy of Fan Fare Friday
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Sky Candy Circus
Fan Fare Friday for Summer Fan Drive benefiting Family Eldercare

It’s time once again for a weekend of fun in the sun (or fun deep inside a building of some sort with working A/C). It’s a tough decision we’ll all have to face each weekend for the next few months, but rest assured knowing that you can still have a fun time whether you’re indoors or out.

Here are the top events to check out during the first official weekend of summer.

Fan Fare Day – Benefiting the Summer Fan Drive
Family Eldercare is an organization that understands the difficulties faced by seniors and adults living with disabilities, and summertime can be especially dangerous when temperatures reach the triple digits. The Summer Fan Drive helps to make sure they have relief during the unbearable Texas heat.

Fan Fare Friday is the primary event to provide fans and funding for this mission. Beginning as early as 6 a.m. at the downtown Threadgill’s, volunteers will be accepting donations of fans or funds, and to show thanks you can enjoy a Pancake Pileup in the morning and live music the rest of the day, ending with KGSR’s Lone Star State of Mind with Charlie and Will Sexton. So help your fellow Austinites and enjoy some tunes while you’re at it.

The Long Center presents Dixie’s Tupperware Party
Tupperware parties played a part in defining the homemaking culture created in the 1950s, but now you can relive those memories in a more fun-filled, mature environment that bends the stereotypes of this subculture of Americana.

Experience Tupperware like never before with a fast-talking performance by Dixie Longate as she regales you with funny tales, accounts of life in an Alabama trailer park, and sells you on the multiple and unknown uses of America’s favorite container of unwanted leftovers. The performance welcomes audience participation and you might even nab a few free giveaways during the show.

Sky Candy’s “The Circus”
You can’t go a weekend in Austin without finding entertaining performance art shows, but Sky Candy elevates theatrical performances by making the space above the stage the place where the magic happens.

Sky Candy expresses life in the turn-of-the-century American circus through breathtaking aerial acrobatics, in a sense paying homage to the centers of entertainment that featured high-flying acrobatics as main events. Based on a story by Austin Poetry Slammaster, Danny Strack, Sky Candy’s “The Circus” brings back life under the big top with clowning, puppetry and live period music.

Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K
Every weekend in the Capital City is itself a celebration of the mantra to “Keep Austin Weird,” and there’s one festival reminds us that those are words to live by.

The Keep Austin Weird Festival will keep you plenty busy with live music acts, family-friendly events and local art vendors. It even has a 5K run that’s worth checking out just to see the crazy cool costumes the runners wear. It’s a good reminder of why you chose to live here in the first place.