Cinema, cultural celebrations, and comedic performances top this weekend’s list of the hottest things to do in Austin. Catch exclusive screenings of acclaimed films or channel your inner artist during a celebration of Frida Kahlo’s birthday. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, July 18
Contrast Film Festival
A celebration of women and queer artists in the film industry returns for a second year at the Contrast Film Festival. This year’s events take place throughout four days at various theaters and venues across Austin. Opening night features a rare theatrical screening of the 1963 queer art film Flaming Creatures, presented with the original score performed live by avant-garde musicians Thor & Friends. Additional highlights include film premieres, The Contrast Late Night Adult Multiplex events, comedy performances, live music, motivational speakers, and more. Visit the festival website for a full schedule and to purchase tickets.
Recording Academy Texas Chapter’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
Music’s top stars from the Lone Star State share the ACL Live stage to commemorate 25 years of the Recording Academy Texas Chapter. This year’s gala performers include Yolanda Adams, Asleep at the Wheel, Bun B, Marcia Ball, Little Joe Hernandes, Brian Courtney Wilson, and others. Select tickets are still available.
Friday, July 19
Waller Creek Conservancy presents Friday Friday ATX July: Cumple homage a la Frida
The genius of Frida Kahlo is celebrated at Symphony Square. Birthday party activities include live DJ sets, Lotería, raffle prizes, a Frida Kahlo “Dress Alike” contest, and more. The evening will also feature drag performances by Grandma Steven, Kelly Kline, Haute Garbagee, and Chanel Andrews. Guests can also enjoy a variety of on-site food and drink vendors to keep the Frida vibes flowing.
Lone Star Court presents Friday Night Flix
Lone Star Court continues its outdoor movie series with a screening of the all-time summer classic Grease. Guests can take advantage of happy hour food and drink specials throughout the night as iconic musical numbers like “Summer Nights” and “Beauty School Dropout” play on the silver screen. Each evening concludes with live music — a perfect send-off into the rest of the weekend. Admission is free.
Saturday, July 20
Moontower Comedy presents Celeste Barber
Actor, comedian, and Instagram superstar Celeste Barber shares stories from her personal life, professional encounters, and career milestones with a live audience at the Paramount Theatre. Best known for her role on television series All Saints, the entertainer surged to social media stardom after her hilarious Instagram photo series recreating celebrity posts went viral. Select tickets to this unfiltered experience are still available.