There's a lot to celebrate this weekend in Austin. Bat Fest returns, Spider House turns 20, and a legendary lineup plays Austin360. Here are the best weekend events — for a full list of happenings, visit our events calendar.
Def Leppard in concert with REO Speedwagon and Tesla
Here's a lineup you won't forget. Legendary rock band Def Leppard comes to the Austin360 Amphitheater stage with R.E.O. Speedwagon and Tesla. This rock 'n' roll show takes place Friday night.
Sixth annual Quesoff
The cheesiest event of the year returns to Mohawk on Saturday. Around 30 vendors of all shapes and sizes will go head to head in four categories in the annual queso cookoff. Go early — this event is one of the most popular in town.
12th annual Bat Fest
Bat Fest returns for another year of nocturnal sightings and fun this Saturday. Celebrate some of the city’s most famous residents and their high-flying talents with live music, children’s activities, a bat costume contest, and more. Claim a spot on the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge and witness 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from below.
The Spider House 20th Anniversary Blowout Bash
Austin’s famed cafe, concert venue, and quintessential hangout Spider House celebrates its 20th anniversary with a birthday party on Saturday. The Spider House 20th Anniversary Blowout Bash will feature live entertainment by Foot Patrol, Ringo Deathstarr, Octopus Project, and more. Aside from the jams, attendees will enjoy a giant water slide, a Tito’s vodka dunk tank, Lone Star cornhole, and more.
The Writer’s Stage and Screen: A Conversation with John Patrick Shanley
Acclaimed screenwriter and playwright John Patrick Shanley comes to the Harry Ransom Center for an intimate evening of discussion and insight this Sunday. The award-winning writer of Moonstruck and Joe Versus the Volcano will chat about his work in both film and theater. End the weekend with this inspiring conversation.