Weekend Roundup

The weekend offers up fun with ice cream, cause-driven films and Air Sex

The weekend offers up fun with ice cream, cause-driven films & Air Sex

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Heading back to school will be an easier pill to swallow if you take your kids to the Ice Cream Festival. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Even your furry family members can enjoy the annual Ice Cream Festival. Photo by: Katie Pengra
Air Sex Championships
The best in Austin will try to advance to the next round of the Air Sex Championships. Courtesy of Air Sex World Championships
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Celebrate Austin Pride with a screening and dance party with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Austin Photo Set: News_Jon Shapley_ice cream festival_August 2011_ice cream truck
Austin photo: News_Ice Cream Festival_ Puppy
Air Sex Championships
Priscilla Queen of the Desert

All it takes is one little rain shower to make the weather more bearable. You could almost sit on the patio of a café, providing it's night time and there’s a fan blowing on you. But, hey, at least we’re making a few baby steps towards fall.

So, whether you're celebrating the end of summer vacation or just the end of a long week, we have events that promise to put a smile on your face. If you feel like staying in, make sure you peruse this CIA confirmation of the existence of Area 51.

Seventh Annual Ice Cream Festival

The Ice Cream Festival of is back for its seventh annual celebration of frozen, creamy sweetness. Consider the Ice Cream Festival as the true beginning of Austin’s fall festival season and reward yourself for sticking around town this summer instead of migrating someplace where it isn't 100 degrees for weeks on end.

The Festival is a great last hurrah for the little ones before they head back to school, although adults are just as welcome to come scream for ice cream. Just $10 gives you all the ice cream you eat — brain freezes be damned! — and kids under eight get in for free. Sample some of the best ice cream concoctions in Austin, partake in a popsicle stick sculpture contest or just indulge yourself and slide into an sugar coma.

The Fifth Annual Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival

While we may think of film as escapist entertainment, it has just as much power in bringing to light important social issues and helping those in need. The Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival at the Alamo Drafthouse Village shows the beauty that results when great causes inspire great works of art on the big screen.

This year’s lineup of cause-driven work is a diverse collection of micro-docs, shorts and feature films that all share the common goal of making this world a better place. After the screenings, head to the awards party to mingle with filmmakers and see who won the cash prizes in support of the causes shown in their films.

The Majestic Party Presents: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Show some love to the Austin LGBT community and head over to the Paramount Theatre on Saturday when they team up with Austin PRIDE for a screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. 

Part celebration, part epic dance party, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is indeed the theme of the evening, so come dressed in your best Priscilla-inspired threads for a pre-show costume contest and dance along to the cult classic film with live performances. Stick around after the credits roll for a live performance by DJ Mouthfeel, go-go dancers and tons more heart-pounding fun.

Air Sex Championships

Sure, football is back in a matter of weeks, but the most important sporting event in the history of humanity returns to the North Door on Saturday for the next round in competitive pretend lovemaking. Now on a national tour, Air Sex World Championships began in Austin and is returning home for an air-humping celebration. 

A site to behold, the air sex championships ranges from titillating to shocking. It might be a good idea to leave the kids at home for this one. On second thought, bring them along too for educational purposes. It’s not like they're learning any useful sex-ed in Texas public schools.

Air Sex: entertainment at its finest.