Weekend Events Roundup

The best weekend events in Austin to avoid the football frenzy

The best weekend events in Austin to avoid the football frenzy

Backstreet Boys band
The Backstreet Boys play Cedar Park Center September 2. Photo courtesy of Backstreet Boys
Comedian Joe DeRosa
Comedian Joe DeRosa performs at Cap City Comedy Club August 30-September 2. Joe DeRosa/Facebook
Backstreet Boys band
Comedian Joe DeRosa

The weekend is upon us, and this time it brings a special gift. Football is back, at least on the collegiate level, and many are ready to sit on the couch all day Saturday, only getting up to pay the pizza delivery guy.

But there is plenty more to do in Austin this weekend than tailgating and ESPN. These are your best options for weekend fun. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of Austin events.

Friday, August 30 - Saturday, August 31

Joe DeRosa at Cap City Comedy Club
Local comics should never be overlooked, but visiting comedians still bring something funny to the table. Joe DeRosa is an East Coast stand-up comic who takes self-deprecation to a whole new level. But he always pulls himself and the audience back from the brink with the perfect punch lines. DeRosa makes several appearances over the weekend at Cap City Comedy Club, so you have several chances to hear him explain the thought process behind a man buying a family meal from KFC all for himself.

Friday, August 30 - Sunday, September 1

“So Long Summer” Weekend Concerts at the Long Center
Because we’ll likely see summer temperatures for a few more weeks, school is the best measure in Texas for determining the end of summer fun. Send off the season with a weekend concert series featuring hot musical talents, including indelible alt-country rockers The Gourds; soulful and funky T Birds & The Breaks; and El Vez, the Mexican Elvis. If you still have energy to burn, the stage itself is open for anyone to step up and dance alongside the artists.

Sunday, September 1

LiveVibe Presents KUTX Live at Umami Mia Pizzeria
KUTX Live at the Paramount has become a big music series every few weeks, but now there is a free, weekly alternative featuring some of the smaller names on the Austin music scene. This weekend features the first in the new music series at Umami Mia. DJ Mixer Rogers starts things off at 1 pm, and Black Pistol Fire is the headliner for the inaugural concert.

Music Benefit for Colin Camp
Colin Camp is an Austin firefighter who is still in a coma after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. This concert at Stubb’s can be your way to help out the family of a community first responder. Featured acts include Residual Kids, The Peterson Brothers, Charlie Belle, Bare Feat and Only Human. Even if you can’t make it out to the show, you can still donate directly to the fund on the official website supporting Colin Camp.

Backstreet Boys at Cedar Park Center
People were stoked to see ‘N Sync reunite for barely a minute at the VMAs this past Sunday, but did anyone really care about the guys whose initials weren’t J.T.? The Backstreet Boys were always about being a better team, and instead of a brief appearance on a throwaway awards show, they’ve reunited for an extensive tour. If you end up seeing them Sunday night, your Labor Day weekend could truly be larger than life.