This weekend’s top things to do in Austin are all about immersive experiences, live entertainment, and foodie-friendly gatherings. Enter a whole new world during the Austin Asian American Film Festival or party with dad — and a heaping plate barbecue — at Desert Door Distillery. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, June 13
Austin Asian American Film Festival
Asian filmmakers are spotlighted for four consecutive days at AFS Cinema. The festival will feature a slate of 11 feature films and 17 shorts from Asian and Asian American filmmakers, including Nadia Shibah’s Jaddoland and Deann Liem’s Geographies of Kinship. Attendees can also view the festival centerpiece presentation, Empty By Design, followed by a discussion with director Andrea A. Walter and several cast and crew members. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, go to the festival website.
The Lonely Island in concert
Comedic musical trio The Lonely Island makes a stop in Austin on their first major tour. Since forming on Saturday Night Live, the group has racked up hits such as “I’m On A Boat,” “I Just Had Sex,” and The Lego Movie 2 theme song “Everything is Awesome.” Select tickets to the ACL Live show are still available.
Saturday, June 15
Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents Jaws on the Water
Iconic blockbuster hit film Jaws returns to the big screen at Volente Beach. Guests are invited to pop open a cold one and relax in an inner tube while enjoying the cult classic movie that made everyone afraid to go in the water. Your ticket includes access to rides, the waterpark, beachside bar and grill, and more.
Sunday, June 16
East Austin Hotel presents Summer Swell
Greet summer with a Palm Springs-inspired soireé complete with drink specials, seasonal eats, and cool pool vibes. The swanky East Austin Hotel series of parties include festive rotating themes, guest DJs, and a Gati Ice Cream truck pop-up to satisfy that sweet tooth. To purchase your Summer Swell pass, visit the hotel website.
Desert Door Distillery presents Fine Southern Father’s Day
Spirits, songs, and Southern flavors make Desert Door the perfect Father’s Day hang for the whole family. In addition to sipping some fine Texas sotol, Fine Southern Father’s Day activities will include local barbecue and live music performances by Jason Robert Blum. Guests can also enjoy complimentary custom hat shaping from homegrown artisans Zilker Belts and Maufrais while mingling with some of the most talented makers in Texas. Entry is free.