Weekend Event Guide
Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this weekend
All the city’s stages are alight with captivating shows and engaging entertainment in the days to come. Catch Sparks live in concert or experience the comedic musings of Dave Chapelle for one night only. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, July 13
Zilker Theatre Productions presents Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical marks the start of Zilker Theatre Productions’ 64th annual season of outdoor musical theatre. The production at Zilker Hillside Theater, based on the children's novel by Roald Dahl, includes original songs by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis Kelly. Audiences will follow a young and extraordinary girl through her hard-knock times at home and school, to her own self-realization of bravery and witty imagination. Admission is free and public through August 12. Find more info at zilker.org.
The Paramount Theatre presents Darden Smith with Bruce Robison
Listen in to a candid conversation between singer-songwriter Darden Smith and musician Bruce Robison at Stateside at the Paramount. This evening of music and dialogue is part of Smith’s ongoing interview series, which explores the real-life journeys of music artists well-known to the entertainment industry. Go to austintheatre.org for more details.
Sparks in concert
Los Angeles-based pop duo Sparks performs live in concert at ACL Live & 3TEN at ACL Live. The pair behind top songs including “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us” and “Beat The Clock” comes to Austin in support of their new album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte. For more information, visit acllive.com.
Friday, July 14
atxGALS presents LUSH Pop-up Art Show
AtxGALS hosts its annual LUSH Art Show at The Cathedral. The two-day show, now in its seventh year, will showcase pieces from Austin’s top emerging artists. Guests will have the chance to purchase featured artwork onsite. Complimentary beverages from featured vendors Austin Beerworks, Dulce Vida Tequila, Empress Gin, Meridian Hive, and Topo Chico will also be available. Get tickets on Eventbrite.
Moody Center presents Dave Chappelle Live
Acclaimed comedian Dave Chappelle makes a stop at Austin’s Moody Center as part of his nationwide tour. He’s best known for his groundbreaking, original sketch comedy show, Chappelle’s Show; his numerous specials on Netflix; appearances on iconic shows including 2020’s Sticks & Stones; and hot takes that prompt deep thought and sometimes controversy. Information for both June 14 and June 15 shows is available on Ticketmaster.
Saturday, July 15
Zilker Botanical Garden presents the Woodland Faerie Trail by Moonlight
Frolic and find fellowship with the faeries by moonlight at Zilker Botanical Garden. Guests to this nighttime trail party will have the chance to enjoy a live faerie performer, have their faces painted by real-life faeries, and explore the trail featuring designs by Austin-based fey architects. Fae-inspired costumes and folklore are welcomed and encouraged. Get more event details at zilkergarden.org.
Sunday, July 16
Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
The Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Hartman Foundation continues its weekly outdoor concert series. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic dinners, and blankets for a more comfortable listening experience. Dogs are invited, too. Be sure to check my.austinsymphony.org for more information about this week’s show ahead of traveling to the Long Center for the Performing Arts grounds. Admission is free and open to the public. The series continues through August 20.