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Heat competition and summer pool parties: Things to do in Austin this weekend

(Jade Hammer)

🗓 Thursday

🔥 6th Annual Heat Week at LeRoy and Lewis

Can you handle the heat? Prove it by taking one of LeRoy and Lewis’ spicy specials—a different dish each day through Sunday—for a chance to win “eternal glory” and a $25 gift card for next time.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. or sell out Thursday-Sunday | 📍LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, 121 Pickle Rd.

🎙 Live Music at Lone Star Court*

Enjoy the deep roots of Texas music with weekly live performances at Lone Star Court. Located at The Domain, there’s always a tune for you to tap your foot to at the retro-inspired property. Every Thursday through Saturday, locals and travelers alike can enjoy live performances and specialty cocktails at the Water Trough. This week you can catch Drew Moreland, Hourglass, and Brad Stivers and Lindsey Beaver.

7-9 p.m. Thursday, 8-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday | 📍Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.

👙 Dance Yrself Clean at Austin Motel

Get the most out of summer the classic way: With a colorful pool/dance party. Catch live beats from the 2000s courtesy of DJ Psalmo while you swim or dance to your heart’s content. Pool passes, $20, are required.

7-10 p.m. Thursdays | 📍Austin Motel, 1220 S Congress Ave.

🗓 Friday

🎤 Scott Miller & Betty Soo live

Catch singer/songwriter Scott Miller and local musician Betty Soo, who has been said to have the “most gorgeous voice in Texas,” perform live. This show is all ages but the venue features a full bar and free parking. Tickets start at $15.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday | 📍The 04 Center, 2701 S Lamar Blvd.

🗓 Saturday

🦮 Dog Days at Zilker Botanical Garden

Grab your pup and head to the local botanical garden to help your four-legged friend get through the dog days of summer. The party will have pup pools, local dog-centric vendors, dogs for adoption and coffee to kick off a relaxing weekend. Park admission is $6.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday | 📍Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

🏉 Rugby Sevens Championship

The world’s first Premier Rugby Sevens tour is making its final championship stop at Austin’s own Q2 Stadium, so you can support your favorite men’s or women’s PR7 team from home. Tickets start at $20.

4 p.m. Saturday | 📍Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.

🎧 A Kate Bush Bash

Celebrate your newfound (or revitalized) love for Kate Bush’s music at a concert benefiting local nonprofit Free Lunch ATX in her honor. Local musicians like Kalu James, Primo the Alien and Nnedi Agbaroji of Golden Dawn Arkestra are just a few on the lineup. Tickets start at $20.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday | 📍3TEN at ACL Live, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd.

🗓 Sunday

🎨 BBQ, art and pie social at Art Spark Texas

Enjoy a summer-themed art exhibit while chowing down on some Black’s Original Barbecue for Art Spark Texas’ seasonal fundraiser. Patrons who bring a pie to share will receive a free T-shirt. Tickets are $10 per person.

5-8 p.m. Sunday | 📍Art Spark Texas, 1152 San Bernard St.

👗 Fashion State of Mind

Join Courtney Crash of ATX Thrift and Natassia Wilde of Wilde Art Curations for a curated runway and an inside look at hot fashion and accessory vendors in Austin. Tickets start at $25, $35 at the door.

5-9 p.m. Sunday | 📍ArtUs Co, 10000 Research Blvd.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway