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Hot Summer Nights Festival brings 100 local artists to the stage for weekend of free music

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Coming back after a pandemic hiatus, Red River Cultural District's free music festival, Hot Summer Nights, is back and showcasing plenty of local talent for 2021 starting tonight.

And hot it will be—the festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 29, with temperatures reaching 90º all four days. The festival will feature more than 100 local bands at 11 venues that are all within a six-block radius of RRCD completely free of charge for all ages.

Venues like Stubb's Bar-B-Q, Empire Control Room & Garage, Waterloo Park, Mohawk Austin and Elysium will host up-and-coming homegrown talent like Chief Cleopatra, who performs Friday at The Green Jay; The Teeta, performing Friday at Stubb's; Calliope Musicals, performing Thursday at Mohawk and many more artists.

Or check out Mama Duke at Stubb's on Friday, Daphne Tunes at Cheer Up Charlies on Friday, Amplified Heat will play at Valhalla on Saturday and Star Parks will play at Mohawk on Sunday.

Some of the artists also contributed to the Hot Summer Nights Mixtape, which will donate 100% of the proceeds to RRCD's emergency relief fund, called Banding Together ATX. The fund was started at the beginning of the pandemic and has given more than $225,000 to more than 3,000 music and service venues.

If you have yet to get vaccinated, Empire Control Room is holding a vaccine clinic in partnership with Austin Public Health from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Keep a mask handy, as venues require masks while indoors.

More information on the festival is available on RRCD's website.


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