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

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🗓 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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Atelier Beauté Chanel Pop-up

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Sunday

Where: Music Lane, 1009 South Congress Ave.

What: This is the last chance to catch Chanel’s pop-up beauty workshop, where you can toy with makeup, fragrance and skincare or get an application by a professional. The pop-up is gone for good on Sunday.

Austin Auto Show

When: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St.

What: Join the Austin Automobile Dealers Association for a weekend of “this year’s most anticipated” car models under one roof. Pricing starts at $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

The Austin Pancakes & Booze Art Show

When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday

Where: The Far Out Lounge & Bar, 8504 South Congress Ave.

What: Grab some free all-you-can-eat flapjacks and catch the work of more than 75 up-and-coming local artists displaying more than 300 pieces. This 21+ event will have live music until midnight and tickets run from $10-15.

Austin Reggae Festival 2022

When: 4 p.m. Friday- 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Auditorium Shores at Town Lake, 800 West Riverside Dr.

What: Three days worth of reggae music from the likes of Julian Marley, Third World, Earthkry and Austin-based Audic Empire paired with 50+ food and arts vendors. Tickets start at $15 for a day pass.

35th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival

When: 4 p.m. Thursday-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Old Settler's Music Festival Homestead, 1616 FM 3158

What: The staple Americana music festival is back on with a star-studded local lineup: Sir Woman, Zach Person, a closing show from ShinyRibs and more. Tickets start at $70.