TinyFest Texas 2021
When: 10 a.m. Saturday – 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
What: Tour tiny houses, van converstions, shipping container homes and more at this year's TinyFest. Grab tickets here for a weekend of speakers, workshops and panel discussions plus live music, food and more!
Fierce Whiskers Grand Opening
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Fierce Whiskers, 5333 Fleming Court
What: Fan of whiskey? Come along to the free grand opening of Fierce Whiskers Distillery's new tasting room. Enjoy bites from a food truck, oysters, musical performances and a raffle.
Austin Summer Carnival
When: 6 p.m. Saturday – 2 a.m. Sunday
Where: The Venue ATX, 516 East 6th St.
What: Don your dancing outfit for this carnival that celebrates the African heritage with Brazilian, Latin and Caribbean rhythms in Austin. Snag your tickets here.
Beginner's Succulent Arrangement and Planting
When: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Succulent Native, 5501 North Lamar Blvd.
What: Calling all first-time planters: Get your hands dirty and learn about succulent and cactus arrangement and care. No tools required! Grab your tickets here.
Viva Mexico '21
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St.
What: The Center will host its 14th annual event, showcasing visual art, dance and musical performances that explore Mexico's history through cultural art traditions. Grab your ticket here!
When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Where: The Riley Building, 315 Lavaca St.
What: Black Swan Yoga and Austin Private Yoga present a donation-based chance to get your stretch on with downtown views.
Grand Opening Party
When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Where: Succulent Native, 5501 North Lamar Blvd
What: Come along to this PLANTastic event celebrating the Succulent Collective's opening of their second store. Expect coffee, cocktails, tiny pots and (of course) plants.
Outdoor Silent Disco Party
When: 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Belmont, 305 West 6th St
What: Get boogyin' this weekend in the heart of downtown. The best part? You get to choose the tunes, from top 40 dance hits to 80s throwbacks and hip hop. Grab tickets here.
Austin Museum Day
When: Sunday, all-day
Where: Over 20 museums
What: Enjoy special programming at more than 20 Austin-area museums—for free!—at this 24th annual event that celebrates art, culture, history, music, nature and science.
More than a year after the pandemic shut down dozens of Austin famous events like SXSW, ACL and countless live music events, a renewed wave of cancelations are sweeping through the city faster than you can say "Delta variant."
The COVID-19 situation in the Austin-Travis County area is looking grim with the emergence of the Delta variant—the seven-day moving average for new cases is 385 and ICUs are in dire straits with only seven available beds for the entire 2.3 million person metro as of yesterday.
More than five local events have already hit the chopping block, here's what they were.
Glow Paddle ATX
Glow Paddle ATX, a night paddle boarding event on Lady Bird Lake benefiting the Flatwater Foundation, has been canceled by organizers, citing concerns over health and safety. The event was originally scheduled for Aug. 20.
Widespread Panic at ACL Live
IMPORTANT UPDATE: This weekend’s @WidespreadPanic shows are being rescheduled to Friday, October 8 - Sunday, October 10, 2021. See below for details or visit https://t.co/MXx73bmFiU. pic.twitter.com/s6aWLh2Who— ACL Live (@acllive) August 13, 2021
Just hours before Widespread Panic was supposed to take the ACL Live stage on Friday, all the band's shows for the weekend were postponed due to singer John Bell testing positive for COVID-19. However, the shows have already been rescheduled to the weekend of Oct. 8.
Multiple shows at 3TEN ACL Live
CANCELLATION UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, @aLiveOneMusic tonight, 8/13/21 and @thelectricjoint tomorrow, 8/14/21 at @3TENaustin have both been cancelled. Tickets will be automatically refunded through point of purchase. pic.twitter.com/KV2QfVpIwm— 3TEN ACL Live (@3TENaustin) August 13, 2021
This weekend's performances at 3TEN ACL Live are taking a backseat. The performance by A Live One and Kalu & The Electric Joint have not announced any future plans to perform at 3TEN as tickets are being refunded.
And another week down the line, Austin's resident "Empress of Soul" is rescheduling her performance, which was scheduled for Aug. 21, with a new date to be announced. Jones didn't hold back on the sass when she mentioned the closure, flashing a cheeky message directed at Gov. Greg Abbott on Instagram.
Austin Pride Parade
Organizers of the 4th Street parade, which had been scheduled for Saturday, said the decision to postpone the celebration was made with an "unimaginably heavy heart." Pride was also canceled in 2020, making this the second year residents will have to do without. Pride usually brings thousands together in Downtown Austin and organizers asked locals to mask up in the interim.
The long-awaited opening festivities for Waterloo Park, located along East 15th, Red River, East 12th and Trinity Streets, were postponed on Thursday after being announced in May. Though the park will still open to the public today at 10 a.m., festivities scheduled for both September and opening day are now up in the air.
After opening its doors in July for the first time since the pandemic began, Hideout Theatre closed yet again when Austin reentered Stage 5 after just a few shows. The improv comedy theater and cafe said it will reopen as soon as it can.
Blues on the Green
After a momentous return to Zilker Park for a nostalgic two shows before they were called off in response to COVID cases surging. The free shows will be rescheduled but the date is still indeterminate as organizers asked Austinites to get vaccinated in the meantime, "so we can again enjoy free live music in Zilker Park."
It looks like this could be just the beginning for a slew of cancellations to come.
Waterloo Greenway is the latest venue to announce a postponement, following suit in the 2021 edition of COVID-fueled cancellations.
The new urban parks system that was to debut Waterloo Park this weekend announced Thursday morning that it made the "difficult but necessary" decision to postpone opening day celebrations. The day's festivities had been announced in May, but as COVID cases surge this month, it follows other events like Austin Pride in postponing.
August 14th will not look like what we had planned, but it will still represent a momentous occasion for Austin. Though we wish we could celebrate the years of hard work with the fanfare this park and our community deserve, your health and safety are our number one priority. pic.twitter.com/dxYlOJzVGi
— Waterloo Greenway (@WaterlooGW) August 12, 2021
"We truly believe this is in the best interest of all staff, volunteers, artists, partners and countless community members who have helped bring this park to life," the park spokespeople said on Twitter.
There is a silver lining: the park will still open to the public, sans festivities, this Saturday at 10 a.m.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, land dedication, daytime programming and nighttime concert showcase, all part of CommUNITY Day festivities, will be moved to a later date. Waterloo Park, located by East 15th, Red River, East 12th and Trinity streets, had already had multiple events planned in September as well, which will now be in question.
The announcement comes after the park had already seen delays in opening. The park broke ground in 2017 and was set to open in the spring of this year before it was pushed back until the end of summer.
In the interim, Waterloo Greenway is following local, state and CDC health guidance and said it encourages guests to do the same while visiting.
"The opening of this park comes at a critical time for the community, and access to outdoor space has never been more important for physical, mental and emotional health," park organizers said in an email. "The reopening of Waterloo Park marks a momentous occasion for the community, with 11 acres of revitalized green space for all Austinites to explore and connect with nature, in the heart of downtown."
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