The History, Arts and Nature programs of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department give voice to Austin's imagination, abundant nature and colorful past. Visit our museums, cultural centers, art markets, nature centers and outdoor theater for a memorable glimpse of what makes Austin unique.
7/5 - 8/31
From Austin with Love: OBE Consignors
Local artists expand their horizons and bring the best and most delightful pieces of art and craft. Artists reception, Friday 7/5 5pm-7pm.
Tues - Sat, Business Hours Old Bakery and Emporium
7/11 - 7/28
MEET HER HANDS: BIG CHICKEN AND BABY BIRD
Experience an immersive installation by Austin artists Nat Bradford and Tsz Kam. Together, they create magical scenes illuminating the ambiguity of gender. Produced with #bossbabesATX. Opening reception 7/11 6:30 - 8:30 PM
12 - 5 PM Elisabet Ney Museum
7/12 - 8/17
Zilker Theatre Productions Presents The Little Mermaid
This summer, dive into The Little Mermaid! This splashy musical adventure is sure to have audiences singing along with their favorite songs.
Thu - Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm
8:15 - 10:30 PM Zilker Hillside Theater
Date Night @ The DAC: Ensoul Soiree
Share a meal with artist Maura Schaffer and become part of a collective intermingling of spirits. You will begin as strangers and leave as friends.
8:15 - 10:30 PM Dougherty Arts Center
Myanmar Ethnic Culture show
Learn about the different cultures and ethnic identities from Myanmar. Enjoy performances, cultural displays and food for sale by the Karen, Karenni, Chin, Kachin, Burmese, and Mon communities in Austin.
Sat, 12 - 3 PM Asian American Resource Center
FOTOATX: Open House
All FOTOATX exhibitions are open with artists present, activities, and more. visit www.fotoatx.org for details
Sat, 12 - 4 PM
8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31
August Drawing Salons
Get your sketch on at the Ney’s weekly Drawing Salons! Every Saturday morning in August, learn to draw using free materials and Ney’s magnificent sculptures as your model.
Sat, 10 AM - 12 PM Elisabet Ney Museum
Tejano Genealogy Saturdays
On the first Saturday of the month, the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin has monthly membership meetings and invites guest speakers for public lectures on Tejano history. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
First Sat, 10 AM - 12 PM Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Crowdfunding For Artists
Crowdfunding can be an amazing resource for artists to raise money for new projects. Learn the dos and don’ts of running a successful campaign.
Wed, 6:30 - 8 PM Dougherty Arts Center
8/8 - 1/11
Alaasé: Messages Within The Conjure
Explore ancient ritual practices of the Yoruba and other African peoples in the paintings, bricolages, and textile inspired works by Nailah I. Akinyémi-Sankofa. Opening reception 8/10, 2 PM
Mon - Sat, 10 AM - 6 PM George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
8/15 - 11/21
Tejano Genealogy Thursdays
On the third Thursday of the month, the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin hosts an open workday to research, produce and share important knowledge about collective history and genealogy. The public can even use their Ancestry software to trace their roots. Email email@example.com for details.
Third Thursday, 10 AM - 3 PM Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
8/17 - 11/18
Austin Veteran Art Festival
Unifying veterans and their communities through art to enlighten the community on the issues surrounding veterans physically, mentally and emotionally by using art as a healing vehicle.
Tue - Sat, Business Hours Old Bakery and Emporium
Date Night @ The Dac: Snapshot Social
Bring your phone or camera and delve into a world of larger than life backdrops, props and lights and compose wickedly clever and imaginative portraits of yourself and friends.
Wed, 7 - 9 PM Dougherty Arts Center
8/23 - 8/25
Aztlan Dance Company Presents: Barrio Logos
The second installment of the AZTLAN Project Trilogy. Barrio Logos examines the term AZTLAN, as a concept and organizing principle, for the Xicana/o creative community. Orale!
Thurs - Sat, 8 PM
Sun 3 PM Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Spectrum Theater Presents A Staged Reading Of Stick Fly By Lydia R. Diamond
An affluent African-American family clashes over issues of race and privilege, and long-standing family tensions reach a boiling point when old secrets are revealed.
Sat, 2 - 5 PM Dougherty Arts Center
Noche De Folklor, Presented By Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico De Texas
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and celebrate Mexico’s multifaceted traditional folk dance with a modern appreciation.
Sat, 7:30 - 10 PM Zilker Hillside Theater
8/30 - 9/8
Ether Junk By Arcos
A looping, livestreaming performance-installation from transmedia group ARCOS featuring humans using their bodies to hack the interface and reclaim the stories entangling us all.
Fri - Sun, 7 PM Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Re-membering Is The Responsibility Of The Living: Taja Lindley 3/7 - 7/27
Drawing parallels between garbage bags and the violent treatment of Black people in the United States, Taja Lindley imagines how we can recycle the energy of protest, rage, and grief into creating a world where, indeed, Black Lives Matter. George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
Constant Escape: Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen And Tammie Rubin 3/7 - 7/27
Aguilera, Makonnen and Rubin present works in sculpture, photography, installation, text, and video that embody the world of impossible futures enabled by identities in constant escape from monolithic narratives.constant escape. George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
The Susanna Dickinson Museum Present "Tough Texas Women - Chapter One: Barbara Jordan"
We know the story of Susanna Dickinson, but there have been many other Tough Texas Women who have contributed to our state’s history. In this ongoing series, we explore the live and accomplishments of those women. These are their stories. Online ExhibitSusanna Dickinson Museum