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.
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Date Night @ the DAC: This Upcycled Life
7/18, 7 - 9 PM | DAC
Find the beauty in the abandoned. Discover the wonder world of assemblage art with Austin Based artist Laura Caffrey, using upcycled materials found and collected by Austin Creative Reuse.
Black Texas Gospel: An Exhibition
7/7 - 10/27, Normal Business Hours | GWC
Through the biographies of singers like Elmer Akins, Chester Baldwin, Claudia Williams and Evelyn Franklin this exhibition honors the rich history of distinctly African American and Texan gospel singers who raised their voices in praise.
Meet Her Hands: Deborah Valcin
7/19 - 8/5, 6:30 - 8:30 | NEY
Austin-based Haitian-American photographer and videographer Deborah Valcin shows her varied works in the MEET HER HANDS series, an annual summer collaboration with #BossBabesATX. Exhibition opening talk and reception, cosponsored by #BossBabesATX.
Dimitri Gudgenov & Walker Winn Color & Memory, Surface & Substance
7/21 - 8/18, Normal Business Hours | DAC
Gudgenov’s abstract sculptures explore the tension between synthetically produced forms and are paired with Winn’s gridded color sequences that mysteriously conjure memories. Reception: Wednesday, July 25, 7 - 9 PM Artist Talk: Wednesday, August 8, 7 PM.
All Shook Up | ZHT 7/6 - 8/18 Thursday - Sunday, 8:15 PM
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up!
Open Mic Night @ the DAC
7/24, 7 - 9 PM | DAC
Bring your voice, poetry, beats, moves, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of, or sit back and enjoy the entertainment.
42nd Street Presented By Broadway Bound Performing Arts Program
This year is Broadway Bound’s tenth anniversary and we have decided to stage the play "42nd Street." It is about a girl who comes from Allentown, Pennsylvania who wants to make it big on Broadway. 7/27, 7/28
FR 7 PM
SA 1 PM
Sa 7 PM
The Lost Tapes
7/14, 8/18, 1 - 2:30 | GWC
A set of Smithsonian Channel films focuses on black history, culture, and achievement. Each screening is followed by a discussion.