Upcoming Events

Hyphenated Book Club •  Multiple Dates • FREE

 Celebrate the contemporary works of Asian American writers and experiences in this year-around book club series. From new releases to community favorites, emerging voices to literary ancestors, fiction to non-fiction and everything in-between, explore the diversity of American literature from an Asian American lens. Registration information to follow.

Register to attend our next Hyphenated Meet Up at: www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com. 

See below for upcoming Hyphenated's reading list, meet up dates, and community partners.

  • August 30, 2022 - 7PM CST - In Person/AARC - Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian, with Sona Shah, Parks and Recreation Department's Equity and Inclusion Program Manager
Artist Access Program: AAAFF's Our Stories Within • May 26, 26 2022 6:30pm - 8pm

Austin Asian American Film Festival & The New Philanthropists present Our Stories Within, an evening celebrating short films made by local Asian Americans in Austin. The event will begin with a showcase of short films by students of the Asian American Resource Center's recent filmmaking workshops. At the heart of the program is a screening of STORIES WITHIN, an award-winning film directed by PJ Raval and made by the Austin Asian American community. Panel with filmmakers and subjects to follow. Register to attend at: www.goelevent.com/AAAFF/e/OurStoriesWithin

Y’ALL, WE ASIAN presents: A Big Ol' Comedy Showcase! • Friday, May 27, 8pm-9:30pm  • $15

A one-night-only comedy show that showcases Texas' best Asian American comedians in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With performances by KC Shornima, Paul Smith, Liem Nguyen, Arun Rama, Cheryl Cruz, Peng Dang and yours truly, Y'all We Asian. Hosted by Yola Lu and Norman Tran. We got standup, improv, musical comedy and last but not least - Asian snacks baby! We will have Asian dessert food vendors and a photo booth! Cuz guess what y’all? We Asian. $15 registration fee. 


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Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/a-big-ol-comedy-showcase-tickets-324392234907?fbclid=IwAR0XTtEgfD09y-ZJR9j4sa2tZOFGpq1bRvAZtEHTBcMiYapDmGOTIs5DPrU

 Living with Nature – Spring Classes • Saturdays 10AM -11:30AM

Honor nature and incorporate its beauty into your daily life! Living with Nature is a 3-class series throughout the spring. $5 per participant. Supplies provided. All ages welcome. In Person at the AARC. Registration closes the Friday before each session. No Drop Ins allowed. Register at www.austintexas.gov/parksonline (Culture & Arts > Asian American Resource Center > All Types)

  • May 28 - Asian Plant Decor - 10AM - 11:30AM  - Create a table centerpiece with wild plants. All supplies provided, participants encouraged to bring natural elements from home (pebbles, branches, flowers, leaves).

Khabaar: A Conversation with Author Madhushree Ghosh  •  June 15, 2022 • 6PM - 8:30PM

On Wednesday, June 15th, AARC will host Madhushree Ghosh as she discusses her new book, Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family, in conversation with Austin Eater’s Nadia Chaudhury. This evening will feature a reading by the author, as well as an open discussion about food memory, myths surrounding domestic violence, and immigrant identity. Chai and a light assortment of South Asian snacks will be provided. This event a collaboration between AARC and AFSSA. In Person at the AARC, 8401 Cameron Road Austin Texas 78754, from 6:00Pm to 8:00PM. Free and open to all. Due the nature of some of the content, parental guidance is advised. AFSSA advocates will be present throughout the event to provide assistance or a safe space to those who may need it.

Register at www.aarcatx.eventbrite.com



Summer Film and Theatre Teen Camp  •  Summer 2022 • FREE

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Interested in acting, filmmaking, or theatre? Sign up for this FREE Summer camp for teens (13-18 years old). Learn alongside professional artists while creating an original play or film. Mondays through Thursdays, 2PM to 5PM, here at the AARC (8401 Cameron Road, Austin TX 78754). Free and snacks provided!

To register or for more information, email aarc@austintexas.gov or call the AARC at 512-974-1700. Registration ends one week before session start date. 

  • Session A: June 6th to June 30th
  • Session B: July 11th to August 4th

Camp details available in العربية (Arabic), ဗမာ (မြန်မာ) (Burmese),  中文 (简体)  (Chinese), English 한국어 (Korean), and Tiếng Việt  (Vietnamese).   

Central Texas Food Bank Monthly Distribution at the AARC  •  May 23 - 8AM - 9AM

Monday, May 23rd, is the monthly Central Texas Food Bank distribution to bring FREE healthy food to AARC! Every 4th Monday of the Month from 8am - 9am. For more information, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org or call 211.

Click here to view the multilingual flyer with distribution information translated in Tiếng Việt中文 (简体) , 한국어,  العربية

AARC Community & In House Exhibits  •  ONGOING • FREE

The AARC’s Community Art Exhibit Program displays artworks year round that celebrate the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage, history, identity and creativity of Asian American Pacific Islanders. Exhibits are displayed on a quarterly schedule. Learn more by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/asian-american-resource-center-exhibits

Ongoing Senior Programs

AARC staff is excited to start offering limited wellness classes at the facility and continue virtual classes starting August 30th. To register, email us at AARC@austintexas.gov or contact us at 512-974-1700 for more information. Learn more about the current class schedule, how to register, and modified operational guidelines by visiting: www.austintexas.gov/page/aarc-senior-programming

Current programming includes:

  • Tai Chi with Mr. Huang 
  • Gentle Chair Yoga with Patti
  • Ping Pong 
  • Senior Garden Group 
  • Tai Chi with Vince Cobalis or Gongxian 
  • Movement and Meditation
ACC - ESL Classes • Wednesdays and Thursdays  • 5:45PM - 8:45PM

ACC's free ESL courses help non-native speakers learn basic English for college or the workplace, or simply to become more comfortable with everyday communication. Check the ESL Class Schedule to view a variety of days and times. 

Parks and Recreation 2022 Summer Camps 

Stay tuned for information about Totally Cool Totally Art's Teen Summer Program at the AARC! More details on the program offerings and registration coming this spring! In the meantime, learn more about 2022 summer camp offerings from the Parks and Recreation Department!

Austin Parks and Recreation provides accessible, diverse, and inclusive summer camps, and now offers early registration for community participants who qualify for financial aid, adaptive and inclusion support programs. There are camps for youth (ages 5 to 12) and for teens (ages 12 to 15) at select locations.

Find your program’s designated registration date and time below, then register at AustinTexas.gov/ParksOnline, or call your summer camp location for more details. You can register in person, over the phone, or online. For more information about Summer Camps, visit AustinTexas.gov/SummerCamp

Approved Financial Aid, Adaptive and Inclusion Campers (Austin Residents – In Person and by Phone)

February 5–18 is early registration for financial aid, adaptive, and inclusion participants.  Registration times vary based on location, evening and weekend times are available.  Financial Aid Information and Application  Adaptive/Inclusion Support Information 

Community Recreation Center Summer Camp 

Community recreation summer programs at Recreation Centers have a youth development philosophy which focuses on providing youth opportunities to enhance their interests, skills and abilities through intentional programming and quality experiences that help develop social, emotional, ethical, physical and cognitive competencies. 

March 5 at 10 a.m. Recreation Center Summer Camp Registration opens (Austin Residents)  March 5 at 1 p.m. Recreation Center Summer Camp Registration opens (Non-Austin Residents) 

Nature/Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp 

Nature-based summer camp programs provide hands-on educational and recreational activities that increase appreciation for the natural environment and awareness of the conservation ethic. 

February 26 at 10 a.m. Nature/Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp Registration opens (Austin Residents)  February 26 at 1 p.m. Nature/Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp Registration opens (Non-Austin Residents) 

Culture and Arts 

Visual and performing arts, culture and history summer camp programs preserve and protect the past, celebrate Austin’s diversity, build community, and develop awareness and appreciation for the arts. 

February 19 at 10 a.m. Culture and Arts Summer Camp Registration opens (Austin Residents)  February 19 at 1 p.m. Culture and Arts Summer Camp Registration opens (Non-Austin Residents) 

Therapeutic Summer Camp

Therapeutic summer programs embrace the diversity that defines Austin and works to ensure that all individuals are accepted, included, and welcomed to participate, play, and recreate together with a team of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and Inclusion Aids. 

February 5 at 10 a.m. Therapeutic Summer Camp Registration opens (Austin Residents)  February 19 at 1 p.m. Therapeutic Summer Camp Registration opens (Non-Austin Residents) 

The AARC is a public facility with free community rooms available for non-commercial usage and also includes rental spaces including the AARC Ballroom, Classrooms, Conference Room and Foyer available for public and private functions. The AARC is not responsible for the community rental and reservation events listed here.

The Calendar of Events provides a listing of events scheduled at the AARC. Only AARC sponsored events, confirmed rental events and public reservations are listed on the event calendar. Every attempt is made to provide accurate listings, but we cannot guarantee accuracy, service or quality of the listings presented due to unforeseen changes.  While we strive to be up to date, the information provided may not always be the most recent information. To confirm availability of space for a rental booking, please contact the event coordinator Bianca Galvan 512-974-1696 or bianca.galvan@austintexas.gov . 

Event Calendar