If you’re looking to get your disco on, eat some awesome food, or just hang tough with your pals, you’ve come to right place. We’re highlighting 10 of the hottest things to do in Austin this weekend. Let’s go!
Thursday, May 18
Taste the South Festival
As part of their popular annual Passport series, Central Market is hosting “Taste the South” May 17 through May 30. During the two-week event, you can dive into regional culinary treats, new and old, from country ham to blue crab and crunchy okra, to Kentucky Derby Pie and handmade cheeses, just to mention a few.
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Austin.com calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
May 17 – 30 | Various times | Central Market locations | 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78756 & 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78745
Hot Luck Festival
Experience a weekend of Austin’s newest food and music while you hang with chefs, mingle with bartenders and enjoy the most intimate food festival experience. This one comes so highly recommended that we wrote up nine huge reasons why you should definitely go to Hot Luck Fest. Tickets are available for each day of the fest, with different music headliners daily.
May 18 – 21 | Times Vary | Locations Vary
Friday, May 19
Silent Disco – Quiet Clubbing A-T-X Style
Hundreds of party-goers singing along and yet you won’t hear a bad note. If you’ve never silent discoed, here’s your chance. Three DJs will be battling for your attention with the assistance of a 25-foot HD video projection wall. Buy tickets and get more info here.
May 19 | 10 pm | North Door | 501 Brushy St. Austin, Texas 78702
Dani Girl: a new musical
The name of this new show from Trinity Street Players is great. Though I may be just a wee bit biased. The subject matter sound equally great. When Dani, a precocious nine-year-old, loses her hair to leukemia, she embarks on a magical journey to get it back. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination. This FREE opening night celebration comes complete with cake and a chat back with the cast and director.
May 19 | 7:30 – 9 pm | Trinity Street Players’ Black Box Theater | 901 Trinity St. Austin, Texas 78701
Saturday, May 20
KLRU PBS Kids
Head to the Drafthouse for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood as part of the ongoing PBS Kids series. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-5. All ticket sales benefit education programs at KLRU. Check the events page for locations and times.
May 19 | Times vary | Alamo Drafthouse – Mueller, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane
Austin Humane Society Pup Crawl
Join fellow animal lovers and Austin Humane Society supporters for the 6th Annual Pup Crawl presented by Home Source Mortgage. Celebrating 65 years of saving lives in our community, the Pup Crawl has set a goal to raise $6,500 for Austin’s homeless pets. No details on which Rainey Street bars are participating so just head on down and we’re sure you’ll have a pawesome time!
May 20 | 2 – 8 pm | Rainey Street
Queen’s Soirée Burlesque
A royal celebration of dazzling tease, The Queen’s Soirée Burlesque is hosted by the effervescent World Famous *BOB* and will showcase some of the best performers from around the world including: Minxie Mimieux, 2016 Queen of Burlesque (New Orleans Burlesque Festival). Tickets start at $20.
May 20 | 7 pm | Stateside at the Paramount | 719 Congress Ave. Austin, Texas 78701
Swine & Dine Benefit
This first-class event benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society includes food, drinks, live music, silent auction and more. Your $100 donation helps raise awareness and funds to fight blood cancers. It also includes an open bar! More info here.
May 20 | 5:30 – 10 pm | Bar 3901 | 3901 Walsh Ranch Rd. Round Rock, TX 78681
Sunday, May 21
The Total Package Tour: NKOTB With Paula Abdul And Boyz II Men
It’s not yet the end of the road for these 80/90’s acts. While we have an entire list of music related offerings each weekend, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to add this one to my list. If you’ve got the right stuff, rush, rush to this show and you’ll be hanging tough. Straight up.
May 21 | 7:30 pm | Frank Erwin Center | 1701 Red River St. Austin, Texas 78701
Cuddle Up! Empowerment & Consent
Described as a unique guided experience, this two hour event will teach you how to give and receive consent, how to understand, respect, and value your personal needs and wants, practice saying “no”, and enjoy hugs, cuddling, and massage in a safe space.
May 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Moda Yoga | 7010 Easy Wind Dr. Suite 130 Austin, Texas 78752
Ruff Adventures #FurBallATX
#FurBallATX is a red carpet celebration of all the things that make Austin the Animal Rescue Capital of the World. This mid-afternoon cocktail reception and awards ceremony benefits Emancipet. Tickets include admission for one human and one dog (which you are encouraged to dress up in formal wear). Bringing a foster dog? Good on you. You get in for half price.
May 27 | 4-8 pm | The Gatsby | 708 E. Sixth St. Austin, Texas 78701