Fun Things to Do From “Urban to Suburban” for July 14-17

From experiencing the Sistine Chapel to enjoying a scoop of ice cream, there’s something to do this weekend in the Capital City!

The Austin Dance Festival

Austin Dance Festival returns to the stage for the first time since 2019. The festival includes a variety of events such as performances by 22 professional artists and dance companies; screenings of indie “dance on film” shorts from six different countries; artist interviews; directors chats; master classes; a youth concert; and a college dance fair. July 14-17 at Rollins Theater in The Long Center. For more information: Events by date and time: Thursday, July 14, 7:30-9:00pm, Dance on Film Screening followed by a Director’s Chat led by Dorothy O’Shea Overbey Friday, July 15, 8:00-9:30pm, Professional Dance Showcase with Artist Interviews conducted by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin Saturday, July 16, 5:00-6:30pm, Professional Dance Showcase with Artist Interviews conducted by Marlo Harris Saturday, July 16, 8:00-9:30pm, Professional Dance Showcase with Artist Interviews conducted by Neil Ellis Orts Sunday, July 17, 3:00-4:00pm, Youth Concert and College Dance Fair

Get Experimental at an Animal Collective Concert

Twenty-plus years after their debut, the musical quartet continues to push boundaries, and they’re taking to Emo’s to celebrate their 2022 project Time Skiffs. Join the vibrantly face-painted group as they deliver their signature found sound, electronica, and psychedelic vocal layering. Grab tickets here. July 14, 7 p.m., 2015 E. Riverside Drive

Find Your Center at a Holistic Health Expo

Looking to embark on a wellness journey? Practitioners of alternative medicine are convening at the Body Mind Spirit Expo, a two-day touring symposium dedicated to holistic living. Speak to psychics and mediums, browse health products at vendor booths, and listen to talks on new therapeutic techniques. Learn more here. July 16-17, times vary, 900 Barton Springs Road

Step Inside the Sistine Chapel

Circuit of the Americas has officially debuted its stunning recreation of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Thirty-four illuminated pieces line the exhibition space, and visitors can listen along to audio descriptions of each painting’s history. Get your tickets here. July 8-Aug. 28, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

Catch a Choreopoem Celebrating Black Nerdhood

Music, dance, and spoken word converge in Valoneecia Tolbert’s Tales of a Blerd Ballerina, playing now at The Vortex. Influenced by Afrodisaporic theory and jazz aesthetics, the set-centric visual performance depicts Tolbert’s experience growing up as a Black nerd in ’80s and ’90s Austin. Get your tickets here. July 8-23, showtimes vary, 2307 Manor Road

Attend Austin’s Chamber Music Festival

In a wallop of woodwind and brass, performers from the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center promise a stellar program. Bringing it back to Beethoven, the ensemble will journey through neoclassical France and contemporary avant-garde, showcasing centuries-long musical development. View the program and get tickets here. July 15, 7 p.m., 2406 Robert Dedman Drive

Chill Out with Margaritas and Baby Goats

Baby goats, yoga, and margaritas: an odd-yet-effective recipe for relaxation. Trudy’s Del Mar is hosting a guided stretching session featuring four-legged friends. Roll out your mat, order a drink, and get in some quality goat time. Visitors can RSVP here. July 17, 9-10 a.m., 1600 S. Congress Ave.

Have an Ice Cream Sunday

This National Ice Cream Day, cap off your weekend with refreshing sweet treats. Stop in for a pint at Blue Owl Brewing and get a complimentary beer float with your order. If you’ve yet to visit the Museum of Ice Cream, enter their 1,000-ticket giveaway for free entry—or stop by for specialty items like a decadent three-scoop sundae. July 17, times and locations vary

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Darian Rausch is the Broker/Owner of Urban to Suburban Realty.

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