7 Fun Things to Do in Austin this Weekend: July 27-31

Mingle at a Rooftop Party

This Saturday, Speakeasy invites you to an afternoon of downtown views, disc jockeys, and plenty of cocktails. With admission, guests can enter the rooftop lounge and enjoy libations and live music. Get tickets hereJuly 30, 4-9 p.m., 412 Congress Ave. 

Let Loose at a Kate Bush Bash

Join in on the jig of life at a benefit concert of Kate Bush’s greatest hits. With a stacked lineup of cover artists, you just know that something good is gonna happen. All proceeds from the event will support Free Lunch ATX, an initiative combating food insecurity. Get tickets hereJuly 30, 7:30 p.m. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.

Watch The Tempest in the Park

Awake, dear heart, awake! Central Texas Theatre Academy returns with Shakespeare on the River, the culminating production of a six-week summer workshop. Settle down in Blue Hole Regional Park for this free celebration of the Bard’s brave new world . July 30-31, 8-10 p.m., 100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley

Try Your Luck at Winning Free Cheese

Dairy lovers, this one’s for you. Arrive at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop bright and early to be one of the first 50 customers and receive a free wedge of cheese. Just missed the cutoff? Celebrate cultured culture anyway by browsing their selectionJuly 29, 11 a.m., 4220 Duval St. 

See The Shins in Concert

Salute indie rock history with the 20-year anniversary tour of the genre-defining Oh, Inverted World. The Shins will be taking the stage for two nights in a row at the Moody Theater, promising classic numbers and nostalgia. Grab tickets hereJuly 29-30, 8 p.m., 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.

Celebrate Shark Week at an Interactive Museum

In honor of these fierce and fascinating creatures, the Science Mill is hosting daily shark-themed activities for the whole family. Catch a nurse shark dissection, learn the art of shark tracking, and join in on a dig for shark teeth. Plus, you won’t want to miss suspenseful stories from shark photographer Matt Merchant. Learn more hereJuly 27-31, 10 a.m., 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

Take a Tour of Banksyland

Forever a polarizing presence in the art world, Banksy’s works are coming to Austin in a traveling exhibition. Featuring 80-plus installations, original studio pieces, and street art saved from destruction, the gallery space offers a glimpse of the world’s most elusive artist. Get tickets hereJuly 27-31, noon-8 p.m., 800 Congress Ave.

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy presents Music in the Garden

The Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy will present live music from the Mabel Davis Rose Garden, with a different artist performing each week. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and pack a picnic to enjoy while listening. All ages are welcome to sit and enjoy or wander the grounds as music is amplified throughout.  July 28, Ray Prim – Blues – Rock Americana Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin Parks Foundation presents Movies in The Park: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

As part of their ‘In the Park’ series, Austin Parks Foundation will present a special screening of The Mitchells vs. The Machines. Residents and visitors are invited to bring their blankets or lawn chairs for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. July 28, 8:30 p.m., Colony Park, 7400 Loyola Ln.

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

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