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June Curated: Austin’s Top 10 Events This Month

The summer is heating up with plenty of festivals, museum events, music and dance performances, and more exciting events to add to your calendar

Visitors at Second Saturdays at the Blanton
Visitors at Second Saturdays at the Blanton (photo courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art)

June is heating up with exciting events in Austin! With Pride month celebrations, concerts, dance performances, plenty of fun at local museums, and festivals focused on film, books, and music, here’s our list of top events to add to your calendar.

UMLAUF After Dark: Pride

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum
June 4, 5 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a special drag show hosted by Ryan Velasquez, connect with the heart of Austin’s LGBTQ+ community with a visit to the Austin PRIDE booth, and explore a curated selection of art vendors at UMLAUF After Dark’s Pride event. Dive into a world of glitter and glam at the Coco-Coquette glitter lash station, or experience the transformative power of a gender-affirming haircut at Golden Soul Salon. Let the beats of Queer Vinyl Co. set the mood as you indulge in delicious treats from the Dulce Amor Mio ice cream truck and savor the flavors of Shish Mediterranean food truck. More info.

June's edition of UMLAUF After Dark at the sculpture garden
Get ready for June’s edition of UMLAUF After Dark. (photo courtesy of the UMLAUF)

Second Saturdays: Dancing About Art

The Blanton Museum of Art
June 8, 2 – 8 p.m.

This summer, The Blanton is “Dancing about Art” every Second Saturday with live music and dance-themed art experiences. The June event features their “salsa edition” with live music, an art talk by photographer Al Rendón about his portraiture of famed singer Selena Quintanilla, and fruit treats and cooling towels from H-E-B. More info.

Visitors at Second Saturdays at the Blanton (photo courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art)
Visitors at Second Saturdays at the Blanton (photo courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art)

Blues on the Green

Zilker Park
June 11 and 12, 7 p.m.

Summer in Austin doesn’t quite seem official until it’s kicked off at Blues on the Green in Zilker Park. What started as a celebration of the blues has evolved into an eclectic, diverse showcase for Austin-based artists from a variety of genres. With talent that includes bands such as Grace Sorensen, Riders Against The Storm, Caramelo Haze, and The Point, there is a little something for all musical tastes.

Stage at Blues on the Green at Zilker Park
Stage at Blues on the Green at Zilker Park (photo by Erika Rich)

Central Texas Juneteenth 2K, Parade & Celebration 

Historic East Austin and Rosewood Park
June 15, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” is the oldest known African American celebration commemorating the end of slavery. This annual event features a parade with floats and entertainment, and a celebration with food and local vendors at Rosewood Park.

Summer Solstice Event

Laguna Gloria
June 20, 6-9 p.m.

On the longest day of the year, enjoy complimentary herbal refreshments and create cyanotypes with natural materials at the Summer Solstice event. A DJ set by Purple Matter will provide music, enhancing the vibrant atmosphere of vendors and activities. More info.

Laguna Gloria (photo courtesy of The Contemporary Austin)

International Day of Yoga

Waterloo Park
June 21, 6 – 9 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Castle Hill Fitness, this event is part of the Workout at Waterloo series June 21 marks the International Day of Yoga, and you can join a series of FREE classes that celebrate the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world stage.

yoga class at Waterloo Park in Austin
Enjoy free yoga classes at Waterloo Park. (Photo courtesy of Waterloo Greenway)

Austin Asian American Film Festival

AFS Cinema
June 26 – 30

The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) celebrated feature filmmakers’ unique voices and create a forum where viewers can come together to experience the wide array of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) perspectives. More info.

The Drop-In Summer Concert Series

Long Center
Every Thursday

ACL Radio & The Long Center have teamed up to bring Austin audiences a free weekly concert series on the Long Center lawn all summer long. The event features a diverse lineup of well-known and emerging artists in the heart of downtown. More info.

Drop In Summer Concert Series (Photo by Brynn Osborn)
Drop In Summer Concert Series (Photo by Brynn Osborn)

Austin African American Book Festival

George Washington Carver Museum
June 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This free literary event showcases new works by and about African Americans. Notable speakers and authors will discuss their works and facilitate conversations.

Sips & Sounds Summer Festival

Circuit of the Americas
June 29 and 30,

Coca-Cola hosts this annual music festival featuring national headlining artists across two days and multiple stages. Enjoy stellar live music, premium listening experiences, and a selection of local food and drink vendors.

Guests at Coca Cola's Sips and Sounds Summer Music Festival at COTA
Guests having a blast at Coca Cola’s Sips and Sounds Summer Music Festival at COTA. (photo courtesy of Sips and Sounds Summer Music Festival)

Much More to Explore this June in Austin

Of course, there are far more than ten amazing events to enjoy this month, and you can browse our online events calendar for even more ideas on things to see and do this June in Austin. Also, be sure to check out: