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Things to do in the summer in Austin

Make the most of the (very) sweaty season with our guide to the best things to do in the summer in Austin

Photograph: Courtesy Westin Austin

We know it's tempting to hibernate in air-conditioned movie theaters and malls when the temps start to rise, but there are still plenty of things to do in the summer in Austin. And we're not just talking about hitting up one of Austin's best restaurants or only coming out at night to see a show at the best venues for live music in the city. Slather on some sunscreen, drink plenty of water and fill up your calendar with our guide to the best activities, ice cream shops, outdoor movies and more this summer. Then check out our list of the 20 best things to do in Austin year-round—because no matter the season, there's always something exciting happening here.

Things to do in the summer in Austin

1
Cool off at a nearby water park
Things to do

Cool off at a nearby water park

Curb that heat wave with a lazy river float.

2
Sip on summer cocktails
Bars

Sip on summer cocktails

It's the season for punch and popsicle cocktails.

3
Watch a movie outdoors
Movies

Watch a movie outdoors

Pack a picnic and catch a flick under the stars.

4
Fall in love with a new band
Blog

Fall in love with a new band

These are the local acts to pay attention to this summer.

5
Try scoops of the city's best ice cream
Restaurants

Try scoops of the city's best ice cream

There's always room for dessert.  

6
Lounge by a swanky pool
Blog

Lounge by a swanky pool

Score day passes to fancy hotel pools.

7
Drink on a rooftop bar
Bars

Drink on a rooftop bar

As long as there are fans, it's all good.

8
Shop for a new swimsuit
Blog

Shop for a new swimsuit

Head to our favorite swim shops for pretty prints.

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