Texas Folklife “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Reception and Public Listening Party | July 18

Texas Folklife Stores from Deep in the Heart July 2014

Texas Folklife presents a free public listening party and reception for the Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute program on Friday, July 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center. This year’s program documents Asian and Asian American community traditions through audio stories.  “Stories from Deep in the Heart” is Texas Folklife’s award-winning youth radio program that teaches high school students and teachers how to document family and community traditions through audio documentaries. #Austin #ATX

Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Road
Austin, TX 78754

Music Under the Star @ Bullock Texas State History Museum | July 11, 18, 25

Music Under the Stars 2014

The Bullock Texas State History Museum celebrates its 11th season of outstanding Texas music with the annual #FREE summer concert series, Music Under the Star. Pack your camp chairs and blankets (no coolers, please). During the outdoor concerts, visitors can cool off with beer, soda and more for sale on the plaza or shop in the Museum Store. Free parking after 6 pm in the garage. Bullock Museum Lone Star Plaza | 6-9 pm #Austin #ATX

July 11 | Shiva’s Headband and Roky Erickson
July 18 | Carrie Rodriguez and Tish Hinojosa
July 25 | Ray Benson with Milkdrive and The Jason Roberts Band

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Rhythm on Stage @ the Long Center | July 1-22

Image Credit: Long Center

Image Credit: Long Center

The Long Center and Ballet Austin invite you to dance this summer. Rhythm on Stage is a series of #FREE dance lessons followed by open dance. Doors at 7 pm; instruction at 7:30 pm. All ages. #RhythmStage #Austin #ATX

  • July 1 |  Zumba with Rebekah Fowler – RSVP
  • July 8 | Bollywood with Prakash Mohandas and Divya Dinakar – RSVP here
  • July 15 | Hip-Hop with Shepherd Allen – RSVP here
  • July 22 | West African with Jean Claude Lessou – RSVP here
The Long Center
Meredith Family Stage in Dell Hall
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

African American Book Festival | June 28

African American Book Festival 2014

The 8th Annual African American Book Festival takes place Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carver Library and Museum. The event promotes literature, reading, writing and library usage within the African American community. This year’s theme is WE HAVE TOMORROW: Black Literature as Inspiration for Change. #FREE and open to the public. #Austin #ATX

Carver Library and Museum
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, TX 78702

KUTX MapJam’s “Summer Jam 2014” featuring Afro-Latin, Cajun and Psych-Dub | June 21

KUTX Summer Jam 2014

KUTX MapJam’s “Summer Jam 2014” takes place Saturday, June 21, from 3-6 pm at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. Summer Jam is a scaled-down version of MapJam with all performances taking place in one location. MapJam emphasizes the unique spaces where music is made in Austin. Lineup includes three very different genres of music: Afro-Latin, Cajun and psych-dub. All-ages event. #Austin #ATX #AustinMusicMap

3-3:45 p.m.: Gumbo Ce Soir (Cajun)
4-4:45 p.m.: Cilantro Boombox (Afro-Latin), with special guest Gina Chavez
5-5:45 p.m.: Holiday Mountain (psych-dub)

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co
1305 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

Planet Music: African/African American Music, Featuring Bavu Blakes and Ibrahim Aminou | June 14


Austin Parks and Recreation Department presents its Planet Music series with an afternoon of African/African American music featuring Bavu Blakes and Ibrahim Aminou at the George Washington Culver Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from Noon to 4 p.m. #Austin #ATX #Free

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, TX 78702

Soul to Sole Festival | June 11-15

Tapestry Dance Company presents its 14th Annual Soul to Sole Festival, June 11-15. The festival brings dancers from around the nation to the home of the International Tap Association–Austin, Texas! Over 75 master classes, courses, tap jam and showcase, panel discussions, and an exciting faculty concert on Saturday, June 14, at the the Rollins Studio Theatre at The Long Center. This one-of-a-kind, Austin festival brings swingin’ jazz and hundreds of feet keeping time to the pulse of this wonderful and indigenous American art form.


The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert @ Bullock Texas State History Museum | April 26

The Big Squeeze Finals 2014

Texas Folklife presents The Big Squeeze Statewide Accordion Contest Finals and Concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, April 26, from 2-6 pm. Nine finalists compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco and conjunto. Winners will perform at the Texas Folklife’s highly acclaimed annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 7, 2014. #Free and open to the public. #Austin #ATX

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival | April 22-27

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2014

The 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival brings together Latino and indigenous filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters from all across the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula in Austin, Texas, April 22-27, 2014. This year’s festival honors and life and work of Efraín Gutiérrez, a pioneer of Mexican American cinema in Texas. All films are subtitled in English and are not rated. Festival passes and individual tickets are available. All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and St. Edward’s University are #free and open to the public. #Austin #ATX #CLAIFF17


Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival | April 12

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival

The 20th Annual Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival takes place Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Austin American Statesman Parking Lot. Music lineup includes Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, Blues, Rock and Jazz. Admission includes FREE crawfish.  Additional food and drinks available for purchase.  (Kids ages 8 and under are free with an adult.)  FREE parking available in the Texas Department of Transportation lot next to the event. #Austin #ATX

Austin American Statesman
305 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704