Check out the August agenda from our favorite local insiders.

Austin Ice Cream Festival

“You can sample from all of Austin’s best ice-cream shops and eat all the frozen treats at the Austin Ice Cream Festival—my dream come true! Don’t miss the sweetest and coolest event this summer. Love ice cream as much as I do? Try competing in the half-gallon ice-cream [eating]competition or the no-hands ice-cream sandwich competition. Bonus: The event is also dog-friendly.”

Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. | Tickets start at $10.
Jane Ko, @atasteofkoko


Seventh Annual Quesoff

“Not to be cheesy, but this is a must do if you claim to like queso. Come celebrate cheese in its best form. Contenders—from local restaurants and home cooks to neighbors and top chefs—will be concocting all varieties of queso, from meaty, spicy, veggie and wild card, and everything in between.”

Aug. 26, 2 to 5 p.m. | Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St.

The event is a benefit event for Central Texas Food Bank. Admission is $2 or free with a donation of two canned goods.
Kristy Owen, @365thingsaustin


Neiman Marcus Fall Trend Event

“I love the Neiman Marcus Trend events. They host an in-store fashion show to highlight and talk about the hottest fashion trends for that season from luxury labels. It’s a great way to learn about what’s happening on the runways at New York Fashion Week. This year’s Fall Trend events are Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. They always have sips and bites and fun activities.”

Aug. 9 and 16, 5:30 p.m. | Neiman Marcus, 3400 Palm Way
RSVP to or call 512.719.1213.
Katie Kime, @katie_kime


Free Dance Lessons at The White Horse

“Who said cardio had to be at 7 a.m.? Get your heart rate up with live tunes on the dance floor! I like to swing out and sweat Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with Four on the Floor, but they also offer Cajun dancing on Tuesday nights and Texas two-step dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.”

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 p.m. | The White Horse, 500 Comal St. | Admission is free.
Adriene Mishler, @yogawithadriene


Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting & Drinking 

“It’d be a challenge to replace the calm voice, skilled artistry and candid character of TV host Bob Ross, which is half the fun of trying to imitate him. Swap that bowl of popcorn for a canvas, paintbrush and libation of your choice, and join the crew at Full Circle Bar for an evening of episode reruns and virtual instruction from Ross himself. So, you can’t seem to master the brushstroke technique tied to painting pine trees? Don’t worry. Something tells us Ross would say that’s completely OK. After all, his relaxing, trance-like show was called The Joy of Painting.”

Aug. 31, 8 to 11 p.m. | Full Circle Bar, 1810 E. 12th St. | Free with RSVP.
Austin Woman, @austinwoman


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