Austin Events in June

Celebrate the first full month of summer with these neat happenings.

Japan Fun Fest. June 1, 2013, north - Celebrate and learn more about Japanese culture and traditions with dance, presentations, a tea ceremony, Japanese language mini-class, and Japanese film. Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional Japanese attire. Japan Fun Fest

Annual Texas 4000 for Cancer ATLAS Bike Ride. June 1, 2013, south - Ride 25, 50, or 70 miles through the Texas countryside and end at the Pillar Bluff Vineyards for BBQ and live entertainment. Rest stops and mechanical assistance provided. This is the first day of a 70-day ride made each year by a University of Texas student-led cycling team to Anchorage, Alaska to promote cancer awareness and patient support. Annual Texas 4000 for Cancer ATLAS Bike Ride

Hogs for Dogs Scavenger Run. June 1, 2013, southeast - A motorcycle scavenger hunt with trophies and Harley-Davidson gift cards for top three finishers. Lunch provided at the end. Proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive! Hogs for Dogs Scavenger Run

Athleta Iron Girl Austin Triathlon. June 2, 2013, southeast - This event for women of all ages and fitness levels features a 1/2-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run in a supportive environment. Post-race breakfast, shirts, medals, and post-race prizes and giveaways. Athleta Iron Girl Austin Triathlon

Patagonia Austin Free Yoga Class. June 5 - 26, 2013, downtown - Every Wednesday evening, a free Vinyasa-based Yoga class is offered for both beginners and advanced students. Patagonia Austin Free Yoga Class

ATX Television Festival. June 6 - 9, 2013, downtown - Celebrate the past, present, and future of television programming with screenings, panel discussions, Q&A sessions with actors, writers, directors, creators, and other industry professionals, as well as meet-ups, parties, and live music events. ATX Television Festival

Watch a video of the 2013 ATX Television Festival:

Texas Swing. June 8, 2013, north - Party Texas style with BBQ and dancing to live music by Texas bands. Also a raffle of two Southwest airline tickets. Texas Swing

Austin Pond Tour. June 8 - 9, 2013, various locations - Sponsored by the Austin Pond Spciety, this is a self-guided tour of various private ponds that people have installed on their property around town. Ponds come in a wide range of sizes and styles, from classic to quirky. Austin Pond Tour

Two Austin Pond Society members discuss the tour in 2013 and show pics:

Juneteenth Celebration. June 8 - 23, 2013, various locations - Juneteenth, also called "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day", is the oldest known African American event commemorating the end of slavery in 1863. Juneteenth Austin is an extravaganza spread over two weeks that includes a scholarship pageant, 2K run/walk, parade, historical presentations, multi-church gospel celebration, and a park party with food vendors, exhibits, live music, and kids' area. Juneteenth Celebration

Texas Boys State. June 9 - 14, 2013, central - Respected, interactive, American Legion-sponsored program where selected high school students are exposed to the operation of local, county, and state government. Texas Boys State

Watch a video slideshow about Boys State:

Blues on the Green. June 12 - August 7, 2013, south - Every other Wednesday from June 12 - August 7, 2013, meet up at Zilker Park to listen to live performances by regional blues artists. Austin's largest free concert series. Blues on the Green

Moonlight Margarita Run & Party. June 13, 2013, downtown - Starting at sunset, walk, jog, or run a 5K out & back trail along Lady Bird Lake and finish up with a midnight party. Moonlight Margarita Run & Party

Nature Nights at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Thursday evenings June 13 - July 25, 2013, southwest - Thursday nights during the summer, the Wildflower Center offers free admission, auditorium presentations, nature hikes, and kids' crafts. Nature Nights at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Republic of Texas Biker Rally. June 13 - 16, 2013, east - Live music events highlight this annual gathering as bikers from all over the state come roaring into town. Republic of Texas Biker Rally

Austin Handmade Arts Market. June 15, 2013, central - Local artists and craftspeople in over 20 mediums sell their handmade wares. Free admission, complimentary beer, and live music. Austin Handmade Arts Market

Austin Symphonic Band Father’s Day Concert in the Park. June 16, 2013, southwest - Annual Father's Day concert by the official band of the city of Austin, playing show tunes, American classics, and patriotic favorites. Austin Symphonic Band Father’s Day Concert in the Park

Bluebonnet Girls State. June 16 - 22, 2013, central - Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, this interactive program gives selected high school students a hands-on experience with the operation of local, county, and state government. Bluebonnet Girls State

City Running Tours Texas Beer 5K. June 20, 2013, central - A 3-mile casual run through central Austin that includes camera stops at historical and scenic sites and beer sampling at some of Austin's top bars. City Running Tours Texas Beer 5K

B Scene at the Blanton. June 21, 2013, downtown - Live music, cash bar, and after-hours exhibits at the Blanton Museum of Art. Also a jewelry show at the museum shop. B Scene at the Blanton

View a short video of the B Scene in 2011:

Keep Austin Weird Festival + 5K. June 22, 2013, downtown - This unique event combines several things that Austin is known for: art, music, self-expression, and physical fitness. The afternoon features a family-friendly arts and crafts fest with art vendors, food stands, and live bands. In the evening, athletes can dress in a wide assortment of zany costumes and participate in a lighthearted 5K with fun stops along the way. Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K

View some footage of the Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K:

Celebrando Salsa & Jibaro Festival. June 22, 2013, east - Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy Salsa dances with authentic bands and instruments, in the best Puerto Rican mountain traditions. Food vendors and a local art sale are also included.

Lone Star Software Symposium. June 28 - 30, 2013, south - Keep up with the latest technologies and best practices in enterprise software development with at least four tracks of classes, presentations, and panel discussions. Lone Star Software Symposium

Austin International Latin Dance Festival. June 28 - 30, 2013, south - Celebrate Latin dance and music with this three-day festival of dance performances, classes, and open dance sessions. Styles include Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba. Live music and DJs provided. Austin International Latin Dance Festival

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration. June 29, 2013, west - Hill Country Galleria presents a free Independence Day celebration, directed by the creators of the Old Pecan Street Festival. Celebration includes carnival rides, a petting zoo, water slides, and splash pools. Also over 120 art vendors, food vendors, and food trucks. Live music by local bands. Celebration concludes at night with a fireworks display.

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