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GOT AUSTIN: Summer Staples

Nothing like summertime in Austin! From refreshing dishes to summer concert series to staycations, we’ve got all the makings for the best summer in Austin.

Refreshing Dishes

We have come to that time of year when we will do (or eat) anything to stay cool and refreshed. 

Ceviches

The Peruvian dish of citrusy marinated raw fish is delightful in these hot times. Food truck Ceviche7’s ceviche de pescado is made with mahi mahi fish mixed with veggies, and paired with lettuce and boiled sweet potatoes. Then there’s the Peruvian restaurant Lima Criolla with a wider ceviche menu available.

Cold Noodles

There is something soothing about chilled noodles on a hot day! Premier noodle mini-chain Xian Sushi and Noodle offers lovely cold sesame noodles paired with steamed chicken and a bunch of vegetables. Pan-Asian restaurant Noodle Alley offers a spicy take on cold sesame noodles mixed with chili oil and Sichuan peppercorns.

Veggies

The tomato zucchini salad at the barbecue restaurant Interstellar BBQ is bright, zingy, and refreshing. For something different, try the more interactive chilled artichoke at the wine bar and restaurant June’s, served with a dijon vinaigrette.

Cool Cocktails

Don’t let the summer temperatures get you down. Beat the heat with a cool, refreshing cocktail!

Frosé from Hotel San José

What screams summer more than frosé? Cool off on their delightfully upscale yet laid-back patio tucked away from the hustle and bustle of South Congress. 

1316 S Congress Avenue | 512.444.7322

Frozen Slushee from Loro

Loro is serving up frozen gin and tonics that are refreshing and pair perfectly with their Asian smokehouse-inspired menu and large patio.

2115 S Lamar Boulevard | 512.916.4858

Frozen Hurricane from Pool Burger

This summer’s forecast: sunny with a chance of frozen hurricanes. This popular Central Austin tiki bar and burger spot is known for its frozen Hurricane with an optional rum floater.

2315 Lake Austin Boulevard

Sweet Treats

There is no better way to cool off than with a cold, sweet treat.

The Baked Bear

Can’t decide between ice cream or cookies, why not choose both? Their concept is simple: placing ice cream between two cookies along with toppings like candies, nuts, and sprinkles.

211 Walter Seaholm Drive Suite LR150 | 512.300.0167

Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs

Is it even summertime without snowballs? Chose from an array of over 70 flavors at this family-run snowball stand.

808 E 51st Street

Bananarchy

Austin’s only frozen banana stand has revolutionized the art of dessert. Build your own banana with dips like chocolate or peanut butter and a food truck full of toppings. Or try their signature Afternoon Delight: all four dips swirled together and topped with nuts and graham crackers.

2420 Guadalupe Street | 1311 S 1st Street | 512.522.9316

Summer Essentials

A few of our favorite local necessities to make the most of summer.

Yeti Crossroads Backpack™

Perfect for the lakes, hikes, picnics, and everything in between! With its durable construction, this efficient backpack cooler is ready for all of your summer activities.

220 S Congress Avenue | 512.640.7249

Citronella Candles from Hearth & Soul

Keep the bugs away so you can stay! This Citronella Sea Salt Candle blends together the fragrance of ocean air and notes of jasmine.

2727 Exposition Boulevard | 512.474.7685

Katie Kime Passport Holder

This Katie Kime Austin toile passport holder and luggage tag will ensure you travel in style without forgetting your roots.

512.576.1788

Staycation

Enjoy some well-deserved R&R while not traveling too far from home.

Commodore Perry Estate

Tucked away in the heart of Central Austin, this reimagined residential estate channels European elegance with approachable Texas hospitality.

4100 Red River Street | 866.976.4312

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Live a life in balance through mindfulness! Located in the Texas Hill Country, this wellness destination provides exclusive spa treatments, nourishing cuisine, and world-class wellness specialists.

13500 FM2769 | 855.234.1672

The Wayback

Located 15 minutes west of downtown, this friendly boutique hotel makes time move a little bit slower being surrounded by the rolling hills and the inviting Texas sky.

9601 Bee Caves Road | 512.520.9590

For the Kids... And the Kids at Heart

Even the youngest among us can enjoy Austin. Here are some great activities geared toward kids and the whole family. 

Bike Night at Circuit of the Americas

Grab your bikes and let’s go! This is your chance to pedal around the iconic turns at COTA challenging world-famous drivers and motorcyclists alike.

9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard | 512.301.6600

Pease Park Treehouse Observation Pod + Splash Pad

Making Austin feel like Austin! Serving as an outdoor oasis, Pease Park is the quintessential “urban park” experience with an interactive water feature, a Treehouse Observation Pod, a nature play area, a playground, and more.

1100 Kingsbury Street | 512.842.9018

Zilker Hillside Theatre | Matilda

Adored by children and adults alike, Roald Dahl’s Matilda tells the story of a highly intelligent little girl who uses her imagination to dream of a better life. Come experience this reimagined classic presented by Zilker Theatre Productions.

2206 William Barton Drive

Only in Austin

Here are a few of our favorite Austin happenings this summer.

The Drop-in Summer Concert Series at the Long Center

Your Thursdays just got booked! Every Thursday from now through August 10th, The Long Center and ACL Radio are presenting a free outdoor concert series inspired by Austin’s love of outdoor jams.

701 W Riverside Drive | 512.474.5664

​Paramount Summer Classic Film Series

Flashing marquee lights. Buttery popcorn. Colossal screen. It’s that movie palace atmosphere, an air-conditioned oasis. The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series has returned for its 49th year with new films being announced each month.

713 Congress Avenue | 512.472.5470

Blues on the Green at Zilker

Shake off your picnic blankets and lawn chairs to be a part of Austin’s favorite summertime tradition! This free concert series, presented by ACL Radio, takes place at Zilker Park on Tuesday, July 18th, and Wednesday, July 19th.

2100 Barton Springs Road