Free August events to end the summer

Anna McCreary

  • The Austin Flea
  • Saturday, Aug.  6, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, 10615 Metric Blvd.

Shop the quirkiest parts of Austin by coming out to the summertime Mini Austin Flea. The event features handmade and vintage items from local vendors, including precious gift-worthy items such as jewelry, bath and body products, original artwork, paper goods and textiles.

  • Laugh, Dammit! Game Show
  • Sunday, Aug.  7, 8 p.m.
  • The Highball, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.

If you’re upset that summer is coming to a close, this show at the Highball will be sure to cheer you up. The performance will feature the comedians that make the Laugh, Dammit! game show happen every month — only this time you’re encouraged to break a smile, so make the most out of your Thursday night with a few laughs.

  • Parade of India
  • Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • South Steps, Texas State Preservation Board, 201 E. 14th St.

In celebration of nearly 70 years of the country’s independence, The Parade of India is a festival showcasing the unique costumes, music and dances of each state in India. The festival will have free Indian food samples, local Indian food trucks and henna artists available for festival-goers. Be sure to check out a parade led by Riti Chikerrur, Ms. International 2014 and former Miss India title winner. All cultures are welcomed in this community-wide celebration of India's independence.

  • Friday Night Flix Series — “The Goonies”
  • Friday, Aug.  19, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.

If you haven’t made it out to an outdoor screening yet, now’s your chance. Come by at dusk to catch the 80s classic, The Goonies. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy the best of summertime treasure hunting flicks.

  • Austin Pet Expo
  • Aug. 20–21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

If you have pets — or wish you did — head out to this event, which includes fun pet sports and live demos in positive-reinforcement obedience training, as well as talent and costume contests. Plus, you can swing your pet around and get a free nail trim or low-cost vaccination from one of the pet-friendly exhibitors. You can also adopt your own furry friend on site.

  • 26th Annual Hot Sauce Festival
  • Sunday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.

As they say at the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival,“If you can’t beat the heat this summer, then you gotta eat it.” The festival will have food from Curra’s Grill, Kebabilicious, Kesos Taco House and more, as well as  live music from artists such as A. Sinclair and Joe King Carrasco. Ambitious eaters can also enter the Pluckers Wing King wing-eating competition for a chance to win $1000. Admission is free with the donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items.

  • Art After Six
  • Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • The People’s Gallery, 301 W. 2nd St.

Behold some of Austin’s finest art at the People’s Gallery with artists Jennifer Idol, Kirk Marsh and Shelley Wood. The artists will give talks starting at 6:15 in the Boards & Commissions room, but you’re also welcome to pick up a gallery guide on the first floor and explore three stories of artwork yourself. Parking is free but limited in the City Hall parking garage, so make sure you get there early.

  • Belly Dancing & Live Drumming
  • Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 p.m.
  • Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze, 5775 Airport Blvd.

This lively event happens every last Saturday of the month and features — you guessed it! — belly dancing and live drumming. You can either kick back and watch the show, or join in on the fun and learn how to dance yourself.