Cumbia, Bikers, Ice Cream and Babes: Austin has a summer music fest for everyone

May 31, 2018

By Deborah Sengupta Stith,

We have four months til Donald Glover, Janelle Monae, Paul McCartney and many more hit the big stages at Zilker Park for our city’s outdoor music behemoth, Austin City Limits Festival, but don’t fret movers and groovers, Austin’s festival calendar doesn’t slow down for summer.

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June 23: Ice Cream Festival After Dark at Fiesta Gardens. The popular ice cream extravaganza expands, complementing the kid-friendly daytime bash (which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with a night party featuring boozy frozen drinks for the grown folks. The music lineup tilts toward sizzling soul, with funky R&B lifer Lee Fields and the Expressions headlining. Austin’s queen of soul, Tameca Jones, silky alt-R&B standout Mélat and expressive local pop outfit the Wild Now are also on deck. Former President Barack Obama’s favorite turntablist, DJ Mel, rounds out the roster. $35 (day-party passes $15, kids under 6 free). 6 p.m. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

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