Yolanda B. presents the Sizzling Hot Summer R&B & Live Blues Show featuring Nellie Tiger Travis, Urban Mystic, Lady Audrey and Rebekah along with the Superior Band. Opening acts include Ms. Dre, Daddy I & The Blue Blood Band. Join this BYOB event Saturday, Aug. 6, at Doris Miller Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. with 8:15 p.m. show time. soulciti.com.
Carnival, a heart-warming love story between two lonely souls and an exciting circus spectacular, is coming to the Rollins Studio Theatre Aug. 3-13. Based on the classic MGM musical “Lili,” a huge cast of talented singers, dancers and circus performers tell the story of a young French orphan who runs away to join the circus. Tickets available starting at $25. thelongcenter.org.
Bring yourself, your kids, your neighbors and your dog to the 10th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Fiesta Gardens. Games, contests, live entertainment and frozen treats by Amy’s Ice Cream, Austin Scoops, Good Pops and dairy-free NadaMoo. Gates open at 10 a.m. and tickets are on sale online for $15–includes three complimentary ice cream tasting tickets. austinicecreamfestival.com.
Saturday, Aug. 20 from 4 p.m.-midnight, the 12th Annual Bat Fest will bring the community together to witness 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the Congress Ave. bridge at dusk. Entertainment will include three stages with live music, more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more. $25 at the gate. batfest.com.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME, a 2.5-hour show provided by an international assembly of more than 300 cast members on Aug. 24-28 at the Frank Erwin Center. Extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Tickets start at $10. Children two and older must have a ticket to enter. uterwincenter.com.
Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico’s free show “Noche de Folklor,” features the performing company and school of dance students. The family-friendly event showcases colorful costumes and lively dances that reflect the rich and traditional culture of Mexico. Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs for the production at Zilker Hillside Theater on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. balletfolkloricodetexas.com.
The 3rd Annual RAS DAY, presented by KUTX and Loudmouth Rentals, brings headliner Sun Ra Arkestra to Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on Saturday, Aug. 27. The family-friendly festival seeks to cultivate community and inspire unity with food, interactive activities and eclectic artists RAS, Tameca Jones, Ruby Jane and The Reckless, The Tiarra Girls and more. Doors at 3 pm. $20 presale with kids under 12 free.