This year marks Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary. If you’ve never been to Zilker, Austin’s 351 acre park, you are missing out. Zilker is home to a number of festivals throughout the year, and offers ample space for sports, recreation and enjoying the beautiful Austin weather. As we all know, summer is fast approaching. Thus I wanted to highlight two ongoing opportunities for Austinites to enjoy Zilker Park this summer.
The Zilker Hillside Theatre is located on the south side of the park, just north of Barton Springs. Every summer, Zilker Theatre Productions puts on a free play in the park. I clearly remember attending Guys and Dolls over a decade ago, last year they brought Shrek to Zilker Park, and this year’s musical, The Wizard of Oz, is not to be missed.
The play runs July 7th-August 12th. In order to have a great experience, I highly recommend you bring blankets and a picnic. You can bring chairs as well but if they are too tall you will have to sit farther back. They do have concessions and swag available for purchase at the park, and in the past they have also offered chair rentals. For more information on this year’s play in the park, visit Zilker Theatre Productions website.
Another great way to experience Zilker Park is by attending Blues on the Green. The summer concert series includes 4 free shows at Zilker Park. What was once a laid back environment filled with blankets and blues has evolved to a full on festival environment. This year's concerts will be held on May 24th, June 14th, July 12th, & Aug 2nd. Again, I highly recommend bringing a blanket and or chairs. For more information visit KGSR’s site.
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