Embrace Weird with These Uniquely Austin Events

Think you've seen weird? Beat the heat this summer with these quirky events around town. 

Chicken Shit Bingo at Ginny's Little Longhorn. Photo by Ann Larie Valentine

CHICKEN SHIT BINGO

Sunday nights in Austin can't get anymore exciting than Bingo. No, not the yawn-inducing, numbers-announcing Bingo we all know. We're talking Chicken Shit Bingo.

Every Sunday night at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon on Burnet, music blares and chickens poop. The concept of the game is wonderfully quirky: Place a live chicken in a cage atop a grid, have locals place bets on any of 54 squares, let the chicken roam around and then wait until it relieves itself. Once the poop falls, the square it lands on is declared the winner and prizes are awarded.

All the while, sip on cold Lone Stars and enjoy the sounds of Austin country favorite Dale Watson. This beloved little honky-tonk offers it all.  

LITTLE WOODROW'S TURTLE RACING

Have a turtle? Wish you had a turtle? Then there's no better place to go this summer than to Little Woodrow's. Thursdays and Fridays everyone's favorite sports bar turns into a competitive arena as turtles race to the finish line. Complimentary tickets are required for each race and patrons can jump in on the fun by placing bets on which turtle will win. Plenty of prizes are awarded, including merchandise and Woodrow's beer money.

The fun doesn't stop at the races: You'll be able to make donations to Austin Pets Alive! all summer long. Over the next few weeks, Little Woodrow's races will also be collecting funds for Oklahoma Disaster Relief.

Thursdays take place at the Southpark Meadows location while Fridays are held at West Sixth.  

WEIRD WEDNESDAY AT THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE

No matter how strange, wacky or terrible a movie may be, any film screening that only costs three dollars is worth a try. Every Wednesday night at The Ritz since 2001, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has been hosting a series of bizarre, often unknown movies, with themes like killer mutant animals.

These Weird Wednesdays are hosted by film guru Lars Nilsen and every week he'll provide history, insight and educational information about the movie. If you enjoy a good '80s slasher (who doesn't?), Weird Wednesdays has you covered.

HAUNTED ATX

If you already can't wait for Halloween, bring the spookiness to your summer with a haunted tour. Haunted ATX, the only mobile haunted tour in Austin, visits 15 different landmarks that are reportedly haunted or have experienced paranormal activity, all after sunset. You and your friends will ride in a Classic 1979 Cadillac Hearse that has been converted into a luxurious limousine for the two-hour tour. The best part: The tours are BYOB, so don't forget to bring spirits or refreshments to liven the scary party.  

Keep Austin Weird Fest 5k. Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD FESTIVAL

Admit it, Austin is the best city in the world, especially since it hosts a party in honor of its own weirdness. On June 22, the Long Center will go big with lots of live music, family activities and local vendors to celebrate Austin and all of its eccentricities.

Much like Eeyore's annual birthday party in Pease Park, this is a perfect Austin event to let your creative, free-spirited side run wild. There will be plenty of costumes and plenty of fun.

No need to worry about parking. Mellow Johnny's will provide bike valet so you can simply hop on your bike and head to the festival.


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