There are lots of things to love about Austin in the summer — the sweltering heat notwithstanding, of course. What’s better, for example, than chilling out on a 100-degree day with a sweet trip to Amy’s Ice Creams? When the founder of the beloved local institution celebrated the company’s 30th (yes, 30th!) anniversary this June, she chose to make us her event space of choice, and we couldn’t have been more honored to host the festivities.

All afternoon and evening, former Amy’s employees chowed down on eats from Phil’s Icehouse and Load A Bowl, plus a heaping helping of delicious treats from Amy’s own scratch bakery. With plenty of games, face painting and other fun interactive activities for kids and kids at heart, a DJ spinning happy tunes, and the cherry on top — a speech from the one and only Amy herself — it was indeed an evening sprinkled with lots of love. What could be cooler than that?

Amy’s Ice Creams 30th anniversary party photography: Manny Pandya