It’s finally summer and as the city heats up, so do the events. Check out our #dontmiss list of the top 10 things to do in Austin this July.
By Regan Velchoff
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
July 4, 11:30 a.m.
Austin360 Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Celebrate Independence Day with Austin legend, Willie Nelson. The 4th of July picnic includes a star-studded lineup with performances by Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and Jamey Johnson.
The Wizard of Oz presented by Zilker Theatre Productions
July 7 through August 12, Thursdays through Sundays, 8:15 p.m.
Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive
Follow the yellow brick road all summer long. Zilker Theatre Productions has selected the family-favorite Wizard of Oz for its 59th annual Zilker summer musical. Starting on July 7, this free production will run Thursdays through Sundays.
Austin Film Festival’s Free Screening of Shot Caller
July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.
Galaxy Highland Theater, 6700 Middle Fiskville Road
Galaxy Highland Theatre will be hosting a free, advanced screening of the new crime thriller Shot Caller on July 11. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film follows the harrowing journey of successful businessman Jacob Harlon who transforms into a ruthless prison gangster after receiving a DUI. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with the director and producers of this highly anticipated film.
Texas Rollergirls Bout Day
July 15, 5 p.m.
Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward St.
Get your derby on and roll your way over to the Austin Sports Center on July 15 to support the Texas Rollergirls. Every year Texas Rollergirls host “Bout Day” where anyone can watch the Rollergirls in action. Visit their website for ticket information. Fun for the whole family, this high-energy sport has been an Austin fave for years.
Trailer Food Tuesday
July 25, 5 to 9 p.m.
The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin’s Food Truck festival is back. Come out for live music from Muva Erff, local brews, shopping and delicious food! Last month, the festival featured The Peached Tortilla, Wholly Kabob, DFG Noodles and OMG Cheesecakery. Visit the official website to learn which food trucks will be attending in July!
#bossbabesATX Babes Fest
July 27 through 29, times vary
Grab your girlfriends and head to Babes Fest. This 3-day event features over 50 performances in comedy, film and music by up and coming female artists. The fest aims to create a atmosphere of “discovery, inspiration, and wonderment” for all in attendance.
Red River Cultural District’s Hot Summer Nights
July 13 through 16, starting at 8 p.m.
The Red River Cultural District is celebrating summer with its first annual Hot Summer Nights! Covering the 600 – 900 blocks of Red River Street, the cultural district is home to some of the city’s top nightclubs and music venues like Stubb’s, Plush and Barbarella. On the agenda: Local food, arts and crafts booths and over 100 live music performances by White Denim, The Octopus Project, Israel Nash, Summer Salt and Abraham Shook.
Music Under the Stars
July 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congres Ave.
Pack up your chairs and blankets and bring the whole family to enjoy this free concert series under the stars at at the Bullock Museum. Jazz trio Los Coast will open for Austin’s “Queen of Soul” Tameca Jones. Local food and beer will be sold as well as Tito’s Handmade Vodka signature cocktails.
Yoga & Mimosas in the Park
July 22, starting at 9 a.m.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road
Live Large, an Austin-based lifestyle brand, will be partnering with health and wellness site Fierce Clarity for their first community event. Yoga will begin at 9 a.m., followed by mimosas, music and merchandise for sale! Bring your yoga mat and get your Zen on in Zilker.
Clueless: Mimosas and Manicures
July 30, starting at 6 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
Looking for the perfect event for girl’s night out? The Paramount Theatre’s classic film series is back with the 90s flick we all know and love, Clueless. Channel your inner Cher and enjoy manicures and mimosas before the show. Tickets are now on sale for $25.
Fireworks photo courtesy of COTA. Fourth of July photo by Ashley Kriegel. Yoga photo courtesy of Wanderlust.