Welcome to summer in Austin where the sun is bright, the weekends are long and the music is rocking. Whether you're here for a night or for a week there are almost infinite ways to keep busy and stay cool. Here are some of our favorite events around town this July:
Sound & Cinema. Credit Roger Ho.
4/12/18 - 9/13/18
Unplugged at The Grove
Join locals under the shade of the tall pecan grove for Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine and unplugged performances by some of Austin's hottest live acts.
5/24/18 - 9/1/18
Summer Classic Film Series
Paramount & Stateside Theatres
Love classic movies? The Paramount Theatre has been running the Summer Classic Film Series for more than 40 years. Visit their website for the full schedule of 100 beloved cinematic treasures that are gracing the theater's big screens.
6/3/18 - 8/26/18
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park
Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center
Now in its 16th season, the Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park are held in front of the Long Center on Sundays throughout the summer at 7:30 p.m. Concert styles include strings, woodwinds, big band and brass.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
Circuit of The Americas
Willie Nelson will return to Circuit of The Americas for his 44th annual Independence Day picnic and music fest. This day-long event features a star-studded lineup, headlined by Nelson himself, and a patriotic fireworks display at the end of the night.
Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony
Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores)
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.
Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration
Hill Country Galleria
Shopping, music, barbecue, fireworks and fun for the whole family, including the dogs.
7/6/18 - 8/18/18
Zilker Summer Musical: "All Shook Up"
Zilker Hillside Theatre
Enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. The outdoor amphitheater will host a performance of "All Shook Up" Thursday through Sunday, July 8 through August 18, kicking off around dusk at 8:15 p.m.
Texas Rollergirls Flat Track Roller Derby
The Austin Sports Center
Formed in 2003 as the only sports league of its kind, Texas Rollergirls are considered the "godmothers of flat track derby" and are an admired and highly visible presence in the roller derby world. Experience the Texas Rollergirls in action this Summer.
Tigres Summer Tour 2018
This July, LIGA MX soccer returns to Dell Diamond for the fourth year when the Tigres take on Pachua! Buy your tickets today for this friendly international match.
7/11/18 & 7/25/18
Sound & Cinema
Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse have teamed up to pair local live music with a classic movie to follow. Food and beverages can be purchased on-site from food trailers as part of the Long Center’s “All Summer Long Series.”
Splash Party Movie Nights
Deep Eddy Pool
Watch family-friendly flicks like "Lego Batman Movie" or "Coco" on the grassy knoll or from an inner tube in the 72-degree water at Deep Eddy Pool with the summer Splash Party movie series, Saturdays once a month at dusk.
Circuit of The Americas
Don't miss the official unveiling of the brand new rallycross circuit at COTA. This July, get into the action with a full day of rough and tumble action, the first ever RX event to be held on the .5-mile permanent rallycross circuit nestled in the section between Turns 12 and 15.
Trailer Food Tuesdays
Bring a picnic blanket and your appetite to Trailer Food Tuesdays, a monthly series that showcases some of Austin's most popular food trucks. On select Tuesdays through August, food trucks will gather on the plaza at the Long Center in the shade of the cityscape while local musicians entertain the crowd.
Blues on the Green
Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin's largest free concert series will welcome performances by local icons Wild Child and Los Coast.
Grab your boots and lederhosen! Texanische Nacht celebrates German-Texas heritage with tasty Tex Mex and a live swing/dance band.
7/21/18 - 7/22/18
Body Mind Spirit Expo
Palmer Events Center
This holistic expo focuses on advancements in spiritual and planetary awakening with like-minded souls.
7/21/18 - 7/22/18
Cool River Ranch
Spend a day in San Marcos, floating the river and enjoying one of the most unique music festivals in Texas. Headliners include major acts such as Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar and more.
The Wine Down
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
Austin City Limits Live’s annual series returns this year, at ACL Live’s sister venue, 3TEN. This free event showcases the best of authentic Austin - local bands, bites, pop-up shops and… you guessed it, vino.
7/26/18 - 7/29/18
Hot Summer Nights
Red River Cultural District
This summer, 20 venues throughout the Red River Cultural District will host four days of free live music, alongside local food and vendors. Local acts like Golden Dawn Arkestra, Emily Wolfe, Moving Panoramas, Ringo Deathstarr and more will take over stages in celebration of summer in the Live Music Capital of the World®.
Lady Bird Day
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center will celebrate its founder and environmental champion, former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, with free admission and a variety of family-friendly activities. Come ready to be inspired, both by the landscape and by the legacy of Mrs. Johnson's lifelong work in Central Texas and the nation.
Looking for more summer fun? Check out the Insider Blog's Complete Austin Summer Bucket List!