Past Events Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

When it’s this hot in Austin, it can be hard to find a safe and fun way to get your pup out of the house and active. Well, the Wildflower Center has thought of this and they are here for us this weekend! They have a ton of fur-baby-friendly activities going on today, plus a lot of natural groundcover, soft turf grass, and gravel trails that won’t be as hot the roads and sidewalks around your house. And Richard’s Rainwater is sponsoring onsite doggy hydration stations.

When: Sunday, July 14th
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost for Humans: regular admission (members get in free)
Cost for Dogs: $5 per pup (members and non-members; part of each dog admission will go to support Divine Canines and Austin Humane Society)

Location:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739

If you are feeling fancy, head over to the historic Driskill Hotel for high tea and bubbles! The first lady of champagne, Veuve Clicquot, will be the star of your perfectly quaint afternoon. Savor three scrumptious courses of classic French pastries, petit fours, and delicate finger sandwiches, as you leisurely sip premium loose leaf teas and luxury champagne.

Reservations are a must and it’s $95 per person. But that includes two glasses of the good stuff. Get you pinkies in the air!

When: Today, July 7th

Time: 3–5 p.m.

Location:
The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Keep the Americana vibes going this weekend with a vintage car show at Top Notch. Enjoy live music from The Octanes at 7 p.m. and come hang and have some beers with your fellow car enthusiasts. Leave the parking spots for those who want to show off their wheels. Neighborhood parking is the best way to go!

When: Today, July 6th

Time: 6–10 p.m.

Location:
Top Notch
7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

Sundays are for swimming, and if you haven’t checked out the pool at this downtown hotel—you must! It’s got gorgeous views and the loveliest vibe. Come sip and swim with friends as you cool off to sounds curated by Austin-based DJ & Producer collectives Peligrosa, Exploded Drawing, and Austin Boogie Crew. This is happening all summer long!

Today’s sessions will feature the sounds of El Dusty and The Homies!

And to make life super easy, they’ll be offering free valet parking for the event. Just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

And if you love this, check out our guide to other great hotel pools in Austin.

When: Today, June 30th

Time: 3–7 p.m.

Location: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78701

Fireworks light up the night sky every Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s independence. If you’re looking for festivals and fireworks in the Austin-area, this handy roundup of events, brought to you by Springfree Trampoline, has lots of happenings this Fourth of July.

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Bastrop Patriotic Festival

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 8 am – 11 pm

Where: Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop

This family-friendly even celebrates our Nation’s Independence with food booths and children’s activities, live music, a pet parade, a water wonderland, fireworks, and more!

Round Rock Express Independence Day Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

Join the Round Rock Express on July 3 for the biggest fireworks show of the year, presented by eBay.

Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6-10pm

Where: City Park, 251 CR 200, Liberty Hill

Celebrate freedom with your Liberty Hill neighbors! Music, Contests, Food Trucks, Fireworks – Fun! This family-friendly event features tons of fun activities including an Apple Pie and Homemade Ice Cream Contests, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Beach Ball Drop, numerous children’s activities, Kids Splash Zone, food trucks, and a variety of entertainment, including an outdoor concert featuring the Spazmatics, and much more.

The fun begins at 6pm, and a spectacular 30-minute fireworks show will start at 9:30pm.

A Star-Spangled Fourth

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin

Join the fun at this star-spangled Independence Day festival featuring an array of family fun — historical exhibits, music and a colorful display of independence flags. Regular admission will be charged. Red-white-and-blue historical exhibits, farm animals and “popcorn” readings of the Declaration of Independence are planned, along with music and other other old-fashioned festivities straight from the 1800s. Plan to come early and stay late for this old-fashioned weekend outing that replicates the family-friendly summer holidays in Old Texas.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 8:30pm

Where: Vic Mathias Shores, 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin

Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.

  • Order and pick up a pre-packed picnic from Fareground before you head to the event.
  • Reserve a kayak and head out to be dazzled by the fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake from the best seat in the house – your boat! More info here.
  • Before you head downtown to the firework display, stop in for a Backyard BBQ at Scholz Garten. There will be music by DJ Giant Hornets from Japan spinning from 2 to 6 p.m, have hot dogs, barbecue, burgers, beer specials, a snow cone machine, Biergarten games and free popsicles. 

Leander’s Liberty Fest

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 6-10pm

Where: 449 San Gabriel Campus Drive, Leander

Celebrate Fourth of July at Liberty Fest! Located east of the ACC San Gabriel campus, Leander’s largest annual event includes live music, food, children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free.

Doc’s Drive-In Theater 4th of July Festival

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 2-7 pm

Where: Doc’s Drive-In, 1540 Satterwhite Rd., Buda

Enjoy all day music line up, BBQ, food and drink specials, children’s activities, yard games and more. Stay late for our FIREWORKS & FLIX event at the end of the day! Simply purchase your drive-in movie ticket and enjoy the fireworks show before the movie! Drive-in or bring a blanket or chairs to sit under the stars.


Wells Branch 4th Fest

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 10 am-3 pm

Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin

The day begins with a short parade starting at KF Park at 10am. Spectators are welcome to line the street to watch. When the parade returns, there’ll be an afternoon of entertainment under the big tent, concessions from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. KF pool will be open and free to the public as well.

Round Rock Frontier Days Festival & Parade

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 9 am – 11 pm

Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

The Sertoma July 4th Parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. This year will feature an even grander firework show! The event is FREE!

Georgetown’s SERTOMA 4th of July Celebration

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 11 am – 11 pm

Where: San Gabriel Park, 455 E. Morrow St., Georgetown

Come celebrate SERTOMA’s Annual 4th of July Family Celebration in San Gabriel Park, sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club. Entertainment will be provided for the entire family! Activities begin at 11 a.m. at San Gabriel Park with live entertainment throughout the day from noon to 10:30 p.m., featuring Austin Party Band before and after the fireworks show. The festival also includes arts and crafts vendors, food vendors including a beer and wine vendor, a petting zoo, classic and antique cars, games, and rides for children and adults. Admission to the event is free; however, there are fees for some activities.

Farm’s Fun Filled Foam Fest

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Sweet Eats Farm, 14400 E State Hwy 29, Georgetown

Come enjoy the holiday at Sweet Eats Farm with a foam machine! There will also be fun farm activities including a petting zoo, pony ride, jump pad, face painting and much more!

Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade & Celebration

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 10 am (parade) 5-10:30pm (celebration)

Where: Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

The parade begins at 10 a.m. The route is along Discovery Blvd, starting at the H-E-B Center (Discovery Blvd and New Hope Dr) and ending at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and takes place at Elizabeth Milburn Park. The event will feature live music, bingo, a washer tournament (at 4 pm), air castles, laser tag, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, carnival games and carnival rides.

Pflugerville’s Pfirecracker Pfestival

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 5-9:30pm

Where: The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville

Celebrate July 4th with pfun and pfamily in Pflugerville at the Pfirecracker Pfestival. Returning this year to the Pfield, you can enjoy music from Suede, food trucks, a kid’s area and of course… fireworks! PFREE!

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 6-9pm with fireworks at 9:30pm

Where: Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner, Kyle

The pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 4-10pm

Where: Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-100, Bee Cave

FREE Independence Day Festival on Thursday, July 4th with local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course fireworks! Brought to you by Special Events Live, producers of Austin’s beloved Pecan Street Festival. Parking and admission are always free.

Red, White and Buda

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 8:30 am – 10 pm

Where: Buda Sportsplex, 310 Buda Sportsplex Dr, Buda

Celebrate Independence Day with us at our annual Red, White & Buda celebration. All the fun starts at 9:00 AM with a patriotic parade on Main Street, followed by festivities in the downtown Buda Greenbelt. Those festivities will last until noon. Line-up for the parade starts at 8:30 near the old City Hall at Main and Houston. In the evening, come out to Buda Sportsplex for food, entertainment, and fireworks. The fireworks show starts at 9:30pm!

Family Fun: 4th of July Party at Catch Air

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019, 9 am – 7 pm

Where: Catch Air’s two locations at 13450 N. Highway 183, Ste 107, Austin and 1401 S. Interstate 35 Highway, #130, Round Rock

Both locations will be decorated in red, white and blue for a fun 4th of July themed celebration! Get 1 free cup of bluebell ice cream per paid admission (while supplies last), raffle of 4th of July themed prizes at 11a & 4p, fun photo booth set up and dance parties for the little ones to have a blast!

At Lala’s, you can get Christmas all year long—but we’re now half way to the real holiday season, so that’s reason enough to celebrate for this super quirky dive bar.

Naturally, this Christmas party is tiki themed and over-the-top! Step in out of the hot humid weather and transport yourself to a winter wonderland!

There will be Jingle Juice, a specialty frozen cocktail, and other drink specials all day and night. Merry Half Christmas to all!

When: Today, June 22nd

Time: 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

Location: 2207 Justin Ln., Austin, Texas 78757

Weather permitting, it’s going to be a great night to take dad out for a free concert at Zilker! Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works will be part of the amazing lineup.

Gather friends and family, bring a picnic basket, and spread out a blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Zilker Hillside Theatre.

When: Today, June 16th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.

This is the perfect mellow summer Saturday evening plan. On this International Day of Yoga, let’s celebrate our asana-loving community with a unique group class at the Texas State Capitol!

The program at this gorgeous setting under the trees will include a 90-min yoga class, peace meditation, live music, and more! Wear your cool, white, and comfy clothing and bring your own mat and water.

It’s all totally free, just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

When: Today, June 15th

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.

Location:
Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Do something good for the world today—while you are eating something really good! If you love puppies, pizza, and pints, we have the perfect event for you! Come to Via 313 and meet some of their super sweet adoptable dogs.

Enjoy a pizza and drink while you hang and Happy Hearts Dog Rescue will get 10% of the proceeds.

When: Today, June 9th

Time: noon–3 p.m.

Location: Via 313 Pizza – East Side, 1802 East 6th Street, 78702

All ages, including pets, enjoy relaxing Sunday evenings with different musical ensembles presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The setting of kids dancing, couples lounging on blankets, and friends gathering never gets old. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, June 2nd

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location:
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704