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4th of July: What to do in Austin this holiday weekend

The Hill Country Galleria will host its annual Independece Day festival this year. (Hill Country Galleria)


🗓 Thursday

🕹 RTX Austin 2022

Austin’s gaming, animation and podcasting convention RTX is back and showcasing what’s new in the industry. Enjoy panels, meet your favorite Rooster Teeth star and play demos of the newest games for three days. Day passes start at $52.

Times vary Thursday-Friday | 📍Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St.

🎙Live Music at Lone Star Court*

Enjoy the deep roots of Texas music with weekly live performances at Lone Star Court. Located at The Domain, there’s always a tune for you to tap your foot to at the retro-inspired property. Every Thursday through Saturday, locals and travelers alike can enjoy live performances and specialty cocktails at the Water Trough. This week you can catch Ella Reid, Reagan Quinn, Michael Ingalls, and David Orr Trio.

7-9 p.m. Thursday, 8-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday | 📍Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.

🗓 Friday

👙 Float Film Fridays

Put on your swimsuit, grab a fruity rum drink and enjoy campy throwback movies every Friday at the Austin Motel through August. This week is “Wet Hot American Summer,” which starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

Doors open 5 p.m. Friday | 📍Austin Motel, 1220 S Congress Ave.

🗓 Saturday

🇺🇸 Independence Day Celebration at Dreamland

Dreamland Dripping Springs is bringing all things Independence Day into one place this year: Mini-golf, pickleball, snacks, live music from Bob Schneider and Pat Byrne and fireworks on the lawn to close out the evening. Tickets start at $25 and children under 5 are free.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday | 📍Dreamland Dripping Springs, 2770 US-290.

🗓 Sunday

🍖 Lutie’s Independence Day Garden BBQ

Lutie’s is partnering with LeRoy & Lewis for a patriotic garden party, serving up some “New School BBQ,” specialty cocktails and a vinyl DJ set from Clemente Castillo to dance the night away. Tickets start at $45.

6-11 p.m. Sunday | 📍Commodore Perry Estate, 4100 Red River St.

🎸 KUTX Presents: Fleet Foxes Shore Tour

Head into July 4 with a relaxing night under the stars, listening to indie folk band Fleet Foxes. Tickets start at $32.50 each.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday | 📍Moody Amphitheater, 1401 Trinity St.

🗓 Monday

🧺 Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

After a virtual year, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic is back and bringing the talent to Q2 Stadium. Featuring, Jason Isbell, The 400 Unit, Tyler Childers, Charley Crockett and Asleep at the Wheel, the festival has been a can’t-miss phenomenon since 1972. Resale tickets are still available starting at $35.

Doors open 11 a.m. Monday | 📍Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.

🎇 Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival

Spend your July 4 on the Central Plaza lawn, listening to performances from Two Tons of Steel, Southern Angels, Rock Bottom Strong Band, Robin Mordecai and The Saddle Sores. While you enjoy the tunes, enjoy food vendors, kid’s activities and more than 60 art vendors at this free event.

4 p.m. Monday | 📍Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

🎆 H-E-B Austin Symphony Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks

Don your red, white and blue for a concert of classic American songs from the Austin Symphony Orchestra followed by a “mile-high” fireworks display. The event is free, open to the public and pet-friendly.

8 p.m. Monday | 📍Auditorium Shores and the Long Center, 900 W Riverside Dr.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway