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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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