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Events: Texas Book Festival and a celebration of sausage
Texas Book Festival

🗓 Friday

🗻 Savor the Outdoors*

One of the best parts of the Austin area is the opportunity to take in nature and immerse yourself in the outdoors. This serves as the inspiration for the next Savor the Outdoors dinner, taking place at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Delight in Texas fine dining cuisine while taking in views of the Colorado River, and stargazing. Tickets priced at $125.00.

5:30 - 8 p.m. | 📍 McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 State Highway 71 West, Cedar Creek, TX, 78612

🗓 All weekend

📚Texas Book Festival*

Whether you call yourself a book nerd or enjoy the occasional good book, you won't want to miss the 27th annual Texas Book Festival this weekend. The Festival will take place in and around the State Capitol in downtown Austin. The event is is FREE and open to the public, featuring nearly 300 authors of the year's best books across all ages and genres.

If you're more interested in the nightlife events of the festival, check out the Festival Lit-Crawl, a series of free events at various locations around the city that include Trivia Nights, Happy Hours, and more.

Saturday, 10 a.m - 5 p.m, Sunday 11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Texas State Capitol (click here for festival map)

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🗓 Friday

🔆 Field of Light

if you haven't already, check out the "Field of Light" display at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center before the weather gets even colder. The exhibit features nearly 28,000 lights illuminating 16 acres, and the lights are made from environmentally conscious materials and will be recycled when the exhibit ends in December.

6:00 p.m - 9:45 p.m | 📍Ladybird Wildflower Center

🦊 Boo at the Zoo

Stop by the Austin Zoo to have a classic zoo experience with a Halloween twist. There will be a kid-friendly haunted house, train rides around the venue, and a musical puppet show.

6:30 p.m - 9. p.m | 📍Austin Zoo

🎵 Chainsmokers at Fairmont

If Austin City Limits wasn't enough for you, get your live music fix this weekend with live performances from The Chainsmokers, DJ Vice, and Konstantina. The event promises to have impressive visual and audio effects, and will celebrate the upcoming race in Austin this weekend.

9 p.m | 📍The Fairmont Austin - 101 Red River Street

🗓 Saturday

Diwali Festival

This weekend the city of Round Rock will host a celebration for Diwali, the festival of lights traditionally celebrated in India and by South Asian cultures. The event is free to all and will feature live dance performances, a fashion show, a live DJ with a dance floor and many food vendors. Cultural clothing is recommended!

3 p.m- 10. p.m | 📍Centennial Plaza Round Rock

🗓 Sunday

🎊 The People's Market

Come out to celebrate community with this market downtown featuring BIPOC and Queer vendors. Take in the festivities with live music, and over 35 vendors with booths for jewelry, art, clothing, candles, artisan crafts, and more.

12 p.m - 4 p.m | 📍Republic Square

⚽️ Austin FC Soccer Match

The highly anticipated playoff game takes place this weekend against in-state rival FC Dallas. The semifinal Sunday match will take place at home and is sure to be full of excitement.

7 p.m | 📍Q2 Stadium - 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.

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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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