July 2018 in Austin: Fireworks, BBQs, Live Music and Summer Fun

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As soon as summer begins, it feels like it’s already almost over. Maybe it’s all the outdoor activities — BBQs, hikes and lounging at a pool. Whatever the case, the Fourth of July is almost here.

Often times, your own backyard is the best place to spend the holiday. But, if you’re interested in fireworks, we’ve listed a couple of the most spectacular displays in Austin in our lineup of July events. And, of course, there are dozens of smaller displays in communities all across the region.

Later in the month, check out the third installment of Blues on the Green at Zilker Park where you can enjoy an evening of free music and community vibes.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the best events — and be sure to plot out any favorites on your calendar.

July 4

Whether you’re bringing the whole family or hanging out with friends, the city’s premier fireworks display will be right downtown. The show will be preceded and accompanied by music from the Austin Symphony. Check the fireworks out from Vic Mathias Shores — or your favorite perch with a river view.

When: 8:30 p.m. on July 4
Where: Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W Riverside Dr.
More information: http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/h-e-b-austin-symphony-july-4th-concert-fireworks/

July 4

Willie Nelson may not have the stage stamina he used to, but he’s still making new music, packing venues and delighting fans new and old. On Independence Day, he’s throwing his 45th 4th of July Picnic. Big stars including Sturgill Simpson and Ryan Bingham will be there, along with about a dozen other bands. At the end, the sky will light up with a fireworks display.

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4
Where: Circuit of the Americas
More information: http://www.thecircuit.com/willie-nelsons-4th-of-july-picnic-presented-by-budweiser-1

July 18

The third installation of Austin’s classic summer concert series, Blues on the Green, kicks off. This one has Wild Child as a headliner and Los Coast as the opening band. The free shows are part community gathering and part concert. Bring a cooler, a chair and plenty of snacks, or you can buy non-alcoholic beverages and food from vendors. The final show of the summer is slated for August 8.

When: About 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
More information: http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green-home

July 28-29

Break out your Mario hat. Classic Game Fest is a celebration of those 1980s and 90s games, including The Legend of Zelda, Contra and Super Mario Kart. You’ll see plenty of vendors, have tons of time to play and have a chance to hear from guest speakers and enter costume contests.

When: All weekend
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
More information: http://classicgamefest.com/