Austin June and July events: fireworks, gallery openings and more

Photo of fireworks in downtown Austin
(Courtesy Ricardo Brazziell)

(Courtesy Ricardo Brazziell)

As summer heats up, a variety of in-person events are cropping up around Austin, from gallery exhibitions to live music performances.

Through July 11

West Chelsea Contemporary collaborates with Jonathan Van Ness


Downtown Austin museum the West Chelsea Contemporary hosts an art exhibit curated by Jonathan Van Ness, star of the Netflix series “Queer Eye.” Featured artists include Lanecia Rouse, A’Driane Nieves and Ben Medansky. Van Ness’ collaboration runs from May 28-July 11 as part of West Chelsea Contemporary’s “On the Wall” program, which aims to support the work of emerging artists. Various times. Free. 1009 W. Sixth St., Ste. 120, Austin. 512-478-4440. www.wcc.art/jvnxwcc

Through Aug. 15


Guitar exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum


Learn about the history of the guitar with the Bullock’s latest exhibit, “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” The display includes a collection of rare and antique guitars along with educational materials about the instrument’s science and history. Various times. Military families get free admission to this exhibit. For other patrons, tickets run $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave., Austin. www.thestoryoftexas.com

Through Sept. 9

The Drop-In music series at the Long Center


Every Thursday evening this summer, The Long Center and ACL Radio host The Drop-In music series. Socially distanced performances feature artists including Mélat, Gina Chavez and The Los Sundowns. Free tickets can be reserved online. 8 p.m. 512-474-5664. www.thelongcenter.org

June 25-Aug. 8

‘Beyond Van Gogh’ exhibit


A walk-through exhibit uses projection technology to create an immersive experience with the art of Vincent Van Gogh. Held at the Circuit of The Americas, social distancing will be enforced. The exhibit takes around an hour to view. Various times. $29 (children), $47 (adults). 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. www.vangoghaustin.com

June 25-Aug. 1

TPA Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel


Texas Performing Arts brings an exhibition of 50 mid-century Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film backdrops to the University of Texas at Austin’s newly renovated Bass Concert Hall. Eighteen of the backdrops form a replica of the Sistine Chapel from the 1968 film “The Shoes of the Fisherman.” Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $10-$20. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin. 512-471-1444. www.texasperformingarts.org

June 30

Pride in Local Music livestream


The Nashville and Austin chambers of commerce are sponsoring this event featuring five performers from both cities playing at local venues in a livestreamed show. Artists include Patrice Pike and Pleasure Venom in Austin. The livestreamed show is free with optional donations supporting education funds for LGBT students in both cities. 6 p.m. www.prideinlocalmusic.com

July 03

Bob Schneider Independence Day Bash


Celebrate the Fourth of July with Bob Schneider at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. The event concludes with a fireworks show. 6 p.m. All ages are welcome; however, guests under age 21 will be charged an extra $5 upon entry. $35-$115. 12225 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. www.nuttybrown.com

July 4

Austin Symphony Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks


The annual Independence Day fireworks show and concert takes place in person this year after it was canceled in 2020. 8 p.m. Free. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064. https://my.austinsymphony.org/july42021

July 15

Outdoor film at the Contemporary Austin

Watch “Blancanieves” (“Snow White”) directed by Pablo Berger at The Contemporary Austin’s Laguna Gloria location. Admission also grants attendees access to the Laguna Gloria grounds and sculpture garden. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. $25 (one-two guests), $50 (three-four guests). 3809 W. 35th St., Austin. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

July 17

Danilo album release at The Far Out Lounge

Local R&B artist Danilo celebrates the release of his five-song EP at The Far Out Lounge & Stage. The show also includes performances by Kalu & The Electric Joint, and David Ramirez. 7 p.m. $25. 8504 S. Congress Ave., Austin. www.danilomakesmusic.com

July 24

Austin Taco & Margarita Festival


Taco vendors from around Austin join forces for a celebration of one of Austin’s favorite bites. The 21-and-up event is hosted by Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and features live music and two free margaritas per person. Masks are required and must remain in place unless consuming food or drink. 4-11 p.m. $15-$49. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. www.acl-live.com/calendar/taco-margarita-festival

May-September

Paramount Theatre’s Classic Film Series


Classic films return to the Paramount Theatre this summer with new titles and dates released throughout the season, including “Jaws” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Various times. $12. 713 Congress Ave., Austin. 512-474-1221. www.austintheatre.org
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.



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