July 4 | Celebrate at Landa Park

The skies over Landa Park will be lit by fireworks in celebration of Independence Day during the city’s annual Fireworks Spectacular in partnership with H-E-B. The fireworks will be fired over Landa Lake and will be visible from anywhere in Landa Park, the Landa Park Golf Course at Comal Springs, Fischer Park and the Fredericksburg Baseball Fields. Ahead of the event, the final Live at Landa concert featuring the J. Abram Band will begin at 7 p.m. at the Landa Park Dance Slab, and the Remax Skydiving Team will parachute into the park before the fireworks. Attendees can tune in to KGNB 1420 AM to listen to music timed to the display. 6 p.m. (seating begins at the golf course), 7 p.m. (Live at Landa Concert Series hosted at the Landa Park Dance Slab), 9:15 p.m. (fireworks show). Free. 830-221-4000

July 9 | The Science of Being a Dad

In partnership with the SJRC Texas Fatherhood Initiative, children and their father or father figure will work together on science projects with the goal of strengthening father-child engagement. Each pair will build two rockets: one will use water as fuel; the other will use air. 10-11 a.m. Free. For children age 4 and older. Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com

July 15-17 | Search for new accessories

Exhibitors from around the country will offer jewelry, gifts, gourmet items and more during this three-day event. Shoppers can purchase a variety of goods and have a chance to win prizes throughout the weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 15-16), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (July 17). Free admission. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 210-410-0737. www.nashows.com

July 19 | Learn about water

Hosted by the Comal County Conservation Alliance, Water: The Next 20 Years will explore how local water resources are managed and preserved. Roland Ruiz, general manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, will give a presentation about the aquifer and how the EAA works to provide area residents with access to water. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. www.comalconservation.org, www.headwatersatthecomal.com

July 23 | Race on country roads

Join local Texas runners for the Stars and Stripes Half Marathon that will start and finish at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In. Racers can participate in a half marathon, 10K or 5K, and the courses will travel along country roads through the Hill Country. Half marathon begins at 6:30 a.m. followed by other races. Depending on date of registration, race entrance will cost $15-$20 (kids race), $35-$50 (5K), $40-$60 (10K), $85-$100 (half marathon). 1178 Kroesche Lane, New Braunfels. www.athleteguild.com

July 22-23 | Quilt your heart out

At QuiltFest 2022, hosted by the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild, attendees can view award-winning quilts, presentations, demonstrations and more. Vendors, a quilters thrift store and a boutique will also be part of the event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (children age 10 and younger), $10 (one-day pass), $15 (two-day pass). New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. www.newbraunfelsareaquuiltguild.org

July 30-31 | Go to a Gun show

Presented by Premier Gun Show, the New Braunfels Gun Show will offer 300 tables of guns, ammunition, knives, shooting supplies and more for attendees to buy, sell or trade. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 30) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (July 31). Free (children age 11 and younger and uniformed peace officers), $9-$15 general admission. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 817-732-1194. www.premiergunshows.com

Worth the trip

July 4 | Run a Freedom Run 5K

The Let Freedom Run 5K is a race along the Schertz Jubilee parade route prior to the parade beginning. Open to all participants, it includes a kids run/fun run alongside a walk for families and others. The race begins at 9:15 a.m. Registration information can be found on the Schertz city website. Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. 210-619-1635. www.schertz.com/466 featured event

July 23-24 | Float Fest

Float Fest will return to Gonzalez with more than a dozen acts including Vampire Weekend, Chance the Rapper and Tove Lo. The event offers a 2-mile floating trip down the river and walk-on access to the concerts. This year, the event will feature a draft beer station where attendees can fill reusable containers. Times vary. Single-day general admission tickets start at $134. 1 CR 197, Gonzales. www.floatfest.net