Houstonians looking for something to do in July in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose and surrounding areas have a number of options to choose from, including an Italian wine tasting, bingo at Levy Park and a cocktail sipping event at the Houston Arboretum that allows guests to interact with reptiles.

Freedom Over Texas: The city of Houston's annual event will feature live musical performances by Russell Dickerson, Jo Dee Messina and Chapel Hart in addition to food, beverages and a “Texas-sized” fireworks finale. Event parking will be available for a fee at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts parking garage and the Theatre District parking garages. Find more ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Houston here.Annual Heights Great American Pie Contest: The Houston Heights Association hosts a pie baking contest during the group's general meeting, with categories including sweet, savory and fancy. After a judge evaluation, guests can taste pies before an awards ceremony.Aperitivo Italiano: Young Winemakers in Tuscany: The Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston hosts a wine tasting event featuring wines from the newest generation of Tuscan winemakers. Tastings will be paired with Italian-style bites. Stefano Milici and Thomas Geninatti with the Italian wine importer Vinello lead the event.
  • July 9, 7-8 p.m.
  • $30 (ICCC members), $35 (general admission)
  • 1101 Milford St., Houston
  • www.iccchouston.com
Disney’s The Lion King: See the live Broadway musical performance of The Lion King at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, with recognizable music crafted by award-winning talents Elton John and Tim Rice.Keda Sharber's 'UNBOUND' opening reception: Fresh Arts introduces the organizations second Space Taking artist resident, Keda Sharber, whose work will be on display at Mieve Art Studio and Gallery through Aug. 24. The reception includes a fine art photography exhibit, multi-disciplinary performance, community discussion and a screening of Sharber's film "UNBOUND" at 7:30 p.m.Sunset Bingo: Levy Park brings back bingo nights on the second and fourth Friday of each month through August. DJ Del Sur provides music for the event, which raises money for park operations. Gaspachos Mexican Bites, Money Cat and Kind Ice Cream provide food, drinks and snacks.Popsicle Dash: Houston Running Co. hosts this fourth annual racing event at Karbach Brewing Co. Participants have the option to run in a 10K, 5K, Kids K or family walk in this installment of the group’s summer dash series, and join others after the race for food, drinks and music.Throwback Thursday Workout: This retro, music-inspired exercise class at Midtown Park combines elements of cardio, balance and flexibility. With hits playing from the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, attendees are encouraged to wear neon attire and leg warmers. Those who bring the most friends or are best dressed in retro workout gear will have the chance to win a prize.Summer Sounds with Ars Lyrica: This bilingual program at Rothko Chapel is curated by singer Cecilia Duarte and percussionist Jesus Pacheco. It will explore the evolution of voice and percussion instruments within Spanish and Latin American cultures. Featured instruments include gongs, bells, vibraphone and drums.Scales & Cocktails: The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts this event to allow guests ages 16 and older to meet snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles, and guests ages 21 and older can enjoy a cocktail. Participants will have the opportunity to pet some of the reptile ambassadors.