Events in Austin TX

Austin Events and Festivals in July

The month of July is a great time for enjoying outdoor summer activities in Austin. In addition to all the other attractions and activities Austin is famous for, there are also a number of terrific annual events and festivals held this month. Yes, the temperatures are often high, but this is still summer after all, and outdoor events are typically evening events, perfect for relaxing and winding down.

Here are three terrific outdoor Austin events held each July:

#1. Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks Show

With a typical attendance of 100,000, the Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks Show is definitely popular. The free event is held each year at Auditorium Shores near the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The Austin Symphony begins playing patriotic and other favorite pieces including, of course, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, around dusk. The firework show begins an hour later and lights up the Austin downtown skyline. A great event for kids and families. Come early and enjoy a late picnic and a first class show.

#2. Zilker Summer Musical

Another great Austin tradition is the Zilker Summer Musical at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin’s Zilker Park. The annual event has been held each summer (July and August) since 1959 and features first rate performances of Broadway musicals. Admission is free and performances begin at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this family-friendly and community-oriented event. Past productions have included: Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, Peter Pan, Oliver, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and many, many others.

#3. Bastille Day Celebration

The annual Bastille Day Celebration at the French Legation Museum is an annual festival commemorating the July 14, 1789 citizen uprising and storming of the Bastille (a medieval prison in Paris) at the outset of the French Revolution. The Austin festival features traditional French music, foods, wines, live entertainment, and even a little Petanque (a traditional French game also known as boules, and similar to Italian bocce or British lawn bowling).