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

As the summer heats up, a variety of in-person events take place around Austin, from gallery exhibitions to live musical performances.

June 1-July 11

West Chelsea Contemporary collaborates with Jonathan Van Ness

Downtown Austin’s museum, West Chelsea Contemporary, is hosting 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. The Van Ness collaboration runs from May 28 to July 11 as part of West Chelsea Contemporary’s ‘On the Wall’ program, which aims to support the work of emerging artists. Various times. Release. 1009 W. Sixth St., Ste. 120, Austin. 512-478-4440.

June 1 – August 15

Guitar exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

Discover the history of the guitar with Bullock’s latest exhibition, “Guitar: The Instrument That Shaken the World”. The exhibition includes a collection of rare and antique guitars as well as educational material on the science and history of the instrument. Various times. Military families enjoy free entry to this exhibit. For other customers, tickets cost between $ 9 and $ 13. 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin.

03 Jun-Sep 9

The Drop-In musical series at the Long Center

Every Thursday night in the summer, The Long Center and ACL Radio present the musical series The Drop-In. Social distancing performances feature artists such as Mélat, Gina Chavez and The Los Sundowns. Free tickets can be booked online. 8 p.m. 512-474-5664.

June 25-August. 8

Exhibition “Beyond Van Gogh”

A traveling exhibition 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 applied. The exhibit takes about an hour to view. Various times. $ 29 (children), $ 47 (adults). 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin.

June 25-August. 1

TPA behind the scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel

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

June 30th

Pride of live local music

The Nashville and Austin Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring this event featuring five artists from both cities performing at local venues in a live-streamed show. Artists include Patrice Pike and Pleasure Venom in Austin. The live-streamed show is free with optional donations supporting education funds for LGBT students in both cities. 6:00 p.m.

July 03

Bob Schneider Independence Day

Celebrate July 4th with Bob Schneider at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater. The event ends with a fireworks display. 6 pm All ages are welcome; however, guests under 21 will be charged an additional $ 5 upon entry. $ 35 to $ 115. 12225 W. Hwy. 290, Austin.

4th July

Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks

The annual Independence Day fireworks show and concert takes place in person this year after its cancellation in 2020. 8pm Free. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-476-6064.

July 15th

Outdoor film at Contemporary Austin

Watch “Blancanieves” (“Snow White”) directed by Pablo Berger at The Contemporary Austin’s Laguna Gloria location. Entrance also gives participants access to Laguna Gloria Park and the Sculpture Garden. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $ 25 (one to two guests), $ 50 (three to four guests). 3809 W. 35th St., Austin.

July 17

Danilo album released at Far Out Lounge

Local R&B artist Danilo celebrates the release of his five song EP at 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.

July 24

Austin Taco & Margarita Festival

Austin’s taco vendors team up to celebrate one of Austin’s favorite bites. The 21+ event is hosted by Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and features live music and two free margaritas per person. Masks are mandatory and must remain in place unless consuming food or drink. 4 pm-11pm $ 15- $ 49. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin.


Paramount Theater Classic Film Series

Classic films return to the Paramount Theater this summer with new titles and dates released throughout the season including “Jaws” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Various times. $ 12. 713 Congress Avenue, Austin. 512-474-1221.

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