Things To Do In Austin Texas — July 2023

July has it all with 4th of July celebrations, music festivals, vintage sales, gaming conventions, and more!

July has it all with 4th of July celebrations, music festivals, vintage sales, gaming conventions, and more!

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Austin Auto Show 2023

June 30-July 2

Presented by the Austin Automobile Dealers Association, the 2023 Austin Auto Show is a highly anticipated event taking place from June 30 to July 2 at the Austin Convention Center. Showcasing the latest and most anticipated car models of the year, this exhibition is a feast for the eyes, offering a glimpse into the cutting-edge technology and stylish designs that automotive enthusiasts crave. With various brands and models gathered under one roof, the Austin Auto Show provides the perfect opportunity for attendees to compare and explore a wide range of options. Whether you’re a dedicated car enthusiast, a first-time car buyer, or simply seeking a weekend activity for the family, this event offers something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this exceptional showcase of automotive excellence, where technology, style, and excitement converge.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

July 4

The Austin Symphony Orchestra, with support from the City of Austin and event sponsors, presents a community-wide, family-friendly 4th of July extravaganza. Get ready to join the patriotic spirit by dressing up in red, white, and blue as you gather with loved ones at Vic Mathias Shores. This unforgettable event features a symphonic concert of patriotic classics, followed by a breathtaking fireworks display against the city skyline. Starting at 8 p.m., the evening kicks off with a warm welcome from the Master of Ceremonies, dignitaries, and special guests. Then, at 8:30 p.m., the concert begins, culminating in a spectacular “mile-high” fireworks show. Best of all, this celebration is free and open to all members of the public. For more 4th of July events, check out our guide here.

RTX Austin 2023

July 7-9

RTX Austin, the ultimate gaming convention held in Austin, Texas, promises an exhilarating experience for gamers, content creators, and fans alike. With an impressive lineup including popular names like Smosh, Dungeons & Daddies, Achievement Hunter, and Death Battle, attendees can look forward to thrilling live shows such as the Rooster Teeth Podcast, 30 Morbid Minutes, and Always Open. The convention also offers a range of immersive experiences to delight visitors, including the Red Web Escape Room for those seeking a thrilling challenge, the Achievement Hunter Mini Golf & Dunk Tank for competitive fun, and the All Good No Worries Arts & Crafts for those looking to unleash their creativity. RTX Austin is the ultimate gathering for gaming enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to connect, engage, and celebrate the world of gaming through captivating performances, interactive activities, and memorable experiences.

City-Wide Vintage Sale

July 15-16

Immerse yourself in the nostalgic charm of the City-Wide Vintage Sale, a beloved tradition that has delighted treasure hunters in Austin, Texas for over four decades. Located at the Palmer Events Center, this iconic event invites visitors to embark on a journey through time as they explore an extensive collection of vintage treasures. The sale offers special Early Shopper Hours on Saturday from 8:30am to 10am, providing eager enthusiasts with exclusive access to the finest finds. Admission is $9 for adults, with an Early Bird option available at $12 on Saturday morning.

Blues on the Green

July 18 & 19

Blues on the Green is Austin’s favorite summer tradition, featuring a free annual concert series at Zilker Park. Presented by ACL Radio, this event invites attendees to enjoy performances from their favorite artists while basking in the vibrant Austin music scene. Guests can bring blankets and sunscreen to make the most of the lively and festive atmosphere. For an enhanced experience, an exclusive “Blues with a View” area is in front of the stage, offering a dedicated bar and two complimentary drinks. The lineup includes Devon Gifillian with Phillip Phillips on the first night and Wild Child with THEBROSFRESH on the second night, accompanied by talented opening acts. Blues on the Green embodies the spirit of Austin, bringing people together for a memorable summer evening of music and community.

Hot Summer Nights

July 20-23

Hot Summer Nights Festival in Austin, Texas is a dynamic and vibrant celebration of the city’s music scene during the hot summer months. This multi-day event features diverse musical genres performed by local and national artists across various venues. Attendees can immerse themselves in a bustling atmosphere filled with live music, community connections, and interactive attractions. It’s an opportunity to embrace Austin’s rich cultural heritage, connect with fellow music lovers, and create lasting memories in a vibrant and energetic setting.

Classic Game Fest 2023

July 22-23

Experience a retro gaming paradise at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. With 75,000+ square feet of fun, this event overlooks Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin. Enjoy classic games, live music by the Texas State Mysterium New Music Ensemble, freeplay arcades, gaming consoles, and exciting costume contests, and special guests like Daniel Pesina, Johnny Cage, Ho-Sung Pak, and Abdallah Smash add to the excitement.

Wizard of Oz

July 22- Aug 6

Step into a world of wonder as Summer Stock Austin, in partnership with Texas Performing Arts, presents The Wizard of Oz! The captivating production transports audiences to a realm of ruby slippers, wicked witches, and mischievous flying monkeys, as they embark on Dorothy’s extraordinary journey to find the all-powerful Wizard and return home to Kansas. The imaginative storytelling of L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel is beautifully combined with the iconic music from the MGM film, ensuring a dazzling rendition that guarantees an unforgettable night filled with music, dance, and pure enchantment. Audiences are invited to join the show at the McCullough Theatre from July 22nd through August 6th, 2023, and not miss the opportunity to experience the magic of The Wizard of Oz live on stage. Families are encouraged to bring their loved ones, from the young to the young-at-heart, and immerse themselves in the timeless charm of this beloved classic.

Alicia Keys

July 24

Get ready for an unforgettable musical experience as the iconic Alicia Keys brings her KEYS To The Summer Tour to the Moody Center on July 24, 2023. This highly anticipated concert will showcase Alicia Keys’ incredible talent and captivating stage presence, leaving fans in awe. Joined by the special guest Simi, this event promises to be a night filled with soulful melodies, powerful vocals, and electrifying performances. 

Sad Summer Festival 2023

July 26

Sad Summer Festival is a captivating music festival that resonates with fans of alternative and pop-punk genres. This touring festival brings together a lineup of talented artists who deliver powerful performances and connect profoundly with audiences. Experiences performances from icons Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, Hot Mulligan, and more and create lasting memories with fellow fans. 

Dog Days

July 31

Get ready for a fun-filled weekend of furry friends and outdoor adventures at the paws + plants extravaganza! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center dedicated this special time to embracing the delightful combination of dogs and nature. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their beloved canine companions and join in for an exciting weekend of tails on trails. The scenic surroundings boast an abundance of natural ground cover, velvety turf grass, and gravel trails that offer a refreshing change from hot roads and sidewalks for your pup’s feet. However, participants are kindly reminded to prioritize their furry friends’ well-being when planning their activities. Rest assured, hydration stations will be conveniently scattered throughout the Center, ensuring that both humans and their four-legged buddies stay refreshed and energized. It’s time to celebrate the bond between pets and nature, so embark on this unforgettable adventure together!

As originally published in Realty Austin.

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