1. The Bullock Museum’s HEB Free First Sunday
12 to 5 p.m. July 1. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629, thestoryoftexas.com.
Celebrate American independence a few days early with the Bullock’s monthly afternoon of free museum admission and fun themed activities. This month’s Free First Sunday is all about the stars and stripes we’re honoring on the Fourth of July. The family-friendly festivities from 12 to 3 p.m. include making a patriotic hat, participating in an Independence Day parade led by the bamf saxophone quartet, adding your own art to a collaborative mural designed by a local artist and more. You can also explore the Bullock’s three floors of exhibitions.
2. Wine & Dine: An Austin Food & Wine Alliance Series
6:30 p.m. June 28. $225. Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio St. austinfoodandwinealliance.org.
Get treated to a multi-course dinner you won’t soon forget: Wine & Dine, which kicks off at one of Austin’s best restaurants, features several of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs. The debut dinner is a collaboration between chefs Matt Jennings of Boston’s the Townsman and Michael Fojtasek, who was a James Beard Award finalist this year. The feast is inspired by Jennings’ "Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots," an autographed copy of which will be given to each guest.
3. Alejandro Escovedo at Continental Club
10 p.m. June 29-30. $20-$22. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
Long a fixture in the Continental’s world-champion residency roster, Escovedo moved to Dallas a couple of years ago, but he comes back a few times a year to the city where he spent more than three decades. Those who stay late for the midnight set will get a special treat in the form of Ben Dickey and Charlie Sexton. Dickey and Sexton starred together in "Blaze," a new film based on legendary Austin troubadour Blaze Foley, and Sexton recently produced a solo album for Dickey. — Peter Blackstock
4. Leonard Bernstein’s "Mass"
8 p.m. June 29-30. $29-$254. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
In celebration of the centenary of the composer’s birthday this year, the conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Peter Bay, is fulfilling a lifelong dream: leading the largest performing arts collaboration in Austin’s history with two fully staged performances of Bernstein’s legendary "Mass." The sprawling theatrical music production, first performed in 1971 for the opening of the Kennedy Center, calls for more than 250 artists — from such organizations as the symphony, Conspirare, Chorus Austin, the Austin Children’s Choir and more.
5. Peticolas Beer Vacation
3 p.m. July 1. Free. Craft Pride, 61 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/937155549790107/.
Peticolas hasn’t distributed outside of Dallas until now — but it’s coming to Austin for one month only and will be at a variety of local watering holes. Rainey Street bar Craft Pride is hosting the first of a series of events celebrating Peticolas’ temporary arrival, with live music playing throughout the day and seven of the brewery’s beers on draft. Among the beers to seek out are the Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale, the Royal Scandal English Pale Ale and the Thrilla in Brazilla IPA.