1. Austin’s Birthday Bash
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 4. 422 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/events/1859587690768126.
Celebrate the birth of Texas’ great capital city. On Aug. 1, 1839, Austin’s first plots of land were auctioned off in present-day Republic Square Park. In commemoration of the 179th anniversary of this occasion, the downtown park will have a full day of all-ages activities and entertainment, including lawn games, art vendors, food trucks such as Mighty Cone and live music by Los Coast, Interrobang, Night Drive and additional groups. The festivities kick off with the SFC Farmers’ Market and a free community workout.
2. Surfeza Sunday at NLand Surf Park
5 to 10 p.m. July 29. $10-$40. 4836 E. Texas 71, Del Valle. eventbrite.com/e/surfeza-sunday-step-into-liquid-tickets-46683977032.
Held the last Sunday of every month, this NLand Surf Park event features a surfing film screening, live music, ice pops and craft beer. This month’s movie, "Step into Liquid," features interviews with heavy-hitters from the surfing world. Before it plays, there will be Cold One ice pops giveaways and other flavors available for purchase. Plus, on-site brewery NLand Brewing Co. is serving Surfeza, a light Mexican lager, on special for $3. The ice pops and live music don’t require a ticket purchase.
3. 2018 Wine and Dine Series with Hugh Acheson
6:30 to 9 p.m. July 30. $250. Emmer & Rye, 51 Rainey St. #110. austinfoodwinealliance.org/2018-wine-and-dine/.
Austinites have the chance to be treated to dinners by some of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs with the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s Wine & Dine Series, which is hosting each installment at top local restaurants. Emmer & Rye chef and owner Kevin Fink is collaborating with Chef Hugh Acheson, a Georgia chef and owner of eateries including Five & Ten and the National. Acheson is a James Beard award winner who has competed on "Top Chef Masters" and served as a judge on "Top Chef."
4. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party at BookPeople
6 to 9 p.m. July 31. $10-$15 (technically sold out). 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.
Everyone might have celebrated the 20th anniversary of the "Harry Potter" series last year, but there’s another milestone this year: the 20th anniversary of the books publishing in the U.S. BookPeople is celebrating on Harry — and author J.K. Rowling’s — birthday. The evening’s events include wizard-style portraiture, a Marauder’s Map scavenger hunt, a fantastical costume contest, trivia and so much more. Don your robes and flourish your wands for one last trip to Hogwarts.
5. "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 2. $25-$125. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
Be Zach’s guest for the latest Zach Theatre production. This tale as old as time follows bookworm Belle, who rescues her ailing father from the clutches of the angry Beast, a once-dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress, by agreeing to take his place in the Beast’s castle. But time is running out for the Beast. The Broadway smash showcases a merry, award-winning score with songs you’ll recognize from the movie, including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Gaston."
6. Imagine Dragons, Grace VanderWaal at Austin360 Amphitheater
7 p.m. Aug. 2. $35-$142.50. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com.
Not many contemporary rock bands are bigger than Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas outfit with three straight platinum-selling albums since 2012’s "Night Visions" produced the Grammy-winning single "Radioactive." But a big part of the draw here is VanderWaal, who won NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" show in 2016 when she was 12. Now 14, she released her debut album, aptly titled "Just the Beginning," last November shortly after charming big crowds at ACL Fest. — Peter Blackstock
7. A’lante Flamenco’s "Anochecer"
8 p.m. Aug. 3-4. $18. Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Road. alanteflamenco.com.
Flamenco is a Spanish art form ideal for performing at night — with darkness serving as the proper backdrop for the raw, emotional experience that flamenco provides. There’s a word in Spanish for that special moment when sunset meets starry night: "Anochecer." It doubles as the name of A’lante Flamenco’s weekend show. The magical performances chronicle the stillness before the storm — the storm of pulsing clapping, rapid-fire footwork, piercing voices and heartbreaking guitar.