1 to 4 p.m. July 27. $3-$5. The Mohawk, 912 Red River St. facebook.com/events/mohawk-austin/quesoff-2019/2930644947000675
Celebrate one of Austin's favorite things, queso, at this returning competition pitting some of Austin's best restaurants and best purveyors of melted cheese against each other. They will compete in four categories — meaty, spicy, veggie and wild card — while you taste your way through their cheesy offerings. A best of show award will also be given. Participants include Eldorado Cafe, Maudie's, NXNW Restaurant & Brewery, and past winner Kesos Tacos. The entry fee to the event will be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. Do not bring your own chips.
2. Honey Harvest Celebration at Vista Brewing
12 to 8:30 p.m. July 21. Free. 13551 FM 150, Driftwood. vistabrewingtx.com/event/honey-harvest-celebration
The Hill Country brewery planted more than 6 acres of wildflowers for the bees living in an on-site apiary, and the result of that and other factors is lots of honey. On Sunday, Vista will offer samples of both the 2018 and 2019 honey crop inside the tasting room — the color and flavor variations are astounding. There will also be an apiary walk, brewery tour, honey extraction demonstration, live music and more. The new honey will be available in jars.
3. "Thank You, Austin" with the Army Field Band
4 to 9 p.m. July 22. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
Celebrating the anniversary of the Austin-based U.S. Army Futures Command, the Army Field Band presents “This We’ll Defend: Tomorrow Is Worth Protecting,” a concert that puts audience members side by side with soldiers. The Texas-size thank you to Austin also includes a parachute drop-in by the Army's Golden Knights, Army drill team demonstrations, a future soldier swear-in ceremony and a Texas Army National Guard climbing wall.
4. Colson Whitehead's BookPeople author appearance
7 p.m. July 23. $28. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of "The Underground Railroad" dramatizes another era of American history, this time through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. The Nickel Academy is based on a real reform school that warped the lives of thousands of children. There will be no signing at the event. Tickets are required to attend; they include a pre-signed book.
5. "Annie" with TexARTS
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 4. $43-$60. 2300 Lohmans Spur, Suite 160, Lakeway. tex-arts.org/professional/annie
It won't be a hard-knock life to watch TexARTS' production of this family-friendly musical about everyone's favorite red-headed orphan, Annie. She charms everyone she meets, including Daddy Warbucks, a wealthy man who takes her in and changes the course of her life. Two young girls, Danielle Guilbot and Luciana Marinari, will rotate playing the main role of Annie throughout the course of the production.
6. Hot Summer Nights in the Red River Cultural District
8 p.m. July 25-9 p.m. July 28. Free. Multiple locations. facebook.com/redriverculturaldistrict
Free Week in July is back for the third time, and the event kicks off with shows throughout the district. Dance-rock duo Major Major Major play the outdoor stage at Empire with Coattails, while rockers Megafauna and Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad shred inside. Standout psych-rockers Holy Wave are at Stubb’s indoor stage with Wrongbird and Cosmico, while folk-rockers Sour Bridges and Harvest Thieves play on the Mohawk’s indoor stage across the street. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
7. Blanton B Scene: A Love Supreme
6 to 10 p.m. July 26. $15. The Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org
The Blanton marks the opening of “Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day” with a celebration of your individuality, creativity and authenticity. At the B Scene: A Love Supreme party, everyone will be encouraged to be their most genuine and wonderful selves. While you do you, the museum will set the scene with classic 1980s tracks, dancing, food and drinks, art-making activities, a photo booth and more.