Fourth of July fireworks top the week's free events
Daijoubu Pop-Up at Nickel City. Two Austin-based bartenders, Sharon Yeung and Caer Maiko, have created a cocktail pop-up intended to show off the many flavors found in Asian cooking and culture. First at the Roosevelt Room, the Daijoubu pop-up heads to Nickel City for two nights paying homage to Asian-American take-out counters. 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 1133 E. Eleventh St. facebook.com/events/373809953244574/.
Pan Am Hillside Concert Series at Pan Am Park. The longest-running outdoor concert series in the city celebrated 60 years of free, family-friendly events in 2018. The series returns to the park’s hillside amphitheater this summer for four Tuesdays in July. The kickoff event features Tejano vocalist David Marez, lead singer of early Chicano soul outfit the Royal Jesters. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 2100 E. Third St. austintexas.gov/event/hillside-summer-concert-series-july-9-2019. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
High Noon Talk at the Bullock Museum. The monthly lunchtime lecture explores Trammel's Trace this time, the first route from the U.S. into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. Author Gary Pinkerton will discuss how the road became a microcosm of the lawlessness defining the early 19th century. 12 p.m. Wednesday. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
The H-E-B Austin Symphony 43rd Annual July 4 Concert & Fireworks. Deck yourself out in red, white and blue for this annual event featuring a fireworks display over the Austin skyline. It'll be backed by symphonic patriotic classics performed (after having been planned and produced) entirely by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org/events/h-e-b-austin-symphony-july-4th-concert-fireworks.
Independence Day Festival at Hill Country Galleria. Head to the Hill Country Galleria for an evening of local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides and games, and — of course — fireworks. Live music acts include School of Rock, the Derailers and headliners Vallejo. 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday. 12700 Hill Country Blvd. facebook.com/events/2155913661374349/.
"Repurposed" at ICOSA Collective Gallery. The group exhibition focuses on artworks that have been created from discarded and undervalued materials that possess a status of the imbued history of those objects. Participating artists include Karri Paul of Los Angeles and Austin's own Vladimir Mejia. Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 12 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Aug. 3. 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 No. 102. icosacollective.com.
Saturday, July 6
Annual Vegan Hot Dog Eating Contest & Cookout. Bring the family to Craft to watch the competitors eat as many vegan hot dogs as they can. There will be barbecue and sweet treats, drinks and music in addition to the contest. Although it's free to attend, an RSVP is required at the Eventbrite link. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6. 4620 E. Cesar Chavez St. eventbrite.com/e/annual-vegan-hot-dog-eating-contest-tickets-63535446230.