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More ways you can spend the day before the Fourth

Arianna Auber
Scarf down one of America's favorite foods at Fast Eddie's third annual hot dog eating contest. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2009]


Reds, Whites, and Bunnies at the Austin Winery. The House Rabbit Resource Network and the Austin Winery have partnered to bring you a one-of-a-kind event benefiting the house rabbits of Central Texas. A portion of the evening's proceeds will go directly to helping bunnies in need. At the event, discover some incredible local wines made on-site, learn more about the rabbit rescue organization, and find out how you can help bunnies while they wait for their forever homes. Light food will also be available for purchase. 6 to 9 p.m. July 3. Free. 440 E. St. Elmo Road.

Third Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. The Round Rock location of Fast Eddie's Billiards & Sports Bar hosts a competition that will test your limits. The entry fee to compete is $5, and all you have to do is down as many hot dogs as you can. Winners will receive cash and prizes, including a free month of VIP pool in July (which is a popular month to play). Think you can stomach it? Bring your buddies along to see you become victorious. There will be drink specials and more. 7 p.m. July 3. Free to attend. 100 Parker Drive.


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. (It was largely a smuggler's trail delivering horses and contraband into the region.) Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this free, casual lunch-time lecture. 12 p.m. July 3. Free. 1800 Congress Ave.


“Federal Triangle.” Artist Mike Osborne’s first exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery showcases his black-and-white photographs taken of Washington, D.C., in recent years that evoke a smoldering paranoia familiar to even the most casual consumers of news. The institutions implied by the title of the show represent much of the policy and messaging that shapes our understanding of Americanism today. Leon Polk Smith's prints are also on display. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Aug. 31. 360 Nueces St., Suite 50. 512-215-4965,


2019 Family Film Series at Sky Cinemas. Sky Cinemas' Dripping Springs theater presents the return of its Family Film Series, mixing perennial favorites and modern classics, such as this week's 1986 sci-fi flick "The Last Starfighter." Admission is complimentary on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. The free tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on the date of the screening. In "Starfighter," a teen who gets the high score on his favorite arcade game is swept up in a space war. 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 7. 166 Hargraves St.