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How to spend your holiday weekend in Austin

Arianna Auber
Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is sure to draw big crowds to Circuit of the Americas this year. [Scott Moore for STATESMAN]

1. Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas

11:30 a.m. July 4. $45-$99.50. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Willie's legendary Independence Day party has moved around a lot since it began in the 1970s, but the current five-year run out at Austin's Formula One racetrack facility is one of its longest stretches in the same place. If it keeps the picnic in the Austin area, we're cool with that. Guest performers this year are Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Hayes Carll, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Colter Wall, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Gene Watson, Johnny Bush, Folk Uke, the Raelyn Nelson Band and the Casey Kristofferson Band. — Peter Blackstock

2. Red, White & Blue Owl Indoor Picnic

12 to 10 p.m. July 4. Free. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St., Suite 300.

Come early for the patriotic beer releases; stay late for the games. Blue Owl Brewing hosts an Independence Day celebration with red, white and blue beers: a red cherry sour, white peach sour and blue blueberry sour. The games start at 3 p.m. with a watermelon-eating contest, followed by a water balloon toss and putt-putt challenge. Hang around for pop rock-infused beers, too. The Bearded Baking Company will be on-site from 1 to 5 p.m.

3. Austin Chamber Music Festival

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through July 21. $12-$50. Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive.

The Austin Chamber Music Center will present three weeks of music from world-class ensembles and musicians, including Takács Quartet, Beijing Guitar Duo, Ahn Trio, Aeolus Quartet, Miró Quartet, Peter Bay, Liz Cass, Invoke, Austin Shakespeare and the center's own Michelle Schumann. The opening night features the festival chamber orchestra, led by maestro Peter Bay (conductor of the Austin Symphony) and Miró Quartet violinist Will Fedkenheuer.

4. Lakeside Live Free Music Shows at Ski Shores Cafe

5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays in July. Free. 2905 Pearce Road.

Drive up to the outdoor restaurant just off Lake Austin Boulevard (whether you pull up in a car or a boat is entirely up to you). Ski Shores hosts a month of live music shows starting this weekend with singer-songwriter Stephen Newberry. He'll perform on Saturday while you enjoy burgers and canned craft beer. Longtime local country-folk musician Bobby Earl will take the stage on the first Sunday afternoon in July. 

5. The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series: "The Goonies"

1 to 4 p.m. July 7. $6-$10. 713 Congress Ave.

Hey, you guys! The next film in the popular Paramount series is the 1980s adventure-filled "The Goonies," starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin. In this beloved family adventure yarn, a group of teenagers finds a map leading to a hidden treasure and must overcome booby traps, natural obstructions and a gang of desperate thieves in their race for the loot. Come early — the first 100 kids through the door receive a free film-themed trinket from Toy Joy.