Summer sizzles with these Austin events
1. Sound & Cinema
6 p.m. July 10. Free. The Long Center lawn, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org
One of Austin’s most popular summer events, Sound & Cinema pairs beloved films with Texas artists playing live. They’ll perform a musical tribute to the movie before it plays on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable outdoor screen, with the Austin skyline providing a picturesque backdrop throughout. Sound & Cinema returns this week with a showing of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and music from cover band Recovering, which will play the soundtrack album to the Marvel movie as a prelude to the screening. Come early to have dinner via one of the on-site food trucks. There will also be a full bar.
2. H-E-B Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum
12 to 5 p.m. July 7. Free. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
Beat the heat this summer by exploring all three floors of the Bullock Museum on a day of free admission. In addition, the Bullock will have three hours of special activities for families. From 12 to 3 p.m., you are invited to create a road map of all your favorite summertime things to do across Texas, challenge your loved ones to puzzles and games, and listen to a story time that will celebrate our favorite summer fruits.
3. The Craft Series at 1886 Cafe & Bakery
6 p.m. July 8. $45. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. 512-391-7178 driskillhotel.com/austin-events/1886-craft-series
Since 2015, the Craft Series has been showcasing Austin's vibrant local craft brewery scene with a series of monthly beer pairing dinners. Experience why our city makes the best brews at the July dinner, which will feature four courses of creative cuisine paired with beers from a local brewery — this time around, Cedar Park's Red Horn brewpub. At $45, it's an irresistible deal. Reservations are required, but you won't pay until afterward.
4. Santana, Doobie Brothers at Austin360 Amphitheater
7 p.m. July 9. $34-$183. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com
For Carlos Santana, 2019 is a big year to look back at career highlights. Maybe the most momentous came half a century ago, when he played Woodstock. He’ll be back at that historic fest’s original rural New York site in August on the actual anniversary weekend, but in the meantime, we get him here in Austin for a double bill with fellow classic rockers the Doobie Brothers. The primary focus of Santana’s set will be “Supernatural,” which came out 20 years ago this summer. — Peter Blackstock
5. The Purple Party: A Tribute to Prince
8 p.m. July 11-13. $15-$45. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org
Enjoy this heartfelt and fun tribute to one of the greatest pop icons of the century, Prince. Award-winning performer and producer Coco Lectric brings together a diverse cast of the brightest stars and the biggest hearts in dance and aerial arts with the three-day "Purple Party." This show is for lifelong Prince fans and new fans alike, blending the performers' relationship with his work with clips of the life and work of the bona fide virtuoso.
6. Zilker Summer Musical: Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Opens July 12. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 17. Free. The Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org/mermaid
Zilker Theatre Productions takes us under the sea for its 61st season. The splashy musical adventure is sure to have audiences singing along with favorite Disney songs. Based on the animated 1989 film of the same name, which itself was based off the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Little Mermaid" production is about a mermaid who dreams of living in the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Don't forget your blanket to spread on the Zilker lawn.
7. Up & Down Tour with Little City Coffee & Nomadic Beerworks
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13. $25. 415 E. St. Elmo Road, Suite 4A, and 3804 Woodbury Drive, Suite A. eventbrite.com/e/up-down-tour-with-little-city-nomadic-beerworks-tickets-64328030872
Little City Coffee Roasters and Nomadic Beerworks have teamed up for this two-venue workshop that will teach you all about the parallels of coffee and beer. The tour starts at Little City, where you'll dial in the roast and create your own blends. Afterward, make your way over to Nomadic Beerworks for lunch at Kimchi Jon's. Finish off the event with a brewery tour and beer tasting. With the purchase of a ticket, you'll receive a free pound of coffee and one beer flight.