Bastille Day, more events bring summer celebrations
1. 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. You can also bring a picnic and cooler, although there is a concession stand with drinks and snacks.
2. Celis Brewery's 2 Year Anniversary Party
3 to 10 p.m. July 11. Free. 10001 Metric Blvd. facebook.com/events/1473887942801765
The North Austin brewery resurrected from the memory of the original Celis of the 1990s has hit some financial trouble of late, but this celebration will only highlight the mostly Belgian-style beers and welcoming atmosphere Celis has fostered in its two years in business. At the party, expect games including giant pong, corn hole and a watermelon seed-spitting contest, as well as special-release beers, live music and the Peached Tortilla food truck.
3. APL After Dark: Dino Pop-up
7 to 9 p.m. July 12. $7 at the door. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/849199878778206
You never stopped loving dinosaurs, and neither did the Austin Central Library folks. This installment of the after-hours event APL After Dark will transform the downtown library into a dinosaur museum pop-up with help from Dinosaur George, an expert on prehistoric life. There will be drinks and snacks, dinosaur bones and dinosaur crafts. Tickets are sold out online, but a limited number will be sold at the door; come early to snag your spot.
4. Carson McHone at White Horse
9 p.m. July 13. $5. 500 Comal St. thewhitehorseaustin.com
The native Austinite singer-songwriter has at times been easy to catch in town every few weeks. But that’s not been the case for much of the past year, as she’s been touring consistently to support last fall’s “Carousel.” Playing the White Horse is a back-home gig in multiple respects, given that her father co-owns the place. But it’s also the perfect venue to hear her songs that walk the line between trad-country and indie spirit. Warm Sugar opens; Tender Things play later. — Peter Blackstock
5. Bastille Day at Le Politique
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 14. Free-$35. 110 San Antonio St. 512-580-7651, lepolitiqueaustin.com/bastille-day
Le Politique is celebrating its French roots on Bastille Day with a series of packed events. So don that red, white and blue again for activities like a champong tournament (like beer pong, but with bubbles), a French buffet for the whole family, live music by Sköll & Hati, temporary tattoos and games. You can also watch the Champagne servers race take place in front of the restaurant. The buffet includes a macaron tower and a crepe station.