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Kick off your weekend with these Thursday events

Arianna Auber
Austin band Megafauna is one of the groups offering free shows at the Hot Summer Nights series along Red River Street. [Contributed]


Movies in the Park: "The Road to El Dorado." Well, summer temperatures have officially hit 100 degrees, but you'll likely still have a good time watching a movie outdoors after the sun goes down. So don’t miss the family-friendly nighttime screening of this animated film, the next movie featured in the Austin Parks Foundation’s monthly series drawing locals out to their parks for a free good time. Come early for food truck grub from Casey's New Orleans Snowballs, Rosarito ATX and the Mighty Cone. 8:45 p.m. July 25. Free. Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Road.


Hot Summer Nights in the Red River Cultural District. Free Week in July is back for the third time, and the event kicks off with shows throughout the district. Dance-rock duo Major Major Major play the outdoor stage at Empire with Coattails, while rockers Megafauna and Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad shred inside. Standout psych-rockers Holy Wave are at Stubb’s indoor stage with Wrongbird and Cosmico, while folk-rockers Sour Bridges and Harvest Thieves play on the Mohawk’s indoor stage across the street. 8 p.m. July 25-9 p.m. July 28. Free. Multiple locations. — Deborah Sengupta Stith


Wine Walk at Domain Northside. The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas offers an evening of shopping, sipping and eating along Domain Boulevard, which will be closed for this event. Tickets include a wristband, souvenir glass and event passport to collect stamps as you travel to participating Northside spots. Enjoy live music from Scott Strickland Band as well as DJ BigBear, pop-up art for sale from HOPE Outdoor Gallery art vendors, raffles and more. All proceeds from admission go toward the foundation. 5 to 8 p.m. July 25. $15 donation. 11821 Rock Rose Ave.

Gardening calendar

The Garden Club of Austin’s Annual Live Auction and Ice Cream Social. The club hosts its annual live garden-themed auction, celebrating this summer season also with some ice cream. Enjoy your scoops with all the fixings while listening to and giving gardening tips. You'll have an opportunity to add fresh excitement to your garden landscape, porch or interior at reasonable prices with the auction. Items for sale include staghorn ferns, bromeliads, succulents, plant containers and garden art. 7 p.m. doors July 25. Free. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

All About Pruning at the Natural Gardener. Knowing how to prune something isn’t always intuitive, but it can be simple. Listen as instructor Linda Wall, a landscape consultant, outlines some basic rules for the most common types of pruning — perennials, roses, fruit trees, brambles, pruning for shape, pruning for size and more. 10 a.m. July 27. Free. 8648 Old Bee Cave Road. 512-288-6113,