The week's events culminate in Austin's birthday bash
1. Sound & Cinema
6 p.m. July 31. Free. The Long Center lawn, 701 W. Riverside Dr. thelongcenter.org/events-and-tickets/sound-cinema
Summer isn't over yet. One of the season's most popular events in Austin, Sound & Cinema returns to the Long Center lawn to pair beloved films with Texas artists playing live. They'll give a musical tribute to the movie before it plays on the Alamo Drafthouse's giant inflatable outdoor screen, the Austin skyline providing a picturesque backdrop throughout. Up next is a showing of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" — on the boy wizard's birthday — and music from Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band. Come early for dinner from one of the on-site food trucks.
2. Faith Food Pantry benefit at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
Noon July 28. $20 suggested donation. 2200 S. I-35. opaldivines.com
Austin musicians, including blues legend Marcia Ball, jazz singer Sarah Sharp and Ulla (aka Irish Invasion) team up to raise money for the oldest food pantry in Austin. Housed out of Faith Presbyterian Church, the pantry provides a three-day supply of groceries to individuals or families in need of emergency assistance. The organization also collaborates with multiple social service agencies to help hungry Austinites. The afternoon event also includes a silent auction. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
3. Chicken Wing Eating Competition at Nickel City
12 p.m. July 29. Free. 1133 E. Eleventh St. facebook.com/events/689769818160703
Don't chicken out, wing and whiskey lovers. Nickel City's inaugural chicken wing-eating competition invites you out to the neighborhood bar on National Buffalo Wing Day, but you won't actually have to participate. Instead, four local bar teams (from Crow Bar, B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, Last Straw and Lustre Pearl on Rainey) will go head-to-wing in an epic battle, while you enjoy 35-cent wings all day long. There will also be Monkey Shoulder and Tullamore DEW cocktails.
4. Pets on the Patio with Austin Pets Alive
6 to 9 p.m. July 30. $20. ATX Cocina, 110 San Antonio St. Ste. 170. atxcocina.com
Thinking you need a cute pup and a cold margarita to make your week just a little bit better? To that end, ATX Cocina has teamed up with Austin Pets Alive to bring adoptable dogs to the downtown restaurant's expansive outdoor patio. The nonprofit's representatives will also be sharing information on how to foster a dog. Your own pets are welcome to mingle. Tickets include a De La Casa margarita and guacamole and partially benefit APA.
5. Movies in the Wild: "Some Like It Hot"
6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Free with admission of $6-$12. 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
Make the end of summer a lot cooler with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's outdoor cinema series, presented in collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse. Pack a blanket or enjoy the soft grass of the Family Garden Play Lawn and watch fun feature films under the open sky at dusk, starting with the Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe comedy "Some Like It Hot." Movies in the Wild runs on four Thursdays in August.
6. “Wake Up Napsville … the Railroad is Coming!”
8 p.m. Aug. 2-3. $10-$20. Way Off Broadway Community Players, 11880 Hero Way West, Leander. wobcp.org
The Way Off Broadway Community Players stage the world premiere of this melodrama. In "Napsville," big business tycoon Bartholomew Badmun comes up with a scheme to rob the town of Napsville of its money. The townspeople intend to use their funds to build a new schoolhouse to replace the one that will be demolished for Badmun's railroad. But Miss Ava and her fiance, Corley, uncover his evil scheme and come up with a plan to expose it.
7. Austin's Birthday Bash
5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3. Free. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. facebook.com/events/2130398187083578
Celebrate the birthday of the city we love and live in the Austin way. At this free community event, there will be good food and live music. Salt & Time is among the food vendors providing the bites, while Mobley, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Bidi Bidi Banda and GirlFriend ATX play the tunes. Expect a photo booth and yard games as well. Austin's Birthday Bash commemorates the 180th year since the Republic of Texas auctioned the first lots in Austin.