What’s happening this weekend: July 3-5

Happy holiday weekend, Austinites! There’s no shortage of Fourth of July festivities across Central Texas this weekend, but we’ve rounded up a few suggestions here.

Celebrate Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic’s return to Austin

The Redheaded Stranger is back to celebrate the red, white and blue on Saturday in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas, and of course he’s bringing all his friends. Willie Nelson and family will headline the one-day festival, with Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Asleep at the Wheel, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe and more. Get in the spirit before you go by watching Willie perform “Pancho and Lefty” at the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2014 with Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris.

Also, don’t miss this Antiques Roadshow clip from Austin featuring Willie Nelson memorabilia.

Admission: Tickets range from $35 to $75. Hours: Parking opens at 10 a.m., gates open at 11 a.m. Music starts at 11:15 a.m. and will go until 12:30 a.m. Fireworks display will go off at 9:45 p.m. http://circuitoftheamericas.com/willie

Watch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake

After a brief stint at the Circuit of the Americas, the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display featuring the Austin Symphony is back at Auditorium Shores. The family-friendly event on Saturday has fireworks, food, drinks, local venders and a live performance by the Austin Symphony. Before you head out, make sure to set your DVRs to record the 35th anniversary of A Capitol Fourth, featuring Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, classical pianist Lang Lang, the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly.

Admission: Free. Hours: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/symphony-july-4th/

Get out of town and head to the Nutty Brown

If you don’t feel like dealing with traffic and crowds at the city’s fireworks event, head out to the Nutty Brown Cafe for Austin City Limits artist Bob Schneider’s annual Fourth of July bash, but check out these photos from Bob’s Austin City Limits Season 36 taping here before you go.


Admission: $17 general admission. Hours: Doors open at 6 p.m. http://nuttybrown.com/bob-schneiders-4th-of-july-bash

Have your own Fourth of July barbecue!

What’s Fourth of July without a cookout? We’ve gathered some tips from Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ as well as recipes from PBS Food to help you keep your friends and family fed and happy. Watch the brisket episode of BBQ With Franklin below and click here for the recipes! 

Unwind with a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the museum

What’s your story? Find out the best way to share your stories, listen to new ones and create art that tells tales at the Free First Sunday: Story Telling event at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. You can also check out the museum’s roller derby exhibit, which runs through Aug. 8. Make sure to watch KLRU News Brief’s segment on the exhibit before you go!

Admission: Free. Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free First Sunday: Story Telling ends at 3 p.m. 

Click here to check out a full list of Fourth of July events in Austin and surrounding cities from Austin360.