Fourth of July is less than a month away, which means it’s time to start thinking about outdoor parties, grilling, and the like. The summer holiday and the returning big fireworks show and concert along Vic Mathias Shores mean there’s a lot of food and drink events around the city.
Here is Eater’s guide to the best parties, eating contests, and food specials happening in Austin during the long holiday weekend. Everything below is listed chronologically.
Monday, June 28 through Sunday, July 4
- Baked goods delivery service Cookie Rich crafted color-themed Fourth of July sugar cookies available by the dozen. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. (2201 North Lamar Boulevard, West Campus)
Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4
- Hotel Van Zandt restaurant and bar Geraldine’s is hosting a live blues concert series during the holiday weekend, plus it’s a prime spot to watch the fireworks during the evening of the Fourth. (605 Davis Street, Downtown)
Thursday, July 1 through Saturday, July 3
- Cocktail bar and pub Drink.Well is offering some themed drink specials to both of its dine-in and takeout menus this weekend, including a fish house punch. To-go orders can be placed online. (207 East 53rd Street, North Loop)
Friday, July 2 through Sunday, July 4
- Bakery Tiny Pies holiday menu includes larger American flag blueberry-cherry pie, and packs of tiny pies adorned with stars, hearts, and U.S.A. and star-shaped hand pies. Everything is available for online preorders for pickups. (multiple locations)
- Bar and restaurant Revelry is offering to-go Jell-O shots for the holiday. The 12-packs are $20. Orders can be placed in person or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pickups are available on Friday, July 2 from 4 p.m. to midnight, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, July 3, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 4. (1410 East Sixt Street, East Austin)
- Ghost kitchen restaurant Chicken Salad Shoppe concocted a themed giant cookie for the long holiday weekend. The Cherry Bomb consists of a red velvet cookie stuffed with cherry cheesecake, then topped with white chocolate glaze, and sprinkled with pop rocks and sprinkles. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. (7433 Burnet Road, Crestview)
Saturday, July 3 through Sunday, July 4
- North Austin seafood truck Huckleberry is popping up along the river at boat rental shop the Rowing Dock for two days. On deck are smash burgers, shrimp rolls, watermelon salad, and chips, available from 4 to 9 p.m. or until everything is sold out each day. (2418 Stratford Drive, Bluffington)
Saturday, July 3
- Hill Country brewery Vista Brewing is hosting a big party dubbed “the Pork of July,” naturally featuring whole hog barbecue from Banger’s, as well as sides and special beers. It starts at noon. (13551 Ranch to Market Road 150, Driftwood)
- Casual restaurant Better Half is hosting Honky Tonk Amnesia who will play records from Willie Nelson’s 1976 Fourth of July Picnic show while offering pulled pork and chili cheese dog sandwiches from 7 to 10 p.m. (406 Walsh Street, West Austin)
Sunday, July 4
- Sports bar and restaurant Black Sheep Lodge brought back its annual hot dog-eating contest, along with hot dogs for all and drink specials. The $20 entry fee and partial sales from the day will go towards a to-be-named dog charity. The contest begins at 2 p.m.; people who would like to enter should email email@example.com (2108 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
- Black Sheep’s sibling bar Haymaker is also bringing back its annual pickled egg-eating contest for the Fourth. $20 entry fees and a portion of the day’s sales will go towards Helping Hand Home for Children. The contest begins at 4 p.m.; those who would like to compete should email firstname.lastname@example.org. (2310 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
- The downtown location of Salt & Time has a good view of the fireworks, and therefore will offer $4 Fourth of July specials for the day. On deck are hot dogs, light draft beer, and soft-serve ice cream with toppings from 4 to 10 p.m. (422 Guadalupe Street, Downtown)
- New American restaurant Launderette is hosting a seafood boil for July 4th. The $50 boil includes lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausages, corn, and potatoes, plus sides and a cherry Cola icebox pie. Reservations are required for dine-in services, to-go orders must be placed online. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. (2115 Holly Street, Holly)
- Far North brewery Willard’s is throwing a kid-friendly party full of hot dogs, burgers, stout milkshakes, and frozen cocktails from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Pflugerville)
- Snacks and drinks cafe Bobo’s is hosting a grilling party with bison dogs, tofurky beer brats, corn, watermelon, and drinks starting at 5 p.m. (3850 Airport Boulevard, Cherrywood)
- South Austin restaurant Thai Fresh is hosting a parking lot party for the day with only gluten-free items such as Thai-ish burgers, vegan dishes, sangria, desserts, and ice cream from its truck Gati desserts. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. (909 West Mary Street, Bouldin Creek)
- Neighborhood bar Nickel City is hosting its hot dog-eating contest again. Interested contenders can sign up at the bar right now. There’s also a red-white-blue outfit contest, plus specials on coney dogs and frozen drinks. (1133 East 11th Street, Central East Austin)
- South Austin bar Bouldin Acres and barbecue truck CM Smokehouse are throwing a joint party with whole hog barbecue, hot dog specials, and live music. It begins at 11 a.m. (2027 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
- The South Austin location of Lustre Pearl’s party includes free hot dogs and burgers, ice cream truck Mister Softee, drinks, live music, and batting cages. Hours aren’t disclosed yet. (10400 Manchaca Road, Far South Austin)
- Far South Austin cidery Texas Keeper is offering specials for the holiday. The picnic menu will include smoked chicken, German potato salad, and Hawaiian macaroni salad, plus ciders. It’s open from noon to 8 p.m. (12521 Twin Creeks Road, Manchaca)
- Downtown bar Seven Grand is hosting a cornhole competition for the holiday, with signups opening at 4 p.m. and the contest at 5 p.m. Plus on-site truck Asador will serve up a special menu, and there is a cocktail and pickleback shot special. (405 East Seventh Street, Downtown)
- Reborn neighborhood bar King Bee is hosting an easier daylong party for the day. On-site truck Golden Castle will debut its new breakfast menu featuring sliders with eggs, hash browns, and Taylor ham, among other options, and the bar will mix up cocktails with daylong happy hour pricing. The bar opens at noon. (1906 East 12th Street, Central East Austin)
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Update, Friday, July 2, 7:54 a.m.: This guide, originally published on June 14, has been updated to include additional specials and parties.