Everything You Can Do in Austin This Weekend

Celebrate the 4th while social distancing.

The 4th of July will feel a lot different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The city of Austin has closed all city parks and recreational facilities, including Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool. But there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday while adhering to social distancing guidelines. If you do venture outside your home this weekend, remember that masks are required for entry in businesses around Austin.

Reserve a spot on the Barton Creek Greenbelt 

Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5
Desperate to escape your apartment for the great outdoors? Remember to secure your spot online first. The city of Austin is now requiring reservations for the Barton Creek Greenbelt’s Hill of Life entrance over the holiday weekend. Reservations are also required for Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park.
Cost: Free

Celebrate the Sweet Eats Sunflower Festival

Through Sunday, July 5
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E State Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX
Take a road trip to Georgetown for the Sweet Eats Fruit Farm’s annual Sunflower Festival, which runs through Sunday. If you want to pick fruit, just show up and pay for what you pick: Strawberries, blackberries and peaches are in harvest. With the purchase of a GA ticket, visitors get access to 4.5 square acres of gorgeous sunflowers, plus admission to activities like the petting zoo, pony rides and more.
Cost: $14 general admission; various price/pound to pick fruit

Join the Austin Justice Coalition for a Hamilton watch party and discussion

Friday, July 3
The Broadway smash hit Hamilton debuts on Disney+ this weekend, just in time for the holiday. Join the zoom call with members of the Austin Justice Coalition for a special screening and post-screening discussion of the film, which is a creative retelling of Alexander Hamilton’s journey to becoming a Founding Father of the United States. The musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, which features predominately non-white actors playing white historical figures, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and is a multiple Tony Award winner.
Cost: Disney+ subscription

Live stream Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic celebration

Saturday, July 4
One of Austin’s most enduring traditions is Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, which is going on its 47th year. Rather than cancel, the Texas legend is bringing the show online with a stellar lineup that includes Lyle Lobett, Robert Earl Keen, Shakey Graves, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Ziggy Marley, and more. Purchase a ticket bundle with cocktail and lunch kits for the full picnic-at-home experience.
Cost: $35 pre-sale, $45 day of

Enjoy an old-fashioned, socially distanced Star-Spangled Fourth at Pioneer Farms

Saturday, July 4
Pioneer Farms
Take a trip to Austin’s own living history museum in Pioneer Farms, which preserves the history and culture of Central Texas during the 19th century. Their annual Star-Spangled Fourth celebration will be a little more low-key this year to accommodate social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but will still feature Texas artisans, new exhibits, history tours, and plenty of fun activities for the young and old alike. 
Cost: $6 for kids, $8 for adults

Get down and funky for the 4th with DJ Mel

Saturday, July 4, 6-10pm
Who needs clubs to reopen when you’ve got DJ Mel? Austin’s very own drew hundreds of thousands of viewers to his impromptu Facebook livestream set after SXSW was canceled. Now, the tastemaker is taking to the tunes every Saturday night for a family-friendly dance party. Set up your speakers, move your furniture, and get ready to bust a move.
Cost: Free

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Johanna Gretschel is a contributor to Thrillist.