Navy Pier fireworks will be dy-no-mite! They begin on Tuesday 7/4 at 9:30 PM. Credit: Brad Hagan

There will be plenty of fireworks this week, but if you’re looking for some not-so-flammable events, we’ve got those, too:

Mon 7/3: If you want to see multiple metal groups on a minuscule budget, check out Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch, and TALsounds at Subterranean (2011 W. North) Monday night. 5 PM, $15

Mon 7/3: Twenty-three years after their Chicago debut, Mountain Goats perform as part of the Empty Bottle’s (1035 N. Western) 25th year celebration. 9 PM, Sold out

Mountain Goats play Empty Bottle on Monday 7/3 as part of the club’s 25th anniversary seriesCredit: JEREMY M. LANGE

Tue 7/4: Navy Pier likely has the best view of the Independence Day fireworks, but check out our guide for plenty of other locations and special events.

Wed 7/5: In The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, author Terry Tempest Williams explores the value of National Parks and public green space to individuals and society. Join her for a reading and discussion at Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark). 7 PM, free

Gorge without judgment at the Taste of Chicago Wednesday 7/5-Sunday 7/9.Credit: Courtesy of City of Chicago

Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food festival, sets up shop in Grant Park (Jackson and Columbus). Get local bites from food trucks, pop-up restaurants, and more. Supplement your meal(s) with live music from Alessia Cara, Cafe Tacvba, Ben Harper, Passion Pit, and the O’Jays. 11 AM-9 PM, Free admission, concert prices vary

The Ai Weiwei documentary Never Sorry screens on Thursday 7/6

Thu 7/6: 

In the documentary

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

, director Alison Klayman paints a portrait of a Chinese artist who uses his digital work as a form of protest against strict censorship laws. Co-hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, which played host to the recently closed exhibit “#AiWeiWei,” the film will screen at Low Res Studio (1821 W. Hubbard) and includes a discussion with MoCP executive director Natasha Egan. 7:30 PM, Free

Thu 7/6: Leave the kids at home and embrace your wild side at Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark). This after-hours event includes chats about animals, educational entertainment, and multiple cash bars. 6:30 PM, $15

For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.