Olympic Fever in Austin, Texas

Olympic fever has officially arrived in Austin!  In preparation for the summer games kicking off next Friday, July 27, some of our favorite Austin hangouts are hosting some fantastic Olympic-themed events that we can’t wait to attend.  Even if you’re not the competitive type, you’ll want to add these events to your calendar!

Excited to see what kind of visual treat London has in store for the always-exciting Olympics Opening Ceremony?  Rumor has it that the Olympic stadium will be transformed into an English meadow and the show will include a flock of sheep, a cricket team, and imitation rain!  Catch all the fun at Black Sheep Lodge’s opening ceremony watch party on Friday, July 27, 2012.  The South Austin bar will offer drink specials including $2 off Texas Pitchers and $2 beer specials.

Even if you don’t have an athletic bone in your body, you can get in on the fun at the Kung Fu Summer Games.  Kung Fu Saloon will host their own version of the games every Saturday during the summer Olympics.   Contestants can compete for prizes by playing giant Jenga, Skee Ball, and Ping Pong.  Sign-ups begin at 2pm and games begin at 3pm on July 28, August 4, and August 11.  This event will benefit the Special Olympics of Texas.

The talented men and women at Sky Candy have put together a show that pays homage to one of the Olympics’ most beloved traditions, the running of the Olympic flame.   Choreographed by Andy Agne, “The Flame” captures the history, meaning and spirit of the Olympic flame told through a dazzling display of aerial stunts on hoop, straps and trapeze, as well as traditional dance, acrobatics, poetry, acting and original music by composer Chris Humphrey.  The show runs from July 20-27, 2012 at 507 Calles Street in East Austin.  For ticket information visit Sky Candy’s event page. 

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