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If you’re in the mood for some spontaneous Austin magic, don’t miss the latest pop-up dinner and concert from Foster ATX, a company that creates singular social experiences around town. Each gathering has a theme and the chefs, artists, space and rotate. This next one is all about wood.

no. I — wood is a three-night event happening at Tillery Place that includes a concert and two dinner seatings. Come hang around the campfire with friends and break bread at a communal table—where dinner was prepped over open flames just moments before. You can choose to join for supper, songs, or both! They’re all about the unconventional, and providing a space for both emerging and well-known talent to share their craft, all while bringing the community together in an authentic way.

Here’s the whole rundown so you can plan ahead and get your tickets …

Song: A stripped-back bluegrass jam around a campfire

When: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Featured musicians: Invoke, The Troll Smashers, and Tony Kamel of Wood & Wire

Drinks: Nine Banded Whiskey cocktails and Austin Winery wine

Bites: s’mores and appetizers from the Foreign & Domestic team

Tickets: $30

Supper: An open-kitchen dining experience with Chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic

Seating I

When: Friday, February 23rd

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Featured chefs: Chef Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic

Drinks: Nine Banded Whiskey cocktails and Austin Winery wine

Live music: Eddie Dickerson and Talia Bryce

Menu: (*vegan and vegetarian options available upon request)

I.  grilled focaccia, farm cheese, & preserved tomato
II.  butternut squash, arugula, & gorgonzola
III.  24 hour pork shoulder, grilled grapes, faro, & greens
IV. juniper pots de creme, milk jam, buttermilk froth

Tickets: $80

Seating II 

When: Saturday, February 24th

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Featured chefs: Chef Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic

Drinks: Nine Banded Whiskey cocktails and Austin Winery wine

Live music: Eddie Dickerson and Talia Bryce

Menu: (*vegan and vegetarian options available upon request)

I.  grilled focaccia, farm cheese, & preserved tomato
II.  butternut squash, arugula, & gorgonzola
III.  24 hour pork shoulder, grilled grapes, faro, & greens
IV. juniper pots de creme, milk jam, buttermilk froth

Tickets: $80

Has there ever been a town with as much love for animals as Austin has to give? We think not. Our rescue pets are family and we celebrate them at every opportunity. That’s why, of course, Austinites will finally get to celebrate Mardi Gras with their furry best friends, because Mardi Paws, the city’s first-ever dog Mardi Gras parade is upon us. Sponsored by the animal lovers at Grocery Pup, a company making insanely fresh and natural dog food right here in Austin, this parade is basically guaranteed to make you happy.

So what goes into a dog Mardi Gras parade, you might ask? Well everything. Just like the human version in NOLA, they’ll have a king, queen, and royal court who parade in little floats that are made from wagons. People and dogs in the parade will throw treats and beads to the crowd.

The theme for this inaugural year is “Saturday Bark Fever.” All floats will be disco-themed and attendees (of every species) are encouraged to dress like John Travolta walking into Studio 54.

Our king for the day will be Sebastian, who was rescued by Cutie PITooties and was fostered by Krista Allenby, owner of Ruff Adventures Dog Photography, at the end of September. When she first got Sebastian, he had severe mange and a skin infection. After just one month, he made a full recovery and was officially adopted by Krista. To celebrate his recovery and finding a new home filled with love, Sebastian has been crowned the King of Mardi Paws! Half of all proceeds from Mardi Paws will go to Cutie PITooties so they can rescue more pups like him.

Our original queen, Lil’ Kim, was rescued by Austin Dog Rescue in November from a shelter in Lockhart, and after multiple surgeries, she was close to being ready to be adopted. After appearing to be on the road to recovery, she developed a type of neurological disorder about a week ago, and her condition steadily worsened despite several visits to her veterinarian and the emergency room. With her passing on January 21, her furry foster brother and fellow Austin Dog Rescue pup, Kaxan, will ride in her honor as the Duke of Mardi Paws

All funds raised for Mardi Paws will be split 50/50 among the two organizations that rescued the king, queen and duke. Come out and have the time of your life for an incredibly worthy cause.

When: Saturday, February 10th

Time: 2 -6 p.m.

Location:
Lustre Pearl East

Can’t make it? Click here to donate to the cause and help spread the word on your social media pages.

As someone who owns a business that’s all about doing things, I have to practice what I preach. That means I’m constantly on the go in Austin—an art opening, a yoga class in the park, a meeting downtown, and oooh look, a new happy hour place! I love it all, but I don’t have a lot of time left over in the day to shop for groceries—let alone cook myself an actual dinner. So food delivery apps are my saving grace, and these days I have a new favorite: DoorDash.

DoorDash is a national company that has been growing its Austin presence for over a year now, and they are serious about this city. They have a regional headquarters right here and a team of locals who love the Austin food scene as much as we do. That means they bring the best of both worlds—a huge selection of the biggest national chains and a growing list of local gems like Tamale House, G’Raj Mahal, East Side King, Super Burrito on 5th, and Flyrite Chicken. There are more than 250 places available for delivery in Downtown Austin.

The app itself is easy to use, with live order tracking (including driver GPS), local staff selections, and featured restaurants with free delivery. The “Try Me Free” section at the top has a rotating list of great spots to choose from. I love the way all the menu details are loaded into the app, which makes it simple to customize your order and breeze through the whole process. It also means much less room for human error. And that’s important when you need something very specific, like two extra sides of ranch.

Plus DoorDash goes above and beyond their competition by surprising customers with crazy giveaways and discounts. Earlier this month they gave away over 10,000 slices of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and partnered with Shake Shack on National Cheeseburger Day to give away free cheeseburgers.

Download the app and try it for yourself. For the next week, receive free delivery on one order of $15 or more! Use promo code 365ATX.

There’s so much to do in Austin this holiday season, but trust us, there is nothing else quite like this. NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theater is putting on A Peasants’ Holiday Masquerade and tickets are on sale now. Sometimes it’s best to go into things like this knowing as little as possible, but we’ll give you the basic plot: A group of tawdry, goat-farming-peasants have gotten their hands on a few elegant robes and opaque tights and decided to throw a masquerade ball. It will be an epic evening of booty-droppin’ Shakespearean festivities!

Come explore a comedic, medieval world where you can eat, mingle, dance, and drink as you wish—all as characters guide you through a story.

NunaMaana’s mission is to bring groups of people together in a powerful way to share in their human experience and celebration. The name is derived from indigenous words, Nuna is inspired by a word meaning “child.” The company makes playful things! Maana is inspired by a word meaning “something physical that is imbued with magic.” As artists this is always their goal.

Catch this completely unique performance this December.

When: December 8th, 9th, 16th, and 17th

All shows @ 8:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets.
*Open Bar is included with every ticket!

Location:
Atmosphere Coworking
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street #208
Austin, TX 78702

Image courtesy Sharper Photography. 

Skip the mall and big box stores this year and enjoy your holiday shopping experience at one of Austin’s favorite traditions: The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This famous fine art market and musical festival features national and local award-winning artists, at least three bands performing live each day, two full bars and local food—and all in a festive, lively atmosphere.

Guests can shop from over 175 artists who will be selling their handmade gifts, fine art, heirloom pieces, and stocking stuffers. Take your shopping breaks by the Armadillo stage and sip on a craft beer or cocktail. This year they’ll have Korean BBQ from Chi’lantro and hand-tossed Neapolitan style pizza in the Southside Flying Pizza kitchen.

With a collection of musicians as well curated as the art, the Armadillo stage will host greats like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Nakia, Ruthie Foster, Charley Crockett, and Shinyribs.

Click here for a photo gallery of Armadillo artist’s work and here for a full lineup of music.

When: December 14 – 24th

Tickets are $8 for a single-day pass; available at the door, or in advance at https://armadillo.ticketbud.com/2017. For best value, purchase a season pass, which allows for entry throughout the duration of the show. Free admission for children 12 and under.

Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily

Location:
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by Jennifer M. Ramos. 

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has just announced a new holiday tradition and festival with—get this—a million lights, camel rides, and hot air balloon rides! The holidays in Austin just keep getting better and better. Winter Wonderland will run from December 1 – 30, open daily from 6 -10 p.m., and 6 – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are on sale now.

Like we said, a million lights will illuminate the Circuit’s Grand Plaza, which will also include Santa’s workshop, a petting zoo, a human snow globe, holiday movies on the lawn, a walking light trail, and the the Tunnel of Lights! Guests can also purchase tickets for additional offering like the hot air balloon float up to 100-feet high, Santa’s train ride for kids, a giant skating rink, camel rides, carnival rides for both children and adults, and souvenir photos with Santa. Families who donate a book to the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program at Winter Wonderland will receive one complimentary ride on the COTA Express. Guests can also hear their favorite stories read daily by Mrs. Claus at Reading Hour in the Grand Plaza. And the adults can enjoy a frosty beverage and friendly games in the Bud Light Friends Chalet after walking the .8 mile Circuit of Lights.

Entertainment throughout the Winter Wonderland will include performances by Austin school district ensembles and local artists. Plus there will be food trucks, hot cocoa stands, and other holiday-inspired beverages at Winter Wonderland. Last, but not least, you can do your holiday shopping at Go! Games—a giant pop-up shop featuring games, toys, and books—and the charming Bavarian Village with local vendors selling handcrafted goods in an enchanted setting.

Purchase tickets at the Grand Plaza Box Office or right here. Discounted group ticket sales, as well as options for corporate and private parties are also available. For information regarding special bookings or Winter Wonderland at the Circuit, click here

 

Last year was the start of a new Austin tradition—a spectacle for everyone to enjoy right before the holiday season officially kicks off. Waller Creek Conservancy’s Creek Show, which is free and open to the public, is returning for a second year and taking place November 10-18. Downtown Austin will be lit up like never before! We have a feeling this will become a mainstay of the holiday season in Austin—just like the Zilker Tree and the Trail of Lights. Bring the kids and walk along the Waller Creek downtown as you explore six luminescent, site-specific installations along between 5th and 8th Streets, all created by local artists.

They’ll also have hands-on, family friendly activities every night at the Sabine Tree Deck between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Thinkery will be on-site Fridays and Saturdays and you can visit the Creek Show Lounge (700 E. 6th St.) for interactive entertainment, a Creek Show photo booth, Waterloo Park model, and more.

The kids will really love this—and adults get to see their city in a whole new way.

For more details click here.

When: November 10th-18th

Location:
Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets

Vintage Market Days is an upscale, open-air vintage event that goes all over the country and now for the sixth time they are coming to Austin! “Hello, Fall” will be held at the Lakeline Mall area in Cedar Park from October 27-29. This is the perfect girls weekend or early holiday shopping trip. Let’s get way ahead of the ball, shall we?

Come out and shop original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more.

Fun fact: Vintage Market Days was named by Country Living as one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want to Miss.”

Event Information:
Friday – Early Buying Event – $10 with pre-purchased tickets or paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have first shot at all of the true vintage items, enjoy live music, food trucks, and have a chance at winning a custom farmhouse table and matching bench.

Saturday & Sunday – General Admission – $5 with pre-purchased tickets OR paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have access to all of our vendors, enjoy live music (Saturday only), and food trucks.

Once admission has been paid, shoppers can return as many times as they would like. Children 12 and under are free. ATMs will be on site. The event is pet-friendly and handicap accessible. Parking is free and on asphalt. The event is rain or shine!

For more information, click here.

Via 313 has made Austin a better place by serving up the most amazing Detroit-style pizza, and now the sky has opened up and the angels are singing and they’ve announced that they are bringing us brunch pizza starting this Sunday at their Craft Pride location.

And not just that, Craft Pride has created a signature beer cocktail menu to compliment this deliciousness.

Here’s the list of cocktail/pizza pairings so you can ready your appetite for the big day:

The Bromance
Martin House Brewing Company True Love is the base for this mulled brew. Flavors of fall spice combine with a Raspberry sour ale to produce a sweet and sour treat. Dressed with a cranberry rim and garnished with an edible hibiscus leaf.

Pairs excellently with B.B.E: A Detroit Style French Toast Pizza

Cherry Lime Sour
Independence Brewing Co. Redbud Berliner-Weisse gives life to a cherry limeade made just for adults. Packed with real cherry and a bright lime flavor reminiscent of the drive-in treat. Garnished with a dried cherry wrapped in a fresh petite mint leaf

Pairs excellently with The Austinite: Cheese and Over-Medium Eggs are layered on a Hashbrown crust and crowned with a Salsa Verde.

Craft Chelada
A drink inspired by the Mexican Cerveza Preparada tradition. Our take is spicy, savory, and just a little sweet. Made with Dallas Blonde from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and garnished with chile lime dusted salami and a Spanish olive.

Pairs excellently with Pepper Adams: Calabrese and Over-Medium Eggs on every slice and topped with Fresh Arugula and Shaved Parmesan.

When: Sundays starting October 2nd

Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Craft Pride
61 Rainey St
Austin, Texas 78701

 

If you’ve discovered the weirdly addicting fun of Topgolf (you really don’t have to be a golfer to love it) then get excited, because the company is taking their experience to Circuit of the Americas for the Topgolf Crush Grand Prix. Come enjoy food, drinks, and music while you crush golf balls on top of the legendary Turn 1 hill at COTA at giant targets on the field.

Players will aim for seven targets ranging from 50-150 yards away from one of 23 bays. Topgolf’s Toptracer Range technology, which is not yet available at TopgolfAustin, tracks the flight path of the golf balls and instantly scores every shot! That’s fancy. There will also be other games to play while you wait for your tee time. And of course a live DJ will spin every day throughout the weekend.

When: October 18-22 (Private corporate events can be booked for Oct. 18-19, and the event will be open to the public from Oct. 20-22.)

Time: Daily from 9 a.m. – midnight

Cost: Tickets start at $65 for standard 55 minute tee times and VIP passes are $250. Buy yours here.

Location:
COTA
201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX 78617