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The charming community of Liberty Hill, which is just a short drive from Austin, gets super creative when it comes to festivals. This year its first hot air balloon festival will be no exception! Bring the whole family to the evening events on the big day, which will include a truly beautiful Hot Air Balloon Glow and a good ole’ fashioned street Dance featuring People’s Choice Band. There will also be a silent disco with three high-energy DJs—hip hop, 80s and Top 40. Flip between the three genres for the ultimate dance party. 

If the kids want a next-level experience at the fest, treat them to a tethered hot air balloon ride for $25. Children must be tall enough to see over the basket. 

Hot Air Balloon Glow

There will be free parking and shuttles at Liberty Hill Junior High, Bill Burden Elementary, and Liberty Hill Elementary. No coolers or pets are allowed on the shuttles. 

All money raised benefits the Liberty Hill Development Foundation, an organization that helps maintain and restore the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park.

Check out all the details, including more festival events, here.

A note about weather: The event is rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. Although the pilots will do everything in their power, balloons cannot be inflated in adverse weather conditions.  

When: Saturday, October 19, 7-10pm

Tickets to the Balloon Glow and Street Dance are available here

Location:
Lions Foundation Park 

If you’ve never ventured out to the adorable Texas town of Gruene with its famous dance hall and hill country setting, you are really missing out. This year’s Gruene Music & Wine Festival + Craft Beer Event is the perfect excuse to escape for a few days and see the best of what the area has to offer. 

The Gruene Music & Wine Festival dates all the way back to 1986 and began as a one-day event. And now it’s blossomed into a four day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of wine, craft beer, food, and gift items handmade in the Lone Star state. The 33rd year of this Texas gem runs October 10–13th!

To get an idea of what you are in for, the “Texas Tastings & Tunes” event on Saturday now includes over 40 wineries with 100+ wines available for tasting and the ‘Le Cordon Gruene’ food alley. Sunday’s event includes a Texas-sized Craft Beer Tasting, a second stage, and the big game on a big screen TV. An Artisan Market has also been added to both Saturday and Sunday events.

From live music to food trucks, tastings, and an artisan market there is something fun to do all day every day! 

Check out the full schedule of events here! VIP and General Admission tickets are selling fast, so snag yours quickly. 

At 365 Things Austin we are obsessed with helping you make the most out of life in Austin. And doing that means eating your way through it! We are a foodie town full of hungry people who like to take risks and try new things.

That’s why our newest podcast—launching Monday, Sept. 16th—is all about Austin’s thriving, changing, bursting restaurant scene. The choices are overwhelming, so let us help you embrace it all.

Our monthly culinary-themed podcast is hosted by local food blogger Natalie Paramore. She’ll interview Austin’s best chefs (some you may have heard of, not maybe not!) and talk about their restaurants and what inspires them. We’ll also find out where they like to eat when they have a day off and what they make for themselves at home.

Nerd out with Natalie and her guests as they explore topics like ingredients, sourcing, traveling, and the creative process. The first episode will feature chef Callie Speer of Austin’s Holly Roller.

To listen, find us on iTunes and please RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE! 

Callie Spear, head chef and partner at Holy Roller, Austin.

Callie Spear, courtesy of Austin Chronicle.

 

As Oprah likes to say, “Your house should rise up to meet you!” We totally agree. And If you need an upgrade for your atmosphere, there is a new store in the heart of Austin’s Crestview neighborhood that is calling your name. Nadeau was founded by Tom Nadeau in 1991 on the idea that great furniture should be attainable by everyone—and it should make you feel at home. 

The store has a wide range of solid wood furniture from around the globe at affordable prices. Each piece is handcrafted and won’t be found in everyone else’s living room. This is a way to make your mark with personal style. 

The Austin store is Nadeau’s 34th retail location in the U.S. and one of five in Texas. The selection is ever-changing and inventory flies out of the store, so if you see something you like on their Austin page, stop by the store right away. You can also subscribe to their emails and get first dibs on everything! 

Check out these Yelp reviews to get a sense of what makes this place so unique: “It really is furniture with a soul. It’s stuff that stands out, stuff your friends will ask you where you got it from. The quality is great and their sales people were so helpful.” – Hilary M. 

“Love this place! Awesome customer service and tons of unique pieces at very reasonable

prices. Everything was delivered by a local company for a flat fee. I went back two weeks later and found the perfect little side table for our family room. Every time I walk in this place there are fabulous new things that I desperately want to own!” – Stephanie P.

Stop in and see what’s waiting there for you!

 

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) has been investing in the chefs and culinary artists of the future since 1985, and they have been bringing a stellar lineup of events to Austinites this year.

To carry out their mission to bring education, appreciation, and enjoyment to the community, the organization hosts wine and food events that raise money for scholarships and grants.

Next up is the Austin Wine Experience on September 29th. Come to the AT&T Conference Center for an afternoon of sommelier and wine educator led seminars and panels followed by an amazing tasting.

If you want to make a day out of it, purchase individual tickets to one, two, or three seminars and enjoy a sampling of excellent wines alongside fun and focused discussions led by exceptional industry professionals.

If you are more into a self-paced, casual experience, the ballroom open from 4–6 p.m. for The Grand Tasting, where you can sip, stroll, and taste thoughtful food pairings by the Carillon chefs with more than 50 different wines from around the world!

And get the most bang for your buck with the bundle of everything!

Seats in the classes are limited, and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Read more about the classes and purchase your tickets here.

When: Sunday, September 29th

Time: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Location:
AT&T Conference Center

E-Scooters have fundamentally changed the way Austinites and visitors get around the city. They are great for buzzing around town, but the city is now looking at where they should be excluded in order to protect Austin’s pedestrians and our beautiful outdoor treasures.  

The Trail Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Austin dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and connecting the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, is spreading the word that e-scooters are not allowed on the trail. 

As part of their nine-month pilot program, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department excluded scooter use on the beloved 10-mile loop around the lake. The department is also seeking feedback from locals! Click here to take their survey and make your voice heard. 

During this temporary period, scooters are allowed for transportation purposes (and to avoid being on trail) at the following bridges: Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, South 1st Bridge, and the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Now you can help get the word out and protect our wonderful trail system by buying a T-shirt to help drive awareness! All proceeds from the shirts go directly to The Trail Foundation! 

Have you ever been to one of those terrible networking events where people are awkwardly crossing the room and introducing themselves with a glass of cheap wine in hand? “Hi, how are you? What do you do?” It’s the same thing over and over. 

The founder of Creatives Meet Business Experience—a three-day conference centered around learning and connecting for artists, creatives, small business owners, and solopreneurs—knew there had to be a better way. 

Now CMBXP, as it’s affectionately known, is here to make networking a fun experience full of authentic connection and human interaction. The 2019 conference runs September 19–21! Come hone your professional people skills at an event that feels like summer camp for adults!

The concept all started four years ago with small-group, roundtable events that brought together creatives from different backgrounds to learn from each other and from industry experts on all kinds of topics. Everything from taxes and accounting to goal planning to social media has been covered. 

And now all that has blossomed into a multi-faceted conference in Austin with dynamic mentors, themed happy hours (one of them will feature a QUESO FOUNTAIN!), and a big, crazy game night. It’s a party where you will learn from the other guests and gain the knowledge and confidence that can take your career to the next level. 

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You read the queso fountain part, right? Buy your badge before they sell out! Quantities are limited. Right now 365 readers can get $50 off their registration with the code 365ATX. 

Get all the information and buy your badge right here

Are you brave enough for roller derby? Well, don’t worry, you don’t have to lace up—let’s just watch these tough-as-nails skaters go for the glory! Texas Roller Derby is back for its 18th season! On Saturday the furrrocious Hellcats will take on the fiery Putas del Fuego in a classic TXRD match up. Come check out all the hard-hitting action. There will be live music playing during all the gruesome fun.

When: Saturday, August 24th

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.| Wheels hit the track at 7 p.m.!

Cost: $17–$40 | Free admission for children 12 and under!

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

The new school year is knocking on our door and summer will be over all too soon. But hey, there is still time to get out of town for a little getaway. One of our favorite escapes is  Hyatt Regency Lost Pines & Spa, a gorgeous 405-acre property on the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop. It’s just a 20-minute drive to paradise! And right now the resort—one of the absolute best in Texas—is offering discounted back-to-school rates for last-minute summer getaways.

Guests who stay between August 18–31 will receive up to 20 percent off of their stay with rates available as low as $158 per night. The discount is available when guests book directly through the resort’s website. Make sure to book your reservation at least seven days before your stay dates to get the lowest prices available.

The kids will love this idea. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is home to the Crooked River Water Park, which includes a 1,000-foot lazy river with a swim-up bar, a two-story water slide, and an active pool with a volleyball net and sandy beach, as well as a splash pad for children. It also features an adults-only section with a relaxing pool, a whirlpool, and cabana rentals for a more quiet and serene pool experience.

For more information or to book a stay, click here or call 512-308-1234.

 

Deep-dish or thin crust? Red sauce or white? No matter what you’re into, Austin has a pizza destination that’s sure to be right up your alley. Gone are the days of the limited national and local chain stores when it comes to delivery, with our partners at Favor Delivery, you can now order from dozens of the best spots in town without “Papa” or “Hut” in their titles.

Our list of the 10 Best Pizza Delivery Options in Austin hadn’t been updated since 2015, which is a lifetime in Austin restaurant years! Below you’ll find a list with some classic favorites, and newcomers as well. There is a ton of pizza variety on this list—something for everyone! And because Favor is #AnythingDelivered, you can get all of these restaurants delivered straight to your door.

We also produced a podcast episode with Rachel Holtin from @AustinFoodstagram that takes a deeper dive into her and 365 Founder Kristy Owen’s favorite spots for pizza around town. Be sure to give it a listen here:

Without further ado, here are our best bets for pizza delivery in Austin for 2019!

Little Deli

If you’re a fan of Homeslice, give this mom-and-pop joint hidden in the Crestview neighborhood a shot. The counter-service restaurant is also great for date nights or just grabbing a quick slice. It’s arguably one of the best NYC-style (Jersey-style if you want to get technical) pizzas you’ll find in the city.

Pinthouse Pizza

Craft brewing and craft pizza collide at Pinthouse. They claim their pizza is “artisanal but not gourmet.” We just think it’s delicious. Do yourself a favor by adding a couple of pizza rolls to your delivery order, and don’t forget the ranch!

ABGB

Fans of fresh produce on pies should add this spot to their delivery rotation. The specialty pizza menu here changes with the seasons and never disappoints. Expect wild toppings like purple potatoes, fried okra, and saffron.

Eastside Pies

If you want a paper-thin crust, the team at Eastside Pies does it best. They also offer sauces outside of typical red and white variety, with options like black bean or chimichurri. ESP also recently opened a spot off of 183 that radically increased their delivery zone.

Desano Pizza

This recently opened Nashville transplant serves up delicious Neapolitan-style pizza from wood-burning ovens imported from Naples, Italy. During lunch and late-night hours, they also serve individual sized pies, so don’t be afraid to order alone!

Pieous

The former pizza king of Dripping Springs recently moved to an Austin  address, and thanks to Favor, you can now get it delivered to just about anywhere in the city. This is seriously one of the best pizzas in town, so if the drive has been what’s stopping you from trying them out, you no longer have that excuse.

Hoboken

The best bet for pizza after a long night on Red River, Hoboken Pies offers great Jersey-Style pizza that was practically made for delivery. Try the Mission—a white pie with mission fig, pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese, and Italian parsley.

Southside Flying Pizza

This South Austin staple has been a go-to for delivery pizza and their expansion to four locations guarantees quick delivery times and top-notch quality pies.

Spartan

We love a good small-business success story, and this food-truck turned brick and mortar is just that. Their East 6th Street location crafts pizzas from overnight-rising dough and daily hand-cut toppings.

Toss

Serving ‘Texas Inspired Italian Pies,” Toss recently opened a Westlake location in addition to their South First Street home. This family-owned pizzeria is quickly becoming a favorite amongst locals.

Homeslice

No Austin pizza list would be complete without Homeslice. Widely regarded as the best pizza in Austin, you can now skip the (often an hour plus) waits that were once required to try their pie, and order it straight to your door. A newer North Loop location also expands access to this hometown favorite.

Numero 28

Conveniently located downtown, Numero 28 has classic Neapolitan-style pies and a great wine list. For your next party, have their massive 28-inch extra large pie delivered.

40 North

Another food-truck-to-brick-and-mortar success story, 40 North serves up exceptional wood-fired pies. Owner and Chef, Clint Elmore has brought his years of experience and learning from pizza joints in NYC to the streets of Austin.

VIA 313

If you’ve never tried Detroit-style pizza, you’re in for a treat. Their signature rectangle pies come out of the oven with perfectly crispy edges and a sauce (sometimes on top!) that’s to die for. Try the Cadillac, a pie with gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto di parma, parmesan, and balsamic glaze.

The Backspace

Nestled in a small space behind Parkside on a section of 6th Street not normally associated with fine dining, The Backspace offers amazing Neapolitan pies in a romantic setting. The pizzas aren’t huge, so you can definitely order two (or more) for delivery and share (or not) with a friend.

Bufalina

This list purposely isn’t ranked, but if it were, Bufalina would be our founder Kristy Owen’s No. 1 spot! She personally enjoys going for their happy hour the most (50% off all pizzas, and half-priced bottled wines under $100 from 4-5:30 p.m. daily), but thanks to Favor, Bufalina is now available for delivery as well.

Kristy’s go-to order: Margherita Pizza, add pepperoni. She also loves the harissa pizza, with summer squash, salsa verde, pickled onion, and peanuts.

Happy Eating!