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It’s a very special Championship Celebration for our own 2018 NBA G League Champions—the Austin Spurs! Come cheer on the Spurs as they play their first game of the season against the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) at home in Cedar Park.

Opening night will be a big event, with the unveiling of the Championship Banner and a Championship Ring Ceremony. Plus, anyone who buys a ticket gets their very own commemorative 2018 Championship ring when they arrive at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Everyone wins!

Purchase your opening night tickets right here. And you can get single game tickets here.

When:  Saturday, November 3rd
 
Time: 7 p.m.

Location: 
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
2100 Ave of the Stars
Cedar Park, TX 78613

It’s actually chilly in Austin and that can only mean one thing—Christmas is right around the corner! And nothing says Christmas in ATX more than our favorite holiday tradition, the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. For its 54th year of merriment, the trail will run from December 10 – 23, with the first look for those doing the Trail of Lights Fun Run on December 1. You gotta Instagram yourself under the giant rainbow tunnel of lights or it didn’t happen.

Since it began in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights has grown into one of the city’s largest events, attracting an average of 400,000 people per year. There are over two million lights, 65 displays, 30 food trucks, three entertainment stages, 50 private holiday parties, and interactive experiences throughout the park. Calendars for ticket availability, special programming, and online ticket purchases are here. We highly recommend the ZIP pass, which lets you cut the line and go through the trail an hour before the masses. Worth every penny!

There are a bunch of special nights to keep in mind. Click here for the complete rundown.

 

Where to Next? Race, the city-wide scavenger hunt that saw huge turnouts in D.C. and Nashville is on its way to ATX! Test your knowledge of our fair city, along with all of your brains and brawn. This is basically an action-packed combination of race, scavenger hunt, outdoor escape room, and interactive city tour. You’ve seen Amazing Race, right? Then you are ready.

Grab your best buddy because this involves two-person teams solving clues to locate checkpoints across the city and complete physical and mental challenges at each one. Checkpoints will include iconic Austin landmarks, unique local spots, and a few wildcards. Teams can travel between checkpoints on foot, bike, public transportation, rideshare apps, personal vehicles, etc.

The race will be logged live via Instagram @wheretonextrace_ and will showcase the challenges and activities of the race. W2NR allows followers to tune in on Instagram to see coverage of the race and watch as the action unfolds. The W2NR staff is with racers every step of the way to enhance and personalize the racing experience!  

Teams that finish the race within the goal time will win an equal share of the prize money! The minimum prize money will be $1000 but it has the potential to go way up based upon the number of people who sign-up.

Scholz Garten is hosting W2NR registration and the post-race after party! For more information about this crazy-fun situation, click here.

When: Saturday, October 20th

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: $55 – 65 | Click here to register!

 

How are you getting to ACL this year? Have you thought about this yet? Well, no need to stress! There’s a way to drive down there without dealing with the hassle of parking. Back by popular demand—it’s car2go’s famous Drop Zone! This is a magical parking area exclusively for car2go members during both festival weekends.

If you don’t know by now, car2go is a free-floating carsharing service that lets you locate one of over 300 car2go Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the Austin core “Home Area” with the car2go app, unlock the vehicle straight from the app, then drop it off anywhere in the Home Area. The entire fleet of car2go vehicles in Austin are Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA models.

It is some of the closest free parking you can come by and the zone will be fully staffed so that cars are circulated and there is always room for incoming members to park. They’ll also have free coffee so you can get all energized and fest-ready. More on that below.

This year’s Drop Zone is at the brand new Carpenter Hotel at  400 Josephine St. 78704. The entrance is on Jesse St.

This will be the first time the hotel is open to the public, and car2go will be offering all members who use the Drop Zone vouchers for free coffee at the hotel coffee bar (up to $5 a person, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. while supplies last). From there it’s just a 10-minute walk right into ACL.

Download the car2go app and use the code 365CAR2GO for free registration and $10 in driving credit to get you started. Taxes and fees apply. See you at ACL, people!

 

The Gruene Music & Wine Festival + Craft Beer Event, which began way back in 1986, is a four-day festival with four distinct events to offer. This long weekend of fun in one of the most charming and historic parts of Texas is a celebration Americana music, wine, craft beer, food, and local makers. There will be more than 90 Texas wines and 75 Texas craft beers for tasting, so come thirsty. Everyone from Shinyribs to Clint Black and Emmylou Harris has played this iconic event.

Since its founding, the fest has always benefited the Comal County United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for locals by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.

Check out the day-by-day details below and click here to get your tickets! If you haven’t been to Gruene, this will be the perfect intro to a true Texas gem.

When: October 4th – 7th

Location:
Gruene Historic District

THURSDAY: KICKOFF EVENT

  • Specially curated wine & beer tasting
  • Live Music
  • VIP Tickets Available
  • 21+ only

FRIDAY: ROCKIN’ WITH TEXAS WINE & FOOD

  • Private show & meet ‘n’ greet with Aaron Watson
  • Wine tasting by three of Texas’ best vineyards
  • Catered Dinner by The Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar
  • The Great Guitar Auction

SATURDAY: TEXAS TASTINGS & TUNES

  • 90+ wines for tasting
  • Live music
  • Artisan Market
  • 21+ only

SUNDAY: + CRAFT BEER EVENT & MUSIC FEST

  • Over 75 craft beers for tastings & wines for purchase
  • 8+ hours of live Texas tunes
  • Artisan Market
  • 21+ only event!

Tailgating season is officially upon us. It’s still hot as hades and the leaves aren’t turning orange, but the city is turning burnt orange, so that means it’s fall! And we’ve got big news to share: Favor, the Austin-born delivery service, has figured out a way for us to be fabulous day-drinking hosts without any of the stress. Whether we win at football or not, we are winning at life.

Score big this season with Favor’s free delivery of beer and wine from H-E-B! And there’s no membership fee required. They are doing this in more than 30 cities across Texas, including dear old ATX. Imagine all the use cases for this one—last-minute game watch at your house, impromptu happy hour, and any other time you need chardonnay fast.

You can choose from the best selection in Texas at the exact same everyday low prices you see in H-E-B stores. They have everything from Austin Eastciders and Victory Golden Monkey to Black Box Wine and La Crema. And the best of all, there is no minimum delivery required. If you just need one six pack delivered to your couch, why shouldn’t you have it? What a time to be alive!

You will need to show a valid photo ID when your order arrives, so be prepared for that, but that’s about as complicated as it gets. Click here to learn more about Favor and most importantly, to get the app! In addition to beer and wine, they have endless delivery options from all of your favorite spots—from Starbucks and Chick-fil-A to all the best tacos in the land.

This free delivery offer lasts until the end of the year, so plan the next few months accordingly. Favor keeps bringing the best things in life straight our door, and we keep loving them for it.

 

Live music, dozens of breweries, best buds, and barbecue. What more could a group of friends want?

Although Austin may seem like an unlikely contender for a bachelor party, The Live Music Capital of the World, has more to offer than meets the eye. More affordable than destinations like Las Vegas and brimming with bars, venues, and restaurants, Austin is the perfect place for groups to celebrate a last hurrah.

Enjoy the breweries, local barbeque and the company of your favorite people while traveling around the city. Plan a boys’ weekend out on the town with a swank hotel and a private bus for an easy and entertainment-filled bash.

 

Regardless of hotel location, Austin Charter Bus Company can accommodate bachelor groups of all sizes throughout their entire time in town. Austin Charter Bus Company has experience transporting groups across Texas for wedding events, field trips, corporate events, and more.

Traveling in a large group usually means having to call a fleet of Ubers or renting multiple vehicles with designated drivers. Why go through all that trouble? Charter buses come in various models to fit every size of bachelor group and include professional drivers. So you’ll have a built-in designated driver by your group’s side to enjoy the long night in Austin.

Book Luxe Lodging

Choose a hotel in the heart of Austin near bustling Sixth Street and central to all the downtown hotspots. The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, JW Marriott Austin, and W Austin are a few hotels in the downtown area perfect for a large groups looking to experience the city to the fullest. These luxury hotels include premium amenities and are easy driving or even walking distance to top nightlife spots in downtown.

Pick Your Poison

Whether your group wants to visit a brewery or distillery, or even just hit bars and lounges, Austin has multiple spots in the downtown and surrounding areas.

Jester King Brewing is a local staple for good brews and a good time with friends. The brewery is located a half hour ride from the city and offers free tours on the weekends. Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden offers plenty of drinks, food, live music, and outdoor seating for large groups in the city’s hip Rainey Street area. Austin Beerworks, Blue Owl Brewing, and The ABGB are also great contenders for groups looking to enjoy a few craft beers. Bachelor groups in Treaty Oak Distillery and Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery are also top choices for groups who may want distillery tours and drinks with more of a bite.

Bachelor party groups looking for bars, lounges and music venues will find no shortage of options in Austin. If your group looking for “classic Austin nightlife”, look no further than the spots along Sixth Street (aka “Dirty Sixth”). Maggie Mae’s, Midnight Cowboy, Jackalope, and Easy Tiger are just a few of many spots to stop in the area. If you’re looking for bars with a more intimate feel and plenty of outdoor space, head over to Rainey Street for a good time at Craft Pride, Bungalow, Half Step, and more.

Grab Some Famous BBQ

It’s difficult to visit Austin without getting famous barbecue under your belt. Franklin BBQ is for patient groups willing to wait for some mouth-watering and top-rate brisket. It isn’t uncommon for customers to wait in line for hours, so don’t come too hungry. If your group isn’t feeling a long wait, check out La Barbecue or Stiles Switch BBQ.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Groups looking to explore the outdoors in Austin have the opportunity to hit the rivers around Austin. Fill up a cooler (no glass or styrofoam containers) and rent tubes to float and party along the San Marcos River, Guadalupe River, or Comal River. These river destinations range from around 30 to 60 miles from Austin. Renting a private charter bus through Austin Charter Bus Company gives groups the freedom to travel wherever they’d like in the area.

About Austin Charter Bus Company

Austin Charter Bus Company is part of a state-wide network focusing on providing quality and efficient rental buses to traveling groups. The company offers reliable transportation for all types of groups and tailors each rental to specific travel needs. Groups looking to travel beyond Texas may also explore national rental options. Rental representatives are available 24/7 at 512-215-4891 to assist anyone looking to book a charter bus or minibus for special occasions.

Dogs are family. For a lot of us, they’re more than family. The Huffington Post surveyed 1,000 dog owners, and 38% say they love their dog MORE than their spouse.

Austin is for dog lovers—we would do anything to make sure our pets are healthy and happy—but 1 out of 3 dogs still don’t get the amount of daily exercise and stimulation they need. We all want to be responsible pet owners, but, as everyone knows, sometimes that can be hard … we get caught in traffic, our managers add us to last-minute lunch meetings, and we get stuck late at the office. We’re doing our best but sometimes we fall short, and when that happens, our dogs end up spending more time alone at home than we know is best for them. But we’re here to tell you there’s an answer …

Get you a dog walker.

Dog walking services offer mid-day walks and potty breaks for our esteemed furry colleagues. Getting a dog walker is the responsible choice for people who have taken on the commitment to own a dog but who can’t always be around to take care of them.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s me, but how do I find a dog walking service I can trust?” We’ve got you. We did the research and found the dog walking service that fits the bill.

Skipper is a local, on-demand dog walking company run by a trained team of pet care professionals. Unlike most other dog walking services, Skipper employs all of its staff. Skipper dog walkers are W2 employees, not contractors. Skipper walkers go through two full background checks and 10 hours of classroom and field training before they join the Skipper team. Skipper’s standards are high, and they accept less than 10% of applicants.

When you sign up for Skipper dog walking services, a trained Skipper team member will come by your home to do an in-home consultation where they ask for your home and pet information, including your pet’s personality type, meal instructions, and visit routine. (If you live in an apartment, they work directly with your leasing office to check out a key). After the consultation, Skipper activates your online account and you can start scheduling visits right away. Skipper has a local team in Austin that monitors all the Skipper dog walkers and visits, so you can rest easy knowing your pup will get personalized, quality service every time.

When your Skipper team member arrives, you’ll get a notification that they’re there. At the end of the visit, Skipper sends a visit summary report with a GPS-tracked map along with photos of your pet and a detailed summary of everything that happened at the visit (see below). With Skipper’s real-time updates and fully-trained team of pet care professionals, you’ll know exactly when we were there and what your pup (or cat!) did during their Skipper visit.

Skipper offers online payment doesn’t charge additional for extra pets or scheduling same-day service. You can customize each visit to fit your needs, all free of charge. Their visit rates are extremely affordable and you can also buy visits in bulk for extra cost savings – a 20 minute visit will run you $17.

With all of these good things, Skipper also just announced they’ve partnered with ZilkerBark! In celebration of ZilkerBark reaching 150K followers, ZilkerBark will be doing a giveaway of free dog photos and Insta features each week for the next couple of months for anyone who books a dog walk with Skipper. For a chance to have your dog featured on ZilkerBark, follow Skipper and ZilkerBark on Instagram and sign up for your free Skipper consultation using code “ZBWALKME”… you’ll get $40 in Skipper credit and the chance to have your dog walked and featured by ZilkerBark.

Austinites don’t just love our pets—we live for them! And we want to give them the very best. Humans in this town are all about the juice cleanses, nature walks, and organic food, so it’s only right that our animals get in on the action, too.

Kriser’s Natural Pet, otherwise known as “the Whole Foods for pets,” has just opened a brand-spanking new South Lamar location and they are having a party to celebrate! They’ll have free nail trims, raffles, and more. They’ll also be giving away fun-filled gift bags with poop bag holders, can lids, and a bunch of samples from their vendors.

Kriser’s opened its first storefront in Chicago in 2006 and has since spread to 47 locations throughout the country. Their natural pet foods are free of corn, wheat, soy, and by-products and their grooming products are gentle and non-irritating. You can shop knowing that they stand behind the treats, supplements, and pet supplies they feature and feel good about recommending each brand.

“The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “We’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products, and grooming.”

Whether your beloved furry friends need toys, food, supplements or anything else under the sun—you’ll find a huge selection here. Come meet the animal lovers at Kriser’s at the location and share that healthy, happy Austin lifestyle with your best pal.

When: Saturday, August 18th

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:
2330 South Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas

Tiny is in! The concept of minimal living has taken off in recent years and now enthusiasts of the less-than lifestyle are coming together to learn from experts and one another. If you’ve contemplated purging your giant wedding Koozie collection and old pots and pans from college and going stylishly tiny, this is the event for you!

The Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree is coming to Austin later this month and is the place where enthusiasts, lifestyle advocates,  and industry professionals will come together. Come celebrate the best that simple living has to offer: mindful practices, eco-friendly products and services, and of course, one-of-a-kind tiny houses and small living structures.

More than just a festival, the Jamboree aims to raise awareness about the small-living movement, re-address how we look at housing, educate about the latest developments across the nation, and serve as a platform to discuss issues such as affordability and attainability in the housing market.

If you’re totally committed or just a tiny bit curious—come check it all out for yourself.

When: August 23rd – 26th, 2018

Location:
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Ln.
Austin, TX 78724