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Austinites already understand what a local gem we have in the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., aka the ABGB—and now it’s getting the national reputation it deserves. The brewery/restaurant/temple of fun is currently competing for USA Today‘s 2017 Reader’s Choice contest—and it’s sitting at number 7 (with a bullet!) out of the 20 best brewpubs in the whole country. This is kind of a big deal in the beer world. Actually it’s kind of a big deal in the world world.

Here’s the background on the contest:

These 20 brewpubs, nominated as the best in the U.S. by a panel of beer experts, serve their own house beers, often alongside guest taps and a menu of tasty food options. Vote once per day for your favorite until polls close on Monday, March 13 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, March 17.

Click here to vote!

 

 

I’m convinced people are born dreading the day they have to step foot inside the Department of Motor Vehicles. But if you’re new to Austin and have a license to drive in another state, you only have 90 days to trade it in for one with a light blue Texas State Capitol printed on the corner.

State law requires that within roughly three months of establishing in-state residency, newcomers must get their new state license, otherwise they’re considered to be driving illegally. Though the steps for getting a Texas driver’s license as a new resident are the same as anyone getting their license for the first time, the silver lining is you don’t have to re-take the knowledge and road tests (unless you’re from a different country).

There are a number of places around the city where you can get your new license—five to be exact. There’s the DMV North Lamar, one on Denson Drive, one just off the expressway in South Austin, one on Research Boulevard, and, though it’s technically not in the city, there’s one located on the outskirts in Pflugerville.

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One good thing to note about the DMV is that now there are plenty of online ways to make your experience much less of a hassle. If you’re planning on going to either the North Lamar or Pflugerville locations, both will allow you to check in online before you go. Though it’s not always the most accurate service, the online check-in gives you an estimate on your place in line, sending out a text notification when your time is near. And if you’re new to Austin, but not to Texas, you can change things like your address online and have it mailed directly to your house for a fee of $11.

But if you’re heading out to the DMV to get your new state license, make sure you have all the necessary documents to prove that you are who you say you are. First, you will need a completed driver’s license application which can be printed at home or filled out at the DMV office. Make sure you take your social security card; documents to verify your identity like a birth certificate and insurance policy; proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence; two documents from different sources showing your name and residential address to verify Texas residency like a utility bill and insurance card; Texas registration and insurance policy for all the vehicles registered in your name; and if you’re younger than 25 years old, a certificate of completion for a driver education course. Lastly, if you’re ages 18 to 24, bring $25 because that’s how much a license will cost you. A full list of everything you’ll need plus examples can be found here.

Once you’ve made it to the office and you’re done going over all that proof with the DMV, you’ll be asked to surrender your out-of-state or out-of-country license. After that, you’ll be given a receipt which you can use to drive legally until your new license arrives. After about three weeks,, your driver’s license should arrive in the mail and if all goes well for you, it’ll be another six years before you have to return to renew again.

So newcomers, best of luck making your way to the DMV or navigating its online resources. Pretty soon you’ll be set to legally join the rest of us on that glorious beast we all know as I-35.

 

Start practicing those drives, friends—this should be all the motivation you need to improve your golf game. The Hole-in-One to Win, presented by Jaguar Land Rover Austin, will give golfers the chance to win a new Jaguar F-PACE®. Yes, you read that right! Picture yourself driving off into the sunset in a brand new Jaguar. Now run to Topgolf and start practicing for your big moment.

Any registered resort guest or club member who books a tee time at Fazio Canyons on Feb. 25 will be eligible to compete in this exclusive competition.

The first player to “ace” hole No. 3 of the championship golf course will win the brand-new luxury performance vehicle. Golfers will be monitored throughout the day to witness this amazing shot. Only this first person to accomplish the task will win.

When: Saturday, February 25th

Time: Tee times are available from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Book early for the limited-time promotion by calling 512-329-4653.

For more information on the Hole-in-One to Win golf competition, Canvas for a Cause live art show, and other packages or special offers, click here or call 1-800-336-6158. And follow Omni Barton Creek on Facebook and Twitter.

The Hot Science Cool Talks series from UT-Austin’s Environmental Science Institute brings leading research to the public with accessible and engaging lectures. And this month we can all ponder the future of our planet with thought-provoking (and slightly terrifying) questions like: What risks does climate change pose to Texas? Is a safe and sustainable future possible, given our energy and economic interests, and widespread political rejection of these risks? And why are evangelicals so opposed to accepting the science of climate change?

Guests will enjoy a lively discussion with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe who is a climate scientist and an award-winning communicator. There will also be a musical appearance by Dana Falconberry, and you’ll hear from a panel of distinguished climate scientists: Kevin Kloessel, Director, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist of Texas, and Camille Parmesan, lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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When: Friday, February 3rd

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets $15 – $25, & $10 Student Price (with ID), VIP Tickets: $55 each, includes prime seating, pre-show reception at 5:45-7 p.m. with complimentary drinks and meet and greet with Katharine Hayhoe

Location:
Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

 

Join us at St. Elmo Brewing on Thursday, February 16th for our second annual celebration of sausage. The “Kings” of the Austin sausage scene will be onsite providing off-menu sausage creations in a friendly competitive format. Tickets are limited and will go quickly.

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Included in the $26 ticket price:

  • Samples From ALL of the Sausage Purveyors (Micklethwait, Salt & Time, Soursop, Frank, Easy Tiger, Banger’s, Even Leroy, and more!)
  • Two Draft from St. Elmo Brewing
  • The smooth sounds of The Urban Achievers Brass Band
  • One voting card to nominate your favorite sausage offering (winner chosen by those in attendance!)
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Photos Courtesy of BBQ Bryan and Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt. See his review of last year’s event HERE.

Yes, you have scanned this headline and photo correctly, and yes this is, in fact, an event where people run around town in their underwear. If you are brave enough—or even if you aren’t—it’s time to get decked out in your finest skivvies and run like the wind for an incredible cause. It’s the Cupid’s Undie Run!

Last year, the run raised over $3.5 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation nationwide ($97,000 in Austin!) and this year they are aiming for the $4 million mark ($105,000 in Austin)! That’s a whole lot of dough. So this may sound ridiculous, but this event is very serious about making an impact to #EndNF.

Most importantly, you and your friends are guaranteed to have an amazing time in Austin—with a hilarious story you can tell for the rest of your life. It’s the best Valentine’s-themed activity we can think of. The run is short (approximately one mile) so everyone can get in on the fun.

Click here to register for the Austin run on Feb. 11th.

And please note: RSVPing does not get you entry into the event. You must register through the official website.

A note about the charity: The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF affects one in every 3,000 people, and is more common than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease COMBINED. For more information, please click here

Have you resolved to be good this year? No meat, no dairy, no alcohol, no refined sugar, no caffeine, and no fun? Well, join the club. We’re all trying to be the best version of ourself in 2017, but some days are much harder than others. That’s why your friends at Favor will bring whatever you are craving right to your door, with their No Judgement $3 Deliveries.

Whether you’re starving because that juice cleanse didn’t come with any food, or you’ve fallen off the wagon again and had a double burger for lunch, Favor can help.

Now through Sunday, January 15th, their deliveries from the following places—which feature healthy and not-so-healthy options—are just $3. Again, no judgement! Eat whatever you want.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Maiko Sushi Lounge

Mai Thai

Galaxy Cafe

Pinthouse Pizza

Blenders and Bowls

To learn more about Favor or to download the app, click here. Use the code 365THINGS to get your first delivery free!

If you are a devoted reader of this site, then you already have amazing plans for NYE because we wrote this and this to make the year’s biggest going-out night as stress-free and fun as possible.

But now you really don’t have a thing to worry about (except what you are wearing, that’s on you) because Cap Metro is introducing a deal so sweet, they had to invent a name for it.

Celebrate New Year’s FREEve with FREE Cap Metro rides on New Year’s Eve from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Go for a safe, easy ride on MetroBus, MetroRapid, or MetroRail instead of driving to your New Year’s parties. It’s traffic-free, parking-free, worry-free, and just plain old free free free!

Click here for all the details. Go forth, dear readers and live it up! We’ll rest easy knowing you’ll get home in one piece.

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Let the fun continue for our 12 Days of Austin Christmas! Day eleven’s winner will receive a Christmas Lights Helicopter Tour from Helo Austin.

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Don’t forget, we are running contests daily both here and on our 365 Austin Family page. So be sure to check back for your chance to enter them all!

Discover Austin’s dreamy constellation of Christmas lights from high above the city with HELO Austin Helicopter Tours. The perfect splurge-worthy gift, HELO offers you views of Austin’s most festive hotspots, stretching from downtown, to the Trail of Lights and the Zilker Holiday Tree.

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Today’s winner will receive a 15-minute flyover for 2, retails $125/person ($250 total)

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

 Finished? Don’t forget to enter today’s 365 Austin Family giveaway as well!

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring
a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

The Domain’s Northside section keeps getting better and better. First there was Nordstrom, Soul Cycle, and that gigantic Restoration Hardware, and now we have the mecca for stylish and timeless leather goods: FRYE

The company, which is distinctly all-American and nurtured by artisans since 1863, makes the most beautiful boots, shoes, and bags—and each piece is handcrafted and thoughtfully designed. This year, ditch the jewelry and invest in a gift from FRYE that will be a wardrobe staple for decades to come.

The new store is located at 11701 Domain Blvd., Suite 154. Do yourself (and your loved one) a favor and stop in for some foolproof holiday shopping.

For a special look at the brand’s gorgeous holiday collection, stop by their Holiday Caroling Event on Thursday, December 15th at 8:00 p.m.

To make their quality goods even more covetable, the store will host the chain stitch embroidery collective, Ft. Lonesome at the event. Shop and enjoy complimentary on-site customization to your purchase. 

Email events@cultivatepr.com to RSVP. Happy shopping!

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