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From Go-Karts and Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Carnival Rides, Bowling and Laser Tag, there’s something fun for everyone at Austin’s Park N Pizza.

When you get hungry, take a break from all the fun and enjoy the newly remodeled family friendly buffet, featuring salads, pizza, pasta and desserts made fresh daily. Or kick back in our Bar & Grill with locally sourced, chef-inspired fare and craft beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks.

Planning a birthday party? Austin’s Park and Pizza makes it fun and easy with packages available for any budget.

Win a package of four FREE “Unlimited Attractions” admissions worth more than $150. Just follow Austin’s Park n Pizza on Instagram and tag who you’d bring along for your chance to win a free day of fun! The winner will be chosen at random.

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Visit AustinsPark.com for hours of operation, complete ride, attraction and game listings, food and drink menus, and full details on all the great package deals.

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If you have a four-legged friend and you’re living in Austin, you’ll be pleased to know that the Texas capital is one of the most dog-friendly cities out there. With our plethora of parks and outdoor patios, your pup will be able to accompany you to brunches, days at the pool, and post-work happy hours.

Moving to Austin? Find a great real estate agent who is licensed and has completed their continuing education coursesthey should be able to point you toward the right neighborhood with plenty of places where your dog will be as welcomed as you are.

Check out some of the best dog-friendly bars, restaurants and patios in Austin (listed in alphabetical order).

4th Tap Brewing and Co-Op

AGBG

Amy’s Ice Cream (Burnet)

Austin Java

Austin Terrier

Banger’s Sausage House

Bar 96

Barton Springs Saloon

Billy’s on Burnet

Black Sheep Lodge

Black Star Co-Op

Bouldin Creek Cafe

The Buzz Mill

Carmelo’s

Cedar Door

Central Market Cafe

Cheer Up Charlies

Cherrywood Coffee House

Chez-Zee

Contigo

Corner Bar

Crown and Anchor Pub

Dog House Drinkery

Dogwood

Draught House

Easy Tiger

El Mercado

Fado Irish Pub

Galaxy Cafe

Gibson Street Bar

Handlebar

Hopdoddy

Hopfields

Hops and Grain

Irie Bean Coffee Bar

Jo’s Coffee

Kerbey Lane

Lamberts

Launderette

Little Woodrow’s

Luke’s Inside Out

Mandolas

Maria’s Taco Xpress

Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill

Moontower Saloon

Mother’s Cafe

Motzart’s Coffee Roasters

North by Northwest

Opal Divine’s Marina

Terrys

Perla’s

Phara’s

Phil’s Icehouse

Picnik

Radio Coffee

Red’s Porch

Salty Sow

Sazon

Scholz Garten

Shake Shack

Shangri-La

Skylark Lounge

Soup Peddler

South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery

Spider House Patio Bar and Cafe

The Brixton

The Gatsby

The Ginger Man

The Liberty

The Picnic – Foodtruck Park

Uncle Billys Brewery

Vera Cruz

Whip In

Whisler’s

White Horse

Work Horse Bar

Yard Bar

Yellow Jacket Social Club
When in doubt, just give your favorite establishment a call to see if your furry friend is welcome! You’d be surprised how many restaurants and bars are happy to have your pup.

One of the markers of any great city is its dedication to the arts—and on that score, Austin is pretty darn great. It’s a thriving art city and this annual event is your chance to see a ton of talent in once place. Art City Austin, a three-day art fair and festival will return for its 67th year March 31 –April 2 at the Palmer Event Center. Individual artists from across the country (125 to be exact) will showcase their work. A combination of street art and contemporary art from local and national artists will be on display.

The festival grounds will also feature multiple art installations created by local artists and commissioned specifically for the occasion by Art Alliance Austin. Noteworthy artists this year include award-winning photographer Clifton Henri, Austin fine jewelry designer Haley Lebeuf, and Jay Long, a long-time Art City Austin artist.

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Food and drinks will be available for purchase and live music from a wide variety of local musicians will be coordinated and curated by Black Fret. As always, this is a family friendly event that offers designated children and family areas featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities with support from community partners Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and The Contemporary Austin.

Tickets to Art City Austin range from $10 for a single-day admission to $25 for the Collector’s Pass which includes access to the Friday, March 31st VIP preview reception plus weekend access to the festival. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Parking will be available with priority to Art City Austin attendants at the Palmer Event Center Garage for $8. For more information on Art City Austin and to purchase tickets, click here.

Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, March 31st
4-8 p.m. Community Preview Event
6-8 p.m. VIP & Collector’s Reception

Saturday, April 1st
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 2nd
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Since 1938, Rodeo Austin has been the place “where weird meets western.” From kiddie rids and funnel cakes to mutton bustin and amazing live music, there is really something for everyone. Because the attractions and big-name acts seem to grow exponentially every year, we’ve compiled this rundown of everything you need to know about the rodeo before you go.

Put on your ten-gallon hat and all the denim and turquoise you own—it’s time again for the best time in Texas. Here’s the deal:

Rodeo Austin Ticket Prices:

  • Rodeo tickets range from $20 to $175.
  • Parking is $15 at the gate.
  • Fairgrounds only:
    • Children (2 & under) One Day Admission – FREE
    • Children (3-12 years) One Day Admission – $5.00
    • Adult One Day Admission – $8.00
    • Children Season Admission – $15.00
    • Adult Season Admission – $25.00
  • Fairgrounds & Carnival:
    • Children Wristband (One Day Admission & Unlimited Rides) – $30.00 online and $40.00 at the gate.
    • Adult Wristband (One Day Admission & Unlimited Rides) – $33.00 online and $43.00 at the gate.
    • Children Season Wristband (Daily admission & Unlimited Rides for 15 days) – $90.00
    • Adult Season Wristband (Daily admission & Unlimited Rides for 15 days) – $100.00.
    • SPRING BREAK SPECIALMarch 13-16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Children Spring Break Wristband (Unlimited rides for one day with daily admission for Fairgrounds) – $25.00
      • Adult Spring Break Wristband (Unlimited rides for one day from 11 am to 5 pm with daily admission to Fairgrounds) – $28.00
  • Rodeo Austin Music:
    • Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout March.
    • There are performances at the Outdoor Stage, 100X, Bullet Proof, and at the ProRodeo.
    • ProRodeo Performances include:
      • March 11 – Dwight Yoakam
      • March 12 – Charley Pride
      • March 13 – Elle King
      • March 14 – Cole Swindell
      •  March 15 – Fitz and the Tantrums
      • March 16 – Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots
      • March 17 – Randy Rogers Band
      • March 18 – Chase Bryant
      • March 19 – Kenny Rogers
      • March 20 – Neal McCoy
      • March 21 – Josh Turner
      • March 22 – Patti LaBelle
      • March 23 – Old Dominion
      •  March 24 – Cody Johnson
      • March 25 – Kevin Fowler

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Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:

  • Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Crabtree Amusements proudly brings great entertainment to the Fairgrounds each year with over 80 rides, games and other amusements.
  • The Fairgrounds offers a diverse variety of delectable foods, top-notch shopping and exhilarating rides and games provided by Crabtree Amusements, GMC Concessions, and an array of food and commercial vendors.
  • PUBLIC TOURS:
    • The public can take a FREE tour and see a “Behind the Chutes” look at Rodeo Austin!
    • Gives the public an opportunity to see inside the 100X Club, Founders Club, Avenue of Breeds, Vendors, the Arena, and more!
    • The tour takes you all the way to the chutes, where you get to stand where the cowboys and the cowgirls compete each night.
    • Every day at noon and 4:30 p.m.;
      • On Sunday, only at noon
  • WILD WEST TENT:
    • Rodeo Austin’s Wild West Tent has attractions that are fun for the whole family!
    • Tomás Garcilazo – The Charro is a world renowned traditional Mexican Charro who’s rope artistry and horsemanship skills are among the best in the world.
    • Team Ghost Rider – This performance brings the jungle and rodeo together with sheep dog riding monkeys! These little wonders work together and bring the Wild West to life as they feature their special cowboy skills.
    • Mutton Bustin’ Mania
      • Presented by H-E-B
      • 75 kids will get to ride for the best score, is held in the Wild West Tent each Saturday at 3:00pm.
      • Children can still be signed up through our website for Mutton Bustin’ Mania!
  • KIDSTOWN
    • Kidstown includes the Great American Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and the Southwest Dairy Milking Show.
    • Learn about milking a cow during the Southwest Dairy Milking show.
      • Daily Show Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
    • Both children and adults enjoy feeding and petting baby deer, goats, llamas, and wallabies in the petting zoo!
      • Open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Take a ride on a real pony! A kid favorite.
      • $6 per ride
      • Open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • AVENUE OF BREEDS
    • Animal Science Center features the Avenue of Breeds, an educational exhibit showcasing a variety of animals found in Texas that originated from various places across the globe.
    • One of the favorite exhibits is the hatchery, where baby chicks hatch daily.
    • The first week, Row of Champions will display the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2017 Junior Livestock Show. The second week, Row of Champions displays the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2016 Junior Livestock Show.
  • SWIFTY SWINE PIG RACES
    • Presented by H-E-B
    • Pig races occur daily and feature the swiftest swine in the business!
    • Catch the porky speedsters race around Pork Chop Downs International Speedway toward the prize of an Oreo cookie.
    • Daily show times: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • BULLET PROOF
    • March 24 & 25, starting at 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.
    • It is an exclusive two-day event that closes out the Fair and Rodeo.
    • Bullet Proof offers dinner, drinks, live music and a silent auction.
    • This event is a great way to show groups of friends or clients a good time.
    • All proceeds earned at the event go toward Rodeo Austin’s mission.
  • 100X CLUB
    • Presented by PlainsCaptial Bank and Jack Daniel’s
    • Exclusive club offering hospitality on the Rodeo Grounds.
    • Performer for the 100X club is Monte Good and the Honkey Tonk Heroes and Jason Roberts Band.
    • Each night members and their guests enjoy live music, closed-circuit coverage of Rodeo Austin.
    • The public may also enter the club with a $5 nightly cover charge.

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Competitive Events:

  • Rodeo Austin has over 7,000 entries for this year’ competitive events, which includes the Junior Livestock Shows, Open Livestock Shows, Horse Show, Gold Stirrup Horse Show, Longhorn Open and Youth Show, and Ultimate Scramble Championship.
  • CALF SCRAMBLE
    • Ultimate Scramble Championship (USC), held on March 18, 2017, is Rodeo Austin’s extreme sport for youth!
    • Unlike any other calf scramble program, USC is a one-day tournament in which competitors catch calves in hopes of advancing to the next round.
    • Half of all competitors will receive at least $1,000 in the form of a USC Certificate for catching a calf. The first competitor to cross the finish line in the finals will win a USC Certificate worth $5,000 and the title of Ultimate Scramble Champion.
    • With the USC certificates, winners can purchase their animal of choice: market steer, market lamb, market goat, market barrow, breeding heifer or Boer goat to bring to the next year’s show.
    • At last year’s Ultimate Calf Scramble Championship, there were over 160 young competitors.
  • YOUTH AUCTION
    • March 24th at 9:00 a.m.
    • The Youth Auction is the grand finale of the Junior Livestock Show and Youth Western Art Show, rewarding Texas youth for their hard work and accomplishments.
    • Last year the Youth Auction awarded more than $1.2 million in one day!
    • Community leaders, local businesses and supporters of Rodeo Austin assemble to reward these victorious individuals for their accomplishments at the Bullock Texas State History Museum
    • Supporting the youth creates invaluable possibilities and enables limitless growth and potential.

 

If you are famous for your homemade dip, sauce, snack, or sweet treat and your friends and family constantly ask you to bring it to every celebration—it might be time for you to turn pro. It’s time again for H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest, where Texans compete for cash prizes (the grand prize is 25K!) and the opportunity to have their product sold at H-E-B stores across the state. They are asking the most creative and mouthwatering, Texas-based food and beverage entrepreneurs or small businesses to participate.

Since its inception in 2014, the Quest for Texas Best competition has received more than 1,500 entries from over 200 Texas towns yielding almost 200 new products on H-E-B store shelves across the state. 

Last year, Kyle, Texas’ Chef Julie Albertson took home the top prize for her Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck—the secret to making the perfect, homemade pie. Check out the rest of last year’s winners here
This year’s final round of judging will be held right here in Austin at the Central Texas Food Bank on August 10th and 11th. If you are interested in going for the glory, you must enter here before Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Good luck and good eatin’ to everyone!

Above: the 2016 Austin-area winners. Left to right: First place, KITCHUN’s No-Grain-Ola (Austin); Grand prize, The Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck (Kyle); Second place, The Culinary Cowgirls’ Lone Star Queso (Austin)

 

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival kicks off this Friday (3/10). Here are five films we’re looking forward to seeing.

 

Article by Chris Allen for 365 Things Austin

 

THIS IS YOUR DEATH

Directed by Giancarlo Esposito

Two words always catch my eye in film– Giancarlo Esposito. The world surely recognizes him as the suave and sinister Gus in Breaking Bad. But his cinematic bona fides reach back decades with performances in films like Fresh and The Usual Suspects. Here he takes the helm with a film about a suicide-showcasing gameshow- a prescient plot given the current popularity of dystopian themes and our maddening media culture. I’m curious to see if Esposito’s thespian genius translates to the director’s chair. James Franco co-stars.

 

LUCKY

Directed by John Carroll Lynch

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton (over 100 film and TV credits) stars in the world premier of Lucky– playing an atheist in a desert town. If you need cinematic signposts to get an idea of Stanton’s long career- it spans from 1967’s Cool Hand Luke to the upcoming reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (Lynch also features in Lucky). And he played a judge in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The director has characterized the film as a “love letter” to the 90-year-old actor, and to be honest my interest in this film so far begins and ends with his prime role. Stanton’s weathered features and poet’s demeanor has been stealing scenes for decades. As for the story, the press release describes our main character a man who has “out-lived and out-smoked all his contemporaries” and is “thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading toward that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.” Deal me in.

 

THE TRANSFIGURATION

Directed by Michael O’Shea

An official selection at Cannes, Michael O’Shea’s debut feature already has sizable buzz among film intelligentsia. Set in New York, this vampy genre thriller featuring a modern adolescent with a thirst for human blood and a collection of horror films seems to be shooting for high-brow philosophical statement regarding larger themes of alienation and urban decay. And perhaps looks to claw the gothic genre back from the clutches of more mainstream gory blockbusters. I hope so. Because many cinematic classics (think Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark) featuring archetypal bloodsuckers contained as much social commentary as carnage.

 

WALK WITH ME

Directed by Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis

To escape momentarily the hectic, eclectic madness of SXSW, I look forward to spending 90 minutes with some Zen Buddhists from rural France. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me follows well-known Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author/peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and his followers for a few years as they do their thing- namely, trying as politely as humanly possible to convince us that all suffer so might as well be nice to each other. A generalized understatement I confess. Perhaps I’ll leave the theater with deeper understanding.

 

NOBODY SPEAK: The Trials of a Free Press

Directed by Brian Knappenberger

The broader debate of celebrity privacy versus a public’s right to know is highlighted here through the prism of the strange and bizarre saga of Hulk Hogan, a sex tape featuring the wrestler and his friend’s wife, and a multi-million-dollar court judgment that brought down a media juggernaut. The case also introduced to American culture the venture capitalist lawsuit sponsor. As a media junky, I look forward to seeing Knappenberger’s take on this multi-pronged tale. Whether you get kicks watching exploitative media take their medicine or are a defender of unfettered free speech, this film is sure to provoke response.

 

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Escape Rooms are sure to include riddles and puzzles but The Escape Game Austin takes it to a whole other level – every game takes you on an adventure.
With a focus on designing and creating stunning, unbelievably life-like experiences, The Escape Game provides a wide variety of immersive themes. Games include Gold Rush, Prison Break, The Heist, and Classified.
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Difficulty: 7/10
You’ve got one hour to find gold that has been hidden at a greedy gold prospector’s cabin. The problem? The mob has also been tipped off and will soon be on the way to find it for themselves. Finders keepers!

Prison Break

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Difficulty: 9/10
Prison Break – The Escape Game’s most difficult game is set in 1955. You have been wrongfully accused and your new home sweet cell was previously occupied by an inmate who disappeared. Some say he escaped, some say he was murdered by the infamously cruel Warden. Can you make it out before you meet the same fate?

The Heist

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Difficulty: 8/10
This is your chance to beat an art thief at his own game. A famous piece of art has gone missing and it’s up to you and your covert team to recover the painting – fail and you’ll have local authorities after you. Good luck!
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Difficulty: 7/10
You’ve got 60 minutes to save the world. Your team has been assigned a critical covert mission and if you want to stop the impending terrorist attack, you’ve got to act fast. It’s up to you to get inside of the head of the masterminds and diffuse the threat.
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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.