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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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After 12 years in the heart of downtown, the owners of the iconic Jackalope have decided to open a second location in Austin’s South Shore district. And hooray for us all, they are throwing a grand opening party for the ages!

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The party on Saturday will have live screen-printing of limited edition Jackalope shirts, Austin Tattoo Co. onsite doing some live works of art, an interactive photo booth to document the occasion, Mr. Sparkle (a rare beer from Austin Beer Works that only unveils itself for the best of parties), DJ’s, dancing, free swag, and much more!

This new location has a  large parking lot, ample street parking, a large indoor space, and a beautiful patio to match—so it’s got everything basically. Whether you’re coming for a burger and beer, or to hang out and catch up with some friends, you will be happy and comfortable.

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When: Saturday, November 19th

Time: 9 p.m. til close!

Location:
The Jackalope South Shore
523 Tinnin Ford Rd.
Austin, TX 78741

 

 

Creek Show 2016 is just around the corner, and this year you’ll have 10 nights to see the amazing art and light installations downtown along Waller Creek. The show is designed to highlight Waller Creek and its future transformation into a series of urban parks. Now The Waller Creek Conservancy is previewing five new artist installations that will be illuminating the creek from November 10–19.  The free, public art exhibit begins with the opening night event on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. All designers participating in the 2016 event are Austin-based architects, landscape architects, and visual artists.

This year Creek Show 2016 will offer an expanded children’s program with kid-focused programming from partners like The Thinkery and Austin Bat Cave on a number of nights. Visitors can use their wristbands to receive all kinds of wonderful benefits from surrounding restaurants, music venues, and more.

The first night will include a DJ set along the creek and drink specials available at Easy Tiger, The Gatsby, Waller Creek Pub House, and more. Other confirmed events for Creek Show 2016 include Monster Bash, hosted by Generation Waller on November 11, and an Artist Talk on November 15 at The Palm Door on Sabine from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with the CreekShow 2016 designers discussing their work in relation to Waller Creek. The Artist Talk will be moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, veteran arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. A closing party on November 19 will begin with live music along Waller Creek and continue at Barracuda with dance lessons and a local line-up of country music.

Below, check out designs of this year’s jaw-dropping installations. Downtown is about to get a lot more magical!

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Project name: Nimbus Cloud

Design: Dharmesh Patel, Associate AIA | Autumn Ewalt, Artist

About: “Nimbus Cloud” resembles a rain cloud and is a reflection on the vitality of Waller Creek and the nature that surrounds it. Cumulonimbus and nimbostratus clouds produce precipitation. The creek acts as a watershed by collecting this precipitation from an area of 6 miles and meandering its way to Town Lake. “Nimbus Cloud” signifies one of the primary sources of Waller Creek today. Using programmable LEDs installed within the sculpture, abstracted imagery collected from Waller Creek and the areas surrounding the watershed will be conveyed onto the cloud. The water beneath the sculpture will mirror this ephemeral phenomena, creating a parallel that reflects the relationship between the creek and the environment.

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East Side Collective + Drophouse Design

Project name: Deep Curiosity

Design: Tim Derrington, AIA & Lead AP | Wilson Hanks, AIA | Christian Klein, Owner of Drophouse

About: At this particular site, between 5th and 6th Streets along Waller Creek, stained concrete walls drop down to a soupy pool. Guardrails line the tops of retaining walls to form a viewing platform where visitors can peer into the murky waters below. There is no flora or fauna, there are no rocks to generate surface distortions, not even graffiti to mark the walls surrounding this urban trench. The experience here is a downward gaze and the viewer is left to wonder about the nature of the place. It is an unfinished space, partly natural, partly man-made. “Deep Curiosity” offers an alternative to the void—a view to the enlivened, complete Waller Creek experience that we know is imminent. A partially submerged, larger-than-life circular form finds its delicate balance in the murky water like an object from the future civilization. The scale of this inwardly glowing round form lifts the viewers’ eyes and imagination up and around. With no beginning and no end, the ring offers a glimpse of something whole and total, through which the full spatial possibility of this place is imagined. The depth of the dark abyss will be called to attention as well, as the massive ring is half submerged, allowing reality and illusion to coalesce and complete an object whose form and scale exist to encourage delight and epiphany with the use of curved steel and LED lighting. The object offers viewers a careful array of elements balanced precariously yet precisely in its place on WallerCreek, suggesting a future site where perfection is possible.

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Jules Buck Jones

Project name: Invisible and Absolute

Design: Jules Buck Jones, Artist

About: “Invisible and Absolute” is a sculpture of an extinct sea lizard called a mosasaur, commissioned specifically for Waller Creek Conservancy’s 2016 Creek Show. Mosasaurs swam through the shallow sea that covered Central Texas 100 –65 million years ago. In 1935, an almost complete skeleton was found in Onion Creek by UT geology students and is now on exhibit at the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus. When asked to create a piece for Creek Show, Jules Buck Jones immediately thought of this extinct animal swimming in the form of a skeleton, offering a little bit of history and the façade of fantasy. Extinct creatures like the mosasaur are simultaneously very real and very not, only present today in the form of fossilized bone. “Invisible and Absolute” asks the question: What is scarier? A 40’ monster or extinction itself?

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Project name: The Creek Zipper

Design: Kory Bieg, AIA

About: “The Creek Zipper” is a series of interconnected units that form zipper-like strands. Each unit varies depending on the width of the strand creating a dynamic overall geometry that ebbs and flows much like the water level of the creek itself. Though the water level will stabilize once the Tunnel Project is complete, the level will still rise and drop within manageable limits. Each unit will be raised on adjustable pedestal so the flat bottom of the unit will coincide with the average water level. When the water level is below average, the water will pass below the strands and be only minimally affected by the legs that support the units. When the water level rises above average, the water will interact with the folded geometry of each unit causing a turbulent flow. The distortion of water as it rises reflects the devastation that used to occur during floods. “The Creek Zipper” is an array of arrays. The project consists of a number of a strands that extend the length of the creek between the 6th Street Bridge and the 3 concrete steps that span the river between 6th and 7th Street. The strands are free-flowing and occasionally intersect and join one another to form larger strands. Each strand varies from the others, differing in length and width. The strands are made up of an array of CNC-milled aluminum units that connect to form the overall zipper. The units and strands are part of an assemblage that favors neither whole or part. The entire project, each strand, and each unit can be read as whole in and of itself, calling to question the hierarchical part/whole relationship that has traditionally dominated art and architecture for much of their histories. Though the strands and units are similar to each other and have the same generic properties, the specific geometry of each one is unique as a result of its association with the overall assemblage, its location on the site, and how it joins with neighboring units.

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West Shop | Cook Shop

Project name: Phantom Diversion

Design: Alisa West, Landscape Designer | Travis Cook, Designer

About: Their vision for Creek Show 2016 (Phantom Diversion) is an analysis and interpretation of a particular intersection between the natural and built environment. Currently, there are a series of exposed, above-grade diversion pipes that will later be functionally supplanted by the intake station at 4th Street, at which time they will be removed.  These paired diversion pipes are approximately 18” in diameter and are held in place by a series of caliche packed mounds that anchor and direct the pipe within the natural creek bed.  Our design seeks to bring to attention these temporal, infrastructural elements, and to reveal their mundane beauty through a linear series of glowing circular elements. The arrangement of these elements will undulate, swell, and distort based on site-specific data. Formally, the piece will serve as a visual linking agent between the additional Creek Show exhibits and the overall Creek Show site.

 

The holidays are coming—which means the potatoes, and the cookies, and the cocktails are coming, too! So why not try to a new fitness routine early this year? Fitbit Local is a series of free monthly workouts in various cities led by fitness ambassadors from the community, and they are about to kick things off right here in Austin.

Grab your workout buddy and join them this Saturday. Fitbit Local Ambassadors and Austin’s top trainers, Jess Martin and Francesca Budesheim will lead an energizing, all-levels workout that combines a bodyweight bootcamp and yoga flow. They’ll have a live DJ to keep you pumped and lots of excitement afterwards—including healthy snacks, free T-shirts and a raffle with product giveaways.

The first 150 people to arrive will go home with a Fitbit yoga mat, so get there early! *Bring your own mat in case you are not one of the first 150.

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When: Saturday, October 22nd

Schedule of events:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Welcome & Settle In
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Raffle & Meet your Ambassadors
9:45 a.m.- 11:00a.m.  Bootcamp Blast & Yoga Flow with Jess Martin and Francesca Budesheim
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Refreshments, raffle, and giveaways

Location:
Fair Market
1100 East 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

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Not news: it’s about to be flu season.

News: it doesn’t have to be as bad as it usually is.

Did you know that the average American has to take at least a half day off of work to make it to a single doctor’s appointment? By the time you find your insurance card, drive through Austin traffic, find parking, and spend 1 hour or more in the waiting room, it’s no surprise your day is basically gone.

Medici is changing all that. The app allows you to connect with YOUR doctor, veterinarian, therapist, and pediatrician all at the touch of a button. Consult with your doctor about simple symptoms like a rash or a cold and get e-prescribed medications on the spot.

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So what used to take half a day now takes 10 minutes.

(UPDATE: This contest has ended. Congrats to Lauren N. on the win!)

Now for the game…

What will you do with all that extra time?! Whether it’s hitting a yoga class or Maudie’s for fun in the form of tequila, we want to know and will reward you for telling us.

  • Post what you’d do with two extra hours in your day on social media and tag @medicimd and @365thingsaustin
  • We’ll pick a random winner of $1000 cash prize so you can invest in yoga classes, taco eating, tequila drinking, or all of the above

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Be like a ninja about it because the contest ends at 11 PM CT on Monday, October 24th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 25th. Go, go, go!

Gone are the days of schlepping around all the awesome stuff you buy at ACL. That T-shirt and poster you bought at 11 a.m. won’t be weighing you down when the sun goes down. Favor, Austin’s crazy popular on-demand delivery service, announced today that festival-goers buying ACL Fest merchandise on-site will have the option of having it delivered straight to their door the morning after the festival for an additional $10 fee. The festival life just gets better every year!
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Additionally, through Favor’s partnership with Austin City Limits Music Festival, select ACL Fest merchandise including apparel, posters, and lifestyle items will be available for purchase exclusively in the Favor app, delivered on-demand in under an hour.
During the festival, Favor will utilize their Austin fleet of nearly 4,000 personal delivery assistants, called Runners, to service the ACL Fest crowd with a quick and seamless delivery experience. In addition to getting all of your favorite ACL Fest merchandise delivered, Favor makes getting your daily breakfast taco fix, iPhone charger, or hangover cure as easy as tapping a button.
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The collaboration with ACL Fest is part of Favor’s push to make “Order Anything” a larger part of its delivery business. Food accounts for 80 percent of the business, while retail and other essentials make up 20 percent of Favor’s deliveries.
During ACL Fest, Favor will operate in Austin from 8 a.m. – 3 a.m., 7 days a week. Click here the full Austin delivery zone map,
To learn more about Favor or to download the app, click here.

If you aren’t going to ACL Fest October 1-2, then you are probably looking for fun things to do far far away from the crazy crowds. Well you are seriously in luck, because Round Rock is being invaded by bull riders and giant monster trucks for an event like no other. It’s the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour! See incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. With names like BIGFOOT, SON OF BEAST, OLD SKOOL, and TUFF GUY you know these guys mean business.

In addition to the trucks, catch the nation’s top bull riders competing against the largest professional athlete in the world: the America Pro Rodeo Bucking Bull!

Fans can meet the drivers, riders, and bullfighters and see the trucks and bulls up close at the pre-event autograph pit party.

When: Saturday, October 1st @ 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd @ 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets start at just $10!

Location:
Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665