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We have a lot of new Austinites these days, and to you newbies we say: You haven’t really lived in Texas until you’ve been to the rodeo! Put on your shiniest belt buckle and your special-occasion boots and head over to the Rodeo Austin grounds for their newest offering called Bulltober Fest. This is an Austin original event featuring beer, food trucks, live music, and outdoor festival fun.

And because it’s a rodeo afterall, Bulltober Fest will feature the original battle of man vs. beast—American Freestyle Bullfighting by Bullfighters Only. This intense competition showcases the top twelve ultimate bullfighters facing off against the toughest bulls around in a bracket-style tournament for their chance at $25,000.

Food trucks at the fest will include: Wagyu on Wheels, Gebby’s BBQ, Texas Chili Queens, and The Green Machine. And there will be two live concerts by Troy Cartwright and Dirty River Boys after the bullfighting performance.

Proceeds from Bulltober Fest go toward Rodeo Austin’s mission of Promoting Youth Education—Preserving Western Heritage. In 2017, Rodeo Austin awarded more than $2 million to the youth of Texas.

When: Saturday, October 28th

Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids. There are also a limited number of VIP tickets available for $100, which include access to an exclusive area with its own bar, a Mighty Cone food truck, and comfort stations (air-conditioned bathrooms, y’all!). They also get you a reserved seat for the Bullfighters Only performance.

Parking is free!

Location:
Rodeo Austin Grounds
9100 Decker Lake Rd.
Austin, TX 78724

Buy your tickets right here!

If you’ve been to ACL Fest over the years, you know they are constantly tweaking the experience to make it better for fans. In that grand tradition, organizers have just announced a bunch of new amenities and changes to the layout.

The new fancy stuff includes enhanced Platinum amenities—because that Platinum life just gets better and better: Platinum ticketholders will also have an exclusive viewing area in front of the main stages, a new lounge located in the northeast area of Zilker Park with a private, elevated viewing deck, side stage viewing platforms at the two main stages, and food from award-winning chefs.

Us peasants can get excited about the new wine tent (I want to go to there) which will be a shaded haven with a selection of wines from around the world. You can chill with a nice bottle of wine, cold glass of bubbly, and nibble on a delicious bite. Plus a new silent disco has been added to the schedule for both weekends. Each night from 8-10 p.m. at the Tito’s Stage, you can slip on a pair of supplied headphones and quietly groove to tunes from live DJs.

Layout-wise, there’s a new entrance gate and repositioned stages that they are hoping will create better crowd flow and avoid sound bleed issues. Now you’ll be able to enter at one of three places: the existing Lady Bird Lake Entrance, a Barton Springs East entrance, and a Barton Springs West Entrance. There will also be an additional Box Office. The festival area across Barton Springs Road, typically used for the ACL Fest Box Office, will be incorporated as part of the main festival grounds, and will host one of eight stages, as well as food and bar options.

If you are still on the fence about the fest this year, here is the rundown:

It’s taking place October 6-8 and October 13-15. On both weekends, fans will see performances from JAY-Z, Martin Garrix, The xx, Ryan Adams, Solange, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and more on Friday, while Saturday’s festivities include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, ICE CUBE, Spoon, Tove Lo, A$AP Ferg and much more. The Killers, Gorillaz, Run The Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy, ZHU and Milky Chance will close out Sunday night on each weekend. This year’s performance schedule is available here.

General Admission 3-Day Tickets for Weekend Two are still available, while only General Admission 1-Day Tickets for Friday and Sunday are available for Weekend One and Two here. 3-Day and 1-Day VIP Tickets, 3-Day & 1-Day Platinum Tickets, as well as Hotel Packages for both weekends are also available. Music fans ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Winning things is fun. Winning things is great. But winning ACL passes for your entire crew is how you win at life! Imagine how much of a hero you’ll be.

bthere, the app that rewards friends for spending time together, has just launched in Austin and they are celebrating with a 10-ticket giveaway to weekend one of ACL Fest.

The problem with traditional group messaging platforms is they don’t provide helpful context for close friends who are getting together and planning to hang out. Friends go out, lose each other, phones die, we’ve all been there. Most annoyingly, our messages are all about finding each other: Text me when you get there! I’m outside! What’s your ETA? It never ends.

With bthere’s private location sharing (only for your closest pals), pinata dropping, group texting, and notifications around phone batteries that are about to die, the app creates a world within a world where all of those problems are solved. It’s a smart and fun way to stay in the loop when you and your friends are out on the town in ATX.

The app makes it easier for close friends to get together and stay together. And through partnerships with local retailers, they offer users free giveaways and discounts based on the amount of time they spend together. Groups will be rewarded with large-scale giveaways, and individual bthere users can cash their bthere points in for discounts at local restaurants and bars. bthere is starting out with a small number of retailers in the Austin market, but keep checking! They’ll be adding more soon.

If you have a ongoing text chain with your closest friends that’s a mile long and blowing up your phone all day, this app is for you. We all love Instagram and Facebook (hey, like and follow 365 Things Austin!) but our phones are making us miss out on real life moments with friends. bthere will help you get the crew out of the phone and see each other face- to-face in real life. Imagine that! You love your buds; you can’t get enough them—why not get rewarded while you’re at it?

Entering the ACL giveaway is easy as pie:

  1. Download bthere and create a circle with your closest friends.
  2. Circles receive points for the amount of time friends spend together.
  3. The circle with 10 or fewer members who receives the most points between now and September 22nd will win ACL Weekend 1 tickets.
  4. Winners will be announced on September 22nd.

Good luck to you and your buds!

 

Come on Austin, let’s paddle our hearts out for an incredible cause! The 6th annual Paddle for Puppies presented by Austin Subaru is right around the corner, but you still have time to be one of the first 500 people to register and secure your spot at this completely heartwarming event.

There will be live music playing on the water while participants paddle on kayak’s, canoes, and SUP for about five miles through downtown. The course begins at Rowing Dock and ends at Rowing Dock with a turnaround point at the S. Congress bridge. Well-behaved and water-loving dogs are encouraged to attend!

Head over to our Instagram feed to enter to win a SUP for four! The winner will be chosen Friday, August 18th.

This will be a beautiful and fun-filled morning on the water, but what really matters is that one hundred percent of the gross dollars raised will go to help Parvo Puppies Program at Austin Pets Alive!

When: Sunday, September 10th

Arrival time: 6:45 a.m.
Shirt pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Boat pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Paddle start time: 7:45 a.m.

Click here to register.

Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Most occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas is holding Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. an event to install 1,000 smoke alarms in Austin homes that need them.

They are looking for volunteers in Central Texas to join fire departments and partners in the community to install smoke alarms and help families develop fire escape plans. No experience necessary. Register here.

When: Saturday, September 23rd

Time:  9 a.m. – Rally and brief training | 10 a.m. – Break into small groups and dispatch into nearby neighborhoods| Lunch provided!

Location:
Central Texas Food Bank
6500 Metropolis Blvd.
Austin, TX 78744

If you’ve never been out to Horseshoe Bay, it’s a beautiful spot in the Texas Hill Country where the much-loved Horseshoe Bay Resort overlooks Lake LBJ. It’s just a little over an hour’s drive from Central Austin, but it feels like a world away. The resort will host its fifth annual Beer by the Bay Music Festival on July 28-29, and this is the perfect excuse to check out the area. Let’s squeeze one more mini vacay into this summer, shall we?

Performers will include Tracy Byrd, Pat Green, Roxy Roca, and more. Along with the music, the festival will feature microbrew offerings from around the Hill Country and an all-you-can-eat festival food menu ranging from Down South Pig Picking Tacos on Friday  to Fire and Ale Wings and Jamaican Jerk Center Chicken on Saturday that is included with each paid admission. Lastly, Hill Country wineries, William Chris Vineyards, and Lost Draw Cellars will pour their Texas-grown rosé wine.

One-night passes start at $89 and includes all that food, beer tasting tickets, nonalcoholic beverages, and admission to the music festival. A two-day pass will run you $179. If you want to go all-in on this festival, there’s overnight hotel packages with lots of extra perks, like going right to the elevator and immediately passing out in your bed. Tickets can be purchased here.

When: Friday July 28th – Saturday, July 29th

Check out the full music lineup:

Friday, July 28 (Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Music begins at 6:45 p.m.)
– Sarah Hobbs | 6:45 p.m.
– Curtis Grimes | 8:00 p.m.
– Tracy Byrd | 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music begins at 6:45 p.m.)
– John Baumann | 6:45 p.m.
– Roxy Roca | 8:00 p.m.
– Pat Green | 9:40 p.m.

Location:
Horseshoe Bay Resort
200 Hi Cir N
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country are home to about a million amazing things to see and do. The only downside to this land we love is sometimes, well, getting around it all.

If you are planning a big day or night out soon, there’s a company that’s trying to make your life easier, much more luxurious, and worry free. Put it this way: Krystal Luxuries Transportation is basically your Austin-based fairy godmother. They’ve been locally owned and operated since 2013 and have perfected the art of leaving your house.

Big Nights Out
You really don’t need an excuse to do it up big in Austin, but if you are planning a major birthday, rehearsal dinner, or even just a Friday, a hired Limousine or Cadillac Escalade SUV and a driver will take the evening to the next level. Krystal has the highest caliber fleet of luxury vehicles in the industry—all at a competitive price—and they are always super clean, modern, and sleek.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Now that Austin has become the wedding party capital of Texas, Krystal has the transportation options to make your weekend celebration a party for the ages. If you host your party in one of their luxury limos or party busses, the fun never stops. Bar hop around Austin, visit LBJ Lake, or create a custom route of all your favorite places.

One of their options is a 2016 Mercedes Sprinter Van, for up to 14 passengers that includes a custom bar, leather seats, stereo sound system, LCD plasma screen, and more. You can bring your own food and booze to send your friend off to married life in style. Airport pickups and drop-offs can also be part of the plan.

Wine Tours
If you want to create a real experience for your group, take them on a Texas wine tour—one where they never have to lift a finger. Krystal will cater to you and your guests specific needs. They’ve been known to fill a bus to the brim with balloons and create custom snack bars for day-long winery tours. If you can dream it up, just ask.

So step out of the same party routine and stop worrying about how you’ll get to the party and how you’ll get home. You, yes you, can have a chauffeur! A very friendly one, too.

Book online or call 512-944-8470 to be hero of your friends and family.

Escape the heat this summer with the Austin Film Society and its new AFS Cinema, an arthouse theater with two screens, a lobby bar, and a café that features films seven days a week. With this cinema, AFS is creating a home for its celebrated programming, which has long included classics and new discoveries from throughout cinema history, often presented on 35mm film in addition to 2K and 4K digital presentations.

The AFS Cinema is a new option for seeing the best international and independent films—many that wouldn’t come to Austin screens otherwise. It’s a nice place to enjoy amazing films, and also a gathering spot for Austin’s community of film lovers to meet and chat over food and drinks.

Peter Klein, formerly of Olamaie, has crafted a menu with hot dogs from local provider Smokey Denmark, small-batch AFS Signature Popcorn, gourmet toasts (egg salad and pimento cheese), and of course, movie theatre candy! The cinema also features a  full bar with signature cocktails, local draft beers, wine, and espresso from Stumptown Coffee.

The AFS Cinema is the next big move for the Austin Film Society, a nonprofit organization that has supported the art, culture and industry of film for over 30 years. Founded by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS’s mission is to empower the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media. In addition to the AFS Cinema, the organization financially supports Texas filmmakers through AFS Grants, and operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for the city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate.

Visit the Austin Film Society’s website for upcoming listings of films screening at the AFS Cinema.

We’ll see you at the movies!

If you’re looking for an affordable stay-cation in downtown Austin, it’s hard to beat the price and location of Embassy Suites’ Downtown Austin location. Just a short walk south of the Congress Bridge, their convenient location provides easy-access to the Ladybird Lake Trails, sunset bat-watching, a plethora of local dining and bar options, and more.

We’re giving away a free night of your choosing (up to $300 value, blackout dates do apply) to getaway to Downtown Austin!

Two ways to enter:

  1. Follow the steps on Instagram 
  2. Share the Facebook Post 

*Winner will be chosen on Monday July, 24th

Investing in a new restaurant concept probably sounds like something only rich people do, but we’re living in the golden age of crowdfunding, so we can all get in on the ground floor of something big. Eight years ago, the founders of Peli Peli teamed up to bring South African fusion cuisine to Houston. From their initial start in Vintage Park, the team of Executive Chef Paul Friedman, Michael Tran, and Thomas Nguyen have now expanded to three locations throughout the metro area. Both Tran (BS ’99) and Nguyen (BA ’98, JD ’01) are UT Austin grads, so when it came time to expand beyond their home in Houston, they set their sights on ATX.

Plans are for Peli Peli Austin to take over a space in the downtown 2nd Street District and open its doors in September of 2017. The team now has an active expansion campaign on the NextSeed platform where the community can uncover more specifics on the business, team members, and follow up on updates about the restaurant.

To fuel its growth, Peli Peli had resounding success with a campaign in May 2016, raising $358,000 for its Houston Galleria location on NextSeed’s platform in Texas. The funds allowed the restaurant group to increase its working capital and invest in its infrastructure. In just eleven months, the team paid their investors back—well ahead of schedule—returning $409,513 to the members who invested.

Currently, Peli Peli Austin is one of several live campaigns on NextSeed, which means anyone can choose to become an investor.

Since its launch in 2015, NextSeed has facilitated over $4 million in crowdfunded investments in restaurants, bars, and other local businesses in Texas and around the U.S. using state and federal crowdfunding rules. For as little as $100, investors can invest in a project or concept that they feel passionate about—supporting local by investing local.

NextSeed provides the investor with an overview of each campaign, a detailed description of the business model and leadership team, market analysis, all of the investment details, and the opportunity to ask questions in a virtual community forum.

NextSeed was the first SEC-registered regulation crowdfunding platform in the country and is now operating from coast to coast.

To learn more about opportunities like Peli Peli, all the active as well as fully funded campaigns nationwide, visit NextSeed.

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Any views expressed in this article reflect the personal views of the author only for discussion purposes and should not be viewed as investment advice or recommendation, and does not constitute any legal or tax advice with respect to any securities. Rendering of Peli Peli Austin dining room. Courtesy of NextSeed Rendering of Poitin interior. Courtesy of NextSeed Rendering of Poitin interior bar area. Courtesy of NextSeed.