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Do you have a dream of becoming a great financier? A master of accounting? Or a visionary entrepreneur? Whatever path you are on, a company called QS is coming to Austin to help you get there. Join them for the World MBA Tour and Connect Masters on October 16th at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

This is the event where Masters and MBA candidates can meet face-to-face with admissions directors from top programs and learn if their school is right for them. The best part is attendees get access to an exclusive pool of scholarships worth $7 million!

Connect Masters
Masters candidates can meet admissions directors from both top Texas, U.S., and international universities who will personally review your credentials and resume before you apply, and they can book 30 minute one-on-one sessions with top graduate schools.

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Schools attending are:
Emory University | Bentley University | Georgia State University | University of Arizona | UC Irvine | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Click here to register.

QS MBA World Tour
MBA candidates can meet with admissions directors and their alumni from both top Arizona, U.S., and international universities; attend interactive seminars by both schools, experts, and alumni; and network with other like-minded professionals from Houston

Time: 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Schools attending are:
University of Arizona | Arizona State University | Thunderbird School of Global Management | University of California, San Diego | University of Denver | Penn State University | Rice University | University of Houston | University of Maryland | University of Missouri – Kansas City | Florida International University | Bentley University | Hult International Business School | IE Business School

Click here to register.

 

 

Before we get into the holiday swing and start thinking about buying new things, and eating all the things, let’s do something good for our bodies and souls! Wanderlust is bringing Wanderlust 108, billed as the world’s only “mindful triathlon,” to Austin on November 11!

What is a mindful triathlon, you might be asking? It’s a 5K run (or walk) through The Travis County Expo Center, followed by a DJ-powered outdoor yoga class, with a guided meditation for the finale. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy music, artisanal vendors, local foods, and many surprises throughout the day.

In addition to the main events, participants can add a scheduled bonus class such as aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping, walking meditation, photography or essential oils workshops, or a community yoga experience from favorite local teachers. At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store and juice bar collaboration between Wanderlust and adidas housed in a 60-foot geodesic dome.

In 2017, Wanderlust events will take place in over 60 cities in more than 17 countries on 5 continents. Their mission is to help you find your true north—to cultivate your best self! Sign us up!

For more information about the event, and to get your tickets.

Photo by Diana Gerstacker.

Next week, world-class racing and Grammy Award-winning artists will descend upon our lovely city for the star-studded entertainment event of the year. Are you excited? You should be. There is so much happening at F1, and we’ve got the rundown for you here.

The 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix returns to its only stop in the U.S. for the sixth year running with a revved up festival atmosphere throughout the pulse-pounding weekend.

While the stars of the racetrack provide the most glamorous high speed challenge found on four wheels, superstars Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder will perform full concerts on a massive Super Stage.

The glitz and glamour of F1 attracts celebrities from across the globe. Notable appearances this season include in no particular order: Donatella Versace, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Michel Salgado, Patrick Stewart, Kate Upton, George Lucas, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Pamela Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Woody Harrelson to name a few.

Here is everything you need to know about the event …

The American Soundtrack fueled by Exxon Mobile Stations
Justin Timberlake will be performing Oct. 21 after F1 qualifying on a purpose-built Super Stage in the Circuit’s infield. This has an awesome festival feel with a massive stage and grassy hillside from which to watch the concert.

And none other than Stevie Wonder will be performing Oct. 22 after the F1 USGP, also on the Super Stage. You can upgrade your admission ticket to include a standing pit upgrade to be as close as possible to Stevie when he performs!

Plus there will be great Texas musicians performing on stages all around the Circuit throughout the weekend.

TopGolf Crush
Topgolf is bringing an epic, one-of-a-kind experience to the USGP weekend. Crush brings Topgolf’s unique tracking and scoring system to some of the country’s most iconic stadiums and venues, creating an environment where pros and amateurs alike can crush golf balls while overlooking COTA’s legendary Turn

American F1 Team
Haas F1 Team is an American team, making the USGP their home race. A dedicated area at the track, Haas Hill between Turn 18 & 19, will be the place to cheer on the team with fellow fans. Haas Hill will be the place for a chance to glimpse the Haas F1 Team drivers, and enjoy weekend-long giveaways.

Food & Beverages
Food trucks will be around the track from local Austin favorites provide tasty flavors from a wide variety of cuisines, and sports bars will pop up around the Circuit for drinks and catching up on other sporting events taking place over the weekend .

Grand Plaza
The hub of festival activity will be at the large grassy Grand Plaza, with the F1 Game Zone (Pit Stop simulator, podium, and more), Family Fun Zone (face painting, fake tattoos, nail art, RC cars, more), F1 merch, and much more.

How to Join In
Tickets are available now at thecircuit.com, or by calling 512.655.6300.

For one week in October Austin, Texas is going to feel a lot more like a tiny little town in Tennessee. That’s because Jack Daniel’s is bringing a taste of its hometown of Lynchburg right to us with a pop-up general store in honor of the brand’s more than 150 year heritage.

But this is going to be so much better than an old-timey general store that sells tools and dry oats—here you can grab a sweet tea and immerse yourself in the full Jack Daniel’s experience:

  • Get trim and proper with local stylists and barbers from Redd’s Barbershop at the  Gentleman Jack Barber Shop
  • Learn about the art of barrel-making from Jack Daniel’s Barrel Men
  • Loosen your belt with delicious Southern cookin’ at Miss Mary Bobo’s
  • Take a VR tour of the nation’s oldest distillery
  • Grab a seat at the charcoal mellowing sensory bar
  • Execute like a craftsman at one of our daily demos hosted by your favorite local makers

After all that, you’ll emerge a much cooler person than you were when you went in. We wish this whiskey-themed pop-up would stay forever, but all good things must come to an end.

When: October 8th-14th

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Admission: Open to the public 21+

Location:
800 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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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