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Whalebone Magazine‘s Dive Bar Issue is dropping this month, and to celebrate, they’re doing a national dive bar tour that will hit Austin tonight! Our stop on the tour is, naturally, one of the best in the business—Donn’s Depot. RSVP right here so you don’t miss all the divey fun.

If you don’t subscribe to Whalebone, you totally should because they have awesome content like—oh hey look!—this handy guide to Austin featuring 365’s own Jason Neff.

When: Today, September 18th

Time: 8 – 11 p.m.

Location:
Donn’s Depot
1600 W 5th St.
Austin, Texas 78703

It’s time again for the world’s largest hot sauce festival! Austin takes salsa very seriously, so the competition is going to be (quite literally) heating up today.

Come hungry! Enjoy Food from Amy’s Ice Creams, Eldorado Cafe ATX, Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar, Fork in the Road, Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX, and Sun Garden Shaved Ice.

Not only is this event a ton of fun, it also benefits a wonderful cause. Admission is free with a $5 cash donation to the Central Texas Food Bank, or three nonperishable food items.

When: Today, August 26th

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Fiesta Gardens
2101
 Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Banger’s is celebrating its birthday in appropriate fashion—by cooking whole animals and tapping delicious beer! They’ve spent an entire year curating one of the best beer lineups in Texas history. Come thirsty and ready to try 10 Pinthouse Pizza IPA’s, 6 Saint Arnold Bishop Barrels, 8 Banger’s Collaboration beers, 25 Sours, 40 Barrel Aged Beers plus some light and refreshing options to help you beat the heat.

There’s also live music all day and a very special menu featuring pulled whole hog, y’all. It’s going to be quite the shindig.

When: Today, August 4th

Time: noon – 11:30 p.m.

Location:
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 & 81 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

Grocery Pup, Austin Eastciders, and yours truly, 365 Things Austin have teamed up to throw the most dog friendly summer block party ever! Games, food, dogs, more food, more dogs, and great music await! Here is what you can expect:

– A live band from 3-5 p.m.
– Ice Pops for your pup from pupsicool
– Refreshing drinks from Austin EastCiders
– Backyard games
– Doggie pools for your pups to cool off in
– Food from The Ginger Armadillo food truck

We’ll be offering a special discount code to purchase Grocery Pup to take home with you, and all purchases will get a free goodie bag and cocktail at the event. Click here to RSVP.

When: Today, June 10th

Time: 2 – 5:30 p.m.

Location:
Austin Eastciders
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, Texas 78702

While planning a power-bonding group activity for my co-workers recently, I was struggling with the decidedly un-cool nature of the options. A pub on wheels? No thanks. A Segway tour? They’d never forgive me. Or trust falls? Oh God, no. I didn’t want to embarrass these people, I wanted to have a fun with them!

Thankfully, because of this very site, I came across Your Biker Gang, which bills itself as one of the funnest things to do in Austin. This company helps you create your own motorcycle gang, but subs in fat-tired electric minibikes for the motorcycles, which are so much safer and completely glee-inducing.

I can tell you now that when I surprised my beloved colleagues with this outing, I became, for that brief shining moment, the hero of our office. When we arrived at their headquarters in West Austin, our little gang of nine were outfitted with helmets and bandanas by our fearless leader and road captain, Cope. We also had what’s called a “sweeper,” a super nice guy who held up the tail end of the crew and kept us all very very safe.

After a quick tutorial and training on the bikes in a parking lot, we were out on the open road, with Cope blasting classic biker gang tunes from a giant speaker on his bike. I immediately wanted to buy one of these bikes and I still do. It’s a little intimidating at first, but once you learn to trust this speedy little machine and lean into your turns (top speed is 20 mph) you become one with the bike and basically feel like you can do anything. Anything! Like riding in Downtown Austin traffic.

As someone who has grown up in this city, and takes its beauty for granted on a daily basis, I can tell you that this is an amazing way to see Austin. As we biked over the pedestrian bridge on Lady Bird Lake, through Zilker Park, and along Waller Creek, I fell in love with this place all over again. The wind was blowing our hair back, people were looking at our crew with total envy, and Cope was doing stunts at the front like a badass. We were the happiest Hell’s Angels you ever did see.

If you need an activity to entertain a crew, whether they are family, friends, coworkers, or total strangers, Your Biker Gang will be a hit, I promise. They will customize the tour for your group so you can get history and trivia and see the big sights like murals, statues, the UT campus, and more.  Or—if you are locals like us—you can just have a joyride and stop for tacos on the way. These bikes are easy to ride and the concept is as feel-good as it gets.

It’s time to jump on your electric hog and get lost for a while. Be a group-activity-planning hero for once. The road is calling!

It’s always touch-and-go with the rain on this event, but the mother of all kite festivals has finally arrived! To let the ground dry out a bit, all the activities today will be delayed by an hour and a half. The Zilker Kite Festival is the oldest in the nation, and one of the most anticipated events in Austin each year. It’s an amazing day in the sunshine that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Fly a kite just for fun, or get in on the competition. There are a bunch of free contests, including 
Highest Angle Kite, 
Steadiest Kite
, Strongest Pulling Kite
, Smallest Kite, 
Most Unusual Kite, 
Largest Kite
, Oldest and Youngest Kite Flier.

It truly is such a fun day at Zilker. On top of more kites than you can imagine, there will also be a ton of good food. Plenty of your favorite vendors will be out there with your favorite treats.

Warning: Parking is a major issue! This festival always draws a crowd, so plan to ride your bike or take one of the shuttles.

Let’s hope for a breezy day with clear skies!

Cost: Free

When: Today, March 4th

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo Credit: Zilker Kite Festival Facebook Page

Bottomless mimosas you say? Challenge accepted! Spend your Saturday at this charming waterfront spot—where $10 gets you all the breakfast drinks you could ever want.

It looks like the rain has subsided for the day, so why not grab some friends and post up at a table on the lake for a few hours?

When: Today, February 3rd

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:
Alta’s Cafe
74 Trinity St.
Austin, Texas 78701

We may not have that much of a winter in Austin, but we can party like they do Aspen. Every Tuesday in December, January, and February the San José is celebrating the Texas Winter Après Ski style. Enjoy ’80s tunes and wintery food and beverage specials. Après Ski outfits are totally encouraged but definitely not required.

When: Today, December 26th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location:

Hotel San José
1316 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

We have every kind of festival in this city, but we haven’t had a dessert festival until now! Peached Social House will be packed with drool-worthy sweets from some of Austin’s best and most talented bakers and shops.

Approximately 20 vendors will be dishing out sweets in the following categories:

  • ice cream
  • cookies
  • cakes & cupcakes
  • macarons
  • chocolate
  • pies

All attendees must purchase a ticket to gain access to an afternoon sure to make your Instagram feed swoon! General Admission: $10, Sweet Tooth Ticket: $35 (includes one treat, early admission and swag bag packed with goodies and deals.)

When: Today, October 29th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Peached Social House
6500 N. Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752

If you live for the smokey stuff, as most of us do in Texas, don’t miss this chance to see and taste some of the best in the state. At BBQ Austin cities from all over Texas send their Champion BBQ Teams to compete in the Invitational Division for the title of “State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion.” Additionally, all teams compete for the title and purse of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion.”

 

Of course the best part is that while competing in several contests, all teams provide BBQ to the public for sampling. Many teams will also be setting up elaborate spaces to welcome folks to join in on the fun. The whole family will enjoy the competition along with live music and carnival rides.

 

Schedule:

Friday, March 3

11:00 a.m. – Gates open

4:00 p.m. – BBQ tasting and carnival opens

6:00 p.m. – Concert by Koe Wetzel

8:20 p.m. – Fireworks

8:30 p.m. – Concert by Charlie Robison

Saturday, March 4

11:00 a.m. – Gates open for BBQ tasting and carnival rides

2:00 p.m. – Concert bt Electric Inferno

4:00 p.m. – Concert by Stephen Dae & the Repeat Offenders

6:00 p.m. – Concert by TBA

8:30 p.m. – Concert by Kyle Park

 

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