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Do you fancy yourself a connoisseur of whisky? Mostly because you are just really really good at drinking it? Well friend, this event is for you.

Whiskies of the World, an evening that celebrates all things whisky, is heading to Austin for its eighth year on September 21st and tickets are on sale now.

With hundreds of whiskies in attendance, whisky masterclasses, and food and cigar pairings, it will be an evening purely for your senses.

More than 200 of the world’s finest and most unique whiskies of different styles and origins will be highlighted here: Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Canadian, Japanese, Indian, and many
others. American Craft distilleries will also be presented to demonstrate the growing popularity of the innovative, local distilled spirits, and craft distilling in general.

And you’ll learn a thing or two while you sip—the event will feature educational seminars conducted by master distillers, blenders, and brand representatives. Discover just how complex your drink of choice really is!

And the best part is that the event benefits Helping A Hero, an organization on a mission to empower severely wounded veterans returning from service in the War on Terror.

When: Saturday, September 21st

Time: 5–9 p.m.

Tickets: $100 General Admission (6:00 p.m. entry), $125 VIP Admission (5:00 p.m.)

Location:
Distro Hall
1500 E 4th St.
Austin, TX 78702

This is summertime fun at its finest—come watch Caddyshack on a golf course! Head over to the Lions Municipal Golf Course for a free showing of the 1980s comedy classic. In addition to the showing, there will be extras and activities by Save Muny and Criquet including a costume contest, blindfolded putting, and more. Food and drinks will be available from the onsite restaurant, Players.

This Movies in the Park event is brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Save MUNY with support from Criquet Shirts, and Topgolf. Blankets and chairs are welcome! Styrofoam and glass are not permitted. Smoking is prohibited in the park, per city law.

When: Friday, August 16th

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Location:
Lions Municipal Golf Course
2901 Enfield Rd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Join Rowing Dock for one of their most popular and spectacular excursions!

Paddle in a kayak solo or with a friend 2 miles to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge, home to the largest urban bat population in the world. Watch and listen as over 1.5 million bats fly overhead on their way to their nightly feeding. This is a 4-mile round-trip kayak excursion is accompanied by our excellent Rowing Dock Guides.

Along the way, you will be able to take in the sights such as the city skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, and much more. All viewed from one of the most serene places in town, Lady Bird Lake.

Click here for information about check-in and what to bring!

When: Friday, July 26th

Time: 6–10 p.m.

Location:
Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Dr.
Austin, Texas 78746

Wake up! You have just enough time to run to your closet, figure out a Wu Tang-themed outfit, and head over to Irene’s for the most amazing brunch. Order a round of breakfast biscuits while you enjoy all day happy hour specials and on rosé, mimosas + carafes, and bloody marys. Whatever you did last night, it doesn’t matter. Because brunch means your best life starts now!

DJ GirlFriend ATX will be there spinning your favorite Wu Tang tunes.

When: Today, November 11th

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location:
506 West Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

What a beautiful day to explore Austin’s amazing art scene! Along with over 40 institutions around Austin, The Contemporary Austin is offering engaging performances, art-making activities, artist demonstrations, docent-led tours, and free admission.

When: Today, September 23rd

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Location:
The Contemporary Austin
3809 West 35th Street (Laguna Gloria Location)
Austin, Texas 78703

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!