June in Austin is when everything starts to heat up for real: the weather, the weirdness, and the lineup of fun things to do. In between dips at Deep Eddy, escape the heat at indoor venues, or revel in the sun at these awesome events this month.
6/3 to 6/30 Round Rock Express Home Games
If you’re looking for something that’s both family-friendly and fun, head out to Round Rock this Sunday and watch our Minor League baseball team head off against their arch enemies, the Nashville Sounds. It’s H-E-B Kids Day, featuring a postgame run the bases for kids 12 and under. Game starts at 1:00PM, but get there early so the kids can enjoy events outside the stadium.
Tickets: $10 – $20
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6/3: George Strait at The Frank Erwin Center
The Frank Erwin Center is celebrating its 40 year anniversary with an exclusive “STRAIT TEXAS” show by George Strait, who has performed at the venue more than any other artist.
Austin-based Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel are opening for the country legend. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Tickets still available: $208 – $989
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6/4: Paul Simon at The Frank Erwin Center
Whether or not you believe Paul Simon when he says this is his farewell, his Homeward Bound tour (a nod to the 1966 Simon & Garfunkel single) is the culmination of a storied career and guaranteed to be fantastic. Watch one the greatest living American songwriters perform the songs that struck a chord with us and became classics. Tickets: $56 – $536
6/10: Bill Clinton at Bass Concert Hall
Spend a Sunday wrapped up in a suspenseful tale of spies, cyberterror and betrayal with former President Bill Clinton at Bass Concert Hall. Texas Performing Arts is hosting the conversation, where Clinton will discuss “The President is Missing,” the novel he co-authored with the world’s bestselling writer, James Patterson. The event starts at 7:30 PM.
Tickets: $22 – $586
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6/13: Maps and Atlases at Scoot Inn
Hit up Historic Scoot Inn for a night of post-rock with Chicago band Maps & Atlases and openers Prism Tats and Slomo Drags. They will be performing Lightlessness Is Nothing New, their first album since 2012, which was released June 1st. Rock out while enjoying rosé on tap and the Taco Flats food truck in the backyard. Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Tickets: $75 – $99.
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6/16 – 6/17: Greater Austin Comic-Con
Get your geek on the weekend of June 16th-17th at the Greater Austin Comic-Con. Held at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, this event is a family-friendly celebration of all things pop culture. From 10 AM to 5 PM both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a day filled with games, cosplay contests, vendors, entertainment for kids, celebrity guest panels, and more. Parking will be $5 and is cash only. Dress to impress!
Tickets: From $48
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6/16: Shakey Graves at Stubb’s
Catch Austin native Shakey Grav (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) at Stubb’s outdoor stage for the second stop on the tour for his latest album, Can’t Wake Up, released May 4. This album marks a departure from his folksy roots in lieu of a poppier, hazier and headier sound. Fans who missed him at GSD&M in May jumped at the chance to see him at Stubbs, so be sure to snag tickets for the sold out gig ASAP. Jonathan Terrell opens.
Tickets: $33 – $91
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6/16: Post Malone with 21 Savage at Austin 360
If hip hop is more your scene, visit Austin’s biggest venue and bounce to Beerbongs & Bentleys –#1 on the Billboard 200 chart – with Post Malone on June 16th. Starting at 8 PM, the multi-platinum rapper 21 Savage kicks off the night with special guest SOB X RBE at Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas.
Tickets: $115 – $403
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6/23: Ultimate 80’s Dance Party at 3TEN Austin City Limits
Get your Ren McCormack on and dance the night away with Austin-based DJ Mel on Saturday June 23rd. 3TEN Austin City Limits is the sister venue to ACL Live at Moody Theater; there’s lots of space to dance and an outdoor patio. DJ Mel (aka Obama’s DJ) is the Official DJ for UT’s Football and Men’s Basketball Teams. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he’s sure to play beats you’ll want to dance all night to.
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6/25: JoJo at Antone’s
Whether you’re pumped that JoJo’s back, or you’re a diehard who knows she never left, you won’t want to miss her Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes tour. Before she heads to the studio to record new music as part of her recent deal with Interscope Records (through her own imprint called Clover Music), she wants to treat fans to old favorites and leaks from her upcoming projects. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
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6/30: Weezer and Pixies at Austin 360
Send off June the right way with a monumental show at Circuit of the Americas. In their first full tour together, powerhouse Weezer and the legendary Pixies are co-headlining for seven weeks across North America. The Pixies will play a mix of beloved classics that have influenced countless musicians and new music, while Weezer will perform off their eleventh studio album, Pacific Daydream – a perfect summer album. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM.
Texas Olive Ranch and Valentinas Tex Mex BBQ have joined forces to offer a giveaway that makes Texas proud. Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil and Sauces from Valentinas go together like… well Texas and BBQ. Enjoy locally handcrafted products that your taste buds will love.
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Today five winners will receive a Texas Olive Ranch & Valentinas BBQ Gift Set.
If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com
Texas Olive Ranch
Olives can grow in Texas? Yes, that’s right. Founder, Jim Henry, was set out to prove the doubters wrong when he planted 40,00 olive trees in Texas several years ago. Fast forward to today, Texas Olive Ranch continues to produce the highest quality olive oil in Texas and has expanded their operations with a new ranch location in Victoria, TX. Read more about their story here.
Due to its freshness, flavor, and quality, Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oils have become a favorite among local chefs and foodies alike. Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck has said “We are so fortunate to have access to this delicious oil here in Texas! It’s become a staple ingredient in our kitchen over the last 6 years. I love the rich, fruity, spicy element it brings to finishing dishes.”
Great Holiday Gifts for The Chef In Your Life
Texas Olive Ranch gift sets will amaze the food lovers in your life. You can customize your own gift set to their personal tastes or go with a set that’s already been handpicked. Right now they are offering 10% Off All Gift Sets with coupon code GIFT.
Valentina’s serves Texas BBQ with a Mexican twist. Starting with just a small downtown food truck location, they’ve worked hard to create a loyal fanbase. Recently, they’ve just opened up a new restaurant location at 11500 Manchaca Road. They’ve earned the honor of being featured as Texas Monthly’s top 50 BBQ joints in Texas.
“Pitmaster Miguel Vidal’s fifteen-hour mesquite-smoked brisket, lush and moist, is at its best when tucked into one of their heavenly homemade flour tortillas, lightly crisped on the griddle, making the air smell of campfires and cookouts. Say yes to homemade tomato-serrano salsa and guacamole in your taco. The menu is rounded out with smoky chicken and carnitas as well as grilled fajitas (technically not barbecue, but so good). ” – Texas Monthly
(Arbequina Olive Trees Growing at Texas Olive Ranch)
Didn’t know Olive Oil could come from Texas?
Texas Olive Ranch has proven the experts wrong, and created olive oil with a complex flavor profile right here in the great state of Texas.
Some People Called Him Crazy, But That Didn’t Stop Him
When Jim Henry, the founder, set out to establish the Texas Olive Ranch, some people called him crazy; but through guts and gumption he proved that the Great State of Texas has unlimited potential for the olive and olive oil industry. In 2005, Jim planted 40,000 trees on his land outside Carrizo Springs and in 2009 the first crop of olives bloomed, proving the doubters wrong. By 2010, Texas Olive Ranch produced the largest crop of olives in the history of not just Texas, but the entire southern United States.
Enjoying Olive Oil In Texas Today
Fast forward to today, they’re producing over 25,000 gallons of olive oil per year. All grown, harvested, and pressed right here in Texas. Their olive oil is made with a cold pressed, unfiltered process, for the purest extra virgin olive oil flavor. Not only do they make extra virgin olive oil, they also produce flavor infused olive oils such as: basil, roasted garlic, and rattlesnake.
You can find Texas Olive Ranch at most Texas Wholefoods and HEBs. They also retail online here: Texas Olive Oil Shop – They’re currently offering free shipping over $30. Make’s a great holiday gift (see gift sets) , or enjoy for yourself!
The folks at Texas Olive Ranch are giving away (3) Gift Sets of Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil – (4) 250 ml bottles. The winners will get to pick their olive oil flavors of choice.
Whether you’re a karaoke superstar or if you’d rather just watch, Austin has some great (and unusual) places to fill the empty track. Here are some of our favorite spots:
If you’re planning a special party…
The Highball calls itself “Austin’s karaoke mecca.” Featuring seven individually themed rooms ranging from Haunted House to classic video games, you can one that fits your party’s personality. The Highball has a classic selection of songs to choose from, but if your favorite track is missing you can request they add it to the catalog. And if you’re not the sweetest of songbirds, don’t fret. They actually provide a voice synthesizer to save the rest of your friends from the struggle of hearing you try and hit the high notes of “Sweet Child of Mine.” Because, face it—you can’t.
If you’re looking to make some bad decisions…
Photo from Yelp user Natalie L. – April 30, 2013
Ego’s is the spot. It’s dark and just the right amount of seedy that attracts a plethora of Austin personalities. It’s popular, so be prepared to wait in line on busy nights. The drinks are strong, the lighting is minimal, and mistakes will be made. Guaranteed! The later it gets, the rowdier the room and eventually there’s no turning back. If you’re dead set on singing, get your request in early because the list fills up fast.
Pro tip: be generous with gratuity to the bartenders at Ego’s. They put up with a lot of crap.
If you’re feeling daring…
Photo from Yelp user S O. – July 11, 2015
Make your way to The Common Interest on Sunday nights for Karaoke Roulette. Step on up and spin the wheel to pick your genre. From there, the Karaoke Jockey picks your song for you—no turning back. Bonus: Sundays are also Service Industry Night, meaning happy hour prices all night if that’s your gig. And in Austin, that’s a lot of gigs.
Every other night of the week, The Common Interest is a little less daring. Think a classic karaoke joint with a full catalog, fun main stage, and available private rooms. You can also enjoy cheap drinks like $2.50 Lonestars while noshing on typical bar food.
If you want to go underground…
Photo from karaokeunderground.com
Meaning, if you’d rather croon to The Cramps or Fugazi, Karaoke Underground is for you. Their song list is a vast array of punk and indie gems you can’t find at your average karaoke night. Right now, bars hosting Karaoke Underground include Nomad (first Saturdays), Indian Roller (third Saturdays), and Drinks Lounge (last Sundays). But in true underground style, special events pop up all the time, so keep tabs by following them on Facebook or Twitter.
If you want to do it right…
Take the trip north to DK Sushi & Seoul Asian Food Market on Thursdays. Starting at 7pm, this low-key sushi haven turns into a raucous party handing out sake bombs to those brave enough to croon. Not only does Mr. DK himself may grace the stage on lucky nights, but you also get to enjoy no frills, fresh sushi at a decent price. Things may get weird as it gets later, but that’s why we love it.
Article Written by Danielle Barrow
Featured photo – Yelp user Bumble B. – September 7, 2013
Brunch isn’t just a meal to Austinites; it’s a way of life.
Okay that was really trite. But dammit, brunch is awesome and a Sunday Funday just isn’t one without it. There are so many great spots in Austin, I’d be a fool to try and rank them. So instead, I’m going to match the restaurant to what you’re feeling in the moment. It’s your Sunday Funday, after all.
If you need migas and mimosas STAT…
Takoba is here to rescue you. Their brunch menu has the Mexican breakfast classics Austinites love, including migas. However, may I suggest going outside the box and getting the huevos montuleños? This dish will change the way you think about how to eat bananas (okay, plantains) for breakfast. As far as mimosas go, I’m not sure there’s a better deal in town– $1 for a single or $7 for a carafe. You’re welcome.
The Huevos Motuleños at Takoba
If you just want to people watch while sipping a Bloody Mary…
Bar Chi is a great place for that. Get a table outside and enjoy watching the shoppers and tourists as they get lost trying to navigate the 2nd Street District. Even better, Sundays are all day happy hour at Bar Chi. Meaning you can enjoy their straightforward (read: not intimidating) sushi selection on the cheap. Also, you will not be disappointed by their signature Bloody Sake Mary. Check out their menu.
If you want to get all fancy and have food to match…
Launderette just started serving brunch in May, so you won’t be seeing the hoards of people waiting for a table like you do on a Tuesday night—for now. Their menu combines brunch classics with high-end ingredients. Think duck leg confit in the hash and a delicately fried oyster in the Florentine. The portions are perfect for sharing family-style, so have the crew clean up nicely and make it over there sometime soon.
One of the daily brunch pastry options at Laundertte
If you’re feeling rough around the edges…
Betcha didn’t even know East Austin bar Yellow Jacket Social Club had a brunch, did ya? Okay, it’s not a secret or anything, but Yellow Jacket for brunch isn’t something you do when you’ve had a good Saturday night’s sleep… it’s more of a “hair of the dog” thing, get me? And even though you order at the bar, the food comes out quickly and is consistently delicious. The Mister is a friend’s favorite, but personally I’m a sucker for the Shrimp and Grits. Top it all off with a bucket (or two) of mimosas and you’ll be ready to keep the weekend going in no time.
If you’re wanting to do it big, Texas style…
When people ask me about Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, I have a hard time finding the right words. Something about this restaurant reminds me of Sunday night steak dinners as a child, but then again, I NEVER ate this good in my youth. Their brunch menu evokes that same nostalgia/confusion. Sure, their buttermilk biscuits and gravy tastes exactly like the kind my Mimi made for me as a child, but what genius decided to put chicken fried steak on waffles? Nobody in my family, that’s for damn sure. That Jacoby’s clan… they’re really somethin’.
The Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles at Jacoby’s
If you want a side of mac n’ cheese with your breakfast…
Liberty Kitchen opened earlier this year on West 5th Street (right next to Tacos N Tequila), and they spread a great brunch on weekends and holidays. They also offer their lunch menu all day; so feel free to start your brunch with raw oysters (after 11am), or a crock of their delicious mac n’ cheese (available with or without king crab) for the perfectly rounded meal.
Shirred Eggs, Hot Smoked Salmon, Caviar & Cream at Liberty Kitchen
Written by Dani Barrow, a local Austin enthusiast.
Your best friend is actually tying the knot—can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday you were holding her hair back while she puked off the side of the Shell Island Shuttle during your spring break trip to Panama. Now as her maid-of-honor, you’re helping her pick out flowers and attending pre-dress shopping brunches with the mothers. Yes, the general aspects of planning a wedding can feel a little formal (ahem adult!), but there is always that one night where you and your friends get to re-live the revelry of youth: the bachelorette party.
Lucky for you, the bride has chosen the perfect bachelorette party location. Whether y’all just want to stay close to home or if this is a destination trip and you want to get weird with it, Austin is a great place to throw you girl’s “final” big bash. Of course, with a city like Austin it can be hard to choose just what to do. Luckily, we’ve got a couple ideas that will make this night one to go down in the books.
Book a cool house
There are plenty of great boutique hotels in Austin that are great for other occasions. But when you have a group of rowdy women looking to get wild, it may not be the greatest idea to share walls with UT parents and wary travelers. Instead, book a cool house with plenty of space and fill the fridge with eggs and bacon from Salt & Time for the morning after. Home Away has tons of amazing listings for whatever size your party… and your budget.
A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And if you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other.
We’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, ice, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe.
Kick off your weekend with a party on wheels – an afternoon pre-game favorite! This 15-passenger party bike, pedal powered by you, visits renowned bars, breweries and food trucks in east Austin’s booming downtown area. BYOB (cans, boxed wine, sangria or mimosas – yes you can drink along the way!), choose your bachelorette party playlist and take your turn on the karaoke mic! Don’t worry about coolers, ice or cups, they have you covered. There is also a non-pedaling “throne” seat in the back, perfect for the bride! Grab your drinks ladies and start your party with a 2 or 3 hour ride!
Be your own private dancer at Brass Ovaries
Strip clubs are passé. Instead, get your sexy AND your sweat on at Austin’s best pole dancing and aerial aerobics studio: Brass Ovaries. Far from the seedy, Brass Ovaries has a fun and welcoming vibe that will get even the shyest girl in your party to open up and embrace her inner goddess. You can book a private party that is specifically tailored for the bachelorette crowd. Trust us, this is way better than the seediness and all-you-can-eat buffets of the alternative.
Nosh right at Justine’s
Pole dancing can work up quite the appetite; reward your party for all their hard work with an amazing dinner under the sparkling canopies of Justine’s. Nestled in an East Austin woody enclave, this French bistro is the perfect spot for your party. Order a round (or two) of French 75s and order the escargot (snails are delicious… trust us). The menu is small but well-rounded; even the pickiest eater will find something they’ll like while the adventurous eaters will adore the steak tartare or the moules frites.
Cruise down the river on a tube while you enjoy rose out of a canteen with your girls! One of the area’s favorite summer outdoor activities. BYOB (or sangria, cocktails, etc). River tubing with ATXcursions is the most convenient way to float: transportation to and from downtown Austin, online booking, tubes included, coolers and ice included. Just bring drinks, sunscreen, and your bridal party.
Pre-drink at Midnight Cowboy
If your party is smaller than 8, make a reservation at Midnight Cowboy. This brothel-turned-bar offers amazing cocktails in a cool atmosphere that will impress your out-of-town friends. Why do we say pre-drink? Despite its lascivious history, this place keeps it pretty low-key. It’s not a spot for getting rowdy or loud. Plus, reservations only last for 2 hours. Luckily, it’s located right on 6th street, so after you’re down with your speakeasy classics you can wander out into the rowdiness and ruckus of Austin’s famous downtown party scene.
Ride the bull at The Trophy Club
Located just down the street from Midnight Cowboy is the Dirty 6th staple The Trophy Club. Serving whiskey and beer to a wiley crowd of partygoers from around the world, The Trophy Club is notable for one reason: the bull. Strap the bride-to-be on and get your phones ready for some memories you’ll be belly laughing at the next morning.
Finish up at Barbarella
Whether your party does Dirty 6th street or wanders off to Rainey, you can always meet in the middle at this locals’ favorite. While there is certainly an area you could call the dance floor, the whole place turns into a Britney Spears video once the shots kick in. The best part? While the bar closes at 2am, the DJ keeps it going ‘til 3, so you can keep the party going longer.
Recover at Barton Springs
You probably lost a pretty penny (along with a little bit of dignity) the night before. Thankfully you stocked the kitchen with the essentials (read: Bloody Mary and Mimosa fixings) so you can spend the morning lazing about and gabbing with the girls. Once y’all feel a little better, throw on your swimsuits and grab the sunscreen to go take a dip in an Austin’s favorite swimming hole. Once you jump in those frigid waters you’ll be refreshed and rejuvenated, just what you and the bride need as you look ahead towards her big day.