I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.
After 20 years, Austin’s Irish Embassy, aka Fadó, will be closing at the end of this month. And what kind of self-respecting Irish pub would they be if they didn’t go all out for their last St. Patrick’s Day? Well we’re in luck—because they totally are.
For one last time they are closing down 4th Street and opening super early to throw Austin’s biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day party. So put on all your green and head downtown to party like a leprechaun.
When: Today, (St. Patrick’s Day!) March 17th
Time: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m. | $10 cover on the door starts at 9 a.m.| $20 cover starting at 2 p.m.| 21 and over after 4 p.m..
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
214 W 4th St.
Austin, Texas 78701
Want to take a ride? Check out Rowing Dock’s newest addition to their fleet, the SUPJet. SUPJet is both a quality stand up paddle board as well as an electronically powered watercraft. When you want an extra boost or just want to sit back and relax, you simply push a button and the built-in drive will move you along at 5 mph (8 km/h) for well over 1.5 hours. This paddle assisted SUP is great for beginners, parents with small kids, and experienced paddlers on windy days.
Rowing Dock is the first to release this fully integrated electric powered SUP technology on Lady Bird Lake and they are open 7 days a week from 9am-8pm. Visit their website www.rowingdock.com for more information or head down to the dock to get your paddle on!
SXSW is a marathon, not a sprint. And there will be several times after a show when you will be starving, in a hurry, and waiting in snaking lines at a food truck court. This will feel like tortue. Don’t let this happen to you. Luckily, there is an app that takes you right to the front of the line and helps you get on to the next cool thing.
Partake, a technology platform enabling a seamless purchasing experience for the Sports and Entertainment Industry, has just announced that it will release the Partake App at SXSW for attendees to pre-order, pay, and pickup food at nine (with more coming!) participating food truck vendors—which means long lines and wait times are part of your past.
It’s mudbug time, people! Whisler’s Crawfish Boil, an Austin staple, is back just in time for SXSW. The little critters are brought in from Louisiana and the Boss Street Brass Band will play at 3 p.m. There will be drink specials, too! You know, whatever goes best with mudbugs.
When: Today, March 11th
Time: noon – 8:00 p.m.
1816 E 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78702
What: Meow Wolf is coming to SXSW this year to present a never-seen-before, never-seeable-after immersive presentation we’re calling “MEOW WOLF OUTSIDE (sponsored by OpenMind).” Music, virtual realities, and creatures and more. We don’t know much but we know Austin’s own Shakey Grave’s in going to be part of the collab.
What: What is better than Queso? Queso and wine! Enjoy queso by special guests Franklin Barbecue,Emmer & Rye, Mixtli, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ,JuiceLand, Willigan’s Island as well as past Quesoff champs Frank, Cheesus & Austin Facial Hair Club. This Hot Luck pop-up is presented by Washington State Wine.
When: March 13th, 2pm
Location: Southbits Trailer Park, 604 Driskill Street, Austin, Texas 78701
The Block Party Presented by Pacifico
What: Relax next to the poolside with live music, food, and drinks all day Friday, March 16.
The Block Party presented by Pacifico is an extension of Cinderblock’s passion of music videos and sessions but with a really large party twist. Cinderblock will bring incredible talent from Dallas as well as featuring musicians from across the country. Already in the lineup is Rayland Baxter, David Ramirez, Suzanna Choffel, Medicine Man Revival, Mitchell Ferguson, and Matthew McNeal. Like any other Cinderblock hosted event, the entire party will be filmed by the Cinderblock video crew including – artists’ sets, event recaps, boomerangs and activations, sponsor promos, social, and more.
For The Foodie:South by Southwest’s SouthBites Female Led Chef’s Dinner
What: SouthBites presents a female-led culinary collaboration at Olamaie hosted by Williams-Sonoma. Ashley Christensen, Sarah Grueneberg, Alex Raij, Ashleigh Martin, and Christina Tosi will collaborate on the dinner menu while highlighting active change within today’s hospitality industry. Tickets include a cocktail hour with passed hor d’oeuvres, and a five-course dinner. Alongside the dinner, Alba Huerta and Carla Rza Betts will be on hand to offer cocktail and wine pairings throughout the evening.
When: March 12th, 1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Your Trivia Brain Could Win You $25,000 During SXSW
What: We know you were probably planning on spending a lot of money during SXSW on drinks, pedicabs, late-night food, Ubers, and more drinks—so we’re excited to tell you that you can actually make some money this year. And maybe even $25,000!
PROVEIT is the trivia app that lets players compete against their friends and random opponents in head-to-head trivia challenges for real cash. And they are making the most of this crazy week in Austin with a big presence around town and lots of chances for you to win.
What: This is a SX staple. We stop by every year. It’s perfect for one of the days that you want something on the more chill side of things. It’s not right in the mix of everything but within walking distance. It’s a great day party to make sure is on your agenda.
What: Waterloo Records is back with their legendary day parties. They offer four days of live music all day. Their parking lot is closed off and turned into a concert. It is a great opportunity to see free live music and some the artists even post for photos and sign autographs!
When: March 14th-March 17th
KGSR Live Morning Broadcast
What: Calling all you early risers.For a $5 donation to the Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, you’ll enjoy 4-hours of exclusive, live interviews and performances from featured SXSW artists, early morning Bud Light beverage specials and $5 Cinco Vodka Bloody Marys (for guests 21+) and the first 300 guests through the door each morning will receive a complimentary breakfast treat!
What: Check out this line-up. We repeat, check out this line-up. A full spectrum experience of interactive art and onstage music. Show up for the hands-on M&M’S experience and stay for the all-day lineup of fresh new musical acts.
When: March 16th & March 17th
Location: Lustre Pearl, 94 Rainey Street Austin, Texas 78701
A Quiet Place is a passion project created by the beloved John Krasinski, who is mostly known for his work on The Office. Barriers are ready to be broken as he continues to develop his skills behind-the-scenes as a director, writer and producer alongside his incredibly talented wife, Emily Blunt. Krasinski has always hoped for opportunities to work with Blunt on-screen and now they have their chance. The film’s trailer casts a wide net of thrills and chills that should leave viewers with a strong sense of unfettered terror. A film based completely around silence may end up being the most deafening thriller of the year.
Blockers (By Daniel Fullmer):
Credit: Universal Pictures
It’s time to prepare for an assault of raunchy comedy with Blockers! This film proposes a contemporary spin on the genre by focusing on a group of co-parents who face their worst fears when their daughter heads towards their worst nightmare – prom night. Featuring the meme-worthy king and WWE superstar, John Cena, and the comedic genius, Leslie Mann, we have the potential for a tidal wave of hilarious hijinks that will go just far enough to appease those with a twisted and honest sense of humor for parents and teenagers alike. Prepare for a galvanized look at kids growing up in the age of social media.
6 Balloons (By Daniel Fullmer):
6 Balloons is a film about a woman attempting to manage a terribly uncomfortable situation. Her brother has relapsed into a heroin addiction and has a 2-year old daughter in his care who she is desperately trying to help. Directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan, this dramatic feature looks to deliver an impactful and affecting view of a family dealing with the woes of addiction and the continuing struggles that both remain and develop. Starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco, this feature may be a power house of emotion full of subject matter that many can potentially relate to.
First Light (By Daniel Fullmer):
Credit: David Jones
After spending most of his career working in television, Director Jason Stone has created another film, First Light, which focuses on a high school senior who encounters a mysterious and life-altering “light” over her small town that grants her abilities she never dreamed of having. Without control and on the run, what options does she have and who else wants to gain her newfound abilities for themselves? Starring Stefani Scott, Kristin Booth and Saïd Taghmaoui, this film is sure to offer several thrills for anyone interested in the sci-fi genre with a twist.
All Square (By Matthew Fullmer):
Credit: Jordan Foley
All Square, John Hyams’s entry into this year’s narrative spotlight, appears to have no qualm in challenging our identification with man versus the heart of society. A dark line is crossed with an idea of the town bookie colluding with a little-leaguer within America’s pastime. It turns any sense of a buddy movie on it’s head, as the adolescent wingman bears the ultimate risk of becoming victim. Known for his polished character performances in House of Cards and Black Mirror, Michael Kelly is an intriguing choice to take the reigns as a lead. And baseball, recognized as a kid’s game and the pride of a community, stands to be an interesting template to showcase the dark repercussions when one tinkers with innocence or glory that we all cherish. If you’ve ever participated in youth sports or dabbled in a gamble, how could you not want to see where this goes?
The World Before Your Feet (By Matthew Fullmer):
Credit: Michael Berman
The World Before Your Feet is a boldly personal documentary by Matt Green who looks to capture the sheer strangeness and bliss of what it is to wander the world in search of “who knows what.” No justification, no definition…simply walking and absorbing the labyrinth of boroughs and blocks we call New York City. It will be compelling to see Green’s own actions as a lone wanderer on display and how they illustrate the fascinations of exploration and human connection. The purpose you may ask? The purpose is ambiguous and the answers are all awaiting their chance to be revealed to anyone daring enough to walk alongside.
Take Your Pills (By Matthew Fullmer):
Alison Klayman’s Take Your Pills stands to be an insightful bearer of bad news as it sifts through the fallout of Adderall and other elixirs conveniently weaponized through modern society’s pressure upon the everyman. Her last film, 11/8/16, shed light upon the day of Donald Trump’s surprise win. Now Klayman tackles pharmaceuticals and their game-changing ascendancy within modern society’s never-ending search for an edge. Our constant quest to do better, feel better, BE better, can now be dealt through one simple swallow. But at what price?
Don’t Leave Home (By Matthew Fullmer):
Credit: Wyatt Garfield
Michael Tully’s Don’t Leave Home, assembles a dark expedition into the source of myth and lore. Known for his past projects that focus upon nostalgic tours down memory lane including Septien and Ping Pong Summer, Tully’s new rendition braves the search into something more nefarious in its roots. Stepping from the safety of home, where urban legends are only spoke of, what are the costs of engaging them head-on within the far-reaching realm of the unknown? As a nominee in the Visions section of the festival, this origins story is sure to examine just that, as well as challenge our desire for truth and one’s curiosity to know all.
Danny and Matt are two brothers who spent a substantial part of their youth watching classics from the 1980s and beyond. As they have grown older, both brothers have continued to push each other to branch out as far as possible into any, and all, genres of film. Matt majored in film studies at the University of Santa Barbara and Danny has spent several years working as a film reviewer for international cinema. Both have an appreciation for the nostalgic memories granted to them by the films of their childhood and are always looking for more.
We know you were probably planning on spending a lot of money during SXSW on drinks, pedicabs, late-night food, Ubers, and more drinks—so we’re excited to tell you that you can actually make some money this year. And maybe even $25,000!
PROVEIT is the trivia app that lets players compete against their friends and random opponents in head-to-head trivia challenges for real cash. And they are making the most of this crazy week in Austin with a big presence around town and lots of chances for you to win. Starting tomorrow, March 8th at 6:00 p.m., test your knowledge of random trivia in their Austin Trivia Contest.
When: Thursday, March 8th @ 6:00 p.m. – Thursday, March 15th @6:00 p.m.
Here’s how to play: 1. Download PROVEIT and create an account 2. Make a deposit with a CC or Apple Pay 3. Adda profile pic 4. Playhead-to-head trivia challenges to move up the Austin leaderboard (positions are based on average score/game +2 points per win) 5. 1st place atthe end of the week wins $25,000 (2nd wins$2,500, 3rd wins $1,000, andthe Next 97 also win smaller cash prizes)
In addition to the challenges on the app, there are three other ways to boost your luck and cash flow. While you are out and about enjoying the fest, look for these chances to win bigger:
Golden Ticket PROVEIT is giving away Golden Ticket promo codes to allnew users who sign up via anonline marketing partner or astreet team encounter. Promo codes will boost a user’s initial deposit by $1- $1,000 in cash. The user must make initial minimum deposit to discover the secret value of the code.
Street Team Find PROVEIT’s Street Team to charge up your phone and play in-persontrivia to win even more cash. You’ll find them roaming the streets or hanging out at their physical locations (Red River and 4th behind the Convention Center and East 6th across from the Vegas Hotel).
PROVEIT Cash Truck The Cash Truck will be in Austin all week and two definite spots will be the physical locations above. Players who take a selfie with the Cash Truck and publicly post it to social with #thisismoney and tag @playproveit will have a chance to wine even more cash. The funniest selfie of the week wins $500!
Followalong on Instagram @playproveit forsecret Cash Truck stop announcements!