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Austin, Texas festivals are always a huge draw for people who live here and visitors alike. Austin festivals always provide the best in food and music!

SpringFest, the annual event put on by the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, is always a blast—and now, with the lake full for the first time in ages, there is really something to celebrate! The 9th-annual festival, presented by St. David’s Emergency Center, will take place on Saturday, April 30 at the Hill Country Galleria. As they like to say in Lake Travis: “It’s the biggest time in the smallest town!”

Stroll and shop unique artisan vendors, let the kids run wild in the KidZone, and check out kid-friendly performances and live music all day in the amphitheater. With all of that water in Lake Travis, be sure to stop by the BoatExpo to see the latest and greatest in watercraft. And check out the popular Craft BrewHaus and WineStomp where you can sip local and regional craft beers and wines.

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When: April 30,  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave

Cost: Admission and parking are totally free!

And here’s our advice: Make the most of the fest and stay for the weekend. Visit LakeTravisSpringFest.com for overnight accommodations more information.

For updates about the event, like and follow the fest on Facebook at facebook.com/LakeTravisSpringFest.

 

The Texas BBQ scene is vast. One could spend a lifetime wandering the state in search of a BBQ king. Some of the most amazing meats can be found between Llano and Lockhart, but that’s just a 100 mile stretch of this massive state. From cities as small as Sweetwater to the metropolis landscape of DFW, every Texas community has a spot they claim has the best brisket…. and sausage, and ribs, and sides, and so on…

Sponsored by Texas Monthly, this BBQ extravaganza brings the magazine’s list of “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!” together under one roof for a day of smoked meat heaven.

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From hometown favorites Franklin and La Barbecue to institutions like Llano’s Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que and Spicewood’s Opie’s Barbecue (a personal favorite!), this a veritable taste of Texas that BBQ lovers can’t miss.

Every year, TMBBQ selects a “Newcomer” to join in on the fun. This year, Austin’s own Freedmen’s joins its peers under the Long Center roof. In a city known for its competitive smokehouses, Freedmen’s manages to stand out thanks in part to its creative smoked menu items like jalapeño pimento cheese, and house made sausages. Joining the ranks of recent “Newcomers” including Franklin, Deep Ellum’s Pecan Lodge, and Pearland’s Killen’s, Freedmen’s is an exciting and welcome addition that can’t be missed.

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This year has another newcomer—desserts! Treat yourself to a selection of treats from some of Texas’s favorite confectionaries. Choose between donuts from Gourdough’s, gelato from Tèo, Crown Royal Whisky mini-cupcakes, chocolates from Katherine Clapner’s Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and tiny pies from, well, Tiny Pies. Wash it all down with libations provided by sponsors Crown Royal, Don Julio Tequila, and Shiner Beer.

If the food isn’t enough to draw you in, fun activities including giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Central Market, Texas A&M University, and YETI Coolers will be there to entertain as well. There will also be live performances by Flaco Jiménez Y Su Conjunto and LaTasha Lee and the Blackties.

Other featured BBQ joints include:

Snow’s BBQ Lexington

Louie Mueller Barbecue Taylor

The Original Willie’s Bar-B-Q

Tyler’s Barbeque Amarillo

John Mueller Meat Co. Austin

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue Austin

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew Austin

Miller’s Smokehouse Belton

Fargo’s Pit BBQ Bryan

Brooks’ Place Cypress

Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas

Austin’s BBQ and Catering Eagle Lake

McMillan’s Bar-B-Q Fannin

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q Fort Worth

Longoria’s BBQ Fort Worth

Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company Fredericksburg

Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que Galveston

Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Garland

City Meat Market Giddings

Bartley’s Bar-B-Q Grapevine

Bob’s Bar-B-Que Henderson

Gatlin’s BBQ & Gatlin’s BBQ & Catering Houston

Virgie’s Bar-B-Que Houston

Billy’s Old Fashion BBQ Jasper

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue Jefferson

Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q Kerrville

Hitch-N-Post BBQ Livingston

Black’s Barbecue Lockhart

Kreuz Market Lockhart

City Market Luling

Whup’s Boomerang Bar-B-Que Marlin

Hutchins BBQ McKinney

Kirby’s Barbeque Mexia

Hashknife on the Chisholm Peadenville

Cowpoke’s Pearsall

Pody’s BBQ Pecos

Hatfields BBQ & Blackjacks Beer Garden Rockport

The Granary ‘Cue and Brew San Antonio

Two Bros. BBQ Market San Antonio

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering San Marcos

Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ Smithville

Corkscrew BBQ Spring

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue Tyler

Mumphord’s Place BBQ Victoria

Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que – Sweetwater

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Get your tickets at TMBBQ.com

$80 for general admission, $145 for VIP, and $10 for children 5 and under.

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas

The Texas BBQ scene is vast. One could spend a lifetime wandering the state in search of a BBQ king. Some of the most amazing meats can be found between Llano and Lockhart, but that’s just a 100 mile stretch of this massive state. From cities as small as Sweetwater to the metropolis landscape of DFW, every Texas community has a spot they claim has the best brisket…. and sausage, and ribs, and sides, and so on…

If you’re about to break out the calendar and begin planning your Texas tour, we have a simpler solution. Clear your schedule this Sunday, November 1st for the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest, held here in Austin at the Long Center.

Sponsored by Texas Monthly, this BBQ extravaganza brings the magazine’s list of “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!” together under one roof for a day of smoked meat heaven.

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From hometown favorites Franklin and La Barbecue to institutions like Llano’s Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que and Spicewood’s Opie’s Barbecue (a personal favorite!), this a veritable taste of Texas that BBQ lovers can’t miss.

Every year, TMBBQ selects a “Newcomer” to join in on the fun. This year, Austin’s own Freedmen’s joins its peers under the Long Center roof. In a city known for its competitive smokehouses, Freedmen’s manages to stand out thanks in part to its creative smoked menu items like jalapeño pimento cheese, and house made sausages. Joining the ranks of recent “Newcomers” including Franklin, Deep Ellum’s Pecan Lodge, and Pearland’s Killen’s, Freedmen’s is an exciting and welcome addition that can’t be missed.

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This year has another newcomer—desserts! Treat yourself to a selection of treats from some of Texas’s favorite confectionaries. Choose between donuts from Gourdough’s, gelato from Tèo, Crown Royal Whisky mini-cupcakes, chocolates from Katherine Clapner’s Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and tiny pies from, well, Tiny Pies. Wash it all down with libations provided by sponsors Crown Royal, Don Julio Tequila, and Shiner Beer.

If the food isn’t enough to draw you in, fun activities including giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Central Market, Texas A&M University, and YETI Coolers will be there to entertain as well. There will also be live performances by Flaco Jiménez Y Su Conjunto and LaTasha Lee and the Blackties.

Other featured BBQ joints include:

Snow’s BBQ Lexington

Louie Mueller Barbecue Taylor

The Original Willie’s Bar-B-Q

Tyler’s Barbeque Amarillo

John Mueller Meat Co. Austin

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue Austin

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew Austin

Miller’s Smokehouse Belton

Fargo’s Pit BBQ Bryan

Brooks’ Place Cypress

Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas

Austin’s BBQ and Catering Eagle Lake

McMillan’s Bar-B-Q Fannin

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q Fort Worth

Longoria’s BBQ Fort Worth

Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company Fredericksburg

Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que Galveston

Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Garland

City Meat Market Giddings

Bartley’s Bar-B-Q Grapevine

Bob’s Bar-B-Que Henderson

Gatlin’s BBQ & Gatlin’s BBQ & Catering Houston

Virgie’s Bar-B-Que Houston

Billy’s Old Fashion BBQ Jasper

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue Jefferson

Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q Kerrville

Hitch-N-Post BBQ Livingston

Black’s Barbecue Lockhart

Kreuz Market Lockhart

City Market Luling

Whup’s Boomerang Bar-B-Que Marlin

Hutchins BBQ McKinney

Kirby’s Barbeque Mexia

Hashknife on the Chisholm Peadenville

Cowpoke’s Pearsall

Pody’s BBQ Pecos

Hatfields BBQ & Blackjacks Beer Garden Rockport

The Granary ‘Cue and Brew San Antonio

Two Bros. BBQ Market San Antonio

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering San Marcos

Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ Smithville

Corkscrew BBQ Spring

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue Tyler

Mumphord’s Place BBQ Victoria

Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que – Sweetwater

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Get your tickets at TMBBQ.com

$80 for general admission, $145 for VIP, and $10 for children 5 and under.

See y’all there!

If you’re dying to celebrate the harvest season at the number two Oktoberfest in the country as voted by US Today, you’ve probably already made plans to attend Wurstfest this year. From November 6th through the 15th, people from around the state will gather in New Braunfels to celebrate German culture, and to party like crazy.

Attendees will sample German-style fare, dance to the live bands, and take in the various Alpine and Bavarian style shows that celebrate the fall. The Wurstfest grounds are in New Braunfel’s Landa Park, but there are various other events and activities going on throughout the town and Comal County.

The best week in sausage brings some of the best German fare right to Austin’s backyard and chances are you’re going to want to wash it all down with a beer… or four. Needless to say, a designated driver is a must.

Photo by Reddit user: svartorn

Photo by Reddit user: svartorn

We’re partnering up with Austin Tour Company this year to make sure you make it to the fest and back in one piece. We’re offering round-trip transportation on our sweet party busses for only $40 per person. Parking for Wurstfest is actually offsite, so you still end up taking a bus from the parking area to the grounds if you decide to drive yourself. Our busses pick up in Austin and deliver and pick up to/from the front gates of the fest. Your first beer on the bus is on us, byob for the rest.

Additionally, the $40 doesn’t just cover the ride; it gets you into the festival! We get the party started early with fun music and the hilarious movie Beerfest to entertain you on the ride home. We also provide a little education (we promise, it’s not boring!) on the history of the festival and why it’s so significant in Central Texas.

Once we’re at the Wurstfest Grounds, you have three hours to enjoy the festival to your heart’s desire. Then we’ll be waiting for your group at the entrance ready to safely bring you back to Austin. It’s as easy as that.

Wanna learn more? Check out the Wurstfest official site for more information about the sausage party and book your spot on one of our Austin Tour Company party buses here. It’s a small price to pay for a time you won’t soon forget… if only you could remember.

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Cover photo courtesy of Do512 Family.

It’s Texas Book Festival time again! This is an absolutely fantastic event that is fun for the entire family.

This annual book-a-palooza was the brain child of former First Lady, Laura Bush. I think the coolest thing about the festival is that it gets people excited about reading and raises tons of cash for Texas libraries.  Since the fest started they’ve awarded over $2.5 million in grant money to state libraries. That is downright inspiring!

The festival will have everything from book signings, panel discussions, author readings, and more.

Check out the Weekend Top Picks for other events happening this weekend.

Admission: Free

When: today, October 18th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
The Capitol
between 10th
 & 11th
 Streets
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Photo Credit: Texas Book Festival Facebook Page

Two weekends. Over 150 artists and 75,000 people to push through each day in order to see your favorite bands. How on earth are you going to decide which artists to see? Don’t stress; we’ve done the dirty work for you (or at least some of it).

If we were crazy enough to do it all again this weekend (and we might be), here are 10 artists we wouldn’t want to miss out on. 

10. alt-j
Genre: Indie Rock, Art Rock

Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman

Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman

If Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad loves alt-j, shouldn’t you? Their music has made waves on the big screen, including being featured on popular television series and movie soundtracks. But, this is not your conventional band singing happy-go-lucky, festival tunes.

The clean drum beat, psychedelic lights, and muffled voice of front man, Joe Newman, all contributed to the weird, but awesome experience at their Sunday ACL set. They began their set by busting out the ever so catchy “Every Other Freckle,” shortly followed by mellow tune, “Something Good.” 

Of course, there was no better finale to their live show than hit single, “Breezeblocks,” which involved the crowd effortlessly chanting lyrics “I love you so, I love you so.” It’s true, alt-j, we love you so. If you came to ACL to get a little weird, it would be foolish to miss out on alt-j.

9. Shakey Graves
Genre: Blues, and what some refer to as “hobo-folk”

Local Austinite, Alejandro Rose-Garcia is a well-known hometown hero here in Austin. Over the past five years, he’s continued to hone his musical talent, by booking bigger shows and building an increasingly large fan base in Austin and across the country. If playing Blues On The Green earlier this year wasn’t enough, booking ACL and bringing a massive crowd with him is a pretty big deal.

For newcomers to Rose-Garcia’s music, he’s notorious for keeping the listener engaged through his constant shift in tempo and tone. As a result, the crowd was nothing short of entertained and observed musicianship at its finest as Shakey delivered an original performance, homemade suitcase drum and all.

He began his performance with one of his oldie’s, “Roll the Bonesand played the popular song, “Dearly Departed” mid-set. Yes, Austin definitely claims Shakey Graves. If you want to support one of our favorite local musicians, don’t miss out on Shakey Graves.

8. Brand New
Genre: Pop-punk

With an unusually large, cult-like following in the punk/emo scene, Brand New is no stranger to Austin. Their previous shows within the last 12 months (Stubbs Outdoors 2014 and ACL Fest Late Night Show 2015) both drew a sold out crowd. Generally, they attract a younger demographic of 20-somethings and this year’s festival was no different.

For fans of the band, they played hits from all four albums of their discography, and finished their set strong with slow-tempoed, crowd favorite, “Jesus Christ.” Without question, this band knows their fans and delivered exactly what the crowd was looking for. If you listened to this band in your glory days and/or can dabble in the punk, music scene, don’t miss Brand New.

7. The Weeknd
Genre: R&B

Photo by: Roger Ho

Photo by: Roger Ho

When your competing headliner acknowledges how good you sound from their stage, and that headliner is The Strokes, you know it’s real. It was a tough decision for most on Sunday night with the schedule clash between R&B artist, The Weeknd and highly-acclaimed rock band, The Strokes.

It was a risky move to check out The Weeknd and one that would be hit or miss. We’re glad it was hit. Despite how new the Canadian is to the scene, the R&b artist has gained solid recognition in the genre by fans and fellow artists. His live performance made it apparent that he’s a natural-born performer and has a voice pure as gold. If you want to hear someone sing the likes of Beyonce and Ariana Grande and actually do them  justice, don’t miss out on The Weeknd.

6. Drake
Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Cue the waterworks. Just kidding, Drizzy did not shed tears during his ACL performance (I know, emotional Drake jokes are so last year). However, it is Drake and of course organizers went all out by ending Saturday night at the Fest with fireworks during recent number one hit, “Legend.” 

Arguably, one of the most popular hip-hop/rap artists today, Drake owned the stage and brought a high level of confidence and energy that didn’t make you question how he got there. His set included song snippets/songs from If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late, several covers, crowd favorites from Nothing was the Same, and previous hits for old school fans (“Miss Me” and “Over”).

Given their collaboration on Drake’s newest album, it was only fitting ACL Weekend 2 artist, Future, was brought on stage. Here, they rapped to several songs (including “Jumpman”) from current number one album, What a Time to be Alive. Although it was a slight interruption to the Drake show that we were all there to see, there were no complaints from the crowd. For the best crowd sing-alongs and the biggest party, don’t miss Drake.

5. Sturgill Simpson
Genre: Alternative country

Photo by: Nick Simonite

Photo by: Nick Simonite

It’s certainly atypical for Austin City Limits to choose a generic, country artist to take a slot on the bill. And of course, this year was no exception. With two full-length albums and just breaking through as a solo artist (2013), country music lovers can tip their hat off to this guy for being true to his Southern roots, all the while remaining unique among country music artists making it big, today.

Whether you were among friends, family, or flying solo, Sturgill put on a show anyone could respect and enjoy. Honky-tonk appreciators looking to add a little country dancing into your day – Sturgill is your guy.

4. TV On The Radio
Genre: Indie Rock with electronic influences

These indie rockers know how to make an entrance and live up to it. Based on all band member’s backgrounds and mix of sounds (including indie rock, funk, jazz, soul and electronic), it’s no surprise that TV On The Radio brought an undeniably unique presence to the festival. Kudos to the lead singer, Tunde Adebimpe for how smoothly he can slide across the stage, like he owns the place.

Hit songs, “Wolf Like Me” and “Happy Idiot” were highlights and crowd favorites that left you dancing on your feet. For a unique band you can’t categorize, and one that has been doing something right for over a decade, check out TV on the Radio.

3. Hozier
Genre: Indie rock with gospel and blues influences

Photo by: Greg Noire

Photo by: Greg Noire

Did anyone else feel like they had died and had gone to heaven witnessing the masterpiece that is Hozier? Hozier only recently came out of the woodwork in the last few years, after hit song “Take Me To Church” went viral and then later received enormous amounts of radio play.

Irish singer/songwriter found no barriers to pulling on Austin’s heart-strings from start to finish of his Sunday evening set. From his first EP (2013), he started his show with mesmerizing ballad, “Like Real People Do,” and kept it interesting by covering Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” As expected, the finale of his performance involved Hozier belting out an “Amen” during his hit single, “Take Me to Church.”

He delivered an authentic performance, and as a fan standing in the crowd, you couldn’t help but feel every word he sang. If an Irish man with a man bun that can really sing is your thing, don’t miss Hozier.

2. Foo Fighters
Genre: Rock

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

After headlining the first night of ACL and truly killing it, Dave Grohl might be the world’s most lovable guy. From all age ranges (even 10-year olds), die hard Foo Fighters fans were a-plenty on Friday night. Although currently in a leg brace, frontman, Grohl sacrificed no areas of his performance.

They played their most-loved songs across their 20-year discography, such as “Everlong,” “The Pretender,” “Best of You,” and even ‘95 hit, “Big Me.” As Foo Fighters have been selling out stadiums for years, it goes without saying that this band knows how to engage a crowd. If you want to see the king on his throne (Dave Grohl, literally), don’t miss out on Foo Fighters.

1.  Alabama Shakes
Genre: Southern rock, Soul, Blues

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

Bad-ass female award goes to the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard. Their hit single “Hold On” from their debut album was nominated for multiple grammies and their 2015 sophomore album, Sound & Color also skyrocketed to number one in the US. That being said, when the world first heard Alabama Shakes, they were obviously ready. Undeniably, so was the entire crowd at ACL on Saturday evening.

After experiencing their soulful, and completely unique performance, headed by female lead singer and her guitar, it’s no wonder people like this band. For something different, bluesy, and certainly ACL-epic, don’t miss Alabama Shakes…next time. Because unfortunately they will not be making an appearance for Weekend Two.

 

Photo by: Roger Ho

Photo by: Roger Ho

Honorable Mentions:
21 Pilots – for scaling up to the top of the Samsung Stage
The Strokes – for being The Strokes
G-Eazy – for having the most fan girls in a crowd
Gary Clark Jr. – for being cool enough to hop on stage during Foo Fighters’ headlining set
BØRNS – for being one of the most enjoyed and talked about up-and-coming artists
Dwight Yoakam – for staying true to ACL’s roots
Tame Impala – for providing us with the best jam (“Elephant”) to get you hyped you’re at ACL
Ben Howard – for playing the shortest set…it’s okay we still love you, Ben.

Written by Danielle McIntosh
Cover photo by Maclay Heriot

Everything you need to know to be a pro at ACL: who to see, where to eat, what to bring, and how to get there.

It’s the most wonderful time of year in Austin, Texas. Earlier this year, you were pumped when the ACL Lineup was announced with superstar headliners Drake, Florence + The Machine, The Strokes, and Foo Fighters. You were also ecstatic to see some of your favorite local acts make the bill (Shakey Graves and Gary Clark Jr). Then, you anxiously waited for tickets to go on sale.

You experienced a couple of website crashes, but you finally got through and purchased your tickets. It was all worth it because you knew you weren’t missing out on one of the best weekend(s) of the year in Austin.

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for has almost arrived and you’re ready to take ACL by storm. We’ve got everything you need to know to have a great ACL weekend. No amateurs allowed here!

How to get there?

  • Free shuttles! Free shuttles! ACL shuttles will pick you up downtown and drop you off right in front of the festival grounds. We’ve found this to be one of the easiest and most cost effective way to get to and from the festival. Arrive at Republic Square (4th and Guadalupe) starting at 10 am. Shuttles will run till 11 pm and drop you off back at Republic Square after the festival.
  • Be a true Austinite and bike to the festival. ACL organizers make it easy with bike racks at each festival entrance.
  • Uber and Lyft are also a good, alternate way to go! Uber is offering a free ride to new users who sign up for Uber. To redeem your free ride to ACL, follow this link, sign up for Uber (must be a new user) and get a free ride to ACL (cost of up to $25).

What to bring?
It’s October in Texas and we expect the weather to be a little on the warm side. Dress light and be sure to stay hydrated. 

Items to include on your ACL checklist –

  • Camelbak – keep in mind it will have to be empty upon arrival but can be filled at the free water stations once you get to ACL.
  • 2 factory sealed water bottles – stay hydrated!
  • Sunscreen (no aerosol) – don’t be a rookie and miss the remaining days of ACL because of a bad sunburn. 
  • Blankets/towels – if you’re looking to chill out and relax for the day
  • Comfortable shoes – this one’s a no brainer!
  • Rain poncho – because you never know. Right, Weekend Two attendees?
  • Sanitizing hand wipes – this is a festival staple. Stay fresh!
  • Cash – bring cash for easy transactions. ACL does also offer a cashless option which you can sign up for once you activate your wristband.

Be sure to check out our online store for what to wear. Our tanks make great festival gear! Just sayin’.

Where to eat?
Trailer food will be prominent and ACL is always a great excuse to indulge for the weekend. Here are some of our favorite local vendors and festival treats we won’t regret breaking our diets for! 

Burro Cheese Kitchen 
If you want to start the day off with a hearty grilled cheese

Chi’lantro
For world famous kimchi fries

Salt Lick BBQ
If you’re searching for some of the best Texas BBQ 

Good Pop
If you want to cool off with a refreshing, afternoon treat

Tiff’s Treats
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and would like warm cookies, fresh out of the oven

If your mouth isn’t already watering, you can find the full list of vendors here.

Who to see?
It’s no surprise that the ACL lineup this year is filled with great international and local acts on both weekends of the festival. Here are some of the artists we’re most excited about (Weekend One) and our top picks for each day.

Friday highlights:
2:00 – 3:00 pm Nate Ruess
4:00 – 5:00 pm Leon Bridges
5:00 – 6:00 pm Brand New
6:00 – 7:00 pm Tame Impala
7:00 – 8:00 pm Gary Clark Jr.
8:00 – 10:00 pm Foo Fighters

Saturday Highlights

12:45 – 1:30 pm Milo Greene
1:30-2:30 pm Ryn Weaver
2:30 – 3:30 pm Glass Animals 
3:20 – 4:30 pm Shakey Graves /3:30 – 4:30 pm Houndmouth
4:20 – 5:20 pm Sturgill Simpson

6:20 – 7:20 pm Alabama Shakes / 6:30 – 7:30 Jose Gonzalez
8:30 – 10:00 pm Drake

Sunday Highlights
2:30 – 3:30 pm BORNS
3:30 – 4:30 pm Sylvan Esso 
4:30 – 5:30 pm Ben Howard
5:30 – 6:30 pm Vance Joy
6:30 – 7:30 pm Alt-J
7:30 – 8:30 pm Hozier
8:30 – 9:30 pm The Weeknd / 8:30 – 10:00 The Strokes

To get you pumped up for the festival, don’t forget to check out our featured ACL playlist here!

That’s all folks. Happy ACL weekends and stay tuned for our recap of which artists blew it out of the park!

Written by Danielle McIntosh for 365 Things Austin.

Cover photo by Nick Simonite 

One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, September 26th & tomorrow, September 27th

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

For a map visit, http://pecanstreetfestival.org/contact-page/festival-map/

http://pecanstreetfestival.org

We’ve teamed up with Austin Rubel and www.SoundPan.net to bring you a playlist to jam out to in preparation of this year’s ACL music festival. Keep in mind that the lineups are slightly different for weekends one and two, and this playlist includes artists from both.

This list is useful for catching up on bands that you haven’t listened to in a while, and hopefully it also provides some insight into a few artists you have yet to discover.

See you out there one week from tomorrow.

Cover photo credit: Reagan Hackleman

Her eyes brightened like she was talking about her own child. She smiled to herself and went on explaining the thoughts behind Empire’s “Cookie” played by Taraj P. Henson. Wendy Calhoun, co-executive producer of Empire joked with creator and writer Danny Strong about show dynamics, actors, and the high-stakes, high-drama, hip-hop soap opera that has become Fox’s insta-hit Empire. Though it seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime moment to be two feet away from this conversation, it wasn’t. The ATX Television Festival brought this incredible opportunity to thousands of people last weekend.

The lines wrapped around the corners of 6th Street and Congress Ave as the ATX Television Festival raged on around the Stephen F Austin Hotel, State Theatre and Paramount Theatre. Austin is now known for its incredible festivals from Austin City Limits to South-by-South West Interactive to the X Games to the Formula One races. But the ATX Television Festival was another monster entirely. Celebrities weaved through the throngs of people equally excited to be in the weirdest city on earth as much as we were. They stopped to chat with fans and take pictures, while scoping out the panels of writers, actors and producers alongside television fans from all over the globe.

Panels ranged from writers room reunions, to discussions about diversity in television. Conversations ranged from favorite moments in the Gilmore Girls series, to whether or not the “N” word was appropriate to use in certain contexts. But, no matter the discussion, the panelists, or the location ATX Television Festival goers were engrossed with the business, passion and stories that were being shared.

Strangers met in lines waiting to hear about Justified’s last season on air and how the iconic character of “Raylan” was conceived; and instead of talking about seeing celebrities or going to bars with producers they were talking about cinematic prowess, and the emotional connection that was able to be made from the TV to the individual. These people didn’t like TV, they lived TV. It was a part of who they were and how they understood the world. Little did producers, writers and actors know that they were forming the way the world was perceived for countless individuals around the globe through characters on Dawson’s Creek, and The Fosters alike.

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I’m not going to lie, the fangirl in me just about cried when I saw Kevin McKidd of Grey’s Anatomy walking through the entrance to the Stephen F Austin hotel a mere five feet from my mortal shoes (and I won’t lie I had to get a selfie with him.) But the festival had brought us together and given me the incredible opportunity to hear one of the most talented actors in television right now a chance to talk about why we love TV and Austin.

All I can say for the ATX Television Festival is this; it brought together celebrities, writers, moms, and college kids all under the umbrella that shields us when we need it most: television. It connected me to people who have written and created stories that have changed my prospective and taught me so much. Where else can you find that? Or have coffee with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino?

Coverage and photo by Hannah Turner