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!

ACL is only three short days away,  so I took a quick swim through the middle of the line-up for a few bands that I think you should know about. I’m assuming you’re already familiar with Pearl Jam, Eminem, etc so those are left out. As are any EDM mentions… nothing against it, they just don’t convert well into a playlist across multiple genres.

I’ve left the playlist open, so feel free to add your own favorites if you have a Spotify account. See you at the Fest!

Photo by Ashley Garmon

We’ve partnered with the folks at Float Fest to give away the ultimate experience for you and a friend at this year’s festival!

What you get:

VIP tickets for two -think premium viewing areas with plenty of shade, free food, and complimentary drinks

Floating for two

Camping for two on site

Survival swag from 365 Things Austin and other Float Fest sponsors

This one of a kind festival combines a trifecta of summer activities- live music, floating the river and camping. This prize package will allow you to enjoy all three VIP style!

To enter to win, simply caption the photo below of Grouplove’s lead singer (they’ll be at the fest!) on the Facebook Post or in the comments section below. The best comment will be chosen by us and the Float Fest team on Thursday, June 26th at 2pm.

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For more info on the lineup or to buy tickets (before they sellout), visit the Float Fest Website.

 

This festival just keeps getting better. Last month we released the lineup for Float Fest, which is taking place just outside of San Marcos this Labor Day Weekend. You can read more about our elation on the combination of an amazing music lineup paired with floating the river (one of our favorite summer activities) here:

http://365thingsaustin.com/2014/05/09/introducing-float-fest/

Today they announced camping options and ticket plans at the beautiful Cool River Ranch, within stumbling distance of the live music stages. Floating the river can be an exhausting and booze filled adventure all by itself, please do the smart thing and don’t make the drive back home!

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They have several ticket packages to choose from, and camping with your fellow festival-goers will only add to the experience:

View tickets and camping/floating packages 

Join us and lock up tickets while you still can, this event will definitely sell-out.

 

October 3rd-5th & 10th-12th in Zilker Park. It’s coming up faster than you think! Stay tuned to 365ThingsAustin.com for news on the event…and more!

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Get tickets here.

  1. EMINEM
  2. PEARL JAM
  3. OUTKAST
  4. SKRILLEX
  5. BECK
  6. CALVIN HARRIS
  7. LANA DEL REY
  8. LORDE 
  9. FOSTER THE PEOPLE
  10. THE REPLACEMENTS
  11. ZEDD
  12. MAJOR LAZER
  13. THE AVETT BROTHERS
  14. SPOON
  15. THE HEAD AND THE HEART
  16. BELLE & SEBASTIAN
  17. INTERPOL
  18. CHROMEO
  19. BROKEN BELLS
  20. CHILDISH GAMBINO
  21. CHVRCHES
  22. JIMMY CLIFF
  23. ST. VINCENT
  24. PHANTOGRAM
  25. JUANES
  26. THE GLITCH MOB
  27. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS
  28. THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
  29. AFI
  30. IGGY AZALEA
  31. REBELUTION
  32. ICONA POP
  33. TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS
  34. CAPITAL CITIES
  35. PAOLO NUTINI
  36. JENNY LEWIS
  37. BEATS ANTIQUE
  38. SAM SMITH
  39. KONGOS
  40. REAL ESTATE
  41. TUNE-YARDS
  42. KODALINE
  43. JAGWAR MA
  44. BLACKBERRY SMOKE
  45. TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
  46. MAC DEMARCO
  47. GRAMATIK
  48. LETTUCE
  49. LAKE STREET DIVE
  50. POLIÇA
  51. LUCIUS
  52. TEMPLES
  53. OZOMATLI
  54. BLEACHERS
  55. ANA TIJOUX
  56. HOZIER
  57. J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
  58. ROBERT ELLIS
  59. ZOÉ
  60. SAINTS OF VALORY 
  61. JON BATISTE AND STAY HUMAN
  62. PARKER MILLSAP 
  63. THE PREATURES
  64. FALLS
  65. REUBEN AND THE DARK
  66. TOR MILLER
  67. BERNHOFT
  68. NIKKI LANE
  69. BAD RABBITS
  70. MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
  71. CULTS
  72. THE ROSEBUDS
  73. NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927
  74. THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974
  75. YOUNG & SICK
  76. MINIATURE TIGERS
  77. SPANISH GOLD
  78. EMPIRES
  79. THE DISTRICTS
  80. BENJAMIN BOOKER
  81. BLANK RANGE
  82. ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL 
  83. RAY BENSON & MILKDRIVE 
  84. MOATS 
  85. MELANIE MARTINEZ 
  86. THE LAST INTERNATIONALE 
  87. JOHNNYSWIM 
  88. FUTURE UNLIMITED 
  89. JON PARDI 
  90. BEAT CONNECTION 
  91. LOS COLOGNES 
  92. A THOUSAND HORSES 
  93. SNOWMINE 
  94. THE LONELY BISCUITS 
  95. BULLY 
  96. THE WANS 
  97. COLONY HOUSE 
  98. THE HUNTS 
  99. CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN 
  100. VON GREY 
  101. MARC SCIBILA 
  102. MODOC 
  103. BLACK PISTOL FIRE 
  104. BLUE BEAR 
  105. WOOD & WIRE 
  106. EMILY WOLFE 
  107. THE NIGHTOWLS 
  108. DAWN AND HAWKES 
  109. MIKE AND THE MOONPIES 
  110. SPHYNX 
  111. PENNY & SPARROW 
  112. RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM 
  113. HARD PROOF 
  114. ARUM RAE 
  115. THE LEGENDARY SOUL STIRRERS
  116. THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS
  117. SHIELDS OF FAITH
  118. THE LEVITES
  119. ASHLEY CLEVELAND 
  120. THE STAPLETONES 
  121. THE RIVER CITY CHRISTIANETTES
  122. GOSPEL SILVERTONES 
  123. WESLEY BRAY AND THE DISCIPLES OF JOY
  124. THE BARTON HILLS CHOIR
  125. STEVE SONGS
  126. RALPH’S WORLD
  127. ELIZABETH MCQUEEN
  128. SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS
  129. SCHOOL OF ROCK
  130. THE Q BROTHERS
  131. PETER DISTEFANO & TOR

The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival announced its full showcase schedule today. With 100 comics performing across 10 venues, this year promises to be another landmark year for one of our favorite festivals.

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The lineup includes National Headliners such as Fred Armisen, Hannibal Buress and Demetri Martin, as well as Austin comics Matt Bearden, Matt Sadler, Chris Cubas, Mac Blake, and more. The four-day event will be held April 23rd-26th and badges range in price from $129-$599.

To see the full lineup, or to buy a badge visit the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest website.

 Moontower Comedy Austin

We’re just going to come out and say it: The greatest thing about SXSW for Austin locals is all the free stuff you can see, drink, eat, and enjoy. You can hate on traffic. You can hate on tourists. You can hate on hipsters all you want. But what you can’t deny is that we’ve got primo access to some of the best bands in the world for an entire week…for free! Hundreds of free events with beer, food, and music happen throughout the duration of SXSW Music and it’s your duty as a “local” to take advantage of it! We teamed up with Realty Austin (check out their free show recommendations) to help our fellow Austinites avoid some of the many hassles that SXSW brings each year. Don’t hole up in your apartment waiting for it all to be over – get out there and enjoy the madness!

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Where to Find Free Shows

The big hub for SXSW free parties is Austin blog stalwart, Do512.com. They’ve got a complete list of everything going on, and many of the events are managed through their RSVP system, so be sure to head over there and check them out.

If you’re up on the latest tastemakers, blogs, and magazines out there, you can also RSVP for their parties on their site, but for someone looking to have a good time, just rely on Do512.com.

RSVPster is also a great option if you want to avoid having to go through the whole process yourself. For a cool $40, they’ll RSVP you to hundreds of free parties and events, minimizing the hassle on your end.

Also, do yourself a favor and create a dummy email account in Gmail to use when you’re RSVP’ing. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be on hundreds of new newsletter lists. Save yourself all that time unsubscribing and avoid inbox clutter.

Avoiding Traffic

 Traffic will be horrible during SXSW, so don’t bother counting on being able to freely maneuver to and from downtown throughout the week. There are several different ways to go about SXSW travel during the week:

On Foot – Get downtown really early, secure your parking spot and plan to stay the entire day late into the night if you want to avoid any major traffic hassles.

BikeShare – Depending on where you live, this may or may not be an option, but it is surely the fastest, most reliable, and cheapest way to get around during SXSW. Lucky for you, Austin has a couple bikeshare programs. The recently launched Austin B-cycle provides 40 stations throughout Austin’s downtown, and Spokefly provides a special SXSW pass for riders.

Car2Go – If you don’t have a Car2Go membership yet, you may want to think about it for SXSW. The cars are littered all over town, extremely easy to use, and modestly priced compared to gas.

Uber – New to Austin, TX, this ridesharing app platform allows people to carpool. Essentially a user-based taxi service, they’re sponsoring a couple of SXSW shows this year and plan to make a triumphant return to Austin. You’ll have to download the app and check it out!

You can also use the taxis and pedicabs available for travel throughout the day!

What to Bring

 If you’re going to avoid traffic, you’ll most likely be spending the majority of the day away from home. Here’s a rundown of things that you should bring with you to prevent getting separated from your friends, avoid hunger and dehydration.

An itinerary for the day – this is perhaps your most important item. Without it, you are just another lost soul wandering around downtown, waiting in long lines that don’t go anywhere, missing all the great shows. There’s so much to do and so many options, your best bet is to have your plan for the day ahead of time and do your best to stick to it.

Smartphone and charger – shows and events pop up at SXSW in the blink of an eye. Be sure to have your smartphone handy to check up on things via Twitter and stay in touch with your friends. The charger is an absolute necessity! With all the folks trying to use wifi and LTE, you’ll likely spend a lot of your battery trying to surf. Take time to recharge throughout the day.

Water, snacks – With all the potential walking and standing in the hot sun you’ll be doing, stay hydrated and keep that blood sugar up with a few snacks!

The ultimate goal of SXSW for the local is to see as many great bands as possible, eat and drink for free, and do it all without wearing yourself out. You can’t just ride your bike downtown unprepared and expect to make the most out of your day. Get prepared and avoid hassle. Be SXSmart!

If you need a reliable resource for Austin real estate, get in touch with Realty Austin today!

March marks the beginning of festival season here in Austin, TX. With the kick-off of SXSW, there is an endless onslaught of music, art, film, book, and even wiener dog festivals that take over Austin and surrounding towns throughout the rest of the year. If you’re looking for a complete list of every festival that happens in and around Austin in 2014, head over to Realty Austin’s 2014 Austin Festival Guide. For our picks, we’ve teamed up with Realty Austin to curate 10 crucial festivals that you won’t want to miss this year. Not everyone’s favorite fest will be included, so let us know what you think in the comments below.

SXSW | March 7 – 16, 2014 

SXSW Music Festival

Obvious. SXSW. The festival of all festivals. This conference has helped put Austin on the map for music, film, and tech. This year’s festivities include the recently announced iTunes Festival at SXSW, the IFC Fairgrounds, and several high-profile speakers for SXSW Interactive including Randi Zuckerburg (of Zuckerburg Media), Adam Savage of Mythbusters, and more! sxsw.com

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival | April 23 – 26, 2014

If there’s one thing that Austin isn’t well known for yet, it’s our comedy scene. Luckily, the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is doing a lot to change that by bringing in big names year after year. This year’s festival is going to feature Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Dennis Miller, Mike Birbiglia, Hannibal Buress, Maria Bamford, Demetri Martin, Marc Maron, JB Smoove, The Kids in the Hall, and many more. moontowercomedy.com 

Austin Psychfest | May 2 – 4, 2014 

Austin Psych Fest

There’s SXSW, there’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, there’s ACL, and then there’s…PsychFest? Yes, PsychFest has come a long way since its inception 7 years ago at the old Emo’s. Now it takes place at Carson Creek Ranch, only minutes away from downtown Austin and ABIA. This year’s lineup is as big as ever, including seminal psych-rock acts The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Loop, The Zombies and several up and coming acts from Austin and abroad. austinpsychfest.com

X Games Austin  | June 5 – 8, 2014

Summer Xgames

With the completion of the Circuit of the Americas, Austin became eligible to host larger events than ever before. The 2014 Summer X Games – a.k.a. X Games Austin – is a prime example of what Austin is now capable of.  Featuring top talent in skateboarding, BMX, motorcross and sport racing as well as three days of concerts held through Austin (including a performance by Kanye West), the X Games Austin is going to be one of the biggest events of the year. xgamesaustin.com

Keep Austin Weird Fest | June 28, 2014 

Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K

The Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K is a celebration of everything that makes Austin such a great and weird place to live. This event features family-centered entertainments in music, food, local vendors, and more. Tickets are cheap ($10) and both adults and children can participate in the weirdest 5K in town. keepaustinweirdfest.com 

Bat Fest | August 23, 2014

BatFest

Part of the collective weirdness in Austin can be attributed to our resident urban bat colony (the largest in the world). Each year, Austinites band together to celebrate our winged friends by throwing a part on Congress Bridge, replete with local vendors, awesome bands, and plenty of family-friends attractions. batfest.com

Fantastic Fest | September 18 – 25, 2014 

Fantastic Fest

Austin’s burgeoning film and cinema scene has seen a huge amount of growth over the last few years, thanks in large part to the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse. Each year, they curate and organize Fantastic Fest, the largest “genre” film festival around and feature everything from indie films on the rise, to notable directors premiering obscure works. Anchored by big names such as Elijah Wood, it’s the ultimate fringe film festival. fantasticfest.com

Austin Film Festival | October 23 – 30, 2014 

Austin Film Festival

Unlike Fantastic Fest, which prides itself over its indie and “genre” film selection, the Austin Film Fest is a venue for the Hollywood types in town to debut up and coming films with big names in big venues. Previous submissions have gone onto be very successful in box offices nationwide. A good portion of the festival is geared towards burgeoning writers and producers as well. austinfilmfestival.com 

Formula 1 | October 31 – November 2, 2014 

Formula 1

In its second year, the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix stands to be one of the biggest events of the year. Last year’s event tested Austin’s ability to support a major sporting event, and we passed with flying colors. The F1 Grand Prix comes complete with plenty of corporate-sponsored parties and the Austin Fan Fest, which is yet another music festival that takes over downtown during F1 weekend. circuitoftheamericas.com

East Austin Studio Tour | November 15 – 16, 2014

 East Austin Studio Tour

East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.) is a celebration of Austin’s Eastside arts culture. With 100+ studios to visits and a wide range of art installments and mediums, this is one of Austin’s most eclectic and locally-focused events of the year. Don’t miss out on a chance to get to know Austin’s arts scene on the Eastside. eastaustinstudiotour.com

This list was curated with the help of Realty Austin, Austin culture connoisseurs and your best friend when comes to buying a home in Austin. Check them out! RealtyAustin.com

Round two of Formula One weekend is officially upon us! Even if you don’t have plans to go out the racetrack, there’s still plenty of FREE fun right downtown.

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True to our ‘Live Music Capital Of the World’ title, the Fan Fest is has a solid schedule of bands including Andy Grammer, Berlin, Los Lonely Boys, Everlast, Roger Creager, Civil Twilight, and many more.

The Fan Fest has much more than just music planned. There will be an interactive maze, driver appearances, trivia games, cooking demos, a go-cart challenge, race simulators, a zip line, an inflatable rock wall and much more.

On Friday and Saturday they’ll also have a Silent Disco. If you’re not familiar with this concept, a silent disco is a huge dance party where everyone is wearing wireless headphones. You can turn the volume as loud or as soft as you want, and you don’t have to scream to talk to your friends (just take your headphones off)!  It’s actually even more fun than my description entails; imagine a bunch of people dancing in silence. This event is 21 and up, and $19 if you buy in advance ($25 at the door).

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If you want to immerse yourself in Formula One themed activities you can, but there will be plenty of other stuff happening to entertain you even if you don’t care about the race!

The Fan Fest is great for families and people of all ages.

When: Today – Sunday

Time:
today: 5:00 p.m. – midnight
Friday & Saturday: noon – midnight
Sunday: noon – 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinfanfest.com

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Round two of Formula One weekend is officially upon us! Even if you don’t have plans to go out the racetrack, there’s still plenty of FREE fun right downtown.

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True to our ‘Live Music Capital Of the World’ title, the Fan Fest is has a solid schedule of bands including Andy Grammer, Berlin, Los Lonely Boys, Everlast, Roger Creager, Civil Twilight, and many more.

The Fan Fest has much more than just music planned. There will be an interactive maze, driver appearances, trivia games, cooking demos, a go-cart challenge, race simulators, a zip line, an inflatable rock wall and much more.

On Friday and Saturday they’ll also have a Silent Disco. If you’re not familiar with this concept, a silent disco is a huge dance party where everyone is wearing wireless headphones. You can turn the volume as loud or as soft as you want, and you don’t have to scream to talk to your friends (just take your headphones off)!  It’s actually even more fun than my description entails; imagine a bunch of people dancing in silence. This event is 21 and up, and $19 if you buy in advance ($25 at the door).

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If you want to immerse yourself in Formula One themed activities you can, but there will be plenty of other stuff happening to entertain you even if you don’t care about the race!

The Fan Fest is great for families and people of all ages.

When: Today – Sunday

Time:
today: 5:00 p.m. – midnight
Friday & Saturday: noon – midnight
Sunday: noon – 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinfanfest.com

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Okay, you’ve procrastinated long enough. It’s Friday; you’ve worked hard this week and the weather is perfect for fest-ing. My advice: Do it. Take a half day, buy a ticket, and get down to Auditorium Shores.

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This is one of my favorite festivals of the year because it’s so much more than just a celebration of music. For example, this year they have SpraTX onboard to host an ‘art hide-n-seek’ event where they’ll be hiding pieces of art throughout the festival and sharing clues on Instagram (follow @spratx and @seagate for details). I also saw pictures of this year’s skatepark online today and it looks AWESOME. What other fest lets you watch bike and skate dudes show off their skills all day? In one word, this festival is FUN.

Post fest there will be numerous concerts downtown that are free with your festival wristband. If you signup for FFF, you’re probably in for a weekend of craziness filled with good memories and a side of hangover.

Tickets: $79 single day  $179 three-day  $325 Ultra Smooth (VIP)

When: Today, November 8th – Sunday November 10th

Location:
Auditorium Shores
800 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://funfunfunfest.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Fun Fun Fun Fest Facebook page

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