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!

It’s that time of year again! The annual celebration of all things German in New Braunfels, Texas, WURSTFEST.

If you’ve never been, imagine your favorite scenes from Beerfest and National Lampoon’s European Vacation’s Oktoberfests, conveniently dropped into an awesome German town just 40 minutes south of Austin.

Wursfest CrowdThroughout the park you’ll find a smorgasbord of food and drink options, as well as carnival rides, arts and crafts, and people dressed-up in awesome German attire celebrating with beer and sausage in hand.

The alcohol related event makes the 40 minute drive ill-advised (parking is no picnic either), so this year, Jason Neff (contributor to 365 Austin) and friends are hosting a high-end bus service from Austin to New Braunfels.

The busses are equipped with comfortable seats, TV’s, and possibly most importantly, restrooms!

$45 Includes transportation to and from the festival, and admission to the event. See details on the two available dates below:

Sunday, November 9th

Monday, November 10th

If you have questions, feel free to email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

 

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 26th

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: James Grayson Photography

Wow! What a perfect first weekend of ACL. Let’s start by congratulating twitter user @JeffBerres for winning two wristbands to weekend two via our friends at AT&T U-verse. Jeff posted the following picture of this graffiti art boom box, which you can check out during weekend two as well!

Jeff Berres Tweet

The weather was amazing this past weekend, but during the hottest parts of the day, it was really nice to be able to seek shelter under the AT&T tent.

The ‘AT&T Footprint’ (tent) is located between the Art Tents and the Samsung Stage. Inside you’ll find a live-stream of the onstage performances currently happening around the festival. You’ll also find a plethora of phone chargers, friendly AT&T staff members explaining the benefits of GigaPower, and live street art creations from local artists.

We saw a ton of really great shows throughout the weekend, but the AT&T tent was always our rally point, as it provided a chance to catch some shade and a phone charge without missing any of the action.

It’s looking like Weekend Two’s highs will be in the 90’s! Needless to say, we’ll be spending even more time in the tent!

This post was made possible through my association with AT&T. The prize was provided by AT&T, but AT&T is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of AT&T.

The folks at AT&T were nice enough to invite us to the sold-out Weekend One of
this year’s ACL festival. We couldn’t be more excited, and we’d love to share the
experience with you!

We want to reward you for interacting with us on social media this weekend, so
we’ve partnered with AT&T to GIVE AWAY TWO 3-DAY PASSES TO WEEKEND TWO.

Austin City Limits Skyline

AT&T U-Verse is looking to spread the word about its new GigaPower 100% Fiber
network that delivers super-fast Internet speeds to the Austin market. You’ve
probably seen the commercial where the guy downloads a whole movie in a matter
of seconds… To see if it’s available in your neck of the woods, go here: GigaPower

To enter to win the free wristbands, we encourage you to use the hashtags #365ACL and
#GigaPower in all of your tweets and Instagrams this weekend. If you aren’t going to the
festival, we’d love to be your eyes and ears inside the gates. Use the hashtags to ask us
questions about shows, to tell us what bands we should see, and anything else ACL related.

We’ll pick a winner based on both quality and quantity of what you share!

For extra points, capture all your ACL Music Fest Memories with the U-Verse Social
Scrapbook. Go to uversesocialscrapbook.com, add your Twitter and Instagram
accounts, then use #GigaPower throughout the fest to add posts to your scrapbook!

I signed up today, and it’s super-easy.

To show the power and speed of GigaPower, local graffiti artists will be creating a
piece of art in one hour, everyday of the festival. You’re invited to watch the artists
in person each day at the AT&T footprint. Or, If you’d like to follow from outside the
festival, I’ll be live tweeting their creations at 3pm each day all weekend, and sharing
updates from their tent.

Lastly, AT&T will have a tent at the festival where you can learn about their service
offerings and about what cities Gigapower will be in next!

Have fun this weekend; we can’t wait to see you!

This post was made possible through my association with AT&T. The prize was
provided by AT&T, but
AT&T is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any
other way with this giveaway. All opinions  
expressed in the post are my own
and not those of AT&T.

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.

Float Fest Grouplove

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!

Float-Fest-Austin-Lineup

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.

moontower comedy and oddity fest 2014

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!

sxsw 2014 logo

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!

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