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!
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
Get tickets here.
- PEARL JAM
- CALVIN HARRIS
- LANA DEL REY
- FOSTER THE PEOPLE
- THE REPLACEMENTS
- MAJOR LAZER
- THE AVETT BROTHERS
- THE HEAD AND THE HEART
- BELLE & SEBASTIAN
- BROKEN BELLS
- CHILDISH GAMBINO
- JIMMY CLIFF
- ST. VINCENT
- THE GLITCH MOB
- FITZ & THE TANTRUMS
- THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
- IGGY AZALEA
- ICONA POP
- TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS
- CAPITAL CITIES
- PAOLO NUTINI
- JENNY LEWIS
- BEATS ANTIQUE
- SAM SMITH
- REAL ESTATE
- JAGWAR MA
- BLACKBERRY SMOKE
- TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
- MAC DEMARCO
- LAKE STREET DIVE
- ANA TIJOUX
- J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
- ROBERT ELLIS
- SAINTS OF VALORY
- JON BATISTE AND STAY HUMAN
- PARKER MILLSAP
- THE PREATURES
- REUBEN AND THE DARK
- TOR MILLER
- NIKKI LANE
- BAD RABBITS
- MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
- THE ROSEBUDS
- NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927
- THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974
- YOUNG & SICK
- MINIATURE TIGERS
- SPANISH GOLD
- THE DISTRICTS
- BENJAMIN BOOKER
- BLANK RANGE
- ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
- RAY BENSON & MILKDRIVE
- MELANIE MARTINEZ
- THE LAST INTERNATIONALE
- FUTURE UNLIMITED
- JON PARDI
- BEAT CONNECTION
- LOS COLOGNES
- A THOUSAND HORSES
- THE LONELY BISCUITS
- THE WANS
- COLONY HOUSE
- THE HUNTS
- CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
- VON GREY
- MARC SCIBILA
- BLACK PISTOL FIRE
- BLUE BEAR
- WOOD & WIRE
- EMILY WOLFE
- THE NIGHTOWLS
- DAWN AND HAWKES
- MIKE AND THE MOONPIES
- PENNY & SPARROW
- RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM
- HARD PROOF
- ARUM RAE
- THE LEGENDARY SOUL STIRRERS
- THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS
- SHIELDS OF FAITH
- THE LEVITES
- ASHLEY CLEVELAND
- THE STAPLETONES
- THE RIVER CITY CHRISTIANETTES
- GOSPEL SILVERTONES
- WESLEY BRAY AND THE DISCIPLES OF JOY
- THE BARTON HILLS CHOIR
- STEVE SONGS
- RALPH’S WORLD
- ELIZABETH MCQUEEN
- SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS
- SCHOOL OF ROCK
- THE Q BROTHERS
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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.
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).
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
today: 5:00 p.m. – midnight
Friday & Saturday: noon – midnight
Sunday: noon – 8:00 p.m.
Austin, Texas 78701
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