We’re thrilled to be a part of Hot Luck again! We know you are thinking about SXSW right now, but let’s zoom ahead to May and get tickets for one of the best fests in town. Scope out the lineup and get your tickets right now at hotluckfest.com.
Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, Hot Luck is what happens at the fire—in the flames. It’s where the inspiration turns into food. This festival feeds the people, the music, the camaraderie Which lead to the next round of crazy ideas that flicker to life.
True to Hot Luck style, music shows will showcase some of Austin’s beloved music venues, including Mohawk, Antone’s, and Barracuda. Music to date includes Lucero, Leftover Salmon, Archers of Loaf, The Suffers, PJ Morton, Sunflower Bean, Robert Ellis, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Naughty Professor, New Breed Brass Band, Harlem, El Tule and more.
Photo: Alison Narro
The 2019 chef lineup is …
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice (Chicago); Alon Shaya, Saba (New Orleans); Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix); Doug Adams, Bullard (Portland); Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions (Portland); Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon (Portland); Greg & Gabi Denton, Ox (Portland); Jason Vincent & Ben Lustbader, Giant (Chicago); Jeremiah Stone, Contra (New York); Katie Button, Button & Co. Bagels (Asheville); Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf (New Orleans); Matty Matheson, TV Host, Just A Dash; Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (Los Angeles).
Chris Shepherd, Georgia James (Houston); Justin Yu, Theodore Rex (Houston); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); Rico Torres & Diego Galicia, Mixtli (San Antonio); Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).
Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ; Alex Manley & Jen Tucker, Swedish Hill; Andre Natera, Garrison & Revue; Andrew Wisehart, Contigo; Austin Rocconi, Hotel Ella; Bryan Butler & Ben Runkle, Salt & Time; Callie Speer, Holy Roller; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fermín Núñez & Sam Hellman-Mass, Suerte; Fiore Tedesco,L’Oca d’Oro; Gabe Erales; Ivana & Yamila Maldonado, Cuyo; Jason Stude, East Austin Hotel; JB Gross, Loro; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Max Snyder, Pitchfork Pretty; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex Mex; Philip Speer, upcoming restaurant; Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie; Tatsu Aikawa, Tatsu-Ya; Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Emmer & Rye; Todd Duplechan & Jessica Maher, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Uchi; Yoshi Okai, Otoko; Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table.
And here is the rest of the fun. The 2019 events include …
THURSDAY, MAY 23
The Giddy Up: Mohawk (7 p.m.)
Presented by our friends at YETI, The Giddy Up is our welcome party for the Hot Luck family. All our food heroes get together to swap whopping lies and insider truths about life in the weeds. Canada’s favorite son Matty Matheson will be joined by local luminaries such as Callie Speer, Chad Dolezal, and Yoshi Okai for this industry shindig, with tunes furnished by Texas Piano Man, Robert Ellis, and friends. Get on down to The Giddy Up — eat, drink, and hoot with the chefs and culinary nerds behind this whole prandial extravagance.
*This event is only available via the Whole Enchilada pass. All bites are included; beverages will be available for purchase.
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Hi, How Are You?: Franklin Barbecue (7 – 10 p.m.)
Welcome to Hot Luck ‘19, and for a lot of you, welcome to Austin. Join us for this East Side backyard get-together featuring Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue—famous for the longest lines in the history of lunch. He’ll be joined by Portland heroes Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon) and Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions), along with Texans Chris Shepherd, Rebecca Masson, Sarah McIntosh, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Luigi’s mom, and more for a one-of-a-kind block party.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Al Fuego: Wild Onion Ranch (7 – 10 p.m.)
Al Fuego is Hot Luck’s main event: a live-action, flame-fueled celebration of open-air cooking styles—from Texas to Thailand. We coax the chefs to kick it casual (not that hard) and cook what they might for friends in their own backyards. We set them up with the best meats, the coldest beer, and Aaron Franklin might even build them a specialty cooker. The entire reason Hot Luck exists is to celebrate the fare rarely seen at large events—the obsessively prepared, passionately executed, inspiring food that chefs love to eat.
Sweet dreams and driving machines meet for autobrunch at our favorite vintage garage shop in town. Whether you roll slow and low, drift furiously, or are insured through Lloyds of London, prepare yourself for a gleaming spectacle of magnificent Motorcraft and meticulous morsels, ZZ Tapas style.
Fan of Lamb ATX Tour
Hot Luck has teamed up with American Lamb Board for a special #FanOfLamb initiative during Hot Luck 2019. We’ve partnered with four amazing restaurants in Austin’s East Side to showcase the variety of ways delicious lamb can be enjoyed. During regular service hours on Hot Luck weekend, Cisco’s, Kebabalicious, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Salt & Time will each have a special Hot Luck lamb dish. Try one, or try ‘em all!
Something special and new called Revival is happening this year at SXSW and offering you a chance to escape the city rush, while still seeing big name acts in one please. The mini fest will be held at Camp Lucy, a ranch-style resort in Dripping Springs, in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country just outside of Austin.
Attendees will get an intimate music experience and get to see a slate of bands handpicked by local Austin musician and event curator Matthew Logan Vasquez, widely known as the co-founder and frontman for Delta Spirit. Vasquez will perform at the inaugural event as well.
Here’s the full lineup …
The inaugural event will feature a very special solo performance from the Denver-based singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff, best known for his work with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats; in addition to playing host for a variety of Texas talent such as the Americana-rocker Shakey Graves, who continues to perform in support of his fifth studio album Can’t Wake Up released last May; Grammy Award-winning songstress Patty Griffin, who is set to release her latest self-titled album this March; the Texas supergroup Glorietta, which is comprised of several Revival acts in Matthew Logan Vasquez, Noah Gundersen and Jason Robert Blum as well as beloved local musicians Kelsey Wilson and Adrian Quesada; and indie-pop darlings Wild Child, whose accolades include being named twice as the “Best Indie Band” by the Austin Chronicle Music Awards.
Other notable performers include country-soul singer Charley Crockett, who just released his fifth album in four years this December and who is currently preparing a major comeback later in 2019 as he recovers from open-heart surgery this January; Texas-Americana collective The Texas Gentlemen; 1960’s psychedelic rock-influenced singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, who will perform in support of her fourth studio album released in 2017, Goodnight Rhonda Lee; acclaimed Seattle-born singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen; and three other notable acts from Austin – Carson McHone, Jason Robert Blum and a DJ set from Vinyl.
It’s almost impossible to believe, but Austin’s beloved Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is celebrating its 43rd year of existence! This famous fine art market and musical fest features national and local award-winning artists, at least three bands performing live each day, two full bars, and local food. The holiday atmosphere gets merrier every year.
There is no better place to pick up unique gifts for the people on your list. The event features more than 175 contemporary touring visual artists and local favorites showcasing their work while the Armadillo Bazaar stage entertains shoppers with national touring acts and Grammy nominated musicians. With lights down low, spirits high, and the music just right, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun.
The 2018 bazaar will also give back to local nonprofits in a big way! Feel good about throwing your money around this year—and shop for gifts that could only be found right here in Austin.
To save time and snag your tickets online, click here!
When: December 13th–24th
Time: 11 a.m.–10p.m. daily
Cost: $10 for General Admission | Free for kids 12 and under
The people at Banger’s live for this time of year! As they like to say, it’s like Christmas for sausage and beer lovers. Three days of spaetzle, oompa bands, and malty goodness. Of dirndls and lederhosen. Of German potato cakes and weisswurst. Come join for German food, German beer, and an all around good time.
When: Today, October 20th
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Here’s the full schedule:
11 a.m. – Music: Yodel Blitz
12 p.m. – Free firkin of Live Oak Oaktoberfest
1:30 p.m. – Music: Interrobang
2 p.m. – Game: BRAT EATING CONTEST! First person to finish two fully dressed bratwursts wins!
4 p.m. – Game: STEIN HOIST! Compete to see how long you can hold a full liter mug!
4 p.m. – Music: Reid Masters
6 p.m. – Closing gun salute
6:30 p.m. – Music: La Grosse Tete
9 p.m. – Music: JTFest Duo
Specialty Oktoberfest Menu:
Thuringer – Cold beef and pork summer sausage served w/ house-made piccalilli & whole grain mustard
Spaetzle – Traditional German flour dumplings browned in butter
German Potato Cakes – with house-made applesauce and sour cream
Schnitzel – Pork cutlet, stuffed with bacon lardons and sauerkraut dusted with panic and served over spaetzle with a side of spicy mustard
Weisswurst – Veal and pork white sausage, poached in beef broth, served with a side of spicy mustard
Have you heard? The 17th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is happening October 5-7 and October 12-14 at Zilker Park. From Paul McCartney to Metallica, The National, Shaky Graves, and Brandi Carlile, and more you might want to go this year! ACL has just released a list of tips and tricks for making this fest your best yet. If you are a newbie or even an old townie who has been going for years, information is power! Scan through this details below to know before you go.
Get Your Tickets
General Admission 3-Day Tickets for both weekends are sold out. General Admission 1-Day Tickets for Sunday are still available for Weekend Two here or at the Pre-Festival or Festival Box Office. 3-Day & 1-Day VIP Tickets, 1-Day Platinum Tickets Weekend One and 1-Day & 3-Day Platinum Tickets for both weekends are also available. Music fans ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge accompanied by a ticketed adult.
There are plenty of ways to get to ACL Fest! Check out this page for a plethora of options.
There is no parking at Zilker Park for the ACL Festival, so take advantage of the Complimentary Official Festival Shuttles provided by ACL Fest instead! Board at Republic Square Park at the corner of 4th & Guadalupe streets and you’ll be dropped off on Barton Springs Road outside the Barton Springs West Entrance. When you’re finished rocking, hop back on for a return trip from the same spot, outside the Barton Springs West Entrance. The shuttles begin at Republic Square at 10:30 a.m. and make their final return from the park at 11 p.m. each day of the Festival.
ACL has partnered with Uber to make your experience getting to and from the festival as easy as possible. Ride with Uber for access to dedicated pick-up and drop-off points.
Cap Metro has ramped up its service this year and now offers more than a dozen bus routes that operate every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. Your best bet to get to ACL is MetroRapid Route 803. Use the CapMetro App or click here to plan your trip to the festival.
New this year, they’ve added bike parking locations near the Barton Springs East entrance! Three bike parking options will be located on Stratford Drive near the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge, Toomey Road at Sterzing Street, and on Azie Morton Rd.
Scooter and Dockless Mobility Parking is available at the corner of Sterzing Drive and Toomey Road. Additionally, Austin B-Cycle will have a station at the corner of Sterzing Drive and Barton Springs.
You can always go old school and take a taxi! The taxi pick-up and drop-off location is at William Barton Drive in front of the Barton Springs Pool.
Take the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail for a quick walk downtown and easy access to the festival grounds. Extra lighting is provided for your safety, and there are also user amenities along different spots of the Trail including water fountains, restrooms, and trash cans. View the interactive Trail map here. If you are using the Trail, be mindful of the burn-ban and responsibly discard cigarette butts.
Want to get into ACL Fest as quick as possible? Leave your bag at home! If you DO NOT have a bag, enter through the No Bag Express Lane. If you DO have a bag, enter through the Bag Lane and expect delays as bags are open for inspection. ALL bags will be searched before entry. Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14″ x 11″ x 5″ (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.
NO LIQUIDS WILL BE ALLOWED THROUGH SECURITY CHECKPOINTS. Empty water bottles (plastic or aluminum) or hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.
Check the list of prohibited items in advance, listen for the audio announcements and dispose of any item that is not allowed inside the festival.
Stow Your Gear
Do you want a safe and secure place to store your things while you enjoy ACL Fest and keep your phone charged? They offer 3-Day, 2-Day, and 1-Day rental lockers near the Barton Springs entrances so you can free up your hands and avoid losing any personal items during the show. Click here to reserve your locker in advance and secure the best available pricing.
Download the App
From creating your own custom schedule to mapping out Zilker Park before the fest, the app is super helpful. New this year, you can filter ACL Eats restaurants by Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free options! Opt-In for push notifications to stay in the loop on schedule changes, important updates, and emergency information all weekend long!
Fans can use their wristbands to make onsite purchases including food, art, lockers, beverages, and merchandise. ACtivate your wristband here and you can securely connect a credit or debit card, create a unique 4-digit pin and make safe, cashless transactions throughout the park.
Eat, Drink, Repeat
ACL Eats continues to feature fantastic local restaurants putting their spin on festival fare. Fan favorites such as the famous Torchy’s Tacos, The Mighty Cone, The Peached Tortilla, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and many more will be there to cure all your cravings.
Amy’s Ice Creams, Burro Grilled Cheese, GoodPop, mmmpanadas, Southside Flying Pizza, The Salt Lick, Tinos Greek Café, and Wholly Cow Burgers will all have a second location near the Barton Springs Stage (south of Barton Springs Road). Central Market will also have a booth inside Austin Kiddie Limits offering box lunches and beverages.
The ACL Bodega is a one-stop shop where you can buy quick snacks, like fresh fruit, and festival survival necessities, like sunscreen and ponchos. Stop by the Bodega near ACL Eats and the ACL Wine Lounge.
Don’t miss out on the Barton Springs Beer Hall, where you can choose from different craft brews and catch the weekend’s biggest MLB, NFL and College Football games on the jumbo screen in between sets.
Wine down at the ACL Wine Lounge located in a beautiful shady grove, the lounge features a wine shop and has something for every wine enthusiast from classic varietals to frosé, spritzes, and other specialties.
The fest will have free freshly filtered water at CamelBak Hydration Stations everywhere. Fans are encouraged to bring empty water bottles (plastic or aluminum) to fill once inside the park. For CamelBak-type water bottles, the maximum size is 36 oz.
Get Home Safe
There are several options for getting home after the fest. For a quick ride downtown, jump on the free Official Festival Shuttle from outside the Barton Springs West Entrance to head to Republic Square Park at 4th and Guadalupe.
How are you getting to ACL this year? Have you thought about this yet? Well, no need to stress! There’s a way to drive down there without dealing with the hassle of parking. Back by popular demand—it’s car2go’s famous Drop Zone! This is a magical parking area exclusively for car2go members during both festival weekends.
If you don’t know by now, car2go is a free-floating carsharing service that lets you locate one of over 300 car2go Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the Austin core “Home Area” with the car2go app, unlock the vehicle straight from the app, then drop it off anywhere in the Home Area. The entire fleet of car2go vehicles in Austin are Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA models.
It is some of the closest free parking you can come by and the zone will be fully staffed so that cars are circulated and there is always room for incoming members to park. They’ll also have free coffee so you can get all energized and fest-ready. More on that below.
This year’s Drop Zone is at the brand new Carpenter Hotel at 400 Josephine St. 78704. The entrance is on Jesse St.
This will be the first time the hotel is open to the public, and car2go will be offering all members who use the Drop Zone vouchers for free coffee at the hotel coffee bar (up to $5 a person, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. while supplies last). From there it’s just a 10-minute walk right into ACL.
Download the car2go app and use the code 365CAR2GO for free registration and $10 in driving credit to get you started. Taxes and fees apply. See you at ACL, people!
The Gruene Music & Wine Festival + Craft Beer Event, which began way back in 1986, is a four-day festival with four distinct events to offer. This long weekend of fun in one of the most charming and historic parts of Texas is a celebration Americana music, wine, craft beer, food, and local makers. There will be more than 90 Texas wines and 75 Texas craft beers for tasting, so come thirsty. Everyone from Shinyribs to Clint Black and Emmylou Harris has played this iconic event.
Since its founding, the fest has always benefited the Comal County United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for locals by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.
Check out the day-by-day details below and click here to get your tickets! If you haven’t been to Gruene, this will be the perfect intro to a true Texas gem.
When: October 4th – 7th
Gruene Historic District
THURSDAY: KICKOFF EVENT
Specially curated wine & beer tasting
VIP Tickets Available
FRIDAY: ROCKIN’ WITH TEXAS WINE & FOOD
Private show & meet ‘n’ greet with Aaron Watson
Wine tasting by three of Texas’ best vineyards
Catered Dinner by The Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar
The Great Guitar Auction
SATURDAY: TEXAS TASTINGS & TUNES
90+ wines for tasting
SUNDAY: + CRAFT BEER EVENT & MUSIC FEST
Over 75 craft beers for tastings & wines for purchase
Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!
Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores. Tonight’s theme is brass and next Sunday it’s big band!
When: Today, August 19th
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Austin Symphony At The Long Center
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, Texas 78704
It’s time again for that festival that combines three of our greatest passions—slow smoked meat and vino—along with amazing live music into a giant Texas Party.
Come out to Spicewood Vineyards for the BBQ & Wine Festival. Watch the recap video of last year’s epic experience here to get a good idea of what you are in for. This year none other than The Cory Morrow Band will be headlining a lineup that also includes Django Walker, Drew Womack, and Barnhill!
Get your advance tickets now for just $59, which get you unlimited BBQ from the greats below and free wine tastings to wet your whistle from 4-6 p.m. (or until the wineries run out!).
The event will most definitely sell out, so don’t think about it too long. You can buy your tickets righthere.
BBQ Vendors include:
Salt Lick BBQ
Kreuz Market BBQ
Schmidt Family Barbecue
It’s All Good
Bring your chairs and blankets to the festival, but outside food and drink will not be allowed in.
When: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 4-10 p.m.
1419 Co Rd 409
Spicewood, TX 78669
Tonight at the glorious Central Library, the Austin Symphony quartet will perform pieces from or inspired by Latin America. If you haven’t visited this temple to books and civilized society, then this is a fabulous occasion to see it for yourself. The Austin Public Library and the Austin Symphony and will host two other quartet performances this year on September 6 and November 1.
Central Concerts bring musicians and the community together for free live performances at the Central Library.
Free and open to the public!
When: Today, June 11th
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Demonstration Area (1st floor)
710 W. César Chávez St.