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If you live for the smokey stuff, as most of us do in Texas, don’t miss this chance to see and taste some of the best in the state. At BBQ Austin cities from all over Texas send their Champion BBQ Teams to compete in the Invitational Division for the title of “State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion.” Additionally, all teams compete for the title and purse of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion.”

 

Of course the best part is that while competing in several contests, all teams provide BBQ to the public for sampling. Many teams will also be setting up elaborate spaces to welcome folks to join in on the fun. The whole family will enjoy the competition along with live music and carnival rides.

 

Schedule:

Friday, March 3

11:00 a.m. – Gates open

4:00 p.m. – BBQ tasting and carnival opens

6:00 p.m. – Concert by Koe Wetzel

8:20 p.m. – Fireworks

8:30 p.m. – Concert by Charlie Robison

Saturday, March 4

11:00 a.m. – Gates open for BBQ tasting and carnival rides

2:00 p.m. – Concert bt Electric Inferno

4:00 p.m. – Concert by Stephen Dae & the Repeat Offenders

6:00 p.m. – Concert by TBA

8:30 p.m. – Concert by Kyle Park

 

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If you’re looking for an authentic slice of Austin, almost completely untouched by the new, surrounding mixed-use buildings and retail stores, look no further than the Broken Spoke.

An Austin institution since 1964, the current iteration of the honky tonk came together two years later, when, in 1966, owner James White expanded the space to include a now-famous dance floor. It turns out that when White opened the Broken Spoke (named so after the Jimmy Stewart movie Broken Arrow and his kinship with wagon wheels) as a café and pool hall, people kept two-stepping to the country music playing from the jukebox. There was barely any room, so patrons would, according to the stories, dance wherever they could: in-between tables and even out in the parking lot. Sensing he had something big on his hands, White made the Broken Spoke what it is today, what he calls, “the last of the true Texas dance halls.”

Since then, some of country music’s biggest stars have graced the stage at the Broken Spoke, including Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, George Jones, Bob Wills, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, and George Strait. Local legends Asleep at the Wheel are regulars at the Broken Spoke to this day. Films such as Wild Texas Nights and Honeysuckle Rose and the television show Friday Night Lights have filmed scenes at the honky tonk. In 2016, a documentary about the historic venue and restaurant, called Honky Tonk Heaven, premiered at SXSW.

Inside, the checkered tablecloths and neon lights are just as they were 50 years ago, and everyone from city slicker tourists to longtime locals spend their time and money at the Broken Spoke. Tuesday through Saturday, visitors to the 2010 inductee to the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame can dance to live music, gulp down a couple of cold Lone Stars, or sample the Broken Spoke’s famous chicken fried steak. Whatever you do, don’t just stand on the dancefloor.

Photo by Makenzie Harrison. 

With twenty live bands spanning a ten mile course and a headliner concert at the finish, the Austin 10/20 celebrates what Austin is all about – live music and an active lifestyle. The run/walk will take place on April 9, 2017 in North Austin at The Domain. Now in its 6th year, the Austin 10/20 is expected to have 5,000 runners and walkers participate from all over Texas as well as the country.

Athletes come from all over because there’s no other race in the country that offer’s more music per mile than the Austin 10/20. Hundreds of bands apply every year to be a part of the race but only twenty of the best are selected. These rock ‘n’ roll bands are stationed every half mile along the course and provide entertainment as well as motivation to the participants.

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Many first time runners enjoy the race because they can use the bands as markers, motivators and milestones to get them to the finish. There is also plenty of course support including six water stations, two cold towel stations, 20+ port o potty locations and numerous cheerleader groups.

Still not convinced you can cover the ten mile distance? The Austin 10/20 offers a free “10 Weeks to 10 Miles” Training Plan for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners. The first day of the plan starts January 30 and will have you ready by race day: Sunday, April 9. With finishing times ranging from 47:55 (2016 Champion Kenneth Rotich) to just over 3 hours, all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Waiting for you at the finish line, is a post race party that includes free beer (thanks to sponsor’s Brown Distributing Co. and Michelob Ultra) as well as a Headliner Concert. Past headliner bands have included Everclear, Candlebox, Puddle of Mudd, Black Pistol Fire and Fastball. The 2017 Headliner band along with all of the course bands will be announced at the end of January.

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No other race offers more for you than the Austin 10/20. Perks for participants include a dazzling medal given to all finishers, comfortable tech t, customizable race bibs, age group awards, prize money for elite and local athletes, personalized finisher’s certificates and goodie bags with real goodies.

The 2017 Featured Local Charity is the Central Texas Food Bank. To learn more about the Austin 10/20 or to register online, visit Austin1020.com.

The coupon code 365AUSTIN is good for $10 off registration and expires on 1/20/17.

When: April 9th

Location:
The Domain

Tonight is the night! If you don’t have plans for NYE and you aren’t in the mood for total debauchery, the city’s giant celebration at Auditorium Shores is a great bet. Bring in the New Year with a free, fun, and family friendly celebration.

Austin’s New Year will have have three stages, 15 local and regional bands, food trucks, kid’s activities, and multiple art installations.

Check out the full music schedule here.

Capping off the festive evening, the traditional fireworks finale will start at 10 p.m.!

When: Today, December 31st

Time: 3:00-10:30 p.m.

Location:
Auditorium Shores
900 W Riverside Dr,
Austin, TX 78704

The best way to spend NYE is surrounded by friends and with the lowest possible expectations  … know that before jumping into this list! The lines for downtown venues are long, the covers are high, and there are thousands of people roaming the streets who apparently do not consume alcohol the other 364 days of the year.

That being said, it can be the pinnacle party of the holiday season with the right people, and the right venue. To help you with the latter, we’ve put together a list with ten options that will help you create a memorable farewell to 2016.

10. Speakeasy’s Legendary NYE Bash

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Speakeasy is great for ringing in the New Year due to the sheer size of the place. It’s basically three venues in one, which makes staying at the same bar for roughly four hours a lot more enjoyable.

Speakeasy will have a band in the main bar, and DJs in the Kaberet Room and on Terrace59 (the rooftop). Tickets start at $49, but I’d recommend spending a bit more to ensure access to the rooftop, which has a great view, and might even allow you to catch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

Tickets/info: Here

9. City of Austin NYE Event at Auditorium Shores

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This year’s festivities on Auditorium Shores include live performances from Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, and almost two-dozen other artists. There will also be food trucks on-site, activities for the kids, and the grand-finale fireworks show at 10 p.m.

This is a great event for families and couples that are looking to avoid the downtown madness, but still want to get out and do something memorable on New Year’s Eve. For an added bonus, admission is free!

More info: Here

8. Star69ties NYE Bash at Parlor & Yard

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Wanna party like it’s 1999? Maybe more like ’92—the years of Hammer pants and Hypercolor? This West 6th venue is offering a champagne toast at midnight, and light appetizers for the $35 price tag.

Tickets/info: Here

 

7. Blackfinn’s Rio Carnival Party

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Blackfinn is throwing a Carnival inspired party this year with a DJ, face painting, a photo booth, and much more.

Tickets start at $25 and include entrance to the event, two cocktails, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors.

Tickets/info: Here

6. Banger’s New Year’s Eve Smoke Out

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If you want to enjoy the mild winter weather in Austin underneath the oaks, look no further than Banger’s. This year they’re smoking Prime Rib, and hosting live music, and a complimentary toast at midnight of Miller High Life (the Champagne of Beers).

No cover to get in, and the party starts at 6 p.m.

More info: Here

5. The Nightowls at Stubb’s

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Austin’s favorite soul band, The Nightowls, will rock the indoor stage at Stubb’s with an opening performance from Derrick Davis Band. The $60 ticket includes a champagne toast and a complimentary buffet!

Tickets/info: Here

4. Jason and Deb’s Casino Night at The Goodnight

The tagline for this party is “don’t go downtown,” and Jason and Deb of 101x are giving you plenty of reasons to avoid the area completely. In addition to the standard amenities at The Goodnight (bowling, karaoke, ping pong, pool, and more), this party is also all-inclusive!

That means the $100 ticket gives you access to free games, a full bar, $5000 in casino game chips, and free appetizers.

Tickets/info: Here

3. 80’s NYE Bash at Austin Roller Rink

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Tag this one in the ‘memorable NYE’ category. In addition to roller skating, the 4th annual bash also includes costume contests based on 80’s attire, a balloon drop at midnight, and it’s BYOB! Tickets start at $45.

Tickets/info: Here

2. Ghostland Observatory at Emo’s (SOLD OUT)

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Unfortunately, this show has already sold out at press time. We’ll do our best to snag a pair for a giveaway, so stay tuned to our Instagram account.

1. NEON GOLD by W Austin

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You know those NYE parties you see in the movies? While not for everyone, that’s what the two-party experience (one called Neon, the other Gold) at The W Austin provides.

If you’re looking to dress to the nines, pop bottles, and you don’t mind dropping some cash— there’s nothing else in Austin quite as glittery as this celebration.

GA tickets start at $50 for Neon, and $150 for Gold.

Pro-tip: Grab some friends (up to 15) and split the cost of a table ($2,000). Tables come with two bottles and will save you money assuming you trust your friends to cover their part of the bill!

***Bonus points if you can sneak into the sold-out Willie show happening next-door at ACL Live.

Tickets/info: Here

Happy New Year’s from 365 Things Austin! Please party responsibly and consider ride-share, public transportation (Cap Metro is offering FREE rides, see below), or taxi this holiday season.

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We love a homegrown Austin business and Odd Duck really did grow—from a humble trailer into a big, beautiful restaurant. And they never forget their awesome roots! Odd Duck’s #TrailerThrowback party is back, this time to celebrate the restaurant’s third year in their brick-and-mortar space. Friends, family, and fans can stop in for beer and wine, as well as the Odd Duck Farm To Trailer food from the days of yore. This is the one time each year when the OG dishes return, including grits with soft poached duck eggs, grilled broccoli, and chef Bryce Gilmore’s famous pork belly sliders.

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Entry into the party is a minimum donation of $25, with proceeds benefiting Sustainable Food Center and SFC Farmers’ Markets. A silent auction will also be set up at the event to raise further money for Zilker Elementary School’s school garden, which the Odd Duck team was instrumental in developing.

When: Today, December 11th

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Location:
Odd Duck
1201 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

Image via Facebook. Credit: Jody Horton Photography. 

Tonight is the night, the famous Zilker Tree will be lit for the first time of the season..

I am so excited about the Tree Lighting this year as it is also a reminder that the Trail of Lights will be back this year as well. The Trail Of Lights will run December 10th – 23rd.

This 155-foot tall “tree” is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs totaling 3,309 lights. It’s really something to be seen and an absolute icon as you go past the park in December.

The Zilker Tree lighting dates back to December 10th, 1967.

The Zilker Tree will be lit every night from now – December 31st, 6 p.m. – midnight.

When: today, November 27th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location:
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree

The weather is cooling off—finally! It’s the perfect weekend to get outdoors and catch Austin’s newest music festival. The debut of Sound On Sound Fest will include a wide variety of music acts spanning many genres and personal tastes, as well as comedy stand-ups, panel sessions, on-site camping, and more, all across three days in the heart of Central Texas. Three-day, single, and VIP passes are still available!

When: Today, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th

Time: Check out the full schedule here.

Location:
Sherwood Forest
1883 Old Hwy 20
McDade, TX 78650

It’s going to be a sweet sweet Saturday! Texas Keeper and Two Hives Honey are teaming up to bring Austin a festival celebrating all things honey. If you haven’t been to out to Texas Keeper yet, this is will be a gorgeous day to check it out. The Cidery is located on a 20-acre ranch down in deep South Austin on the confluence of Bear and Onion creeks. It’s a beautiful spot full of old oak, pecan, and cypress trees.

Come out for a day of honey and bee education and fun. Take a tour of an active hive with Tara Chapman of Two Hives Honey, and learn about gardening with and for bees. Local honey purveyors will be offering honey on and off comb for purchase, and other honey and bee-inspired vendors will be on site, including Bee Amour, bee-inspired jewelry made by a local beekeeper.

Chefs from Dai Due, Trace, and Anjore, and food artisans like Confituras, Srsly chocolate, Kokonut Yogurt, and SPUN Ice Cream will be serving up honey-inspired food. Texas Keeper is releasing their first Cyser (honey and apple fermented together). Meads from all over Texas will also be available by the pour, as well as Texas Keeper’s other ciders and their usual extensive menu of ciders and wines.

Live Music from Outlier and Bob Appel!

When: Today, October 23rd

Time: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Get your tickets here.

*Adult tickets include admission and a special souvenir glass.  A portion of ticket purchases go to support local farming nonprofit Farmshare.  

Location:
Texas Keeper Cider
12521 Twin Creeks Rd.
Manchaca, Texas 78652

Put on your best pair of lederhosen, because it’s Oktoberfest in Austin! Banger’s three-day festival continues today with live music, German-inspired food, games, and some of the best fall beers around..

They”ll have your regular favorites on the menu, plus: Spaetzle, Schnitzel, Weisswurst, and German Potato Cakes!

When: Today, October 14th – Sunday, October 18

Time: noon-midnight

Check out the full schedule here.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701