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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.
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
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.
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.
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
Check out the full schedule here.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701
Looking for the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Texas Hill Country? You’re in luck. The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has a package that highlights so much of what this region has to offer.
Green to Gruene includes a round of golf on one of their four championship courses and transportation to the historic and trendy little town of Gruene, located along the Guadalupe River within the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas, about halfway between Austin and San Antonio. They’ll get you there via a 45-minute shuttle ride and when you arrive, you can roam the antique shops, galleries, and restaurants or dance the night away at Gruene Hall, the Lone Star State’s oldest dance hall, which has played host to country greats from George Strait to Willie Nelson.
When: The package is available through December 30, 2016.
- Luxury resort accomodations
- One round of golf per registered adult per stay at any of the four courses
- Bucket of Shiner Bock upon arrival
- Roundtrip transportation for one day during your stay to historic Gruene, Texas
For more information, or to book your getaway, click here!
It’s hard to believe, but ACL Fest is coming up on its 15th year. The 2016 edition will take place September 30-October 2 and October 7-9 in Zilker Park. (Check out the full lineup here.)
To celebrate, the organizers of the epic live music festival have announced several improvements that will make us spectators much more comfortable. We’re talking family entrances, more shade, better restroom facilities, added perks to the Platinum Ticket, a new Austin Kiddie Limits experience, and a wine bar, just to name a few. Here’s a complete guide to what you can expect.
Comfort, Shade, and Flushable Toilets for Everyone!
ACL Festival is opening up the park so fans have more space, and making sure there’s plenty of shade to go around. The Rock Island Stage has been relocated for better crowd flow, and new spaces have been opened for fans to relax at Rock Island and in the southeast end of Zilker Park. There fans will find even more shade and easy access to Austin Kiddie Limits, along with new amenities including the Miller Lite Game Hall and Wine Down, ACL’s new wine bar. Grabbing a bite at ACL Eats and a cold one at the expanded Barton Springs Beer Hall will be more comfortable with added shade and picnic tables to take a load off between performances.
A welcome new addition in 2016: improved restroom facilities! This year, every restroom in the park will be upgraded to environmentally friendly, flushable toilets.
Finally, they have made it easier to cool off and stay healthy. Fans will find more CamelBak Hydration Stations providing free water and misting stations throughout the park. In addition, bodegas will sell snacks, fresh fruit, trail mix, and festival must-haves like sunscreen, ponchos, socks, eye drops, allergy meds, and more.
Austin Kiddie Limits has a new home under the lush, shaded southeast end of Zilker Park. Kids and their parents can enter through the new Family Friendly Entrance located off Barton Springs Road, in between the Barton Springs Entrance and Robert E. Lee Road, in addition to stroller-friendly family lanes at both main gates. When families register for Tag-a-Kid this year at the Family Friendly Entrance or the Info Tent just inside the main gates, each child will receive an RFID-enabled wristband. In the event that a child is separated from their parent, they have a reliable and fast way to reunite them.
VIP Life Gets Even Better
New amenities have also been added to the Platinum Ticket. The luxury, air-conditioned Platinum Lounge has relocated to a tree-filled oasis in the southeast end of Zilker Park, with direct access to the VIP Grove. Platinum ticketholders can skip the line at the main gates and enter through their dedicated entrance on Barton Springs Road and they can enjoy lunch and dinner prepared daily by celebrity chefs and special wine tastings. Plus complimentary lockers, complete with phone charging, and exclusive viewing areas in front of stages. Platinum Tickets are still available here.
If you want to get even fancier, the first-ever Feast Under the Stars will take place between Weekend One and Two on Thursday, October 6 at Zilker Park. Six award-winning chefs will prepare a locally sourced five-course meal. This exclusive event will feature select wine pairings for each course, while the chefs reveal the creative approach to their dishes. Tickets are limited and available now.
If you haven’t cemented your fest plans yet, it’s not too late for you. 1-Day Sunday General Admission Tickets for both weekends are still available, as well as 1-Day & 3-Day VIP Tickets and 3-Day Platinum Tickets. Happy festing to us all!
It should be a beautiful night for some live music, so post up at one of the city’s best new spots! Join Irene’s for the second week of Austin-based singer/songwriter and Renaissance Man Dan Dyer‘s residency. YETI is sponsoring Dan’s Hippy Tonk, which features his heartfelt “Funktry” (soul/folk/country) tunes on the piano and guitar.
When: Today, September 8th
Time: 9-10:30 p.m.
506 West Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Sunday Funday has never been so fun. I recently found myself at Super Soul Sunday at icenhauer’s and it’s now become my Sunday staple.
The Nightowls take the stage from 4 – 7 pm and put on a Motown show like no other. It essentially turns into one huge dance party with everyone jamming out to their favorite tunes.
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
83 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701
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.
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
July 31 – Big Band
August 7 – Strings
August 14 – Brass
August 21 – Woodwinds
August 28 – Big Band
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704