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Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!

Yoga good. Parks gooood. Combine the two and offer it for free? I’ll be there. Looks like we are going to have another sunny day in Austin, Texas.

Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a water bottle and comfortable clothing. Classes run from noon until 1 p.m.

These classes are appropriate for all skill levels. Namaste, y’all.

When: Today, May 27th

Time: Noon – 1pm

Location:
Republic Square Park
5th and Guadalupe
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.austinparks.org/yoga.html

Photo Credit: Austin Home, http://www.austinhome.com/blog/6-ways-to-enjoy-spring-in-austin.html

With it being Graduation Week it’s a great time to bring up UT Tower Tours. I am probably a little biased as a former Longhorn but seriously it’s an incredible experience.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but trust me, that phrase does not do it justice. It’s so peaceful and relaxing at the top, not to mention the most incredible 360 view of our favorite city. Tours are self-guided, but once at the top, there are student-workers that can give you a quick 101 on the tower… spoiler alert, the Texas Tower IS taller than the Capitol.

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The sunset tour is spectacular because you’re able to see the sunset to the West and the lights coming up over downtown to the South. It was pretty crazy to watch the sunset from ABOVE the city. I would recommend doing this even if you’re not a UT grad. This would be a great thing to do with family, out of town visitors, or even if you’re just looking for a cheap date!

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You MUST make a reservation, but each time I have done it I was able to call on the day of the tour.

As always, Hook ‘Em Horns!

Tour Schedule: http://www.utexas.edu/universityunions/sites/default/files/2015-TT-May.pdf

Admission: $6.00

Phone: 512-475-6633

Location:
UT Tower (Main Building)
Austin, Texas

http://www.utexas.edu/universityunions/texas-union/scene/tower-tours

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re spending it with the ones you love.

If you’re lucky enough to have your mom close by, The Austin Symphonic Band is providing the perfect way to wind down the evening. This free concert is on the lawn of the capitol, and they’ll be playing some of your favorite tunes as the sun sets over Austin.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras because between the sunset, the capitol and family time, you’re sure to get a great shot!

Special shout out to my mom, Happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much, and I’m so grateful for all the support, encouragement and love you unconditionally give me.

When: today, May 10th

Time: 7 – 8 pm

Location:
The Capitol South Steps
1100 Congress Aveune
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.austinsymphonicband.org

It’s back! We just had the annual adult spelling bee, and now it’s time for the O.Henry Pun-Off. This hilariously creative event has become an Austin staple, and it never disappoints.

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 You may think that you have to participate to have a blast but to me the real fun is watching the event.

Aside from amazingly awesome puns, they’ll live music, a used book sale, a live auction, food and beverages, and food trailers.

Proceeds from the pun-off will benefit the O.Henry and Dickson Museum. As far as fundraisers, this one is pretty unique.

Here is the schedule: http://punoff.com/about-2015-punoff/schedule-2015/

They have tents set up incase that weather does not corporate. So don’t let a few rain drops keep you from enjoying the fun!

Cost: free

When: today, May 9th

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location:
O.Henry & Dickinson Museums
409 E. 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://punoff.com/about-2015-punoff/

 

Looks like the weather is going to hold off tonight and it’s going to be perfect weather for a Movie In The Park. Austin loves a movie in the park and it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this spring weather. For your best experience, I recommend packing a picnic, grabbing a blanket and sunscreen. Dogs are welcome as well.

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Here is a schedule of the upcoming Movies In The Park so you can mark your calendar:

The Little Mermaid

May 7, 8:15 p.m. 
Republic Square Park

The Incredibles

May 14, 8:30 p.m., Republic Square Park

Jurassic Park

June 4, 8:30 p.m., Dick Nichols District Park

Cost: free

When: today, May 7th

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Location:
Republic Square Park
422 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinparks.org/moviesinthepark.html

Photo Credit: Visit Austin, Texas

Without further ado, here is the 2015 ACL lineup. Tickets go on sale at 10am today!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website.

Weekend One: October 2nd – 4th

ACL lineup weekend one

Weekend Two: October 9th – 11th 

ACL lineup weekend two

Looks like ACL may have released the line-up 48 hours early, here’s what the line-up is according to their site. UPDATE: the page is no longer active on their website but my screen shot is forever.

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One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, May 3rd

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

For a map visit, http://www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com/map/.

http://www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com/home/    

 

The Lake Travis SpringFest is happening today at The Hill Country Galleria!

Live music, food, a rock wall, dunk tank, a boat expo, this festival has it all for the family to have a great time. Not to mention it’s free!

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For a full run down on everything to expect check out this full story on the SpringFest!

Check out our Weekend Top Picks for other fun happening around town this weekend!

Admission: free

When: today, May 2nd

Time: 11 am – 9 pm

Location:
Hill Country Galleria
12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Bee Cave, Texas 78738

www.laketravisspringfest.com

Luckily for us it seems that Austin offers something free to do almost everyday. You can find free movies, free yoga, and this month, a free Shakespeare play.

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The Austin Shakespeare company is now in it’s 31st season. ‘Free Shakespeare In The Park’ tonight with Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

I’d recommend packing a picnic and a blanket/chairs to enjoy the play. Dogs are welcome but make sure they’re on a leash!

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For more fun around Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: Free, parking $5

When: Thursdays – Sundays in May  (through May 24th)

Time: 8-10pm

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/austinshakespeare