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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!

Zilker Brewing and G’raj Mahal are teaming up to present an evening of libations, games, and the best Indian food on Rainey Street! It’s going to be a patio party for the ages. If you happen to enjoy beer and eating (hey there, soulmate!), you’re going to be oh so happy tonight.

Here are the highlights:

They will be offering complete dining packages for around $25 per person!

A very special “Brewers Table” will be held at the bar inside at 7 p.m. $30 will get you access to five dishes, five beers, and the opportunity to talk with the brewers from Zilker, and one of the Chefs at G’raj!

On the back patio (weather permitting!) there will be a Zilker sponsored corn hole tournament. Entry is free and teams will be competing for goodies from Zilker, gift cards, and other fun swag.

All beers will be $6 or less!

When: Tonight, August 25th

Time: 6 p.m. to Midnight

Location:
G’Raj Mahal
73 Rainey St.
Austin, TX 78701

Wanderlust Yoga wants to help get your week off to an incredible start. Tonight, as part of their 2nd Annual Summer at the Springs series, you can commune with nature and enjoy a free vinyasa class. Free snacks and a free swim at the springs will follow at 9:00 p.m. If you had a little too much fun over the weekend, this will make you feel brand new.
When: Every Monday through August 29th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:
Zilker Hillside
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And if you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, ice, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from now through September

Duration: 5 hours (roughly)

Cost: $55.00

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pre-float special at the 6th Street Bikini’s, from 11a.m. – noon. Guests receive $3 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and $2 off sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
  • Pick-up at noon on the corner of 6th Street and Brazos in Downtown Austin
  • Round-trip transportation to and from San Marcos to float the river
  • We provide the coolers and ice for your convenience!
  • Includes float and one tube for you to put your coolers in per five people
  • Float lasts 3-3.5 hours depending on the speed of the river which is altered by the amount of rain we get
  • Return to Austin at approximately 5:00 p.m
  • Both the bus and the float are BYOB.

See you on the water.

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We still don’t know what the fate of Fun Fun Fun Fest will be, but a highly anticipated music festival from Margin Walker Presents—the new venture of from Graham Williams, co-founder of FFF Fest—was just announced this morning. Right out of the gate, and without any bands officially named, it’s getting lots of attention. The festival will be called Sound on Sound Fest and it’s scheduled to run November 4-6. Mark your calendars for June 28; the full lineup and location details will be unveiled at 10:00 a.m. CT, and then weekend and single-day tickets will go on sale.

With Williams at the helm, Sound on Sound will no doubt host big-name talent, but so far the promoters are only saying that it will feature a “diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts, as well as comedians.”

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.soundonsoundfest.com and for more information on Margin Walker Presents, check out www.marginwalkerpresents.com.

Follow Sound on Sound Fest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SOSFestTX, on Twitter at @SOSFestTX, on Instagram at @SOSFestTX, and on Snapchat at @SOSFestTX for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #SOSFest.

This is Austin’s last year as host of the X Games, and today you can see the world’s best action sports and live music from Logic and G-Eazy. Friday’s five final competitions feature Skateboard and BMX Vert, Moto X Freestyle, and Skateboard Big Air.

If you really want to do it up big, single-day VIP tickets are still available and they give you access to all the competitions and concerts, along with food, drinks, and luxurious air-conditioning. But if you just want to see the events today, tickets start at just $29.

When: Today, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th

Location:

Circuit of the Americas

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd

Austin, TX 78617

 

Click here to get your tickets.

If you’re looking for a fun fitness activity to do with friends and family, nothing beats the Color In Motion 5K. This is unlike any race you have run before: As you sprint, jog, waddle, or stroll along the course, you’ll be splashed with bright colors that transform a group of ordinary runners into a moving rainbow! All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you can’t beat your loved ones in the speed department, see who can come out of the race looking the most vibrant, covered head to toe in color.

How many times have you paid to run a boring 5K with nothing more than a lame T-shirt and warm Gatorade? Why not color outside the lines while being active, social, and a little wacky? CIM5K gives you all these benefits plus unforgettable memories. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Come on out and make a splash!

Cost: $25-50 (Use code “365” for a 10% discount!)

When: June 11th, starting at 8 a.m.

Location:

Round Rock Premium Outlets

4401 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd.

Round Rock, TX 78664

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Vintage Market Days Austin Hill Country is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more.

The Market is a three day event held just twice this year in the Austin Hill Country area. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues.

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Early Buying Event on Friday    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
General Admission (Sat/Sun) $5

Admission for children under 12 is free.
Cash only at the gate please.

Location: Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

More Info: http://austinhillcountry.vintagemarketdays.com/

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Being the hip hippie town that it is, Austin boasts a plethora of farmers markets within the city limits—so many, in fact, that picking just one to visit on a weekend can be daunting. If you’re on a quest to eat better and fresher, here is a list of five markets where you’ll never go wrong:

Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

4550 Mueller Blvd.

Listed by the Austin Chronicle as the top farmers market in Austin the last two years, Texas Farmers Market features dozens of local favorites. You can find everything you need to throw a legendary dinner party here. Grab a baguette from Easy Tiger, dried pasta from Gourmet Texas Pasta, olive oil from Texas Hill Country Olive Company, some Texas Gulf shrimp from K&S Seafood, and get those dull knives sharpened by Assured Sharp. It’s a one-stop shop.

Springdale Farm

755 Springdale Rd.

Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Formed in 2009, this family operated farm in East Austin grows more than 75 vegetables. The indoor farm stand is currently featuring chicken and duck eggs, fennel, and collared greens, plus handmade spa products, like soap, body butter, and scrubs, made right on the farm.

Boggy Creek Farm

3414 Lyons Rd.

Wednesday thru Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Opened in 1992, Boggy Creek is the first urban farm in East Austin. The market stand, in addition to featuring farm-fresh pink beauty radishes, sugar snap peas, and French sorrel, also sells one-of-a-kind products like fermented cowboy kimchi, wild mustang green grape jam, and smoke-dried tomato bean dip, all from Larry’s Commercial Kitchen.

Sustainable Food Center East

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

2921 East 17th St.

The main draw of this farmers market is Johnson’s Backyard Garden, a 1,000-member community supported agriculture (CSA) operation. On Tuesdays, you can pick from some of the freshest vegetables you’ll ever eat, from bok choy and rainbow chard to golden beets and daikon radishes. JBG even has an extensive veggie guide, with storage and culinary tips for every product.

Green Gate Farms

8310 Canoga Avenue

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am. – 2 p.m.

Sustainability is key at Green Gate Farms, they have a farm stand built entirely from found items in and around an old shed in East Austin. Located in what is considered a food desert, Green Gate Farms provides some of the only organic food in the neighborhood, including seasonal vegetables like heirloom tomatoes and a wide variety of meat, from chicken and beef to bison and mutton.

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Driving down Lamar Boulevard near 11th Street, you might notice what many locals call “the foundation,” which is the colorful ruins of an old commercial construction project that never got off the ground. Decades ago, it was the start of condo building that was abruptly abandoned and over the years it became a destination for partying teens and neophyte street artists. As the murals and graffiti accumulated on the foundation walls, the collective project became known as The Baylor Street Art Wall, and it has slowly become an iconic piece of Austin lore.

But what was once a free-for-all is now regulated by the nonprofit HOPE Events. Rechristened as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery in 2011 with the help of famous contemporary artist Shepherd Fairey, the wall is now an educational project, serving as a destination for school field trips, live art projects, and gardening classes, among many other benefits to the community. It’s also a popular spot to take maternity and engagement photos, and to host children’s birthday parties.

Though the days of wandering up the steps to the old foundation to throw a tag up while drinking a six pack of Lone Star with friends are gone, the proprietors of the land and the folks at HOPE are still proponents of local artists. You can receive a paint pass to HOPE Outdoor Gallery with proof of ID, a submitted questionnaire, and a mock-up of your design.

To participate in the mural project, or to learn more, email murals@hopecampaign.org.

 

Deep Eddy began as a simple swimming hole in the Colorado River, but has evolved into one of the most important landmarks in Austin. The concrete pool we know today was built in 1915 when A.J. Eilers bought the land surrounding what is now known as Deep Eddy. It became a swim resort in the 1920s, and was bought by the city of Austin in 1935, becoming a public swimming pool the next year. Spend a day at the pool and in the surrounding neighborhood and you’ll see why this area is one of Austin’s oldest treasures.

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Start your day across the street from the pool with breakfast at Magnolia on Lake Austin Boulevard. Get a big plate of the Love Migas—essentially your normal, everyday migas, except smothered in creamy queso. Since you’ll want to wait the requisite 30 minutes before your swim, order another cup of coffee before heading down to the pool.

Change in the historic bathhouses, built during the Great Depression and reconstructed after a mudslide in 1935. Here you’ll start to get a sense of the iconic Austin atmosphere of Deep Eddy, which is the oldest swimming pool in the state of Texas.

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Walk on down to the pool. If you have kids in tow, you’ll want to park your blankets over on the right side, where the kiddie pool is easily accessible. If you want to take a dip in the deep end, head left. Here’s where you’ll find college kids sunbathing and old Austin hippies playing acoustic guitars. If aquatic exercise is your thing, the swim lanes at Deep Eddy are immensely popular. Show up early enough to get in a couple laps before the line forms.

Once you’re ready to head out, take a quick detour at the top of the steps for a snack at Jim-Jims. Grab a soft pretzel, or if it’s hot out (it’s always hot out) try a cherry water ice to cool down. You’ll be so glad you did.

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Finally, no trip to Deep Eddy is complete without a stop at the adjacent watering hole named for the pool: Deep Eddy Cabaret. Until recently it was a cash-only, beer-only joint, but new ownership has brought the bar into the 21st century, adding payment by plastic and booze, while retaining its idiosyncratic classic Austin charm. Cap off your day with an ice cold Lone Star, or perhaps a Deep Eddy vodka cocktail, as you flip through the old jukebox still filled with country classics from Waylon, Willie, and Merle—God rest his soul.

Here is one of our favorite Real Estate listings in the neighborhood.

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For more information on Downtown Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties