Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!
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!
If you’ve been looking for a fun way to teach kids about giving back to their community, this inspiring event is the answer. Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual CC4C Micro Marathon on Sunday, September 25th!
It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from a rare syndrome and more than half of them are children. This community lacks a unified voice, as only 15 percent of rare diseases have organizations that can provide support. Endless hospital stays and doctor’s visits drain them emotionally and physically and the rareness of their conditions often leaves these families isolated. That’s where Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) comes in.
The organization was established to bring hope, help, and inspiration to families of children suffering from a rare or undiagnosed medical condition. CC4C provides a network of support both financially and in the medical/research community. Each child is matched with a celebrity teammate who uses their platform to bring awareness and advocacy to rare and undiagnosed medical conditions.
This 2.62 mile walk/run is a family event that brings in high schools, families, and celebrities from all over Austin to inspire these children to their finish line. There are over 15 High School Teams involved this year. So put on those walking or running shoes and join in the inspiration!
Online registration is open now! Click here to sign up. You can also register at the event.
When: Sunday, September 25th
8:30 a.m. – Check In/Registration
9:30 a.m. – Walk/Run
10:30 a.m. – Closing & Awards
Hill Country Galleria (in front of Whole Foods)
12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Bee Cave, TX 78738
Pflugerville’s Movie Night In The Park is a summer tradition where the audience sings along to an awesome soundtrack.
Dress up like Danny, Sandy, the T-Birds, Kenickie, or any of the other cast members, and enter the costume contest before the movie! Children can enter, too. I’m really hoping for some miniature pink ladies!
Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash at all times. There will be food for sale or you can bring your own picnic. There won’t be alcohol for sale, but you may bring it to the park (no glass containers).
When: Tonight, September 2nd
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Green Red Barn, Heritage Park
901 Old Austin Hutto Road
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Tonight, text the Goose to your Maverick and tell them to meet you for a movie in the park! It’s a special showing of Top Gun, with (what else?) a volleyball tournament. Join Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow for a season opener with Pease Park Conservancy, who will host the tournament starting at 6 p.m.
Come on over to the danger zone, and bring your A game! Sign up for the tournament here.
When: Tonight, September 1
Time: Movie starts at 8 p.m.
1100 Kingsbury St.
Austin, TX 78705
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
Round Rock Premium Outlets
4401 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd.
Round Rock, TX 78664
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.
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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