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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!

The cooler weather is back and that means it’s time to fill your belly with a big, savory bowl of gumbo! We can’t imagine a prettier day for this one. The Fais Do-Do & Gumbo Cook Off is back with gumbo, beer, live Cajun tunes, and more. What better way could there be to celebrate Mardi Gras than with the ultimate gumbo throwdown and Cajun dance party?

All proceeds to benefit Austin non-profit Brighter Bites. Tickets are $25 at the door.

When: Today, February 25th

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Location:
720 Bastrop Hwy

 

Start practicing those drives, friends—this should be all the motivation you need to improve your golf game. The Hole-in-One to Win, presented by Jaguar Land Rover Austin, will give golfers the chance to win a new Jaguar F-PACE®. Yes, you read that right! Picture yourself driving off into the sunset in a brand new Jaguar. Now run to Topgolf and start practicing for your big moment.

Any registered resort guest or club member who books a tee time at Fazio Canyons on Feb. 25 will be eligible to compete in this exclusive competition.

The first player to “ace” hole No. 3 of the championship golf course will win the brand-new luxury performance vehicle. Golfers will be monitored throughout the day to witness this amazing shot. Only this first person to accomplish the task will win.

When: Saturday, February 25th

Time: Tee times are available from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Book early for the limited-time promotion by calling 512-329-4653.

For more information on the Hole-in-One to Win golf competition, Canvas for a Cause live art show, and other packages or special offers, click here or call 1-800-336-6158. And follow Omni Barton Creek on Facebook and Twitter.

Yes, you have scanned this headline and photo correctly, and yes this is, in fact, an event where people run around town in their underwear. If you are brave enough—or even if you aren’t—it’s time to get decked out in your finest skivvies and run like the wind for an incredible cause. It’s the Cupid’s Undie Run!

Last year, the run raised over $3.5 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation nationwide ($97,000 in Austin!) and this year they are aiming for the $4 million mark ($105,000 in Austin)! That’s a whole lot of dough. So this may sound ridiculous, but this event is very serious about making an impact to #EndNF.

Most importantly, you and your friends are guaranteed to have an amazing time in Austin—with a hilarious story you can tell for the rest of your life. It’s the best Valentine’s-themed activity we can think of. The run is short (approximately one mile) so everyone can get in on the fun.

Click here to register for the Austin run on Feb. 11th.

And please note: RSVPing does not get you entry into the event. You must register through the official website.

A note about the charity: The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF affects one in every 3,000 people, and is more common than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease COMBINED. For more information, please click here

The Gorilla Run is coming up this weekend, and the weather looks like it’s going to be nothing short of spectacular. Perfect for dressing up in a gorilla or banana suit and running for a cause.

Everyone who takes part wears a full gorilla or banana suit (included with entry fee….yours to keep)! All participants are helping to raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, the international charity working to save the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas.

When: January 24th

Time: 8:30am Most Creative Costume Contest | 9am Race Start at Camp Mabry

Location:
Camp Mabry

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Did you know REI offers a variety of community classes and activities? It is a great opportunity for you to learn something new.

They also offer an array of classes that are paid.

Many of the classes require you to sign up in advance (and fill up fast)! So if getting outdoors more is on your agenda this year, browse their schedule sign up in advance for what interests you.

Here are a few of the free courses offered:

  • Gourmet Camp Cooking
  • Backpacking basics
  • Find Your Park: Big Bend National Park
  • Camping Basics

https://www.rei.com/outdoorschool/search?lo…

A new year means new adventures. Sometimes it’s easier to attack the year with gusto when you have a list of things to do, so here are 10 special resolutions just for us Austinites. Do your best to complete them by year’s end, and tag us in your photos along the way!

1. Eat pizza and do yoga in the same day.

We live in the land of endless pizza AND yoga. Why not make yourself feel less guilty about indulging by taking a yoga class before or after (but preferably before)?

Pizza joints we love include Via 313, Home Slice, East Side Pies, and Pinthouse Pizza. For yoga, try Wanderlust, Black Swan Yoga or Practice Yoga

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

2. Don’t complain about the ACL lineup.

Every year there is a wrath of backlash when ACL announces the lineup for the city’s biggest music festival. We get it, it’s impossible to create a lineup that pleases everyone—but let’s focus on the positive, please.

Also, rest assured that alt-new-age-grass-metal band you were hoping for will still come to Austin at some point this year … they all do.

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3. Welcome the outsiders.

We know, we know, “Don’t Move Here” has replaced “Keep Austin Weird” as our city’s unofficial slogan.  It’s a side-effect of living in the greatest city on Earth. But let’s welcome newcomers and be good hosts.

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4. Do more night swimming at Barton Springs.

Swimming in Barton Springs is a rite of passage for every Austinite. Do it right and dive into a full moon swim after dark. 

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5. Step out of your taco comfort zone.

Do you get the same tacos from that same place every week? We admire your loyalty, but this city has too many great purveyors (and styles of tacos) to play it safe.

Check these ones off your list first: Veracruz, Violet Taco, Rosita’sJoe’s Bakery, Marcelino Pan y Vino, and Porfirio’s.

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6. Volunteer, and save money while doing it.

Replace one happy hour a week with taking dogs for walks at the Animal Shelter. Your heart and your wallet will thank you. 

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7. Watch less Netflix and more sunsets.

For a real challenge, watch the sunrise from Mount Bonnell and the sunset from the 360 Overlook in the same day.

Photo By: Alison Owen

Photo By: Alison Owen

8. Be outdoorsy—brunch on patios.

You wanted to get outside more, well who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Try L ‘Estelle House, Perla’s, Josephine House, Weather Up and Irene’s.

Dan's Hippy Tonk at Irene's

9. Take a UT Tower tour.

Regardless of whether you went to UT or not, this is one of the coolest views in town.

ProTip: Go for the sunset tour.

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10. See more live music.

This is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” after all. Embrace it. Check out venues like The Mohawk, Stubb’s, Emo’s, and ACL Live for their upcoming shows.

During the summer, be sure to check out free music at Blues on the Green and Unplugged at The Grove

Photo by: Greg Noire

Photo by: Greg Noire

Happy 2017, y’all!

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 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Live Oak Brewing Company are proud to present you with an outdoor screening of Home Alone at The Live Oak Brewery. Bring your fold-out chairs, blankets, and grab a slice of Stony’s Pizza to enjoy a fun night of entertainment. Beer and food available for purchase.

When: Tonight, December 16th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location:
Live Oak Brewing Company
1615 Crozier Lane
Austin, TX 78617

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-oak-brewing-company-home-alone-tickets-29283088506

It’s gonna be a little chilly tonight, but let’s all cozy up and enjoy the Christmas-y weather while we can. Join Austin Parks Foundation for Movie Night at the Trail! They’re screening two versions of The Grinch on the very last free night at Austin Trail of Lights.

7:30 p.m. – How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 animated)
Run time: 26 min

8:15 p.m. – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 Jim Carrey)
Run time: 1 hr 44 min

When: Today, December 16th

Location:
Austin’s Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78746

Let the fun continue for our 12 Days of Austin Christmas! Day twelve’s winner will receive a Paddle Party for twelve from the Rowing Dock.

ENTRY DETAILS BELOW

Don’t forget, we are running contests daily both here and on our 365 Austin Family page. So be sure to check back for your chance to enter them all!

We love Rowing Dock’s slogan “off the beaten path, but worth it.” From the dock paddle west toward Red Bud Isle and the nature-filled scenery of the West End, or head east toward the glistening Barton Creek Inlet and Austin skyline. The staff is super friendly and offers basic paddling tips for any skill level.  With awesome customer service, specials like Yappy Hour, discounts for college students, and a beautiful location nestled amongst the trees, this is the place to explore a one of a kind Austin adventure!

Kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake with Rowing Dock. This party pass, valued at $350.00, can be used for a private paddle, guided paddle, birthday paddle, moonlight paddle, full moon paddle, or a bat paddle for up to 12 guests.  Guides or party attendants are also included to ensure your group has a great time on the water. 

**Not valid on Holiday Weekends, including Spring Break. Must be scheduled in advance with General Manager at Rowing Dock. 

They are also offering discounted gift cards, great for gifts or stocking stuffers! (gift cards do not expire and have no blackout dates)

$20 Gift Certificate- ON SALE for $16 Here: http://bit.ly/2gVerTC

$25 Gift Certificate- ON SALE for $20 Here:  http://bit.ly/2h7ouUT

** Per your preference, gift certificates will be mailed to the address of your choice or available for pick up at the dock within 48 hours of purchase. 

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

 Finished? Don’t forget to enter today’s 365 Austin Family giveaway as well!

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring
a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com