Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!
If you can’t get yourself and your giant hat to Lousiville this year, don’t fret—the Austin version is every bit as fun. The third-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. This is, by far, the biggest Race for the Roses party in the city. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring Black Pistol Fire, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast, The Watters, and headliner Citizen Cope with his full band!
Odd Duck will be crafting their Makers Mark mint julep, Kentucky mules, and other fabulous cocktails and there will be a solid beer list with Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Deep Ellum Brewing, and Schilling Cider. Also check out the food trucks and massive Jockey Club Tent with flat screen TVs.
When: Saturday, May 6th
Time: Gates – 1:30 p.m. | Festival Ends – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: General Admission Tickets – $31.50 for a limited time – price increase coming soon!
VIP – $100, includes:
- Intimate area tucked beneath the oak trees for the ultimate shaded experience
- Complimentary food provided by Odd Duck
- Complimentary massages provided by Austin Massage Company
- Dedicated bar with exclusive choices not available in general admission area
- UPGRADED Luxury VIP toilet station
- Ticket holders receive a swanky VIP GIFT BAG with access to exclusive discounts, products and experiences from companies/merchants such as Kendra Scott, Odd Duck, Austin Massage Company, Soul Cycle and more
- Tables and chairs for seating (seating on a first-come basis)
- Complimentary bottled water
Austin American Statesman
Ever wanted to bike the Circuit of the Americas track? Now you can.
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78617
Here’s the rundown (information courtesy of TheRideGroup):
- Directions & Parking:
After turning off 812 on to COTA Blvd, head to Tunnel 2 on the right. There should be directional signage out leading you to Bike Parking.
- You will not be allowed to enter until 5:00PM so if you get there early, you will be asked to wait on COTA Blvd until 5:00PM.
- After you enter Tunnel 2, follow the road to the right and the parking signage.
- After you park, find your way to the Paddock and Building U.
- Remember to leave all outside food in your car. You can bring water bottles and nutrition that fits in your bike jersey pocket.
- The Registration/Check-In Tent will be located outside near Building U.
- EVERYONE will need to come check-in and get a WRISTBAND.
- You can register day of at this tent for $20. We will accept cash and credit cards.
- You can start riding anytime between 6:00PM and 8:30PM. And you can come and go as many times as you want throughout the night!
- A helmet, bike and wristband is required to enter the track.
- Slower riders need to stay to the right.
- Anyone under 18 must have an adult present on the track with them.
Bike repair & rentals:
- Velofix Austin will be on site with their mobile bike shop for any last minute bike adjustments. Talk to Hunter about any other repairs that you may need, he can come to your home or office and you book your service online!
- Barton Springs Bike Rentals will have road bikes and hybrid bikes for rent for $20, helmet is included. 1st come, 1st serve!
Food & Beverages:
- There will be beer and food for sale at the COTA Cafe which will be near the Registration/Check-In tent.
- The Paddock area has plenty of seating under a shaded canopy and inside the cafe.
- The Restrooms are located in the COTA Cafe. No porta-pottys, woohoo!
- Please keep the parking area and Paddock area clean.
- If you purchased a season pass, you will automatically be registered for each week so no need to do anything.
- Online Pre-Reg for Week 2 Tuesday Nighter @ COTA will open at 10:00PM tonight!
When you’re looking for a view without the ruckus, whip out this list.
We’ve been building rugged, yet lightweight gear on the East side of Austin for over 7 years. In other words, we know a thing or two about designing a mighty fine hammock. Hang with us, it’s about time.
Team approved, tried and true, kickass kickback spots to hang.
Hang forever, ATX.
Colorado Bend State Park
- A ways outside of Austin, this is the perfect weekend adventure.
- Grab some cinnamon rolls and catch golden hour with people you love.
- Disclaimer. It’s spring time. Bring a bugnet to keep the bugs at bay.
- Photo credit: @kylemeck
- 30°17’08.9″N 97°45’15.1″W
- Located alongside Shoal Creek Trail, Peace Park is home to local joggers and afternoon bikers. This park is a great central spot, just 5 minutes from downtown.
- Photo credit: @gregbalkin
Walnut Creek Park
- 30°24’03.5″N 97°41’09.0″W
- Dog owners: Walnut Creek Park features a fresh off-leash area for your pups to run rampant without worrying about who’s business they’re getting into.
- Multitude of hilly, meandering trails for mountain bikers.
- Plenty of trees to hammock. Take your pick, and relax!
- Photo credit: @muellers_dayoff
Town Lake Bridge
- 30.265464, -97.755892
- Snag a spot next to the hikers and joggers, you won’t be alone but we’ll guarantee you a beautiful view of the city.
- Photo credit: @gregbalkin
- 30°14’50.1″N 97°43’10.5″W
- Team Kammok’s Tom Sawyer getaway, Snake Island is littered with the perfect hammocking trees, and waterfront views of Lake Austin.
- Getting there is the fun part 😉
- Photo credit: @travperk_photo
- 30°19’17.1″N 97°46’22.3″W
- Not exactly an Austin secret, but you can get creative with your hammock placement. Snag a yogi and find your zen at golden hour.
- Photo credit: Kim Jones
St. Edwards Park
- 30°25’07.1″N 97°47’35.7″W
- This hidden park is perfect for trail runners, hikers and dog owners.
- Our favorite spot is a little off the beaten path: follow Bull Creek all the way West from St. Edwards park until it crosses to the other side of Spicewood Springs Rd. You’ll find gently flowing water, limestone for days, and a quiet spot to set up your hammock kit.
- Photo credit: @muellers_dayoff
- Gus Fruh Entrance: 30.249457, -97.795174
- Best for last. Also, some of the more popular spots. Pick a time of the week where you won’t run into the whole fraternity, and enjoy our personal favorite patch of ATX.
- Photo credit: @travperk_photo
- Our team’s favorite spots:
- Gus Fruh
- Lost Creek Falls
- Sculpture Falls
- Campbell’s Hole / The Flats
BONUS: Barton Springs…Almost.
- 30°15’51.3″N 97°46’06.1″W
- Don’t go to the paid side. We repeat, do not go to the paid side.
- Slightly north from the paid entrance of Barton Springs, there is refreshing water and beautiful trees to hang near. Grab a book, a local beer, and kick back here for the ultimate hang.
Don’t see your favorite spot on the list? Submit your favorite spot to hang here.
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The problem with traditional exercise is that it never involves food—amiright? Luckily this has been rectified by John Hancock Hosts the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K, just the sort of fitness event that a food-obsessed town like Austin can really get behind. Runners will eat their way to the finish line with healthy and amazing bites at every mile, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival.
Billed as “the most delicious run ever” (and really, who can argue with that?), the Fit Food Festival & 5K will be serving up a ton of fun on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The mouthwatering festival proves that a calorie burned is a calorie earned and brings the pages of Cooking Light and Health to life to help you achieve a balance of delicious, healthy food and a fun, active lifestyle.
Inside the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, runners will be rewarded for making healthy choices with bites from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greets with John Hancock elite athletes—Olympic marathoners Ryan Hall and Desiree Linden, and more.
Your registration includes:
· Race registration and bib
· Bites at each mile
· Finisher’s medal
· Delicious tasting stations
· Goody bag with gifts from top health and wellness brands
· Cash reward for top finishers
· Included donation to No Kid Hungry
An invaluable part of the Fit Foodie journey is giving back to the community, which is why the series has teamed up with No Kid Hungry as the Official Charity with the mission to encourage runners to form teams, fundraise, and increase awareness for No Kid Hungry. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals and also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.
Race registration is open now, so click here to sign up! The cost starts at $35 per person and goes up to $45 on April 17. Spectators receive complimentary admission to the post-race festival.
When: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Old Settlers Park
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
Rowing Dock & TYLER’S Present Glow Paddle ATX benefiting The Flatwater Foundation. SUP, Kayak and Canoe on Lady Bird Lake like never before! Leave the drab at home and come dressed in your brightest, shiniest and most flamboyant apparel. Anything goes, the more outrageous the better! Each Glow Paddler will receive a limited edition glow-in-the-dark TYLER’S tee + a glowing helium balloon to attach to their vessel.
Date: Friday, April 14
Check in: 7-7:30PM
Paddle start time: 8PM
Off water by: 10PM
Glow Paddlers will check-in and begin paddling from Rowing Dock. Paddlers will make their way downstream to 1st Street Bridge where they will turn around and head back upstream to Rowing Dock (a grand total of 3.6 miles).
Hours and hours of live music in the summer is great, but in Texas we always have the issue of it being roughly one thousand degrees. Well, no matter. The brilliant people behind Float Fest have solved that problem for everyone—float the river first, then music! It’s nature’s air conditioning.
Everyone’s favorite concert/festival/tubing adventure just announced its line up and this year’s bands include: Zedd, Weezer, Cage The Elephant, MGMT, Passion Pit, Mac Miller, just to name a few.
This wet, wild, and weird adventure will take place July 22nd and 23rd in San Marcos, Texas.
Here’s how it all works:
The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 10 a.m. to all tubers on Saturday and Sunday. Once you show up you will be pointed toward the box office where you can redeem your tubing passes, camping passes, and concert tickets. If you are camping you can check in to your campsite starting on Friday at 2pm-8pm. See our Tubing and Camping page for more information on camping. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area near the box office that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles up river and drop you off at our river drop in location. Then, you FLOAT about 2 1/2 miles back to Cool River Ranch. The FLOAT takes about 2.5-4 hours so come prepared! Once you arrive at Cool River Ranch river exit you will be directed up the hill to the concert gates! Feel free to go back to your car and change or whatever you need to do before you come party at the concert.
Click here to learn more about the weekend and to purchase your tickets. This event really is worth planning your whole summer around—so get your crew organized.
If you love fishing but don’t have your own boat, we have the best recommendation for you. Rowing Dock, on Lady Bird Lake, has just launched their new Fishing Kayak Rental program.
Their fishing specific kayaks are perfectly outfitted with a stadium style seat, rod holders, recessed tackle box storage, anchors, and a center console for rigging fish finders and other tools to help you haul in a big catch! Bring your own rod, reel, and bait and let Rowing Dock take care of the rest.
For more information on renting a fishing kayak in Austin visit Rowing Dock’s FAQ section.
GIVEAWAY: Sign up here for a chance to win a half day fishing kayak rental for two.
KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio.
Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials, including $4 16oz ZiegenBocks.
“At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.”
Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer. #UnpluggedAtTheGrove
When: Thursdays – September 14th
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
||CHARLIE MARS DUO
||SWIMMING WITH BEARS
||THE PETERSON BROTHERS
||SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
||NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
The City of Austin will soon be losing its only live music running event as April 9 will be the 6th and final Austin 10/20.
The Inaugural Austin 10/20 took place in 2012 in a desolate parking lot at The Domain. A lot has changed in the area over the last six years including substantial business and residential growth. The growth has also brought on more difficulties and uncertainties for the race.
When asked why April 9 will be the final Austin 10/20, Race Director Peter Douglass said, “We’ve had our struggles over the last few years and we really have not been able to get the attention of people in Austin who make things happen. The one thing we can count on every year is great support from our thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators.”
The Austin 10/20 is known for capturing everything that makes Austin awesome! With twenty live bands along the ten mile course and a party in the park with a headliner concert (Alpha Rev will be headlining!) at the finish, the race features more music than any other running event in town. Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to participate.
The 6th and final Austin 10/20 will be taking place on April 9 at the Domain. Don’t miss your chance to experience an Austin original event before it’s gone. Sign up online at www.Austin1020.com. Use promo code 365MARCH by 3/28 to save $10.
You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.
There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.
For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin. Bluebonnets and a wine tasting your thing? We also teamed up with Austin Tour Company to provide a Bluebonnet Experience in the Texas Hill Country. That will satisfy your wildflower and wine craving! Hurry up and book because the season is short!
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
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