Outside Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
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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!

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

For Austinites, tonight is the night the magic of Christmas officially begins! It’s the grand opening of the city’s much-beloved Trail of Lights. In the 52 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the event has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, and holiday activities that create countless memories. The Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.

Parking and shuttle information is here. But the best way to go is the ZiP Fast Pass! They allow access to the Trail of Lights at 6:00 p.m., one hour before the Trail opens to the general public. ZiP guests also receive access to the Lounge in Zilker Village where you’ll find restrooms, cookies, cocoa, and seating. Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children under 6 are free with a ticketed ZiP adult.

Cost: ZiP Fast Passes are $15-$20

When: Tonight, December 10th

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

 

This contest is over, congrats to K. Womack on the win!

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas! We’re kicking off day one with one of our favorite things to do in Austin, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.

ENTRY DETAILS BELOW

We’ll be 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.

Of all the adventures we’ve been on in Austin, Zip-lining is definitely one of our favorites. It’s an absolutely incredible experience, and also ends up being a pretty great workout.

One of the zip-lines is the longest in Texas, and you reach speeds up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! This is a great gift idea; awesome thing to do with out of town guests, or just a fun date! Contest details:

In the event you don’t win today’s prize, they’re currently having a holiday sale with $25 off all gift certificates. They don’t expire and have no blackout dates. Call or order online using the code: HOLIDAY16.

Today’s winner will receive a Lake Travis Zipline Adventure for 4 people.

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

 

Tonight is the night, the famous Zilker Tree will be lit for the first time of the season..

I am so excited about the Tree Lighting this year as it is also a reminder that the Trail of Lights will be back this year as well. The Trail Of Lights will run December 10th – 23rd.

This 155-foot tall “tree” is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs totaling 3,309 lights. It’s really something to be seen and an absolute icon as you go past the park in December.

The Zilker Tree lighting dates back to December 10th, 1967.

The Zilker Tree will be lit every night from now – December 31st, 6 p.m. – midnight.

When: today, November 27th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location:
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree

It doesn’t get much more Austin than this: ultra-hip, custom designed, cooler-than-your-own-house houses for dogs. This Saturday, it’s the 12th Barkitecture design show, contest, silent auction and, most importantly, fundraiser! From its inception in 2005, Barkitecture has become an Austin favorite and gained national exposure. Hosted by Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc. this architectural dog-centric event showcases doghouses created by Austin’s best and brightest architects, interior designers,and builders. It’s a kid-freindly and pet-friendly event where attendees can check out and bid on these one-of-a-kind doghouses and learn about adoption opportunities from Austin Pets Alive!

You can also shop local vendor booths, enjoy a Fashound Show, hit the photo booth with your pooch, and check out face painting for the kiddos!

When: Saturday, November 12th

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Location:
Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food
1300 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

The weather is cooling off—finally! It’s the perfect weekend to get outdoors and catch Austin’s newest music festival. The debut of Sound On Sound Fest will include a wide variety of music acts spanning many genres and personal tastes, as well as comedy stand-ups, panel sessions, on-site camping, and more, all across three days in the heart of Central Texas. Three-day, single, and VIP passes are still available!

When: Today, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th

Time: Check out the full schedule here.

Location:
Sherwood Forest
1883 Old Hwy 20
McDade, TX 78650