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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!

Ever wanted to bike the Circuit of the Americas track? Now you can. Here are the details:

  • Online Registration is available for $15 until Midnight each Monday, link below in TICKETS.
  • On site registration fee is $20, cash and credit cards accepted.
  • Parking LOT A opens at 5:00 p.m.
  • Track time starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Track time ends at dusk.
  • COTA will have food and beer for sale, cash and credit cards accepted.
  • Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. and is located in the Paddock area next to the Media Center.

When: Today, September 19th

Time: 5:30 p.m. p.m.

Location:
Circuit of The Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78617

The smoking must go on! Even though our beloved Franklin Barbecue sustained major damage from a fire, the people behind everyone’s favorite joint are pulling together for others in need. Don’t miss this chance to support our neighbors in the Gulf Coast region with some of the best food on the planet.

When: Today, September 17th

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $30 at the door

Location:
Mohawk Austin
912 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States

You slept in, the weather is fabulous and cool, and now there is simply one thing to do to make this day completely perfect: Go to Super Soul Sunday at Icenhauer’s!

Since its beginning in 2011, this legendary #SundayFunday shindig has joined the ranks of Austin’s “must do” activities alongside swimming in Barton Springs, shopping on South Congress, and jamming at Austin City Limits.  A hotspot for locals and tourists alike, this historic Rainey Street hangout is the ultimate backyard party for both the young and the young at heart.

Enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the sun, drinking giant mason jars of Sangria, and listening to Austin’s favorite 10-piece soul outfit, The Nightowls.

When: Today, September 10th

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location:
Icenhauer’s
83 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

If you’ve been to ACL Fest over the years, you know they are constantly tweaking the experience to make it better for fans. In that grand tradition, organizers have just announced a bunch of new amenities and changes to the layout.

The new fancy stuff includes enhanced Platinum amenities—because that Platinum life just gets better and better: Platinum ticketholders will also have an exclusive viewing area in front of the main stages, a new lounge located in the northeast area of Zilker Park with a private, elevated viewing deck, side stage viewing platforms at the two main stages, and food from award-winning chefs.

Us peasants can get excited about the new wine tent (I want to go to there) which will be a shaded haven with a selection of wines from around the world. You can chill with a nice bottle of wine, cold glass of bubbly, and nibble on a delicious bite. Plus a new silent disco has been added to the schedule for both weekends. Each night from 8-10 p.m. at the Tito’s Stage, you can slip on a pair of supplied headphones and quietly groove to tunes from live DJs.

Layout-wise, there’s a new entrance gate and repositioned stages that they are hoping will create better crowd flow and avoid sound bleed issues. Now you’ll be able to enter at one of three places: the existing Lady Bird Lake Entrance, a Barton Springs East entrance, and a Barton Springs West Entrance. There will also be an additional Box Office. The festival area across Barton Springs Road, typically used for the ACL Fest Box Office, will be incorporated as part of the main festival grounds, and will host one of eight stages, as well as food and bar options.

If you are still on the fence about the fest this year, here is the rundown:

It’s taking place October 6-8 and October 13-15. On both weekends, fans will see performances from JAY-Z, Martin Garrix, The xx, Ryan Adams, Solange, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and more on Friday, while Saturday’s festivities include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, ICE CUBE, Spoon, Tove Lo, A$AP Ferg and much more. The Killers, Gorillaz, Run The Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy, ZHU and Milky Chance will close out Sunday night on each weekend. This year’s performance schedule is available here.

General Admission 3-Day Tickets for Weekend Two are still available, while only General Admission 1-Day Tickets for Friday and Sunday are available for Weekend One and Two here. 3-Day and 1-Day VIP Tickets, 3-Day & 1-Day Platinum Tickets, as well as Hotel Packages for both weekends are also available. Music fans ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Winning things is fun. Winning things is great. But winning ACL passes for your entire crew is how you win at life! Imagine how much of a hero you’ll be.

bthere, the app that rewards friends for spending time together, has just launched in Austin and they are celebrating with a 10-ticket giveaway to weekend one of ACL Fest.

The problem with traditional group messaging platforms is they don’t provide helpful context for close friends who are getting together and planning to hang out. Friends go out, lose each other, phones die, we’ve all been there. Most annoyingly, our messages are all about finding each other: Text me when you get there! I’m outside! What’s your ETA? It never ends.

With bthere’s private location sharing (only for your closest pals), pinata dropping, group texting, and notifications around phone batteries that are about to die, the app creates a world within a world where all of those problems are solved. It’s a smart and fun way to stay in the loop when you and your friends are out on the town in ATX.

The app makes it easier for close friends to get together and stay together. And through partnerships with local retailers, they offer users free giveaways and discounts based on the amount of time they spend together. Groups will be rewarded with large-scale giveaways, and individual bthere users can cash their bthere points in for discounts at local restaurants and bars. bthere is starting out with a small number of retailers in the Austin market, but keep checking! They’ll be adding more soon.

If you have a ongoing text chain with your closest friends that’s a mile long and blowing up your phone all day, this app is for you. We all love Instagram and Facebook (hey, like and follow 365 Things Austin!) but our phones are making us miss out on real life moments with friends. bthere will help you get the crew out of the phone and see each other face- to-face in real life. Imagine that! You love your buds; you can’t get enough them—why not get rewarded while you’re at it?

Entering the ACL giveaway is easy as pie:

  1. Download bthere and create a circle with your closest friends.
  2. Circles receive points for the amount of time friends spend together.
  3. The circle with 10 or fewer members who receives the most points between now and September 22nd will win ACL Weekend 1 tickets.
  4. Winners will be announced on September 22nd.

Good luck to you and your buds!

 

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. Tonight, come see Rhett Miller perform and swoon over this magical city!

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.”

Admission: Free

When: When: Today, August 17th

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

 

 

 

Come on Austin, let’s paddle our hearts out for an incredible cause! The 6th annual Paddle for Puppies presented by Austin Subaru is right around the corner, but you still have time to be one of the first 500 people to register and secure your spot at this completely heartwarming event.

There will be live music playing on the water while participants paddle on kayak’s, canoes, and SUP for about five miles through downtown. The course begins at Rowing Dock and ends at Rowing Dock with a turnaround point at the S. Congress bridge. Well-behaved and water-loving dogs are encouraged to attend!

Head over to our Instagram feed to enter to win a SUP for four! The winner will be chosen Friday, August 18th.

This will be a beautiful and fun-filled morning on the water, but what really matters is that one hundred percent of the gross dollars raised will go to help Parvo Puppies Program at Austin Pets Alive!

When: Sunday, September 10th

Arrival time: 6:45 a.m.
Shirt pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Boat pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Paddle start time: 7:45 a.m.

Click here to register.

Tonight is Big Band night on the lawn at the Long Center’s Concert in the Park—a guaranteed good time for your family. There will be kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 15th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from through August 27th. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, July 23rd

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

Location:
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

If you need the perfect family friendly plan tonight, look no further. The Zilker Summer Musical, now in its 59th year, is a local treasure and something every Austinite should experience at least once. This year’s production is a classic: The Wizard of Oz.

Zilker Theatre Productions aims to share the magic of musical theatre with children as well as Central Texans and visitors from all over the world. This summer, they will welcome over 45,000 audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.”

A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.

When: Thursdays – Sundays through August 12th

Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

1. Zilker Free Summer Musical: The Wizard of OZ

2. Explore Austin on a Fat Tire Electric Minibike

 

3. Jaws on the Water

Alamo Drafthouse Austin screening Jaws on the water Credit: Heather Leah Kennedy/ Alamo Drafthouse Linkback: http://drafthouse.com/

4. Picnic at The Seaholm Picnic Table

5. Try Escaping at The Austin Escape Game

6. 3rd Annual BBQ and Wine Fest

7. Eat Breakfast Tacos on the top of Mount Bonnel

8. Hang in a Kammock

9. Blues on the Green

10. Deep Eddy Splash Movie Nights

11. Staycation at Lake Austin Spa

12. Float The River

13. Trailer Food Tuesday at The Long Center

14. South Congress Hotel Pool Pass

This is summer’s best kept secret. Now through Labor Day, you can snag pool passes at the South Congress Hotel that will get you access to the rooftop pool and bar, free valet parking, and towels. Poolside dining is provided by Café No Sé. Guests can book their pool day at South Congress Hotel by emailing concierge@southcongresshotel.com

When: Mondays – Fridays though Labor Day, 11 a.m.- sunset

15. Bat Tuesday Sunset Cruise on Lady Bird Lake

16. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

17. Rent a Fishing (or regular) Kayak from Rowing Dock 

18. Sound & Cinema at The Long Center

19. Mohawk’s 7th Annual Quesoff 

20. Walk Dogs or Volunteer with Austin Animal Center 

21. Cool Off at The Greenbelt

22.  Free Sunday Concerts In The Park at The Long Center

23. Monday Movie Night at Yard Bar (Austin’s Dog Bar)

24. Outdoor Voices x Hoxie Wednesday Evening Jogger Club 

25. Visit The Blanton Museum (free on Thursdays)

26. Barton Springs Pool 

27. Libations Trail: Brewery & Distillery Tour

28. Unplugged at The Grove

29. Texas Memorial Museum 

30. Tour The Capitol (It’s FREE)

31. Browse MOSS Designer Consignment 

32. Cool off with some Alcoholic Ice Cream at Prohibition Creamery 

33. Try Vodka Slushies on The Deep Eddy Distillery Tour

34. 27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

35. Take a UT Tower Tour

36. Take An Antonelli’s Cheese Class

37. NLand Surf Park

38. Hike Enchanted Rock

39. Explore Central Texas Caves

40. Stronghorn Fitness Flip & Slide

41. Baylor Street Art Wall 

42. Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayak, or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake

43. Zilker Park

44. Sip Beers at Zilker Brewing Company

45. Crux Climbing Center

46. Sip Frozé at The Infinite Monkey Theorem 

47. Take A Haunted Limo Tour

48. Hike St. Edwards Park

49. St. Elmo Brewing Company’s Grassy Thursdays

50. Movie Night at Alamo Drafthouse

51. Dolce Neve

52. Zilker Botanical Gardens

53. Chaparral Ice 

54. Book People

55. ‘Game of Thrones’ Watch Parties at The North Door

56. Happy Hour at Mattie’s

Photo: Nick Simonite

57. Hotel San José Frozé

58. Playland Skate Center

59. The Veloway

60. Volente Beach

61. Happy Hour at June’s

62. Bullock Texas History Museum

63. Dart Bowl

64. Frozen Mezcal Cocktails at The Hightower

65. Amy’s Ice Cream

66. Pinballz Arcade

67. Violet Crown Cinema

68. Top Golf

69. LBJ Presidential Library & Museum

70. Hopdoddy $5 Happy Hour

71. Lenoir Wine Garden

72. River Place Nature Trail

73. The Austin Winery

74. Sno-Beach

75. Rosé Wine Flights at Red Room Lounge

76. The ABGB

77. Austin Bouldering Project

78. Hike Wild Basin Wilderness Perserve 

79. Curra’s Avocado Margarita 

80. Lick Honest Ice Cream

81. Turkey Creek Trail

82. Austin Antique Mall

83. Summer Classic Film Series at The Paramount

84. McKinney Falls State Park

85. Krause Springs

86. Kitty Cohen’s

87. Sunday Funday at The Wet Deck

88. Hamilton Pool

89. Float Fest

90. Hippie Hollow

91. Austin Steam Train

92. Hula Hut

93. Pedernales Falls State Park

94. Cow Tipping Creamery 

95. Rent a Duffy Boat

96. Round Rock Express Game

97. The Aristocrat Lounge Frosé

98. Cold Cookie Company 

99. East Austin Succulents 

100. Abel’s on the Lake 

101. Easy Tiger’s Free Will Ferrell Summer Movie Series