Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has just announced a new holiday tradition and festival with—get this—a million lights, camel rides, and hot air balloon rides! The holidays in Austin just keep getting better and better. Winter Wonderland will run from December 1 – 30, open daily from 6 -10 p.m., and 6 – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are on sale now.
Like we said, a million lights will illuminate the Circuit’s Grand Plaza, which will also include Santa’s workshop, a petting zoo, a human snow globe, holiday movies on the lawn, a walking light trail, and the the Tunnel of Lights! Guests can also purchase tickets for additional offering like the hot air balloon float up to 100-feet high, Santa’s train ride for kids, a giant skating rink, camel rides, carnival rides for both children and adults, and souvenir photos with Santa. Families who donate a book to the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program at Winter Wonderland will receive one complimentary ride on the COTA Express. Guests can also hear their favorite stories read daily by Mrs. Claus at Reading Hour in the Grand Plaza. And the adults can enjoy a frosty beverage and friendly games in the Bud Light Friends Chalet after walking the .8 mile Circuit of Lights.
Entertainment throughout the Winter Wonderland will include performances by Austin school district ensembles and local artists. Plus there will be food trucks, hot cocoa stands, and other holiday-inspired beverages at Winter Wonderland. Last, but not least, you can do your holiday shopping at Go! Games—a giant pop-up shop featuring games, toys, and books—and the charming Bavarian Village with local vendors selling handcrafted goods in an enchanted setting.
Purchase tickets at the Grand Plaza Box Office or right here. Discounted group ticket sales, as well as options for corporate and private parties are also available. For information regarding special bookings or Winter Wonderland at the Circuit, click here.
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Last year was the start of a new Austin tradition—a spectacle for everyone to enjoy right before the holiday season officially kicks off. Waller Creek Conservancy’s Creek Show, which is free and open to the public, is returning for a second year and taking place November 10-18. Downtown Austin will be lit up like never before! We have a feeling this will become a mainstay of the holiday season in Austin—just like the Zilker Tree and the Trail of Lights. Bring the kids and walk along the Waller Creek downtown as you explore six luminescent, site-specific installations along between 5th and 8th Streets, all created by local artists.
They’ll also have hands-on, family friendly activities every night at the Sabine Tree Deck between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Thinkery will be on-site Fridays and Saturdays and you can visit the Creek Show Lounge (700 E. 6th St.) for interactive entertainment, a Creek Show photo booth, Waterloo Park model, and more.
The kids will really love this—and adults get to see their city in a whole new way.
For more details click here.
When: November 10th-18th
Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets
Vintage Market Days is an upscale, open-air vintage event that goes all over the country and now for the sixth time they are coming to Austin! “Hello, Fall” will be held at the Lakeline Mall area in Cedar Park from October 27-29. This is the perfect girls weekend or early holiday shopping trip. Let’s get way ahead of the ball, shall we?
Come out and shop original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more.
Fun fact: Vintage Market Days was named by Country Living as one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want to Miss.”
Friday – Early Buying Event – $10 with pre-purchased tickets or paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have first shot at all of the true vintage items, enjoy live music, food trucks, and have a chance at winning a custom farmhouse table and matching bench.
Saturday & Sunday – General Admission – $5 with pre-purchased tickets OR paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have access to all of our vendors, enjoy live music (Saturday only), and food trucks.
Once admission has been paid, shoppers can return as many times as they would like. Children 12 and under are free. ATMs will be on site. The event is pet-friendly and handicap accessible. Parking is free and on asphalt. The event is rain or shine!
For more information, click here.
Via 313 has made Austin a better place by serving up the most amazing Detroit-style pizza, and now the sky has opened up and the angels are singing and they’ve announced that they are bringing us brunch pizza starting this Sunday at their Craft Pride location.
And not just that, Craft Pride has created a signature beer cocktail menu to compliment this deliciousness.
Here’s the list of cocktail/pizza pairings so you can ready your appetite for the big day:
Martin House Brewing Company True Love is the base for this mulled brew. Flavors of fall spice combine with a Raspberry sour ale to produce a sweet and sour treat. Dressed with a cranberry rim and garnished with an edible hibiscus leaf.
Pairs excellently with B.B.E: A Detroit Style French Toast Pizza
Cherry Lime Sour
Independence Brewing Co. Redbud Berliner-Weisse gives life to a cherry limeade made just for adults. Packed with real cherry and a bright lime flavor reminiscent of the drive-in treat. Garnished with a dried cherry wrapped in a fresh petite mint leaf
Pairs excellently with The Austinite: Cheese and Over-Medium Eggs are layered on a Hashbrown crust and crowned with a Salsa Verde.
A drink inspired by the Mexican Cerveza Preparada tradition. Our take is spicy, savory, and just a little sweet. Made with Dallas Blonde from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and garnished with chile lime dusted salami and a Spanish olive.
Pairs excellently with Pepper Adams: Calabrese and Over-Medium Eggs on every slice and topped with Fresh Arugula and Shaved Parmesan.
When: Sundays starting October 2nd
Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.
61 Rainey St
Austin, Texas 78701
Present Company’s 4th annual Shakespeare at the Market, Romeo & Juliet, runs October 13th – 29th on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market. Promoting the philosophy of accessible art, Shakespeare at the Park is free! A suggested $20 donation supports the artists and event. RSVPs are encouraged.
When: Today, October 13th
Time: Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show
Whole Foods Downtown
524 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
A few things to remember!
- Picnics and blankets or chairs encouraged
- BYOB or purchase from Whole Foods
- FREE & PLENTIFUL parking in the Whole Foods garage
- Parents encouraged to research the plot and have any necessary conversations with children under the age of 10.
If you’ve discovered the weirdly addicting fun of Topgolf (you really don’t have to be a golfer to love it) then get excited, because the company is taking their experience to Circuit of the Americas for the Topgolf Crush Grand Prix. Come enjoy food, drinks, and music while you crush golf balls on top of the legendary Turn 1 hill at COTA at giant targets on the field.
Players will aim for seven targets ranging from 50-150 yards away from one of 23 bays. Topgolf’s Toptracer Range technology, which is not yet available at TopgolfAustin, tracks the flight path of the golf balls and instantly scores every shot! That’s fancy. There will also be other games to play while you wait for your tee time. And of course a live DJ will spin every day throughout the weekend.
When: October 18-22 (Private corporate events can be booked for Oct. 18-19, and the event will be open to the public from Oct. 20-22.)
Time: Daily from 9 a.m. – midnight
Cost: Tickets start at $65 for standard 55 minute tee times and VIP passes are $250. Buy yours here.
201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX 78617
Before we get into the holiday swing and start thinking about buying new things, and eating all the things, let’s do something good for our bodies and souls! Wanderlust is bringing Wanderlust 108, billed as the world’s only “mindful triathlon,” to Austin on November 11!
What is a mindful triathlon, you might be asking? It’s a 5K run (or walk) through The Travis County Expo Center, followed by a DJ-powered outdoor yoga class, with a guided meditation for the finale. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy music, artisanal vendors, local foods, and many surprises throughout the day.
In addition to the main events, participants can add a scheduled bonus class such as aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping, walking meditation, photography or essential oils workshops, or a community yoga experience from favorite local teachers. At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store and juice bar collaboration between Wanderlust and adidas housed in a 60-foot geodesic dome.
In 2017, Wanderlust events will take place in over 60 cities in more than 17 countries on 5 continents. Their mission is to help you find your true north—to cultivate your best self! Sign us up!
For more information about the event, and to get your tickets.
Photo by Diana Gerstacker.
For the few of us who aren’t going to ACL this weekend, we present the most awesome alternative plan: The Cross Plants and Produce Pumpkin Patch opens today!
This is a year round farm market and local plant nursery and in the fall, it’s transformed into a sea of orange! Expect to find local treasures in the shop such as kettle corn, fall cookies and treats as well as the best milk, eggs, honey, meats and produce you’ve ever tasted.
Outside, you can stretch your legs and get some use out of those cute Halloween costumes at our many cute photo spots. Paint a pumpkin for $5 and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. There’s a hay pyramid to climb, a tunnel to crawl through, a tractor to explore, play house for imaginations to run wild, tree swing to fly like a bird, and lots of room to run and play.
Bring a picnic and stay a while and hang with their mini horse and mini donkey, Shorty and Spot! It’s the perfect fall family day.
When: Today, October 7th
Time: 10 a.m.
Cross Plants and Produce
705 N Old Highway 81, Kyle, Texas 78640
Next week, world-class racing and Grammy Award-winning artists will descend upon our lovely city for the star-studded entertainment event of the year. Are you excited? You should be. There is so much happening at F1, and we’ve got the rundown for you here.
The 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix returns to its only stop in the U.S. for the sixth year running with a revved up festival atmosphere throughout the pulse-pounding weekend.
While the stars of the racetrack provide the most glamorous high speed challenge found on four wheels, superstars Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder will perform full concerts on a massive Super Stage.
The glitz and glamour of F1 attracts celebrities from across the globe. Notable appearances this season include in no particular order: Donatella Versace, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Michel Salgado, Patrick Stewart, Kate Upton, George Lucas, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Pamela Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Woody Harrelson to name a few.
Here is everything you need to know about the event …
The American Soundtrack fueled by Exxon Mobile Stations
Justin Timberlake will be performing Oct. 21 after F1 qualifying on a purpose-built Super Stage in the Circuit’s infield. This has an awesome festival feel with a massive stage and grassy hillside from which to watch the concert.
And none other than Stevie Wonder will be performing Oct. 22 after the F1 USGP, also on the Super Stage. You can upgrade your admission ticket to include a standing pit upgrade to be as close as possible to Stevie when he performs!
Plus there will be great Texas musicians performing on stages all around the Circuit throughout the weekend.
Topgolf is bringing an epic, one-of-a-kind experience to the USGP weekend. Crush brings Topgolf’s unique tracking and scoring system to some of the country’s most iconic stadiums and venues, creating an environment where pros and amateurs alike can crush golf balls while overlooking COTA’s legendary Turn
American F1 Team
Haas F1 Team is an American team, making the USGP their home race. A dedicated area at the track, Haas Hill between Turn 18 & 19, will be the place to cheer on the team with fellow fans. Haas Hill will be the place for a chance to glimpse the Haas F1 Team drivers, and enjoy weekend-long giveaways.
Food & Beverages
Food trucks will be around the track from local Austin favorites provide tasty flavors from a wide variety of cuisines, and sports bars will pop up around the Circuit for drinks and catching up on other sporting events taking place over the weekend .
The hub of festival activity will be at the large grassy Grand Plaza, with the F1 Game Zone (Pit Stop simulator, podium, and more), Family Fun Zone (face painting, fake tattoos, nail art, RC cars, more), F1 merch, and much more.
How to Join In
Tickets are available now at thecircuit.com, or by calling 512.655.6300.
We have a lot of new Austinites these days, and to you newbies we say: You haven’t really lived in Texas until you’ve been to the rodeo! Put on your shiniest belt buckle and your special-occasion boots and head over to the Rodeo Austin grounds for their newest offering called Bulltober Fest. This is an Austin original event featuring beer, food trucks, live music, and outdoor festival fun.
And because it’s a rodeo afterall, Bulltober Fest will feature the original battle of man vs. beast—American Freestyle Bullfighting by Bullfighters Only. This intense competition showcases the top twelve ultimate bullfighters facing off against the toughest bulls around in a bracket-style tournament for their chance at $25,000.
Food trucks at the fest will include: Wagyu on Wheels, Gebby’s BBQ, Texas Chili Queens, and The Green Machine. And there will be two live concerts by Troy Cartwright and Dirty River Boys after the bullfighting performance.
Proceeds from Bulltober Fest go toward Rodeo Austin’s mission of Promoting Youth Education—Preserving Western Heritage. In 2017, Rodeo Austin awarded more than $2 million to the youth of Texas.
When: Saturday, October 28th
Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids. There are also a limited number of VIP tickets available for $100, which include access to an exclusive area with its own bar, a Mighty Cone food truck, and comfort stations (air-conditioned bathrooms, y’all!). They also get you a reserved seat for the Bullfighters Only performance.
Parking is free!
Rodeo Austin Grounds
9100 Decker Lake Rd.
Austin, TX 78724
Buy your tickets right here!
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