Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!
How’s your SXSW going so far? Why not take a short break from the day drinking, line waiting, and celeb spotting and do something good for yourself this morning? Join Outdoor Voices for a recreational jog in the heart of Downtown Austin.
After that, you can get back into the swing of things with a victory brunch and drinks in partnership with The Infatuation courtesy of Clark’s Oyster Bar, Tito’s, Stumptown, and Michelob Ultra.
When: Today, March 11th
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1637 East 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78702
606 Blanco St.
Austin, TX 78703
SXSW is already everywhere, but if you aren’t ready to jump into the melee just yet, here’s an event that will warm your heart and make you fall in love with this city all over again. Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at their Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of The Dark Knight.
If you’ve never been to this amazing place, it’s a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Come early to explore, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help our Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a dignified income.
And be sure to stop by the Community Market and check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that residents make in our various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Residents keep 100 percent of the profits from their sales, and get to do what they love!
When: Today, March 10th
Time: 6-10 p.m.
*The event begins at 6, movie starts roughly an hour later.
Cost: The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
9301 Hog Eye Road
Austin, TX 78724
Staying in town for Spring Break? Head on down to Rowing Dock to make the best of your staycation! Their dock is a little oasis just minutes from downtown. Off the beaten path, and worth it.
So, take advantage of these days off to get out on the water and explore the lake with your friends and family! Grab a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and get a head start on your tan! Rowing Dock will be open from 9am until 8pm (last boats out one hour before close) everyday starting on the 12th!
The Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
Join thousands of fellow Austinites in Zilker Park this coming Sunday, March 5th for the ABC Kite Fest. The day will start with the inaugural Anteater Fun Run, a two mile jog/walk starting at the Zilker Park Moon Tower and ending at the MossFest Stage at Lou Neff Point. Individuals can register for the Fun Run at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abc-kite-fest-anteater-fun-run-tickets-31422602851.
After the run participants can enjoy the second annual MossFest Children’s Concert which is free to all attendees. Music acts include Barton Hills Choir (10-10:40), Big Don (10:40-11:10), Hey Lolly, with Puppets! (11:20-11:50) and Trout Fishing in America (12:00-1:00). Afterwards, attendees can enjoy the ABC Kite Fest, including the kite showcase and contest run by the Exchange Club of Austin. All monies received for the event benefit Communities in Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.
When: March 5th
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.
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
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
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)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
8. Be outdoorsy—brunch on patios.
Regardless of whether you went to UT or not, this is one of the coolest views in town.
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.
Photo by: Greg Noire
Happy 2017, y’all!
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