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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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only way to improve upon the idea of summer outdoor movies in Austin is to make it a Will Ferrell-o-rama—so thank you Easy Tiger for giving us the perfect plan. Their summer series kicks off tonight featuring this titan of comedy. Stay classy and drink a Scotch while you watch. Screenings will run Sunday nights through August 27. Here’s the full schedule so you can plan for your favorite movie:

◆ July 2: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
◆ July 9: Step Brothers (feat. an “Easy Tiger” Wine Mixer)
◆ July 16: Elf (feat. a Christmas in July Party)
◆ July 23: Talladega Nights
◆ July 30: Zoolander
◆ August 6: Night at the Roxbury
◆ August 13: Wedding Crashers
◆ August 20: Old School
◆ August 27: Anchorman 2

When: Today, July 2nd

Time: 9-11 p.m.

Location:
Easy Tiger
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

It’s date night for you and your best pal. Come out to Yard Bar with your pup (and a few of your human friends) for their canine-themed Movie Mondays! Every other Monday starting tonight through November this year, they’ll be screening a dog-centric flick. Popcorn, s’mores, and drink specials are only part of the fun. Grab your lawn chairs and head to the patio. All ages and dogs welcome!

When: Mondays

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Admission is free!

Location:
Yard Bar
6700 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757

The schedule will run as follows:
July 31st – 101 Dalmations
August 7th – Beethoven
August 21st – Iron Will
September 4th – Bolt
September 18th – Turner and Hooch
October 2nd – 8 Below
October 16th – Frankenweinnie
October 30- Cujo
November 13- SURPRISE FEATURE

Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores.

When: Today, June 11th

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

2017 Schedule
June 11 – Woodwinds
June 18 – Brass
June 25 – Big Band program

July 9 – Strings
July 16 – Woodwinds
July 23 – Big Band
July 30 – Brass

August 6 – Strings
August 13 – Woodwinds
August 20 – Brass
August 27 – Big Band

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:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Bring your dad to Rowing Dock Sunday June 18th for an outdoor adventure on Lady Bird Lake and you’ll automatically enter him in a drawing for the best Father’s Day gift ever!! Rowing Dock has partnered with Austin Canoe and Kayak, KIND, and Hops and Grain to host a special Father’s Day event. From 9-11 am, they’ll have Fishing Kayak Demos and Professional Fishing Kayak Guides onsite to answer all of Dad’s fishing kayak questions in addition to some fun games for dad’s and kids.

They’ll have coffee and snacks from KIND and if you happen to be one of the first 20 people to arrive you’ll snag a sweet goody bag with items from each vendor, including a sample of the infamous River Beer from Hops and Grain. In addition to the activities from 9-11, if you take dad out for a paddle any time on Father’s Day you’ll automatically be entered in their Father’s Day Raffle contest, which could win your dad a three-month supply of KIND snacks, a $75 ACK gift card, and a ½ day Guided Fishing Kayak Trip for two! So, grab your dad and your fishing poles and head down to the dock!

Remember the Untapped Festival? Well now it’s called Index Fest and it has everything you could ever want or need—namely: craft beer, music, food, and art! The fest is traveling across Texas and stops in Austin today with more than 60 breweries pouring more than 250 different beers.

When: Today, May 13th

Time: Gates at 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Austin American Statesman (map)
305 South Congress Ave
Austin TX 78704

Tickets start at $35 and you can buy them right here.

Photo credit: Index Fest Facebook page

 

 

Imagine, if you will, the perfect Sunday: a late-afternoon dip in Barton Springs, followed by a sunset picnic supper and a little Shakespeare in the Park. Well, we’re in luck friends. Today is the day! Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production is a rollicking and rambunctious fresh look at The Comedy of Errors from guest director, Robert Ramirez, head of the acting program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, The Comedy of Errors will be performed under the stars at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket and pack that picnic! Shakespeare-loving dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

When: Thursdays – Sundays in May

Time: 8 p.m.

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