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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!

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.

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

Live Oak Brewing Company
1615 Crozier Lane
Austin, TX 78617


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

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.


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

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.


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.

2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


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.

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.

Sherwood Forest
1883 Old Hwy 20
McDade, TX 78650

Creek Show 2016 is just around the corner, and this year you’ll have 10 nights to see the amazing art and light installations downtown along Waller Creek. The show is designed to highlight Waller Creek and its future transformation into a series of urban parks. Now The Waller Creek Conservancy is previewing five new artist installations that will be illuminating the creek from November 10–19.  The free, public art exhibit begins with the opening night event on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. All designers participating in the 2016 event are Austin-based architects, landscape architects, and visual artists.

This year Creek Show 2016 will offer an expanded children’s program with kid-focused programming from partners like The Thinkery and Austin Bat Cave on a number of nights. Visitors can use their wristbands to receive all kinds of wonderful benefits from surrounding restaurants, music venues, and more.

The first night will include a DJ set along the creek and drink specials available at Easy Tiger, The Gatsby, Waller Creek Pub House, and more. Other confirmed events for Creek Show 2016 include Monster Bash, hosted by Generation Waller on November 11, and an Artist Talk on November 15 at The Palm Door on Sabine from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with the CreekShow 2016 designers discussing their work in relation to Waller Creek. The Artist Talk will be moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, veteran arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. A closing party on November 19 will begin with live music along Waller Creek and continue at Barracuda with dance lessons and a local line-up of country music.

Below, check out designs of this year’s jaw-dropping installations. Downtown is about to get a lot more magical!



Project name: Nimbus Cloud

Design: Dharmesh Patel, Associate AIA | Autumn Ewalt, Artist

About: “Nimbus Cloud” resembles a rain cloud and is a reflection on the vitality of Waller Creek and the nature that surrounds it. Cumulonimbus and nimbostratus clouds produce precipitation. The creek acts as a watershed by collecting this precipitation from an area of 6 miles and meandering its way to Town Lake. “Nimbus Cloud” signifies one of the primary sources of Waller Creek today. Using programmable LEDs installed within the sculpture, abstracted imagery collected from Waller Creek and the areas surrounding the watershed will be conveyed onto the cloud. The water beneath the sculpture will mirror this ephemeral phenomena, creating a parallel that reflects the relationship between the creek and the environment.


East Side Collective + Drophouse Design

Project name: Deep Curiosity

Design: Tim Derrington, AIA & Lead AP | Wilson Hanks, AIA | Christian Klein, Owner of Drophouse

About: At this particular site, between 5th and 6th Streets along Waller Creek, stained concrete walls drop down to a soupy pool. Guardrails line the tops of retaining walls to form a viewing platform where visitors can peer into the murky waters below. There is no flora or fauna, there are no rocks to generate surface distortions, not even graffiti to mark the walls surrounding this urban trench. The experience here is a downward gaze and the viewer is left to wonder about the nature of the place. It is an unfinished space, partly natural, partly man-made. “Deep Curiosity” offers an alternative to the void—a view to the enlivened, complete Waller Creek experience that we know is imminent. A partially submerged, larger-than-life circular form finds its delicate balance in the murky water like an object from the future civilization. The scale of this inwardly glowing round form lifts the viewers’ eyes and imagination up and around. With no beginning and no end, the ring offers a glimpse of something whole and total, through which the full spatial possibility of this place is imagined. The depth of the dark abyss will be called to attention as well, as the massive ring is half submerged, allowing reality and illusion to coalesce and complete an object whose form and scale exist to encourage delight and epiphany with the use of curved steel and LED lighting. The object offers viewers a careful array of elements balanced precariously yet precisely in its place on WallerCreek, suggesting a future site where perfection is possible.

E 8th Street Bridge over Waller Creek

E 8th Street Bridge over Waller Creek

Jules Buck Jones

Project name: Invisible and Absolute

Design: Jules Buck Jones, Artist

About: “Invisible and Absolute” is a sculpture of an extinct sea lizard called a mosasaur, commissioned specifically for Waller Creek Conservancy’s 2016 Creek Show. Mosasaurs swam through the shallow sea that covered Central Texas 100 –65 million years ago. In 1935, an almost complete skeleton was found in Onion Creek by UT geology students and is now on exhibit at the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus. When asked to create a piece for Creek Show, Jules Buck Jones immediately thought of this extinct animal swimming in the form of a skeleton, offering a little bit of history and the façade of fantasy. Extinct creatures like the mosasaur are simultaneously very real and very not, only present today in the form of fossilized bone. “Invisible and Absolute” asks the question: What is scarier? A 40’ monster or extinction itself?



Project name: The Creek Zipper

Design: Kory Bieg, AIA

About: “The Creek Zipper” is a series of interconnected units that form zipper-like strands. Each unit varies depending on the width of the strand creating a dynamic overall geometry that ebbs and flows much like the water level of the creek itself. Though the water level will stabilize once the Tunnel Project is complete, the level will still rise and drop within manageable limits. Each unit will be raised on adjustable pedestal so the flat bottom of the unit will coincide with the average water level. When the water level is below average, the water will pass below the strands and be only minimally affected by the legs that support the units. When the water level rises above average, the water will interact with the folded geometry of each unit causing a turbulent flow. The distortion of water as it rises reflects the devastation that used to occur during floods. “The Creek Zipper” is an array of arrays. The project consists of a number of a strands that extend the length of the creek between the 6th Street Bridge and the 3 concrete steps that span the river between 6th and 7th Street. The strands are free-flowing and occasionally intersect and join one another to form larger strands. Each strand varies from the others, differing in length and width. The strands are made up of an array of CNC-milled aluminum units that connect to form the overall zipper. The units and strands are part of an assemblage that favors neither whole or part. The entire project, each strand, and each unit can be read as whole in and of itself, calling to question the hierarchical part/whole relationship that has traditionally dominated art and architecture for much of their histories. Though the strands and units are similar to each other and have the same generic properties, the specific geometry of each one is unique as a result of its association with the overall assemblage, its location on the site, and how it joins with neighboring units.



West Shop | Cook Shop

Project name: Phantom Diversion

Design: Alisa West, Landscape Designer | Travis Cook, Designer

About: Their vision for Creek Show 2016 (Phantom Diversion) is an analysis and interpretation of a particular intersection between the natural and built environment. Currently, there are a series of exposed, above-grade diversion pipes that will later be functionally supplanted by the intake station at 4th Street, at which time they will be removed.  These paired diversion pipes are approximately 18” in diameter and are held in place by a series of caliche packed mounds that anchor and direct the pipe within the natural creek bed.  Our design seeks to bring to attention these temporal, infrastructural elements, and to reveal their mundane beauty through a linear series of glowing circular elements. The arrangement of these elements will undulate, swell, and distort based on site-specific data. Formally, the piece will serve as a visual linking agent between the additional Creek Show exhibits and the overall Creek Show site.