Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!
The problem with traditional exercise is that it never involves food—amiright? Luckily this has been rectified by John Hancock Hosts the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K, just the sort of fitness event that a food-obsessed town like Austin can really get behind. Runners will eat their way to the finish line with healthy and amazing bites at every mile, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival.
Billed as “the most delicious run ever” (and really, who can argue with that?), the Fit Food Festival & 5K will be serving up a ton of fun on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The mouthwatering festival proves that a calorie burned is a calorie earned and brings the pages of Cooking Light and Health to life to help you achieve a balance of delicious, healthy food and a fun, active lifestyle.
Inside the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, runners will be rewarded for making healthy choices with bites from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greets with John Hancock elite athletes—Olympic marathoners Ryan Hall and Desiree Linden, and more.
Your registration includes:
· Race registration and bib
· Bites at each mile
· Finisher’s medal
· Delicious tasting stations
· Goody bag with gifts from top health and wellness brands
· Cash reward for top finishers
· Included donation to No Kid Hungry
An invaluable part of the Fit Foodie journey is giving back to the community, which is why the series has teamed up with No Kid Hungry as the Official Charity with the mission to encourage runners to form teams, fundraise, and increase awareness for No Kid Hungry. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals and also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.
Race registration is open now, so click here to sign up! The cost starts at $35 per person and goes up to $45 on April 17. Spectators receive complimentary admission to the post-race festival.
When: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Old Settlers Park
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
Rowing Dock & TYLER’S Present Glow Paddle ATX benefiting The Flatwater Foundation. SUP, Kayak and Canoe on Lady Bird Lake like never before! Leave the drab at home and come dressed in your brightest, shiniest and most flamboyant apparel. Anything goes, the more outrageous the better! Each Glow Paddler will receive a limited edition glow-in-the-dark TYLER’S tee + a glowing helium balloon to attach to their vessel.
Date: Friday, April 14
Check in: 7-7:30PM
Paddle start time: 8PM
Off water by: 10PM
Glow Paddlers will check-in and begin paddling from Rowing Dock. Paddlers will make their way downstream to 1st Street Bridge where they will turn around and head back upstream to Rowing Dock (a grand total of 3.6 miles).
Hours and hours of live music in the summer is great, but in Texas we always have the issue of it being roughly one thousand degrees. Well, no matter. The brilliant people behind Float Fest have solved that problem for everyone—float the river first, then music! It’s nature’s air conditioning.
Everyone’s favorite concert/festival/tubing adventure just announced its line up and this year’s bands include: Zedd, Weezer, Cage The Elephant, MGMT, Passion Pit, Mac Miller, just to name a few.
This wet, wild, and weird adventure will take place July 22nd and 23rd in San Marcos, Texas.
Here’s how it all works:
The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 10 a.m. to all tubers on Saturday and Sunday. Once you show up you will be pointed toward the box office where you can redeem your tubing passes, camping passes, and concert tickets. If you are camping you can check in to your campsite starting on Friday at 2pm-8pm. See our Tubing and Camping page for more information on camping. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area near the box office that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles up river and drop you off at our river drop in location. Then, you FLOAT about 2 1/2 miles back to Cool River Ranch. The FLOAT takes about 2.5-4 hours so come prepared! Once you arrive at Cool River Ranch river exit you will be directed up the hill to the concert gates! Feel free to go back to your car and change or whatever you need to do before you come party at the concert.
Click here to learn more about the weekend and to purchase your tickets. This event really is worth planning your whole summer around—so get your crew organized.
If you love fishing but don’t have your own boat, we have the best recommendation for you. Rowing Dock, on Lady Bird Lake, has just launched their new Fishing Kayak Rental program.
Their fishing specific kayaks are perfectly outfitted with a stadium style seat, rod holders, recessed tackle box storage, anchors, and a center console for rigging fish finders and other tools to help you haul in a big catch! Bring your own rod, reel, and bait and let Rowing Dock take care of the rest.
For more information on renting a fishing kayak in Austin visit Rowing Dock’s FAQ section.
GIVEAWAY: Sign up here for a chance to win a half day fishing kayak rental for two.
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.
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.”
Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer. #UnpluggedAtTheGrove
When: Thursdays – September 14th
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
||CHARLIE MARS DUO
||SWIMMING WITH BEARS
||THE PETERSON BROTHERS
||SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
||NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
The City of Austin will soon be losing its only live music running event as April 9 will be the 6th and final Austin 10/20.
The Inaugural Austin 10/20 took place in 2012 in a desolate parking lot at The Domain. A lot has changed in the area over the last six years including substantial business and residential growth. The growth has also brought on more difficulties and uncertainties for the race.
When asked why April 9 will be the final Austin 10/20, Race Director Peter Douglass said, “We’ve had our struggles over the last few years and we really have not been able to get the attention of people in Austin who make things happen. The one thing we can count on every year is great support from our thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators.”
The Austin 10/20 is known for capturing everything that makes Austin awesome! With twenty live bands along the ten mile course and a party in the park with a headliner concert (Alpha Rev will be headlining!) at the finish, the race features more music than any other running event in town. Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to participate.
The 6th and final Austin 10/20 will be taking place on April 9 at the Domain. Don’t miss your chance to experience an Austin original event before it’s gone. Sign up online at www.Austin1020.com. Use promo code 365MARCH by 3/28 to save $10.
You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.
There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.
For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin. Bluebonnets and a wine tasting your thing? We also teamed up with Austin Tour Company to provide a Bluebonnet Experience in the Texas Hill Country. That will satisfy your wildflower and wine craving! Hurry up and book because the season is short!
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
If you woke up feeling a little blah this morning, here’s something that will make your day. BBBrownFitness is hosting a free sculpting yoga class in Mueller Lake Park. Lead by the awesome Alec Brownridge, you’ll get your zen on while working up a sweat and building core strength. Come out for a beautiful morning of yoga to help get those abs ready for summer.
They’ll set up on the Thinkery side of the park to the left of the lake under the trees but call Brian if you have any questions 512-277-4222.
When: Today, March 19th
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Mueller Lake Park
Austin, Texas 78723
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
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