Austin is a very dog friendly city so you're sure to find no lack of places where you can have fun with your dog. There are many dog friendly places in Austin, Texas and dog friendly events.

Of course there is a Mardi Gras dog parade in Austin today because why not?

The ABGB is having a day full of festivities celebrating both Mardi Gras and your dog. Here is the rundown!
THE BIG PARADE!
A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade! Come have your pup “bark for beads” with our friends from BarkHappy @ 5pm. All dogs dressed in costume can bark for beads and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest! Everyone that shows the BarkHappy app on their phone will receive beads and a special treat!

A MEETUP!
Come hang with all your favorite BarkHappy folks and pups.

And a whole lot more:
FOOD!
There will be special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim!

CAKE!
King Cake, that is!

LIVE MUSIC!
Inside, on our stage, will be some of favorite musicians:
Greg Izor 3p
Gumbo Ce Soir 7p
Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue 10p

When: today, February 6th

Time: 5pm

Location:
The ABGB
1305 W Oltof Street
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/151418951899064/

Known as one of the fittest cities in the US, it’s no wonder Austin has breathtaking trails to run and quirky streets to explore. We have trails and running routes easily accessible from downtown, luscious greenery, and even views of the Texas Capitol. You name it, and we’ve got it.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite places to run and experience the wonderful city we live in – Austin, Texas!

5. For the city slicker seeking solitude: Shoal Creek Trail
     Start your playlist with: Days Like This – Van Morrison

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Although parts of the trail are currently under construction, this is a great trail to get away without stepping outside of Austin. You’ll find Shoal Creek less crowded than other nearby trails, yet it still provides beautiful creek views surrounded by massive trees. If you start at the northern most end of the trail, you will have to cross a few roads including North Lamar; but, this short intermission doesn’t take away from the serenity to be experienced on the trail.

Distance: 4 mile stretch
Terrain: Compacted dirt, loose rocks, limestone, pavement
Pro tip: Park at Randall’s (W. 35th) for easy access to Shoal Creek Blvd. There is also parking available off of North Lamar.

4. For the ultimate sight-seer: Texas State Capitol to South Congress Loop
     Start your playlist with: Fader – The Temper Trap

This is the perfect running route if you’re visiting Austin for a few days or if you’re a resident looking to escape the office for a lunch time run. Start at the Capitol and run through downtown; you’ll soar across the Congress bridge and witness breathtaking views of Lady Bird Lake. From there, you’ll run at an incline up South Congress (one of Austin’s most memorable and well loved streets in Austin). On the way back, be sure to take a pit stop at Amy’s Ice cream for an afternoon snack!

Distance: 6 mile round trip
Terrain: Paved road
Pro tip: This is the beginning of the Austin marathon/ half marathon course and is a great way to train for some of the hills on the course. However, they only get bigger from here!

3. For the hill climber: Mount Bonnell
     Start your playlist with: Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

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When I first visited Mount Bonnell, I’ll admit I walked up the stairs within a few minutes and was slightly underwhelmed. Maybe I was expected something a bit more rugged or a longer climb. However, if you want to reach one of the highest points in Austin, try running up it. Mount Bonnell stands at 785 feet and remains one of Austin’s most popular tourist attractions. If you’re fit for the challenge, start at the top of Mount Bonnell, run until you get to the beginning of Mount Bonnell Road (Mayfield Park) and climb back up to the summit. If you make it to the stairs running,  you’ll be no doubt be out of breath but have earned the beautiful view of the Colorado river and Austin skyline.

Distance: (Covert Park at Mount Bonnell – Mayfield Park) .7 miles each way; 1.5 miles total
Terrain: Paved road
Pro tip: Mayfield Park, right off of Mount Bonnell Road is one of Austin’s lesser known gems. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can run through it before heading back up to Mount Bonnell. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find –

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2. For the trail runner not afraid of a rocky ride: The Barton Creek Greenbelt
     Start your playlist with: The ‘59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem

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Located off of Highway 360, The Greenbelt serves as a popular attraction for both visitors and Austin locals. It has explorative trails and numerous swimming holes for the warmer months. With multiple different routes and trailhead access points, the Greenbelt is a trail runner’s dream. For running, one of my favorite trailheads is The Scottish Woods trail, a less crowded access point. The trailhead starts off rocky with a decent decline known as “The Hill of Life”. From there, it’s a smoother ride and offers many different trails comprised of several obstacles. The main access is off of 3755 B Capital Highway 360 and another popular one is Spyglass (West). Hit up this spot for the perfect combination of hiking and breakfast tacos from the nearby Taco Deli. For runners, with varied terrain and multiple trails, this is a great place to challenge yourself while still enjoying Austin’s serenity.

Distance: 7.9 mile stretch (main trail)
Terrain: Loose rock, dirt, gravel, limestone
Pro tip: Stop at the iconic Sculpture Falls on the way back to cool off (only about 1 mile from The Scottish Woods Trailhead).

1. For the long distance runner who takes the scenic route: Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail (Ann and Butler/Town Lake)
    Start your playlist with: Do You – Spoon

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*Ahh* the lake. Like most, this was the first trail I ran in Austin. Its prime location, and beautiful sunrises/sunsets that reflect off the water make it a popular spot for Austinites. The majority of the trail is flat with some small inclines, which makes it fairly easy to maintain your pace. In its entirety, the trail covers over 10 miles and is extremely suitable for half marathon/marathon training. But, don’t be overwhelmed by the distance. The trail also offers many shorter and equally as scenic loops. If you’re seeking a shorter run, take the MOPAC loop or start downtown and cross I-35 to get to the boardwalk. There’s lots to explore here and the view simply never gets old.

Distance: 10.1 mile loop
Terrain: Compact dirt, crushed granite, concrete
Pro tip: Wake up early to beat the rush and witness the sunrise. For skyline views, check out the boardwalk; for rugged trails, enter the trail from downtown (Congress), and once you’ve reached the trail, turn left.

If you enjoyed this post, check out our guide to Hiking Trail in Austin.

Your pet deserves a night out on the town! Bring your furry friend out tonight to enjoy FREE Amy’s Dog Ice Cream and Treats, door prizes, 80’s music and more!

Austin Pets Alive will be on site with adoptable dogs.

When: today, November 19th

Time: 5 pm – 9pm

Location:
Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

https://www.facebook.com/events/1649750771947395/

One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, September 26th & tomorrow, September 27th

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

For a map visit, http://pecanstreetfestival.org/contact-page/festival-map/

http://pecanstreetfestival.org

Outdoor enthusiasts are pretty lucky here in Austin. We’re graced with scenic trails and beautiful views right in our own backyard (see: Town Lake (Lady Bird) and the Barton Creek Greenbelt).

For those who have ran the trail and hiked The Greenbelt countless times, we’ve put together a list of our favorite hidden gems in Austin that may not be on your radar. All the trails are free and are within a 30 minute drive from downtown. Check ’em out!

 

1. For the challenger – River Place Nature Trail

Surrounded by greenery and tall trees, this trail will take you to a different world; a world that is shaded and cooler (great for the hot, summer months). After climbing many stairs, your heart rate will soar and you’ll reach high levels of elevation that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Austin. The trail is extremely clear and is impossible to get lost on. Make sure you stop at the creeks and waterfall to cool off. If you’re looking for a challenging hike, this ones got your name all over it!

Pro tip: If you’re a moderately-experienced runner, run the trail. It’s worth it!

Distance: 5.5-6 miles (round trip; no loop)
Dog friendly: Yes
Terrain: Mostly dirt, stairs, some water crossings

 


 

2. For the explorer – Walnut Creek Trail

This neck of the woods is a popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers. Comprised of a huge, 15-mile mass of land, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down. 

Pro tip: Wear good shoes. The rocks can be pesky!

Distance: 15 mile loop
Terrain: dirt, loose gravel, small and large rocks, tree roots
Dog friendly: Yes; dogs must be on a leash

 


 

3. For the solitude seeker – Turkey Creek Trail

Located near The Emma Metropolitan Park, you may be lucky enough to see some wildlife on the drive up! This trail is a very cool, secluded spot where you’ll find a creek that runs along the trail. Although primarily flat, you will find parts of the trail that have moderate elevation changes as well as water crossings. This is the place to be one with nature; but, don’t forget that bug spray!

Pro tip: No, really, lather yourself in bug spray. Horse flies are not your friend.

Distance: 2.8 mile loop
Terrain: Loose rocks, dirt, tree roots
Dog Friendly: Yes


 

4. For the peaceful adventurer – St. Edwards Park

Referred to as the “country within the city,” St. Edwards Park is a perfect balance between finding peace and chasing adventure. Surrounded by forest-like areas, there are lots of hidden trails, great elevation, phenomenal views, a waterfall, and a creek. This trail has everything you need for a peaceful getaway and truly is the best of both worlds.

Pro tip: If you’re looking for a more challenging trail with elevation, take the hill trail. Keep your eyes peeled on the way down and you will find a rope swing and swimming hole for all your adventure needs!

Distance: 2-4 mile loop (depending on the trail – hill or creek)
Terrain: mostly dirt, rocks, gravel, and some tree roots
Dog Friendly: Yes; dogs must be on a leash

 


 

5. Don’t forget about the convenience of Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Located off of Loop 360, you can access the preserve easily, making it a great spot for families and visitors to Austin. It’s a short trail comprised of multiple paths and terrain (dirt, large rocks, loose gravel, tree roots). There are some hills with relatively high elevation, and multiple overlooks that show off a great view of Austin. With a perfect, easy-to-get-to location, be sure to check out this trail for a weekend adventure. 

Pro tip: Trails are marked very clearly, but here’s a trail map to help out since there are multiple networks of trails.

Distance: 2.5 mile round trip
Terrain: Dirt, loose gravel, rocks, tree roots
Dog Friendly: No

Written by Danielle McIntosh

 

Austin Footwear Labs (AFL) is a local sustainability-focused company that keeps tires out of landfills by producing high-quality, eco-friendly footwear. Who says you can’t go green and look good at the same time? AFL has found a way to promote and practice sustainability without sacrificing on looks. You may be wondering, just how does AFL do this? Well the answer is technology!

Austin Footwear Labs uses APX®, recycled rubber compound made from scrap tires through a process that transforms the rubber into a new virgin rubber compound substitute. This makes it possible to make a high quality and durable shoe that also promotes conscious living. The sandal outsoles are made of 50% recycled rubber from scrap tires that would have ended up in a landfill or burned!

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The first line of sandals consists of two styles each for men (colors available: Red River, Bat Black, Burnt Orange and Espresso) and women (colors available: Purple Haze, Turquoise, Sand and Onyx). The sandals are uniquely Austin, featuring a laser etched 1921 map of Austin on select sandal straps and a logo that resembles a bat in reference to the city’s largest urban bat population! AFL is hosting their launch party right here in Austin, TX on Tuesday, August 18th! The launch party will be co-hosted by Bat Conservation International (BCI) and will take place at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, located at 79 Rainey Street. Bring the family and your furry friends out to celebrate the launch of a local Austin company that is saving the Earth one pair at a time!

Check out the sandals at austinfootwear.com and be sure and RSVP to the event via Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1467505140215480/ or at eventbrite using this link: http://bit.ly/1NnKIwa 

 

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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

Location:
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Bluebonnet season is alive and well in Central Texas! There are so many places to get great photos of you, your loved on or your pet in the state flower. Here are our favorite spots, they offer great scenery and are all not far from Central Austin.


5 Best Places In Austin To See Bluebonnets 2015

By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

Here are the best locations around town to snap photos in the state flower of Texas! 

  • Mopac/Bee Caves Road

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    There is a church right as you exit the Mopac, Park Hills Baptist Church that I parked in. You can get great photos in Bluebonnets and if you walk up a small hill you can get a view of downtown in the background. 

  • St. Edwards University

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    There is a  hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance. I would recommend going early in the evening, as the sun is best around that time.

  • 360 Bridge

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    There's great parking on the eastern shore of the lake under the 360 bridge, just follow the signs for the boat launch. You can get great views of the bridge in the background of your photos at this location. 

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    This is great for those who want to take it a step further and immerse themselves in a destination dedicated to wildflowers.  Guided and self-guided tours of the grounds are available, and there are endless opportunities for photos. 

  • Brushy Creek Lake Park

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    The lake in the background adds to the scenery and makes for a great photo. 

Bonus Locations:

45th/Bull Creek
Montopolis Drive
Hwy 71 towards Bastrop
Hwy 71 towards Marble Falls
There’s a small patch at Riverside/35 right next to the Norwood dog park 

The only thing that is better than a happy hour is one where man’s best friend can join.

Patika Wine & Coffee is having a Yappy hour to benefit Austin Pets Alive today. Austin Pets Alive volunteers will be there with adoptable pups and proceeds from pint sales will benefit APA! A win, win if you ask me.

Today is going to be another fantastic day, perfect patio weather!

If you’re in the market to add to your family, check out our Pet of the Week’s that are looking for their forver homes!

When: today, March 25th

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm

Location:
Patika Wine & Coffee
2159 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1434438730182877/

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In the spirit of being active as we start the New Year, I suggest making the trek to the top of Mount Bonnell on this absolutely gorgeous Sunday.  Go up and down the 102 (give or take) steps a few times and that will really get your heart pounding.

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Mount Bonnell is one of Austin’s oldest touring attractions, dating back to the 1850′s as it is the highest point in Austin City Limits reaching 785 feet tall.

The top of Mount Bonnell easily boasts some of the best views in Austin. You can get a truly panaramoic view of the city, on one side you have the UT Tower and downtown and to the other you have the 360 bridge. It’s on of my favorite places to go in Austin!

To get to Mount Bonnell:
Take 35th Street past Camp Mabry
Go left at the fork onto Old Bull Creek Road
Right on Mount Bonnell Road (You will start to see parking on your left)

http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=287

Photo Credit: http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=287