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The Wine Down, presented by The Dreaming Tree Wines, is back at 3TEN ACL Live for 2017 in partnership with the 2ND Street District, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and KUTX, with proceeds once again going to the Austin Music Foundation.

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Each month, a different restaurant from 2ND Street District will be on-site providing food samples while guests enjoy free tastings and happy hour priced glasses featuring The Dreaming Tree Wines. Each evening’s entertainment will be emceed by KUTX D.J.s and will feature pop-up shops from local retailers. The 2017 series kicks off with a bang Wednesday, April 26th, and runs monthly through September 27th.

The Wine Down 2017 Schedule:

  • 4/26/2017            Jonathan Terrell w/ bites by Alimentari 28 & pop-up by Sikara & Co.
  • 5/31/2017            Charlie Faye & The Fayettes w/ bites by CRU Food & Wine Bar & pop-up by Hemline
  • 6/28/2017            Superfónicos w/ bites by Lonesome Dove & pop-up by Luxe Apothetique
  • 7/26/2017            Scott H. Biram w/ bites by Taverna & pop-up by ModCloth
  • 8/30/2017            Mobley w/ bites by W Living Room & pop-up by Saint Bernard
  • 9/27/2017            Austin Music Foundation Presents Magna Carda + Tomar & The FCs w/ bites by TRACE and pop-up by Rae Cosmetics

“The Wine Down series is the perfect event,” said Shana Ogg, Marketing Manager of 2ND Street District. “Guests get to sample the best of the 2ND Street District’s stores and restaurants all while enjoying live music at the new 3TEN ACL Live venue.  This is exactly what makes downtown Austin the place to be.”

The Wine Down is free, open to the public, and takes place from 5–8 pm at 3TEN ACL Live. Each event hosts giveaways for merchandise from businesses around the 2ND Street neighborhood.  For more information, please visit www.3TENaustin.com.

Location:
ACL Live
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

Lick Honest Ice Creams is celebrating the opening of their fourth location at Mueller in the best way possible: free ice cream for everyone! Get your one free scoop from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening. The new store is directly across from Thinkery, and it will neighbor recently opened J.T. Youngblood’s, B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge, Colleen’s Kitchen, and Stella Public House.

Now you have something to look forward to all day. What’s better than a free scoop?

All proceeds from the shop’s opening day will benefit Urban Roots!

When: Today, April 19

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location:
1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 150
Austin, TX 78723

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

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

April 13 CHARLIE MARS DUO
April 20 SWIMMING WITH BEARS
April 27 THE PETERSON BROTHERS
May 4 IAN MOORE
May 11 LISA MORALES
May 18 JAMES MCMURTRY
May 25 DALE WATSON
June 1 BEE CAVES
June 8 BOB SCHNEIDER
June 15 SARAH JAFFE
June 29 DARDEN SMITH
July 6 SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
July 13 JACKIE VENSON
July 27 NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Aug. 3 FLATLAND CAVALRY
Aug. 17 RHETT MILLER
Aug. 24 CHARLEY CROCKETT
Sept. 7 ERIC TESSMER
Sept. 14 JIMMY LAFAVE

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

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

April 13 CHARLIE MARS DUO
April 20 SWIMMING WITH BEARS
April 27 THE PETERSON BROTHERS
May 4 IAN MOORE
May 11 LISA MORALES
May 18 JAMES MCMURTRY
May 25 DALE WATSON
June 1 BEE CAVES
June 8 BOB SCHNEIDER
June 15 SARAH JAFFE
June 29 DARDEN SMITH
July 6 SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
July 13 JACKIE VENSON
July 27 NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Aug. 3 FLATLAND CAVALRY
Aug. 17 RHETT MILLER
Aug. 24 CHARLEY CROCKETT
Sept. 7 ERIC TESSMER
Sept. 14 JIMMY LAFAVE

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!

Location:
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

Location:
Mueller Lake Park
Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a new family member, or if you’re looking for a way for your dog to enjoy SXSW—this is the event for you! Lovers of all kinds unite under one WOOF for the ultimate Puppy Party! PrideBites, Bumble, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are coming together to throw the ultimate dog friendly bash benefitting Austin Pets Alive! Bring your dog(s) down and celebrate!

Come on down to the Lustre Pearl on Rainey St. for complimentary beverages, awesome drawings, and more.

Most importantly, this event will also be full of adoptable puppies from local rescue group Austin Pets Alive! Come and give them some love, or even a forever home.

Even if you can’t attend, or don’t live in Austin, make sure you register for the event to instantly receive 50% off a PrideBites dog toy on behalf of PrideBites, Bumble & Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Show Bumble on your phone at the door to get a complimentary Tito’s drink and Bumble x Pridebites dog toy!

When: Today, March 18

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Register here!

Location:
Lustre Pearl
94 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Join Austin Park Foundation to kick off their 25th Anniversary season with an all 1992 series of Movies in the Park!

Take your friends and family to a whole new world with their screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park. Movies starts at 7 p.m., but come early to grab a spot!

When: tonight, March 9th

Time: 7 p.m.

Location:
Patterson Park
4200 Brookview Road
Austin, Texas 78722

The full 2017 schedule for Movies in the Park is as follows:

  • Aladdin @ Patterson Park — March 9, 7 p.m.
  • Batman Returns @ Pease Park — April 6, 8 p.m.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest @ Palm Park — April 20, 8:30 p.m.
  •  A League of Their Own @ Northwest District Park — May 4, 8:30 p.m.
  • Aladdin (Spanish dub) @ Dove Springs District Park — May 18, 8:45 p.m.
  • Sister Act @ Rosewood Park — June 1, 8:45 p.m.
  • The Mighty Ducks @ Dick Nichols Park — June 13, 9 p.m.
  • Wayne’s World @ Pease Park — September 14, 8 p.m.
  • Death Becomes Her @ Pan Am Park — October 19, 7:15 p.m.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol @ Ramsey Park — November 9, 6:30 p.m.

This holiday can be polarizing. You love it when you’re in love, and you hate it when you’re not. But here’s a way to spend your night that will guarantee you the warm fuzzies. All you singles out there in Austin: Come meet unattached people who love animals as much as you do! And if you don’t meet someone special, they’ve got plenty of cats and dogs who would love to be your soulmate.

You could really meet the love of your life—two-legged or four—at Austin Animal Center. And you’ll be telling the story for the rest of your life! XOXO

When: Today, February 14th

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location:
Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, Texas 78702