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Present Company’s 4th annual Shakespeare at the Market, Romeo & Juliet, runs October 13th – 29th on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market. Promoting the philosophy of accessible art, Shakespeare at the Park is free! A suggested $20 donation supports the artists and event. RSVPs are encouraged.

When: Today, October 13th

Time: Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show

Location:
Whole Foods Downtown
524 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

A few things to remember!

  • Picnics and blankets or chairs encouraged
  • BYOB or purchase from Whole Foods
  • FREE & PLENTIFUL parking in the Whole Foods garage
  • Parents encouraged to research the plot and have any necessary conversations with children under the age of 10.

 

 

You slept in, the weather is fabulous and cool, and now there is simply one thing to do to make this day completely perfect: Go to Super Soul Sunday at Icenhauer’s!

Since its beginning in 2011, this legendary #SundayFunday shindig has joined the ranks of Austin’s “must do” activities alongside swimming in Barton Springs, shopping on South Congress, and jamming at Austin City Limits.  A hotspot for locals and tourists alike, this historic Rainey Street hangout is the ultimate backyard party for both the young and the young at heart.

Enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the sun, drinking giant mason jars of Sangria, and listening to Austin’s favorite 10-piece soul outfit, The Nightowls.

When: Today, September 10th

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location:
Icenhauer’s
83 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

Winning things is fun. Winning things is great. But winning ACL passes for your entire crew is how you win at life! Imagine how much of a hero you’ll be.

bthere, the app that rewards friends for spending time together, has just launched in Austin and they are celebrating with a 10-ticket giveaway to weekend one of ACL Fest.

The problem with traditional group messaging platforms is they don’t provide helpful context for close friends who are getting together and planning to hang out. Friends go out, lose each other, phones die, we’ve all been there. Most annoyingly, our messages are all about finding each other: Text me when you get there! I’m outside! What’s your ETA? It never ends.

With bthere’s private location sharing (only for your closest pals), pinata dropping, group texting, and notifications around phone batteries that are about to die, the app creates a world within a world where all of those problems are solved. It’s a smart and fun way to stay in the loop when you and your friends are out on the town in ATX.

The app makes it easier for close friends to get together and stay together. And through partnerships with local retailers, they offer users free giveaways and discounts based on the amount of time they spend together. Groups will be rewarded with large-scale giveaways, and individual bthere users can cash their bthere points in for discounts at local restaurants and bars. bthere is starting out with a small number of retailers in the Austin market, but keep checking! They’ll be adding more soon.

If you have a ongoing text chain with your closest friends that’s a mile long and blowing up your phone all day, this app is for you. We all love Instagram and Facebook (hey, like and follow 365 Things Austin!) but our phones are making us miss out on real life moments with friends. bthere will help you get the crew out of the phone and see each other face- to-face in real life. Imagine that! You love your buds; you can’t get enough them—why not get rewarded while you’re at it?

Entering the ACL giveaway is easy as pie:

  1. Download bthere and create a circle with your closest friends.
  2. Circles receive points for the amount of time friends spend together.
  3. The circle with 10 or fewer members who receives the most points between now and September 22nd will win ACL Weekend 1 tickets.
  4. Winners will be announced on September 22nd.

Good luck to you and your buds!

 

Since the events of the weekend, I’ve been flooded with emails of people asking how to help. I am working on compiling a comprehensive list of verified ways to help. In the meantime, The Austin Disaster Relief Network is an organization I KNOW is doing great things. Here is run down of what they are doing and need currently. 

The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) has deployed Emotional and Spiritual care teams to help more than 100 families from Rockport, Texas directly impacted by flooding. Volunteer social ambassadors will be on hand to bus the eldery and special needs families to local stores to shop for clothing, hygiene items and emergency necessities. Gift cards will be distributed to families along with toys, coloring books, hygiene kits and collected items. ADRN is gearing up to deploy additional teams in the days to come to assist survivors.

Working through the weekend, ADRN’s Call Center has answered more than 450 calls from survivors from the coast as well as people who are volunteering to help. ADRN is continuing to receive monetary donations to provide support for the survivors. These funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and/or building materials to meet immediate and long-term needs.

ADRN is coordinating closely with Red Cross of Central Texas, providing volunteers for shelter staffing within the Greater Austin area. Local congregations from ADRN’s network of more than 175 churches are also preparing to sponsor survivor families through ADRN’s Disaster Relief Shepherd program to guide them through the recovery process.

HOPE FAMILY THRIFT STORE SURVIVOR DRIVE In order to meet the needs of survivors, ADRN’s Hope Family Thrift Store’s receiving dock with be open to receive survivor donations Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM at 1122 E 51st Street from 10-5PM. Delivery trucks have been deployed to distribute goods to local shelters in Greater Austin area and will continue as need increases.

Items needed include:

  • New undergarments (all sizes, children and adult) •
  • New socks (all sizes, children and adult)
  • Toiletries (ie: shampoo, facewash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
  • New bed pillows and New blankets
  • Cleanup supplies and Black trash bags
  • Mops and buckets
  • Utility knives and Leather work gloves
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Box fans
  • Clothing is not needed – ADRN will distribute the abundance of previously-donated clothing to survivors

SURVIVOR HOTLINE Families seeking support and volunteers wishing to support survivors should call ADRN Call Center: 512-806-0800.

DONATIONS NEEDED Monetary donations, in the form of financial funds, are needed at this time to help ADRN provide support to survivors impacted by the storm. Funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and/or building materials to meet immediate and long-term needs. To make a tax-deductible gift to support disaster survivors, go to https://adrn.org/give/ and make a donation to the ‘Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund’.

ABOUT ADRN Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of more than 175 greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers. ADRN’s network enables church members to organize, prepare and respond quickly in the event of a disaster, large or small. ADRN network churches, volunteers, business partners, local agencies and community organizations provide in-kind and monetary donations and additional volunteer assistance that enable ADRN to fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis. Since 2009, ADRN has brought emotional, physical and spiritual relief to more than 19,000 individuals, sponsored more than 2,650 families and given more than $4.4 million in disaster relief funds.

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. Tonight, come see Rhett Miller perform and swoon over this magical city!

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.”

Admission: Free

When: When: Today, August 17th

Time: 8 p.m.

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

 

 

 

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

Join Wild Heart Yoga for a free sweat session tonight at the Whole Foods rooftop! DJ Trey and DJ Cut-A-Rug will provide the beats, Wild Heart will provide the yoga and you provide your beautiful energy. 

Bring a mat, towel and water. 

When: Mondays in July 

Time: 7:30pm 

Location:
Whole Foods Rooftop
524 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 

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