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Now in its 58th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you Shrek The Musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer. The outdoor venue at Zilker is perfect for an evening under the stars, and once the sun goes down, the weather is much more bearable.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, a loaded picnic basket, a cooler (no glass), bug spray, and anything else you need for a wonderful evening under the Austin sky. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

If you’re worried about rain, call the hotline at 512-479-9491 to get updates on the status of the show.

To learn more check out our tips for getting the most out of your experience.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday – August 13th

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Shakespeare at Ramsey Park is in full swing! This is the second weekend of The Winter’s Tale, the company’s fifth production of a community-friendly Shakespeare play in the park. It’s performed with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of the Bard.

This is a fun experience that the entire family will enjoy. Grab your chairs or a blanket to sit on, pack a little picnic, and come out and enjoy some theater in the park!

Admission: Free

When: Thursday – Saturday through June 25th

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Ramsey Park
4301 Rosedale Ave
Austin, Texas 78756

Photo Credit: Something For Nothing Facebook Page

Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and  light classical to pop selections and film scores.

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

2016 Schedule

June 5 – Strings
June 12 – Woodwinds
June 19 – Big Band
June 26 – Brass

July 10 – Woodwinds
July 17 – Strings
July 24 – Brass
July 31 – Big Band

August 7 – Strings
August 14 – Brass
August 21 – Woodwinds
August 28 – Big Band

The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704


Grab a blanket, a few friends, and your pup and head to the Zilker Hillside Theatre across from Barton Springs for Austin Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth.

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – Sunday (through May 29th)

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre (across from Barton Springs Pool)
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704!macbeth/c6esl

Photo Credit: Austin Shakespeare

A new music series – KUTX Live at Mueller – kicks off on today and runs through May 20th. For the first three Fridays in May, gather friends and family to enjoy live music at the Mueller Amphitheater. The fun starts at 7pm with a kid-friendly act, hosted by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and is followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups afterwards.

Pack a picnic, bring blankets and lawn chairs, and prepare for an evening of fun for the whole family!

The Lineup:

May 6
7 pm – Jarebear
7:45 pm – The Octopus Project

May 13
7 pm – El Tule
7:45 pm – Tameca Jones

May 20:
7 pm – The Que Pastas
7:45 pm – Hard Proof

Couple of items to note:

  • Food trucks will be on-site with food and drinks available for purchase.
  • Free parking is located in the garage adjacent to the Thinkery.
  • The 7:45 pm start time is an approximate time.

What: KUTX Live Music at Mueller

Where: Mueller Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

When: Friday, May 6, 13, & 20, 2016

Time: 7pm kid-friendly music; 7:45 (approx.) adult music

Cost: FREE

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today there is so much fun to be had around town. For those of you who are looking for a Cinco De Mayo Party, South Congress Hotel is going all out. Details are here.

But this is the LAST Movie In The Park of the spring season, so it deserves a mention. This time it’s another classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Swing by South Congress Hotel first (they offer free valet—no one seems to know that!) then head over to Palm Park.

You know the drill. Pack a comfy blanket, a couple of lawn chairs, and a picnic supper, and you’ll be ready for an enchanted Austin evening. Dogs are welcome, too!

Admission: Free

When: Today, May 5th

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Palm Park
100 North I35
Austin, Texas 78701


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If you’ve been downtown, heck, if you’ve waited patiently in traffic on South Congress as would-be photographers clog the center of the street, their cameras pointed north at the spectacular view, you’ve seen the Texas State Capitol. It’s the focal point of this beautiful city—an ornate building full of history, symbolism, and maybe a few ghosts. You’ve probably admired the exterior and walked around the grounds, but when was the last time you took an official tour? Here’s a primer for Texans, transplants, and tourists alike.


When the Texas State Capitol was completed in 1888, it was the seventh largest building in the world. Now, of course, knocked way off that list, the home of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor is still the sixth-tallest state capitol in the country, and, at 308-feet-tall, is actually taller than the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

In 1983, the 68th Texas Legislature created the State Preservation Board in order to preserve, maintain, and restore the Capitol, which was later designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 1993, the Capitol grounds were expanded north, and from 1995-96 the south grounds were restored. Today, visitors can explore the building for free, seven days a week. A new tour leaves from the South Foyer every 20 minutes.

The best way to tour the Capitol is to allow yourself a couple hours. You can take a guided tour of the actual building, which takes about 30 minutes, walk around the 22-acre Capitol grounds, and stop by the adjacent Bullock Museum, and learn about how Texas became what it is today. Of course, self-guided tours are allowed from 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. weekends. Stop in the Capitol Grille for lunch or dinner if you have the time.

In addition to the normal tours, groups of 10 or more can take specialty tours, including Women in Texas History, The Texas Revolution, Texas Veterans Tour, and Rest in Peace, a tour centered around the urban myths and ghost stories of the Capitol offered around Halloween.

If you haven’t been inside since elementary school, it’s time for a field trip.


The city’s longest running free music series is back for its 26th season, and they’re ready to rock out this summer at Zilker Park.

MAY 25

Admission: free

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Whole Foods Lamar 

When: Saturdays in April

Time: 10am

Whole Foods Lamar
524 North Lamar
Austin, Texas 78701
Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 11.58.45 AMYoga at The Domain

When: Mondays & Wednesdays

Time: 7:00 p.m.

The Domain – Lawn near iPic Theaters
Austin, Texas

Yoga on The Dock at Alta’s Cafe

When: Sundays

Time: 6:30 pm

Alta’s Cafe
74 Trinity Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Pints & Poses at Hyatt Regency

When: Second Monday of the month

Time: 6:30 pm

Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Balcones District Park – Yoga for Beginners  – 

When: Saturdays in April & May

Time: 9:00 am

Balcones District Park
12017 Amherst Dr.
Austin, Texas 78759

Dick Nichols Park – Yoga/Pilates Combo  

When: First & Third Tuesday in April – September

Time: 6:00 pm April & May | 6:30 June – September

Dick Nichols Park
8011 Beckett Rd.
Austin, Texas 78749

Dove Springs Recreation Center – Bilingual Yoga – Visit Site for OFFICIAL START DATE

When: Wednesdays

Time: 7:30 pm

Dove Springs Recreation Center
5801 Ainez Dr.
Austin, Texas 78744


Republic Square Park – Hatha Yoga

When: Wednesdays in April and May

Time: 12:00 pm

Republic Square Park
422 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Wooldridge Square Park – Kids and Family Yoga

When: Third Sunday of the Monday

Time: 11am in spring and fall | 9:30am during June, July and August.

Wooldridge Square Park
900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701


Yesterday I took a free yoga class on the dock at Alta’s Cafe and it was amazing. Something about doing yoga next to the water was so soothing.

Today a new series launches at Hyatt Regency called Pints & Poses and it will happen on the second Monday of each month. The classes will be led by Austin yogi Ferny Barcelo, from Six Elephants Yoga, and she’ll be assisted by back-up instructor Zuzu Perkal, from Blackbird Fitness.

The one-hour class will be held in the Foothills Ballroom, which provides views of Lady Bird Lake and skyline views of downtown Austin from the hotel’s 17th floor. It will be a relaxing and smooth Vinyasa flow yoga.

Following the class, participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary draft beer at Hyatt Regency Austin’s Marker 10 bar. Freshly squeezed juice and citrus-infused water will also be available throughout the event.

Guests will receive a validation ticket for parking in the hotel garage.

Admission: Free

When: Second Monday of the month

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Please consider using Lyft for a safe ride home. Good news: Lyft, the app that gets you rides in minutes, is the official ridesharing partner of 365 Things Austin. Even better news: You get $20 off your first ride.

Here’s how it works:
1. Download the Lyft app
2. Request a ride & go