Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore The Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.

Today is a special focus on Football! It’s the favorite sport of millions of Texans. Discover even more about football through hands-on activities and art-making.

  • What’s your favorite way to prepare for a football game? Visit with the The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and play a sampling of tailgate games.
  • Bring your toughest queries in front of our “Stump the Referee” panel.
  • Try your hand at football trivia. Correct answers win prizes!
  • Design a new football uniform for your favorite team.
  • Tiny Texans can enjoy story time and an activity especially for them at 2pm.
  • Contribute to our community mascot display, search for your football heroes in Gridiron Glory, and more!

When: today, October 4th

Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701


I always say that Austin needs more events to appreciate cars!

Well Top Notch (where some of the classic Dazed and Confused was filmed)  is making it happen tonight with their live music, hot rod, and movie night!

Local car lovers will love checking out all the sweet rides.

Don’t forget to bring a chair. They sell beer but not wine, so you can bring your own wine.

I highly recommend their onion rings and fried chicken, treat yourself!

If you are looking for other fun happening in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks

Admission: free

When: today, October 3rd

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757


Photo Credit: Top Notch Facebook Page

It’s a perfect night Austin Symphonic Band’s fall concert. Take this as an opportunity to wind down at the end of the weekend and enjoy a great performance. Some of you may know that they also do a fantastic show for Father’s Day in the park as well.

Make a night of the event. Don’t forget snacks, a blanket or chair and get ready to watch the stars come out to the tune of the Austin Symphonic Band.

Having so much free music is one of the perks of living in the Live Music Capital of the World, and we are one lucky city because of it.

The Pecan Street Festival is also happening today.

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

Admission: Free (may have to pay for parking)

When: Tonight, September 27th

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2100 Barton Spring Roads
Austin, Texas


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.

Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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


You know we love exploring Austin with friends, but sometimes getting everyone together and actually getting out there is difficult. Our friends at Ping Social realize this, and they believe people need to find a way to log off their screens every once in a while and spend more time doing things with each other. They’re working to facilitate a more fun and more active generation.

So, they created an app to help. It revives the idea of spontaneous hangouts, it makes getting together with friends and actually doing something easier than ever before, and, most importantly, it pulls us back into the now. OK, yes, we are fully aware of the fact that it’s an app that’s supposed to get you off your phone… but bear with us for just a second…

Your Timeline is an activity hub. It’s where you can check to see what your friends are doing around Austin each day.

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By clicking on an Event, you can check out when and where people are hanging out and other details of a get-together.

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You can see who is attending.

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You can get directions from their Map feature.

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You can comment on an Event and share photos.

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The founders of Ping are on to something. They realized that making plans with friends happen can be tiring, difficult, and often requires a way-too-long chain of communication. You can leave someone out, a lot of people don’t respond. The potential flaws go on. In the end, people end up frustrated.

Now, people Ping.

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You invite your friends. It is super efficient to use their group feature and invite a lot of your friends with one click.

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You can even invite your friends who don’t have the app yet.

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And now you are hosting your own event.

It is simple. It is easy. It is functional.

They had a soft launch at the University of Texas in the last weeks of the Spring semester and saw great results. Within the first six weeks, they had 2,000 users and 1,500 Pings had been created. People were doing more.

Some major benefits of Ping:

  • You don’t have to suffer through 30 minutes of incessant group texts as all of your friends try to plan a single event.
  • You don’t have to continue receiving seemingly infinite messages and listen to people talk about an event when you can’t attend but are still stuck in a never-ending group text.
  • You get to see and reconnect with those friends who you care about, but wouldn’t necessarily text to hangout.
  • You can access a low-stress way to invite someone to hangout. Texts can sometimes feel too intimate, but a Ping feels just right.
  • You can be social more often and more efficiently than ever before.

Ping Social is about making a generational statement.  They are done just talking. They won’t let schedules and inefficient communication dominate our existence. They are going to do things.

Ping is offering an easier way to coordinate day-to-day, real time interactions with people. No longer do you have to click through cyberspace, liking photos and posts of things that have already happened. Now, it’s time to make your own memories.

Hit the App Store, download Ping Social, create your profile, and start Pinging. You won’t regret it.

Download Ping Social on iOS

Download for Android 

Ping Social Facebook Page

Ping Giveaway

Today is the last day the Dallas Stars are holding Training Camp at the Cedar Park Center. Training Camp is free to attend and open to the public.

When: today, September 22nd

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Morning Skate (Cedar Park Center)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Practice for Non-Game Team

Cedar Park Center
2100 Ave of the Stars
Cedar Park, TX 78613


Photo Credit: Dallas Stars Facebook Page

Well, Monday has arrived. On one hand, the weekend’s over, which is a bummer… On the other hand, it’s Motown Monday at The Highball!

What does this mean? A guaranteed great time dancing and listening to soul/funk music. If your dancing skills are a little rusty and you’d like to freshen them up, Go Dance offers swing dance lessons free of charge!

Once you’ve got your dancing shoes on, from 9-12 pm, you’ll be jamming out with Matchmaker Band. With sounds of Motown, soul, and funk, it won’t be hard to get on your feet and to dance the night away.

This will be the last Motown Monday in September, so tonight’s the night to get out there!

When: 8-9 pm FREE swing dance lessons by Go Dance
9-12 pm Live music by Matchmaker Band

Where: The Highball
1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Austin is full of museums.  When you live here, they may be one of the things that you take for granted about our city. Today is the day to go explore all the museums you have been meaning to go to, since it’s Austin Museum Day.

Some participating museums have special activities and exhibits set up.

There are far too many museums to visit in one day so check out the whole list to plan your day.  My advice is to check out the museums that usually charge an admission fee.

Here are a few of my favorite participating museums: Thinkery, Bob Bullock Museum, Harry Ransom Center, Texas State Capitol, Texas Military Forces Museum, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Laguna Gloria, and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. There are tons of fun museums participating, so visit what perks your interest.

Admission: free

When: today, September 20th

See participating museums on website.


Austin is weird, and celebrating something as strange and fun as Talk Like a Pirate Day seems like an appropriate way to spend your Saturday.


At Opal Divines tonight, you can talk like a pirate and dress like one too!  Who doesn’t love a good costume party?

They will have prizes for best pirate and best wench costume!

  1. What kind of grades did the pirate get in school?
A. High Seas!

When: today, September 19th

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Opal Divines 
Penn Field
3601 South Congress
Austin, Texas 78704



Barton Springs University 2015 will be a full day of outdoor learning and fun at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. The event is designed for high school and college students and the general public.

Barton Springs University is free except for the pool entry fee which will be waived until 2pm.

Programs & Activities

Schedule overview for Friday September 18th:
8:00am to 10am: Welcoming and snorkeling tours(limited availability)
Discover the geologic features, plants, and animals below the surface of the pool with guided tours of Barton Springs.  Space is limited, and reservations are accepted.

8:00am to 10am: Storm Drain Painting

Ten artists are painting storm drains in Austin this month with designs that both invigorate our cultural landscape and remind residents of the importance of protecting the quality of Austin’s water.

10am to 3pm: Learning Sessions and activities

More than 20 professors, professionals, and experts will be presenting learning sessions throughout the day at 5 venues around the pool.  Topics include the hydrogeology of the Edwards Aquifer, biodiversity and spring ecology, water quality conditions and challenges, water policy in a changing climate, and the cultural history of the springs.  At 12pm, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Reggie James, Director of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter, will deliver a keynote discussion on water policy issues facing Austin and central Texas. The general public is invited and teachers are encouraged to bring their students.

Learning sessions will take place under the trees on the south side hill of Barton Springs Pool and at other locations on the grounds, including the Philosophers’ Rock statue at the front entrance. We also encourage people to visit the Splash! Exhibit in the Sheffield Education Center.

When: today, September 18th

Barton Springs Pool
Austin, Texas 78704