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If you are a parent of school-aged kids you know that summer is a childcare scramble. Thankfully Cordovan Art School, which teaches visual and performing arts, is offering a wide range of camps at their Northwest Austin and Cedar Park locations.

In a town bursting with culture like ours, Cordovan believes in fostering creativity and self-confidence. The learning environment is positive, enjoyable, and allows students to progress and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.

Students learn fundamental principles and time-tested techniques that will stay with them for life. If your child enjoys the arts, this is the perfect place for them to develop their talents.

Right now if you purchase three camp sessions for your child, you will get the fourth for free! Cordovan offers full-day and extended care options all summer long. They also have wildly popular themed camps like “Yay Clay!” where campers will turn a slab of mud into a ceramic masterpiece, and “Enchanted Forest” where kids get to paint, sketch, and interact with real furry, fuzzy, and scaly friends!

If you are looking for even more creative fun, you can drop in the studio at your leisure to paint your own pottery (PYOP). PYOP is a perfect activity for friends, family, parties, and even date night! Choose from hundreds of pre-made ceramics pieces.

Take advantage of the summer months and enrich your child’s, and your own life, in a whole new way!

Austin has a thriving restaurant scene, this you know. But did you also know that The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) is investing in the chefs and culinary artists of the future? Since 1985, the organization has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants.

To carry out their mission to bring education, appreciation, and enjoyment to the community, WFFT hosts amazing wine and food events that raise money for the cause. They have an active membership program created to connect and inspire wine lovers and foodies of all interests and abilities. Learn more about WFFT and join right here.

Now they are partnering with Texas Monthly for Toast of Texas, an exclusive tasting of the magazine’s “Top Texas Wines of 2018.” After years of exciting expansion and innovation, it’s a great time to celebrate the state’s growing wine industry.

Guests will meet this year’s top Texas winemakers and enjoy their wines alongside a BBQ feast prepared by lauded LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue. There are 22 wineries (and counting!) confirmed for the event. And Warm Sugar will be playing live throughout the night, which will give it that warm, cozy, lone star vibe.

When: Thursday, June 20th

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.

Location: Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane, 78704

Hey Austin, are you ready for summer? It’s time to get your backyard ready for all of the summer fun activities with a Springfree Trampoline!

Adding a Springfree Trampoline to our backyard a couple of years ago was one of the best things we could have done. It’s been great to have for some excellent jumping (mom, dad and kids all partake), as well as hosting several outdoor movie nights. This weekend is a great time to buy with their Memorial Day sale in place. And if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a Springfree Trampoline below! Limited time offer: Save up to $350! Plus add delivery & installation for $99! (reg. $299). Offer ends May 27, 2019.

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Take a test jump this weekend at the Austin Springfree Trampoline store, located in The Domain, and enjoy activities for the kids, prizes, snacks and lots of jumping! Memorial Day weekend hours are Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 6 pm.

Where: 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, #116, Austin

Contact: (512) 900-4341

Enter to win –> Step up your summer fun by winning your very own Springfree Trampoline. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Enter to win a 13ft Jumbo Round Springfree Trampline, with tgoma, a step, delivery and installation, valued at $2597!

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library is hosting a new exhibition that will take you way back in time. If you haven’t been to to the LBJ Library, we really think you should. It’s one of the cultural treasures that makes Austin so unique.

Motown: The Sound of Young America traces the evolution of the label, which began in Detroit in the early 1960s and quickly became known as “The Sound of Young America,” crashing the American pop charts and challenging the Beatles-led British Invasion. In addition to stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Miracles, and The Supremes, the visitors can also check out interviews with many music legends.

“The music of Motown represents a high-water mark in American music,” says Bob Santelli, the exhibition’s curator and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum®. “The long list of number one hits, the incredible stable of stars, and the genius of Berry Gordy, Jr., both as a businessman and nurturer of talent, made Motown one of the most successful and impactful record companies of all time.”

Above: A Clarinet D6 keyboard played by Stevie Wonder.

There are also interactive displays, including one that lets you perform The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love” on stage and another that will teach you The Temptations’ signature dance moves. If you don’t Instagram yourself doing that, it didn’t happen!

When: now through January 26, 2020

Location:

The LBJ Presidential Library

2313 Red River Street

Austin, TX, 78705

Photos courtesy Jay Godwin for the LBJ Presidential Library.

While it’s certainly not the first attempt at a grocery delivery service in Austin, Instacart appears to have figured out how to provide a great customer experience! After a few moments on their website, you’ll realize just how simple this process can be. Sunday night is for Game of Thrones, not dragging yourself to the supermarket! From adding fresh fruits and veggies to your shopping cart, to scheduling a delivery time, they’ve made the entire process painless.

Here are a few reasons I love this service:

  1. The H-E-B closest to my home is a nightmare. You know that one at Oltorf and Congress? There’s no parking, and the lines at checkout rival that of a secret show at SXSW.
  2. When I go to the store, I always end up buying 25 things that weren’t on my list. I can’t remember what I have at home, so I buy things I don’t need, or I shop while hungry and grab everything in sight.
  3. Instacart will shop where you want to shop. In addition to H-E-B, Central Market, Costco (you don’t need a membership to shop), they also provide delivery from Tomlinson’s, Sprouts, Spec’s, Randall’s, and Sam’s Club.

They have the ability to deliver within an hour of ordering, but I opted for a delivery around dinnertime. As mentioned before, the process is super easy. Visit www.instacart.com or download their mobile app, then enter your zip code (they serve the vast majority of the Greater Austin metropolitan area), add items to your shopping cart, and choose a delivery window (one hour, two, later in the day), then check out!

An Instacart personal shopper will receive your order on their smartphone; pick up your groceries, and arrive at your door with a smile.

If you want to dip your toe into this new lifestyle, you can get free delivery for 14 days with a trial of Instacart Express. It’s a membership that lets you get unlimited delivery on orders of $35 or more for a flat annual fee. Kind of like Amazon Prime, but for grocery delivery!

Listen, we may not have flying cars yet, but the modern world really can be cool. Let someone else do the shopping!

When spring rolls around, wildflowers and the beauty of the hill country are in full force, and so is the pollen. We reach for a spoonful of local honey when allergies are at an all time high to help quell the sneezing and sniffling. Round Rock Honey is our favorite local honey brand: it’s true, raw wildflower honey coming from their bee yards in Round Rock, Texas. We love supporting brands that are not only local, but have a commitment to quality. Their emphasis on quality is from field to hive to table, we had the opportunity to attend one of their educational beekeeping classes and were able to learn about their processes from taking loving care of their bees to minimally processing the raw honey. Find more about attending their beekeeping classes at roundrockhoney.com/beekeeping-classes


Round Rock Honey has an amazing variety of honey sizes and also has special flavors including Bourbon Barrel Reserve (we love this in our Old Fashioneds!) and Orange Cinnamon, You can find Round Rock Honey at a variety of local stores including H-E-B, Trader Joe’s, People’s Pharmacy, Wal-Mart and Kroger, as well as at their weekend farmers market booths. Shop their products and order online, or visit their shop in Round Rock at 1308 Chisholm Trail. Read about where to find Round Rock Honey and their farmers market locations at roundrockhoney.com/about-us/our-honey

Photo: Hayden Walker

Follow Round Rock Honey on social media at @roundrockhoney

Wander/Gather is a members-only experience to make lasting connections. Their mission is to bring you out from behind your screen to forge new relationships. They love the moment during an event where small talk turns into deeper connections with someone who was a stranger not long before. 

Whether you’re at an event for friendship, networking, or dating, we are all here to find common ground and meet like-minded people with similar interests.

Right now, Wander/Gather is offering a free three-week trial. 

You can set up your profile through their website. After you have completed your profile, you will get new event batches every other Tuesday at 5:00 pm. The events are handpicked for you based on your interests. After you have attended an event, you will gain access to their secure chat feature between you and others who attended the same event. 

Sign up now, so you can start experiencing the magic of being in the right place at the right time. 

There’s a new fitness-focused supplement and nutrition company in town, and they are kicking things off with a big workout event at Fair Market on Saturday, April 13th that is completely free. Relentless creates products to help you maximize your fitness pursuit and they are here to help Austinites live their best lives.

Guests will get the first chance to shop Relentless supplements and apparel (and score a free sample or two), work out with the company’s founder Tim Kennedy, do some yoga, drink Cuvee coffee, and grab food from East Side King and Ranch Hand. Plus there will be a silent auction benefiting Hire Heroes USA!

It’s all FREE and open to the public. Just make sure to RSVP for the workout session you want. And if you really want to be relentless about your fitness this year, this city is the place to do it. Checkout our 2019 Austin Workout Guide.

When: Saturday, April 13th

Cost: FREE

Time: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St.
Austin TX 78702

Spring in Austin is a glorious little window of mild weather that simply must be taken advantage of. Come out of hibernation, throw on some cut-offs, and maximize every minute. Since we have built our business around giving you things to do, here’s a comprehensive to-do list of springtime activities that will make these next few months unforgettable, and for more options, visit our year-round list of the Best Things To Do In Austin.

Live it up, friends.

26. Take A Hike

There is so much natural beauty in and around Central Texas and if you live in Austin, chances are you don’t hate the idea of a nice long hike. Here are five tucked-away hiking trails in Austin we love.

25. Watch Movies Outside

Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening under the Austin sky. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and dogs on-leash are welcome. There are great flicks this year—from The Little Mermaid to Zoolander; here’s the full schedule for Movies in the Park this season. 

24. Take A Sunset Bat Cruise

There is nowhere else on the planet where you can do this! While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch Austin’s famous bats—from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in one hand and a drink in the other! Click here to book your sunset bat cruise on Lady Bird Lake.

23. Float The River In Style

If you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other. Get your tickets to float the San Marcos river and leave the driving to us. 

22. Eat Brunch On A Boat

We’re on a boat—no seriously! This brunch-time party cruise on Lady Bird Lake has great music, food, and beverages for you and your crew. Also, air conditioning, bathrooms, and views you can’t get on land. 

21. Austin Food + Wine Fest

Explore the best bites and sips our city has to offer with endless tastings from top Austin restaurants, appearances from big-time chefs, live music, and—because this is Austin—a gourmet taco competition. All this and more at Austin Food + Wine Festival. When: April 26th–28th. 

20. Hit Up Hot Luck Festival

This fest is a giant mishmash of food and music that could only happen in Austin. Created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, it is a DIY casserole of the culinary and music world. When: May 23rd–26th. Click here for all the details on The Hot Luck Food and Live Fire Festival

19. Explore Art City Austin

This event will feature up to 80 visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans, and makers showcasing and selling their wares. Always fun for friends and family! When: Saturday, April 13th. Learn more about Art City Austin here.

18. Attend A Lavender Festival

Yes, because our part of the world is so extra, there are two options to choose from here:

And the 21st Annual Lavender Fest at Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg will have cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting, too. When: May 4th–5th.

The Blanco Lavender Festival. Blanco will be in full bloom, celebrating this free festival’s 15th year. Guests can tour local farms, hear from expert speakers, enjoy live music, and sample speciality foods. When: June 7th–9th.

17. Take Tons Of Bluebonnet Pics

It wouldn’t be spring in Austin without fields of our state flower putting on a show. And weather conditions have made this year’s wildflower bloom super special. Pull over and take some iconic pictures of your family, friends, and, most importantly, your dog. Here’s a list of the best places to see bluebonnets in Austin

16. Plant Your Own Garden

The Wildflower Center is hosting a native plant sale. Pick up a few things that will actually survive the Texas heat and beautify your own space. When: Saturday, April 13th. Details on The Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Sale.

15. Dance With Ballet Under The Stars

Beginning just before sundown at the Zilker Hillside Theater, this Austin tradition will make you swoon and wish spring could stay forever. When: May 31st and June 1st. Learn more about Ballet Under the Stars.

14. Explore Pecan Street Festival

The festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass, and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. It’s an Austin institution. When: May 4th–5th. More here on the Pecan Street Festival.

13. Watch Game of Thrones with your fellow fans

Good, clean fun for the whole family. Actually, not really—have you see this show? Come hang at Nickel City, they’ll be hosting Game of Thrones watch parties all season long. When: Sundays, April 14th–May 19th. C

12. Get Weird At Eeyore’s 56th Annual Birthday Party

This festival is basically the epicenter of the Keep Austin Weird movement. In fact, weird doesn’t even begin to describe this delightful event. Picture hundreds of people in costume dancing, sitting in drum circles, and running around maypoles to celebrate the fictional birthday of a fictional donkey. When: Saturday, April 27th. Details here for Eeyore’s Birthday Party.

11. See Ludacris at Longhorn City Limits

The one, the only Ludacris is headlining ‘Made in Austin’ weekend on the LBJ Library’s lawn. Catch him after the big spring game. When: Saturday, April 13th. 

10. March in Austin’s Annual Pet Parade

This is the place for dogs in drag. This event is beloved by all who have ever come across it—it’s hard not to love animals in outfits. There’s a costume contest, too! When: Saturday, April 20th. Register your pet here for Jo’s Annual Pet Parade

9. Go For A Full Moon Swim

This is as heavenly as it sounds, Austin Motel and Joann’s Fine Foods have launched Full Moon Swims. Grab a drink from the pool bar and relax to some tunes from Sundown to pool close. When: The next one is Friday, April 19! Click here for all the dates for Austin Motel’s Full Moon Swims.

Austin Motel Full Moon Swim

8. Booze On A Patio For Happy Hour

The Four Seasons restaurant, Ciclo, just launched a new happy hour worth visiting. Unwind from your work day and get a little fancy.

Looking for more happy hour options? Check out our list of happy hours around Zilker Park.

7. Check Out Jazz In The Park

Feast on fresh crawfish straight from Louisiana, jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée, alligator, and more, plus the best barbecue & Mexican cuisine from Austin. Guests will be able to wash it all down with a variety of cold beers from Austin while they are enjoying the very best bands from New Orleans and Austin on one stage.

In addition to food & music, guests will also be able to purchase arts & crafts from numerous artists in various mediums including art, jewelry, and sculpture. 

Jazz in the Park Austin

6. Watch The Best Bartenders In Texas Battle It Out

Garrison Brothers is challenging tastemakers to showcase their love of the Lone Star State by incorporating their bourbon into a unique concoction while competing against other top mixologists. When: Thursday, April 18th. Get tickets for the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl here.

5. Assemble Your Own Bike Gang

This company allows you to start your own motorcycle gang, but subs in fat-tired electric minibikes for motorcycles, which are completely glee-inducing. Plan an outing with your buds/gals or go on a custom tour (they recently added food truck tours to their arsenal). It’s a great way to explore the city when it’s gorgeous out. More details here on Your Bike Gang.

4. Hit Up Lady Bird Lake 

We’re blessed to have access to so many water activities in the middle of downtown. Rowing Dock will help you get out on the water and see Austin from a whole new vantage point. With kayaks, standup paddle boards, and even fishing kayaks (you read that right), Spring is an excellent time to be out on the lake!

3. Zipline Across Lake Travis

There’s no better time of year to check out this three-hour zipline tour that includes equipment, boat transportation, water, and a light trail snack. You also get access to a private beach where you can picnic, swim in the lake, play games, or just relax in a hammock. If you’ve got the nerve, you’ll have the time of your life.

2. Rent A Boat On Lake Austin Or Travis

Life is better on the lake, and Float On Boat Rentals offers ski boats for water-sports, and pontoon boats for chiller (or rowdier) party vibes. Their boats come equipped with yeti coolers, aux cables for your own jams, lily pads (google it), and even a boat captain so you can partake in an adult beverage or two and leave the navigating to the professionals. 

1. Explore Your Local Texas State Parks

Let’s face it, Texas gets hot in the summer, making Spring and Fall the ideal times of the year to enjoy the outdoors in Austin. Whether it’s camping, hiking, fishing, or generally enjoying nature that you’re into, you don’t have to venture far from downtown to disconnect. Here are five of our favorite state parks that are close to Austin.

Best State Parks Near Austin: Bastrop State Park

 

Have fun out there y’all! If you have a great spring activity that you think we missed, feel free to clue us in at hello@365ThingsAustin.com

Earlier this year, a few very talented participants of Garrison Brothers’ Bourbon Takeover of Texas were selected to compete for the chance to be named the best bartender in Texas. And now it’s time for the to bring their A-game so the rest of us can drink it.

At the Austin semi-final leg of Bourbon Brawl, they’ll be tasked with incorporating Garrison Brothers 2019 vintage, small batch bourbon into a unique concoction while battling it out with other top Texas mixologists. Naturally, the cocktail should be inspired by the Lone Star State. And it must taste ridiculously good.

Here are the bartenders going for the gold:

  • Andrew Grenz – The Fairmont
  • Leenie Boyle – Better Half
  • Priscilla Aragon – Central Standard
  • Terence Robson – Here nor There
  • Caer Maiko Ferguson – The Eleanor

Come cheer on these mix masters and enjoy free beer and wine! And of course, you get to sample drinks from each of the five contestants.

Donations are $20 and the ticket sales go to Good Bourbon for a Good Cause, a 501c3 public charity.

When: April 18th

Time: 6:30–10 p.m.

Location:
The Refinery
612 Brazos St.
Austin, Texas 78701