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!
Austin hasn’t always been the festival mecca it is today, but Art Alliance Austin has been bringing us an amazing cultural experience for decades now.
The giant, two-day fair known as Art City Austin is where artists from all around the city and beyond come to showcase their work—and this is its 69th year of existence! The event has a fascinating history and has been closely tied to the Austin’s cultural evolution.
Always a major draw for big-name artists, the 2019 lineup includes international photographer Greg Davis, roadside landscape artist Rachel Dory, and Israeli painter Yoram Gal.
Guests can enjoy thought-provoking artist talks and panels, live culinary demonstrations by local chefs and experts, local musicians, performance artists, custom art installations, food trucks, drinks, and interactive fun. You can also shop and browse at the art market featuring the work of 75 visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans, and makers. And even better—festival guests have special access to guided and self-guided art tours around town during the weekend! It’s a family friendly event that just gets better with age.
When: April 13-14, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: General admission tickets are just $15, and that includes both days. (Children 12 and under are free).
Location: Republic Square 422 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX 78701
And if you want to go all out, which we highly recommend, there are two ways enhance your fest:
If you can’t wait for Saturday, go to the preview party on Friday, April 12 from 6–9 p.m. at Republic Square. Guests will be “United in Color” and get a first look at the festival with the chance to shop before the crowds. Live entertainment, sensory experiences, craft cocktails, and great food will add to the ambiance. Preview Party tickets include complimentary entry into the weekend festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Since 1938, Rodeo Austin has been the place “Where Weird Meets Western.” From Austin’s largest carnival and funnel cakes, to mutton bustin’ and amazing live music, there is something for everyone. Because the attractions and big-name acts seem to grow exponentially every year, we’ve compiled this rundown of everything you need to know about the rodeo before you go.
Put on your ten-gallon hat, and all the denim and turquoise you own—it’s time for the best time in Texas. Here’s the deal:
New This Year: Kick Open The Chutes – Party On The Dirt!
Rodeo Austin’s brand new event, Kick Open the Chutes, takes place March 15th at 6:30pm and officially kicks off the 2019 Rodeo season! This party on the dirt features live music concerts by Wade Bowen and Sam Riggs, rodeo eats, a cash bar, rodeo-inspired games, and silent auction – all on the arena floor! Your $20 ticket provides a sneak peek into rodeo action with a behind-the-scenes experience for true rodeo fans and there’s FREE parking!
Rodeo Austin Music:
Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout the month of March.
There are performances at the E2open Outdoor Stage, the 100X Dance Hall, and at the ProRodeo & Concert.
2019 ProRodeo Performances include:
March 16: Aaron Watson
March 17: Dia Del Vaquero with La Adictiva
March 18: Flo Rida
March 19: Midland
March 20: Chris Janson
March 21: The Struts
March 22: Randy Rogers Band
March 23: Josh Turner
March 24: Ronnie Milsap
March 25: Walker Hayes
March 26: Martina McBride
March 27: The Jacksons
March 28: Dustin Lynch
March 29: Parker McCollum
March 30: Kevin Fowler
New to the Fairgrounds:
On the Southside of the Fairgrounds, Rodeo Austin is excited to bring more entertainment that can be enjoyed by all! Watch feathered friends race to the finish line at the turkey races, enjoy excitement and laughter at the comedy stunt show, play in the sea of bubbles at the Bubble Bayou or sit back and relax at the Coors Cactus Saloon.
Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:
Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Rodeo Austin brings great entertainment to the Fairgrounds each year with over 80 rides, games and other amusements.
In addition to the carnival, the Fairgrounds offer a variety of things to do. From a Beer and Wine Garden, Butterfly and Parakeet Encounter and rotating food trucks to a petting zoo, pony rides, Swifty Swine pig races and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone!
WILD WEST TENT:
Rodeo Austin’s Wild West Tent will feature Tomás Garcilazo – The Charro, a world-renowned, traditional Mexican Charro whose rope artistry and horsemanship skills are among the best in the world. Also appearing in the Wild West tent Every Saturday at 3:00, is Mutton Bustin’ Mania! Sign your children up online or on-site at the Wild West Tent.
The Wild West Tent will also feature Tricked Out. The well-known Kimzey family has teamed up to bring an equestrian act that is so daring and fast-paced, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The tricks will keep you in suspense while they bring the “Wild West” back to life.
Rodeo Austin has over 8,000 entries for this year’s competitive events, which includes the Junior Livestock Shows, Open Livestock Shows, Horse Show, Gold Stirrup Horse Show, Longhorn Open and Youth Show and Ultimate Scramble Championship.
Avenue of Breeds:
The Animal Science Center features the Avenue of Breeds, an educational exhibit showcasing a variety of animals found in Texas that originated from various places across the globe.
Visit the Hank The Cowdog exhibit to learn about ranching and Texas heritage through the eyes of a loveable dog, Hank!
The first week, Row of Champions will be empty however, the second week, Row of Champions will display the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2018 Junior Livestock Show.
100X Dance Hall:
After the ProRodeo and main stage concert, head over to the 100X Dance Hall for even more live music as you dance the night away at Rodeo Austin’s exclusive after-hours honky-tonk. 100X Dance Hall opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays for dancing, drinks and live music! Open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with live music all day!
A new addition 100X Dance Hall is Jack’s Front Porch, where you can enjoy an evening on the front porch under the stars.
Get half-off ProRodeo & Concert tickets March 25-27.
Carnival Wristband Spring Break Special – March 18-21, 11 a.m. –5 p.m.
$2 Tuesday – $2 Fairgrounds admission and $2 carnival rides
A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And 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.
We’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe. We also partner with BBG’s on 6th St. to provide drink specials and great food-for-purchase before your float.
Duration: 6 hours (roughly)
Here’s what you can expect:
The best season of the year is here and that’s FLOATING SEASON! Public Floats will always run Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We will be offering Public Floats seven days a week May 4th – September based on availability. For last minute Monday – Thursday floats please call 512-282-8687 to confirm whether or not a Public Float will be running.
*For day-of ticket purchases, please call 512-ATC-TOUR for availability*
Your ticket includes:
– Round trip transportation from downtown Austin to and from the San Marcos River to float with our partners at Texas State Tubes.
– One tube for you and one for your group to put your cooler in.
– We provide the coolers complimentary for your convenience on the bus.
– After leaving downtown Austin, we will stop on the way to the river for you to pick up alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and ice for you to take on the river. In order to protect the San Marcos River, styrofoam and glass are not allowed.
– Check In for Floats is at BBG’s on 6th St. from 10:30-10:55 AM.
– BBG’s will have drink specials for our guests, and can also make food-to-go for your trip!
$5 Bloody Marys
$3 Domestic Beers
$2 Off all Appetizers and Salads
– The bus departs at 11:00 AM sharp – Please don’t be late or you’ll have to find your own ride to the river!
-Floats normally last 3.5-4 hours, depending on the speed of the river which is altered by the amount of rain we have in the area annually.
– Will will return to downtown Austin at approximately 5PM – 5:30PM
– The bus and float are BYOB.
Need to know:
– New regulations are being enforced by the city of San Marcos on the river – stopping for long periods of time not will be allowed on the float during prime season dates, July-August.
– Please grab a reusable trash bag from Texas State tubes before hopping on the river to collect your trash for the duration of the float. If you do not grab a trash bag, put empty cans back in your cooler. Please do not throw your trash in the river.
– The bus will leave from Texas State Tubes no later than 4:00PM. You are responsible for arriving by this time in order get a ride with ATC back to Austin. The bus cannot wait longer than this time. If you are later than this time, your valuables will be left on site and you will be responsible for getting your ride back to Austin. There is plenty of time to float and arrive back before this time – just be mindful!
– Full trip details and information will be sent out VIA EMAIL the week of your float. Please check your email for those trip details as they are subject to change.
*Weekday tickets are subject to availability (excluding Friday). Please email email@example.com for more information*
The beauty of living in Austin is that you don’t have to go far to feel worlds away. One of our favorite escapes is Hyatt Regency Lost Pines & Spa, a gorgeous 405-acre property on the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop. It’s just a 20-minute drive to paradise!
And now the resort is embracing the “staycation” trend and offering a ton of—and we mean like endless—activities to entice families to bail on city life for a few days give ourselves a much-deserved break. They’ve just announced its lineup that offers everything from outdoor survival skill classes, moonlight stand-up paddle board tours of Lake Bastrop, and special rates for horseback rides!
Younger guests can also take part in the “Pony Trail Ride Adventure,” an abbreviated trail ride experience where children learn about horses while being led side-by-side by an experienced handler. Trail rides are $85 per person, and the “Pony Trail Ride Adventure” costs $45.
Led by a naturalist with the LCRA, the one-hour survival class will teach children the basics of outdoor survival skills including fire building, water filtration, shelter building, edible plants and insects, cordage and knot tying, as well as wilderness first aid. The organization will also feature “Extreme Teen Challenges” where teenage guests and their parents can take part in some of the LCRA’s most daring activities including zip lining at Zip Lost Pines, rock climbing, and gladiator challenges.
A new moonlight stand up paddle board tour of the nearby Lake Bastrop is an amazing experience. As the resort is directly connect to the Colorado River, guests can take the “Kayak the Colorado” excursion in which they are led by a guide who discusses the local scenery, wildlife, and foliage of the area, or enjoy the “Sunset Raft Trip” tour which takes place at dusk when local animals are most likely to be seen in their natural habitat.
Additionally, the resort will provide a jam-packed itinerary of family-friendly spring break activities including tractor-drawn hay rides, family movie nights, magic shows, an inflatable bounce house, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt and glow dance parties, nightly s’mores by the firepit, and scavenger hunts, as well as arts and crafts sessions with everything from slime making to tie-dying shirts. It’s camp for everyone! Families can also take part in friendly competition with lawn bowling tournaments, volleyball and soccer games, as well as several giant yard games including Jenga, Connect 4, chess, and more.
Kids and their parents will also get a chance to meet the resort’s mascots, including two Texas longhorns, an American mustang, miniature horses, and alpacas.
As always, guests can relax at the on-site Crooked River Water Park. The water park features an activity pool with a sandy beach for building sand castles, a 1,000-foot lazy river, and two-story water slide. It also includes a splash pad for children and an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool.
The resort also provides Camp Hyatt, a kid-friendly program that introduces young travelers to the Lone Star State. While children are enjoying a fun-filled time with arts and crafts, games, and sports, parents can enjoy a round-of golf at Wolfdancer Golf Club or escape to total relaxation with customized treatments at the on-site Spa Django.
To learn more and reserve your staycation to find your #LostPinesMoment, click here or call or call 512-308-1234.
Because of that Marie Kondo magic, we’ve all spent the last month meticulously folding our underwear and donating our extensive collection of branded swag. And now it’s time for phase two—the deep clean!
Thankfully, a company has expanded into Austin to help us all live our best lives. Modern Maids is exactly what it sounds like, a cleaning service for the 21st century. A green cleaning service! Ban those toxic chemicals from your life. They provide all the supplies and equipment and offer flat-rate pricing that makes booking super convenient. Once you’ve noticed that crazy layer of dust that lives on each of your ceiling fan blades (gah!) you can book with Modern Maids in under a minute.
And what’s really great is that you can leave your home while they clean and rest assured that everything will be fine. They are insured and bonded and do background checks on their employees. For apartments, they even have a key release option where you work with your leasing office to let them in your pad.
Cleanliness leads to happiness, so let Modern Maids take it from here. And guess what! Our readers receive an exclusive 25% discount when they book by using promo code 365thingsaustin. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Whether you’re single, heartbroken, or moving in with your soulmate—Valentine’s Day can be a daunting holiday. Expectations always run high and in a city like Austin, there are so many plans to chose from.
That’s why we partnered with Kendra Scott to swoop in like little baby cupids to help you pull off an evening to remember. Let’s paint the town red! Here are our top, fool-proof plans.
Galentine’s is almost more popular than Valentine’s these days! And there is a buffet of gal-oriented options this year. Join Bumble BFF and Adelante Boutique to celebrate Galentine’s with your besties! Enjoy complimentary treats and beverages.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Adelante 1206 W 38th St. Austin, Texas 78705
This 10-piece local band has earned national accolades from pubs like The Atlantic and Southern Living. They spread the gospel of classic R&B and soul around the country and will undoubtedly make your heart sing.
Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019, Doors at 8:00 p.m. / Show at 9:00 p.m.
Location: Austin City Limits Live 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A Austin, TX, 78701
Get your gals together and join the atxGALS for a pop-up party celebrating some amazing female artists in this city. It’s the third year in a row for this event we truly love! Fair Market will be transformed for the evening into a Queen of Hearts land that will make your inner child jump up and down.
Date and Time: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST
Location: Fair Market 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
Until you’ve seen this movie, and sung the songs in a theater with 200 other heart-swept people, you’ll never really know what it’s like to be in love. Bring a date, or else make sure you choose your seat carefully, because you WILL end up falling in love with the person sitting next to you.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 9 – Thursday, February 14, 2019 (Showtimes Vary)
Old Love takes real facts about your grandparents and spins them into heartfelt improvised comedy. Funny and poignant, uplifting and uproarious, spend an intimate evening exploring the evolution of a well-aged relationship—perfect for date night or anyone who cried at the beginning of Up.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Whisler’s will be featuring a special bubbles and booze menu for the evening and giving out chocolates, flowers, and hand-made love bundles throughout the night. Find your fortune with Tarot readings and watch the legendary Seresse burlesque performers!
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m.- midnight
Location: Whisler’s 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Set sail with your lover and enjoy all-local, all-complimentary food and beverages, plus a DJ and photo booth! #TheBrunchBoat provides the perfect opportunity to support local businesses while taking in the best view of Austin’s skyline.
Date and Time: Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.
Just friends? More than friends? Doesn’t matter. Fall in love with the DJ and dance the night away with a Red Light Special R&B DJ set and a special food and drink menu for Valentine’s day only. Come early and eat dinner (reservations required) or come late for dessert. And there will be a kissing booth.
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Location: Native Hostel 807 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
Here’s a new way for singles to mix and mingle. Bring your best friend. You know, the one you love, but have already put in the friend zone. All love is welcome. Plus, show your Bumble app and win a prize!
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: W Austin 200 Lavaca St, Austin, Texas 78701
Austin Public Library is launching a multi-media, interactive exploration of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The month-long event is anchored by a new art exhibit—Mirror, Mirrored: Contemporary Art & the Fairy Tale—which features more than 20 local and international artists and visual artwork inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. All ages are welcome!
Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Austin Central Library 710 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Hopscotch — a new, uniquely curated immersive art experience created by local entrepreneurs Nicole Jensen and Hunter Inman — is debuting in Austin in February as an interactive pop-up located at 6100 Airport Blvd. From February 14 through March 31, Hopscotch: Light and Sound will feature 13 distinctive installations and showcase works from a variety of local Austin artists, as well as a selection of national and international artists.
“I’ve always been very driven by the idea that a uniquely curated event can connect and inspire the people that attend it.” said co-founder Nicole Jensen.“We’re thrilled to announce Hopscotch and invite the public to experience this exhibit.To have a platform that allows us to showcase the works of talented immersive artists is something we’re really proud of and excited about.”
Each room in the 10,000 square foot space contains a different exhibit with colorful design elements from LED lights to live videos and music. Hopscotch is constructed by various artists,the majority of which are Austin-based. Every art activation within the project requires participation from guests, and Hopscotch: Light and Sound invites guests to explore the surreal surroundings in a playful manner.
Hopscotch’s 13 individual installations include: Paint by RGB Wall, curated by Jared Ficklin and Joey Ficklin (Argo Design) from Austin, TX; Infinity Boxes, curated by Matt Elson from Los Angeles, California; Mujō, curated by Kevin Reilly (Vurvo Collective) from Austin, TX; Gemini 6B, curated by Mickey Delp from Austin, TX; Thunder Lightning curated by Nate Culpepper and Stacy Wheeler (The Balloon Collective) from Austin TX; Cloud Therapy curated by ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND from Brooklyn, NY/Austin, TX; Spirits curated by Barna Kantor, Jerome Martinez, Lisa B. Woods (Dadageek) from Austin, TX; Olya curated by Omnia Rosia Design from Kyiv, Ukraine; Hifi God curated by Jerome Morrison from Austin, TX; a Virtual Reality Experience; and Matrix, Experience Over Things and Deep Eddy Ball Pit, all threecurated by Hopscotch from Austin, TX.
Interactive experiences range from controlling the clouds and weather via balloons to painting with light through an infrared brush by hand. Olya, presented bythe only international artist, invites viewers into an immersive space of complicated multidimensional structures and light. Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson uses color, lights, and mirrors to construct beautiful boxes that draw viewers in; it’s an optical illusion project that asks visitors to take a closer look at human perception and social interaction, much like the public’s relationship to social media.
“We’re excited to bring together this talented group of artists and to help them bring their concepts to life,” said Hunter Inman, co-founder of Hopscotch. “This type of experiential art is a perfect fit for the vibrant Austin community that is always looking for a unique and interactive experience.”
Inman discovered his passion for building and creating after receiving his MBA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and switching his career in finance to focus on technology, start-ups and other entrepreneurial efforts. Since 2012, he’s been in Austin where he helped found software design and consulting firms before co-founding Hopscotch with Nicole Jensen. Jensen studied art and business at CMUand has extensive experience in the corporate event planning, sales and hospitality worlds. She launched Austin Tour Company in 2015, creating a brand and business that highlights Austin in a way locals want to experience and are proud of. The duo joined forces to create Hopscotch in 2018.
Hours of operation for Hopscotch are 4 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 – 8pm on Sundays. Additional hours and dates will be added. Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and up, $15 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.Hopscotch is 18+ after 7:00pm.. Hopscotch is located at 6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752. For this exhibit, Hopscotch has collaborated with local artists, collaboratives, non-profits and creative brands like Deep Eddy Vodka and neighboring Brewtorium.
Following the limited Austin pop-up series, Hopscotch will be opening in downtown San Antonio for a permanent, new exhibition in late summer 2019 and is set to feature different San Antonio-based artists. More details will be announced at a later date. For more information on Hopscotch and to purchase tickets, visit letshopscotch.com.