Are you ready for the night of your freaking life? If you live in Austin, or are even just visiting, you would be insane to miss the Roller Derby Championship game happening this Saturday. The undefeated Holy Rollers are taking on the relentless Rhinestone Cowgirls. This sport combines athleticism, blind rage, and the occasional beer chug. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Rolling Stone, who called it a “brawling party on wheels”.
When: Saturday, October 19thth
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.| Wheels hit the track at 7 p.m.!
Cost: $17–$40 | Free admission for children 12 and under!
Location: Travis County Expo Center 7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724 Austin, TX 78723, USA
The charming community of Liberty Hill, which is just a short drive from Austin, gets super creative when it comes to festivals. This year its first hot air balloon festival will be no exception! Bring the whole family to the evening events on the big day, which will include a truly beautiful Hot Air Balloon Glow and a good ole’ fashioned street Dance featuring People’s Choice Band. There will also be a silent disco with three high-energy DJs—hip hop, 80s and Top 40. Flip between the three genres for the ultimate dance party.
If the kids want a next-level experience at the fest, treat them to a tethered hot air balloon ride for $25. Children must be tall enough to see over the basket.
Hot Air Balloon Glow
There will be free parking and shuttles at Liberty Hill Junior High, Bill Burden Elementary, and Liberty Hill Elementary. No coolers or pets are allowed on the shuttles.
All money raised benefits the Liberty Hill Development Foundation, an organization that helps maintain and restore the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park.
It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of our favorite things to do in Austin.
They have a new promotion happening until the end of season (November 30th) called “Friends Fly Half Price.”
Fine Print: Valid Monday-Friday. BOGO 1/2 OFF. For every full price ticket purchased, one is half price. Must call 512-614-1996 to receive the discount. Exclusions: Night Flight Tours.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. The views are even more spectacular! You reach speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Get some exercise and enjoy the strange vibes that make this city one of a kind. This super fun 5K/10K race will be a morning of local pride and runners racing their way through the heart of downtown Austin to a celebratory post-race brunch on Auditorium Shores.
After crossing the finish line, 5K and 10K runners will end in a Finish Line Expo with brands who “Keep Austin Weird.” Enjoy activities, a giant tug-of-war, one-of-a-kind photo ops, DJ beats, and more. Dress weird, taste weirdly creative brunch dishes and cocktails, and celebrate everything we love about Austin!
And this is not just weird for weird’s sake, all registrations will help raise funds for Austin’s own LIVESTRONG and the fight against cancer.
Registrations are open now!
When: Sunday, September 22nd
Time: 7:30 a.m.–noon
Tickets: $35-$70, Prices Increase closer to race day!
Deep-dish or thin crust? Red sauce or white? No matter what you’re into, Austin has a pizza destination that’s sure to be right up your alley. Gone are the days of the limited national and local chain stores when it comes to delivery, with our partners at Favor Delivery, you can now order from dozens of the best spots in town without “Papa” or “Hut” in their titles.
Our list of the 10 Best Pizza Delivery Options in Austin hadn’t been updated since 2015, which is a lifetime in Austin restaurant years! Below you’ll find a list with some classic favorites, and newcomers as well. There is a ton of pizza variety on this list—something for everyone! And because Favor is #AnythingDelivered, you can get all of these restaurants delivered straight to your door.
We also produced a podcast episode with Rachel Holtin from @AustinFoodstagram that takes a deeper dive into her and 365 Founder Kristy Owen’s favorite spots for pizza around town. Be sure to give it a listen here:
Without further ado, here are our best bets for pizza delivery in Austin for 2019!
If you’re a fan of Homeslice, give this mom-and-pop joint hidden in the Crestview neighborhood a shot. The counter-service restaurant is also great for date nights or just grabbing a quick slice. It’s arguably one of the best NYC-style (Jersey-style if you want to get technical) pizzas you’ll find in the city.
Craft brewing and craft pizza collide at Pinthouse. They claim their pizza is “artisanal but not gourmet.” We just think it’s delicious. Do yourself a favor by adding a couple of pizza rolls to your delivery order, and don’t forget the ranch!
Fans of fresh produce on pies should add this spot to their delivery rotation. The specialty pizza menu here changes with the seasons and never disappoints. Expect wild toppings like purple potatoes, fried okra, and saffron.
If you want a paper-thin crust, the team at Eastside Pies does it best. They also offer sauces outside of typical red and white variety, with options like black bean or chimichurri. ESP also recently opened a spot off of 183 that radically increased their delivery zone.
This recently opened Nashville transplant serves up delicious Neapolitan-style pizza from wood-burning ovens imported from Naples, Italy. During lunch and late-night hours, they also serve individual sized pies, so don’t be afraid to order alone!
The former pizza king of Dripping Springs recently moved to an Austin address, and thanks to Favor, you can now get it delivered to just about anywhere in the city. This is seriously one of the best pizzas in town, so if the drive has been what’s stopping you from trying them out, you no longer have that excuse.
The best bet for pizza after a long night on Red River, Hoboken Pies offers great Jersey-Style pizza that was practically made for delivery. Try the Mission—a white pie with mission fig, pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese, and Italian parsley.
We love a good small-business success story, and this food-truck turned brick and mortar is just that. Their East 6th Street location crafts pizzas from overnight-rising dough and daily hand-cut toppings.
No Austin pizza list would be complete without Homeslice. Widely regarded as the best pizza in Austin, you can now skip the (often an hour plus) waits that were once required to try their pie, and order it straight to your door. A newer North Loop location also expands access to this hometown favorite.
Another food-truck-to-brick-and-mortar success story, 40 North serves up exceptional wood-fired pies. Owner and Chef, Clint Elmore has brought his years of experience and learning from pizza joints in NYC to the streets of Austin.
If you’ve never tried Detroit-style pizza, you’re in for a treat. Their signature rectangle pies come out of the oven with perfectly crispy edges and a sauce (sometimes on top!) that’s to die for. Try the Cadillac, a pie with gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto di parma, parmesan, and balsamic glaze.
Nestled in a small space behind Parkside on a section of 6th Street not normally associated with fine dining, The Backspace offers amazing Neapolitan pies in a romantic setting. The pizzas aren’t huge, so you can definitely order two (or more) for delivery and share (or not) with a friend.
This list purposely isn’t ranked, but if it were, Bufalina would be our founder Kristy Owen’s No. 1 spot! She personally enjoys going for their happy hour the most (50% off all pizzas, and half-priced bottled wines under $100 from 4-5:30 p.m. daily), but thanks to Favor, Bufalina is now available for delivery as well.
Kristy’s go-to order: Margherita Pizza, add pepperoni. She also loves the harissa pizza, with summer squash, salsa verde, pickled onion, and peanuts.
There’s a new thrill at Circuit of the Americas and this time you won’t be watching—you’ll be driving! Karting is here and it’s a blast for the whole family. A great location for private events, birthday parties, corporate outings, and more; COTA Karting is here to elevate your Karting Experience.
COTA Karting offers high speed fun at the only Formula 1 track in the U.S. They cater to novice karters, elite karters, and everything in between! In a single race, drivers can expect to get 10 minutes of race time on a technical course (plenty of time to get in 10 laps if you are fast enough). Similar to that of the Formula 1 Circuit, the karting track elements include elevation changes, hairpin turn, stars and stripes, and fuels the need for speed!
The classes of karts offered widely range to include children and adults of all ages and abilities. Test your skills in one of our Champ, Rookie, or Junior heats. Click here to get the scoop on all requirements. Single races start at just $28, but if you simply cannot get enough, race packages and upgrades are available in store.
COTA Karting is open seven days a week, 365 days a year! Book online or over the phone two weeks in advance or arrive and drive. All first time drivers are required to watch a quick briefing video, which covers the rules of the road.
Buckle up and get ready to take your love of racing to the next level.
A much cheaper alternative to traditional recording studios has just opened in Austin, and you’ll feel like you are right at home. That’s because it’s actually in a home. Brandon Perry is the guy behind Wandering Robot Studio, which is available for musicians to rent from just $50 an hour.
The setting feels comfortable and casual, but it offers the same pro-level gear and sounds as the bigger outfits. The studio also has a guest room for traveling artists who want to record or work while staying in Austin. North enough of Downtown that festival traffic isn’t an issue, but close enough to make it to a gig on short notice, this studio might just be the answer to your musical prayers. We spoke to Brandon to learn more about his unconventional business.
365 Things Austin: How did the idea for Wandering Robot Studio come about?
Brandon Perry: I’ve been playing guitar since I got my first $99 Walmart-brand electric guitar on my 13th birthday. I’ve loved music ever since. As I was learning how to record my own music, I realized I was building a studio that would be useful for more than just myself. This city is overflowing with artists who deserve to be recorded, if only for archival purposes. I wanted to offer a resource for locals with the highest quality gear. I also firmly believe artists deserve to own their music, from production to final payments and distribution.
365: How did you come up with the name?
BP: I have several pieces in the studio by Lauren Briere, a local artist who puts a robot in different landscapes and contexts. I love her art and I’ve never had the chance to tell her personally! I hope I paid her rent once. I purchased her art at Austin Art Garage.
365: Why does Austin (and the world) need something like this?
BP: Artists deserve a chance to make a living from their art. Wandering Robot Studio helps them own their own publishing and keep as many of their own money as possible. With the ability to record and mix at a professional level, and guidance on publishing and managing your own music, we give you the power to keep creating.
365: What’s your favorite part of running this business?
BP: I love capturing the moment when great music is made. It’s usually spontaneous, and often an artist never sings the same song twice. It’s just the one that gets recorded that everyone ends up listening to. Listening to a song evolve as an artist records it, honing the core of where a song is going—it’s very rewarding.
365: What feedback do you get from musicians who record with you?
BP: As a guitar player, I care a lot about how a guitar sounds. Every guitarist I record loves the sounds we can capture. From clear, transparent, acoustic guitars to gritty, sawtooth distortion (sometimes feedback in more than one way), I want your guitars to sound as amazing as possible. Artists also love the vocal tracks we are able to capture. We have modified analog gear that makes vocals ring!
365: What music/artist/album are you loving right now?
BP: I’m currently listening to the Great Courses 30 Greatest Orchestral Pieces. The enthusiasm of the professor and the subject matter make it incredibly enjoyable. I recently found a super funky drum loop on an old vinyl called Something for Everybody by saxophonist Dave Duplissey (1978) that I’m working on for a guitar track. I love the local band Trouble In The Streets. They are awesome and I’ve seen them several times! They recently won an award from BlackFret and it was much-deserved.
365: What are your plans for the future of the studio?
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!
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.
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.”
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
The LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX, 78705
Photos courtesy Jay Godwin for the LBJ Presidential Library.