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Vintage Market Days is an upscale, open-air vintage event that goes all over the country and now for the sixth time they are coming to Austin! “Hello, Fall” will be held at the Lakeline Mall area in Cedar Park from October 27-29. This is the perfect girls weekend or early holiday shopping trip. Let’s get way ahead of the ball, shall we?

Come out and shop original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more.

Fun fact: Vintage Market Days was named by Country Living as one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want to Miss.”

Event Information:
Friday – Early Buying Event – $10 with pre-purchased tickets or paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have first shot at all of the true vintage items, enjoy live music, food trucks, and have a chance at winning a custom farmhouse table and matching bench.

Saturday & Sunday – General Admission – $5 with pre-purchased tickets OR paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have access to all of our vendors, enjoy live music (Saturday only), and food trucks.

Once admission has been paid, shoppers can return as many times as they would like. Children 12 and under are free. ATMs will be on site. The event is pet-friendly and handicap accessible. Parking is free and on asphalt. The event is rain or shine!

For more information, click here.

Before we get into the holiday swing and start thinking about buying new things, and eating all the things, let’s do something good for our bodies and souls! Wanderlust is bringing Wanderlust 108, billed as the world’s only “mindful triathlon,” to Austin on November 11!

What is a mindful triathlon, you might be asking? It’s a 5K run (or walk) through The Travis County Expo Center, followed by a DJ-powered outdoor yoga class, with a guided meditation for the finale. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy music, artisanal vendors, local foods, and many surprises throughout the day.

In addition to the main events, participants can add a scheduled bonus class such as aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping, walking meditation, photography or essential oils workshops, or a community yoga experience from favorite local teachers. At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store and juice bar collaboration between Wanderlust and adidas housed in a 60-foot geodesic dome.

In 2017, Wanderlust events will take place in over 60 cities in more than 17 countries on 5 continents. Their mission is to help you find your true north—to cultivate your best self! Sign us up!

For more information about the event, and to get your tickets.

Photo by Diana Gerstacker.

Next week, world-class racing and Grammy Award-winning artists will descend upon our lovely city for the star-studded entertainment event of the year. Are you excited? You should be. There is so much happening at F1, and we’ve got the rundown for you here.

The 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix returns to its only stop in the U.S. for the sixth year running with a revved up festival atmosphere throughout the pulse-pounding weekend.

While the stars of the racetrack provide the most glamorous high speed challenge found on four wheels, superstars Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder will perform full concerts on a massive Super Stage.

The glitz and glamour of F1 attracts celebrities from across the globe. Notable appearances this season include in no particular order: Donatella Versace, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Michel Salgado, Patrick Stewart, Kate Upton, George Lucas, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Pamela Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Woody Harrelson to name a few.

Here is everything you need to know about the event …

The American Soundtrack fueled by Exxon Mobile Stations
Justin Timberlake will be performing Oct. 21 after F1 qualifying on a purpose-built Super Stage in the Circuit’s infield. This has an awesome festival feel with a massive stage and grassy hillside from which to watch the concert.

And none other than Stevie Wonder will be performing Oct. 22 after the F1 USGP, also on the Super Stage. You can upgrade your admission ticket to include a standing pit upgrade to be as close as possible to Stevie when he performs!

Plus there will be great Texas musicians performing on stages all around the Circuit throughout the weekend.

TopGolf Crush
Topgolf is bringing an epic, one-of-a-kind experience to the USGP weekend. Crush brings Topgolf’s unique tracking and scoring system to some of the country’s most iconic stadiums and venues, creating an environment where pros and amateurs alike can crush golf balls while overlooking COTA’s legendary Turn

American F1 Team
Haas F1 Team is an American team, making the USGP their home race. A dedicated area at the track, Haas Hill between Turn 18 & 19, will be the place to cheer on the team with fellow fans. Haas Hill will be the place for a chance to glimpse the Haas F1 Team drivers, and enjoy weekend-long giveaways.

Food & Beverages
Food trucks will be around the track from local Austin favorites provide tasty flavors from a wide variety of cuisines, and sports bars will pop up around the Circuit for drinks and catching up on other sporting events taking place over the weekend .

Grand Plaza
The hub of festival activity will be at the large grassy Grand Plaza, with the F1 Game Zone (Pit Stop simulator, podium, and more), Family Fun Zone (face painting, fake tattoos, nail art, RC cars, more), F1 merch, and much more.

How to Join In
Tickets are available now at thecircuit.com, or by calling 512.655.6300.

We have a lot of new Austinites these days, and to you newbies we say: You haven’t really lived in Texas until you’ve been to the rodeo! Put on your shiniest belt buckle and your special-occasion boots and head over to the Rodeo Austin grounds for their newest offering called Bulltober Fest. This is an Austin original event featuring beer, food trucks, live music, and outdoor festival fun.

And because it’s a rodeo afterall, Bulltober Fest will feature the original battle of man vs. beast—American Freestyle Bullfighting by Bullfighters Only. This intense competition showcases the top twelve ultimate bullfighters facing off against the toughest bulls around in a bracket-style tournament for their chance at $25,000.

Food trucks at the fest will include: Wagyu on Wheels, Gebby’s BBQ, Texas Chili Queens, and The Green Machine. And there will be two live concerts by Troy Cartwright and Dirty River Boys after the bullfighting performance.

Proceeds from Bulltober Fest go toward Rodeo Austin’s mission of Promoting Youth Education—Preserving Western Heritage. In 2017, Rodeo Austin awarded more than $2 million to the youth of Texas.

When: Saturday, October 28th

Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids. There are also a limited number of VIP tickets available for $100, which include access to an exclusive area with its own bar, a Mighty Cone food truck, and comfort stations (air-conditioned bathrooms, y’all!). They also get you a reserved seat for the Bullfighters Only performance.

Parking is free!

Location:
Rodeo Austin Grounds
9100 Decker Lake Rd.
Austin, TX 78724

Buy your tickets right here!

Winning things is fun. Winning things is great. But winning ACL passes for your entire crew is how you win at life! Imagine how much of a hero you’ll be.

bthere, the app that rewards friends for spending time together, has just launched in Austin and they are celebrating with a 10-ticket giveaway to weekend one of ACL Fest.

The problem with traditional group messaging platforms is they don’t provide helpful context for close friends who are getting together and planning to hang out. Friends go out, lose each other, phones die, we’ve all been there. Most annoyingly, our messages are all about finding each other: Text me when you get there! I’m outside! What’s your ETA? It never ends.

With bthere’s private location sharing (only for your closest pals), pinata dropping, group texting, and notifications around phone batteries that are about to die, the app creates a world within a world where all of those problems are solved. It’s a smart and fun way to stay in the loop when you and your friends are out on the town in ATX.

The app makes it easier for close friends to get together and stay together. And through partnerships with local retailers, they offer users free giveaways and discounts based on the amount of time they spend together. Groups will be rewarded with large-scale giveaways, and individual bthere users can cash their bthere points in for discounts at local restaurants and bars. bthere is starting out with a small number of retailers in the Austin market, but keep checking! They’ll be adding more soon.

If you have a ongoing text chain with your closest friends that’s a mile long and blowing up your phone all day, this app is for you. We all love Instagram and Facebook (hey, like and follow 365 Things Austin!) but our phones are making us miss out on real life moments with friends. bthere will help you get the crew out of the phone and see each other face- to-face in real life. Imagine that! You love your buds; you can’t get enough them—why not get rewarded while you’re at it?

Entering the ACL giveaway is easy as pie:

  1. Download bthere and create a circle with your closest friends.
  2. Circles receive points for the amount of time friends spend together.
  3. The circle with 10 or fewer members who receives the most points between now and September 22nd will win ACL Weekend 1 tickets.
  4. Winners will be announced on September 22nd.

Good luck to you and your buds!

 

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior headed back to campus this fall, one thing is certain—you’ll need to eat. And there is nothing worse than being limited to questionable cafeteria food or taking a chance on expired leftovers in the back of the fridge.

Since you should focus on what you love about college and not worry about your next meal, we’re predicting five times you’ll need to order UberEATS this semester.

Running Late for Class

We’ve all been there. Alarm was set for pm not am and now you’re running late, but you’re s-t-a-r-v-i-n-g. Gameplan: place a scheduled order to arrive after your class and meet your courier outside the door.

All-Nighters at the Library

Midterms, finals—you know they’re coming, yet they always seem to sneak up on you. Brain food is a must to power through hours of memorizing and fact-cramming. With the cafeteria closed, your best option is delivery. No matter what food helps fuel your study sesh, most restaurants are open on UberEATS to deliver on 24/7.

On Campus for the Holiday

Whether it’s an unexpected snowstorm or you’re holding off until December to fly home, you’re staying on campus. But you’re in the holiday spirit and want to host a friendsgiving in your dorm. With a variety of cuisine options, you can find everyone’s favorite comfort foods. No matter how much you order from one restaurant, you pay the same booking fee. The best part? It requires zero cooking.

TV Trade Off

We all know that Wi-Fi is a precious commodity. How else will you stream all your can’t-miss shows? (And submit that homework, of course.) No one wants to be a mooch, but your Wi-Fi isn’t working. How about ordering UberEATS for you and your neighbor and catching that episode with them? Because going into class tomorrow without knowing how the show ended is not an option.

Crashed on the Couch

You either stayed out a little too late last night or just don’t feel 100%. Either way, you’re not getting off the couch. Thankfully, not all heroes wear capes. Some can deliver everything from soup to sesame chicken to your front door, Uber fast. So you can get back chilling out in no time.

Download UberEATS and ace your hunger this semester.

Visit out instagram to enter to win $50 in UberEats credit. 

 

Come on Austin, let’s paddle our hearts out for an incredible cause! The 6th annual Paddle for Puppies presented by Austin Subaru is right around the corner, but you still have time to be one of the first 500 people to register and secure your spot at this completely heartwarming event.

There will be live music playing on the water while participants paddle on kayak’s, canoes, and SUP for about five miles through downtown. The course begins at Rowing Dock and ends at Rowing Dock with a turnaround point at the S. Congress bridge. Well-behaved and water-loving dogs are encouraged to attend!

Head over to our Instagram feed to enter to win a SUP for four! The winner will be chosen Friday, August 18th.

This will be a beautiful and fun-filled morning on the water, but what really matters is that one hundred percent of the gross dollars raised will go to help Parvo Puppies Program at Austin Pets Alive!

When: Sunday, September 10th

Arrival time: 6:45 a.m.
Shirt pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Boat pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Paddle start time: 7:45 a.m.

Click here to register.

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that I’m a diehard fan of MMH, more formally known as McGuire Moorman Hospitality, and known by food-obsessed people like me as the group behind Austin restaurants like June’s, Jeffrey’s, Elizabeth Street Café, Josephine House, Perla’s, Clark’s, and Lamberts. Whenever I walk into one of their places for the first time, I get the same feeling: It’s like they’ve hired Hollywood production designers to crawl inside our collective mind and create the restaurants we all aspire to hang out in. They’re dreamy and cinematic, but thankfully totally real and right here in Austin. Every detail from the appetizers to the server uniforms and the candles in the bathroom are perfectly thought out.

When I’m having a crappy day, happy hour at June’s never fails to cheer me up. It’s like therapy, only so much more fun. So when the opportunity to eat at ALL seven of their restaurants in 24 hours and document it was presented to me, I responded to the email with a record amount of speed and enthusiasm. Being such a devotee of this restaurant group, you would have thought that I would plan out every moment of the day from soup to nuts, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and wing it.

Here now is hour-by-hour account of the greatest food day of my life. (Editor’s note: You might want to read it with a snack.)

6 a.m.
Swim laps at the YMCA (I need to burn some calories to make room for all the buttery sauces I will ingest.)

7:14 a.m.
Barre class. Two workouts in one day. I am feeling like I can conquer the world, but also eat it—I am famished.

8:30 a.m.
And so it begins: Breakfast at Elizabeth Street Café

A little background on this place: Since opening in 2011, they’ve served up 85,311 macarons and 25,696 Singapore noodles. Both of those items are amazing, but I’m here for the breakfast of champions. I never think to go here, but breakfast at ESC is a hidden gem. As I mentioned before, I am hungry and “pacing myself” is the furthest thing from my mind. So I spend way to much time deciding what to order off their breakfast menu while nibbling on a chocolate croissant. Finally, I settle on the Breakfast Bahn Mi. That was the first perfect decision of my day.

I leave so full and content. Six restaurants to go. I head home to walk off breakfast with my dog, Brady.

11 a.m.
Early Lunch at Lamberts

Lamberts was the original MMH hotspot, and they are celebrating 10 years of slinging high-end barbecue and fabulous cocktails. In that time, they’ve sold 680,000 pounds of brisket and 84,500 gallons of beer. My friend and I walk in, look at each other, and have the same great thought at the same time: should we grab a drink at the bar? Why, yes! Yes we should. It’s the most non-Tuesday of Tuesdays. The first drink of the day slides right down as we head out to the patio. Surprisingly, breakfast has settled and I’m ready to tackle meal number two, lunch number one. We go with the Cripsy Wild Boar Ribs for the appetizer. Can I quit now? There is no way anything else we order today can top this. Amazing. We decide to share a meat plate and fries because we’re at Lambert’s and it would be a Texas crime not to.

1 p.m.
Late Lunch at Perla’s

Listen, I am full but I have never said “no” to Perla’s and I’m not about to start now. Besides, there is always room for oysters right? Apparently because since opening in 2009, this place has shucked 2,105,625 of the little guys. Perla’s does a rotating frozen cocktail and it’s August and I’m sitting on the their beautiful patio, so naturally I get the frozen cocktail. The Blue Hawaiian tastes like vacation. My friend and I decide that we really need to pace ourselves so we decide on a cool half dozen oysters to start. Those slide right down, and I still have room so we go for my favorite thing on their menu: The Grilled Octopus. They also just added Mexican Street Corn to the menu. I don’t claim to be an expert on a lot of things but I am picky when it comes to my street corn. This is easily, some of the best I’ve had.

Honestly, at this point I am ready to wave my white flag and move on. Our waiter insists that we get Salted Butterscotch Pot de Crème for dessert. Hesitant, I mull if over for a split second. Ok, I am getting the dessert. This is up there in the top three desserts I’ve had in my entire life. Now I am feeling full-er. The rest of the day seems kind of daunting, but I’m pretty sure I was born for this so I decide to go on a walk before happy hour number one.

4:00 p.m.
Happy Hour at Clark’s

This walk has me feeling like a new person. I’ve had some time to let the previous meals digest and now I am ready for a light bite and drinks at Clark’s. Since 2012, this cozy little joint has served 1,952 tins of Caviar and their happy hour is a stellar deal: Monday – Friday 3-6 p.m., you get half-off burgers, 50 cents off oysters, and $5 
martinis, oyster shooters and draft beers. Saturday and Sunday from 3- 6 p.m. 50 cents off 
oysters, half-off wine bottles, and $5 oyster shooters.

This is easy, a dozen oysters. We crush those. Then the debate starts: Should we or shouldn’t we get the Happy Hour Burger? For those who don’t know already, the fries at Clark’s are the jam. Ordering the burger (which Austin Monthly just named the best burger in town) means we’ll get those fries. So yes, one burger please. We split the burger, we’re still standing, and now we’re ready for happy hour number two.

5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour at Josephine House

This little cottage restaurant is the perfect prelude to Jeffrey’s. A cool glass of wine and a plate of burrata later, I am feeling like we are making all the right choices today.

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Jeffrey’s

And now for the main event. Jeffrey’s has been a fixture in Austin since 1975. MMH bought and renovated it from top to bottom in 2013 and that same year, Bon Appetit magazine named it Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the US, along with Josephine House. Also, very importantly, you should know that since 2013 they’ve uncorked 35,956 bottles of wine.

This climax of my day is now somewhat of a blur, but here is what I can tell you: You will not get better service then this in Austin. Everything at Jeffrey’s is done right from the second you walk in the restaurant. Most people, me included, come here for very special occasions, which is a shame because you can enjoy their happy hour without breaking the bank. We went with the cheese plate, King Crab and Avocado Toast, Hamachi Carpaccio (MY FAVORITE), Tortellini, Pan Seared Bar Steak and somehow managed to sneak in a dessert. Those that know, know. Jeffrey’s is the best. If you want first-class dining in Austin, go here.

9:00 p.m.

Dessert at June’s All Day

Seriously, I have never been this full in my entire life. This is way beyond Thanksgiving full. But the show must go on, so a nightcap at June’s. Food & Wine named June’s one of 10 Best New Restaurants in 2017 in the entire country in May and Bon Appetit just named it one of their Top 50 Finalists for Best New Restaurants. They’ve been open less than a year, but they’ve sold 7,525 cups of coffee and 1,426 Monster Cookies.

Sadly, they are out of the Monster Cookie, so I have a Lemon Tart. June herself pairs the perfect dessert wine for me and I call it night.

There’s no need for anymore food for a while, maybe I’ll fast for a week. I’ve had the best of the best all day and I only have the one stomach.

 

In a city with as many culinary delights as Austin, there is a burning question that each of us must answer every single day: What should I eat?

And of course, most days we have the ever-pressing conundrum of: Where should I drink?

Thankfully, the cheerful people at Austin Eats have a very good answer: EAT AND DRINK IT ALL, FOLKS! And they will help you do it.

Since 2011, Austin Eats Food Tours have been offering guided tours of local Texas-born establishments all over town—the unique, only-in-Austin spots they personally love. They are the No. 1 ranked Austin tour on Yelp and the happy customers keep coming back for more.

If either you’re visiting Austin for a few days, planning a celebration, or you’re a local who needs  to catch up on the constantly changing restaurant scene, there is an ideal tour for you. Check out the options below.  

East Austin Happy Hour Walking Food Tour

Eat and drink like a local by discovering the very best of what Austin has to offer.
This tour is equally awesome for Austinites who know Downtown and South Congress like the back of their hand and adventurous tourists. They’ll provide an insider tour of Austin’s hottest and most diverse neighborhood district that pairs great eats with multiple libation options. You’ll finish the tour feeling full and pretty impressed you can introduce friends to hidden gems on the eastside.

Best of Austin Food Truck Bus Tour

From Austin’s best-kept secrets to well-known staples, this tour lets you experience them all. This 10 a.m. bus tour runs every Saturday and will always include one of Austin’s top BBQ stops.

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

Saturday Brunch/BBQ/Brewery Bus Tour

Hungry people on this 10:15 a.m. bus tour will experience some of Austin’s top breakfast tacos, a high end brunch stop, a top rated BBQ stop, and a local brewery.

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

Saturday Pub & Grub Bus Tour

This tour is exactly what the title suggests. It begins and ends in the bustling entertainment district of Rainey Street and includes two pubs, an awesome multi-meat BBQ stop, an East Austin unique restaurant, Via 313 Detroit style pizza, and Gourdoughs Donuts!

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

South Congress Walking Tour

A savvy Austinite will guide your party on an engaging culinary journey to 4-5 local eateries with the best Austin food, drinks and desserts. Guests will sample a wide array of food in the South Congress area, the epicenter of eclectic Austin. This tour typically includes Austin’s best breakfast tacos, an amazing brunch stop, the top burger spot in town, Home Slice Pizza, and  a local dessert stop! In addition 1 non-alcoholic beverage and two libations are provided.

Corporate & Private Tours

Lastly, Austin Eats can completely customize a walking/van/bus food tour in and around Austin.  Corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Dell have signed up along with countless birthday, bachelor, bachelorette outings as well.

Most private events can start anywhere between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week and evening tours are available Sunday-Thursday.  Transportation options include executive buses, vans, or walking (naturally!). Let Austin Eats show you the town.

 

 

Picture this: it’s late, you are either working on a project, studying or just got back home from a fun night out and you really need tasty food – enter UberEATS, available after hours to satisfy your late night cravings. ‘Cause if you are up, UberEATS is as well.

Amy’s Ice Creams

Not even the Texas heat can stop you from dancing the night away to “Despacito”. Cool off with some Amy’s Ice Creams, home of the acclaimed Mexican vanilla ice cream. Perfect for that sweet tooth that won’t give up, even after last call.

Easy Tiger

Craving a late night hearty sandwich? Easy Tiger will definitely leave you satisfied with their artisan bread and housemade meats.

Irene’s

Irene’s serves delicious American-comfort food classics, ideal for after hours food needs. Their Strawberry Cake was included in Zagat’s “15 New Dishes to Try in Austin” list. Get it delivered and enjoy with some drinks with friends.

G’Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge

After party at your house? This Rainey Street restaurant has their large portion trays available on UberEATS until midnight, perfect for big groups that want to keep the party going.

McDonald’s

The Holy Grail of late night eats – Mickey D’s. You can now get McDonald’s World Famous Fries delivered straight to your door with UberEATS, and we are lovin’ it.

Qdoba (Guadalupe)

Get Qdoba delivered and satisfy your middle of the night hankering for Mexican food. Indulge in some Drunken Yardbird Tacos with tequila lime chicken, salsa verde, cotija cheese, and guac that is hand-smashed daily.

Way South Philly

Voted as one of the best Philly Cheesesteaks outside of Philly, Way South Philly serves authentic cheesesteaks, Italian sausage, and tots. For a little taste of the Northeast, sink your teeth into “The Balboa”- seasoned grilled Philly steak, sautéed with steamed onions then topped with cheese whiz.

Yalla Burgers & Wings

There’s no reason for you to go to bed hungry. This food truck located at Spider House has all the late night eats you need, like their special fries with natural grilled steak, grilled red pepper, tomatoes and red onions topped with a fried egg and aji sauce.

Zen City Asian Bistro

Dumplings, crispy egg rolls, chicken with fried rice, Chinese delivery at its finest. Zen City Asian Bistro is available for delivery to make your midnight munchies’ dreams come true.

The Pizza Press

This recently opened pizza joint prides itself on using fresh and nutritious ingredients. Order a signature pizza or build your own with your favorite toppings. Looking for a lighter late night treat? You can also “publish” your own Italian salad.

Let UberEATS take care of your post-last-call treats. ‘Cause if you are up, UberEATS is as well.