Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has just announced a new holiday tradition and festival with—get this—a million lights, camel rides, and hot air balloon rides! The holidays in Austin just keep getting better and better. Winter Wonderland will run from December 1 – 30, open daily from 6 -10 p.m., and 6 – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are on sale now.
Like we said, a million lights will illuminate the Circuit’s Grand Plaza, which will also include Santa’s workshop, a petting zoo, a human snow globe, holiday movies on the lawn, a walking light trail, and the the Tunnel of Lights! Guests can also purchase tickets for additional offering like the hot air balloon float up to 100-feet high, Santa’s train ride for kids, a giant skating rink, camel rides, carnival rides for both children and adults, and souvenir photos with Santa. Families who donate a book to the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program at Winter Wonderland will receive one complimentary ride on the COTA Express. Guests can also hear their favorite stories read daily by Mrs. Claus at Reading Hour in the Grand Plaza. And the adults can enjoy a frosty beverage and friendly games in the Bud Light Friends Chalet after walking the .8 mile Circuit of Lights.
Entertainment throughout the Winter Wonderland will include performances by Austin school district ensembles and local artists. Plus there will be food trucks, hot cocoa stands, and other holiday-inspired beverages at Winter Wonderland. Last, but not least, you can do your holiday shopping at Go! Games—a giant pop-up shop featuring games, toys, and books—and the charming Bavarian Village with local vendors selling handcrafted goods in an enchanted setting.
Purchase tickets at the Grand Plaza Box Office or right here. Discounted group ticket sales, as well as options for corporate and private parties are also available. For information regarding special bookings or Winter Wonderland at the Circuit, click here.
You shouldn’t have to choose between fun, food and drinks when you spend a night out on the town. Austin’s Park n’ Pizza boasts the largest family entertainment center in Central Texas featuring everything from go-karts to laser tag. With recent expansions to the arcade area by 3,000 square feet, the almost 30 feet rock wall and the new fully-interactive XD Dark Ride Motion Theater, they continue to reign.
Now you can get in on the excitement with three of your friends! For just $39.95, Austin’s Park n’ Pizza has decided to bring you Burgers, Beer and Bowling every Monday through Friday, 6pm-9pm. You and your friends receive an hour of bowling on one of Austin Park n’ Pizza’s 10 lanes, four burgers with all the fix’ins, and a 64oz. tower of beer…you read that right, a TOWER OF BEER. Plus, open play on classics, like shuffleboard and pool.
Perfect for date night, friend night, or even just a FUN night out at Austin’s Park n’ Pizza. Head on over for an incredible time! Visit AustinsPark.com for more information.
Company holiday parties can be completely awesome or completely awkward, depending on which route you go. But thankfully, we live in Austin, a town full of vendors and experiences that are changing the corporate event game.
If you are tasked with booking the holiday party this year, look no further—each of these concepts will make you a party-planning hero. We’ve compiled a handy list of our favorite corporate party ideas. And none of them involve trust falls or pot luck buffets.
Break out of the building and have a little staycation in ATX for the day! Austin Tour Company specializes in private group tours and events that allow guests to explore the history, food, street art, nightlife, music and other concepts that “Keep Austin Weird.” They can work with any size group and customize the experience to fit the needs of your quirky crowd.
In that same category, AustinEats Food Tours offers a variety of options (walking and bus tours) that will allow you and your team to try curated offerings of the city’s best eats with knowledgeable guides and no lines. The focus here is all on the food and drink, so the foodies in your worklife will be especially pleased.
Serious power bonding awaits your team. The Escape Game Austin is your ticket to adventure. Solve million dollar heists, decode secret service missions, and navigate through prison passageways. You have one hour to complete the task. This is a dependably fun and out-of-the-box idea.
Whaaaat? That’s right! You and your colleagues should skip the cheese log and just throw some axes this year! Since the dawn of man, humans have been throwing stuff at other stuff. Why? Because it’s fun. They offer group bookings and a holiday party concept that is the opposite of boring.
There’s no feeling tourist-y while cruising around town on a Fat Tire Electric Minibike. Create your own bike gang and experience the city like never before. Did you ever think you’d be in a bike gang with your IT guy and that lady from accounts receivable? Well here’s proof that anything is possible in Austin.
Come crush some balls with your coworkers while you drink good beer, eat good food, and get a little competitive. Everyone, even people who have never hit a golfball before, will have an amazing time. Trust us.
Or how about some world-class indoor go kart racing in European-style 20hp electric karts? The track at K1 in Austin is among the largest in the nation.
If you just need the perfect spot to gather your team away from the office, you can’t go wrong with Irene’s. One of our favorite restaurants in Austin, has that indoor/outdoor vibe, plenty of photo opps, great music, and even greater food and drink. Check out their options for private events here.
OK, if you aren’t into throwing axes or racing go karts, how about some fancy shooting? The Range at Austin is hailed as the finest precision shooting range in the country. The 52,000 square foot facility encompasses more than a targeting range; this fully integrated entertainment facility is the preferred location for seasoned shooters and a welcoming environment for beginners.
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.”
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 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 .
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!
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:
- Download bthere and create a circle with your closest friends.
- Circles receive points for the amount of time friends spend together.
- The circle with 10 or fewer members who receives the most points between now and September 22nd will win ACL Weekend 1 tickets.
- 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.
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