We’re excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas, launching tomorrow (Friday, December 1st). For 12 days this month we will be giving away prizes from local businesses each day! All of these prizes are a great representation of some awesome things that our city has to offer, and they’re also the gifts we’ll be buying for our own friends and families this year!
Here are the details:
- Each day around 11am, we’ll post a new giveaway on the blog and our social channels.
- This year, there will be two ways to enter the contest daily. One via our Heyo Contest page, and another via our daily contest Instagram post. Make sure you’re following us on the following channels to be sure you catch the announcements each day:
- Each contest will run for 24 hours, and a winner will be chosen at random at the completion of each contest.
- YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR PRIZE WITHIN 24 HOURS OR WE WILL PICK A NEW WINNER.
- Once we recieve confirmation from a winner, we will announce it in the comments of the Instagram post, and we’ll update THIS page with the winner’s names and/or handles below.
A preview of this year’s prizes (subject to change) and winners:
Day One: Ice Skating Package at Whole Foods
Day Two: Lymbo Clothing Shopping Spree
Day Three: Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for FOUR people
Day Four: A $200 Shopping Spree to Kriser’s Natural Pet
Day Five: $100 gift card to Clark’s Oyster Bar + $100 gift card to ByGeorge
Day Six: Rec Kit from Outdoor Voices
Day Seven: Tickets to Circuit of the Americas Winter Wonderland
Day Eight: One Night Stay at South Congress Hotel + $100 Central Standard gift card
Day Nine: Four tickets to the game of your choice from The Escape Game Austin
Day Ten: Six bottles of Texas Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Day Eleven: One Month Membership for Unlimited Barre3 Classes
Day Twelve: A shopping experience from The Domain Austin
BONUS DAY: Rocket Electrics Foodie Tour + $100 Shopping Spree in the 2nd Street District
BONUS DAY: $50 gift card to Juiceland
Thank you as always for following 365 Things Austin, and GOOD LUCK!
If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, please email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com
Photo: Jennifer M. Ramos
Skip the mall and big box stores this year and enjoy your holiday shopping experience at one of Austin’s favorite traditions: The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This famous fine art market and musical festival features national and local award-winning artists, at least three bands performing live each day, two full bars and local food—and all in a festive, lively atmosphere.
Guests can shop from over 175 artists who will be selling their handmade gifts, fine art, heirloom pieces, and stocking stuffers. Take your shopping breaks by the Armadillo stage and sip on a craft beer or cocktail. This year they’ll have Korean BBQ from Chi’lantro and hand-tossed Neapolitan style pizza in the Southside Flying Pizza kitchen.
With a collection of musicians as well curated as the art, the Armadillo stage will host greats like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Nakia, Ruthie Foster, Charley Crockett, and Shinyribs.
Click here for a photo gallery of Armadillo artist’s work and here for a full lineup of music.
When: December 14 – 24th
Tickets are $8 for a single-day pass; available at the door, or in advance at https://armadillo.ticketbud.com/2017. For best value, purchase a season pass, which allows for entry throughout the duration of the show. Free admission for children 12 and under.
Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
Photo by Jennifer M. Ramos.
Tipster, Austin’s first pay-what-you like walking tours, have officially started walking in Austin! These local tours are super fun, affordable, and a great experience for visitors and locals alike.
Tipster is making Austin part of a world-wide movement bringing pay-what-you-like walking tours to everyone from backpackers to local business people.
The tours are nontraditional. There are no prices or set fees, no reservations required, and the guides create the tours they want to give.
Tipster wants everyone, regardless of budget, to experience Austin like an insider. They believe everyone who visits or lives in Austin should be able to connect with the local vibe and culture.
From the Capitol to the Driskill, this tour is great for visitors looking to learn more about this unique city deep in the heart of Texas. Learn all about the history of Austin as you walk through downtown and stop for local drinks and snacks along the way.
Austin Music Tour
As the Live Music Capitol of the World, Austin has more live music venues than any other city in the nation. From jazz to country, hip hop to blues, there is a show for everybody at almost any time of day. On this tour, learn how the Austin music scene came to be and gain some insider knowledge.
Explore one of Austin’s most beautiful natural prized gems. This tour is more of a nature walk and is a great way to explore the city in tranquil scenery. We’ll walk along the beautiful Barton Creek through wooded ravines and canyons right in the heart of Austin. Along the way you will stop at Austin’s beloved Taco Deli mid-walk.
East Side Art Tour
Art is all around us in Austin. On this tour you’ll explore the vibrant world of street art that dominates the East Side. From murals and graffiti to the art of craft cocktails, there’s something on this tour for everyone!
Beer lovers unite! The craft beer movement is thriving in Austin. The Austin area has over 30 craft breweries and is growing by the day. Get introduced to some of Austin’s East side breweries as we hit some of our favorites and explore this hip part of town.
Want to learn more about Tipster?
Email: Kelly @tipstertours.com
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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!
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