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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:

Rodeo Austin Ticket Prices:

Rodeo tickets range from $20 to $175.
Parking is $15 cash only at the gate.

Fairgrounds only:
Children (2 & under) One Day Admission – FREE
Children (3-12 years) One Day Admission – $5.00
Adult One Day Admission – $8.00
Children Season Admission – $15.00
Adult Season Admission – $25.00

Fairgrounds & Carnival:

SPRING BREAK SPECIAL – March 12-15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$2 Tuesday: $2 Fairgrounds admission, $2 carnival rides
Carnival wristbands available at gate.

Rodeo Austin Music:

Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout March.
There are performances at the Outdoor Stage, 100X Dance Hally, Bullet Proof, and at the ProRodeo & Concert. 

ProRodeo Performances include:

  • March 10: Josh Turner
  • March 11: Dia Del Vaquero with Duelo
  • March 12: Ludacris
  • March 13: Cody Johnson
  • March 14: Chris Janson
  • March 15: Young the Giant
  • March 16: Josh Abbott Band
  • March 17: Justin Moore
  • March 18: Tracy Lawrence
  • March 19: LANCO
  • March 20: Gladys Knight
  • March 21: Lee Brice
  • March 22: Dwight Yoakam
  • March 23: Turnpike Troubadours
  • March 24: Kevin Fowler

Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:

Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Crabtree Amusements 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 new and expanded Craft Beer and Wine Garden, Butterfly and Parakeet Exhibit, and rotating food trucks to a petting zoo, pony rides, pig races and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone!

PUBLIC TOURS:

The public can take a FREE tour and see a “Behind the Chutes” look at Rodeo Austin!

Gives the public an opportunity to see inside the 100X Dance Hall, Founders Club, Avenue of Breeds, Vendors, the Arena, and more!

Every day at noon and 4:30 p.m. (No 4:30 p.m. tours on Sunday’s)

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, presented by H-E-B! Sign your children up online or on-site at the Wild West Tent.

Fairgrounds for Kids

North Fairgrounds is open daily 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and includes the Great American Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and the Southwest Dairy Milking Show.

You can learn about milking a cow during the Southwest Dairy Milking show. Daily Show Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. After the show, take a ride on a real pony at the pony rides and enjoy feeding and petting baby deer, goats, llamas, and wallabies in the petting zoo!

AVENUE OF BREEDS

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.

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.

SWIFTY SWINE PIG RACES, Presented by H-E-B

Pig races occur daily and feature the swiftest swine in the business! Catch the porky speedster’s race around Pork Chop Downs International Speedway toward the prize of an Oreo cookie.

Daily show times: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

BULLET PROOF

Join Rodeo Austin March 23 – 24, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. as they close out the Rodeo Season at the Bullet Proof Blowout! This exclusive two-day event featuring great live music entertainment, food and drinks is a great way to show groups of friends and clients a good time!

Contributor package options available for purchase below. No sales available at the door. Packages must be purchased in advance. https://rodeoaustin.com/get-involved/donate/bullet-proof/

Funds generated at the event support the Rodeo Austin mission of Promoting Youth Education – Preserving Western Heritage. Rodeo Austin would like to recognize and thank the presenting sponsor of Bullet Proof, Greater Austin Development.

100X Dance Hall, Presented by PlainsCaptial Bank and Jack Daniel’s

Wind down after the ProRodeo and Concert at the 100X Dance Hall! This Exclusive club offers hospitality on the Rodeo Grounds with live entertainment each night. Members and their guests can enjoy live music and a closed-circuit coverage of Rodeo Austin. The public may enter the club with a $5 cover charge.

Competitive Events:

Rodeo Austin has over 7,000 entries for this year’ 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.

You can’t live your best life in Austin without getting out on the lake from time to time. Float On Boat Rentals, the highest-rated boat rental company in ATX, is here to help you do just that. Now going into their sixth summer, the company is owned and operated by a local family who has a staff of energetic and friendly people who care deeply about how much fun you have. Deeply! Pontoons, ski boats, Aqua Lily Pads, and various towable toys are available for you and your people to enjoy a day in the sun. They’re also one of the few companies that rents boats on both of Austin’s lakes.

If you’ve rented from other companies before, you know that most vessels have a lot of wear and tear from years of being rented and partied on. Float On’s boats are all only a couple of years old and since they require captains on most of their rentals, they stay looking brand new. No barnacles, no rust, no busted seat cushions—no sad people in your crew!

Last year they decided to take their services beyond the water by adding the option of a cool woody van that takes your group to and from wherever you are staying and in perfect Austin style. Float On hosts a ton of bachelor and bachelorette parties and they’ve made it their goal to make your boating experience the most memorable part of your trip to Austin.

Another thing that sets Float On apart from the competition is the way they give back to Austin. They’ve donated countless free rental certificates to organizations looking to raise money and their whole team donates their time and resources multiple times a year to help with big events and fundraisers.

We could all use a few hours boozing and sunning ourselves in this beautiful part of the world—plan your next excursion with Float On and it they’ll make your dreamy Austin day come true.

 

Has there ever been a town with as much love for animals as Austin has to give? We think not. Our rescue pets are family and we celebrate them at every opportunity. That’s why, of course, Austinites will finally get to celebrate Mardi Gras with their furry best friends, because Mardi Paws, the city’s first-ever dog Mardi Gras parade is upon us. Sponsored by the animal lovers at Grocery Pup, a company making insanely fresh and natural dog food right here in Austin, this parade is basically guaranteed to make you happy.

So what goes into a dog Mardi Gras parade, you might ask? Well everything. Just like the human version in NOLA, they’ll have a king, queen, and royal court who parade in little floats that are made from wagons. People and dogs in the parade will throw treats and beads to the crowd.

The theme for this inaugural year is “Saturday Bark Fever.” All floats will be disco-themed and attendees (of every species) are encouraged to dress like John Travolta walking into Studio 54.

Our king for the day will be Sebastian, who was rescued by Cutie PITooties and was fostered by Krista Allenby, owner of Ruff Adventures Dog Photography, at the end of September. When she first got Sebastian, he had severe mange and a skin infection. After just one month, he made a full recovery and was officially adopted by Krista. To celebrate his recovery and finding a new home filled with love, Sebastian has been crowned the King of Mardi Paws! Half of all proceeds from Mardi Paws will go to Cutie PITooties so they can rescue more pups like him.

Our original queen, Lil’ Kim, was rescued by Austin Dog Rescue in November from a shelter in Lockhart, and after multiple surgeries, she was close to being ready to be adopted. After appearing to be on the road to recovery, she developed a type of neurological disorder about a week ago, and her condition steadily worsened despite several visits to her veterinarian and the emergency room. With her passing on January 21, her furry foster brother and fellow Austin Dog Rescue pup, Kaxan, will ride in her honor as the Duke of Mardi Paws

All funds raised for Mardi Paws will be split 50/50 among the two organizations that rescued the king, queen and duke. Come out and have the time of your life for an incredibly worthy cause.

When: Saturday, February 10th

Time: 2 -6 p.m.

Location:
Lustre Pearl East

Can’t make it? Click here to donate to the cause and help spread the word on your social media pages.

Austin Food + Wine Festival co-founders Charlie Jones, partner of C3 Presents, chef Tim Love, and restaurateur Jesse Herman, in partnership with FOOD & WINE, are pleased to announce the culinary, wine & spirits and musical line-up for the seventh annual festival, April 27-29, 2018.  Tickets go on sale today, January 18, 2018, CT, at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.

The seventh annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will feature more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market, including the debut of Friday night’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ hands-on, interactive dinner party; Rock Your Taco competition on Saturday night; Sunday Gospel Brunch; engaging cooking demonstrations; interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs and celebrated pitmasters from across the country; food, wine and cocktail tastings in the Grand Taste Pavilionlive musical performanceschef tastings; book signings; and more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Austin Food + Wine Festival and a stellar roster of incredibly talented chefs, restaurateurs, and wine and spirits experts from the Hill Country region and beyond,” says Hunter Lewis, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine.  “With incredible barbecue, vibrant Tex Mex, world-class fine dining, and innovative wine, beer, and spirits culture, Austin is a dynamic culinary crossroads that represents the best of what it means to eat and drink in America today.”

On Thursday, April 26, the pre-Festival Feast Under the Stars, an intimate outdoor celebration, will once again be hosted at Austin’s Auditorium Shores.  This five-course, family-style meal with wine pairings from Jackson Family Wines will be held on Festival grounds and feature a collaborative menu from Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality: Uchi); Mary Catherine Curren (ELM Restaurant Group; Todd Duplechan (Lenoir); Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); and Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie). Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250/per person (inclusive of wine pairings and parking) and must be purchased separately from any Festival tickets at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets  

“I take great pride in my home state of Texas and always look forward to welcoming some of the greatest chefs in America to experience it firsthand,” says festival partner Tim Love.  “Austin Food + Wine is the perfect platform to do just that and this year’s festival, lucky number seven, will be the best year yet!” 

The 2018 Festival officially kicks off at Auditorium Shores on Friday, April 27, with Grillin’ and Chillin’ – the ultimate hands-on grilling dinner party hosted by Tim Love.  This event will offer All-In ticket holders the opportunity to sharpen their grilling skills as they join Tim for an interactive and lively night of hands-on grilling, drinks and dinner, all underneath the gorgeous Austin skyline.  Grillin’ and Chillin’ attendees will have their own grill to share with a partner as Tim guides them on how to become grilling experts.  Grillin’ and Chillin’ is exclusively included with the All-In ticket and will be the only time that the hands-on grilling demo will be offered throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, the Festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will come alive with cooking demonstrations, book signings and an interactive area where chefs will cook over live Fire Pits and offer tastes to attendees throughout the weekend.  Offering multiple stations daily, the expanded Fire Pits will provide interactive experiences cooking with live fire from local and national pitmasters and chefs, including David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, La Corsha Hospitality Group); Sonya Coté (Eden East, Hillside Farmacy); Billy Durney (Hometown BBQ; Brooklyn, NY); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); Rodney Scott (Rodney Scott’s BBQ; Charleston, SC); Victor Sandoval (Parkside Projects); Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Contigo Catering, Chicon) with more chefs to be announced.

The Chef Showcase will feature a dynamic roster of local chefs and restaurants in the Grand Taste Pavilion all weekend. Enjoy signature dishes from participating chefs, including: John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co.); Stephen Bonin (Geraldine’s); Jeff Brown (Old Thousand); Thomas Calhoun (Aviary Wine & Kitchen); Taylor Chambers (Justine’s Brasserie); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); Austin Ewald (Grizzelda’s); Kazu Fukumoto (Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya); Natalie Gazaui (Eberly); Albert Gonzalez (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile); Taylor Hall (Apis); Clinton Kendall (East Side King); Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew); Geronimo Lopez (Botika); Harold Marmulstein (Salty Sow); Stephanie McClenny (Confituras); Jason McVearry (Poke Poke); Brian Moses (Olive & June); Ashley Neave (Forthright); David Norman (Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden); Sterling Ridings (Guild); Maribel Rivero (Yuyo); James Robert (Fixe); Charles Schlienger (Sway); Eric Silverstein (The Peached Tortilla); Max Snyder (Pitchfork Pretty); Anthony Sobotik (Lick Honest Ice Cream); George Thomas (Unit-D Pizzeria); Joshua Thomas (Mattie’s) Carmen Valera (Tamale House East); Miguel Vidal (Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ); Josh Williams (Texas French Bread) with more chefs to be announced. 

Rock Your Taco, Saturday evening’s signature tasting event at Fair Market, will bring out the competitive side of all participants, with a live musical performance by award-winning Latin Pop artist, Gina Chavez. Chefs will square off against one another to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including legendary chef and cookbook author, Lidia Bastianich (Felidia, Becco, Del Posto, Eataly, Lidia’s; Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC). Chefs include Tatsu Aikawa & Takuya Matsumoto (Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya); Nyesha Arrington (Native; Los Angeles); Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa, Little Donkey; Boston & NYC); 2017’s Rock Your Taco champion, Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality: Loro); Andrew Curren (ELM Restaurant Group); Cassidee Dabney (The Barn at Blackberry Farm; Walland, TN); Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurants; San Antonio); Amanda Freitag (Chopped); Diego Galicia & Rico Torres (Mixtli; San Antonio); Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish; Los Angeles); Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat; Chicago); Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality Group; Chicago); Tim Love Bryan Voltaggio (Volt; Frederick, MD); and Michael White (Altamarea; London, Istanbul, Hong Kong, New Jersey, NYC, Washington, D.C.). 

A star-studded collection of sommeliers, wine, beer and spirits experts rounds out the Austin Food +

Wine Festival line-up, including Devon Broglie (Master Sommelier, Associate Global Beverage Buyer Whole Foods); Craig Collins (Master Sommelier, Beverage Director ELM Restaurant Group); Helen Johannesen (Owner Helen’s Wines, Partner Jon & Vinny’s, Joint Ventures; Los Angeles); and June Rodil (McGuire Moorman Hospitality, June’s All Day).

 Additional programming announcements will be made over the course of the spring; please visit www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com for more information and updates.

Tickets for the 2018 Austin Food + Wine Festival go on sale Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CT at www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets. The All-In ticket is $625/per person and includes Saturday and Sunday Festival access; over 40 culinary demos; beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; access to the expanded Fire Pits; all-day access to the Grand Taste Pavilion, including the Chef Showcase; a special Sunday Gospel Brunch; Grillin’ and Chillin’; and entrance to Saturday night’s Rock Your Taco.  

The Weekender ticket is $250/per person and includes Saturday and Sunday Festival access; over 40 culinary demos; beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; access to the expanded Fire Pits; all-day access to the Grand Taste Pavilion, including the Chef Showcase; and a special Sunday Gospel Brunch.

As someone who owns a business that’s all about doing things, I have to practice what I preach. That means I’m constantly on the go in Austin—an art opening, a yoga class in the park, a meeting downtown, and oooh look, a new happy hour place! I love it all, but I don’t have a lot of time left over in the day to shop for groceries—let alone cook myself an actual dinner. So food delivery apps are my saving grace, and these days I have a new favorite: DoorDash.

DoorDash is a national company that has been growing its Austin presence for over a year now, and they are serious about this city. They have a regional headquarters right here and a team of locals who love the Austin food scene as much as we do. That means they bring the best of both worlds—a huge selection of the biggest national chains and a growing list of local gems like Tamale House, G’Raj Mahal, East Side King, Super Burrito on 5th, and Flyrite Chicken. There are more than 250 places available for delivery in Downtown Austin.

The app itself is easy to use, with live order tracking (including driver GPS), local staff selections, and featured restaurants with free delivery. The “Try Me Free” section at the top has a rotating list of great spots to choose from. I love the way all the menu details are loaded into the app, which makes it simple to customize your order and breeze through the whole process. It also means much less room for human error. And that’s important when you need something very specific, like two extra sides of ranch.

Plus DoorDash goes above and beyond their competition by surprising customers with crazy giveaways and discounts. Earlier this month they gave away over 10,000 slices of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and partnered with Shake Shack on National Cheeseburger Day to give away free cheeseburgers.

Download the app and try it for yourself. For the next week, receive free delivery on one order of $15 or more! Use promo code 365ATX.

The next season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) soon!

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Both Tuesday and Thursday night leagues start soon, so grab two friends (teams of three, and an optional alternate) and start thinking about a creative team name. “Flock of Skeegulls” is already taken, I checked…

This season they’re at Gourmand’s Pub on the East Side. Personally, I think this is a great move, I love that place. One time, many moons ago I went there for lunch and ended up staying all afternoon playing games and enjoying too many cocktails for a work day. Everything from the atmosphere to the food is a home run. Easily, some of the best sandwiches in town.

As always, they’ll have great drink specials and since it’s continued to grow in popularity, this is also an awesome way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment.

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They give away some pretty great prizes each night including bottles of booze, concert tickets, oil changes, gift cards, t-shirts and more! And when the season comes to a close, you’ll also be invited to a stellar ‘End of Skeeson’ party.

Here’s an easy signup form, all you need is a team name and email addresses for you and your teammates and they’ll contact you with all the details!

Sign up now, the new season starts tomorrow January 9th and Thursday, January 11!

 TEAM SIGN UP

Or email them directly at: AustinSkeeballLeague@gmail.com

See you on the slopes!

Where:
Gourmand’s Pub
2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

When:  Tuesday Night League // Thursday Night League

For more info: Austin Skeeball League

 

The best way to spend NYE is surrounded by friends and with the lowest possible expectations  … know that before jumping into this list! The lines for downtown venues are long, the covers are high, and there are thousands of people roaming the streets who apparently do not consume alcohol the other 364 days of the year.

That being said, it can be the pinnacle party of the holiday season with the right people, and the right venue. To help you with the latter, we’ve put together a list with ten options that will help you create a memorable farewell to 2017.

14. Keep It Quite NYE Party at Fair Market

So you’re looking to get all dolled up and party into 2018. This is the party for you. Your ticket covers everything once you’re in the door. Open bar, pizza, DJ, coat check. It’s going to be a rager. 

Tickets/Info: here.

13. Justine’s MORE IS MORE

For this New Year’s Eve, Justine’s is opening its arms wider than before—because more is more. More love, more beauty, more friendship, more art, more style, more time with you. Our exquisite genius of a designer Emily Hughes is building a sister tent to the golden Winter Tent, “Le Hollandaise” we’ve named her, in silk folds of ruby-red, inspired by The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. We’re offering more champagne, more music, more oysters, more ribeyes, more crème brulées in this extended and grand room.

Tickets/Info: here.

12. Lambert’s NYE Party

Join in on the six-piece Nola based band, Flow Tribe, and a performance plus DJ sets from DJ Chicken George. There will be hurricanes, a midnight Champagne toast, New Orleans gear such as beads, masks, balloons, and late night “Lucky Dog” inspired hot dogs and beignets. Doors open at 10 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $75

Tickets/Info: here.

11. Speakeasy’s Legendary NYE Bash

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Speakeasy is great for ringing in the New Year due to the sheer size of the place. It’s basically three venues in one, which makes staying at the same bar for roughly four hours a lot more enjoyable.

Speakeasy will have a band in the main bar, and DJs in the Kaberet Room and on Terrace59 (the rooftop). Tickets start at $49, but I’d recommend spending a bit more to ensure access to the rooftop, which has a great view, and might even allow you to catch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

Tickets/info: Here

10. Native Hostel’s BASH + CRASH

Be a part of Native’s first New Year’s Eve BASH + CRASH. Come for just the party, or bring your crew to crash overnight! Lighting and Visual Art Scapes, Photo Booth Magic and Special LIve Performances by:  MOBLEY and BIRD PETERSON (Special NYE VJ Set).

Tickets/info: Here

9. City of Austin NYE Event at Auditorium Shores

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This year’s festivities on Auditorium Shores include live performances from almost two-dozen other artists. There will also be food trucks on-site, activities for the kids, and the grand-finale fireworks show at 10 p.m.

This is a great event for families and couples that are looking to avoid the downtown madness, but still want to get out and do something memorable on New Year’s Eve. For an added bonus, admission is free!

More info: Here

8. NYE 2018: A Celebration of 85 Years Since Prohibition Failed! at Parlor & Yard

Parlor and Yard is kicking things up a notch and turning back to basics.

The event kicks off at 9pm with live music and a complimentary appetizer buffet catered by Hot Mess. Live Music kicks off at 10pm and the private, all-inclusive bar continues until midnight, capped off with a champagne toast. Late night buffet also provided by Hot Mess keeps the party going and DJ BigBear turns the dials up on the party at 11 and brings us into 2018 and beyond.

Tickets/info: Here

7. Pool Burger

Looking for something that isnt going to break the bank? 

Pool Burger is will host a casual party with DJ rerun playing Dance Hall, Soul & Funk starting at 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. There will be an exclusive Shark Bait cocktail in a shark shaped tiki mug for the evening. 

6. Banger’s New Year’s Eve Smoke Out

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If you want to enjoy the mild winter weather in Austin underneath the oaks, look no further than Banger’s. This year they’re smoking Prime Rib, and hosting live music, and a complimentary toast at midnight of Miller High Life (the Champagne of Beers).

No cover to get in, and the party starts at 7 p.m.

More info: Here

5. The Nightowls at Stubb’s
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Austin’s favorite soul band, The Nightowls, will rock the indoor stage at Stubb’s with an opening performance from Kev Bev and The Woodland Creatures. The $70 ticket includes a champagne toast and a complimentary buffet!

Tickets/info: Here

4. Bob Schneider at The Paramount 

The Paramount Theatre invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with perennial favorite Bob Schneider. From “Tarantula” and “40 Dogs” to tracks from his latest album King Kong Vol. 3, Bob has proven time and time again why he’s one of Austin’s most beloved artists. 

Tickets/info: Here

3. Irene’s NYE House Party 

Here is another option for the non planner. Chill with our homies at Irene’s New Year’s Eve House Party (no cover!) featuring DJ Emily Rabbit from 10 pm – 2 am and $40 magnums of bubbles all night! Be sure to eat some of Chef Drew’s special $3 black-eyed peas and collard greens after midnight, a Southern tradition said to bring you luck and prosperity for the year!

Tickets/info: Here

2. Ghostland Observatory at Mohawk 

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No description needed. If this is your scene you don’t need us to tell you. 

Tickets/info: Here

1. INTO THE WILD by W Austin

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You know those NYE parties you see in the movies? While not for everyone, that’s what the two-party experience (one called Urban Wild, the other Jungle Glam) at The W Austin provides.

If you’re looking to dress to the nines, pop bottles, and you don’t mind dropping some cash— there’s nothing else in Austin quite as glittery as this celebration.

GA tickets start at $75 for UBRAN WILD, and $175 for JUNGLE GLAM.

Pro-tip: Grab some friends (up to 15) and split the cost of a table ($2,000). Tables come with two bottles and will save you money assuming you trust your friends to cover their part of the bill!

***Bonus points if you can sneak into the sold-out Willie show happening next-door at ACL Live.

Tickets/info: Here

Happy New Year’s from 365 Things Austin! Please party responsibly and consider ride-share, public transportation (Cap Metro is offering FREE rides, see below), or taxi this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a festive holiday experience, head to The Domain for twinkling lights, carolers, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, and a Santa experience that will delight kids of all ages.  Don’t miss out on the holiday fun happening all season long at The Domain!

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Visit with Santa

Visit the “Beneath the Tree” Santa Photo Experience, where children sit inside a 10-foot tall drum situated under a 34-foot tall tree. Enjoy a story, share your wishlist and capture a picture to save the memory. For complete hours and to make an appointment, click here.

Complimentary Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the holiday lights each Friday and Saturday night from 5:30-9:30pm through December 23, 2017. Pick-up locations near California Pizza Kitchen and The Brass Tap.

Holiday Light Shows

Stand in awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in synchronization to holiday music! Lights shows area available nightly throughout Domain II (between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s) each Friday evening at 6, 7 and 8pm through January 1, 2018.

Strolling Carolers

The sounds of the season come alive with performances by Austin Carolers in Domain I each Saturday night from 6:30-8:30pm. Carolers offered Saturdays through December 23, 2017.

Live Music

The Domain’s year-round live music program is updated to feature holiday music throughout the season! Don’t miss these special performances on the lawn in Domain II and on the stage near North Italia in Domain I through December 23

Domain I: Fridays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM // Saturdays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM // Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Domain II: Saturdays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM // Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

For more information, check the Domain’s website or follow them on Facebook.

The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin

There’s so much to do in Austin this holiday season, but trust us, there is nothing else quite like this. NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theater is putting on A Peasants’ Holiday Masquerade and tickets are on sale now. Sometimes it’s best to go into things like this knowing as little as possible, but we’ll give you the basic plot: A group of tawdry, goat-farming-peasants have gotten their hands on a few elegant robes and opaque tights and decided to throw a masquerade ball. It will be an epic evening of booty-droppin’ Shakespearean festivities!

Come explore a comedic, medieval world where you can eat, mingle, dance, and drink as you wish—all as characters guide you through a story.

NunaMaana’s mission is to bring groups of people together in a powerful way to share in their human experience and celebration. The name is derived from indigenous words, Nuna is inspired by a word meaning “child.” The company makes playful things! Maana is inspired by a word meaning “something physical that is imbued with magic.” As artists this is always their goal.

Catch this completely unique performance this December.

When: December 8th, 9th, 16th, and 17th

All shows @ 8:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets.
*Open Bar is included with every ticket!

Location:
Atmosphere Coworking
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street #208
Austin, TX 78702

Image courtesy Sharper Photography. 

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:

INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | NEWSLETTER 

  • 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