Today is the 100th day of the year, so let’s have some fun. Last year we made a list of 100 Reasons You Call Yourself An Austinite. So here’s a list of 100 Reasons Why Austin’s The Best.

1. We put new meaning to casual Friday. Does anyone in Austin even own a suite?

2. Austin averages over 300 Days of Sunshine a year.

3. My dog is welcome almost anywhere I am.

4. Baylor Street Art Wall.

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5. We’re home to the original Torchy’s Tacos.

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6. If you haven’t got them memo, they have a secret menu.

7. You can find live music any day of the week.

8. Barton Springs.

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9. Paul Qui lives here, cooks us food, and won Top Chef.

10. The El Arroyo sign.

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11. You could eat every meal from a different trailer eatery.

12. Bluebonnet season.

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13. Veracruz Tacos.

14. We’re home to the Texas Longhorns.

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15. The X Games choose Austin.

16. So did Formula One.

17. The Veloway.

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18. Snobeach donates their tips every month to a different charity.

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19. Austin, Texas sunsets.

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20. People still say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’

21. Summer nights spent at Blues on the Green.

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22. Dazed And Confused was filmed here.

23. Thanks to the @FranklinBBQLine twitter account you can get a daily status of the famed BBQ’s line.

24. Butler Pitch & Putt.

25. The hope I experience every time I enter to win tickets to an ACL Live Taping.

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26. Lake Season.

27. Austin was made for Sunday Brunching.

28. Willie Nelson said this about Austin: “There’s a certain freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.” and it’s true.

29. We have a  Willie Nelson statue.

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30. The way the tower looks after Texas wins.

31. G&S Lounge.

32.  Spinning under the Zilker Christmas tree.

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33. Trudy’s Mexican Martinis.

34. Drinking 105 degree coffee in 105 degree weather on Mozart’s patio.

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35. The ‘You’re My Butter Half Mural’, that always invokes a smile.

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36. Jimmy Kimmell bought his cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots.

37. Antonelli’s Cheese Classes.

38. Weekend trips to Fredrickburg.

39. The Sense of Austin Pride. Everyone else is from Texas, we are from Austin.

40. GoodPops.

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41. The endless events and festivals.

42. Daydreaming about one day spending a weekend at Lake Austin Spa.

43. Over a million bats are happy to call Austin home.

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44. Adult Spring Break or SXSW.

45. Throwing up the ‘Hook ‘Em’ sign automatically means you’re cool.

46. We’re home to gourmet donuts.

47. Heck, we’re also home to gourmet grilled cheeses.

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48. First Thursdays on South Congress.

49. Climbing the Mount Bonnell stairs and call it a workout.

50. The Greenbelt.

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51. Amplify Austin raised over 5 million dollars in 24 hours this year.

52.  The Zilker Kite festival.

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53. People have been adopting our Pet of the Weeks.

54. Jo’s Bakery.

55. The funnest fest ever, Fun Fun Fun Fest.

56. Pedicab rides at 2 am.

57. The Broken Spoke still stands.

58. The feeling we all have when that fall cool front comes.

59. The “Keep Austin Weird” Festival.

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60. The Pride people take in their zip code.

61. The look on people’s faces the first time you explain Chicken Sh*t Bingo.

62. How no matter where you travel how good it always feels to be back in Austin, Texas.

63. Kerbey Queso.

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64. The sense of coolness you feel while sipping cocktails at Midnight Cowboy.

65. Endless gluten free candy thanks to The Candy Cart.

66. People wear yoga pants because they’re actually going to yoga.

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67.  Decorating trees along 360 in December.

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68. We didn’t just watch Friday Night Lights, we starred in it.

69. Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

70. Curra’s avocado margarita.

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71. The only thing that gets us out of bed faster than coffee is a 5K.

72. Craft beers at Craft Pride.

73. How eating at Whole Foods doesn’t really count as ‘eating out.’

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74. How ‘local’ you feel when when someone refers to “Loop 1″ and you know they mean Mopac.

75. The Texas Rollergirls.

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76. The only thing hotter than the August heat is the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival.

77. Hey! You Gonna Eat or What’s Monte Cristo.

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78. ACL is now two weeks, actually I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

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79. We have a direct flight to New Orleans.

80. We have serious love for pizza.

81. In Austin you have the luxury of skydiving indoors or outdoors.

82. Austin’s like one big family that never stops growing.

83. Feeling like you’re a million miles away at Hamilton Pool.

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84. Discovering a band before they become a household name.

85. Unplugged at the Grove.

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86. Austin knows how to share the road.

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87. Anytime it snows school and work is cancelled.

88. Local startup’s are constantly telling us what we need before we even know we need it.

89. Peter Pan Mini Golf.

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90. Disco golf.

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91. Saturday morning isn’t complete until you visit the Farmer’s Market.

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92. The city bird is the Crane, just kidding.

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93. We may not be LA (thank goodness) but we have our fair share of celebrities.

94.We keep movie night old school at the Drive-In.

95. The Pecan Street Festival.

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96. Everyday our sanity is tested while we sit in traffic.

97. Favor app.

98. We see so much sunshine we welcome the rainy days.

99. Splashing in the Butler Park fountains.

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100. Austinites believe anything is possible.

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Texans love their beer.

Space Chimp Media has put together this cool infographic for the Texas Micro Brewing industry.

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Craft Pride on Rainey Street might have the best selection of Texas brews in the state. What’s your favorite Texas Brewery ?

Are you still feeling a bit of a SXSW hangover? Imagine how all those bartenders feel who’ve been working 12+ hour days for the last week and a half! It’s time for all of us to cut loose together and celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year.

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The Goodnight is hosting a SIN (service industry night) St. Patty’s Day Party, all day today. Whether you’re coming off a ten day music bender or you spent SXSW working your tail off, today is still St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s no rest for the weary!

The folks at The Goodnight will help you celebrate this day of green everything with FREE bowling/pool/etc. AND FREE WHISKEY. You read that right, every person (21+ of course) who walks through the door will receive a free shot of Jameson!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this another successful SX- now go grab a drink, you’ve earned it.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may your luck keep on Dublin.

When: Today, March 17th

Time: All Day

Location:
2700 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757

http://thegoodnightaustin.com/staff/stpattys/

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I’m sure everyone has certain moments or days in their lives that they wish they could relive over and over again. Last Thursday was one of those days for me. In a crazy twist of fate, I was given a Lamborghini to use for 24 hours; time nor a car has ever gone so fast.

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If I ever felt like a celebrity, last Thursday was that day. 301 Luxuries showed up at my condo to drop off the Lamborghini and both guys were dressed in suites as they gave me the walk around and tutorial on how this mean machine worked. My hands were shaking with excitement as they gave me the keys and told me to enjoy the next 24 hours.  Coincidentally, all of my neighbors suddenly had to take out their trash and were doing circles around my ride. That was only the beginning…

If you had a Lamborghini for the day, where would you go? I wanted to go to the Ferrari dealership and see if they would let me test drive Ferrari’s (I mean I’m already in a Lambo so obviously I can afford it), but that seemed like it would be pushing my luck. So to The Domain I headed, because it seemed like the one place in Austin I might fit in. Upon walking out of lunch a boy was peaking in the windows and taking photos of every inch of the car, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt insanely cool walking up to it while someone was taking photos of it. That was pretty much par for the course, I couldn’t help notice that at every stoplight people had their phones out and were taking photos.

It was now around rush hour and we needed to head south, so we opted for the toll road to avoid the traffic and to enjoy the 80mph speed limit. The toll road experience was bar none some of the most fun I’ve had in my life. Let’s just say we reached undisclosed speeds, and G-forces were experienced. We were having so much fun that we blew by our exit and just kept on driving, lost on the open road with the Austin sunset as a backdrop.

As quickly as it started it, our 24 hours came to an end. I could relive that day a thousand times the exact same way and never get bored. I couldn’t help thinking… how many people have the opportunity to sit in a Lambo, let alone drive one? As a car lover, it ignited instant happiness and lifetime memories.

The good news is that 301 Luxuries is a new exotic car rental company in Austin, so you too can have a day like this. Honestly, if I had the opportunity again, I’d take the Lamborghini, that’s just me. But they do also have a Fisker Karma, a Tesla Model S, a BMW M6, a Bentley, a Range Rover and a 1968 Camaro.

301 Luxuries

512- 944-8470

http://www.301luxuries.com

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Lake Travis Zipline Adventures opens for the season this Saturday, and it needs to be at the top of your to-do list this spring.

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It’s definitely one of my favorite ‘adventures’ in Austin, and has become my go-to activity with out of town friends and family.

It’s such a thrill and ends up being a pretty good workout as well (zippingdown is the easy part). It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Even with the lake levels low, the views are still absolutely incredible. One of the cables is the longest zipline in Texas, and you reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

It really is an activity that I think anyone will enjoy! It’s great being outside enjoying the Spring Austin weather, and makes for a perfect Spring Break destination! For you parents out there, this is an activity that your kids will actually want to do with you! It’s a bucket-list Austin experience, and one that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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We’re giving away a zipline adventure for two. To enter you must like Lake Travis Zipline Adventures  on Facebook & share this post.

Phone: 512-614-1996

Location:
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/

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Looking to draw out your creative side? Looking to spice up an otherwise ordinary weeknight? This month I finally did my first ‘paint nite’ with some friends and it was an absolute blast.

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I must admit that I was slightly hesitant about the evening, as I’m far from a modern day Picasso, and ‘artistic’ isn’t an adjective people usually use to describe me. However, with a little guidance and a glass of wine, I quickly found my inner creativity.

I chose to attend a class at Austin Terrier, and upon arriving, the stations were already set up. You just had to grab a seat, order a drink, and get ready to paint! Once underway, the Teacher did a great job of walking you through step by step and mingling around the room to help individuals out who needed a little more help. It took about two hours from beginning to end.

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It’s also cool because you can choose from a variety of paintings based on different skill levels, and you can pick a location that’s convenient for you.

This is one of those events that draws out all types of crowds, from couples, to girlfriends having a girl’s night out, to individuals who just want to get out for the evening and meet some new people (or just paint). The atmosphere was very welcoming for all involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed a night out with my friends, and getting to come home with my own ‘original’ piece of art.  I gave my painting to my mom for Valentine’s Day, because you know how moms love that kind of stuff!

http://paintnite.com/pages/events/index/geo_location?distance=50#date:1

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It’s starting to warm up, which means it’s festival time in Austin. And this one definitely qualifies as weird.

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Austin Jugglefest is back for its 21st year. As you might guess, there’s a lot of juggling - games, demonstrations, shows, people on unicycles, that kind of thing.

The big show will be The Public Show tonight at 7:30. The Public Show will showcase performers from all over the world and is a great event for the whole family (ages 5 and under are free).

When: today – Sunday

Cost: $10 1-day pass

Location:
Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://juggling.place.org/jugglefest/

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It seems like every few months, a new blogger comes out with a post trolling Austin’s recent surge in popularity (see Houston Press’s Six Stupid Reasons to Move to Austin, a Mediocre Town), bashing our weirdness, our highly-mobile, young professionals, and our laid-back lifestyle. Arguments ensue in the comment threads, and at the end of the day, you’re left wondering why someone would waste their time disparaging a place that 1.25 million people lovingly call home. While our zest for this fair city can sometimes be misconstrued as excessive zeal to the outside world, at the end of the day, Austin is our home and we’re proud of it.

Here to give you a few reasons why they truly LOVE this town is Realty Austin, a local business run by fervent Austinites proud to call this place home.

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Members of the Austin Facial Hair Club will be guest bar-tending tonight at The Mohawk. As far as Austin-centric events go, this is near the top of that bucket list.

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Not only will these beautiful men be behind the bar; there will also be an arm-wrestling competition, and grub from Lucky J’s Chicken and Waffles.

AND… chances to win tickets to upcoming shows at The Mohawk, and entry to the AFHC’s 8th Annual Come & Shave It! Beard and mustache competition: http://www.austinfacialhairclub.com/events

It will be an evening of beards, mustaches, prizes, and booze.

Admission: Free

When: Today, February 12

Time: 5-8pm

Location:
The Mohawk
912 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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You may or may not have heard by now that a Professor from Huston-Tillotson University has sold all his possessions and will live in a dumpster for the next year. He’s doing so in an effort to raise awareness about sustainable living.

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This is one of those experiments that makes me so proud to be an Austinite. It’s such a cool and innovative idea.

As you can imagine it’s not going to be your average ‘housewarming’ party.

They’ll  have:

  • FREE Dumpster Dogs and Trashcan Punch
  • FREE reusable grocery bags for the first 50 guests
  • Dumpster Home Tours
  • Games
  • DJ-in-a-dumpster
  • Raffle (AWESOME PRIZES for your home, tent, or dumpster! $5 per ticket OR bring 5 recyclable items)
  • House’ Warming registry*

You can learn more about the project at: http://dumpsterproject.org/#home.

Admission: Free

When: today, February 6th

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location:
Huston-Tillotson Dumpster Lab – DL301
900 Chicon Street
Austin, Texas 78702

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