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Quilting is an art form that has seen exciting changes in the last decade, with constantly evolving techniques and contemporary designs. Don’t miss your chance to see award-winning quilts that showcase the outstanding creativity and innovation happening today at the 2016 Capital of Texas Quiltfest. It’s Austin’s largest quilt show and it only comes around once every other year!

Visitors can check out hundreds of fantastic quilts and fiber art works and shop at more than 65 vendor booths. There will be free demos, door prizes, a silent auction, a grand prize raffle quilt, and educational exhibits for all to enjoy.

When: September 16-18

Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Location:
Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Springs
Austin, TX 78704

 

If you just glanced at the calendar and realized it might be time to re-up on that New Year’s resolution you’ve been ignoring, In Sweat We Trust could be exactly what you need. This 16-week series, brought to you by Austin Fit magazine and benefiting The Flatwater Foundation, showcases the city’s top fitness and wellness offerings through a healthy competition. It’s the perfect way to try a variety of activities and keep your body moving this summer.

Every other week from June 1-September 17, a different Austin fitness partner will host a workout featuring their individual expertise. Competitors will attend each class and their performance will be ranked and averaged into an overall score for the series. The top three males and top three females with the highest cumulative score will take home cash and prizes!

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Tickets are just $20 per workout or $130 for the entire series. Each workout will only happen once and there are no make-ups! Commitment is the key.

The series will wrap up with a final party that’s open to the entire community at Austin Bouldering Project on September 25!

For more details, click here.

This is Austin’s last year as host of the X Games, and today you can see the world’s best action sports and live music from Logic and G-Eazy. Friday’s five final competitions feature Skateboard and BMX Vert, Moto X Freestyle, and Skateboard Big Air.

If you really want to do it up big, single-day VIP tickets are still available and they give you access to all the competitions and concerts, along with food, drinks, and luxurious air-conditioning. But if you just want to see the events today, tickets start at just $29.

When: Today, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th

Location:

Circuit of the Americas

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd

Austin, TX 78617

 

Click here to get your tickets.

Irene’s is a brand new restaurant from the good people who brought you 24 Diner and Easy Tiger—and they are coming in hot with a fabulous weekday offering: Viny Happy Hour! “Light your fire” with $3 house spirits, $3 Budweiser drafts, and $10 Bud pitchers. Welcome to the world, Irene’s! We like you already.

When: Today, June 2nd

Time: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Link:

https://www.facebook.com/IrenesATX/

Driving down Lamar Boulevard near 11th Street, you might notice what many locals call “the foundation,” which is the colorful ruins of an old commercial construction project that never got off the ground. Decades ago, it was the start of condo building that was abruptly abandoned and over the years it became a destination for partying teens and neophyte street artists. As the murals and graffiti accumulated on the foundation walls, the collective project became known as The Baylor Street Art Wall, and it has slowly become an iconic piece of Austin lore.

But what was once a free-for-all is now regulated by the nonprofit HOPE Events. Rechristened as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery in 2011 with the help of famous contemporary artist Shepherd Fairey, the wall is now an educational project, serving as a destination for school field trips, live art projects, and gardening classes, among many other benefits to the community. It’s also a popular spot to take maternity and engagement photos, and to host children’s birthday parties.

Though the days of wandering up the steps to the old foundation to throw a tag up while drinking a six pack of Lone Star with friends are gone, the proprietors of the land and the folks at HOPE are still proponents of local artists. You can receive a paint pass to HOPE Outdoor Gallery with proof of ID, a submitted questionnaire, and a mock-up of your design.

To participate in the mural project, or to learn more, email murals@hopecampaign.org.

 

We all have a need for speed. I know I’m not the only one who fantasizes about being on a racetrack instead of the mind-numbing traffic on I-35.

And there is a big difference between driving around town in the car I got for my 16th birthday and, let’s say, a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. The Drive Fittipaldi experience gave me the chance to go ridiculously fast in an exotic automobile. I still can’t get over what a unique opportunity this was.

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When you show up at the driving school, they first go over the track basics with you in a classroom for about 30 minutes, then you’re off to the races. There is a professional driver in the passenger seat, but you are in control the whole time. My guy was awesome. He told me exactly when to accelerate and go into a turn (and don’t worry, they do have a kill switch in the event things get out of control). It was honestly one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done!

Even though there are other drivers on the same track, it’s not a race. The goal is to get the best lap time for yourself.

If you’ve ever had the desire to go to driving school or race cars, you need to try this. It’s also an incredible, unbeatable gift idea for the speed demon in your life. 

Visit www.drivefittipaldi.com to book your experience.

 

Living in Central Texas has its perks, including but not limited to incredible weather and access to the best barbecue in the country. But if one were to nitpick, we don’t have an ocean. Namely, there’s nowhere near here to surf. Well, those days are almost over. NLand Surf Park is coming to Austin!

Opening sometime this year in Del Valle, NLand purports to be the most inclusive inland surfing spot in North America, featuring 11 surfing areas at four levels of expertise, from beginner to pro.

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Created by engineer and surfer Doug Coors and using technology from Spanish firm Wavegarden, NLand is the product of 15 years of trial and error to create seamless waves that break just as perfectly as the real thing. The waves will be one, three, and six feet, breaking every 60 seconds and will allow riders up to 35 seconds on each one. Never surfed before, or looking to simply perfect your skills? NLand promises a “surf school,” where pros will share tips and give hands-on advice.

Perhaps most importantly, NLand Surf Park wants to create a ski-slope-like atmosphere, but for surfing. Everyone knows that après-ski is the reward at the end of a long day on the slopes, and NLand hopes to provide that same type of experience, for riders and those who just want to lay on a beach and watch.

Pricing hasn’t been posted yet, but in an interview late last year, Coors said, “We are still tinkering with our pricing models, but it will be similar to a day of skiing or snowboarding.” At press time there were reports that the park is having permitting issues and the wave machine is being repaired. We may have to wait a bit longer for the grand opening (it was originally scheduled to open this spring) but we are going to stay optimistic. Study up on your surfer slang people, it’s almost time to catch a wave.

Above: A rendering of NLand Surf Park. Image courtesy of NLand Surf Park.

 

 

Welcome to 365 Things Austin’s Cocktail of the Week program. We’ve partnered with our friends at Sourced Craft Cocktails to announce a new cocktail (available for delivery in Austin) each week. Whether you’re looking for a fun date night at home, or hosting a party that your guests won’t soon forget, Sourced delivers EVERYTHING you need to make mixologist-worthy craft cocktails.

Originally crafted by Australian born Sam Ross at the famous Milk + Honey lower east side NYC bar, this cocktail will fix whatever ails you!

Penicillin:

The Penicillin combines luscious, soothing flavors of honey, fresh ginger, and hand squeezed lemon juice fortified with a healthy dose of blended Scotch whisky. Shaken and poured over a flawless, hand cut artisan ice rock, we finish this life saving remedy with thin pour of Islay Malt to top with a wood smoked aromatic fragrance.

Go ahead, the doctor will see you now!

Ingredients:

Johnnie Walker – Black:

The iconic squared bottle isn’t the only thing smooth…this premiere spirit takes Scotch from the four corners of Scotland and blends together into silky pure amber gold. Perfected in 1909 and exclusively featuring whiskies with a minimum of 12 years aging, this rich, complex Scotch offers the perfect balance of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and it’s signature smokiness.

Honey/Ginger Syrup:

The “medicinal properties” of our Penicillin may/may not be found in Mr. Walker’s Black Label. They are absolutely found in our homemade Honey/Ginger Syrup. Locally sourced Austin honey is combined with richly muddled fresh ginger to deliver velvety goodness…to use the technical medical term.

Fresh Lemon Juice:

We hand squeeze fresh lemon juice every single morning. You’re busy, we’ve sourced the absolute freshest product possible to help you add the acidity to this balanced cocktail.

Islay of Scotch:

Ahhh, the secret…we love sourcing the secret ingredient for you. After pouring your medicine over the perfect hand cut artisan ice rock we provide, we help you with a heady “aromatic.” What, you ask, is an “aromatic” for I thought we were drinking? Glad you asked…this wood smoked smell is placed right on the top of the rock so as you take each sip your nose alerts your brain that we’re now in the comfort of a roaring fire and well on our way back to health!

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Included in your Sourced Barrel Delivery:

  • Written Recipe Instruction
  • Johnnie Walker – Black
  • Homemade Honey Syrup
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Candied Ginger
  • Double Rocks Glasses
  • Hand Cut Artisan Rock Ice
  • Scotsman Ice (for shaking purposes)
  • Shaker and Strainer
  • Small and Large Jigger
  • Pump Stray Bottle with Islay of Scotch

Visit Sourced Craft Cocktails now to order yours!

Join us at Austin Beerworks on Wednesday, January 27th for a celebration of sausage. The “Kings” of the Austin sausage scene will be onsite providing off-menu sausage creations in a friendly competitive format. Tickets are limited to 250 and will go fast.

 

Included in the $24 ticket price:

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  • Samples from all eight sausage purveyors 
    Micklethwait, Salt & Time, la Barbecue, Smokey Denmark, Dai Due, Frank, Freedmen’s, Easy Tiger and Banger’s
  • Three Austin Beerworks Drafts
    Includes a glass to take home
  • The smooth sounds of The Urban Achievers Brass Band
  • One voting card to nominate your favorite sausage offering
    You get to pick the winners!

Must be 21+ to attend. Please consider using Uber or Lyft to and from the event!

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“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from the store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps….means a little bit more!” -Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Gather round with friends and family while your favorite Christmas movie comes to real life. And after all, you could use a little social interaction.

Door No. 4 is putting on a one-of-a kind Christmas feast of epic proportions. The feast will be hosted by the one and only – The Grinch! You will be among other Whos in Who-ville. Costumes are encouraged and rewarded; there will most certainly be prizes for the best lookin’ Whos in town!

Be prepared to escape all the stresses related to Christmas shopping and step into the magical, winter wonderland that is Who-ville. Guests will feast on a delicious, four-course meal (Grinch themed – think green eggs and ham). You’ll be entertained throughout as The Grinch himself will host this evening of fun; he’ll retell stories, lead you in Who-games, and may even carve The Roast Beast! If that’s not enough Christmas fun for you, there will be a full bar, live music, interactive theater and an elaborate set design.

Buy tickets here!
Dinner and lunch menu can also be found here.

Ticket Information
Adult Dinner:
Friday December 11, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday December 12, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Ticket includes: Four-course meal, two drink tickets, live music and entertainment

Kids Lunch:
Saturday December 12, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ticket includes: Three-course meal, non-alcoholic beverages,  and entertainment
*Note there will be no alcohol served at the family lunch