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Creek Show 2016 is just around the corner, and this year you’ll have 10 nights to see the amazing art and light installations downtown along Waller Creek. The show is designed to highlight Waller Creek and its future transformation into a series of urban parks. Now The Waller Creek Conservancy is previewing five new artist installations that will be illuminating the creek from November 10–19.  The free, public art exhibit begins with the opening night event on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. All designers participating in the 2016 event are Austin-based architects, landscape architects, and visual artists.

This year Creek Show 2016 will offer an expanded children’s program with kid-focused programming from partners like The Thinkery and Austin Bat Cave on a number of nights. Visitors can use their wristbands to receive all kinds of wonderful benefits from surrounding restaurants, music venues, and more.

The first night will include a DJ set along the creek and drink specials available at Easy Tiger, The Gatsby, Waller Creek Pub House, and more. Other confirmed events for Creek Show 2016 include Monster Bash, hosted by Generation Waller on November 11, and an Artist Talk on November 15 at The Palm Door on Sabine from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with the CreekShow 2016 designers discussing their work in relation to Waller Creek. The Artist Talk will be moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, veteran arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. A closing party on November 19 will begin with live music along Waller Creek and continue at Barracuda with dance lessons and a local line-up of country music.

Below, check out designs of this year’s jaw-dropping installations. Downtown is about to get a lot more magical!



Project name: Nimbus Cloud

Design: Dharmesh Patel, Associate AIA | Autumn Ewalt, Artist

About: “Nimbus Cloud” resembles a rain cloud and is a reflection on the vitality of Waller Creek and the nature that surrounds it. Cumulonimbus and nimbostratus clouds produce precipitation. The creek acts as a watershed by collecting this precipitation from an area of 6 miles and meandering its way to Town Lake. “Nimbus Cloud” signifies one of the primary sources of Waller Creek today. Using programmable LEDs installed within the sculpture, abstracted imagery collected from Waller Creek and the areas surrounding the watershed will be conveyed onto the cloud. The water beneath the sculpture will mirror this ephemeral phenomena, creating a parallel that reflects the relationship between the creek and the environment.


East Side Collective + Drophouse Design

Project name: Deep Curiosity

Design: Tim Derrington, AIA & Lead AP | Wilson Hanks, AIA | Christian Klein, Owner of Drophouse

About: At this particular site, between 5th and 6th Streets along Waller Creek, stained concrete walls drop down to a soupy pool. Guardrails line the tops of retaining walls to form a viewing platform where visitors can peer into the murky waters below. There is no flora or fauna, there are no rocks to generate surface distortions, not even graffiti to mark the walls surrounding this urban trench. The experience here is a downward gaze and the viewer is left to wonder about the nature of the place. It is an unfinished space, partly natural, partly man-made. “Deep Curiosity” offers an alternative to the void—a view to the enlivened, complete Waller Creek experience that we know is imminent. A partially submerged, larger-than-life circular form finds its delicate balance in the murky water like an object from the future civilization. The scale of this inwardly glowing round form lifts the viewers’ eyes and imagination up and around. With no beginning and no end, the ring offers a glimpse of something whole and total, through which the full spatial possibility of this place is imagined. The depth of the dark abyss will be called to attention as well, as the massive ring is half submerged, allowing reality and illusion to coalesce and complete an object whose form and scale exist to encourage delight and epiphany with the use of curved steel and LED lighting. The object offers viewers a careful array of elements balanced precariously yet precisely in its place on WallerCreek, suggesting a future site where perfection is possible.

E 8th Street Bridge over Waller Creek

E 8th Street Bridge over Waller Creek

Jules Buck Jones

Project name: Invisible and Absolute

Design: Jules Buck Jones, Artist

About: “Invisible and Absolute” is a sculpture of an extinct sea lizard called a mosasaur, commissioned specifically for Waller Creek Conservancy’s 2016 Creek Show. Mosasaurs swam through the shallow sea that covered Central Texas 100 –65 million years ago. In 1935, an almost complete skeleton was found in Onion Creek by UT geology students and is now on exhibit at the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus. When asked to create a piece for Creek Show, Jules Buck Jones immediately thought of this extinct animal swimming in the form of a skeleton, offering a little bit of history and the façade of fantasy. Extinct creatures like the mosasaur are simultaneously very real and very not, only present today in the form of fossilized bone. “Invisible and Absolute” asks the question: What is scarier? A 40’ monster or extinction itself?



Project name: The Creek Zipper

Design: Kory Bieg, AIA

About: “The Creek Zipper” is a series of interconnected units that form zipper-like strands. Each unit varies depending on the width of the strand creating a dynamic overall geometry that ebbs and flows much like the water level of the creek itself. Though the water level will stabilize once the Tunnel Project is complete, the level will still rise and drop within manageable limits. Each unit will be raised on adjustable pedestal so the flat bottom of the unit will coincide with the average water level. When the water level is below average, the water will pass below the strands and be only minimally affected by the legs that support the units. When the water level rises above average, the water will interact with the folded geometry of each unit causing a turbulent flow. The distortion of water as it rises reflects the devastation that used to occur during floods. “The Creek Zipper” is an array of arrays. The project consists of a number of a strands that extend the length of the creek between the 6th Street Bridge and the 3 concrete steps that span the river between 6th and 7th Street. The strands are free-flowing and occasionally intersect and join one another to form larger strands. Each strand varies from the others, differing in length and width. The strands are made up of an array of CNC-milled aluminum units that connect to form the overall zipper. The units and strands are part of an assemblage that favors neither whole or part. The entire project, each strand, and each unit can be read as whole in and of itself, calling to question the hierarchical part/whole relationship that has traditionally dominated art and architecture for much of their histories. Though the strands and units are similar to each other and have the same generic properties, the specific geometry of each one is unique as a result of its association with the overall assemblage, its location on the site, and how it joins with neighboring units.



West Shop | Cook Shop

Project name: Phantom Diversion

Design: Alisa West, Landscape Designer | Travis Cook, Designer

About: Their vision for Creek Show 2016 (Phantom Diversion) is an analysis and interpretation of a particular intersection between the natural and built environment. Currently, there are a series of exposed, above-grade diversion pipes that will later be functionally supplanted by the intake station at 4th Street, at which time they will be removed.  These paired diversion pipes are approximately 18” in diameter and are held in place by a series of caliche packed mounds that anchor and direct the pipe within the natural creek bed.  Our design seeks to bring to attention these temporal, infrastructural elements, and to reveal their mundane beauty through a linear series of glowing circular elements. The arrangement of these elements will undulate, swell, and distort based on site-specific data. Formally, the piece will serve as a visual linking agent between the additional Creek Show exhibits and the overall Creek Show site.


We herby declare that Halloween week officially starts today! Grab your friends and your best costume and join Parlor & Yard for their 3rd Annual Smushtacular Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza! The spooky fun is all happening on the patio—they’ll have door prizes,  a silent auction, and a costume contest. Don’t miss this howling good time!

When: Today, October 23rd

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Cost: A $5 donation is requested.

Parlor & Yard
601 W 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Come out to watch a ’90s thriller classic that still holds up today. Austin Parks Foundation will screen Jurassic Park, with their friends from Waller Creek Conservancy. Don’t miss this dino-mite evening!

Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass, and styrofoam are not permitted in the park.

When: Tonight, October 20th

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Palm Park
601 E 3rd St.
Austin, Texas 78701



Put on your best pair of lederhosen, because it’s Oktoberfest in Austin! Banger’s three-day festival continues today with live music, German-inspired food, games, and some of the best fall beers around..

They”ll have your regular favorites on the menu, plus: Spaetzle, Schnitzel, Weisswurst, and German Potato Cakes!

When: Today, October 14th – Sunday, October 18

Time: noon-midnight

Check out the full schedule here.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Live Oak Brewing Company are proud to present you with outdoor movies at The Live Oak Brewery! It doesn’t get much more classic and wholesome than E.T. Relive your childhood with one of Steven Spielberg’s best movies ever.

Bring your fold-out chairs and blankets for a fun night of entertainment. Beer and food will be available for purchase.

When: Tonight, October 13th

Time: Doors @ 6:30 p.m. | Movie @ Twilight (7:30 p.m.-ish)

Live Oak Brewing Company
1615 Crozier Lane
Austin, TX 78617

We’ve been looking forward to this for months, and the wait is finally over! NLand Surf Park, North America’s first surf park, which offers world-class surfing right here in Austin, opened yesterday.

In a press release, founder Doug Coors said the park has been a dream of his for the past 20 years. “We have had our share of challenges, but they are behind us and I look forward to sharing our waves with the world.”

NLand reached an agreement with local and state officials over how to regulate the lagoon, a 14-acre body of water with more than 11 million gallons of rainwater collected from the property.

The lagoon features waves for surfers of all levels: from head-high, open face waves with a 35-second ride for experts, challenging open face waves for passionate travel surfers, and gentle white water waves for kids and beginners.

Additionally, NLand is home to Blue Prairie, a locally sourced scratch kitchen, and a surf shop that sells high-end gear and accessories.

Hours: The park is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Mondays from 2-7 p.m.

Booking: You can book passes and learn more about adult and junior coaching at the NLand Training Center by clicking here or by calling 512-806-1900.

4836 E. Highway 71
Del Valle, Texas 78617



Gone are the days of schlepping around all the awesome stuff you buy at ACL. That T-shirt and poster you bought at 11 a.m. won’t be weighing you down when the sun goes down. Favor, Austin’s crazy popular on-demand delivery service, announced today that festival-goers buying ACL Fest merchandise on-site will have the option of having it delivered straight to their door the morning after the festival for an additional $10 fee. The festival life just gets better every year!
Additionally, through Favor’s partnership with Austin City Limits Music Festival, select ACL Fest merchandise including apparel, posters, and lifestyle items will be available for purchase exclusively in the Favor app, delivered on-demand in under an hour.
During the festival, Favor will utilize their Austin fleet of nearly 4,000 personal delivery assistants, called Runners, to service the ACL Fest crowd with a quick and seamless delivery experience. In addition to getting all of your favorite ACL Fest merchandise delivered, Favor makes getting your daily breakfast taco fix, iPhone charger, or hangover cure as easy as tapping a button.
The collaboration with ACL Fest is part of Favor’s push to make “Order Anything” a larger part of its delivery business. Food accounts for 80 percent of the business, while retail and other essentials make up 20 percent of Favor’s deliveries.
During ACL Fest, Favor will operate in Austin from 8 a.m. – 3 a.m., 7 days a week. Click here the full Austin delivery zone map,
To learn more about Favor or to download the app, click here.

If you aren’t going to ACL Fest October 1-2, then you are probably looking for fun things to do far far away from the crazy crowds. Well you are seriously in luck, because Round Rock is being invaded by bull riders and giant monster trucks for an event like no other. It’s the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour! See incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. With names like BIGFOOT, SON OF BEAST, OLD SKOOL, and TUFF GUY you know these guys mean business.

In addition to the trucks, catch the nation’s top bull riders competing against the largest professional athlete in the world: the America Pro Rodeo Bucking Bull!

Fans can meet the drivers, riders, and bullfighters and see the trucks and bulls up close at the pre-event autograph pit party.

When: Saturday, October 1st @ 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd @ 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets start at just $10!

Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Looking for the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Texas Hill Country? You’re in luck. The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has a package that highlights so much of what this region has to offer.

Green to Gruene includes a round of golf on one of their four championship courses and transportation to the historic and trendy little town of Gruene, located along the Guadalupe River within the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas, about halfway between Austin and San Antonio. They’ll get you there via a 45-minute shuttle ride and when you arrive, you can roam the antique shops, galleries, and restaurants or dance the night away at Gruene Hall, the Lone Star State’s oldest dance hall, which has played host to country greats from George Strait to Willie Nelson.

When: The package is available through December 30, 2016.


  • Luxury resort accomodations
  • One round of golf per registered adult per stay at any of the four courses
  • Bucket of Shiner Bock upon arrival
  • Roundtrip transportation for one day during your stay to historic Gruene, Texas

For more information, or to book your getaway, click here!

If you’ve been looking for a fun way to teach kids about giving back to their community, this inspiring event is the answer. Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual CC4C Micro Marathon on Sunday, September 25th!

It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from a rare syndrome and more than half of them are children. This community lacks a unified voice, as only 15 percent of rare diseases have organizations that can provide support. Endless hospital stays and doctor’s visits drain them emotionally and physically and the rareness of their conditions often leaves these families isolated. That’s where Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) comes in.


The organization was established to bring hope, help, and inspiration to families of children suffering from a rare or undiagnosed medical condition. CC4C provides a network of support both financially and in the medical/research community. Each child is matched with a celebrity teammate who uses their platform to bring awareness and advocacy to rare and undiagnosed medical conditions.

This 2.62 mile walk/run is a family event that brings in high schools, families, and celebrities from all over Austin to inspire these children to their finish line. There are over 15 High School Teams involved this year. So put on those walking or running shoes and join in the inspiration!

Online registration is open now! Click here to sign up. You can also register at the event.

When: Sunday, September 25th


8:30 a.m. – Check In/Registration

9:30 a.m. – Walk/Run

10:30 a.m. – Closing & Awards


Hill Country Galleria (in front of Whole Foods)

12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Bee Cave, TX 78738