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If you can’t get yourself and your giant hat to Lousiville this year, don’t fret—the Austin version is every bit as fun. The third-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. This is, by far, the biggest Race for the Roses party in the city. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring Black Pistol Fire, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast, The Watters, and headliner Citizen Cope with his full band!

The 3rd Annual Derby In The City Music Festival

Odd Duck will be crafting their Makers Mark mint julep, Kentucky mules, and other fabulous cocktails and there will be a solid beer list with Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Deep Ellum Brewing, and Schilling Cider. Also check out the food trucks and massive Jockey Club Tent with flat screen TVs.

When: Saturday, May 6th

Time: Gates – 1:30 p.m. | Festival Ends – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: General Admission Tickets – $31.50 for a limited time – price increase coming soon!

VIP –  $100, includes:
  • Intimate area tucked beneath the oak trees for the ultimate shaded experience
  • Complimentary food provided by Odd Duck
  • Complimentary massages provided by Austin Massage Company
  • Dedicated bar with exclusive choices not available in general admission area
  • UPGRADED Luxury VIP toilet station
  • Ticket holders receive a swanky VIP GIFT BAG with access to exclusive discounts, products and experiences from companies/merchants such as Kendra Scott, Odd Duck, Austin Massage Company, Soul Cycle and more
  • Tables and chairs for seating (seating on a first-come basis)
  • Complimentary bottled water
Location:
Austin American Statesman
305 S. Congress Ave.

Lick Honest Ice Creams is celebrating the opening of their fourth location at Mueller in the best way possible: free ice cream for everyone! Get your one free scoop from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening. The new store is directly across from Thinkery, and it will neighbor recently opened J.T. Youngblood’s, B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge, Colleen’s Kitchen, and Stella Public House.

Now you have something to look forward to all day. What’s better than a free scoop?

All proceeds from the shop’s opening day will benefit Urban Roots!

When: Today, April 19

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location:
1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 150
Austin, TX 78723

It’s time to dust off your BeDazzler and bring your A game. Tonight, come celebrate the birthday of the woman who started it all, the Queen of Tejano music … Selena!

Join Bidi Bidi Banda and guests for a night you’ll never forget. Learn how to cumbia or simply show off your skills with Melissa Corpus of MeliSamba. Get your kicks with Austin’s Puro Pinche Party Band, Su Madre.

Plus win prizes in the Selena lookalike and dance contest!

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When: Today, April 16th

Cost: $5

Time:
4-6 p.m. – Bidi Bidi Banda
6-6:45 p.m. – Cumbia Lessons with Melissa Corpus
6:45-7 p.m. – Selena Lookalike/Dance Contest
7-7:45 p.m. – Su Madre
8-10 p.m. – Bidi Bidi Banda

Location:
The Highball
1120 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

Cancel breakfast, cancel lunch—this is worth saving your calories for! Seriously, just look at that picture. Do we even need to write a post or have you already jumped in your car to grab one of these insane sweet creations? The Peached Tortilla’s gloriously over-the-top milkshakes are back for a very special pop-up with double the buzz at their sister event space, Peached Social House.

Pop-up attendees can expect two new soon-to-be-legendary milkshakes:

The “Saturday Morning” is a breakfast of champions made with strawberry milk ice cream, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and fresh baked doughnuts.

The “Movie Night” is an homage to all your favorite concession candies featuring chocolate popcorn ice cream, Milk Duds, Skittles, M&M’s, popcorn and more.

And if that’s not indulgent enough for you, anyone looking to add an adult-friendly twist to these sippable stunners can add a shot of vodka or Frangelico to either shake. Bloody Marys and The Peached Tortilla’s latest Instagrammable creation, the Birthday Cake Mimosa, will also be available.

Those seeking some savory sustenance can chow down on a selection of breakfast sandwiches served from The Peached Tortilla’s iconic truck. Kolache-dough buns will house two sandwich offerings—Fried Egg, Red Eye Mayo, Maple Bacon, Onion Jam and American Cheese, with the option to substitute tofu to make it vegetarian, and Kimchi Mozzarella, Marinated Flank Steak, Fried Egg and Kewpie Mayo. A sandwich with Cumin Pork Sausage, egg, pickled onion, Sriracha mayo and pepper jack cheese will be served on The Peached Tortilla’s housemade biscuit.

When: Today, April 15

Time: noon – 3 p.m.

Location:
6500 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day to us all! How do you celebrate? A grilled cheese sandwich hunt in the front yard? Singing cheese songs by the light of the traditional grilled cheese sandwich tree in your living room? Calling in sick to work? Well, if you haven’t made plans for this all-important national holiday, you best get yourself over to the new Burro Grilled Cheese Kitchen location on South Lamar. To celebrate their grand opening, they’ve made their beloved “The O.G.” just $2 all day!

When: Today, April 12th

Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location:
1105 South Lamar Blvd – B

 

The problem with traditional exercise is that it never involves food—amiright? Luckily this has been rectified by John Hancock Hosts the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K, just the sort of fitness event that a food-obsessed town like Austin can really get behind. Runners will eat their way to the finish line with healthy and amazing bites at every mile, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival.

Billed as “the most delicious run ever” (and really, who can argue with that?), the Fit Food Festival & 5K will be serving up a ton of fun on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The mouthwatering festival proves that a calorie burned is a calorie earned and brings the pages of Cooking Light and Health to life to help you achieve a balance of delicious, healthy food and a fun, active lifestyle.

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Inside the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, runners will be rewarded for making healthy choices with bites from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greets with John Hancock elite athletes—Olympic marathoners Ryan Hall and Desiree Linden, and more.

Your registration includes:

· Race registration and bib
· Bites at each mile
· Finisher’s medal
· Delicious tasting stations
· Goody bag with gifts from top health and wellness brands
· Cash reward for top finishers
· Included donation to No Kid Hungry

An invaluable part of the Fit Foodie journey is giving back to the community, which is why the series has teamed up with No Kid Hungry as the Official Charity with the mission to encourage runners to form teams, fundraise, and increase awareness for No Kid Hungry. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals and also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

Race registration is open now, so click here to sign up! The cost starts at $35 per person and goes up to $45 on April 17. Spectators receive complimentary admission to the post-race festival.

When: Saturday, May 20th

Time: 8-11:30 a.m.

Location:
Old Settlers Park
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Hours and hours of live music in the summer is great, but in Texas we always have the issue of it being roughly one thousand degrees. Well, no matter. The brilliant people behind Float Fest have solved that problem for everyone—float the river first, then music! It’s nature’s air conditioning.

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Everyone’s favorite concert/festival/tubing adventure just announced its line up and this year’s bands include: Zedd, Weezer, Cage The Elephant, MGMT, Passion Pit, Mac Miller, just to name a few.

This wet, wild, and weird adventure will take place July 22nd and 23rd in San Marcos, Texas.

Here’s how it all works:

The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 10 a.m. to all tubers on Saturday and Sunday. Once you show up you will be pointed toward the box office where you can redeem your tubing passes, camping passes, and concert tickets. If you are camping you can check in to your campsite starting on Friday at 2pm-8pm. See our Tubing and Camping page for more information on camping. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area near the box office that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles up river and drop you off at our river drop in location. Then, you FLOAT about 2 1/2 miles back to Cool River Ranch. The FLOAT takes about 2.5-4 hours so come prepared! Once you arrive at Cool River Ranch river exit you will be directed up the hill to the concert gates! Feel free to go back to your car and change or whatever you need to do before you come party at the concert.

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Click here to learn more about the weekend and to purchase your tickets. This event really is worth planning your whole summer around—so get your crew organized.

 

You may have been thinking the last thing Austin needs is another food festival, but you would be wrong—oh so wrong—to think that. Because the Hot Luck Festival isn’t just another festival, it’s the brainchild of barbecue hero Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, the cofounder of Feast Portland. As the press release says, “together they have curated a Texas-sized get-together featuring world-class culinary talent and a true Austin live music experience.”

Here’s the concept, in a nutshell:

Hot Luck is a chef-driven, celebration of fire, food, music, and camaraderie. An a la carte eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.

Click here to buy your tickets.

When: May 18-21

Where: Hot Luck consists of more than seven events that will be held at various locations centered around Downtown Austin. and throughout the city.

And here’s a list of all the chefs who are participating:

Adam Perry Lang, APL Restaurant (New York); Adam Sappington, The Country Cat (Portland); Alex Stupak, Empellón (New York); Andy Ricker, Pok Pok (Portland); Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ Truck (Los Angeles); Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s (Portland); Joshua Pinsky, Momofuku (New York); Matthew Rudofker, Momofuku (New York); and Nong Poonsukwattana, Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Portland).

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston); Jason Dady, Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio); John Tesar, Knife at The Highland Dallas (Dallas); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); and Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue; Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo; Bryce Gilmore, Odd Duck; Callie Speer, Bombshell; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Bull, Second Bar + Kitchen; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fiore Tedesco, L’Oca d’Oro; Jason Stude, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Michael Paley, Central Standard; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ; Philip Speer, Bonhomie; Rene Ortiz, Launderette; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie Café & Grocery; Tatsu Aikawa, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya; Todd Duplechan, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Hai Hospitality; and Yoshi Okai, Otoko.

Photo by John Valls.

Feel like a little shopping today, but not for the usual stuff? This is a space for self-identified women to sell, showcase, and share their wares, makes, and goods. It’s free and open to the public and you are bound to find something special! Click here for a full list of vendors.

When: Today, April 2nd

Time: 11 a.m.. – 5 p.m.

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

 

The Austin Arizona State Alumni Association is bringing back their PAC 12 Puppy Pub Crawl! And this time they’re partnering with the University of Washington to help us all drink for a great cause—our furry friends at Austin Humane Society!

A $15 donation is suggested to get a wristband for drink specials at the participating bars. Puppies are welcome, but you don’t need a dog to participate, nor do you need to be part of the PAC 12 conference. This is the kind of day everyone can get behind.

When: Today, April 1st

Times and Locations:

12:30–2 p.m. Bangers

2–3 p.m. Parlor Room
$4 Tito’s and $4 Shiner

3–4 p.m. Bar 96
25% off your tab

4–5 p.m. Bungalow
$4 Tito’s and $4 Shiner