If you’re looking for an affordable stay-cation in downtown Austin, it’s hard to beat the price and location of Embassy Suites’ Downtown Austin location. Just a short walk south of the Congress Bridge, their convenient location provides easy-access to the Ladybird Lake Trails, sunset bat-watching, a plethora of local dining and bar options, and more.
We’re giving away a free night of your choosing (up to $300 value, blackout dates do apply) to getaway to Downtown Austin!
Two ways to enter:
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*Winner will be chosen on Monday July, 24th
If you need the perfect family friendly plan tonight, look no further. The Zilker Summer Musical, now in its 59th year, is a local treasure and something every Austinite should experience at least once. This year’s production is a classic: The Wizard of Oz.
Zilker Theatre Productions aims to share the magic of musical theatre with children as well as Central Texans and visitors from all over the world. This summer, they will welcome over 45,000 audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.”
A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.
When: Thursdays – Sundays through August 12th
Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Oh for the love of whisky—our favorite celebration of the good stuff is back! Whiskies of the World, a world-class tasting event, will gather skilled distillers and blenders under one roof to showcase over 200 varieties and create a kind-of whisky Shangri-La. “I WANT TO GO TO THERE!” you say? Well it’s all happening on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the JW Marriott Austin and tickets are on sale now.
This event has been successful year after year because of the wide range of experience levels and lack of pretension. (No bearded men in monocles and ascots swirling and sniffing their drinks, thank you very much). You can expect a variety of whisky lovers, from the whisky curious who are discovering how to enjoy this intense yet subtle elixir to the connoisseurs who are tasting new products and sharing their knowledge.
VIP ticket holders can arrive one hour early to taste an exclusive lineup of 10-12 whiskies at the Bon Vivant Hour. The event also includes whisky seminars, a variety of food for pairing, and a whisky and cigar pairing patio.
When: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Tickets: $120 General Admission (6 p.m. entry), $145 VIP Admission (5 p.m.: Bon Vivant Hour), Early Bird to June 30 ($20 off)
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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The only way to improve upon the idea of summer outdoor movies in Austin is to make it a Will Ferrell-o-rama—so thank you Easy Tiger for giving us the perfect plan. Their summer series kicks off tonight featuring this titan of comedy. Stay classy and drink a Scotch while you watch. Screenings will run Sunday nights through August 27. Here’s the full schedule so you can plan for your favorite movie:
◆ July 2: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
◆ July 9: Step Brothers (feat. an “Easy Tiger” Wine Mixer)
◆ July 16: Elf (feat. a Christmas in July Party)
◆ July 23: Talladega Nights
◆ July 30: Zoolander
◆ August 6: Night at the Roxbury
◆ August 13: Wedding Crashers
◆ August 20: Old School
◆ August 27: Anchorman 2
When: Today, July 2nd
Time: 9-11 p.m.
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
It’s date night for you and your best pal. Come out to Yard Bar with your pup (and a few of your human friends) for their canine-themed Movie Mondays! Every other Monday starting tonight through November this year, they’ll be screening a dog-centric flick. Popcorn, s’mores, and drink specials are only part of the fun. Grab your lawn chairs and head to the patio. All ages and dogs welcome!
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Admission is free!
6700 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757
The schedule will run as follows:
July 31st – 101 Dalmations
August 7th – Beethoven
August 21st – Iron Will
September 4th – Bolt
September 18th – Turner and Hooch
October 2nd – 8 Below
October 16th – Frankenweinnie
October 30- Cujo
November 13- SURPRISE FEATURE
Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!
Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores.
When: Today, June 11th
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
June 11 – Woodwinds
June 18 – Brass
June 25 – Big Band program
July 9 – Strings
July 16 – Woodwinds
July 23 – Big Band
July 30 – Brass
August 6 – Strings
August 13 – Woodwinds
August 20 – Brass
August 27 – Big Band
Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.
*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
This is exactly the kind of thing that Austin does best: a day of great food, drinks, and music. If you’re a foodie—and who isn’t these days?—come spend the day at The Domain and see what the various restaurants at the shopping mecca have to offer. The 10th Annual Taste of North Austin is an all-day family food festival that will feature delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and lots of fabulous shopping. Guests who want to go all-out for the VIP experience will get a goody bag, complimentary drinks, and access to the swanky VIP lounge.
Balloon twisters, caricature artists, and crafts will be on hand for the kids.
When: Saturday, June 10th
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Wristbands are $20 and include 10 tastes. The VIP experience is an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza
Austin, TX 78758
Call 512-873-8099 or click here for more information. For the latest deals, contests, and event information at The Domain, click here.
If you haven’t taken the kids to Austin’s Park N Pizza yet, the fam is missing out. Imagine the arcade and Go Kart track of your youth, and then multiply it by about 100. This massive entertainment center in Pflugerville is officially the largest in Central Texas (23 acres!). They already have bowling, three Go Kart tracks, 18-holes of mini-golf, rides, laser tag, and two restaurants, but they’ve just announced more attractions.
The XD Dark Ride Motion Theater is a fully interactive 7D adventure for up to eight riders at a time. The XD Theater includes special effects, wind machines, strobe lights, and rapid motion seats. Participants will grab their own blaster guns and compete for scores as they fight against on-screen enemies.
There are six brand-new climbing walls reaching over 28-feet high and featuring a variety of climbing surfaces: metal, piping, and a zipper climb, all illuminated with LED lighting.
Finally, the arcade has been expanded by 3,000 square feet and 25 new video and prize games have been added to an already expansive selection.
Get the crew out there this summer and see all the craziness for yourselves .
Remember the Untapped Festival? Well now it’s called Index Fest and it has everything you could ever want or need—namely: craft beer, music, food, and art! The fest is traveling across Texas and stops in Austin today with more than 60 breweries pouring more than 250 different beers.
When: Today, May 13th
Time: Gates at 5:00 p.m.
Austin American Statesman (map)
305 South Congress Ave
Austin TX 78704
Tickets start at $35 and you can buy them right here.
Photo credit: Index Fest Facebook page
Imagine, if you will, the perfect Sunday: a late-afternoon dip in Barton Springs, followed by a sunset picnic supper and a little Shakespeare in the Park. Well, we’re in luck friends. Today is the day! Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production is a rollicking and rambunctious fresh look at The Comedy of Errors from guest director, Robert Ramirez, head of the acting program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, The Comedy of Errors will be performed under the stars at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater.
Don’t forget to bring a blanket and pack that picnic! Shakespeare-loving dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
When: Thursdays – Sundays in May
Time: 8 p.m.
Zilker Hillside Theater
2201 Barton Springs Road
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