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On a drizzly Saturday morning in January, after leaving the loving embrace of Lazarus Brewing Co. on East 6th Street, our guide Adam told the origin story of the food tour we had just set off on. It goes something like this: On a trip out to Los Angeles, the founders Lindsey and Andy had signed up for a culinary tour of the city. After three hours of walking around, they were still hungry and had no buzz to speak of. Well this isn’t good, they thought to themselves. Surely, we can do better!

And do better they did, by starting Austin Eats Food Tours in January 2011 and ensuring that people who put down their hard-earned money for a tour of Austin’s finest food and booze offerings would leave with full bellies, and full hearts. “We love the Austin vibe—live music every night of the week and local restaurants that take as much pride in their unique décor as their original recipes,” Andy says. “We wanted to develop a vehicle that highlights local Texas born establishments throughout the city.”

Seven years in and many many tours later, the couple has perfected the art of touring Austin like a local—so much so that roughly 65 percent of their guests are actually from here. My husband and I are old townies who grew up in Austin and have watched in awe as it’s changed and morphed over the years. The Brunch, BBQ, and Brewery Tour was the perfect way us to check out a bunch of new spots in one go, and observe the ever-changing eastside like a couple of anthropologists.

We were instructed to come hungry, and by the time we met Adam and our new friends at Lazarus Brewing Co., we were starving. Adam—like an angel sent from above—pointed out a long table reserved for our crew and said that orders of breakfast tacos (little, adorable tacos) were already on their way. We immediately loved and trusted Adam. “This is not just a food tour,” he told us, “it’s a support group.” A flight of beer followed, and we got to know our new posse. What struck me right away was how subtle and non-touristy this felt. We just looked like a crew of people who were chatty and friendly. There was nothing about the format of the tour that shouted TOURISTS. Basically, a passing observer would have probably thought we were friends of the owner who were getting some extra TLC.

What followed were brisket kolaches at the Kerlin BBQ trailer where Adam ran across the street to get us a 12 pack of Shiner (again, the man is an angel), chicken and waffles and cactus pear mimosas at The Hightower, and crazy-good gelato at Gemelli. I got the lemon curd and it tasted like the best cheesecake of my life. The tour ended at Zilker Brewing Company, where we tasted more great local beer, and hung around like people with nothing to do but enjoy our city for a few hours. It was sublime.

Along the way Adam pointed out more of his favorite spots in the area and had menu recommendations for each. He was funny, informative, and chill—a guide/friend hybrid that made the tour a total pleasure. The mechanics of the tour were seamless. Everything was paid for, timed beautifully, and thoughtfully put together. They are pumping money into the Austin economy by showing off burgeoning local businesses that are doing something different.

If it’s been a while since you tried some new food in Austin, or you are checking out the city over a short period of time, try an Austin Eats Food Tour. It’s the best way I can think of to get a real taste of Austin—and leave completely satisfied.

Everything’s better with hot dogs, right? And we didn’t think these two movies could get any better. Get ready to enjoy a winter of your favorite 80s flicks and free hotdogs on Kitty Cohen’s patio! They have heaters and chimineas so don’t let the weather keep you away! Tonight it’s a classic double feature with The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

🎬 7 p.m.: The Breakfast Club
📽 9 p.m.: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
🌭 Free hot dogs!

When: Today, February 25th

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Location:
Kitty Cohen’s
2211 Webberville Rd.
Austin, Texas 78702

Austin, the monumental last work by renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly is finally complete and open to the public. The building is now a cornerstone work of art in the Blanton Museum’s permanent collection.The museum is closed on Mondays but you can still walk around and take in the gorgeous exterior or make plans to tour this week. Share your experience by using #KellyAtTheBlanton.

Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

If you’re in the mood for some spontaneous Austin magic, don’t miss the latest pop-up dinner and concert from Foster ATX, a company that creates singular social experiences around town. Each gathering has a theme and the chefs, artists, space and rotate. This next one is all about wood.

no. I — wood is a three-night event happening at Tillery Place that includes a concert and two dinner seatings. Come hang around the campfire with friends and break bread at a communal table—where dinner was prepped over open flames just moments before. You can choose to join for supper, songs, or both! They’re all about the unconventional, and providing a space for both emerging and well-known talent to share their craft, all while bringing the community together in an authentic way.

Here’s the whole rundown so you can plan ahead and get your tickets …

Song: A stripped-back bluegrass jam around a campfire

When: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Featured musicians: Invoke, The Troll Smashers, and Tony Kamel of Wood & Wire

Drinks: Nine Banded Whiskey cocktails and Austin Winery wine

Bites: s’mores and appetizers from the Foreign & Domestic team

Tickets: $30

Supper: An open-kitchen dining experience with Chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic

Seating I

When: Friday, February 23rd

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Featured chefs: Chef Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic

Drinks: Nine Banded Whiskey cocktails and Austin Winery wine

Live music: Eddie Dickerson and Talia Bryce

Menu: (*vegan and vegetarian options available upon request)

I.  grilled focaccia, farm cheese, & preserved tomato
II.  butternut squash, arugula, & gorgonzola
III.  24 hour pork shoulder, grilled grapes, faro, & greens
IV. juniper pots de creme, milk jam, buttermilk froth

Tickets: $80

Seating II 

When: Saturday, February 24th

Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Featured chefs: Chef Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic

Drinks: Nine Banded Whiskey cocktails and Austin Winery wine

Live music: Eddie Dickerson and Talia Bryce

Menu: (*vegan and vegetarian options available upon request)

I.  grilled focaccia, farm cheese, & preserved tomato
II.  butternut squash, arugula, & gorgonzola
III.  24 hour pork shoulder, grilled grapes, faro, & greens
IV. juniper pots de creme, milk jam, buttermilk froth

Tickets: $80

Has there ever been a town with as much love for animals as Austin has to give? We think not. Our rescue pets are family and we celebrate them at every opportunity. That’s why, of course, Austinites will finally get to celebrate Mardi Gras with their furry best friends, because Mardi Paws, the city’s first-ever dog Mardi Gras parade is upon us. Sponsored by the animal lovers at Grocery Pup, a company making insanely fresh and natural dog food right here in Austin, this parade is basically guaranteed to make you happy.

So what goes into a dog Mardi Gras parade, you might ask? Well everything. Just like the human version in NOLA, they’ll have a king, queen, and royal court who parade in little floats that are made from wagons. People and dogs in the parade will throw treats and beads to the crowd.

The theme for this inaugural year is “Saturday Bark Fever.” All floats will be disco-themed and attendees (of every species) are encouraged to dress like John Travolta walking into Studio 54.

Our king for the day will be Sebastian, who was rescued by Cutie PITooties and was fostered by Krista Allenby, owner of Ruff Adventures Dog Photography, at the end of September. When she first got Sebastian, he had severe mange and a skin infection. After just one month, he made a full recovery and was officially adopted by Krista. To celebrate his recovery and finding a new home filled with love, Sebastian has been crowned the King of Mardi Paws! Half of all proceeds from Mardi Paws will go to Cutie PITooties so they can rescue more pups like him.

Our original queen, Lil’ Kim, was rescued by Austin Dog Rescue in November from a shelter in Lockhart, and after multiple surgeries, she was close to being ready to be adopted. After appearing to be on the road to recovery, she developed a type of neurological disorder about a week ago, and her condition steadily worsened despite several visits to her veterinarian and the emergency room. With her passing on January 21, her furry foster brother and fellow Austin Dog Rescue pup, Kaxan, will ride in her honor as the Duke of Mardi Paws

All funds raised for Mardi Paws will be split 50/50 among the two organizations that rescued the king, queen and duke. Come out and have the time of your life for an incredibly worthy cause.

When: Saturday, February 10th

Time: 2 -6 p.m.

Location:
Lustre Pearl East

Can’t make it? Click here to donate to the cause and help spread the word on your social media pages.

We may not have that much of a winter in Austin, but we can party like they do Aspen. Every Tuesday in December, January, and February the San José is celebrating the Texas Winter Après Ski style. Enjoy ’80s tunes and wintery food and beverage specials. Après Ski outfits are totally encouraged but definitely not required.

When: Today, December 26th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location:

Hotel San José
1316 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

The little elves at The Westin have erected a life-size gingerbread house in the hotel’s lobby! Take the kids and check out the sweetest new addition to Downtown Austin. And this isn’t just a photo op—you can eat inside the house! The house is available for lunch and dinner reservations at Stella San Jac and seats seven people. Just don’t eat the walls while you’re in there.

The Westin is donating 10% of all food and beverages sales from the gingerbread reservations to Back on My Feet Austin. This must-see attraction is made of real gingerbread and candy and will be on display for the entire month of December.

This space can be reserved in advance by contacting Kelsey Hart.

Location:
The Westin Austin Downtown
310 East 5th Street.
Austin, TX, 78701

As part of Hotel Van Zandt’s 12 Days of Christmas celebration, they’re creating an adorable holiday photo op for your pup—a picture with Santa Paws! So dress your little guy in his favorite Christmas sweater and head down to the Rainey Street District to make some memories. From now until December 14, there are all kinds of free events happening at the hotel, in what they call, “The Living Room.” It’s basically every great holiday activity packed into one place. Plus, each night there will be a roaring fire, vinyl holiday records playing in the background, a hot toddy bar, and light snacks for purchase.

When: Today, December 10th

Time: noon

Location:
605 Davis St.
Austin, TX 78701

We’ve done just about everything for Christmas in Austin, but we’ve mostly been limited to land activites—until now! Tonight is Austin’s first annual Boat Trail of Lights! Hopefully this has the makings of a longstanding tradition that will get bigger and crazier every year. Call that friend of yours with a boat and get organized. Decorate the boat (and/or your body) with holiday spirit and lights and meet under the 360 Bridge. Boaters will hit the lights at 6 p.m. sharp, and listen to holiday music.

Boaters and spectators will need to pay normal entrance fees at the bridge. The city can accept cash and checks only and it costs $15 for a truck and trailer, $10 for a vehicle, and $3 for anyone who walks into the park to watch the fun.

If you are planning on launching at the 360 Bridge, message the page Boat Trail of Lights and let the organizers know (this is important!). They need to make sure everyone isn’t coming at once.

When: Today, December 9th

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location:
Lake Austin
Austin, TX 78701

There’s so much to do in Austin this holiday season, but trust us, there is nothing else quite like this. NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theater is putting on A Peasants’ Holiday Masquerade and tickets are on sale now. Sometimes it’s best to go into things like this knowing as little as possible, but we’ll give you the basic plot: A group of tawdry, goat-farming-peasants have gotten their hands on a few elegant robes and opaque tights and decided to throw a masquerade ball. It will be an epic evening of booty-droppin’ Shakespearean festivities!

Come explore a comedic, medieval world where you can eat, mingle, dance, and drink as you wish—all as characters guide you through a story.

NunaMaana’s mission is to bring groups of people together in a powerful way to share in their human experience and celebration. The name is derived from indigenous words, Nuna is inspired by a word meaning “child.” The company makes playful things! Maana is inspired by a word meaning “something physical that is imbued with magic.” As artists this is always their goal.

Catch this completely unique performance this December.

When: December 8th, 9th, 16th, and 17th

All shows @ 8:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets.
*Open Bar is included with every ticket!

Location:
Atmosphere Coworking
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street #208
Austin, TX 78702

Image courtesy Sharper Photography.