The rumors are true, Austin’s own Ghostland Observatory will be ending a lengthy hiatus to headline this year’s Euphoria Music Festival. Co-headliners Pretty Lights, STS9, Thievery Corporation, and Adventure Club top a bill that is arguably the strongest top-to-bottom lineup in the history of the Austin electronic music festival arena.

Photo courtesy of  www.lasershows.net

Photo courtesy of www.lasershows.net

“Expanding to a full three days of camping, coupled with our diverse lineup has allowed us to create an immersive festival experience unique not just to Texas, but to most festivals out there,” says Euphoria creative director Mitch Morales.  “We really want to emphasize our culture and show fans what sets us apart from the rest.”

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The three-day festival will take place at the beautiful Carson Creek Ranch, just a few minutes east of downtown Austin. Festival-goers are encouraged to camp on the property to fully immerse themselves in the Euphoria experience.

For a full lineup, and to purchase a “very limited” number of $139 (3-day) pre-sale tickets, visit: http://www.euphoriafest.com/

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It’s already that time of year to start planning Spring Break and Summer Camp for your child. Check out our 2015 Austin Area Camp Guide!

We’ve partnered with LiveMom and Free Fun In Austin to make this year’s guide the best yet. With listings for a wide variety of camps in and around Austin – many offering exclusive discounts for our readers – this guide will make your Spring Break and Summer Camp planning a breeze!

Download your 2015 Camp Guide here for FREE.

My favorite pet store, Tomlinson’s and favorite grocery delivery service, Instacart have joined forces so you can now get your pet products delivered right to your door within an hour.

My life seems to be a constant mix of balancing running errands, work and a social life. Last year when I started to use instacart it completely changed my mentality when it comes to grocery shopping. Now that they’ve teamed up with Tomlinson’s I’m ecstatic.  Less trips, to the pet store, more time on the trail is fine by me!

365 Readers can use the code 365ATXToms for a $10 coupon to try it out!

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Not only are they offering 365 reads a coupon but for every order placed during the month of February, Tomlinson’s and Instacart will each donate one dollar to Austin Pets Alive, a non-profit pet rescue and adoption organization that has saved more than 30,000 dogs and cats in Austin since 2008.

Browsing instagram one day I stumbled across the Austin Blanks account and that was the beginning of an instant love affair. I am obsessed with their calendar and notecards; the quality is top notch.

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It’s February, how did that happen? If you still don’t have your calendar this is the one for you. It’s the only Calendar that accurately defines Austin through it’s beautiful mix of iconic Imagery, playfulness and just the right amount of Weird.

Right now when you purchase a calendar they’ll send you a fun mix of Austin postcards AND notecards!

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Something super cool about Austin Blanks is that they don’t not use any image that is copyrighted without consent from the artist themselves or through their legal team. They pride themselves on that because when you buy an image that is copyrighted and legit, the money goes back to the artist and the community.

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Currently, they’re one of only a small few local companies legally allowed to use ‘HI, How are you’ and the upcoming ‘Love is the Question, Love is the Answer,’ by Daniel Johnston, all thanks to Tom Gimbel of Austin City Limits. I love that they take care of the artists. Austinties doing it right.

http://www.austinblanks.com

Are you ready to step-back into medieval times? The ultimate Renaissance Festival, the Sherwood Forest Faire is back for its 6th season.

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The faire is a journey back in time based on the tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. It takes place on a 23-acre village just east of Austin, and hosts more than 100 shoppes, pubs, restaurants, and stages. You’ll feel immersed in a time long, long ago.

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Imagine knights, jesters, wenches, pirates, lords, and peasants all roaming around and welcoming you to the village. Once inside, the village is your oyster; you can check out shows including jousting, juggling and live music. Or you can wander around and visit the shoppes while snacking on renaissance cuisine.

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This is an event that is extremely family friendly, but they also encourage adults to come out on their own. They’ll have just as much fun with an afternoon of day-drinking, endless food and people watching.

The escape from reality exists just under 45 minutes east of Austin.

When: Weekends. Now – March 29th (plus Friday March 2oth)

Time: 10am – dusk

Location:
1883 Old Hwy 20
McDade, Texas 78650

http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com

Top-Chef fans and food-loving Austinites in general, mark your calendars for February 22nd. A who’s who of area chefs will be competing in several lamb-centric categories with a shot at the crown for “Lamb Jam Master” on the line.

The event will take place at the beautiful Barr Mansion in East Austin, and at $60 a ticket, I’m confident this event will sell out quickly. Full details and a list of the competing chef’s and their respective restaurants are below. To purchase tickets, click here.

AUSTINJanuary 12, 2015 – On Sunday, February 22, 16 top Austin chefs and more than 300 lamb lovers will gather at the Barr Mansion for Austin’s first Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where attendees decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inventive American lamb dishes.

Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” chefs will prepare and serve their most flavorful American lamb fare to be voted on by lamb-loving attendees and judged by Austin’s top food media. The Austin victor will go head-to-head with other winners representing cities from coast to coast, vying for the title of “Lamb Jam Master” at the Lamb Jam finale in New York City in late 2015.

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“We designed the Lamb Jam Tour as a way to bring communities together and drive awareness about the benefits of American lamb,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board. “Texas is the largest lamb producing state in the country and Austin is one of the fastest growing markets with a nationally recognized food scene, so we’re excited to bring the tour to Austin for the first time.” This year marks the fifth national Lamb Jam Tour.

Participating Austin chefs include:

 

Join the Flock: Purchase a Ticket

Lamb Jam takes place from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $60 and provide an opportunity to sample 16 globally inspired lamb dishes, taste some of Texas’ best brews and wine, mingle with local shepherds, visit the DIY spice rub station to mix a take-home tin of lamb rub, and vote for Lamb Jam dishes.

What: Sample globally-inspired lamb dishes from 16 of Austin’s finest chefs. Visit www.americanlamb.com for the complete lineup and to purchase general admission tickets.

When: Sunday, February 22

3:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle Road
Austin, Texas 78754

Organized by the American Lamb Board, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Visit americanlamb.com for ticketing and event information.

About the American Lamb Board

The American Lamb Board is an industry-funded research and promotions commodity board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry including producers, feeders, seed stock producers and processors. The Board, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.

Austin’s official band, The Austin Symphonic Band, has a one of kind concert coming up. The show will be the first at AISD’s new Performing Arts Center in Mueller, which is a pretty spectacular venue. Excellent music, plus a cool venue, sign me up.

You may be familiar with the Austin Symphonic Band from their annual Mother’s Day Concert at The Capitol, or their Father’s Day Concert in the park. Both events are very popular each year, and this is a great opportunity to check out the band in an acoustically-perfect environment!

Inside AISD's brand new Performing Art's Center

Inside AISD’s brand new Performing Art’s Center

The February concert, Tributes, will feature the world premiere of Frank Ticheli’s new work Dancing on Water which will honor the Austin Symphonic Band’s conductor, Richard Floyd. Other selections that will be performed were written as tributes to persons, places and events.

As an added treat, Frank Ticheli will be present to discuss his new work and will also conduct the concert.

Frank Ticheli courtesy of Graham Lindsey/ Wavelength Media

Frank Ticheli courtesy of Graham Lindsey/ Wavelength Media

 

AISD’s new performing arts center just had its Grand Opening last week, so this is a fantastic opportunity to check out the new state of the art venue. Following the concert, there will be a reception with coffee and cake.

Admission: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $6

When: February 7th

Time: 8 – 9:30 pm

Location:

AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan
Austin, Texas 78723

Tickets: AustinSymphonicBand.com

I’m writing this post while going 70 miles per hour down I-35. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds…

Vonlane is a new premium bus service that wants to change the way you travel between Austin and Dallas. Spoiler alert: I’m sold.

The concept is simple enough- traveling by plane between the two cities is not fun. By the time you drive out to Bergstrom, park, go through check-in/security, and actually get off the ground, you have a solid 15-20 minutes of paid wi-fi to get anything done. The trip ends up taking about as long as it would have to drive, and business travelers struggle with the loss in productivity. Enter Vonlane.

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Let’s start with how easy it is to book your trip. Their site is super user friendly and you can book a seat within minutes of hitting their homepage.

You can arrive as late as 10 minutes before your trip, check any large bags with the driver (for free), and hop on a bus unlike anything you’ve been on before. The seats are as wide or wider than any domestic first-class seats, and I couldn’t reach the seat in front of me if I tried. How far do the seats recline? The answer is, far enough that I accidentally fell asleep on my trip from Austin yesterday.

But it’s actually the service that really makes Vonlane special. When you step onto the bus, you’re greeted by a ‘flight attendant;’ she’ll walk you to your seat and offer to take your coat, which will be hung in a closet rather than stuffed into an overhead bin. You’re then presented with a menu that includes complimentary soft drinks, and food catered from the same companies that cater private jets. I indulged.

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The menu then goes a step further to offer essential travel items like noise-canceling headphones, and cushioned lap desks for your computer. They’ll even provide you with a toothbrush and paste if you left yours at home.

I was actually more productive in the three-hour trip today than I typically am at my own desk; less distraction I suppose! I highly, highly recommend this for business travelers in Austin, and with pricing similar to that of flying between the two cities (around $100 each way), I’d actually recommend it for personal travel as well.

Busses leave from the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake several times throughout the day, and they drop you off in Dallas at a hotel near the Love Field Airport. Give them a try on your next trip to Dallas; I promise you’ll love the experience.

www.Vonlane.com

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Let’s face it, the only thing worse than Austin traffic is getting a ticket while you’re in it. If you’ve been pulled over as many times as I have, then you already know that taking a defensive driving course can zap that ticket right off your record. If only the course wasn’t so painfully boring and tedious… enter Aceable Defensive Driving.

Aceable, a local Austin startup, is on a mission to un-suck required education starting with defensive driving and drivers ed. We covered the launch of their first-of-its-kind drivers ed app last spring and now they’re at it again with another 5-star rated app for defensive driving.

Aceable has been able to take a typically painful defensive driving process and make it painless (as possible), convenient and easy. The five-hour course is packed with modern and enjoyable content compared to the courses I’ve taken in the past that were made 20 years ago. The course is written in a conversational tone that’s witty while not trying too hard (ahem, “comedy” defensive driving…).  For example, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the memes like this one:

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The convenience of taking the course on mobile came in handy over and over again. I knocked out a few minutes while in line at HEB, and another hour while getting my hair cut. I even used the course’s voice-over feature to breeze through the material while I made dinner the other night. Once I finished the course, the app told me when my certificate shipped and tracked its progress all the way to my door.

If you need to clear a ticket or want to save money on insurance, they’re extending a 15% discount on Aceable Driver’s Ed to followers of 365 Things .  Use coupon code 365DD when you purchase the course online: Aceable.com

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It’s no secret that Texans, and even more so Austinites, are very proud of their roots. You can basically find any product in the shape of Texas. Last time I checked, I couldn’t find a salsa bowl in the shape of Ohio.

Local business, Longhorn Fashions, is capitalizing on the allure of our great state with fun Texas tees, and a heavy dose of burnt orange! I mean how cute is this Texas tank?

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As a former Longhorn they’re a go-to for game day gear, but most of their clothes are good for everyday wear as well. I am a huge Garth Brooks fan, so naturally I have soft spot for the ‘Blame It All On My Roots’ tee. I’m also planning on sporting the ‘Local’ tee during SXSW. I’ve lived here long enough right?

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They have a ton of great products, and I am all about supporting a cool local business!

Free shipping with the code ‘SHIPPING’ at checkout.

Location:
715 W. 23rd Street Suite A2
Austin, Texas 78705

http://www.longhornfashions.com

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