For all you North Austin folks, avoid the commute downtown by attending this Domain hot-spot’s NYE celebration!

If you get the dinner and party package, come hungry because their executive chef is going to be cooking up a spectacular four-course supper to send off 2014. Each course will also be paired with a cocktail to help get you into the holiday spirit!

Around 9:00 pm they’ll transition from dinner to party-time. They’ll have a DJ, hors d’oeuvers, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. 

When: December 31st

Dinner & Party Package: $75 per person

Party Ticket Only: $30 per person

Reservations: 512.836.3466 – they have private rooms available  for group seating as well

Location:
BlackFinn Ameripub
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, Texas 78758

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nye-2015-at-the-finn-austin-tickets-14277182437

Last month we celebrated the Launch of Drizly in Austin, and yesterday they took the joy of alcohol delivery a step further by introducing a ‘gifting’ feature.

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“Whether it’s champagne for your sister, Johnnie Walker Blue for the boss, or Miller Lite for your old roommate, spirits make an ideal holiday gift,” said Michael DiLorenzo, Drizly’s senior vice president of marketing. “And by avoiding the hassle of visiting a store, you’ll have more time to go caroling, construct gingerbread houses, or knit an ugly sweater.”

www.drizly.com 

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed two topics that we post about pretty regularly:

  1. How the Favor Delivery app has changed our lives for the better (we have to be in competition for being their most dedicated customers… we’re not, we asked).
  2. How we prefer activities around Austin that involve alcohol in some form or fashion (sorry they’re just more fun).

With the introduction of Drizly, our worlds are colliding. They’ve finally figured out how to (LEGALLY!) allow Austinites to order booze directly to their front doors.

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We had a lot of questions, and here’s what we learned:

  1. There’s no up-charge on the Beer/Wine/Liquor you order, only a delivery charge issued by the liquor store, just five bucks in Austin.
  2. They carry over 2,000 products, so the variety is similar to what you’d find in your neighborhood shop. Mixers, ice, etc. are also available.
  3. Your beverages will arrive at your door 20-40 minutes after you place your order. Yep, that quick!
  4. The minimum order for Austin is $20.
  5. Use the code 365 to receive your first delivery FREE.

To get started, just click the appropriate link below to download the app, or place your order directly on Drizly.com

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***Lastly, Drizly is currently running its ‘Get a Bottle, Give a Can’ holiday food drive.

Save yourself from the stress of stocking the bar before Thanksgiving this week, and focus on the turkey! When your Drizly order arrives, give the driver any non-perishable food items, and they’ll deliver them to local food banks.

Drizly will also be donating 30% of profits through the end of the month to No Kid Hungry, a great organization that is working to end child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.Win/win/win.

Music and art collide for a great cause this Sunday.

The show will feature art from local and international artists, live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 4-8 p.m. Originally priced at $75, tickets are now down to a suggested donation of $20, also available their new EVENT PAGE.

As Gallery 702 owner and renowned local artist, Kathryn Goodnite, explained, “We are pleased to offer a special pricing for this event, thanks to our generous sponsors. Hopefully, more of you will be able to attend this wonderful event for the Outreach Program at One World Theatre.”

The artist and host is thrilled to host the event at the venue for such a deeply rooted non-profit organization, as is One World Theatre. Some of the evening’s highlights will include the breathtaking works of Gil Bruvel and the popular works of Elisabetta Fantone, among many others. More musical guests have joined the lineup, as guitar virtuoso Luis Banuelos and songstress Courtney Sanchez will now join Sherah Sleeper, acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter. The yummy food and drinks for guests and VIPs will be graciously provided by The Goodnight. There will be drawings, luxurious silent auctions and many more surprises. It will surely be an unforgettable evening!

Tickets will be available for purchase online through Eventbrite or at the door. Proceeds will go directly to the charity and their various musical programs.

About One World Theatre: One World Theatre’s mission is to educate and inspire youth and adults of all backgrounds with innovative cultural arts performances & workshops. They also provide a highly recognized forum for world- class performers and local professionals to share their artistry, while building a community by embracing the diversity of art forms, traditions & cultures from around the world.

About Gallery 702: Gallery 702 is Austin’s haven for nationally renowned artists, featuring single and multiple artist exhibits. Primarily representing national and international artists, Gallery 702 will also feature new and emerging Texas talent. Located on the top floor of a historic building in the city’s downtown area, the space provides a refined and unique experience to its visitors. With its focus on quality, taste, and sophistication, Gallery 702 is a new and innovative destination for quality and collective contemporary and 20th century art.

Owner and curator, Kathryn Goodnite, created Gallery 702 with business partner, M. Deason, to provide a home for renowned artists whose work is now represented in Austin. On November 23rd the gallery will be home to anyone who supports the One World Theatre movement, to educate and inspire children and adults with innovative and exciting multicultural arts and entertainment programs.

Nestled in the Bremond Block Historic District in the heart of Austin, Gallery 702 uniquely juxtaposes its historical setting with the modern art that adorns its walls. The gallery itself is a work of architectural art, once known as Bellevue Villa, a Victorian-style house that was constructed during the late 1800s. Today it stands as an innovative gallery of contemporary and 20th century art and provides a refined and unique experiences to its visitors.

About the Artists: http://www.gallery702austin.com/artists/

Location: 702 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Tickets: Eventbrite

‘Tis the season for tree lightings, and the Domain is having a full day of fun and festivities at the annual Great Tree Lighting next Saturday.

Head up to the Domain to get into the holiday spirit and for a head start on this year’s shopping. They’ll have holiday activities including face painting, balloon twisting, caricature drawings, holiday crafts, and of course, photos with Santa. You’re never too old to sit on Santa’s lap in my opinion.

Once the sun goes down, the lighting ceremony will get underway. They’ll have recording artist Sunny Sweeny along with a youth choir singing songs of the season. There will also be a firework show after the lighting of the massive 40 foot tree!

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All these festivities will surely have you caroling all the way home!

We’re giving away a VIP experience for a family of four. Family VIP access includes seating for the show, a gift for the kids, beer/wine/juice and light bites. Seating opens at 5pm.

To be entered to win, SHARE this post and tell us who you’d bring.

While you’re shopping, stop by Macy’s and write a letter to Santa and they’ll donate $1.00 for every letter received through Christmas Eve! http://wish.org/content/macys-believe-campaign

When: Saturday, November 22nd

Time: noon – 10:00 p.m.

Location:
The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, Texas 78759

http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain/stream/the-domain-lighting-of-the-great-tree-1395568

Ever wish you could play guitar? Most of us do. There’s just something about seeing our favorite musicians on stage, shredding away on their Fender that is beyond inspiring. That and your daydream of thousands of adoring fans chanting your name after your guitar solo.

Or, maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the beginning riff to your favorite song. Whatever your reason, Strum Music School is offering Austinites a wonderful, free opportunity to finally turn those guitar aspirations into realities.

This Saturday, November 15th, 2014, Strum Music School will open its doors to all aspiring beginner guitar players for this year’s first annual “Free Guitar Lesson Day”. The event will feature free guitar lessons for all event attendees in personalized, small groups from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at their location on 3316 Bee Caves Road.

Event patrons will have the choice between two, unique lesson options depending on their skill level. Beginners with no previous experience are invited to join the “Jumpstart” beginner lesson in which some of the best guitar instructors in Austin will guide the aspiring guitarists through the basics and lay the groundwork for future lessons.

More advanced beginners are encouraged to take the “How To Write A Song With Basic Chord Knowledge” in which only a basic knowledge of guitar is required. Participants of this class will bypass some of the basic guitar fundamentals and instead dive directly into the functional application of guitar knowledge.

Want to bring the kids? No problem! These lesson options were created with all ages in mind. Both adults and children ages 6 & up alike are invited to partake in this amazing opportunity. Event attendees will be grouped accordingly upon registration to ensure each participant receives the most optimal experience.

Aside from receiving free instruction from some of Austin’s most talented guitar teachers, event goers will also be able to enjoy free food, and participate in awesome raffle prizes throughout the day – including a brand new electric guitar from Guitar Center South Austin!

When: Saturday, November 15th

Time: 12PM to 3PM

Where: Strum Music School – 3316 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78746

OFFICIAL RSVP: Click for Free RSVP on Facebook

OFFICIAL EVENT SPONSORS

Strum Music School Socialco Guitar Center of South Austin My Fit Foods of Westlake Oatmega Bar



To find out more information, please visit Strum Music School’s guitar lessons page or you can call Strum Music School at 512-328-5878 if you have any questions.

 

It’s that time of year again! The annual celebration of all things German in New Braunfels, Texas, WURSTFEST.

If you’ve never been, imagine your favorite scenes from Beerfest and National Lampoon’s European Vacation’s Oktoberfests, conveniently dropped into an awesome German town just 40 minutes south of Austin.

Wursfest CrowdThroughout the park you’ll find a smorgasbord of food and drink options, as well as carnival rides, arts and crafts, and people dressed-up in awesome German attire celebrating with beer and sausage in hand.

The alcohol related event makes the 40 minute drive ill-advised (parking is no picnic either), so this year, Jason Neff (contributor to 365 Austin) and friends are hosting a high-end bus service from Austin to New Braunfels.

The busses are equipped with comfortable seats, TV’s, and possibly most importantly, restrooms!

$45 Includes transportation to and from the festival, and admission to the event. See details on the two available dates below:

Sunday, November 9th

Monday, November 10th

If you have questions, feel free to email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

 

Formula One is coming up this weekend. Here is a map of the track. Think this event is just for race fans? You’re wrong. There is going to be so much fun at the track this weekend for everyone. Here is a run down of “must stops” while out there this weekend.

 

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Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey-

Whiplash is the Cowboy monkey who herds sheep!  He rides in front of fans in a contained setting, 2x per day, for 6-8 minutes performances.

Saturday- 2pm and 4:45 PM & Sunday- 10am and 12pm

 

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Adorable Donkeys fitted with pouches available to hold guest’s drinks and pose for photos.

Friday- 9am-6pm

Saturday 8:30 am-6pm & Sunday 8:30 am-6:30 pm

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Local Austin food truck-

BURRO-Located in the Grand Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image008Free Kids Activities- In the Grand Plaza- face painting, caricature artist and balloon twister

 

 

 

 

image007Longhorns- Photo Ops with Longhorns both in the Grand Plaza and at Turn 6.

 

 

 

 

Three themed Bars-

La Cantina (Turn 4)- It’s the colorful fiesta of Old Mexico complete with a truly dizzying array of tequilas and beers for the thirsty traveler

Beirgarten- (Turn 6)Taste the best craft beers in the West at COTA’s festive Biergarten

Texas Ranch and Sports Bar (Grand Plaza) Come throw back a cold beer and a whiskey at COTA’s own Texas Ranch. Test your rodeo skills and take a ride on the mechanical bull or kick back with all the refreshing liquid hospitality the West has to offer. There will be TVs in there too.

MUSIC- 

Kid Rock- Post Race performance Sunday in the Austin 360 Amphitheater.

LIVE- Saturday, Nov 1st 12-1pm

Be sure to sign up for the COTA Fan Zone to earn points and get rewards throughout the USGP weekend.  You can also keep track of events, schedule and navigate the Circuit with the interactive map.

http://www.cotafanzone.com/

 

Austin does two things better than any other city in the world: tacos and coffee; but we could use some help on our traffic situation. That’s why Carma Carpooling invites you to join them for a Free Commuter Breakfast at Whole Foods Downtown.

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Tacos-n-Coffee: Free Commuter Breakfast

Wednesday, October 22

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Whole Foods Downtown (6th / Lamar)

RSVP HERE

 

This free breakfast is part of  Mobility Week, October 20 – 24, a campaign  dedicated to getting people out of their “single-occupant vehicles” and into a carpool, bus, or other mode of transportation. Companies around town are getting involved, with groups like AMD, NetSpend, and Bazaarvoice pledging to get their employees to adopt new commute habits that reduce traffic and CO2 emissions. We love biking and the bus, but let’s be honest – sometimes you want to sit in some A/C and stick to your normal commute schedule. That’s where Carma fits in.

If you haven’t heard about Carma Carpooling yet, we really love what they are doing here in Austin, and we told you all about them here. Carma matches users with each other to share rides during their commute to-and-from work, which alleviates traffic and helps members save some extra cash. They’re the only program locally that gets your tolls reimbursed when you carpool on the 183A or Manor Expressway toll roads. Just watch this video and it explains the idea perfectly:

If you like free tacos & coffee, reducing traffic, making the air cleaner, and making some money driving to work, or saving money while getting to work, we invite you to join us and Carma Carpooling for their Free Commuter Breakfast on October 22 at Whole Foods Downtown.

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See ya there,

 

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Wow! What a perfect first weekend of ACL. Let’s start by congratulating twitter user @JeffBerres for winning two wristbands to weekend two via our friends at AT&T U-verse. Jeff posted the following picture of this graffiti art boom box, which you can check out during weekend two as well!

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The weather was amazing this past weekend, but during the hottest parts of the day, it was really nice to be able to seek shelter under the AT&T tent.

The ‘AT&T Footprint’ (tent) is located between the Art Tents and the Samsung Stage. Inside you’ll find a live-stream of the onstage performances currently happening around the festival. You’ll also find a plethora of phone chargers, friendly AT&T staff members explaining the benefits of GigaPower, and live street art creations from local artists.

We saw a ton of really great shows throughout the weekend, but the AT&T tent was always our rally point, as it provided a chance to catch some shade and a phone charge without missing any of the action.

It’s looking like Weekend Two’s highs will be in the 90’s! Needless to say, we’ll be spending even more time in the tent!

This post was made possible through my association with AT&T. The prize was provided by AT&T, but AT&T is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of AT&T.