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.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 6.23.19 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 6.23.12 PM

See ya there,

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 6.23.03 PM

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!

Jeff Berres Tweet

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.

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of my favorite things to do in Austin.

It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Even with the lake levels low, the views are still absolutely incredible. One of the cables is the longest zipline in Texas, and you reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

20110807_LTZipLine

Through the month of October they’re doing a Buy 2 , Get 1 FREE deal Monday – Friday. If you have not tried it, this is a great opportunity to come out and give it a shot. I always have an absolute blast!

Phone: 512-614-1996

Location:
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/

The folks at AT&T were nice enough to invite us to the sold-out Weekend One of
this year’s ACL festival. We couldn’t be more excited, and we’d love to share the
experience with you!

We want to reward you for interacting with us on social media this weekend, so
we’ve partnered with AT&T to GIVE AWAY TWO 3-DAY PASSES TO WEEKEND TWO.

Austin City Limits Skyline

AT&T U-Verse is looking to spread the word about its new GigaPower 100% Fiber
network that delivers super-fast Internet speeds to the Austin market. You’ve
probably seen the commercial where the guy downloads a whole movie in a matter
of seconds… To see if it’s available in your neck of the woods, go here: GigaPower

To enter to win the free wristbands, we encourage you to use the hashtags #365ACL and
#GigaPower in all of your tweets and Instagrams this weekend. If you aren’t going to the
festival, we’d love to be your eyes and ears inside the gates. Use the hashtags to ask us
questions about shows, to tell us what bands we should see, and anything else ACL related.

We’ll pick a winner based on both quality and quantity of what you share!

For extra points, capture all your ACL Music Fest Memories with the U-Verse Social
Scrapbook. Go to uversesocialscrapbook.com, add your Twitter and Instagram
accounts, then use #GigaPower throughout the fest to add posts to your scrapbook!

I signed up today, and it’s super-easy.

To show the power and speed of GigaPower, local graffiti artists will be creating a
piece of art in one hour, everyday of the festival. You’re invited to watch the artists
in person each day at the AT&T footprint. Or, If you’d like to follow from outside the
festival, I’ll be live tweeting their creations at 3pm each day all weekend, and sharing
updates from their tent.

Lastly, AT&T will have a tent at the festival where you can learn about their service
offerings and about what cities Gigapower will be in next!

Have fun this weekend; we can’t wait to see you!

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.

Whether you are new to town or a longtime resident, tours open you up to new experiences and give provide a fresh perspective on the city you call home. Here in Austin, we are fortunate to have access to tons of great tours covering every interest from food and fitness to Texas history and homes. Check out Realty Austin’s top picks for tours that are totally Austin!

1. Urban Kayaking Tours of Austin

urbankayaking

Source: http://www.livelovepaddle.com/

Get the best of both fun and fitness when you sign up for an urban kayaking tour. Enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Austin by kayak while learning about Austin’s unique history. Kayaks, paddles and water are included with each guided tour.

More info: Urban Kayaking Tours of Austin
Cost: $45 per person
Location:
Live Love Paddle
1602 East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741
Hours: Daily at 10:30am (November through February)

2. Amy’s Ice Creams Factory Tours
amys

Source: Ratestogo.com

Want to get a behind the scenes look at how Austin’s favorite ice cream gets made? This tour is for you! Amy’s offer daily tours of their production facility where you can learn about the techniques and equipment used to make their delicious locally made ice creams. Best of all, the tour finishes off with a scoop of ice cream! How’s that for a sweet reward?
More info: Amy’s Ice Creams’ Tours
Cost: FREE, ice cream scoop $2
Location: Amy’s Ice Creams Production Facility
2109 Northland Drive
Austin, Texas 78756
Hours: 10am Mon-Fri. Reservations are required.

 3. Austin Food Tours

austinfoodtours

Source: RocketElectric.com

Fancy yourself a foodie? You won’t want to miss this unique tour of Austin’s hottest restaurants, food trailers and farmers markets. But wait, it gets better – you’ll zip around Austin by electric bike on this tour led by a local guide who knows the ins and outs of Austin’s famous food scene.
More info: Rocket Electric’s Austin Food Tours
Cost: Tours start at $78
Location: Rocket Electrics
1608 E Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78741
Hours: Tour dates and times vary. Contact Rocket Electric for details.

4. Texpert Cowboys & Dance Halls Tour

texperts

Source: ourlifewithaview.wordpress.com

Are you a die-hard Texan? Two-step your way to this fantastic tour where you will experience all things Texan, including a cowboy museum, a stop at the state’s oldest dance hall in Gruene, Texas and plenty of photo opportunities at breathtaking Hill Country vistas. Get to it, y’all!
More info: Texpert Tours
Cost: Tours start at $80
Location: Contact Texpert Tours for details.
Hours: Tour dates and times vary. Reservations required.  Contact Texpert Tours for details.

5. Realty Austin Citywide Open House

realtyaustin

Are you new to town or looking to make the move to a new Austin neighborhood? Follow your footsteps to Realty Austin’s Citywide Open House, happening this Sunday, October 5. Experience a self-paced, citywide tour of Austin homes for sale in hot neighborhoods. Enjoy refreshments and tour homes as Realty Austin agents answer your questions about the homes, schools and neighborhood amenities. You won’t want to miss it!

More info: View open houses and tour schedule at ez.com/openhouse 
Cost: FREE
Tour Date: Sunday, Oct 5, 2014
Location: Citywide

With autumn officially here and Halloween quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to visit one of the many pumpkin patches popping up around town.  Pumpkin patches provide the perfect autumnal backdrop for a family photo and make a fun (and free) family outing to enjoy now that cooler temperatures are upon us. In addition to offering a large assortment of pumpkins for your jack-o-lantern or pumpkin pie, many offer fun activities for the kids and themed photo booths.

Here are our picks for the best pumpkin patches in town. Visit RealtyAustin.com for a complete list of pumpkin patches in Austin plus a map of where to find them.

Pumpkin Patch at St. John’s Methodist Church

Proceeds go to Youth Missions, harvesting produce for food banks in Virginia, and tutoring undeserved children in Dallas.  Volunteers can sign up to volunteer to help with pumpkin unloading on October 13, 2014 at 4:30pm.

Location:
2140 Allandale Rd
Austin, TX 78756 

Phone: (512) 452-5737

Website: stjohnsaustin.org

Hours of Operation: October 13-31, 2014
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10AM to 7PM
Tues, Thurs: 2:30PM to 7PM
Sunday: 12PM to 7PM

Pumpkin Patch at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church

Procceds benefit NetsforLife, The Round Rock Serving Center, and the St. Richards Episcopal Church. Join them for the Great Pumpkin Festival on October 19, 2014 from 2 to 6pm in Round Rock!

Location:
1420 East Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, Texas 78664

Phone: (512) 255-5436

Website: saintrichards.org

Hours of Operation: Opens September 27, 2014
Sun-Fri: Noon to dark
Saturday: 9 AM to dark

Pumpkin Patch at YMCA Camp Twin Lakes

Kids can pick out the perfect pumpkin before enjoying hayrides, a petting zoo, a vendor fair, and more family fun!

Location:
204 East Little Elm Trail
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Phone: (512) 250-9622

Website: ymcagwc.org

Hours of Operation: Oct 1-31, 2014
Mon-Fri: 9AM-12PM, 4PM-7PM
Saturday: 9:30AM to 3:30PM
Sunday: 12:30PM to 3:30PM

 

It’s time for an epic journey, Austin! Get your phones and cameras ready for multiple interactive chalk art exhibits throughout the city, part of Verizon’s #GlobalReadyChallenge! Explore the various Austin locations to experience 3D Chalk Art and you could win a trip for two to 1 of 20 countries! In order to embark upon this amazing trip of a lifetime:

1) Shoot a picture of yourself interacting with one or all of the awesome 3D Chalk Art pieces.
2) Upload it to the #GlobalReadyChallenge website (www.globalreadychallenge.com).
3) Share your pic to get as many votes for your photo as possible (the votes will count towards your final score in the contest)!

The contestant with the highest score will win an awesome adventure to 1 of 20 countries.

vzw_grc_365ta_745x483

The journey begins with a double-header of exhibits at Barton Creek Square and The Domain on Saturday, September 20th at 11am.

Once you’ve experienced Australia, race across town to capture an awesome picture in a conglomerate of European wonders at The Domain. Whether your picture has Spanish flare in front of the detailed Sagrada Familia or a French twist standing next to the Arc de Triomphe, this European 3D Chalk Art feature is sure to entertain your Instagram followers!

Travel WAY back in time to the Inca Empire from Monday, September 22nd to September 26th at the South American 3D Chalk Art exhibit at the UT University Co-Op (2246 Guadalupe St) beginning at 11am. Grab a friend and take a ride on the back of a llama or take a picture of yourself climbing up the steep slopes of Machu Picchu!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Saturday, September 27th is a 2-for-1 special! Not only will you get to experience the final two continents, you’ll also get to check out a plethora of other awesome local art at the Pecan Street Festival! These two countries CANNOT be missed! Take a selfie with exotic animals at the African-themed display (E 6th St & Brazos St) and take a ride on a cheetah, a wildebeest or BOTH!

If you love posting pictures of your food, the second display is definitely for you. It will be at the intersection of E 6th St & Sabine St, and will feature a nod to some of the staples of Asian cuisine. Take a swimming selfie in the biggest bowl of noodles you’ve likely ever seen! And don’t forget the sushi! This display will also feature larger than life Chalk Art sushi pieces. Dive in.

Needless to say, we’re incredibly excited about this week of Chalk Art pieces throughout the city. We’ll be sharing our favorite pictures from each location starting on Saturday, and following up all the action throughout the week.

The #GlobalReadyChallenge is EASY and FUN! So, take your BEST picture and WIN! Are you ready?

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Begins (11:00 am) CT on 9/20/14 and ends (12:00 pm) on 10/19/14..Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, 18 & older. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, visit www.globalreadychallenge.com. Sponsor: Verizon Wireless.

How’s this for coloring outside the lines? Start this 5k in a stark white t-shirt and finish looking something like the inside of a kaleidoscope. Something about running while getting splattered with as much paint as possible makes me feel like I’m fulfilling a handful of childhood dreams. The fact that you’re not necessarily a big runner won’t be an issue when surrounded by all this color craziness. It’s more fun than you can imagine, and the fact that you’re running a 5k is the last thing on your mind.

The_Color_Run_14_Clearwater_128

For those who aren’t familiar with the run, it’s at the opposite end of the spectrum from your standard, boring 5k. Participants make their way along the route at their own pace while dousing each other with brightly colored paint! At the end of the race, they have a party complete with live music, color throws, and more colorful fun.

The_Color_Run_14_Clearwater_112

If you are more of a visual person, here is a great video to watch the action firsthand.

 My advice is to sign up early. Traditionally, it sells out.

When: October 5th, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location:
Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, Texas 78665

 

http://thecolorrun.com/round-rock/

Did you get passes to ACL this year? Lucky you! This year’s festival features one of the best lineups in years, showcasing over 130 artists including major headliners like Beck, Skrillex, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Eminem. 3-Day Passes to the double-weekend festival sold out soon after being announced, leaving many locals and die-hard fans disappointed.

Luckily, local businesses are giving you a second chance to get tickets by hosting some great ticket giveaways and contests.  There are even some VIP passses and cash up for grabs! We’ve rounded up the top 4 ways to win tickets to ACL this year.  All you have to do is enter. Good luck!

101X ACL X-Cursion
Local radio station 101X is giving away not only a pair of 3-day passes to the festival but also downtown accommodations and $101 in spending money.

Southside Flying Pizza Giveaway
Southside Austin pizza is hosting a 3-day pass giveaway. Just fill out the contest form online to enter their drawing and cross your fingers!

Real Ale Firemans #4 Text-to-Win Sweepstakes
Real Ale, an official sponsor of ACL, is hosting a text-to-win contest.  Visit Firemans #4 and Austin City Limits in-store displays at specified grocery stores for details on how to enter and win a pair of 3-day passes.

The Nature Conservancy Sweepstakes
The Nature Conservancy is offering a VIP experience and chance to hang out with ACL artist The Head and The Heart after their set at ACL. To enter, head to their site and fill out their official contest form.

 

 

The 15th season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) next week! They’re moving to The Rattle Inn this season and are offering two awesome nights of competition to choose from.

skeeball111

Both Wednesday and Sunday night leagues start in two weeks, so grab two friends (teams of three, and an optional alternate) and start thinking about a creative team name. “Flock of Skeegulls” is already taken, I checked…

As always, they’ll have great drink specials and since it’s continued to grow in popularity, this is also an awesome way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment.

Austin-Skeeball-League-Girls

They give away some pretty great prizes each night including bottles of booze, concert tickets, oil changes, gift cards, t-shirts and more! And when the season comes to a close, you’ll also be invited to a stellar ‘End of Skeeson’ party.

Here’s an easy signup form, all you need is a team name and email addresses for you and your teammates and they’ll contact you with all the details!

 TEAM SIGN UP

Or email them directly at: AustinSkeeballLeague@gmail.com

See you on the slopes!

Where:
The Rattle Inn
610 Nueces Street
Austin, Texas 78701

When:  Skeeson 15 starts September 24  (Wednesday Leagues) and September 21 (Sunday Leagues)

For more info: Austin Skeeball League