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


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.



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


image006Beer Burros-

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


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.


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.


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)



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!

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.


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

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

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, 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



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
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


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



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



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


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, November 2nd. 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 
Cost: FREE
Tour Date: Sunday, November 2nd
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 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.

2140 Allandale Rd
Austin, TX 78756 

Phone: (512) 452-5737


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!

1420 East Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, Texas 78664

Phone: (512) 255-5436


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!

204 East Little Elm Trail
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Phone: (512) 250-9622


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 (
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.


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!

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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 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.


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.


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.

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