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Many thanks to Hill Country Galleria for partnering with us to bring you this comprehensive roundup of 4th of July events and celebrations. The Hill Country Fest offers FREE activities on July 4th at Hill Country Galleria. Visitors can expect over 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course, fireworks!

The kids can enjoy the Red, White & Blue Petting Zoo, and can wear swimsuits for the Amazon Zipline, Slip n’ Slide, Water Tag, Screamin’ Demon, Super Slide and Bungee Trampoline. Play to earn prizes at the Hill Country Fair games, including the Bazooka Shooting Gallery, Archery Tag Hoverball, Anti-Gravity Game, Dip Bowling, Ring the Bottle and Spill the Milk.

Live music includes Vallejo (4:15-5:30pm), Dawn & Hawkes (5:45-6:45pm), T Bird & the Breaks (7-8:15pm) and Uncle Lucius (8:30-9:45pm). Enjoy all of your favorite Hill Country Galleria restaurants and eateries, as well as vendors including Schmidt Family Barbecue, Snow Balls from The Candy Jar, beer and wine from Chisos Grill, iced coffee from Bee Cave Coffee Co. and more. Dog friendly. For more information: www.HillCountryFest.com

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Where: Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave (12700 Hill Country Blvd.)
When: 4-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:45pm

Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July in Austin with some red, white and blue! Here are a host of ways to celebrate our nation’s independence:

Celebrations prior to July 4, 2015:

Luling Watermelon Thump
Where: Luling (45 miles southeast of Austin)
When: Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28.
Activities: Seed spitting contests, watermelon eating contests, live music and more!
Cost: FREE admission on Saturday, June 27th before 2pm. Admission is also FREE on Thursday, June 25th, starting at 5:30pm and on Sunday, June 28th. Admission varies from $5 – $20 at other times.
More Info: http://www.watermelonthump.com/

Elgin Western Days Festival
Where: Memorial Park on Main Street, Historic Downtown Elgin
When: 10am to 6pm on June 27th
Activities: A parade, a festival with live music (free admission), carnival, horseshoe and washer tournaments, vendors and more (admission is free for spectators).
Cost: FREE festival admission.
More Info: http://elgintxchamber.com/5504207_46362.htm

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival
Where: Lake Pflugerville (18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville)
When: 3pm – 11pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: dark (approximately 9:15pm)
Activities: The event features two stages with live music, a children’s area on both the north and south shores of the lake, dozens of food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, businesses on display — all before the pfantastic fireworks show! Stake out a spot on the north beach after 12 p.m., take a walk around the lake, or rent a kayak on site from Pflug Pfun. Check here for a list of what to bring. Special Movie at the Beach: A throwback to 1965, “Beach Blanket Bingo,” will be shown after the fireworks show, on the North shore. Sing along with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello!
Cost: FREE. Free shuttle buses will run from Noon to 11:30 p.m., to and from Hendrickson High School only this year. There is no onsite public parking at the lake, except for those vehicles bearing handicapped plates or hanging tags. (Designated lots available for vendors, musicians, staff and event volunteers.)
More Info: http://tx-pflugerville3.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=1141

Bastrop Patriotic Festival
Where: Fisherman’s Park (1200 Willow St, Bastrop)
When: 4-10pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: at dusk
Activities: This family friendly event to celebrate our Nation’s Independence includes vendors booths and children’s activities at Fisherman’s Park. Austin’s Symphonic Band will be in attendance and the program will conclude with fireworks at dusk.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://business.bastropchamber.com/events/details/bastrop-patriotic-festival-6427

The Quarries Fireworks
Where: The Quarries (1400 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin)
When: 7pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: At sundown
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://hpbc.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=313933&fbx=eventF1943CFC-BB88-4347-800F-E39894FAC9E8&eventdate=07/03/2015

Celebrations on July 4, 2015:

39th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Where: Vic Mathias Shores (formerly known as Auditorium Shores: 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704)
When: concert starts at 8:30pm
Fireworks: approximately 9:30pm on July 4th
Activities: Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue, heading down to Vic Mathias Shores for an amazing event, complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.
Cost: FREE admission. For the best experience, park north of Lady Bird Lake in the downtown area to avoid congestion in and around Lamar, Barton Springs Road and Riverside. In addition, the Bouldin Creek meighborhood will have parking restrictions in place.
More Info: Click here for details regarding what is allowed in and what is restricted.

Bastrop Pet and Pal Parade
Where: Starting at the Bastrop County Courthouse (804 Pecan St.)
When: 10am on July 4th
Activities: The Annual Pet and Pal parade will bark, quack and roll down Main Street in Bastrop. Registration will begin at 8 AM and end at 8:45 AM with judging to start at 9 AM. The parade will begin at the Bastrop County Courthouse, proceed down Pine Street to Main, Main to Spring, then end in front of the Bastrop Opera House where awards will be given.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://business.bastropchamber.com/events/details/pet-and-pal-parade-6426

Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash
Where: Nutty Brown Cafe, 12226 Hwy. 290 West
When: 6pm doors, 7:30pm show
Activities: Bob Schneider is back for his annual 4th of July Bash at the Nutty Brown Cafe. Wear your red, white and blue to this celebration of the U S of A with a spectacular fireworks show! Opening acts are Wink Burcham and also The Digital Wild.
Cost: Tickets start at $17 general admission (all ages)
More Info: http://nuttybrown.com/bob-schneiders-4th-of-july-bash

Cedar Park 4th of JulyParade & Celebration
Where: Parade begins at Cedar Park Center traveling down Discovery Blvd. to the Cedar Park Recreation Center; Celebration is at Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd.)
When: 10am (Parade begins) & 4pm – 10:30pm (Celebration) on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: Come celebrate and enjoy live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions and activities. Live music begins at 5:30pm with Common Thread, Ullrich Ellison and Connection. The Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem will take place at 8pm and then Crossline will perform. The professional fireworks display will begin
promptly at 9:15, after which there will be an “After Glow” dance party with music from Crossline.
Cost: FREE admission; park at the Cedar Park Center or the Cedar Park Recreation Center for the parade and CPHS, CPMS and ACC for the Celebration
More Info: http://cedarparktx.us/index.aspx?page=446

Georgetown’s Sertoma 4th of July Celebration
Where: San Gabriel Park (455 E Morrow St, Georgetown)
When: 11am-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: approximately 9:30pm
Activities: The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, 20 Food vendors. Kiddie rides, Bounce Houses and games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Musical entertainment, featuring some of the best local and central Texas talent, will begin at the Gazebo at 12 noon and will continue all day. A “Hometown Parade”, sponsored by the Leadership Georgetown Alumni begins at 11:00 a.m. at the low water crossing, ending at the Gazebo.
Cost: FREE, but donations accepted at the Park as you exit
More Info: http://www.georgetownsertoma.org/4thofjuly.htm

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Where: Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave (12700 Hill Country Blvd.)
When: 4-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:45pm
Activities: Visitors can expect over 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course, fireworks! The kids can enjoy the Red, White & Blue Petting Zoo, and can wear swimsuits for the Amazon Zipline, Slip n’ Slide, Water Tag, Screamin’ Demon, Super Slide and Bungee Trampoline. Play to earn prizes at the Hill Country Fair games, including the Bazooka Shooting Gallery, Archery Tag Hoverball, Anti-Gravity Game, Dip Bowling, Ring the Bottle and Spill the Milk. Live music includes Vallejo (4:15-5:30pm), Dawn & Hawkes (5:45-6:45pm), T Bird & the Breaks (7-8:15pm) and Uncle Lucius (8:30-9:45pm). Enjoy all of your favorite
Hill Country Galleria restaurants and eateries, as well as vendors including Schmidt Family Barbecue, Snow Balls from The Candy Jar, beer and wine from Chisos Grill, iced coffee from Bee Cave Coffee Co. and more. Dog friendly.
Cost: FREE admission and parking.
More info: www.HillCountryFest.com

Independence Day Express
Where: Austin Steam Train Association 9401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite C-100; Cedar Park)
When: 10am departure time
Activities: All aboard this special Bertram Flyer to celebrate the red, white and blue! The 44 mile round trip journey spans the South San Gabriel River and stops for a 15 minute layover at the historic Bertram Depot. This ride is 2.5 hours round trip with a 15 minute layover.
Cost: $27+
More info: http://www.austinsteamtrain.org/event/0bb06f6032fb35f16b166234bab9d113

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebratiom & Fireworks Show
Where: Plum Creek Golf Course
When: 6-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: around 9:30pm
Activities: Plum Creek Golf Course will host a July 4th golf tournament beginning after lunch. Starting at 6pm, the pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks. No outside food or drink permitted on the golf course property. Hays CISD Performing Arts Center will entertain with music until the fireworks start. The free public program starts off at 7pm. The free public program starts off with The Blue Water Highway Band performing from 7p – 8:15p followed by The Starlight Symphony Orchestra and Community Choir from 8:30p – 9:30p. No alcohol permitted on school grounds. For additional details, please visit their website.
Cost: FREE. Parking on paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations.
More Info: http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/independence-day-celebration-fireworks-show-0

Lago Vista 4th of JulyCelebration
Where: Bar-K Recreational Park, Lago Vista
When: activities begin at 9:30am on July 4th
Fireworks: roughly 9:30pm
Activities: A parade, 5k and fun run, talent contest, family fun games, tennis, Little Mr/Ms Lago Vista Contest, live music and the fireworks show at “dark 30” (roughly 9:30pm).
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://lagovistajuly4.org/

Lakeway July 4th Celebration
Where: Parade starts on Lakeway Drive at the Live Oak Golf Course and concludes at the Activity Center. Activities will take place at the Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakewood Blvd.
When: Parade starts at 8:30am, pageantry of the flags at 10:30am and fun begins at the Swim Center at noon. Pool admission is $3 until 6pm.
Fireworks: There will be no fireworks this year due to ongoing drought conditions.
Activities: After the parade and the pageantry of flags, there will be a keynote address, patriotic music and parade awards.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://tx-lakeway2.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=315

Leander’s Liberty Fest
Where: There are two entrances to the festival. Entrance A is located on US 183A South (between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way) and Entrance B is located on Hero Way (between Mel Mathis and US 183A).
When: Gates open at 5pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:10pm
Activities: There will be live music, featuring Granger Smith and Gary P. Nunn; vendors; children’s activities and fireworks. Leashed pets are allowed, as are canopies and large umbrellas for shade. No outside fireworks, including sparklers. No glass containers or grills. A $10 cooler fee benefits the Veterans Park Project.
Cost: FREE. Parking is available at the Festival Site. Car pooling is encouraged to Liberty Fest 2014. ADA Parking is available on the event site, must have handicapped tag. HEB Plus in Leander is open for Fireworks Viewing only. There is no parking on US183.
More Info: http://www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/liberty-fest

New Braunfels Parade & 4th of JulyFireworks
Where: Main Plaza, Downtown New Braunfels (Parade) & Landa Park (Golf Course Dr., New Braunfels)
When: Concert starts at 6:30pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: The parade begins in the Saint Peter & Paul Church parking lot and ends at the plaza with a program, including the presentation of the Colors, a welcome, an invocation, special music, remarks by New Braunfels city officials, a benediction, retiring of the Colors and playing of the bells. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert at the Landa Park Dance Slab. This year, Uprizing will perform live music at the Fischer Park Amphitheter, starting at6:30pm.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.sophienburg.com/events/july-4th-parade & http://www.nbtexas.org/index.aspx?NID=1439

Red, White & Buda
Where: Parade is downtown, evening activities at Buda City Park (121 Main St, Buda)
When: 9am – 12pm & 7-10pm on July 4th
Parade: 9am
Fireworks: 9:30pm
Activities: Decorate your bike, wagon, scooter or stroller for the parade on Main Street. Awards will be given to the best decorated bikes and additional activities will take place after the parade at Buda City Park. Bring a picnic, a blanket or your lawn chair to Buda City Park for evening activities and fireworks.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://budachambertx.com/chamberevent/red-white-buda/

Round Rock Express vs. Nashville Sounds
Where: Dell Diamond (3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: 7:05pm
Fireworks: at the end of ballgame
Cost: Tickets from $7 and up.
More Info: www.rrexpress.com

Round Rock Frontier Days Festival & Fireworks
Where: Old Settlers Park (3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: Frontier Days Festival opens at noon (There is also a parade on Old Settlers Blvd at 10am)
Fireworks: At dark
Activities: A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. Independence Day festivities will begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park and include music from the Austin Symphonic Band. After the fireworks, the original Jurassic Park will screen for free in the park.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/july-fourth-frontier-days-celebration/

Wells Branch 4th Fest
Where: North Austin’s Katherine Fleicher Park (2106 Klattenhoff Dr.)
When: Activities from 10am – 5pm
Fireworks: Organizers are still in search of a new fireworks site so checkwellsbranchmud.com or check facebook.com/wellsbranchmud for updates.
Activities: A parade starts at the Park at 10am. When the parade returns, an afternoon of music by Off The Record, food from local restaurants, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. The Katherine Fleischer pool will be open and free to the public as well.
Cost: FREE
More Info: http://www.wellsbranchmud.com/special_events/4th-fest.html

Willie Nelson’s4th of July Picnic
Where: Austin360 Amphitheater (9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd)
When: Music starts at noon
Activities: To accommodate the 20 artists, this year’s picnic will feature two stages. The Grand Plaza will have picnic tables where fans can eat, drink, celebrate and watch their favorite artists, as well as a shopping area featuring a wide variety of Texas-based vendors. The picnic will also incorporate a very special fireworks display to commemorate the show and to celebrate the birth of America.
Cost: $35 and up
More Info: http://circuitoftheamericas.com/willie

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Austin Neighborhood Parades on July 4th, 2015:

We know that if you have little ones, sometimes getting out at night for the big fireworks show is not always doable. No worries. Here is a bonus roundup of local Austin parades where you can get out and soak up some patriotic style in the morning (before nap time):

  • Allandale Neighborhood’s 56th Annual 4th of July Parade – July 4, 9 a.m. The Allandale Neighborhood Association will host their annual Fourth of July Parade, followed by patriotic festivities and awards for participants. To walk or ride in the parade, meet at 8:30 a.m. on Bullard, just south of White Rock, facing Gullett Elementary. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will travel north along Bullard, ending at the Gullett Elementary sports fields.
  • Barton Hills Neighborhood 28th Annual Independence Day Parade – July 4, 9am. Mark your calendars now to meet at the Barton Hills Market at 8:30 AM on July 4 with your decorated bike, stroller, wagon, or pet. The Parade down Barton Hills Drive to the Barton Hills Elementary playground starts at 9:00am, where games, cookies, and cold watermelon await. (1220 Barton Hills Dr)
  • Mueller 4th of July Parade & Pool Party – July 4, 9:30am – noon. The parade lineup will be at Paggi Square starting at 9:30am. The parade will leave the Square promptly at 10:00am and head down Robert Browning then taking Mattie down to conclude at Ella Wooten Park. The MNA will provide refreshments at Ella Wooten where the Pie Contest will be judged at 11:00am and the pool party will be in progress!
  • NWACA 4th of July Parade – July 4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Parade starts at Waterline and Far West in Northwest Austin, then finishes with fun afterward at Doss Elementary.
  • Steiner Ranch July 4th Parade: July 4, from 9am- 11am. The Steiner Ranch family parade will kick off at 9am at the Towne Square Community Center. Children are invited to bring their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, and strollers to participate in the parade. Other activities will include games and activities, water slide and bounce house, kiddie splash area, chalk and bubbles, and local entertainment. Enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, a DJ, food, prizes and a visit from the Lake Travis Fire Department!
  • Rosedale July 4th Parade – July 4, 9:30 a.m. Join your neighbors at Ramsey Park to celebrate the 4th of July! Gather at the bleachers in the park at 9:30 a.m. to decorate bikes, hats, strollers, etc. and then at 10:00 a.m., promenade around the park. Return to the bleachers for watermelon and a water balloon toss followed by carnival games and baked goods.

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of my favorite things to do in Austin. Through June they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and ends June 30th, so get out there while there’s still time.

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It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Now that the lake levels are back up the views are even more spectacular!  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.

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Phone: 512-614-1996

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

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/

Here’s a full rundown of everything fun the Fit Foodie 5k is bringing to Austin this weekend. For a chance to win tickets for two, see the link at the bottom of this post!

Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend Event Series is the ultimate weekend celebration of food, fitness and fun. The weekend includes a Friday night VIP Party and Saturday morning 5K race concluding at the Finisher’s Village Celebration, featuring food and drink samples, chef demonstrations, and giveaways, along with fitness and nutrition consultations and other activities. Sunday includes the choice of a yoga session or a Sunday Sweat Session followed by a healthy brunch and a refresh and rehydrate station. For more information, visit www.fitfoodierun.com, or follow the Fit Foodie Race Series on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Day passes for the Fit Foodie Weekend are $55 each. If you’d like to join in on the fun all weekend, you can purchase a Fit Foodie 5K package for just $150. Register for a weekend of fun here!

Friday, June 12: VIP Cocktail Party

Kick off the 5K Race Weekend and indulge in delicious sips and bites while mixing and mingling with editors from Cooking Light and Health, and your fellow Fit Foodies at the VIP Cocktail Party.

When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 13: Fit Foodie 5K and Finisher’s Village

Will you run for food? Lace up your sneakers and hit the scenic 5K race before crossing the most delicious finish line ever! Enjoy food and beverage samples, as well as fitness and culinary demonstrations straight from the pages of Cooking Light and Health.

When: 7:00 – 11:00 am

Sunday, June 14: Sunday Sweat Session and Brunch: Yoga and Pure Barre Presented by Fabletics

Get your zen on with a Yoga and Pure Barre combination class. This Sunday Sweat session will get your heart pumping and burn calories before a delicious Cooking Light and Health inspired brunch.

When: 9:00 – 12:30 pm

Enter to win tickets: http://s.heyo.com/8fe1f8

Buy tickets: www.fitfoodierun.com

The Domain’s 8th annual food festival, Taste of North Austin, features local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for all ages.

Calling all foodies! Restaurants from The Domain and north Austin are teaming up again for Taste of North Austin on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Domain II. The 8th annual all-day family food festival will feature delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping. Guests opting for the limited-availability VIP experience will receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge.

Taste of North Austin

Aromas of the various cuisines will fill Domain II, enticing guests to sample fares from local restaurants while experiencing the recently completed space. Featuring three one-of-a-kind children’s play areas and a dynamic green space, the multimillion dollar enhancement is one that Austinites of all ages will enjoy.

Fun for the whole family includes:

  • Crafts
  • Balloon twisting
  • Performances by Dysfunkshun Junkshun!

Participating Restaurants Include:

  • Blackfinn Ameripub
  • Blue Baker
  • BRIO Tuscan Grille
  • Corner Bakery
  • Daily Grill
  • Dos Chivos Mexican Restaurant
  • iPic Theaters
  • Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine
  • The League Kitchen & Tavern
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
  • Noodles & Co.
  • North Italia
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes Arboretum
  • Punch Bowl Social
  • Schlotzsky’s
  • Sushi Zushi
  • Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery
  • Tony C’s Italian Kitchen
  • TopGolf
  • urban – an american grill!

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When: Saturday, June 13

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Domain, Phase II between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free.

Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event. VIP experience will be offered for an additional $15. Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Gift card donation.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/275813972589108/

Call 512.873.8099 for more information or visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain.

Vintage Market Days Austin Hill Country is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.

The Market is a three day event held just twice this year in the Austin Hill Country area. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues.

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Early Buying Event on Friday    10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday    9:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday   10:00am – 4:00pm

Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
General Admission (Sat/Sun) $5

Admission for children under 12 is free.
Cash only at the gate please.

Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

Event benefiting Austin Pets Alive charities!

More Info: http://austinhillcountry.vintagemarketdays.com/

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Worried about what to do all summer long with your kids? The I Heart Austin Summer Fun Checklist for Kids has you covered!

With the end of school fast approaching, the common question is, “What are you doing this summer?” Maybe you’ve mapped out every camp and activity like a boss. Or maybe you’ve put off your scheduling to the last minute and you are starting to panic about how you’ll keep your kids busy. Perhaps you’re looking forward to slowing down and maximizing every moment with your child at home. No matter where you are with your summer planning, one thing is for sure — Austin, TX is chock-full of opportunities for summertime FUN. We’ve got a great plan to help you enjoy some happy family time all throughout the summer.

The I Heart Austin – Summer Fun Checklist for Kids is a free printable that offers over 40 suggestions of activities for kids each month this summer. Many of the activities are free, all are fun and sure to keep your kids motivated to get out and explore some of the highlights that Austin offers families. And what’s even better? Your kids can earn FREE PRIZES when they check off at least four items from their list!

Download and print your Summer Fun Checklist for Kids today!

Don’t have a printer handy? Pick up a copy of the June, July and August editions of Austin Family Magazine for an already printed copy.

afmlogoFor a quick reference on the items listed on the Checklist each month, download a copy of the 2015 Austin Summer Fun Guide for for FREE!

As you’re out on your adventures, snap photos of you and your kids enjoying the checklist items and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #AustinSummerFun for a chance to win prizes each week! Prizes include:

  • Tickets to see Chuggington Live! at The Long Center
  • Pollyanna Theatre tickets to see In My Own Backyard and Sarah and the Dinosaur
  • $25 Kaleidoscope Toys gift card
  • Passes to the Austin Zoo
  • $25 Gift card to Cherrywood Coffeehouse
  • Tickets to see ArcAttack at The Long Center
  • Free haircuts from Birds Barbershop
  • Tickets to ride the Austin Steam Train (Bertram Flyer)
  • Passes to Bullock Texas State History Museum and the IMAX Theatre
  • ….And more!

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We hope to see you at our FREE monthly launch events to celebrate each new Checklist! Join us on June 6th from 10 a.m. to noon at Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock for the June Launch Party. There will be live music from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, crafts, prizes and snacks and swag for the kids. We’ll have plenty of copies of the Checklist on hand. Come on out, pick up your checklist and get started on your summer fun adventure!

Save the dates: July 1st (at the Austin Aquarium) and August 1st on the Austin Steam Train! Details coming soon.

Of course, you can keep up with the latest news and giveaway announcements on the Austin Summer Fun website and Facebook page.

Austin loves kids. Let’s hit the streets give it our love in return. Get out and make this your best summer ever!

Read the complete Checklist rules here and instructions here.

It’s no secret. In fact, we don’t even have to tell you how much Austin loves tacos. That’s like explaining why double rainbows are awesome. Some things just don’t need elaboration. We’ve created our own favorites lists before, but by the numbers, these are the most popular tacos in Austin.

Here they are, the most Favor-ed tacos in Austin… have you tried them all? #lifegoals


9 Most Favored Tacos in Austin

By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

 

  • 9. Art of Tacos Al Pastor

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    Someone had to represent for Rainey Street. If you want to avoid those crazy streets and enjoy your Al Pastor taco, Favor has got you covered at Art of Tacos.

  • 8. Veracruz Migas

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    With three locations, Veracruz has proven to be a formidable opponent to taco trucks throughout Austin. Their migas taco is simply magic.

  • 7. Taco Shack Shack Taco

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    With eggs, chorizo, potato, and cheese, the Shack Taco has the essentials covered. They slid in at the #7 spot with an overwhelming assortment of goodness that Favor users love.

  • 6. TacoDeli’s Jess Special

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    Let us not forget. The taco works for every single meal. The Jess Special is a breakfast staple that has staying power throughout the day. We might even be guilty of keeping an emergency taco in the fridge for late night munchies.

  • 5. Chipotle Carnitas

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    Say what you will about the chain, but these tacos are delicious. It’s hard to beat the limitless options and yes, we know… guac is extra.

  • 4. Torchy’s Trailer Park

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    The secret to this taco is getting it trashy. All the refined taco experts take off the lettuce and add queso.

  • 3. Fresa’s La Fresa

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    Fresa’s is the chicken of the gods. Achiote chicken, avocado, cheese, grilled onion, cilantro. Yes, please. Yes to all of it.

  • 2. TacoDeli’s Cowboy

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    Beef Tenderloin topped with queso fresco AND guacamole? We aren’t surprised this is the second most Favor-ed taco in ATX.

  • 1. Torchy’s Democrat

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    Yes there’s a hot debate – Torchy’s or TacoDeli. Our question is… why limit yourself? You definitely won’t want to when you taste Torchy’s Democrat. Feast your eyes on this beauty…the most Favor-ed taco in Austin.

Join more than 400 of Austin’s vibrant young professionals as they support families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. This is an event you won’t want to miss — a great time meeting new friends, enjoying fabulous food and refreshing drinks and dancing to great music. And all for a great cause!

DJ 5-oh will keep the house buzzing with amazing music while our stylish House friends enjoy delicious picnic-inspired bites from Di Lux Catering and Cru Wine Bar and desserts by Bribery Bakery. To beat the summer heat, stay hydrated with fabulous summer cocktails and your favorite brews! Sip your beverage of choice while you play fun games and check out one of Austin’s best silent auctions for young philanthropists!

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Purchase your ticket for $90 or 4 tickets for $320 here.
Friends of the House members, please email the Friends of the House Communications Chair for your $75 discount tickets.
Cocktail attire.

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A House Party sponsorship is a great way to get involved in Austin’s young professional community, while supporting families with critically ill or injured children.
View our Sponsor Packet for more information.
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When: June 6th
Time: 7-10:30pm
Where: PGI Studio
612 W 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
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The Orpheus Academy of Music is having an open house on June 6th from 2-5 pm, and it’s a great way to gauge your child’s interest in learning music. At the event, kids aged 4-14 will have a chance to try instruments (guitar, piano, violin, and percussion) and decide for themselves which ones they enjoy the most. There will also be performances from current students to fully convince you that your child needs this in his or her life!

Orpheus strives to be the best music school in town, by featuring high quality instruments, great facilities, and highly trained music teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. By being a part of the Orpheus Academy, students will receive an immersive education in music through private lessons as well as group classes. The environment at Orpheus is fun, full of low-pressure opportunities to perform, and offers a creative achievement system that constantly motivates students to reach their goals.

Orpheus Music School Summer Camp

After discovering you have a child prodigy on your hands, you may sign your child up for one of the many camps Orpheus still has available this summer, including the Intro to Percussion Camp, Broadway Musicals, and the World Music Camp. Classes are already reaching capacity, so take advantage of this opportunity to explore the different offerings and sign up while you can!

When: Saturday, June 6th

Time: 2-5pm

Price: FREE

Where:
Orpheus Academy of Music
3918-C Far West Blvd.
Austin, TX 78731

Website: http://www.orpheusacademy.com/

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T-minus 14 days until Morgan Wade, Silver Medalist, 2014 Austin X-Games BMX Big Air winner and Friends roll into town for this years games in Austin, and thanks to H-E-B and AXE you have a chance to check out the experience first hand!

Do you have the AXE confidence? You know that fresh feeling AXE gives you, making you feel like you can conquer the world, get that girl’s phone number, or in this case, eat sandwiches in the pouring rain?

Local sandwich shop owner and BMX champ, Aaron Ross doesn’t let anything get between him and a grilled cheese. Armed with AXE, he’s confident and ready for anything.

With the AXE confidence you can do anything, even attend X Games Austin. Here’s the rundown on how you can rub elbows with X Games medalist, Morgan Wade and other athletes. On the day of the event (May 30th & May 31st – Austin) purchase any AXE product at the H-E-B stores of the event (shown below) and show your receipt to have your picture taken with the athletes and be entered to win tickets to X Games. It’s that simple.

You could win: A 3-Day Experience Pass (worth $109) that includes one wristband good for all 3 days to gain access to the COTA grounds, festival and live music, including the new Infield Super Stage. First come, first served viewing of BMX Dirt, BMX and Skate Vert, Moto X Enduro X, Speed and Style and Quarterpipe, Off-Road Truck Racing, Major League Gaming and BMX, Skate and Big Air Doubles. There will be two winners per store event. There will also be chances to win merchandise like t-shirts and hats.

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May 30 (4:00 – 6:00) – 6900 Brodie Ln. Austin, TX 78745
May 31 (1:00 – 3:00) – 500 Canyon Ridge Dr. Austin, TX 78753

To learn more about the event, watch styling videos and redeem $2.00 off digital coupon, visit the H-E-B Dare To Do Website.

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