Quilting is an art form that has seen exciting changes in the last decade, with constantly evolving techniques and contemporary designs. Don’t miss your chance to see award-winning quilts that showcase the outstanding creativity and innovation happening today at the 2016 Capital of Texas Quiltfest. It’s Austin’s largest quilt show and it only comes around once every other year!
Visitors can check out hundreds of fantastic quilts and fiber art works and shop at more than 65 vendor booths. There will be free demos, door prizes, a silent auction, a grand prize raffle quilt, and educational exhibits for all to enjoy.
When: September 16-18
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Springs
Austin, TX 78704
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.
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! 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.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
If you just glanced at the calendar and realized it might be time to re-up on that New Year’s resolution you’ve been ignoring, In Sweat We Trust could be exactly what you need. This 16-week series, brought to you by Austin Fit magazine and benefiting The Flatwater Foundation, showcases the city’s top fitness and wellness offerings through a healthy competition. It’s the perfect way to try a variety of activities and keep your body moving this summer.
Every other week from June 1-September 17, a different Austin fitness partner will host a workout featuring their individual expertise. Competitors will attend each class and their performance will be ranked and averaged into an overall score for the series. The top three males and top three females with the highest cumulative score will take home cash and prizes!
Tickets are just $20 per workout or $130 for the entire series. Each workout will only happen once and there are no make-ups! Commitment is the key.
The series will wrap up with a final party that’s open to the entire community at Austin Bouldering Project on September 25!
If your second or third date with a special someone is on the horizon and you want to break out of the dinner/drinks/repeat routine, why not make it day date? It’s an ideal way to enjoy the city this summer and get to know your sweetheart out in the open. And the most efficient (and adorable!) way to get around town is by driving one of car2go’s two-seater Smart Cars from place to place.
At a time when the city’s transportation options are in flux, you can hop in and drive without stressing over romance-killers like planning ahead, monthly fees, parking tickets, and surge pricing. And now through June 19, members who use the promo code C2G15 will get registration (regularly $35) and 15 minutes of drive time for free. This is the first time in almost two years that the company has had an offer like this. If you’ve been considering joining, there’s no time like the present.
Having a hard time imagining just how great a match car2go could be for you? Here’s a guide to a picture-perfect day date, in three acts:
Act I: Meet Cute
Arrange to meet your lover on the sidewalk in front of Jo’s Coffee on Second Street. You’re practically in a committed relationship already, so don’t be shy about eating an enormous breakfast—three Crazy Carl breakfast tacos?—and loading up on coffee while you stare into eachother’s eyes. When you’re done, walk outside and whaddayaknow: It’s a chariot in car2go form parked at a meter right outside the door. This was meant to be.
Act II: Take the Plunge
As the day unfolds, you’ll see why car2go, which started right here in Austin, has become the No. 1 carsharing company in the world. Head south to Zilker Park and grab a parking spot. From there you can either end your trip or take the key with you. After walking through the park and snagging a nice patch of sunshine on the hill for your towels, jump into Barton Springs Pool and let the refreshment begin.
Act III: Drive Off Into the Sunset
After all that cooling off, you two will have worked up quite an appetite. Luckily South Austin is full of amazing options for a late lunch, like Sway on South First Street. Park your car2go on a quiet neighborhood street and then grab an intimate table in a darkened corner of this stunning Thai restaurant. Share your dreams over raw oysters, noodles, and salt and pepper blue prawns. Walk out into the warm summer air and realize the day is almost over. Hours have passed without you even realizing it. You look at one another and smile. So … where to next?
To take advantage of this super-special car2go membership deal, click here.
Twenty pitchers, 10 friends, five bars, and one perfect day in support of a great cause. Sounds amazing, right? The 9th Annual Austin Crawl for Cancer will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 1-5 p.m., with after parties at The Dogwood and The Ranch from 5-7 p.m.
Don’t miss out on this famously fun Austin event! You must register in advance of the crawl if you want to attend and registration ends June 6 at midnight. So get your best buds organized and sign up today!
The 20th season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) soon!
Both Tuesday and Thursday night leagues start soon, 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…
This season they’re at Gourmand’s Pub on the East Side. Personally, I think this is a great move, I love that place. One time, many moons ago I went there for lunch and ended up staying all afternoon playing games and enjoying too many cocktails for a work day. Everything from the atmosphere to the food is a home run. Easily, some of the best sandwiches in town.
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.
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!
Teams that register by Friday, May 27th will get one roller FREE for the entire skeeson!
If you’re looking for a fun fitness activity to do with friends and family, nothing beats the Color In Motion 5K. This is unlike any race you have run before: As you sprint, jog, waddle, or stroll along the course, you’ll be splashed with bright colors that transform a group of ordinary runners into a moving rainbow! All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you can’t beat your loved ones in the speed department, see who can come out of the race looking the most vibrant, covered head to toe in color.
How many times have you paid to run a boring 5K with nothing more than a lame T-shirt and warm Gatorade? Why not color outside the lines while being active, social, and a little wacky? CIM5K gives you all these benefits plus unforgettable memories. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Come on out and make a splash!
One of the newer neighborhoods in Austin, Barton Creek is nonetheless one of the most picturesque in Central Texas. Located just eight miles southwest of Downtown Austin, the neighborhood has been a popular destination for golfers, tennis players, and those who otherwise enjoy a slice of the good life since 1974. Here’s a perfect day in Barton Creek.
Stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, and wake up early for a stack of butter pecan pancakes and a glass of grapefruit juice. The carbs will give you the energy you need to play 18 holes at one of four golf courses onsite, including two designed by Tom Fazio, one from Arnold Palmer, and one from local legend Ben Crenshaw.
Don’t care much for hitting the links? There’s a ton of other things to do on the expansive Hill Country property. You can go for a run on the indoor track, chill in the hot tub, swim laps in one of the pools, take a private tennis lesson, or get a facial in the spa.
After your strenuous but enjoyable morning, relax poolside at the resort’s pool cabana. Grab a snack to recharge and sip a margarita on the rocks from a lounge chair as you take in the wonderful Hill Country scenery.
After you’ve recharged, head east to The Grove on Bee Cave road, West Austin’s premier wine bar. Try one of ten wine flights, for example, a sampling of three whites from Spain or a trio of California pinot noirs. Grab a good table for dinner.
Start with the crab cakes and Reed’s Salad, which comes with caramelized pecans and feta. Try the porcini-crusted tenderloin filet, an 8-oz. cut that comes with tri-color fingerling potatoes. The pizzas are great, too—go for the Popeye and Olive Oil, with fresh spinach, roasted peppers, garlic-roasted bacon crumbles, EVOO, and goat cheese and mozzarella.
Head over to The Pavillion for a complimentary (if you’re a guest at Barton Creek Resort & Spa) outdoor concert under the stars beginning at 9 p.m. Grab a cocktail made with delicious Basil Hayden’s bourbon and sway in the breeze to the country stylings of artists like Lee Ann Womack and Mark Chestnutt, both playing the Pavillion this summer.
Here is one of our favorite listings in the neighborhood.
With the help of Fittipaldi Exotic Driving in Austin, my daughter just gave me an absolutely unforgettable early Father’s Day gift! Driving a Ferrari on a racetrack has been a dream of mine for years, and it actually happened this morning. I still can’t believe it.
From the minute you arrive at the track, which is just off of 183 and north of the airport, you are greeted by the friendly and professional Fittipaldi team. Their goal is to help you have the time of your life safely, and they really deliver. You spend about 30 minutes in the classroom learning about the track and the cars and what to expect. Then you do a couple of laps in their pickup truck to get familiar with the layout. That alone was a thrill, but I had no idea just how thrilling it was about to get. After a few pictures, you strap in (don’t worry, a professional driver is in the passenger seat) fire up the Ferrari, and you’re off.
I cannot find the words to properly convey the feeling of opening up one of these machines on the track! As I flew down the first straightaway, the force of it all pushed me back in the seat and the V8 roared to life just behind me. Maybe I do have a word: magnificent! The pro driver talked me through the course and coached me how to go faster, faster, and faster. There are no other cars on the track; it’s just you racing against your best lap time over six full laps. You are in full control and it is an incredible feeling. The only disappointment of the entire experience was the moment I was told it was time to turn off the track and return to the pits. By that point I had an ear-to-ear grin plastered across my face. It’s pretty much still there.
If you want to give your dad a once-in-a-lifetime gift, do what my daughter did and sign him up to drive one of the world’s most amazing cars. The experience will make him feel special and the memory will last forever—they give you a video of the whole thing to make sure of it.
We’ve combed through this year’s Austin Passbook to find some of the best date night and day-date ideas. If you’re not familiar with the Austin Passbook, it’s a little passport-sized book curated each summer with some of Austin’s best food trucks and activities all offering a 2-for-1 (check it out here). Most of the date ideas we came up with have a food and activity to enjoy. So grab a significant other, a friend, your husband or wife, or your dog (we are in Austin) and go have some fun!
Start off with lunch and a Juice on South Congress at Burro Cheese Kitchen and their accompanying food truck Juice Austin. Next head towards the Capital Cruises located at the Hyatt Dock where you can rent a Swan Boat to take out onto Town Lak
Start the day off a 2 hour bike tour of Austin courtesy of Austin Bike Tours and Rentals then walk and shop Austin’s famous S. Congress Ave. quenching your thirst with some delicious beverages at Austin City Lemons.
Head over to Bistro Vanish for a delicious vegan dinner (yes, even your meat eating date is going to like it). Next it’s off to the Blue Starlite Drive-In to catch a flick. Did we mention you should fill your car with snacks?
Start the night off with the Pubcrawler Social Suds Tour (a BYOB moving bar powered by pedals), then head over for a bite and dessert at Big Fat Greek Gyros & Little Lucy’s on Rainey St and enjoy the local nightlife.
We recommend a double date for the amount of food you get. Both Regal Ravioli and 40 North share dining tables, so you can order from both. Start your evening out on S. 1st St. with a couple pizzas from 40 North & ravioli from Regal Ravioli. This location is BYOB, so you can bring wine for your Italian fare, but if you forgot to bring some, you can alway grab a bottle from the 1st Food Mart next door. After, continue along S. 1st St. to Bananarchy for their unreal chocolate covered banana delights. Next it’s off to Holy Cacao for an after dinner espresso.
This date night is great for the kids too! The Midway Food Park in South West Austin has a playground and open space for the kids to play while you enjoy some great food and live music. Start off with your main fare including both Dock & Roll Diner’s lobster rolls and Gebby’s BBQ barbecue. Then you’re in for a treat your kids will love as well because The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience serves up delectable mini cheesecake bites and The Science Cream makes your ice cream in front of you using liquid nitrogen. Did we mention this food truck park is BYOB?
The Austin Passbook is having a pre-sale for $10 off their normal price for the next few days, so if you’re going to buy one, this is the time!