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This splash mob is definitely the coolest thing happening today! It’s like a flash mob, only wetter. This is the best way to beat the heat all while having fun right in downtown Austin.

The idea is to take 6th Street by storm and have a huge water fight! Grab your squirt guns, super soaker, water balloons, a swim suit, water balloon launcher and anything else that will make this the most epic water fight/flash mob you have ever seen!

The splash mob will last about 30 minutes, so get in, get wet, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Ready, Set, Soak!

If you’re looking for other fun today, don’t miss our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, August 2nd

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location:
6th & Trinity
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/1600882403505535/

Photo Credit: Splash Mob Facebook Page

The third and final Austin Summer Fun Checklist for Kids is here! Can you believe it’s already August? School is starting in just a few weeks. Have your kids had as much summer fun as possible? Whether you’ve been a checklist superstar, completing as many items as humanly possible, or just eyeing it with hopes of marking off lots of items in
the future, you’ll see that there are many more options to keep your family entertained in the month of August.

Some fun indoor activities, cause we know it’s HOT:

– Go bowling
– Tour the UT Tower
– Visit Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City
– Visit the Austin Aquarium
– Ride the Austin Steam Train Association’s Bertram Flyer
– Listen to Mr. Will perform at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
– Create Ice Paintings at Second Saturdays for Families

If you can brave the heat for some outdoor time, we’ve got that covered, too:

– Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool
– Watch Hairspray at Zilker Park
– Ride the Cedar Rock Railroad
– Take a photo in front of the “I Love You So Much” mural
– Sample veggies at HOPE Farmers Market

There are over 40 activities to keep your family busy this month!

When kids complete at least four items on their August Summer Fun Checklist, they can bring the checklist into the sponsor locations for special discounts and free prizes.

Bullock Texas State History Museum: $2 Off Exhibit Admission

Austin Aquarium: Free Animal Food Token

 

Kaleidoscope Toys: Grab Bag

Birds Barbershop: $10 Off Haircuts at their newest location on Hwy. 183

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books: Grab Bag

Painting with a Twist (Cedar Park and Lakeway): $5 off a painting session for kids

Rocket Fizz: Free Candy and a Sticker

HOPE Farmers Market: Free Poster

Austin Steam Train Association: 25% off rides on the Bertram Flyer

Austin-area McDonald’s locations: Free Ice Cream Cones

Download and print your August Summer Fun Checklist here. Note: To download, click on the Download button at the bottom of this image and then print.

We’ll be giving away prizes weekly through the last week of August so be sure to upload photos of your family doing items off the August Summer Fun Checklist for a chance to win. Prizes in August include a gift card to Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, A family four pack of passes to the Austin Zoo, and a FREE hair cut at Birds Barbershop.

Looking for more details about these fun items on the checklist? Download the Austin Summer Fun Guide for detailed descriptions. It’s FREE!

Because we know August is a tough month to get through, we’re giving away a two-night stay at Tapatio Springs Spa and Resort. Be sure to enter the giveaway by August 11, 2015 for a chance to win. Click here to enter the giveaway.

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

Tonight is the LAST Splash Movie night of the season at Deep Eddy! The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool.

A movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

Movie Showings:
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Toy Story

Time: dusk (around 8 pm)

Admission fees cover both the movie and pool entry for the day:

FREE Infant (under 12 months)
$1.00 Child 1 to 11 years
$2.00 Junior 12 to 17 years
$3.00 Adult 18 to 61 years
$1.00 Senior 62 years +

If you are looking for more fun this weekend, check out the Weekend Top Picks!

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.deepeddy.org

Now in its 57th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you HAIRSPRAY the musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer. There are only three more weekends to catch this year’s play in the park!

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The outdoor venue at Zilker is perfect for an evening under the stars, and once the sun goes down, the weather is much more bearable.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, a loaded picnic basket, a cooler (no glass), bug spray, and anything else you need for a wonderful evening under the Austin sky. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

If you’re worried about rain, call the hotline at (512) 479-9491 and get the updates on the status of the show.

If you’re looking for other fun around town here are our Weekend Top Picks.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday – August 15th

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.zilker.org

Photo: Flickr user Sanjoy Ghosh, creative commons licensed.

Friday, July 31st

Saturday, August 1st

Sunday, August 2nd 

Chef David Garrido, has taken over the Chavez space and is opening his new concept, currently called dine.

The space features floor to ceiling windows that overlook the hotel’s pool and most importantly Lady Bird Lake.

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The menu was superb. My recommendations would be the ceviche, the Crispy Oysters with yucca, pineapple and habanero aioli, the Beef Tenderloin Tartar with mustard caviar & flax seed wonton and the meatballs.

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On Monday’s they do $1.00 oysters. And they’re happy hour is definitely worth checking out as they offer half off all liquor, beer and the bar menu from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Location:
The Radisson
111 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701

http://dineradissonaustin.com/menuhours

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies paired with live music before the feature presentation at sunset.

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You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

2015 Sound & Cinema Schedule:

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm

Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm

The Movie Begins: 8 pm

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sound-cinema/

Photo Credit: The Long Center

Name: Iona
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: German Shepard
Age: 8 year old
Animal ID: A676266
Location: In Foster

477 days! Sandy was in very poor shape when she was 1st brought to Austin Animal Center, as a stray back in April of 2014. Now with TLC and a loving foster home, she is the best shape ever. We do know that she is blind in one eye and pretty hard of hearing over all! Yet, she is very gentle and easy going, knows sit and enjoys just hanging around with her foster.

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you please check out our other pets looking for forever homes.

 

 

Rhythm on Stage in partnership with Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness is back for its 4th year. The class gives you the unique opportunity to take the stage at the Long Center for a class.

Today’s theme is West African Dance and Drums.

Admission: free

When: today, July 28th

Time: 7 pm

Location:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/rhythm-on-stage/

A little bit a Marfa is coming to Austin today at Hotel San Jose’s El Cosmico Pop-Up shop and Marfa party!

They’ll be showcasing their new cocktail, the Stargazer with Prickly Pear, Lime, and Sparkling Wine over ice.

Doesn’t that sound like summer? Come by for a Stargazer cocktail and shop a cosmic selection of items from our far west Marfa outpost.

Items include their new signature scent, El Cosmico By D.S. & Durga, ECPC body care, small wares, home goods, clothing for kids and adults.

Admission: free

When: today, July 27th

Time: 3 pm – 10 pm

Location:
Hotel San Jose
1315 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1679463118942708/