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Floating. Camping. Live Music.

One year in, and Float Fest is quickly becoming one of my favorite summer festivals. This year’s lineup promises to keep the momentum going with a diverse bill that includes hometown favorites Ghostland Observatory, and co-headliners Phantogram, and Local Natives.

If you are looking for other fun happening around Austin here are our Top Picks. It’s a great weekend with everything from a massive boutique sale at Palmer Event Center, to yoga on the dock at Alta’s Cafe.

When:
August 28-30th

Where:
Cool River Ranch
San Marcos, TX

http://floatfest.net

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First things first. What is a crowler you may ask? Can + Growler = Crowler, and it’s a 32 oz sealable can in which you can transport your favorite draft brews home with you.

Cuvee Coffee Bar is having an all day celebration of their 1 year anniversary! Here is a rundown of the day.

CROWLER NIGHT (6pm – 11pm)
Featuring Zilker Brewing Company with REAL LIVE CROWLERS making their return for this evening only! Get them while they are here!

Raffle prizes, outdoor games, and a photo booth competition are also making their appearances.

ONETACO TRUCK SPECIAL MENU (all day)
Onetaco UrbanTaqueria will be parked in the lot serving up stellar tacos all day. Different menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

HEY CUPCAKE TRUCK (6-11PM)
The favorite local dessert truck, Hey Cupcake!, will be serving their delicious creations.

ON SITE T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTING (7PM)
While supplies last, get a limited edition shirt printed in front of you from Ramona Press.

ESPRESSO YOURSELF COMPETITION (all day)
Express yourself with your own creative homage to Cuvee. The winner’s work will be printed on a limited run of coffee sleeves (must be present to enter)

MEET BOSSMAN MIKE (7PM – 9PM)
Mike McKim will be working behind the bar during the crowler night to talk coffee, beer, or better yet crowlers with customers and the community.

Location:
Cuvee Coffee Bar
2000 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

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Radio Coffee and Beer is easily one of my favorite coffee shops in town. They’ve managed to nail the atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating. Not only do they offer phenomenal breakfast tacos from food trailer favorite, Veracruz they also have a calendar full of events all month.

Tonight they’re showing cult classic, The Princess Bride on their outdoor patio.

When: today, August 26th

Time: 9 pm

Location:
Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://radiocoffeeandbeer.com

 

Coffee plus booze? Sounds like a win, win. Tonight at TOMS you can learn how to make coffee cocktails and be the first to enjoy a drink created exclusively for TOMS by Dripping Springs Vodka.

There are always cool events happening at the store, everything from movie nights, yoga to spin classes. This Sunday they are showing Clueless on their back patio.

If you’re interested in attending an event email them at atxrsvp@TOMS.com

When: today, August 25th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location:
TOMS South Congress
1401 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

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Photo Credit: http://texas.spoonuniversity.com/eat-out/toms-roasting-co/

This August the McGuire Moorman Hospitality (MMH) Group hosted the ultimate burger challenge and it was every burger lovers dream and may have turned into a nightmare for the MMH Group.

In short, the goal was to eat all MMH Group burgers (Lambert’s, Jeffrey’s, Clark’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Josephine House, and Perla’s) in 7 days to receive a $250 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. If you ate all six in the month you receive a $50 gift certificate. The person that eats the most burgers in the month gets a card entitling them to the Friends and Family Discount (25% off all full-priced food) at all six McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurants for one year and a juice cleanse of MMH’s choosing from Juice Land.

Without further ado here is my rundown of devouring 6 burgers in 7 days. They are documented in order they were enjoyed with them ranked at the end.

We had made reservations a few weeks ago but finally got things underway on August 18th. The day before the MMH instagram posted that they were no longer offering happy hour prices. Bummer, but that wasn’t going to stop us. That was only the first rule change.

August 18th, Dinner $16 – Lambert’s

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This was a solid start to the challenge. It left me feeling excited and wondering what the next burgers had in store. The burger was basic, yet at this point everything I would have hoped for. The real takeaway was the waffle fries. I could have had them with every burger, they’re a solid side that I would easily order sans burger in the future. One stamp down, five to go.

August 19th, Dinner $24 – Jeffrey’s 

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This is where we took the biggest hit of not getting the Happy Hour pricing. I had very high hopes for this burger but it left me underwhelmed. Still delicious, just left something to be desired. The meat on this burger was one of the best. I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese so that didn’t help.  The fries were no comparison to Lambert’s. Yes, they’re a completely different style and a personal preference but I was still longing for the waffle fries.

UPDATE #2: I walk out of Jeffrey’s to learn on instagram that this is the LAST day they are handing out punch cards. So if you have not started the challenge by now, you’re out of luck.

August 19th, Lunch $16 – Clark’s

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I am no stranger to the Clark’s burger so I knew exactly what I was getting into.  It was perfectly cooked, juicy and exactly what I was coveting. It barely stayed on my plate long enough to take a photo. Instantly in my head, this burger became the front runner for the favorite. These were also my favorite pickles. High five for these fries, delicious. The entire meal was what a ten.

UPDATE #3: At this point in the challenge I learn that places (Jeffrey’s and Josephine House) are running out of burgers and you need to make sure the restaurant knows you’re coming in. I see a photo on instagram of a line around the block at Jeffrey’s an hour before they open. Things are getting intense.

August 20th, Lunch – Elizabeth Street Cafe

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In all honestly this was the first time in the challenge that I wasn’t looking forward to the meal. It was nothing against Elizabeth Street Cafe, the burgers were catching up to me and I was feeling a little red-meated out. That was not an excuse. The Elizabeth Street Cafe burger is an off-menu item and easily the most unique burger of the bunch. After one bite, I was 100% back in and excited as ever. This juicy, unexpected Asian inspired burger was suddenly a contender for the lead. I did miss that it didn’t come with a side of fries, but not worth docking any points over. Even if you’re not doing the challenge I would recommend going and getting this burger.

August 24th, Lunch $18 – Josephine House 

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I was off red meat for a full 24 hours before doing Josephine House for brunch on Sunday as Saturday was a rest day. Typically, I’m not a fan of a fried egg but when in Rome. I devoured this burger, barely coming up for a breath. What have I been missing all my life, why did the fried egg seem abnormally appetizing? Whatever the case, I was in love. The fries were up to par as well. I couldn’t believe there was only one more burger to go, where did the time go?

August 24th, Lunch $18 – Perla’s 

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This was the first time in my life I’ve ever had a burger with double meat. Nothing about this burger blew me away. It felt like a good fast food burger. I wasn’t a fan of the iceberg lettuce, the bread was nothing special. It was basic and comparatively to the rest of the burgers bland. But who goes to Perla’s for the burger? I can’t fault them doing the burger challenge when they’re known for the seafood. It was a valiant effort.

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The Rankings: 

1. Josephine House or Clark’s (It was a tie/literally, neither had a distinctive characteristic that edged the other out)

2. Elizabeth Street Cafe

3. Lambert’s

4. Jeffrey’s

5. Perla’s

There you have it. Before tip, $110 was spent on burgers. I estimated ($18) ESC because my receipt only had the total and the price was not online. Despite the rule changes and feeling like red meat is running through my veins, I’d easily partake again. Hopefully this becomes a tradition.

Curious to other people’s opinion on the burger challenge? Check out the #mmhburgerchallenge hashtag on instagram or visit our instagram and read the comments.

Motown Mondays are the most fun you can have on a Monday night in Austin. The night starts with FREE swing dance lessons from Go Dance Studio followed by The Matchmaker Band and The Nightowls.

You may be familiar with my love affair with The Nightowls from their residency at Icenhauer’s Super Soul Sunday but many don’t know they also do Motown Monday with The Matchmaker Band.

The Matchmaker Band has the same vibe as The Nightowls; fun, funky and if you’re not there you’re missing out! As someone who has been to Motown Monday, I can tell you there’s no topping it. Once you start dancing you won’t stop until the night is over. You get lost in the tunes and before you know it the night is over.  There’s nothing else in town offered like this, so add it to your ‘to-do list’ today. For those wondering about drinks, The Highball also offers a mix of rotating cocktail specials.

 

This is one of your last chances to catch The Nightowls before they depart on their first national tour in early September! If you’re going to be traveling this fall, check out their schedule.

Admission: Free

When: Every Monday

8:00 pm – Free Swing Dance Lesson
9:00 pm – The Matchmaker Band
11:15 pm – The Nightowls

Location:
The Highball
1120 South  Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thehighball.com

 

In this hot weather what better to do than eat hot sauce? This has become the world’s largest hot sauce festival, what can we say, Austin knows its salsa!

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Come hungry! The hot sauce contest has three levels of competition, individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. They will also have plenty of food vendors including Amy’s Ice Cream, Curra’s Grill, Veracruz All Natural and more serving up their specialty dishes.

As all good festivals have in Austin they will have live music throughout the day.

Not only is this event one of kind it benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Last year they raised over 43,000 meals for families in the Austin area.

Admission: free with donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

For more things to do around Austin, here are our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, August 23rd

Time: 11 – 5 pm

Location:
Fiesta Gardens
2101
 Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce/

Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest.  Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!

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The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 3 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!

Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes.

For more things to do around Austin, here are our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: $15.00 (Cash Only) Children 8 and under free with adult

When: today, August 22nd

Time: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

Location:
Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge
Austin, Texas

http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/

If you have not been to Duchman Family Winery, you are missing out. It’s just a short drive out of Austin but feels like worlds away.

Tonight is the perfect excuse to go check it out as they’re having their Harvest Pig Roast. Admittedly, it seems a little early to be using the word “harvest” as I generally associate that with fall but it’s on the horizon so I can get behind it.

They’re going to be hosting a pig roast tonight with live music and of course wine! I can’t say enough good things about the winery and how relaxing it is out there!

Here are other fun things happening around town this weekend!

Cost: $35

When: today, August 21st

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Location:
Duchman Family Winery
13308 FM 150
Driftwood, Texas 78619

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/duchman-winery-harvest-pig-roast-tickets-17942130395