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No matter how you feel about this day in history, it will undoubtedly make you feel better to do something productive for the future of America. That’s why the intrepid folks over at Eater Austin have put together a list of restaurants that are donating today’s profits to the causes they believe in. Plus they are marking the occasion with lots and lots of drink specials!

From Bouldin Creek Cafe to Cheer Up Charlie’s and Yellow Jacket Social Club, you can pretty much plan your whole day and night around putting your money where your mouth is.

When: Today, January 20th

Click here to see the list.



The sixth annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will feature more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market, including Friday night’s Lone Star NightsRock Your Taco competition on Saturday night; Sunday Gospel Brunch with The Warrior Gospel Band; hands-on grilling demonstrations; engaging cooking demonstrations;interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; food, wine and cocktail tastings in the Grand Taste Pavilionlive musical performanceschef tastings; book signings; and more.

“Austin is undoubtedly one of America’s most dynamic and diverse culinary capitals,” says Nilou Motamed, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine. “That’s why we are enormously proud to partner with the Austin Food + Wine Festival to showcase a mix of the best and brightest chefs, restaurateurs, and wine and spirits experts, from the great state of Texas and beyond. Paired with incredible live music, this unforgettable event has become a highlight on Austin’s calendar—and one of my favorite weekends of the year.”

On Thursday, April 27, the pre-Festival Feast Under the Starsan intimate outdoor celebration, will be held on Festival grounds at Austin’s Auditorium Shores, offering a five-course, family-style menu with wine pairings fromJackson Family Wines.  Chefs David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, La Corsha Hospitality Group); Tyson Cole (Uchi);Omar Flores (Casa Rubia); Ford Fry (State of the Grace); and pastry chef Janina O’Leary will prepare a collaborative, al fresco meal.  Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250/per person (inclusive of wine pairings and parking) and must be purchased separately from any Festival tickets at

The 2017 Festival officially kicks off on Friday, April 28, with Lone Star Nights, held at Fair Market (1100 E 5th Street), with music by DJ DM.  With a lineup showcasing Texas’ brightest chefs serving their riffs on global night market cuisine, Lone Star Nights will feature dishes from: Matt Balke (Bolsa); Julian Barsotti (Nonna); Junior Borges & Coner Sergeant (CBD Provisions); Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun); Luis Colon (Folc); Andrew Curren (ELM Restaurant Group);Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); Ford FryDiego Galicia & Rico Torres (Restaurant Mixtli); Steve McHugh (Cured); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); Paul Qui (Kuneho); Ryan Shields (Bullfight); and Danny Trace (Brennan’s of Houston).

On Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the Festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will come alive with cooking demonstrations, book signings and interactive stations where chefs will cook over live Fire Pits and offer tastes to attendees throughout the day.  Offering three stations daily, the Fire Pits will provide an interactive experience cooking with live fire from chefs Sonya Coté (Eden East, Hillside Farmacy); Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck); Kent Rathbun (Shinsei); Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp); and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Contigo Catering, Chicon).

Chef/partner Tim Love will once again host the world’s largest hands-on grilling demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.  During Love’s interactive demos, he will teach attendees how to master the grill and share his personal tricks and tips for perfectly cooked meals. Attendees must have an All-In ticket to take part in the interactive demo, and are guaranteed one spot when they pre-register and select one day at time of purchase.

“With the greatest lineup we have ever had, Austin Food + Wine is proud to be ranked with top Food & Wine festivals in the U.S.,” says chef/partner, Tim Love.  “The uniqueness of the programming and the high level of talent makes this the best weekend of the year!”

The Chef Showcase will feature a dynamic roster of chefs serving samples to festivalgoers in the Grand Taste Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy signature dishes from participating chefs, including: Joe Anguiano (VOX Table); Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery); John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co.); Stephen Bonin (Geraldine’s); John Brand (Supper at Hotel Emma); Taylor Chambers (Justine’s Brasserie); Tyson Cole (Uchiko); Austin Ewald (Grizzelda’s); Kazu Fukumoto (Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya); Albert Gonzalez (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile); Daniela Herrera (Counter 3. FIVE. VII); James Holmes (Lucy’s Fried Chicken); Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table); Clinton Kendall (East Side King); Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew); Nathan Lemley (Parkside); Mia Li (Kuneho); Geronimo Lopez (Botika); Rick Lopez (La Condesa); Harold Marmulstein (Salty Sow); Brian Moses (Olive & June); Josh Neises (Lonesome Dove); David Norman (Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden); Michael Paley (Central Standard); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); James Robert (Fixe); Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel); Eric Silverstein(The Peached Tortilla); Marco Silverstrini (Dolce Neve); Anthony Sobotik (Lick Honest Ice Cream); Eddie Solis(Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ); Philip Speer (Bonhomie); George Thomas (Unit-D Pizzeria); Jim Tripi (Eberly); Carmen Valera (Tamale House East); Abby Yates (NO VA); Jacob Weaver (Juliet Ristorante); Martin Wilda (Sway); and Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616).

Rock Your Taco, Saturday evening’s signature tasting event at Fair Market, will bring out the competitive side of all participants. Chefs will square off against one another to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) and FOOD & WINE’s Editor, Nilou Motamed. Chefs include Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, The Florence, The National, Spiller Park); Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven); Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (The Purple Pig); Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen); Tyson Cole(Uchi/Uchiko); Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurants); Jodi Elliott (Bribery Bakery); Amanda Freitag (Chopped); Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, LudoBird)reigning Rock Your Taco champion Tim LoveAarón Sánchez(Johnny Sánchez Restaurants); Alon Shaya (Shaya, Domenica, Pizza Domenica); Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar); Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger); and Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s San Francisco).

A star-studded collection of sommeliers, wine, beer and spirits experts rounds out the Austin Food +

Wine Festival line-up, including Master Sommelier Devon Broglie; Master Sommelier Craig Collins; FOOD & WINE’s executive wine editor Ray Isle; and author Mark Oldman.

Did you know REI offers a variety of community classes and activities? It is a great opportunity for you to learn something new.

They also offer an array of classes that are paid.

Many of the classes require you to sign up in advance (and fill up fast)! So if getting outdoors more is on your agenda this year, browse their schedule sign up in advance for what interests you.

Here are a few of the free courses offered:

  • Gourmet Camp Cooking
  • Backpacking basics
  • Find Your Park: Big Bend National Park
  • Camping Basics…

Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love …” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone! While I’m jealous of all the people that have the privilege of not working today, it’s important to remember and respect the holiday and the long road it has taken our country to get here.

Everyone is invited to join the march that will start at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus and end at Huston-Tillotson University. Celebrations are then planned for the remainder of the day at the university. The celebration will include local vendors, music, and much more fun.

This is a great opportunity to get out and learn more about the history of this day and to enjoy what it’s all about.

This year they’re asking festival goers to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Remember, dream big.

When: Today, Monday January 15th

March Time: 9 a.m. (But you can join at any point along the route.)

Festival Time:  When the march arrives – 3 p.m.

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Float Fest is quickly becoming one of our favorite summer festivals.

float fest

This one of a kind festival combines a trifecta of summer activities- live music, floating the river and camping.

Float Fest has hosted many national and regional acts including Grouplove, Portugal The Man, Phantogram, Ghostland Observatory, Local Natives, Dr Dog, Bun B, Devin the Dude, Wild Cub, MuteMath, Robert Delong, and more. So we are anxiously awaiting this drop of this year’s  line-up.
float fest tent
Donʼt like to tube? No problem, come join them for the music! Float Fest offers delicious food, art, activities, a huge inflatable slip n slide, camping, bars, and more. Tubing is open from 10am-5pm each day and the concert gates open at 2pm. Patrons will arrive at the ranch, park, and hop on a shuttle that takes them up river to the drop in area. The float takes about 2-3 hours and once you end the float you have arrived back at Cool River Ranch where you can enjoy the music and festival.

Early bird tickets are on sale now! Get tickets before prices go up. 

When: July 22nd & July 23rd

Cool River Ranch
601 Dupuy Ranch Road
Martindale, TX  78655

This may come as a big surprise to you, but today there is a 100 percent chance of a wintry mix! That’s because the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is having its second annual Snow Day. The outdoor Science & Art Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow.

This is the perfect activity to get the whole family out of the house today. Go for a lovely drive and give the littlest Texans the kind of winter fun they rarely get to have.

Highlights include a live action ice sculpture, ice piano, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest, snowball radar throws, and more.

When: Today, January 14th

Time: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or online here. Members get in free.

Hill Country Science Mill
101 S Lady Bird Ln.
Johnson City, Texas 78636

*Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow.


The Blanton presents Warhol By the Book, the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol’s career-long work in books—an overlooked and important aspect of the artist’s life and career. The exhibition presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, Warhol By the Book at the Blanton will include more than 250 objects that span five decades, including original artist books, book jacket covers and ephemera, illustrations, screen prints, paintings, photographs, films, and several books authored and owned by Warhol. Featuring recent discoveries and many works on view to the public for the first time, the Blanton’s presentation of Warhol By the Book will feature holdings from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as additional late-career portraits from The Andy Warhol Museum collection.

When: now – January 29th

The Blanton Museum
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

Warhol: By the Book

Photo credit: The Blanton Museum Facebook page

New year, new you? How about volunteering with the Animal Center!

There are other great ways to get involved, here are a few examples:

  • Concierge/ Customer Service – engaging visitors with the animals, explaining the process for adopting or reclaiming a pet, answering questions, matching potential adopters with pets that may be a good fit for their household
  • Dog Wellness (large and small dog breeds) – training the dogs to have good manners, taking them on walks, and reinforcing house training skills
  • Cat Socialization – socializing and comforting the cats, observing for character traits
  • Cat Nebulization – treating kitties sick with upper respiratory infections
  • Anesthetic Recovery – monitoring animals pre- and post-surgery
  • Outreach Volunteer – participating with activities in the community about responsible pet ownership
  • Photography – updating our website photos with dog and cat glamour shots

Volunteers are needed daily between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

For more information on how to get involved click here.

If you are in the market for a new furry friend, check out these Pets of the Week still looking for a forever home!

Name: Mercedes
Animal ID: A719716
Age: 3 year old
Breed: Pittie Mix
Sex: Spayed Female
Location: Austin Animal Center Kennel 217


Beautiful Mercedes will be with AAC 365 days as of January 26!! We know she loves loose leash walking with her easy walk harness on, loves long walks and will be your running buddy if you want her to. Perfectly housetrained and knows sit, down and come. Come meet this girl before her 1 year anniversary with us, she can be your best exercise buddy for the new year!

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you try one of our previous featured pets!


With twenty live bands spanning a ten mile course and a headliner concert at the finish, the Austin 10/20 celebrates what Austin is all about – live music and an active lifestyle. The run/walk will take place on April 9, 2017 in North Austin at The Domain. Now in its 6th year, the Austin 10/20 is expected to have 5,000 runners and walkers participate from all over Texas as well as the country.

Athletes come from all over because there’s no other race in the country that offer’s more music per mile than the Austin 10/20. Hundreds of bands apply every year to be a part of the race but only twenty of the best are selected. These rock ‘n’ roll bands are stationed every half mile along the course and provide entertainment as well as motivation to the participants.


Many first time runners enjoy the race because they can use the bands as markers, motivators and milestones to get them to the finish. There is also plenty of course support including six water stations, two cold towel stations, 20+ port o potty locations and numerous cheerleader groups.

Still not convinced you can cover the ten mile distance? The Austin 10/20 offers a free “10 Weeks to 10 Miles” Training Plan for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners. The first day of the plan starts January 30 and will have you ready by race day: Sunday, April 9. With finishing times ranging from 47:55 (2016 Champion Kenneth Rotich) to just over 3 hours, all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Waiting for you at the finish line, is a post race party that includes free beer (thanks to sponsor’s Brown Distributing Co. and Michelob Ultra) as well as a Headliner Concert. Past headliner bands have included Everclear, Candlebox, Puddle of Mudd, Black Pistol Fire and Fastball. The 2017 Headliner band along with all of the course bands will be announced at the end of January.


No other race offers more for you than the Austin 10/20. Perks for participants include a dazzling medal given to all finishers, comfortable tech t, customizable race bibs, age group awards, prize money for elite and local athletes, personalized finisher’s certificates and goodie bags with real goodies.

The 2017 Featured Local Charity is the Central Texas Food Bank. To learn more about the Austin 10/20 or to register online, visit

The coupon code 365AUSTIN is good for $10 off registration and expires on 1/20/17.

When: April 9th

The Domain