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It’s national ice cream day and it’s hot as blazes outside! Come on out to this amazing celebration of the good stuff, with a bunch of fun local vendors and the perfect, sweetest way to cool off.  NadaMoo! is the tasty dairy-free ice cream alternative made with coconut milk

 

When: Today, July 15th

Time: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Location:
1701 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704-3325, United States

It’s France’s national holiday and we all need something very very French to do! Well, look no further: Le Politique Austin is throwing an all-day party with treats and activities for the whole famille.

There’s also a champagne waiter’s race, where you can go tête-à-tête with your competitors du jour in a tournament-style race for a chance to win a Champagne Taittinger magnum (that’s 10 glasses of wine, y’all.)

Les activités:
– Popsicles + champagne pour-overs out of the Champagne Supply Co. truck
– Half-off bubbles all day
– Crepe stations during brunch service
– Red, white and blue macarons out of the patisserie from 7am-4pm
– Champagne waiters’ race at 11am (details below)
– Free temporary tattoos
– Live music by Sharon Bourbonnais Music + dinner specials

Champagne Waiters’ Race
– Tournament-style race on 2nd Street in front of Le Politique
– First race begins at 11am
– Taittinger magnum grand prize
– Must be 21+ to enter race; no serving experience required
Sign-up here!

When: Today, July 14th

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location:
Le Politique Austin
110 San Antonio Street Suite 140
Austin, Texas 78701

Photo by Joe DeSousa via flickr. 

Tonight, come take a night dip at the iconic Austin Motel pool on South Congress! They are having Night Swim Tuesday nights in July and August. Grab a drink and do yourself right with this idyllic Austin summer activity. Passes are $20 and can be purchased at the front desk.

When: Tuesdays this July & August 

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Location:
Austin Motel
1220 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

It’s all things free tonight—free yoga, free snacks, and a free swim at Barton Springs! Summer At The Springs is happening every Monday night through August on the Zilker hillside. Yoga teacher trainees will be leading the classes and getting you in the zone. Follow @practiceyogaaustin on Insta for updates on the weather.

When: Today, July 9th

Time: 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Location:
Barton Springs/Zilker park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

Austin’s newest waterpark, Waterloo Adventures is hosting a giveaway! You need to come check out this adventure park ON water! 

To enter to win passes for four: 

  • Like their facebook page
  • Tag a friend in the comments on the facebook post
  • Share their post 

Click here to learn more and don’t forget that reservations are required! 

It’s time again for that festival that combines three of our greatest passions—slow smoked meat and vino—along with amazing live music into a giant Texas Party.

Come out to Spicewood Vineyards for the BBQ & Wine Festival. Watch the recap video of last year’s epic experience here to get a good idea of what you are in for. This year none other than The Cory Morrow Band will be headlining a lineup that also includes Django Walker, Drew Womack, and Barnhill!

Get your advance tickets now for just $59, which get you unlimited BBQ from the greats below and free wine tastings to wet your whistle from 4-6 p.m. (or until the wineries run out!).

The event will most definitely sell out, so don’t think about it too long. You can buy your tickets right here

BBQ Vendors include:

  • Salt Lick BBQ
  • Opie’s BBQ
  • Lambert’s
  • Kreuz Market BBQ
  • Schmidt Family Barbecue
  • It’s All Good
  • And more!

Bring your chairs and blankets to the festival, but outside food and drink will not be allowed in.

When: Saturday, July 21st

Time: 4-10 p.m.

Location:
Spicewood Vineyards
1419 Co Rd 409
Spicewood, TX 78669

Fireworks light up the night sky every Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s independence, and thanks to our friends at Springfree Trampoline, this handy roundup of Fourth of July events has all of the festivities happening in the Austin area.

As an alternative to heading out to a celebration or festival, gather your friends and family to celebrate in your backyard! Turn your backyard into the ultimate fun zone this Fourth of July with a Springfree Trampoline! Take advantage of the 4th of July sale… the BEST SALE OF THE YEAR and save up to $897 when you take 50% off ALL accessories! Plus, add delivery & installation starting from $99*, regularly priced at $299! Offer ends July 5, 2018.

Bastrop Patriotic Festival

When: Friday, June 29 (8 am to noon) – Saturday, June 30, 2018 (10 am – 10 pm)

Where: Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop

This family-friendly even celebrates our Nation’s Independence with food booths and children’s activities, live music, a pet parade, skydivers, and fireworks!

A Star-Spangled Independence

When: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin

Join the fun at this star-spangled Independence Day festival featuring an array of family fun — historical exhibits, hayrides, music and a colorful display of independence flags. Red-white-and-blue historical exhibits, farm animals and hayrides are planned, along with music and other other old-fashioned festivities straight from the 1800s. Check our calendar to see which events are offered on Sunday. The days will be Austin’s version of a midsummer festival, a popular activity in the late 1800s. Plan to come early and stay late for this old-fashioned weekend outing that replicates the family-friendly summer holidays in Old Texas.

Round Rock Express Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

Join the Round Rock Express on July 3 for the biggest fireworks show of the year, presented by eBay.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 8:30pm

Where: Vic Mathias Shores, 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin

Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.

Leander’s Liberty Fest

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 3-10pm

Where: Entrance off of San Gabriel Pkwy

This free admission, family-friendly event includes live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Wells Branch 4th Fest

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-10pm

Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin

The day begins with a short parade starting at KF Park at 10am. Spectators are welcome to line the street to watch. When the parade returns, there’ll be an afternoon of entertainment under the big tent, concessions from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. KF pool will be open and free to the public as well. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm at the soccer field adjacent to the recreation center on Shoreline Dr.

Round Rock Frontier Days Festival & Parade

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-11pm

Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

The Sertoma July 4th Parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. This year will feature an even grander firework show! The event is FREE!

Georgetown’s SERTOMA 4th of July Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 11am-11pm

Where: San Gabriel Park, 455 E. Morrow St., Georgetown

Come celebrate SERTOMA’s Annual 4th of July Family Celebration in San Gabriel Park, sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club. Entertainment will be provided for the entire family! The event finishes with a “Spectacular Fireworks Finale” at dusk. The festivities will begin at 11:00 am, with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, and 20 Food vendors. Kiddie Rides, Bounce Houses, and Games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Entertainment at the gazebo will feature some of the best local and central Texas talent, beginning at 12 noon and will continue all day until the fireworks display.

Farm’s Fun Filled Foam Fest

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-2pm

Where: Sweet Eats Farm, Georgetown

Come enjoy the holiday at Sweet Eats Farm with a foam machine! There will also be fun farm activities including a petting zoo, pony ride, hay maze, jump pad, face painting and much more!

Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade & Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am (parade) 5-10:30pm (celebration)

Where: Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

The parade begins at 10 a.m. The route is along Discovery Blvd, starting at the H-E-B Center (Discovery Blvd and New Hope Dr) and ending at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. The event will feature live music, bingo, a washer tournament (at 4 pm), air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, and carnival games and rides.

Pflugerville’s Pfirecracker Pfestival

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 5-9:30pm

Where: The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville

Celebrate July 4th with pfun and pfamily in Pflugerville at the Pfirecracker Pfestival. Returning this year to the Pfield, you can enjoy music from Suede, food trucks, a kid’s area and of course… fireworks! PFREE!

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6-9pm with fireworks at 9:30pm

Where: Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner, Kyle

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.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration with Vallejo

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 4-9:30pm

Where: Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-100, Bee Cave

Enjoy a day-long sidewalk sale! Stroll the streets of the Galleria and shop your favorite stores with outdoor displays. New this year, Hill Country Galleria is starting the festivities early at 4 p.m. with backyard games hosted by Camp Gladiator, including three-legged race, potato sack race, obstacle course, tug of war, and more, offering fun for the whole family. All games will be held on the lawn from 4pm-6pm and crowd participation is encouraged. Afterwards, bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the live music starting at 6:00 p.m. The splash pad will run from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on July 4th! Bring swimgear and water shoes for the kids. Firework show will take place at approximately 9:15 p.m. and subject to desirable wind and weather conditions. Parking and admission are always free.

Red, White and Buda

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 9am-9:30pm

Where: Buda Sportsplex, 310 Buda Sportsplex Dr, Buda

Join us for a Patriotic Parade on Main Street. Line up begins at 8:30 AM at City Hall. Awards will be given to the best decorated bikes. After the parade, enjoy free activities and more fun at the Buda Greenbelt near the Buda Public Library! Come back out to Buda Sportsplex for food, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show! Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

 

It is the season of Movies in the Park. Mark your calendar for these dates from both Austin Parks Foundation and Austin Sound and Cinema. 

  • July 11, 6pm: Wayne’s World @ The Long Center
  • July 25, 6pm: Grease @ The Long Center
  • August 1, 6pm: Mean Girls @ The Long Center
  • August 15, 6pm: O Brother, Where Art Thou? @ The Long Center 
  • August 16th, 8:30 pm: 10 Things I Hate About You @ Martin Multipurpose Fields 
  • September 6th, 8:15 pm: Beauty and the Beast @ Adams Hemphill Park 
  • September 20th, 8:00 pmHook @ Govalle Park 
  • October 25th, 7:15 pm: Practical Magic @ Palm Park 
  • November 8th, 6pm: Selena @ Republic Square Park

Float On, Austin’s highest boat rental company, is giving service industry pros a chance to live it up like only they know how this summer. During the week (Monday through Thursday), you can get the fourth hour of your party on the lake totally free, and they’ll throw in a YETI cooler filled with ice and water. That’s 30% less than you would normally pay.

Cruise on Lake Austin or Lake Travis and take advantage of the fact that the rest of the city is working away at an office somewhere.

Here’s the whole deal:

12 Passenger Pontoon
Highly rated FloatOn Captain
Aqua Lily Pad
Free YETI package ($50 Value)

This is all for only $350. Call your work pals and get something fun on the calendar! Just mention this post and where you work to get the discount.

Dear cat people, we know dog people get a lot of attention in ATX, but let’s not worry about them today—because here’s an event that’s all about YOU! And your cat, of course. Because you really really love your cat. POP Cats is a two-day convention celebrating adorable felines, art, and pop culture and it’s heading our way Aug. 25 – 26. Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, tell your cat. Do what you need to do. POP Cats debuted last year at the Miami Airport Convention Center and the city was never the same.

After a successful inaugural event, the founders decided to expand the event to two days and explored the country for a perfect POP Cats 2018 location. They ultimately chose Austin because of the city’s adoration of its pet population and its vibrant creative community.

The meow-tastic press release describes the event as a “fun, immersive feline universe where humans can shop, learn, adopt, play, and connect with the spirited cat community.” What could possibly be better?

They’ll be music, entertainment, a play space for cats and their owners, and a curated line-up of feline experts and influencers. Plus cat-loving artists and vendors from Texas and around the world. They are all coming together to celebrate the splendor of cats and the humans that love them.

Austin Humane Society will be there with adorable kitties looking for their forever home. Austin’s own internet-famous tuxie cat, Turbo-Two Legs will be onsite with his mom, Chelsey Schmidt, to highlight the benefits of adopting disabled and special needs kitties.

 

Buy your tickets here!Onsite food, refreshments, and “cat-tails” will be available. Onsite parking is $8.

Cost:
Adult $20 | Child $10 | 10+ Groups $16
2-Day Tickets: Adult $32 | Child $16 | 10+ Groups $25.60

Can I bring my cat?
Yes! Cats are totally welcome! They must be current on their vaccinations (bring their records!). The also have to be on a harness or in a crate while walking the event. Only one cat allowed per group. Dogs are not allowed for obvious reasons—no exceptions.

When: Sat., Aug. 25 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun., Aug. 26 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location:
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704