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If you are a parent of school-aged kids you know that summer is a childcare scramble. Thankfully Cordovan Art School, which teaches visual and performing arts, is offering a wide range of camps at their Northwest Austin and Cedar Park locations.

In a town bursting with culture like ours, Cordovan believes in fostering creativity and self-confidence. The learning environment is positive, enjoyable, and allows students to progress and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.

Students learn fundamental principles and time-tested techniques that will stay with them for life. If your child enjoys the arts, this is the perfect place for them to develop their talents.

Right now if you purchase three camp sessions for your child, you will get the fourth for free! Cordovan offers full-day and extended care options all summer long. They also have wildly popular themed camps like “Yay Clay!” where campers will turn a slab of mud into a ceramic masterpiece, and “Enchanted Forest” where kids get to paint, sketch, and interact with real furry, fuzzy, and scaly friends!

If you are looking for even more creative fun, you can drop in the studio at your leisure to paint your own pottery (PYOP). PYOP is a perfect activity for friends, family, parties, and even date night! Choose from hundreds of pre-made ceramics pieces.

Take advantage of the summer months and enrich your child’s, and your own life, in a whole new way!

Are you feeling a familiar combination of nervousness and hunger? Us too. And it can only mean one thing—Quesoff is right around the corner! Austin’s preeminent melted cheese contest is coming back on July 27th and as always, it’s going to be better than ever.

More than 35 teams repping restaurants, top chefs, home cooks, neighbors, brothers, and sisters will go head to head in four categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie, and Wild Card. A Best in Show will also be awarded to the overall favorite.

This year’s teams include past winners Cheesus, Dai Due, Better Half and Kesos Tacos; along with a whole slew of local eateries and businesses like Micklethewait Craft Meats, Uchiko, Central Standard, Scholz Garten, Pink Avocado Catering, Luvit BBQ, Republic Diner, Siete Foods, Posse East, Trudy’s, Red’s Porch, JuiceLand, Sala and Betty, Credo Foods, Jamie’s Salsa, Eldorado Cafe, Taco Baby, Austin Daily Press, Austin’s Pizza, Guero’s, Maudie’s as well as ‘home teams’ such as Voodoo Magic, Club Indigo, Formaggi-hoes, Downtown Cheesy Brown, It’s All Gouda, and more!

The esteemed panel of judges this year are: Andrew Knowlton, Editor at Large, Bon Appétit; Callie Speer – Executive Chef & Owner, Holy Roller; Fermin Nunez – Executive Chef, Suerte; Kendall Antonelli – Co-Owner & Founder, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop; Matthew Odam, Restaurant Critic, Austin American-Statesman; and Michael Fojtasek – Executive Chef & Owner, Olamaie.

A per usual, Quesoff will benefit an amazing cause—the Central Texas Food Bank. A $3 donation will be required to attend the event and 100% of those proceeds will go to the CTFB

Bags of chips will be available for $5. This event is all ages, because even babies love queso.

When: Saturday, July 27th

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location:
The Mohawk
912 Red River

Austin has a thriving restaurant scene, this you know. But did you also know that The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) is investing in the chefs and culinary artists of the future? Since 1985, the organization has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants.

To carry out their mission to bring education, appreciation, and enjoyment to the community, WFFT hosts amazing wine and food events that raise money for the cause. They have an active membership program created to connect and inspire wine lovers and foodies of all interests and abilities. Learn more about WFFT and join right here.

Now they are partnering with Texas Monthly for Toast of Texas, an exclusive tasting of the magazine’s “Top Texas Wines of 2018.” After years of exciting expansion and innovation, it’s a great time to celebrate the state’s growing wine industry.

Guests will meet this year’s top Texas winemakers and enjoy their wines alongside a BBQ feast prepared by lauded LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue. There are 22 wineries (and counting!) confirmed for the event. And Warm Sugar will be playing live throughout the night, which will give it that warm, cozy, lone star vibe.

When: Thursday, June 20th

Time: 6–8:30 p.m.

Location: Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane, 78704

JAWS ON THE WATER returns for its fifth year! It’s finally summertime and everyone is invited back to Volente Beach Resort on the shores of Lake Travis for one the best events of the year. Get access to all the Volente Beach Resort rides, a ticket to one of the best films of all time, and an explosive finale to close out the night. Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water… while you’re in the water. We’re pretty sure there’s nothing lurking in there…

WHO:                   Presented by Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow

WHEN:                 June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17
*Doors open at 6:00 PM
*Movie begins at 8:45 PM (or after sundown)

Included with your JAWS ON THE WATER experience…

·         Admission to Volente Beach Resort fun from 6:00PM – 8:30PM, with all rides and hang out spots open, including the Lazy Lagoon, The Sidewinder, volleyball, a beachside bar and grill and a whole lot more.

·         (1) ticket to the On the Water screening of one of the greatest films of all time.

·         An explosive finale.

·         The chance to be a floating shark snack for a squad of scuba divers to scare.

 TUBES: Three options available this year: 

·         Buy one! Alex Kintner’s float inspired tube featuring headrest and cupholders will be available for sale on site (or with an add on to your ticket)

·         Bring your own! Picked up a tube last year? Feel free to bring that, or any other tube 53″ diameter or less.

·         Borrow from us! Don’t want to bring a tube? We’ll also have plenty of loaners available for your use during the screening, and you can just return it to the beach after the film.

FOOD:
Served 6:00-8:30 PM
You can purchase an optional pre-sale Meal Ticket at check out (vegetarian options available). Meal Tickets will be received onsite.

DRINKS:
There will be multiple outdoor bars throughout the venue, including permanent bars set up at the waterpark, and pop up bars built on the beach for these screenings.

AGE POLICY:
No unaccompanied minors under 17. All children 12 & under are required to wear a life jacket while in the water. Ages 6 & under are not allowed in water or at water park.

At 365 Things Austin we have always strived to bring you the best of Austin to your fingertips. Today is a huge day for us as we are moving from your fingertips to your earbuds.

365 Things Austin Founder, (me) Kristy Owen along with my friend, BMX extraordinaire and Burro Cheese Kitchen Co-Owner, Aaron Ross will chat all things Austin. Each Thursday we’re going to tell you the BEST Things To Do Over The Weekend and any experiences we’ve personally had with the events.

We are also are going to talk to local celebrities, chefs, athletes, iconic Austinites and anyone else who gives this city a pulse. Aaron is a huge sports fan so expect plenty of Longhorn coverage along side your restaurant reviews.

Future episodes will also cover topics such as Best Places to Happy Hour, Where To Have The Perfect Birthday Dinner, Best Things To Do On A Bachelorette/Bachelorette Party, and many more.

We want to talk about what you want to hear about. So please feel free to DM us on social media at @365ThingsAustin or @TheAaronRoss or email us at kristy@365thingsaustin.com

What you can do now? Please, please, please find us on iTunes and RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE.

Huge shouts to MWBK Creative and Sales they have made this such an easy process for us and have been so amazing to work with. This duo is the dream team.

Things To Do In Austin, TX

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Thursday, June 20th

Toast of Texas

This is gonna be good! The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is partnering with Texas Monthly to bring us an exclusive tasting of the mag’s “Top Texas Wines of 2018.”

Movies In The Park: Angels in the Outfield

Come for the movie that makes you feel like a kid again, stay for the food trucks, and beautiful Austin evening.

Stranger Things Trivia Night at Kitty Cohen’s

Kitty Cohen’s is going upside down this month, y’all! Think you know everything there is to know about this Netflix phenomenon? Think again!

Friday, June 21st

Love Charles: A Charles Bradley Tribute at Mohawk

It’s a tribute to the Screaming Eagle of Soul. Featuring CJ Edwards & The Funk Fellowship, with many special guest singers representing multiple genres and generations of Austin music!

All Weekend

Float The River

This is a must do at least once this summer! Floating the River is a rite of passage in Central Texas.

Saturday, June 22nd

Lala’s Half Christmas Party

Jingle Juice, a specialty frozen cocktail and other drink specials for this very special occasion of the halfway point to Christmas!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (but really lunch) at Garrison Brothers Distillery

It’s an annual celebration of everything Hye, Texas along with its sister city, Stonewall. After a Peach Parade, at noon, everybody is invited back to Garrison Brothers Distillery for a fried yard-bird lunch in their barrel barn!

Jaws on the Water

Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water … while you’re in the water.

Sunday, June 23rd

Hartman Foundation Free Concert In The Park

All ages, including pets, enjoy relaxing Sunday evenings with different musical ensembles presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The setting of kids dancing, couples lounging on blankets, and friends gathering never gets old.

Other Things To Peep

Kids Fly Free at Lake Travis Zipline

The adventure of their lifetime—and yours— is waiting!

The Bat Boat on Lady Bird Lake

While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch the bats: from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in your belly and a drink in your hand!

Waterloo Adventures Is Open For The Season

This locally owned and operated floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play!

New Motown Exhibition at the LBJ Library

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library is hosting a new exhibition that will take you way back in time. If you haven’t been to to the LBJ Library, we really think you should. It’s one of the cultural treasures that makes Austin so unique. a

Bachelorette Viewing Parties at Icenhauer’s

Join Icenhauer’s each week for the ultimate girls night. Enjoy happy hour pricing, bring you own snacks or order from their trailer, and the most dramatic show in history on their indoor TVs. When the weather improves they will project on their back patio!

Sunset Cruise on Lake Austin

Take your happy hour out on the water and experience the beauty and fun of this place in a whole new way. We’ve partnered with Float On and Independence Brewing Co. to offer the booze cruise of your dreams!

Free Yoga at Republic Square

Join Wanderlust Yoga for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, KIND Snacks, Siete Foods, and yours truly, 365 Things Austin at Republic Square.

Hotel Pools to Keep You Cool This Summer

Photo: Nick Simonite

You should really play hooky and spend the day at one of these fabulous Austin pools.

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Attention beauty junkies! A new natural beauty is in town and it’s safe to say we’re pretty much obsessed. Lovejay Holistic Beauty Bar is now open at 2124 E 6th St. and carries a variety of clean skincare, cosmetics and haircare brands. The east side boutique, owned and operated by Austinite Blair Wagoner, is the first 100% clean beauty retailer in Austin, and showcases cult favorite and up-and-coming indie beauty brands that are purely natural, organic and non-toxic. 

Photo: Cassandra Klepac Photography


Lovejay’s selection of carefully curated natural beauty products encompasses over 15 domestic, organic brands. The stellar lineup includes skincare like locally owned oil-based skincare line Olive + M, Maya Chia, Live Botanical, Skin Owl, Josh Rosebrook; and natural makeup brands like Han, Au Naturale, Fitglow, Lily Lolo and 14e. Shoppers can enjoy a thorough selection of cleansers, serums, toners, masks, moisturizers, balms, salves, scrubs, oils, makeup, shampoos and conditioners. 

In addition to Lovejay’s natural retail products, the adorable boutique will also offer signature services and consultations. Consultations will include Lighten Up Consulting: a beauty bag cleanup for those looking to make the switch to natural cosmetics. Customers can consult one-on-one with an expert staff member to introduce natural alternatives to their favorite products; Makeup artists will be available for natural beauty makeovers; The Lovejay Beauty Consultation will be a custom, one-on-one consultation for customers to ask questions, apply and test products and learn more about ingredient safety and choosing the right products. Schedule appointments online at lovejaybeauty.com, email info@lovejaybeauty.com or call Lovejay at 512-330-4404. 


Lovejay Holistic Beauty Bar is now open at 2124 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702, Unit 103. The shop hours will be 11 am to 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday (Monday and Tuesday are by appointment only). Find more info at lovejaybeauty.com or email info@lovejaybeauty.com. Order products online at lovejaybeauty.com and follow on social media at @lovejaybeauty

Hey Austin, are you ready for summer? It’s time to get your backyard ready for all of the summer fun activities with a Springfree Trampoline!

Adding a Springfree Trampoline to our backyard a couple of years ago was one of the best things we could have done. It’s been great to have for some excellent jumping (mom, dad and kids all partake), as well as hosting several outdoor movie nights. This weekend is a great time to buy with their Memorial Day sale in place. And if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a Springfree Trampoline below! Limited time offer: Save up to $350! Plus add delivery & installation for $99! (reg. $299). Offer ends May 27, 2019.

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Take a test jump this weekend at the Austin Springfree Trampoline store, located in The Domain, and enjoy activities for the kids, prizes, snacks and lots of jumping! Memorial Day weekend hours are Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 6 pm.

Where: 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, #116, Austin

Contact: (512) 900-4341

Enter to win –> Step up your summer fun by winning your very own Springfree Trampoline. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Enter to win a 13ft Jumbo Round Springfree Trampline, with tgoma, a step, delivery and installation, valued at $2597!

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library is hosting a new exhibition that will take you way back in time. If you haven’t been to to the LBJ Library, we really think you should. It’s one of the cultural treasures that makes Austin so unique.

Motown: The Sound of Young America traces the evolution of the label, which began in Detroit in the early 1960s and quickly became known as “The Sound of Young America,” crashing the American pop charts and challenging the Beatles-led British Invasion. In addition to stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Miracles, and The Supremes, the visitors can also check out interviews with many music legends.

“The music of Motown represents a high-water mark in American music,” says Bob Santelli, the exhibition’s curator and Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum®. “The long list of number one hits, the incredible stable of stars, and the genius of Berry Gordy, Jr., both as a businessman and nurturer of talent, made Motown one of the most successful and impactful record companies of all time.”

Above: A Clarinet D6 keyboard played by Stevie Wonder.

There are also interactive displays, including one that lets you perform The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love” on stage and another that will teach you The Temptations’ signature dance moves. If you don’t Instagram yourself doing that, it didn’t happen!

When: now through January 26, 2020

Location:

The LBJ Presidential Library

2313 Red River Street

Austin, TX, 78705

Photos courtesy Jay Godwin for the LBJ Presidential Library.

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets willbegin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (May 28) in Austin at Bass Concert Hall.  Forty tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 10:00 AM CT on Sunday, May 26 for tickets to the Tuesday, May 28 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.   

HOW TO ENTER

  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
  • You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
  • The lottery will open at 10:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance. 
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 10:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
  • Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.  
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded. 
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

ADDITIONAL RULES

Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice. 

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and texasperformingarts.org for late release seats which may become available at short notice.