Just sitting here thinking how thankful I am to call Austin home. Here are some of the reasons why I, personally have fallen in love with Austin. They may not all be Austin born but they certainly define this city.


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Happy Thanksgiving! I love to start the holiday with a joke, Q. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A. Pilgrims.

So many people are looking for ways to give back this year. Here is a way for you to give back while getting a little pre turkcy workout in. The Turkey Trot has raised more than $2 million, donating the proceeds to Caritas of Austin. Caritas is a nonprofit organization that helps increase stability and self-sufficiency for those suffering from poverty or homelessness

The Turkey Trot is not a 5K, its 5 miles! So by the time you finish you’ll be sure to have earned your turkey!

Registration Starts: 7:30 am

When: today, November 27th

Location:
The Long Center

http://thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/

The Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons is an annual event that’s always impressive.  Stop by for happy hour at one of my local favorites, Trio, and check out all of their decorations. This years theme is “Candyland” so the Gingerbread Village is a recreation of the famous board game.

Their happy hour is one of the best in town.  They have an amazing wine selection and appetizers. It can’t be beat.  It’s such a great deal and the service is everything you would expect from the Four Seasons.

For those who’d like a more intimate look at the Gingerbread Village, the Hotel will also host Holiday Open Houses on December 2 and 3, 2014 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Lobby. These free events are open to the public and feature complimentary hot apple cider, Candy Land-themed treats, photos with Santa and the opportunity to meet Javier and the other talented pastry chefs behind the Village.

Gingerbread Houses will be on display now – December 31st.

Location:
The Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.fourseasons.com/austin/landing_pages/property/holiday/

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Austin Facebook Page

I am one of those terrible people that cannot get enough of Cards Against Humanity. For those of you that are not familiar with the game it is self dubbed as ‘a game for terrible people.’ The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.

Lucky for us The Highball has their own spin on the game and it’s happening tonight! Winners take home passes to Alamo Drafthouse, free drinks at The Highball and other fun prizes. So round up your friends and come out for a night of CAH, Highball style.

Admission: free

When: tonight, November 25th

Time: 8 – 9:50 pm

Location:
The Highball
1120 S. Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thehighball.com/events/detail/27751/

 

Yesterday was the official lighting of the Great Tree at the Domain and now the holidays are officially in full swing up there. They have plenty of holiday fun happening now through December.

Here is a run-down of some of the festive fun you can enjoy:

Holiday Light Shows
 (now – December 31st)
 – Hourly between 5PM & 9PM
Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights show in Domain II. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 15 minutes of each hour.

Santa Photo Experience
 (now – December 24th) 
Domain II, across from iPic Theaters, next to Bath & Body Works
Enjoy holiday crafts and lounge seating while you wait to see the big guy! Or make an appointment online at www.Simon.NoerrSanta.com.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
 (Fridays & Saturday, 5PM-9PM)
 Enjoy complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides each Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pick-up locations near Santa’s Workshop and at the Macy’s north entrance by California Pizza Kitchen.

Holiday Entertainment
 Century Oaks Park (Domain I, near Starbucks) 
Domain II events lawn
 Enjoy live music each weekend, with feature performances on the lawn in Domain II each Saturday afternoon.
 Fridays, 6PM-9PM
 Saturdays, 2PM-5PM & 6PM-9PM
 Sundays, 2PM-5PM

Strolling Carolers 
(Saturdays, 6PM-8PM) 
The sounds of the season will drift through Domain I each Saturday night as strolling carolers’ roam the sidewalks!

Location:
The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, Texas 78758

http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain/stream/holidays-at-the-domain-2157103

The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by locals to fight hunger, and with Thanksgiving being next week, it seems like a perfect way to help out.

They have hundreds of hand-painted bowls in countless shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Once you pick your bowl you can fill it will soups and breads donated by local restaurants and bakeries. They’ll have live music while you enjoy your lunch.

It’s a combination of so much that I love about Austin and a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

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Admission: $20 donation goes to Capital Area Food Bank Kids Café (this includes your bowl and its fillings!)

The Capital Area Food Bank serves more than 31,000 meals to more than 2,950 kids per month.

When: today, November 23rd

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location:
Marchesa Hall and Theatre
6406 N. IH 35 #3100
Austin, Texas 78752

http://www.austinemptybowl.org/

Photo Credit: http://www.hungerisunacceptable.com/blog/tag/austin-empty-bowl-project/

The Austin Meatball Festival is back! 15 local restaurants come together and prepare their best meatball concoctions all in an effort to wine one of the categories.

It is an epic opportunity for you to play taste tester to some of the best restaurants in town. Particpating places include: Winflo Osteria, Benji’s Cantina, Native Family, Marye’s Pizza, Freedmen’s, NO VA Kitchen, Gusto, Cru Wine Bar, Cipollina, Punch Bowl Social and The Carillon, among others.

Tickets: $15 – $300 (proceeds from the festival will be donated to Lifeworks)

For other fun events happening this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, November 22nd

Time: noon – 5pm

Location:
Winflo
1315 W. Sixth Street
Austin, Texas 78703

https://austinmeatball.ticketbud.com/meatballfest

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed two topics that we post about pretty regularly:

  1. How the Favor Delivery app has changed our lives for the better (we have to be in competition for being their most dedicated customers… we’re not, we asked).
  2. How we prefer activities around Austin that involve alcohol in some form or fashion (sorry they’re just more fun).

With the introduction of Drizly, our worlds are colliding. They’ve finally figured out how to (LEGALLY!) allow Austinites to order booze directly to their front doors.

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We had a lot of questions, and here’s what we learned:

  1. There’s no up-charge on the Beer/Wine/Liquor you order, only a delivery charge issued by the liquor store, just five bucks in Austin.
  2. They carry over 2,000 products, so the variety is similar to what you’d find in your neighborhood shop. Mixers, ice, etc. are also available.
  3. Your beverages will arrive at your door 20-40 minutes after you place your order. Yep, that quick!
  4. The minimum order for Austin is $20.
  5. Use the code 365 to receive your first delivery FREE.

To get started, just click the appropriate link below to download the app, or place your order directly on Drizly.com

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***Lastly, Drizly is currently running its ‘Get a Bottle, Give a Can’ holiday food drive.

Save yourself from the stress of stocking the bar before Thanksgiving this week, and focus on the turkey! When your Drizly order arrives, give the driver any non-perishable food items, and they’ll deliver them to local food banks.

Drizly will also be donating 30% of profits through the end of the month to No Kid Hungry, a great organization that is working to end child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.Win/win/win.

Looks like we may be in for a rainy day here in Austin. My favorite thing to do on a rainy day is head on over to Alamo Drafthouse. Certain films take me back to my childhood, Back To The Future is one of them.

Tonight Drafthouse is calling all Back To The Future fans to come out and enjoy a night of quoting along to this classic.

If you’re looking for other fun happening this weekend, here are our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, November 21st

Time: 6:40 pm

Location:
Alamo Drafthouse – Ritz
320 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://drafthouse.com/movies/back-to-the-future-quote-along/austin

Friday, November 21st

Saturday, November 22nd

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Sunday, November 23rd

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