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If you want to get out of town for a while, the City of Liberty Hill, which is just a short drive from Austin, is offering something really unique. The main street of this charming little place will be completely transformed into a wonderland for your senses!

At Whimsy & Wonder, an interactive art festival taking place May 18, downtown businesses will turn into galleries hosting works from local artists, live art demonstrations, and live music. Even the serving of food and wine will be artistic and unexpected—think aerial bartenders, living tables, and a live champagne dress.

The magic continues outside on Main Street, which will be filled with performers, stilt walkers, and local artisans. World-renowned Magician Cody S. Fisher will wow visitors with street magic, and a strolling caricature artist will draw guests on the spot. A children’s Imagination Garden will house interactive art exhibits, craft booths, and unforgettable circus performances!

Festival goers will be also be able to watch live art demonstrations including a live body painter, sidewalk chalk artists and Austin’s very own Dirty Car Artist, Scott Wade, in action. And it will be super easy to get around—pedicab drivers will be everywhere to transport visitors from downtown street parking and parking lots.

When: Saturday, May 18, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Admission and parking are free! Food and a wide variety of unique art items are available for purchase.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, April 18th

Happy Hour at Lenior

Celebrate spring under the live oaks in the wine garden at Lenoir. They have wine and beer specials and locally sourced options on the menu.

Friday, April 19th

Bloom: atxGals Spring Art Party

The atxGALS are hosting another urban art pop-up highlighting 10 amazing women artists. Stimulate your senses with art, music, food, and, of course, an open bar.

Tyler’s & Rowing Dock’s Glow Paddle ATX Benefitting Flatwater Foundation

Come dressed in your brightest, shiniest, and most flamboyant apparel. Each Glow Paddler will receive a limited-edition glow-in-the-dark TYLER’S tee and a glowing lantern to attach to their vessel.

Full Moon Swim at Austin Motel

We are knocking on summer’s door! Austin Motel and Joann’s Fine Foods have launched Full Moon Swims. Grab a Mai Tai from the pool bar and relax to some tunes from Sundown to pool close!

Protect Your Privacy: Document Shredding At Front Bank North

Frost invites all Austin-area residents to come have your sensitive documents shredded! And they will be serving treats and refreshments to keep you happy after tax season.

In The Doghouse Comedy Show

It’s a free stand-up comedy show and bring-a-dog party. What on Earth could be better?

Aaron Franklin at BookPeople

Come hear from a local icon and global barbecue superstar, and get a signed copy of his new book Franklin Steak.

All Weekend

7th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort has had over 10,000 attendees over the past few yeas. Bring the kids and blow their minds with this awe-inspiring event!

Saturday, April 20th

Jo’s Annual Pet Parade

This is the place for dogs in drag! This annual Pet Parade on South Congress is beloved by all who have ever come across it—because it’s hard not to love animals in outfits.

Houseplants & Succulents 101

Watermelon Cider Launch

Dazed & Confused Movie Night

North Loop Block Party & Sidewalk Sale

Fun, food, drinks, music, sidewalk sales, and more with your favorite local businesses on North Loop!

Corner Bar Austin’s Annual Crawfish Boil

DJ Jeff Strange will be laying down an all-vinyl set and crawfish king Cade Braquet will be boiling it up!

Rooftop Yoga at The Line Hotel

Come for some complimentary detox yoga class at this fab hotel’s rooftop porch overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Reconnect with your body and boost your confidence!

Star Bar 4/20 Party

Star Bar will mark 4:20 the Willie Nelson way—with a literal bang! Party night long with a “High-Scream” specialty cocktail and some free late-night snacks from Taco Bell.

Sunday, April 21st

Austin’s Original Bloody Mary & Crawfish Festival

Bloody Mary Fest is back at Scholz Garten for the second year, and this time they are topping it off with crawfish!

Jackalope’s 2nd Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt

This thing was such a success last year that they had to do it again! And this year they are adding an adorable petting zoo. So prep your cascarones and get ready to feel like a kid again.

Upcoming EventsL

Antonelli’s Cheese-y Bus Tour

Trust us when we say if you’re a cheese lover, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Only five tickets remain!

Icenhauer’s New Spring Cocktails

Icenhaur’s has launched Spring cocktails!

Stretch Soundscapes Yoga on Lady Bird Lake

Don’t miss this unique experience overlooking Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake. While using Sound Off headphones to stream music and the teacher’s voice directly to you, you’ll be treated to an amazing vinyasa flow class.

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The atxGALS are at it again hosting another urban art pop-up highlighting 10 locally based, incredibly talented, emerging women artists. BLOOM 2019: A Springtime Art Party will get you in the springtime mood by stimulating your senses with art, music, food, and, of course, an open bar.

BLOOM 2019 will take place at the Refinery for the second year in a row with a killer raffle and noteworthy sponsors, like Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nine Banded Whiskey, Austin Eastciders, Layer Cake Wines, Dulce Vida Tequila, Via 313 Pizza, and more, to bring you one amazing event. And the best part? A portion of the proceeds will go to Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), so you’ll get to sip, see, and support a good cause. Early bird VIP tickets are on sale now and you’re not going to want to miss these VIP swag bags. Tickets here: https://atxgals.org/pages/upcoming-events.

When: April 19th, 6pm – 11pm

Location:
The Refinery 
612 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Native Hostel

Join Native every Sunday until series’ end for screenings, drinks, and revelry. Before and after the show? Let’s hang and chat. During the show? Anyone who tries to discuss their theories of Bran being the night king will be SHAMED. Save all comments until end of show plz n thank u.

Space is limited, so come early. And yes, costumes welcome (highly encouraged, really).

Time: 8pm-10pm

Location:
807 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Nickel City

The entire family is invited out to Nickel City for their weekly watch parties.

Time:7pm-10pm

Location:
1133 East 11th
Austin, Texas 78702

The North Door

The North Door will be screening Game of Thrones on their 25′ screen. Each week they will play the previous week’s episode before the new episode.

Cold beer and Tacos from Pueblo Viejo all night.

Time: 6pm-11pm

Location:
502 Brushy St.
Austin, Texas 78702

Last Straw

Last Straw is doing a King’s Feast that includes a cocktails and the Feast that includes pulled pork, served with grilled pineapple, slaw, slider buns and tortillas. 

Time: Feast at 7:30pm, GOT at 8:00pm

Location:
Last Straw
1914 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

The Local Post

The Local Post is having a watch party with some of the Game of Thrones cast members at The Local Post. 

Location:
The Local Post
7133 Burnet Road 
Austin, Texas 78757

There’s a new fitness-focused supplement and nutrition company in town, and they are kicking things off with a big workout event at Fair Market on Saturday, April 13th that is completely free. Relentless creates products to help you maximize your fitness pursuit and they are here to help Austinites live their best lives.

Guests will get the first chance to shop Relentless supplements and apparel (and score a free sample or two), work out with the company’s founder Tim Kennedy, do some yoga, drink Cuvee coffee, and grab food from East Side King and Ranch Hand. Plus there will be a silent auction benefiting Hire Heroes USA!

It’s all FREE and open to the public. Just make sure to RSVP for the workout session you want. And if you really want to be relentless about your fitness this year, this city is the place to do it. Checkout our 2019 Austin Workout Guide.

When: Saturday, April 13th

Cost: FREE

Time: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St.
Austin TX 78702

Austin hasn’t always been the festival mecca it is today, but Art Alliance Austin has been bringing us an amazing cultural experience for decades now.

The giant, two-day fair known as Art City Austin is where artists from all around the city and beyond come to showcase their work—and this is its 69th year of existence! The event has a fascinating history and has been closely tied to the Austin’s cultural evolution.

Always a major draw for big-name artists, the 2019  lineup includes international photographer Greg Davis, roadside landscape artist Rachel Dory, and Israeli painter Yoram Gal.

Guests can enjoy thought-provoking artist talks and panels, live culinary demonstrations by local chefs and experts, local musicians, performance artists, custom art installations, food trucks, drinks, and interactive fun. You can also shop and browse at the art market featuring the work of 75 visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans, and makers. And even better—festival guests have special access to guided and self-guided art tours around town during the weekend! It’s a family friendly event that just gets better with age.

When: April 13-14, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: General admission tickets are just $15, and that includes both days. (Children 12 and under are free). 

Location:
Republic Square
422 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78701

And if you want to go all out, which we highly recommend, there are two ways enhance your fest:

Get a Sneak Peak

If you can’t wait for Saturday, go to the preview party on Friday, April 12 from 6–9 p.m. at Republic Square. Guests will be “United in Color” and get a first look at the festival with the chance to shop before the crowds. Live entertainment, sensory experiences, craft cocktails, and great food will add to the ambiance. Preview Party tickets include complimentary entry into the weekend festival. 

Go VIP

And if you want in on even more of the fun, you can go VIP, which gets you access to a private lounge with light local bites, complimentary drinks, a private bar, private bathrooms, and cozy seating.

 

Spring in Austin is a glorious little window of mild weather that simply must be taken advantage of. Come out of hibernation, throw on some cut-offs, and maximize every minute. Since we have built our business around giving you things to do, here’s a comprehensive to-do list of springtime activities that will make these next few months unforgettable, and for more options, visit our year-round list of the Best Things To Do In Austin.

Live it up, friends.

26. Take A Hike

There is so much natural beauty in and around Central Texas and if you live in Austin, chances are you don’t hate the idea of a nice long hike. Here are five tucked-away hiking trails in Austin we love.

25. Watch Movies Outside

Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening under the Austin sky. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and dogs on-leash are welcome. There are great flicks this year—from The Little Mermaid to Zoolander; here’s the full schedule for Movies in the Park this season. 

24. Take A Sunset Bat Cruise

There is nowhere else on the planet where you can do this! While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch Austin’s famous bats—from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in one hand and a drink in the other! Click here to book your sunset bat cruise on Lady Bird Lake.

23. Float The River In Style

If you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other. Get your tickets to float the San Marcos river and leave the driving to us. 

22. Eat Brunch On A Boat

We’re on a boat—no seriously! This brunch-time party cruise on Lady Bird Lake has great music, food, and beverages for you and your crew. Also, air conditioning, bathrooms, and views you can’t get on land. 

21. Austin Food + Wine Fest

Explore the best bites and sips our city has to offer with endless tastings from top Austin restaurants, appearances from big-time chefs, live music, and—because this is Austin—a gourmet taco competition. All this and more at Austin Food + Wine Festival. When: April 26th–28th. 

20. Hit Up Hot Luck Festival

This fest is a giant mishmash of food and music that could only happen in Austin. Created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, it is a DIY casserole of the culinary and music world. When: May 23rd–26th. Click here for all the details on The Hot Luck Food and Live Fire Festival

19. Explore Art City Austin

This event will feature up to 80 visual artists, designers, installation artists, artisans, and makers showcasing and selling their wares. Always fun for friends and family! When: Saturday, April 13th. Learn more about Art City Austin here.

18. Attend A Lavender Festival

Yes, because our part of the world is so extra, there are two options to choose from here:

And the 21st Annual Lavender Fest at Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg will have cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting, too. When: May 4th–5th.

The Blanco Lavender Festival. Blanco will be in full bloom, celebrating this free festival’s 15th year. Guests can tour local farms, hear from expert speakers, enjoy live music, and sample speciality foods. When: June 7th–9th.

17. Take Tons Of Bluebonnet Pics

It wouldn’t be spring in Austin without fields of our state flower putting on a show. And weather conditions have made this year’s wildflower bloom super special. Pull over and take some iconic pictures of your family, friends, and, most importantly, your dog. Here’s a list of the best places to see bluebonnets in Austin

16. Plant Your Own Garden

The Wildflower Center is hosting a native plant sale. Pick up a few things that will actually survive the Texas heat and beautify your own space. When: Saturday, April 13th. Details on The Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Sale.

15. Dance With Ballet Under The Stars

Beginning just before sundown at the Zilker Hillside Theater, this Austin tradition will make you swoon and wish spring could stay forever. When: May 31st and June 1st. Learn more about Ballet Under the Stars.

14. Explore Pecan Street Festival

The festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass, and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. It’s an Austin institution. When: May 4th–5th. More here on the Pecan Street Festival.

13. Watch Game of Thrones with your fellow fans

Good, clean fun for the whole family. Actually, not really—have you see this show? Come hang at Nickel City, they’ll be hosting Game of Thrones watch parties all season long. When: Sundays, April 14th–May 19th. C

12. Get Weird At Eeyore’s 56th Annual Birthday Party

This festival is basically the epicenter of the Keep Austin Weird movement. In fact, weird doesn’t even begin to describe this delightful event. Picture hundreds of people in costume dancing, sitting in drum circles, and running around maypoles to celebrate the fictional birthday of a fictional donkey. When: Saturday, April 27th. Details here for Eeyore’s Birthday Party.

11. See Ludacris at Longhorn City Limits

The one, the only Ludacris is headlining ‘Made in Austin’ weekend on the LBJ Library’s lawn. Catch him after the big spring game. When: Saturday, April 13th. 

10. March in Austin’s Annual Pet Parade

This is the place for dogs in drag. This event is beloved by all who have ever come across it—it’s hard not to love animals in outfits. There’s a costume contest, too! When: Saturday, April 20th. Register your pet here for Jo’s Annual Pet Parade

9. Go For A Full Moon Swim

This is as heavenly as it sounds, Austin Motel and Joann’s Fine Foods have launched Full Moon Swims. Grab a drink from the pool bar and relax to some tunes from Sundown to pool close. When: The next one is Friday, April 19! Click here for all the dates for Austin Motel’s Full Moon Swims.

Austin Motel Full Moon Swim

8. Booze On A Patio For Happy Hour

The Four Seasons restaurant, Ciclo, just launched a new happy hour worth visiting. Unwind from your work day and get a little fancy.

Looking for more happy hour options? Check out our list of happy hours around Zilker Park.

7. Check Out Jazz In The Park

Feast on fresh crawfish straight from Louisiana, jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée, alligator, and more, plus the best barbecue & Mexican cuisine from Austin. Guests will be able to wash it all down with a variety of cold beers from Austin while they are enjoying the very best bands from New Orleans and Austin on one stage.

In addition to food & music, guests will also be able to purchase arts & crafts from numerous artists in various mediums including art, jewelry, and sculpture. 

Jazz in the Park Austin

6. Watch The Best Bartenders In Texas Battle It Out

Garrison Brothers is challenging tastemakers to showcase their love of the Lone Star State by incorporating their bourbon into a unique concoction while competing against other top mixologists. When: Thursday, April 18th. Get tickets for the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl here.

5. Assemble Your Own Bike Gang

This company allows you to start your own motorcycle gang, but subs in fat-tired electric minibikes for motorcycles, which are completely glee-inducing. Plan an outing with your buds/gals or go on a custom tour (they recently added food truck tours to their arsenal). It’s a great way to explore the city when it’s gorgeous out. More details here on Your Bike Gang.

4. Hit Up Lady Bird Lake 

We’re blessed to have access to so many water activities in the middle of downtown. Rowing Dock will help you get out on the water and see Austin from a whole new vantage point. With kayaks, standup paddle boards, and even fishing kayaks (you read that right), Spring is an excellent time to be out on the lake!

3. Zipline Across Lake Travis

There’s no better time of year to check out this three-hour zipline tour that includes equipment, boat transportation, water, and a light trail snack. You also get access to a private beach where you can picnic, swim in the lake, play games, or just relax in a hammock. If you’ve got the nerve, you’ll have the time of your life.

2. Rent A Boat On Lake Austin Or Travis

Life is better on the lake, and Float On Boat Rentals offers ski boats for water-sports, and pontoon boats for chiller (or rowdier) party vibes. Their boats come equipped with yeti coolers, aux cables for your own jams, lily pads (google it), and even a boat captain so you can partake in an adult beverage or two and leave the navigating to the professionals. 

1. Explore Your Local Texas State Parks

Let’s face it, Texas gets hot in the summer, making Spring and Fall the ideal times of the year to enjoy the outdoors in Austin. Whether it’s camping, hiking, fishing, or generally enjoying nature that you’re into, you don’t have to venture far from downtown to disconnect. Here are five of our favorite state parks that are close to Austin.

Best State Parks Near Austin: Bastrop State Park

 

Have fun out there y’all! If you have a great spring activity that you think we missed, feel free to clue us in at hello@365ThingsAustin.com

Ciclo at The Four Seasons just unveiled a new happy hour and it has us pumped for patio weather in Austin. At the Four Seasons they never have a misstep, you can count on the service, food, experience being top notch every time. Given their exception level of service, this happy hour is a dream come true. It is available at the bar, terrace or beautiful lawn overlooking Lady Bird Lake. 

Here are the details: 

  • $5 wine, craft beer and house cocktails
  • $20 bottles of wine
  • bites starting at $3
  • FREE valet parking

When: daily 

Time: 5pm-7pm

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

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) announced the return of the popular  Bike Night. The program will allow cyclists to bike around the world-renowned circuit from 6 until dark every Tuesday, giving them the opportunity to experience the 3.4-mile, 20-turn racetrack at their own pace. To participate, guests must register on-site at COTA or online at www.thecircuit.com/bike.

Bike Night is open to all levels of experience, from beginner to professional. Riders seeking a more challenging route can conquer Turn 1 — one of the most iconic turns in motorsports. A flatter route is available for novice riders with the Turn 1 Bypass route.

Here is a schedule of the Bike Nights:

  • MARCH 12, 19*, 26
  • APRIL 2, 9*, 16*, 23, 30
  • MAY 7, 14, 28
  • JUNE 4, 11, 18, 25

* Due to INDYCAR and MotoGP, check-in and registration for these Bike Nights will take place in the Main Grandstand rather than the Paddock.

Registration is $15 for early online booking and $20 at the door. Early online booking will close at 10 p.m. every Monday prior to event. Season passes, available for purchase at $195 now through March 19, include thirteen guaranteed rides with additional Tuesday nights free through July.

Parking in Lot A is free and will open each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

To participate inBike Night Powered  riders must register online at www.thecircuit.com/bike or on site at COTA’s picnic area or Paddock.

Earlier this year, a few very talented participants of Garrison Brothers’ Bourbon Takeover of Texas were selected to compete for the chance to be named the best bartender in Texas. And now it’s time for the to bring their A-game so the rest of us can drink it.

At the Austin semi-final leg of Bourbon Brawl, they’ll be tasked with incorporating Garrison Brothers 2019 vintage, small batch bourbon into a unique concoction while battling it out with other top Texas mixologists. Naturally, the cocktail should be inspired by the Lone Star State. And it must taste ridiculously good.

Here are the bartenders going for the gold:

  • Andrew Grenz – The Fairmont
  • Leenie Boyle – Better Half
  • Priscilla Aragon – Central Standard
  • Terence Robson – Here nor There
  • Caer Maiko Ferguson – The Eleanor

Come cheer on these mix masters and enjoy free beer and wine! And of course, you get to sample drinks from each of the five contestants.

Donations are $20 and the ticket sales go to Good Bourbon for a Good Cause, a 501c3 public charity.

When: April 18th

Time: 6:30–10 p.m.

Location:
The Refinery
612 Brazos St.
Austin, Texas 78701