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

  • E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at NW District Park — Mar. 29, 8 p.m.
  • Zoolander at Zilker Park (Monkey Tree) — Apr. 12, 8:15 p.m.
  • The Road to El Dorado at Dick Nichols Park — May 3, 8:15 p.m.
  • The Little Mermaid at Dove Springs Park — May 23, 8:30 p.m.
  • Clueless at Palm Park — June 6, 8:45 p.m.
  • Angels in the Outfield at Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park — June 20, 8:45 p.m.
  • Space Jam at Martin Middle School Fields — July 11, 8:15 p.m.
  • Freaky Friday at Dottie Jordan Neighborhood Park — Sept. 13, 8 p.m.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at Duncan Neighborhood Park — Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Austinites are invited to the Movies in the Park series to enjoy a fun and relaxing evening under the Austin sky. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and dogs on-leash are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass, and styrofoam are not permitted in any of the parks.

For more information on the Movies in the Park series and for any changes in the schedule, please visit https://www.austinparks.org/movies/.

Cafe Josie has been a favorite Austin institution since 1997, the cozy Clarksville spot is owned by restaurateur Cody Taylor, and Chef Todd helms the kitchen, creating craveable small plates. Cafe Josie offers an amazing all you can eat menu called “The Experience” for $45 per person. Diners are able to customize their “experience” by ordering as many plates as they desire.  Our top picks include the Korean Fried Chicken, the Scallop Ceviche and the Grilled Hanger Steak.  

The cocktails at Cafe Josie are stellar, try the Fire Opal with Mezcal Joven, Uruapan Charanda, and Cappelletti Apertivol, or the Old Austin with Balcones Blue Corn Whisky, Angostura, and Pecan. They have great weekday specials including all night happy hour on Monday, $5 classic cocktails all night on Tuesday, half off all wine on Wednesday, and even Saturday happy hour from 4 to 6 PM.

Photo: Cassandra Klepac Photography


Cafe Josie‘s brunch menu is also a treat. Offered on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2 pm, diners can get their fill of brunch favorites like Tater Tot Casserole, Quiche Lorraine, Banana Bread, Buttermilk Pancakes and Fried Gulf Shrimp & Grits. The brunch menu is also unlimited plates and costs $25 per person. Don’t forget to get your fill of $3 mimosas as well! 

 
Cafe Josie also has a regular A La Carte dinner menu for those who don’t want the all you can eat option, as well as entirely gluten free menu options. Find out more at cafejosie.com and follow on Instagram at @cafejosieatx

We’re always looking for a fun new group activity in this city, and something new will be arriving in early April. The Candle Bar, which started in Nashville and grew quickly to Charlotte and Dallas gives customers a DIY candle pouring experience for $40. Think Build-A-Bear for grown-up people.

So instead of the same old brunch or drinks or manis and pedis, this would be a fab thing to do with your girls. The store is coming to the Domain Northside near Hat Creek Burger Company.

Here’s how it works: First, you choose your vessel from their wall stocked full of traditional colored glass and modern ceramics, then you sniff your way around the fragrance library, which has over 40 options. After that, you get to help measure your own wax, mix the scent, and pour your own custom candle.

This is a group outing where you can learn a lot and leave with a souvenir you’ll actually use or gift it to some lucky pal. And you will be beaming with pride when people compliment the smell of your house.

The store will also carry stuff you don’t have to make yourself like jewelry, stationary, textiles, skincare, and fancy grooming products for men.

If you have a group that wants to do the candle thing, it’s best to make a rezzy online. They’ll offer between three to five workshops per day.

 

Biderman’s Deli is Austin’s go-to Jewish inspired deli, offering bagels & schmear, breakfast bagel sandwiches, lox, hot and cold deli sandwiches like pastrami, corned beef and reubens, as well as salads, traditional deli sides and soups (the Matzo ball is killer). 

Owned by Austin native Zach Biderman and Gabe Sims, Biderman’s has two locations in Austin, one off of Far West and one downtown at 800 Brazos. The cozy deli has a neighborhood feel and has a friendly, inviting staff whether you’re grabbing a quick bite or having weekend lunch with friends. Biderman’s has also recently partnered with local bagel phenom Rosen’s Bagel Co. and sources all of their outstanding bagels from Rosen’s. 
 
Our favorite for breakfast is the Lox Deluxe, a bagel topped with schmear, nova lox, tomato, onion, and capers; and for lunch, The Max, piled high with corned beef, turkey, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on Rye bread. Don’t forget to grab a Black & White cookie on your way out! 

Biderman’s also offers catering and online ordering for those last minute meetings and lunch on the go. Find more info at bidermansdeli.com or follow them on Instagram at @bidermansdeli
 
Location:
3742 Far West
Austin, Texas 78731
 
E. 8th Street #215 (Enter on Brazos Street)
Austin, Texas 78701
 

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!

We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company & Capital Cruises again to bring you, The Bat Boat!

Enjoy great music, food, and drinks aboard a double-decker boat with a rooftop deck, an air-conditioned lower deck, and bathrooms.  We’ll stop near the Congress Bridge at sunset to watch the bats fly, while giving you a bit more information about them.

Each Bat Boat features a different local beer, wine, or cider vendor, so you can feel great about participating in this local tradition, while supporting local businesses.

Our vendors rotate each week – Please see below and check out our Facebook Events to learn more!

Here’s What’s Included:

Additional Details

  • BYOB of additional beverages and food is permitted.
  • You may board the boat 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
  • We set sail promptly at the given departure time – please don’t be late!
  • You do not need a printed confirmation, we will check you in electronically once you arrive.
  • Full trip details are sent out via email the Monday before your cruise

Don’t miss your chance to see the bats fly from the best seat in the house – BOOK NOW!

We’re thrilled to be a part of Hot Luck again! We know you are thinking about SXSW right now, but let’s zoom ahead to May and get tickets for one of the best fests in town. Scope out the lineup and get your tickets right now at hotluckfest.com.

Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, Hot Luck is what happens at the fire—in the flames. It’s where the inspiration turns into food. This festival feeds the people, the music, the camaraderie  Which lead to the next round of crazy ideas that flicker to life.

True to Hot Luck style, music shows will showcase some of Austin’s beloved music venues, including Mohawk, Antone’s, and Barracuda. Music to date includes Lucero, Leftover Salmon, Archers of Loaf, The Suffers, PJ Morton, Sunflower Bean, Robert Ellis, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Naughty Professor, New Breed Brass Band, Harlem, El Tule and more.

Photo: Alison Narro

The 2019 chef lineup is …

Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice (Chicago); Alon Shaya, Saba (New Orleans); Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix); Doug Adams, Bullard (Portland); Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions (Portland); Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon (Portland); Greg & Gabi Denton, Ox (Portland); Jason Vincent & Ben Lustbader, Giant (Chicago); Jeremiah Stone, Contra (New York); Katie Button, Button & Co. Bagels (Asheville); Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf (New Orleans); Matty Matheson, TV Host, Just A Dash; Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (Los Angeles).

TEXAS:

Chris Shepherd, Georgia James (Houston); Justin Yu, Theodore Rex (Houston); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); Rico Torres & Diego Galicia, Mixtli (San Antonio); Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).

AUSTIN:

Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ; Alex Manley & Jen Tucker, Swedish Hill; Andre Natera, Garrison & Revue; Andrew Wisehart, Contigo; Austin Rocconi, Hotel Ella; Bryan Butler & Ben Runkle, Salt & Time; Callie Speer, Holy Roller; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fermín Núñez & Sam Hellman-Mass, Suerte; Fiore Tedesco,L’Oca d’Oro; Gabe Erales; Ivana & Yamila Maldonado, Cuyo; Jason Stude, East Austin Hotel; JB Gross, Loro; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Max Snyder, Pitchfork Pretty; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex Mex; Philip Speer, upcoming restaurant; Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie; Tatsu Aikawa, Tatsu-Ya; Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Emmer & Rye; Todd Duplechan & Jessica Maher, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Uchi; Yoshi Okai, Otoko; Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table.

And here is the rest of the fun. The 2019 events include …

THURSDAY, MAY 23

The Giddy Up: Mohawk (7 p.m.)

Presented by our friends at YETI, The Giddy Up is our welcome party for the Hot Luck family. All our food heroes get together to swap whopping lies and insider truths about life in the weeds. Canada’s favorite son Matty Matheson will be joined by local luminaries such as Callie Speer, Chad Dolezal, and Yoshi Okai for this industry shindig, with tunes furnished by Texas Piano Man, Robert Ellis, and friends. Get on down to The Giddy Up — eat, drink, and hoot with the chefs and culinary nerds behind this whole prandial extravagance.

*This event is only available via the Whole Enchilada pass. All bites are included; beverages will be available for purchase.

FRIDAY, MAY 24

Hi, How Are You?: Franklin Barbecue (7 – 10 p.m.)

Welcome to Hot Luck ‘19, and for a lot of you, welcome to Austin. Join us for this East Side backyard get-together featuring Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue—famous for the longest lines in the history of lunch. He’ll be joined by Portland heroes Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon) and Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions), along with Texans Chris Shepherd, Rebecca Masson, Sarah McIntosh, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Luigi’s mom, and more for a one-of-a-kind block party.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Al Fuego: Wild Onion Ranch (7 – 10 p.m.)

Al Fuego is Hot Luck’s main event: a live-action, flame-fueled celebration of open-air cooking styles—from Texas to Thailand. We coax the chefs to kick it casual (not that hard) and cook what they might for friends in their own backyards. We set them up with the best meats, the coldest beer, and Aaron Franklin might even build them a specialty cooker. The entire reason Hot Luck exists is to celebrate the fare rarely seen at large events—the obsessively prepared, passionately executed, inspiring food that chefs love to eat.

SUNDAY, MAY 26

Couple de Grille: Austin Speed Shop (11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Sweet dreams and driving machines meet for autobrunch at our favorite vintage garage shop in town. Whether you roll slow and low, drift furiously, or are insured through Lloyds of London, prepare yourself for a gleaming spectacle of magnificent Motorcraft and meticulous morsels, ZZ Tapas style.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

Fan of Lamb ATX Tour

Hot Luck has teamed up with American Lamb Board for a special #FanOfLamb initiative during Hot Luck 2019. We’ve partnered with four amazing restaurants in Austin’s East Side to showcase the variety of ways delicious lamb can be enjoyed. During regular service hours on Hot Luck weekend, Cisco’s, Kebabalicious, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Salt & Time will each have a special Hot Luck lamb dish. Try one, or try ‘em all!

 
 

Since 1938, Rodeo Austin has been the place “Where Weird Meets Western.” From Austin’s largest carnival and funnel cakes, to mutton bustin’ and amazing live music, there is something for everyone. Because the attractions and big-name acts seem to grow exponentially every year, we’ve compiled this rundown of everything you need to know about the rodeo before you go.

Put on your ten-gallon hat, and all the denim and turquoise you own—it’s time for the best time in Texas. Here’s the deal:

New This Year: Kick Open The Chutes – Party On The Dirt!

Rodeo Austin’s brand new event, Kick Open the Chutes, takes place March 15th at 6:30pm and officially kicks off the 2019 Rodeo season! This party on the dirt features live music concerts by Wade Bowen and Sam Riggs, rodeo eats, a cash bar, rodeo-inspired games, and silent auction – all on the arena floor! Your $20 ticket provides a sneak peek into rodeo action with a behind-the-scenes experience for true rodeo fans and there’s FREE parking!

Rodeo Austin Music:

Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout the month of March.

There are performances at the E2open Outdoor Stage, the 100X Dance Hall, and at the ProRodeo & Concert.

2019 ProRodeo Performances include:

  • March 16: Aaron Watson
  • March 17: Dia Del Vaquero with La Adictiva
  • March 18: Flo Rida
  • March 19: Midland
  • March 20: Chris Janson
  • March 21: The Struts
  • March 22: Randy Rogers Band
  • March 23: Josh Turner
  • March 24: Ronnie Milsap
  • March 25: Walker Hayes
  • March 26: Martina McBride
  • March 27: The Jacksons
  • March 28: Dustin Lynch
  • March 29: Parker McCollum
  • March 30: Kevin Fowler

New to the Fairgrounds:

On the Southside of the Fairgrounds, Rodeo Austin is excited to bring more entertainment that can be enjoyed by all! Watch feathered friends race to the finish line at the turkey races, enjoy excitement and laughter at the comedy stunt show, play in the sea of bubbles at the Bubble Bayou or sit back and relax at the Coors Cactus Saloon.

Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:

Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Rodeo Austin brings great entertainment to the Fairgrounds each year with over 80 rides, games and other amusements.

In addition to the carnival, the Fairgrounds offer a variety of things to do. From a Beer and Wine Garden, Butterfly and Parakeet Encounter and rotating food trucks to a petting zoo, pony rides, Swifty Swine pig races and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone!

WILD WEST TENT:

Rodeo Austin’s Wild West Tent will feature Tomás Garcilazo – The Charro, a world-renowned, traditional Mexican Charro whose rope artistry and horsemanship skills are among the best in the world. Also appearing in the Wild West tent Every Saturday at 3:00, is Mutton Bustin’ Mania! Sign your children up online or on-site at the Wild West Tent.

The Wild West Tent will also feature Tricked Out. The well-known Kimzey family has teamed up to bring an equestrian act that is so daring and fast-paced, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The tricks will keep you in suspense while they bring the “Wild West” back to life.

Competitive Events:

Rodeo Austin has over 8,000 entries for this year’s competitive events, which includes the Junior Livestock Shows, Open Livestock Shows, Horse Show, Gold Stirrup Horse Show, Longhorn Open and Youth Show and Ultimate Scramble Championship.

Avenue of Breeds:

The Animal Science Center features the Avenue of Breeds, an educational exhibit showcasing a variety of animals found in Texas that originated from various places across the globe.

Visit the Hank The Cowdog exhibit to learn about ranching and Texas heritage through the eyes of a loveable dog, Hank!

The first week, Row of Champions will be empty however, the second week, Row of Champions will display the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2018 Junior Livestock Show.

100X Dance Hall:

After the ProRodeo and main stage concert, head over to the 100X Dance Hall for even more live music as you dance the night away at Rodeo Austin’s exclusive after-hours honky-tonk. 100X Dance Hall opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays for dancing, drinks and live music! Open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with live music all day!

A new addition 100X Dance Hall is Jack’s Front Porch, where you can enjoy an evening on the front porch under the stars.

Special Deals:

Get half-off ProRodeo & Concert tickets March 25-27.

Carnival Wristband Spring Break Special – March 18-21, 11 a.m. –5 p.m.

$2 Tuesday – $2 Fairgrounds admission and $2 carnival rides

A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And 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.

We’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe. We also partner with BBG’s on 6th St. to provide drink specials and great food-for-purchase before your float.  

Duration: 6 hours (roughly)

Cost: $45.00-$55.00

Here’s what you can expect:

The best season of the year is here and that’s FLOATING SEASON! Public Floats will always run Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We will be offering Public Floats seven days a week May 4th – September based on availability. For last minute Monday – Thursday floats please call 512-282-8687 to confirm whether or not a Public Float will be running.

Details for Public Floats are below, click here to arrange a Private Float. 

*For day-of ticket purchases, please call 512-ATC-TOUR for availability*

Your ticket includes:

– Round trip transportation from downtown Austin to and from the San Marcos River to float with our partners at Texas State Tubes. 

– One tube for you and one for your group to put your cooler in. 

We provide the coolers complimentary for your convenience on the bus. 

– After leaving downtown Austin, we will stop on the way to the river for you to pick up alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and ice for you to take on the river. In order to protect the San Marcos River, styrofoam and glass are not allowed.

– Check In for Floats is at BBG’s on 6th St. from 10:30-10:55 AM.

– BBG’s will have drink specials for our guests, and can also make food-to-go for your trip! 

  • Specials: 
  • $3 Mimosa 
  • $5 Bloody Marys 
  • $3 Domestic Beers 
  • $2 Off all Appetizers and Salads 

– The bus departs at 11:00 AM sharp – Please don’t be late or you’ll have to find your own ride to the river! 

-Floats normally last 3.5-4 hours, depending on the speed of the river which is altered by the amount of rain we have in the area annually. 

– Will will return to downtown Austin at approximately 5PM – 5:30PM

– The bus and float are BYOB

Need to know:

– New regulations are being enforced by the city of San Marcos on the river – stopping for long periods of time not will be allowed on the float during prime season dates, July-August. 

– Please grab a reusable trash bag from Texas State tubes before hopping on the river to collect your trash for the duration of the float. If you do not grab a trash bag, put empty cans back in your cooler. Please do not throw your trash in the river. 

– The bus will leave from Texas State Tubes no later than 4:00PM. You are responsible for arriving by this time in order get a ride with ATC back to Austin. The bus cannot wait longer than this time. If you are later than this time, your valuables will be left on site and you will be responsible for getting your ride back to Austin. There is plenty of time to float and arrive back before this time – just be mindful!

– Full trip details and information will be sent out VIA EMAIL the week of your float. Please check your email for those trip details as they are subject to change. 

*Weekday tickets are subject to availability (excluding Friday). Please email info@austintourcompany.com for more information*

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Ao5 Gallery has been the proud host of one of the world’s largest collections of The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss for over two decades. This year’s extraordinary exhibition will showcase the rare and long sold-out Earth Friendly Lorax series. This matched set is signed by Audrey Geisel herself, Dr. Seuss’s wife and his biggest advocate, who managed his estate and artwork up until her recent passing in 2018.

The opening reception is this Saturday. 

Ao5 Gallery has a permanent collection of Dr. Seuss artwork on display. For our annual spring Dr. Seuss event, we bring out our entire collection of rare works for you to enjoy. This special showcase will continue through the month of March in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, 1904.

Location:
Ao5
3005 S Lamar Blvd, Suite C 110 B
Austin, Texas 78704

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