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Life is all about balance, right? So after work today let’s do something productive and healthy—and then let’s drink. Sweat it out with The Barre Code Austin – South LamarBumbleBFF, and Outdoor Voices for a 50-minute pool-side workout and swag bag at the swanky W Austin. Bring your bestie or find a new workout buddy in BFF Mode by downloading The Bumble App here.

Hang around after the workout session for happy hour with beats by DJ Kurupt and a complimentary cocktail made with juice provided by Snap Kitchen.

When: Today, May 3rd (and every Wednesday in May)

Time: 5-9 p.m. | Class starts at 6 p.m.

Location:
WET Deck at W Austin

Tickets $20 // Sign up for class at The Barre Code Austin Mind Body under the Events Tab
*complimentary entry for hotel guests.

Photo credit: W Austin’s Facebook page

1. Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

What: Hot Luck is inspired by friendly tailgates, family reunions, get togethers, and potlucks of our past and present—with a few differences. It is a fun, chef-driven celebration of fire, food, music, and camaraderie; an a la carte, eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.

When: May 18th-21st

Location: Austin, Texas

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2. Free Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors

What: Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production is a rollicking and rambunctious fresh look at The Comedy of Errors from guest director, Robert Ramirez, head of the acting program at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, The Comedy of Errors will be performed under the stars at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater.

When: Thursdays-Sundays in May, 8 p.m.

Location: Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater

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3. Kentucky Derby Party at Josephine House

What: Josephine House is hosting their first-annual Kentucky Derby Party and it sounds completely wonderful. Guests will enjoy food from Chef Josh Hines who is from Louisville and works at Clark’s. Come chow down on authentic fried chicken with cabbage slaw, spring potato salad, and serrano honey. Other items on the marble bar will include: deviled eggs, biscuits and country ham, English pea and sugar snap salad, summer squash salad, and kale salad, followed by a traditional Derby Pie.

They will have big screens up on the lawn showing the race, real ponies for the kids, and mint juleps. Guests can buy tickets for $50 per person, which includes food and two drink tickets.

When: May 6th, 3-7 p.m.

Location: Josephine House

4. The 3rd Annual Derby in the City Music Festival with Citizen Cope

What: If you can’t get yourself and your giant hat to Louisville this year, don’t fret—the Austin version is every bit as fun. The third-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. This is, by far, the biggest Race for the Roses party in the city. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring Black Pistol Fire, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast, The Watters, and headliner Citizen Cope with his full band!

When: May 6th, 1:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Statesman Parking Lot

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5. Bridesmaids Pub Run at The Paramount

What: Get ready to parrr-taaayyyyy with the best of them! Grab your best/tackiest bridesmaid dress and tell your BFFs, frenemies, and #3s to meet at the Paramount for the ultimate wedding party. From there, we’ll dash to Whole Foods Market (we know the owner) for some food, beer, beats by a real wedding emcee, and you might even see an old colonial woman churning butter! After our runner’s reception, we’ll make our way back to Stateside at the Paramount and take a load off for a costume contest and screening of Bridesmaids. Pub Run participants will receive two tickets good for beer, soda, or popcorn once back at the theatre!

When: May 23rd, 6 p.m.

Location: The Paramount

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6. 6th Annual Pink Mahal

What: Whip In and Wine For the People invite you to kick off the rosé season with a celebration featuring rosés from all over the globe and delicious appetizers to match for $35! Few things compliment Austin’s warmer months better than a glass of dry rosé, and South Austin’s famous Whip In boasts the largest selection in the city. Come explore all the pink fun!

When: May 20th, 1-5 p.m.

Location: The Whip In

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7. Bat Tuesday

What: While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Tuesday, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, snacks, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats!

When: Select Tuesdays

Location: Lady Bird Lake

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8. Unplugged at The Grove

What: KGSR’s Unplugged at The Grove is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience this legendary free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio.

When: Thursdays, 8 p.m.

Location: Shady Grove

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9. Blues on the Green

What: Blues On The Green is Austin’s longest-running free music series. Veterans know the drill, but for first-time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs, and your dog (but he must be on a leash at all times). My best piece of advice is to either ride your bike, carpool, take the bus, or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker can be quite the headache.

When: May 24th

Location: Zilker Park

10. Backyard BBQ and Dog Jog With Outdoor Voices

What: Grab your pup and come down to Irene’s for a fabulous backyard BBQ. Drinking and eating for a good cause is always a fun time. Proceeds will benefit Emancipet.

When: May 21st, 3-6 p.m.

Location: Irene’s

Name: Kurt
Animal ID: A734959
Age: 1 year old
Breed: Lab Mix
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: In Foster

 

Kurt is around 1 year old and has been enjoying foster-life while his foster parents and 4-legged foster siblings help him face his fears and come out of his shell. He is the sweetest and silliest boy who warms up nicely in a new home and wants nothing more than a kind person to follow around and doggie siblings to play and cuddle with. Shown in one of the pictures is his foster sister, Pearl, a.k.a. Kurt’s Security Blanket. Following the lead of his foster sisters, Kurt knows when his foster is ready to leave and he runs and crates himself! How’s that for easy? Do you think Kurt would fit in your pack? Email his foster mom, Theresa, at downert7@gmail.com  to set up a visit to meet Sweet Kurt in real life!

Learn more about Kurt and watch his video’s on his own FB page!

https://www.facebook.com/Adopt-me-Im-the-cutest-and-the-sweetest-748877721930159/

 

Check out our previous Pet of the Week’s!

Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty. As Lady Bird Johnson once said, they “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”

What better way to commemorate these iconic features of our landscapes than to get outside and learn more about them? We encourage you to stop, smell and celebrate wildflowers with us always, but we are offering extra special activities this week!

Wildflower Center activities are listed below, but most programs require REGISTRATION. Find more details on all the events here: http://www.wildflower.org/wildflowerweek

All events are at the Wildflower Center unless otherwise noted.

Regular admission applies throughout the week and supports our efforts to inspire the conservation of native plants.

Daily, May 1-7
Find Your Center (Guided Tour): 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Spring is a great time to get outside, take a deep breath, reset and refresh. Our knowledgeable docents will lead daily walks through the gardens during National Wildflower Week, helping visitors connect to the season through native blooms. Learn about spring wildflowers and gain knowledge you can take with you to share with friends and family.

Monday, May 1
Wildflowers at Westcave: 10 – 11 a.m.
Westcave Preserve is a 76-acre natural area near Austin providing protection and habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna. Join Wildflower Center volunteer, Tom Watson, for a special wildflower walk through the ecosystems of the preserve. Tom is a retired botanist and master naturalist with a lot of knowledge to share for National Wildflower Week! The walk will wind through a mile and a half of trails. $15 per person; space is limited and registration is required: http://www.wildflower.org/event/westcave

Tuesday, May 2
Wildflowers at the Well: 9 – 10 a.m.
Join Master Naturalists from Hays and Travis County for a guided walk at Jacob’s Well Natural Area to view the wildflowers that thrive on the land near the beloved Texas swimming hole. We’ll set a leisurely pace and end with a view of the spring’s mouth, known as the “well.” Free, but registration is required.
http://www.wildflower.org/event/jacobs-well

Wednesday, May 3
Birds & Blooms: 8 – 10 a.m.
Our feathered friends rely on native flora for food and habitat. Birders from the Travis Audubon Society and horticulturalists from the Center will co-lead this walk through the Texas Arboretum (where wildflowers and birds both abound). Learn to identify several species native to the Hill Country and how they interact with the landscape. Space is limited. http://www.wildflower.org/event/birds-and-blooms

Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape: 10 – 11 a.m.
Families with preschoolers can explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns! Learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk. Free with admission; always free for members.

Thorns & Blooms! Flowering Cacti: 2 – 3 p.m.
Cacti are known for stinging and poking, but did you know they bloom in a beautiful spectrum of hues too? Join our nursery manager, Sean Watson, on a behind-the-scenes tour featuring beauties such as Mammillaria heyderi,Thelocactus setispinus, Epithelantha micromeris and other spiny species. Space is limited.
http://www.wildflower.org/event/cacti-flowers

Friday, May 5
Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape: 10 – 11 a.m.
Families with preschoolers can explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns! Learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk. Free with admission; always free for members.

Saturday, May 6
Explore Spring Lake: 9 – 11 a.m.
Join Master Naturalists in exploring the wildflowers of Spring Lake Natural Area on this guided hike through the woodlands and meadows of the preserve. Witness and learn about flora and fauna. We’ll take a leisurely pace and plenty of “look at this!” breaks. Free, but registration is required.
http://www.wildflower.org/event/spring-lake

Nature Play Hour – Wildflowers! 10 – 11 a.m.
In this special celebration of spring blooms, children will learn about wildflowers and make a craft to take home. Free with admission; always free for members.

Sunday, May 7
Monarchs & Milkweed (Special Presentation): 2 – 4 p.m.
Monarch butterflies are one of nature’s most recognizable and charismatic creatures, known for their bright colors and epic annual migrations between the Canada, the United States and Mexico. But there is much more to the monarch than its bold orange beauty and powerful, graceful flights. In his book, “Monarchs and Milkweeds: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution,” Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch has evolved closely alongside the milkweed. Read more at: http://www.wildflower.org/event/monarchs-milkweed-agrawal

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Austin’s Ultimate Boy Band Experience.

See them at Cedar Street Courtyard every Thursday night at 9:30 for your favorite boy bands – from blackstreet & backstreet to boyzII men & bieber.

Things are getting real y’all. Oh and come prepared to dance your ass off.

Cost: $5

When: Thursdays

Time: 9:30pm

Location:
Cedar Street Courtyard
208 W. 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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If you can’t get yourself and your giant hat to Louisville this year, don’t fret—the Austin version is every bit as fun. The third-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. This is, by far, the biggest Race for the Roses party in the city. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring Black Pistol Fire, Sweet Spirit, Los Coast, The Watters, and headliner Citizen Cope with his full band!

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Odd Duck will be crafting their Makers Mark mint julep, Kentucky mules, and other fabulous cocktails and there will be a solid beer list with Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Deep Ellum Brewing, and Schilling Cider. Also check out the food trucks and massive Jockey Club Tent with flat screen TVs.

When: Saturday, May 6th

Time: Gates – 1:30 p.m. | Festival Ends – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: General Admission Tickets – $31.50 for a limited time – price increase coming soon!

VIP –  $100, includes:
  • Intimate area tucked beneath the oak trees for the ultimate shaded experience
  • Complimentary food provided by Odd Duck
  • Complimentary massages provided by Austin Massage Company
  • Dedicated bar with exclusive choices not available in general admission area
  • UPGRADED Luxury VIP toilet station
  • Ticket holders receive a swanky VIP GIFT BAG with access to exclusive discounts, products and experiences from companies/merchants such as Kendra Scott, Odd Duck, Austin Massage Company, Soul Cycle and more
  • Tables and chairs for seating (seating on a first-come basis)
  • Complimentary bottled water
Location:
Austin American Statesman
305 S. Congress Ave.

The Wine Down, presented by The Dreaming Tree Wines, is back at 3TEN ACL Live for 2017 in partnership with the 2ND Street District, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and KUTX, with proceeds once again going to the Austin Music Foundation.

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Each month, a different restaurant from 2ND Street District will be on-site providing food samples while guests enjoy free tastings and happy hour priced glasses featuring The Dreaming Tree Wines. Each evening’s entertainment will be emceed by KUTX D.J.s and will feature pop-up shops from local retailers. The 2017 series kicks off with a bang Wednesday, April 26th, and runs monthly through September 27th.

The Wine Down 2017 Schedule:

  • 4/26/2017            Jonathan Terrell w/ bites by Alimentari 28 & pop-up by Sikara & Co.
  • 5/31/2017            Charlie Faye & The Fayettes w/ bites by CRU Food & Wine Bar & pop-up by Hemline
  • 6/28/2017            Superfónicos w/ bites by Lonesome Dove & pop-up by Luxe Apothetique
  • 7/26/2017            Scott H. Biram w/ bites by Taverna & pop-up by ModCloth
  • 8/30/2017            Mobley w/ bites by W Living Room & pop-up by Saint Bernard
  • 9/27/2017            Austin Music Foundation Presents Magna Carda + Tomar & The FCs w/ bites by TRACE and pop-up by Rae Cosmetics

“The Wine Down series is the perfect event,” said Shana Ogg, Marketing Manager of 2ND Street District. “Guests get to sample the best of the 2ND Street District’s stores and restaurants all while enjoying live music at the new 3TEN ACL Live venue.  This is exactly what makes downtown Austin the place to be.”

The Wine Down is free, open to the public, and takes place from 5–8 pm at 3TEN ACL Live. Each event hosts giveaways for merchandise from businesses around the 2ND Street neighborhood.  For more information, please visit www.3TENaustin.com.

Location:
ACL Live
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

Texas-based Grande Communications announced this morning (4/25) that home and business subscribers in the Austin area are now eligible for 1 Gigabit Internet service.

Customers in these areas that are now able to enjoy Grande’s expanded Gigabit internet service will notice a big difference in their online activities as the upgrade brings unparalleled speed, reliability and capacity over the traditional internet experience. With download speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, users can download 100 songs or a two-hour movie in just a few seconds.

Residential pricing starts at just $69.99/month and includes wireless home networking, no contracts, no bandwidth usage caps and easy installation. Who doesn’t want seriously fast internet speeds to surf, stream, download, work and game online?

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To help spread the news, Grande also kicked off the Gotta Getta Gig Sweepstakes and prizes include an Xbox One Bundle, and a Dell Touch-Screen Laptop.

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The contest is open to all Texas residents and runs through May 25th. To Enter:

Tell Grande why you need 1 Gig and enter for a chance to win at: http://mygrande.com/internet/gotta-getta-gig

Tonight is our first Bat Tuesday of the season! If you live in Austin, you know that bats are big. Well not literally big, they’re actually pretty small, but their nightly journey to find insects is a spectacle that draws huge crowds of tourists and locals alike. Every night at dusk from early March to November, more than 1.5 million bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in the world. It’s an amazing scene and an absolutely essential Austin activity.

While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Tuesday, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, snacks, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats!

Here are the details for the cruise:  

  • Boarding starts at 6:00 p.m.  We’ll cruise from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • House DJ laying down the best beats around
  • Lite bites from a local restaurant or food truck  
  • Spirits courtesy of favorite local wineries, breweries and distilleries
  • If delicious cocktails ain’t your thing, the boat is also BYOB!
  • All this for $35 per person
  • You do not need a printed confirmation, we will check you in electronically once you arrive
  • HAVE FUN, and drink responsibly

Space is limited so snag your reservation here.

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Name: Hugo
Animal ID: A738100
Age: 3 year old
Breed: Lab Mix
Sex: Neutered Mix
Location: Kennel 106

 

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Hugo is a wonderful dog. He is a huge snuggler and likes to think he is a lap dog sometimes. He loves toys with squeakers, although he goes through them very quickly. He also loves to play fetch and run! Hugo would be THE BEST running buddy! He is one of our Playgroup Rock Stars! He is house trained and well behaved on his first overnight with a volunteer. Overall Hugo is an amazing dog and I hope he finds his forever home soon! Come visit Hugo, take him for a walk or play ball!

Check out his video! https://www.facebook.com/AustinAnimalCenter/