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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

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

 

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