Float On, Austin’s highest boat rental company, is giving service industry pros a chance to live it up like only they know how this summer. During the week (Monday through Thursday), you can get the fourth hour of your party on the lake totally free, and they’ll throw in a YETI cooler filled with ice and water. That’s 30% less than you would normally pay.
Cruise on Lake Austin or Lake Travis and take advantage of the fact that the rest of the city is working away at an office somewhere.
Here’s the whole deal:
12 Passenger Pontoon
Highly rated FloatOn Captain
Aqua Lily Pad
Free YETI package ($50 Value)
This is all for only $350. Call your work pals and get something fun on the calendar! Just mention this post and where you work to get the discount.
Dear cat people, we know dog people get a lot of attention in ATX, but let’s not worry about them today—because here’s an event that’s all about YOU! And your cat, of course. Because you really really love your cat. POP Cats is a two-day convention celebrating adorable felines, art, and pop culture and it’s heading our way Aug. 25 – 26. Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, tell your cat. Do what you need to do. POP Cats debuted last year at the Miami Airport Convention Center and the city was never the same.
After a successful inaugural event, the founders decided to expand the event to two days and explored the country for a perfect POP Cats 2018 location. They ultimately chose Austin because of the city’s adoration of its pet population and its vibrant creative community.
The meow-tastic press release describes the event as a “fun, immersive feline universe where humans can shop, learn, adopt, play, and connect with the spirited cat community.” What could possibly be better?
They’ll be music, entertainment, a play space for cats and their owners, and a curated line-up of feline experts and influencers. Plus cat-loving artists and vendors from Texas and around the world. They are all coming together to celebrate the splendor of cats and the humans that love them.
Austin Humane Society will be there with adorable kitties looking for their forever home. Austin’s own internet-famous tuxie cat, Turbo-Two Legs will be onsite with his mom, Chelsey Schmidt, to highlight the benefits of adopting disabled and special needs kitties.
Buy your tickets here!Onsite food, refreshments, and “cat-tails” will be available. Onsite parking is $8.
Adult $20 | Child $10 | 10+ Groups $16
2-Day Tickets: Adult $32 | Child $16 | 10+ Groups $25.60
Can I bring my cat?
Yes! Cats are totally welcome! They must be current on their vaccinations (bring their records!). The also have to be on a harness or in a crate while walking the event. Only one cat allowed per group. Dogs are not allowed for obvious reasons—no exceptions.
When: Sat., Aug. 25 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun., Aug. 26 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704
Photo: Noel Bridges
1. Float The River: Simply said, this is an Austin Rite of Passage. We’re experts by now so we can provide everything including safe transportation from downtown Austin, tubes, and ice.
2. Zilker Free Summer Musical: All Shook Up: This is a MUST DO for all ages. Thursdays-Sundays late July-August head to the Zilker Hillside for a five star performance. Don’t forget to pack a picnic, bug spray and a blanket.
3. Barton Springs Pool: no matter how hot it gets, this constant 68 degree spring fed pool will cool your core.
4. Unplugged At The Grove: Summer in Austin is all about the free live music. Unplugged at the Grove is the longest running free music series in Austin.
5. South Congress Hotel Pool Pass: This is summer’s best kept secret. Now through Labor Day, you can snag pool passes at the South Congress Hotel that will get you access to the rooftop pool and bar, and towels. Poolside dining is provided by Café No Sé. Guests can book their pool day at South Congress Hotel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Mondays – Fridays though Labor Day, 11 a.m.- sunset
Photo: Nick Simonite
6. Walk Dogs or Volunteer with Austin Animal Center: How can you resist that sweet face?! Even if you can’t commit to owning a new dog, the dogs at the shelter always love the chance to get out of their cages and go on walks!
7. Explore Austin on a Fat Tire Electric Minibike : This is not your grandma’s tour of the city. This is for adventure loving locals (or tourists) who want to experience Austin like never before.
8. The Bat Boat Sunset Cruise on Lady Bird Lake: We’ve all heard about the city’s bat colony, but have you ever taken the time to go experience it for yourself? Our sunset bat watching cruises offer pizza from Via313, cocktails, live music, and more.
9. Try Escaping From The Escape Game Austin: Need to escape the heat? This is one of our favorite indoor (and rainy day activities). Great for a group of friends wanting to try something “different.”
11. Waterloo Adventures: As any Austinite knows, the primary goal of any summer day in this city is submerge yourself in water. A new waterpark, Waterloo Adventures opens this month and we can’t wait to check it out!
12. Deep Eddy Pool: Oh, Deep Eddy Pool. You are an Austin essential.
Photo: Noel Bridges
13. Pool Burger: When you go to Deep Eddy Pool, the only way to follow it up is a stop here. Delicious burgers and frozen cocktails will keep you cool after the pool.
14. Spend Time on the Lake: Float On Boat Rentals is our go-to for renting boats (and Captains, if needed) on Lake Austin or Travis.
15. Free Concerts In The Park at The Long Center: Sunday evenings are for picnics and free live music. Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical, to pop selections and film scores. It’s a true Austin treat.
Do you fancy yourself a connoisseur of whisky? Mostly because you are just really really good at drinking it? Well friend, this event is for you.
Whiskies of the World, an evening that celebrates all things whisky, is making its triumphant return to Austin on September 20th and tickets are on sale now.
With hundreds of whiskies to taste, whisky masterclasses, and food and cigar pairings, it will be an evening purely for your senses.
Hundreds of the world’s finest and most unique whiskies of different styles and origins will be highlighted here: Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Canadian, Japanese, Indian, and many others. American Craft distilleries will also be presented to demonstrate the growing popularity of the innovative, local distilled spirits, and craft distilling in general.
And you’ll learn a thing or two while you sip—the event will feature educational seminars conducted by master distillers, blenders, and brand representatives. Discover just how complex your drink of choice really is!
When: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $120 General Admission (7:00 p.m. entry), $145 VIP Admission (6:00 p.m.), Early Bird to July 31st ($20 Off)
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78702
In Austin, we always need new things to do on the water. We’re basically aquatic creatures in the summer. Well now you can have a grand old time on Lake Travis with Waterloo Adventures, a locally owned and operated floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play!
Grab your pals and begin your awesome day with a boat ride to beautiful “Adventure Island.” When you arrive, you can throw yourself into a 45-minute, pulse-pounding session on their 600-foot state-of-the-art challenge course. It’s a series of floating obstacles like climbing walls, monkey bars, slides, hurdles, balance beams, bridges, and tons more fun.
This is the ultimate bonding trip for family and friends—basically we are talking Ninja Warriors on the water! The park is scheduled to open on June 29th.
Click here to learn more and don’t forget that reservations are required!
Photos by Tony Secker
It had been several years since we’d been out to Horseshoe Bay Resort, and as soon as we turned in off the highway, we were both asking ourselves why it had taken us so long to come back. This golf and vacation destination, located about an hour west of Austin, has a somewhat tropical feel to it that at times feels a bit more like South Florida than Central Texas. Vacation vibes were immediately in full swing.
The landscaping definitely plays a huge part in the allure of this place. From the moment you enter the resort, it appears that every flower and every palm tree is part of a grand design. We were also fortunate enough to visit in late spring when everything was in full bloom.
For this trip, we decided to stay in one of the villas, rather than the main tower. We were still only a short walk to the front desk, restaurants, and other amenities, but with the luxury of having what felt like our own town home—complete with kitchen, family room, and a parking spot right by the front door. The villas are also pet-friendly, which was the main selling point for us because we wanted to bring the pup.
After settling in (and a trip to the bar), we headed straight for the real bermuda grass miniature golf course, which was one of our favorite memories from the previous trip. The 18-hole, par 72 course is complete with sand traps and other obstacles, and is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, ponds, and rose gardens. We have a standing rule that the loser has to buy post-round drinks, which is a tradition that I highly recommend for anyone (over 21) that plays here.
To claim my free drink, we wandered into the Whitewater 360 Sports Club, which is conveniently located right next to the mini golf course. This place had been remodeled since the last time we were here, and now hosts a full bar with 360 degrees of flat-screen TVs. We decided to order a pizza and watch the NBA Western Conference Finals, which was a perfect way to end the evening.
In the morning we took the dog for a walk around the resort (have I mentioned the beautiful landscaping?) before heading over to the tower for breakfast at Lantana. They offer an extensive buffet that looked great, but we both opted for made-to-order options off the breakfast menu.
I asked for a cup of coffee for the road and we hopped on the resort shuttle for an early tee time at one of four golf courses at Horseshoe Bay. Today we were playing Slick Rock, possibly the median of the four courses from a difficulty perspective, depending on who you ask. It’s home to the “Million Dollar Hole,” which includes a waterfall feature that you drive your cart across.
And that was that. We were unfortunately only able to spend less than 24-hours at the resort this time around. Not nearly enough time to hit the pool, the impressive spa, the other two golf courses, or rent jet-skis on Lake LBJ like we did on our last trip! But, we hear they just opened a waterfront bar, which has our name all over it, and their Ram Rock course recently reopened after extensive remodels; as if we needed more reasons to visit again.
It’s already way too hot in Austin to do anything but eat ice cream. So now we have the only festival that matters—the 12th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival!
Coming Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Fiesta Gardens, this super sweet event has two parts, and two very different flavors. Here’s the scoop …
Part one is all about daytime fun for the whole family with samples from over a dozen local, regional, and national brands to tickle your taste buds. They’ll also have crazy contests, yard games, live music, rock wall climbing, and a dunk tank.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (ZIP ticket holders may enter early at 9 a.m.)
Children six and under receive free entry to the festival.
When it’s time for the kids to go home and eat a vegetable or two, the After Dark party will begin. Grown-up types can soak in summer under the stars with performances by Lee Fields & The Expressions, Tameca Jones, and DJ Mel—all while enjoying frozen treats, boozy frozen cocktails, savory eats from food trucks, and fun and games all night long!
6 – 10 p.m. for the general public (with ZIP guests entering early at 5:30 p.m.).
If you want that VIP treatment, purchase early. There is a limited number of ZIP passes!
Click here to learn more and get your tickets for either option. It’s an ice cream festival—what more could you possibly need to know?
Photo by Andrew Holmes.
Located just 25 miles from Downtown Austin, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is the ultimate summer staycation destination for Austinites.
Near the McKinney Roughs Nature Park and situated along the Colorado River, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines provides a wide variety of experiences to enjoy the Texas wilderness.
Throughout the summer months the resort will feature river activities including kayaking and rafting trips, as well as river float excursions and air boat rides that depart directly from the resort.
Guests can also enjoy the resort’s onsite Crooked River Water Park. The water park features everything from an active pool with a volleyball net and sandy beach for building sand castles to a lazy river, a two-story water slide, and a splash pad for children. It also includes an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool. Throughout the summer, the Crooked River Water Park will feature family pool parties with a live DJ, pool games, and activities.
Guests also get the opportunity to meet and interact with its live-in mascots, including two Texas longhorns, miniature horses, and alpacas. There are also regular falconry shows by Sky Kings, an organization that is dedicated to the education and preservation of wildlife. The demonstrations feature free-flying birds such as hawks, owls, and falcons and wildlife expert discussing each bird’s traits and natural abilities.
Guests can also explore the Loblolly Pine region with guided horseback rides, explore more than 18-miles of hike and bike trails, or soar over the McKinney Roughs Nature Park with excursions to the Zip Lost Pines ziplining adventure.
Additionally, local residents can now enjoy “Daycation” opportunities to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. The resort recently partnered with ResortPass.com to provide general, spa, and golf day pass options. The general day pass includes access to the resort’s water park, access to poolside food and drink service during the summer months, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rates for the general day pass begin at $35 for adults and $18 for children.
Spa Django, named after the famed gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, is also offering a spa day pass for locals. The passes get you full access to the spa’s facilities and amenities, including the spa’s outdoor pool and patio, which overlooks the resort’s pond and provides scenic views of the Wolfdancer Golf Course. You can also spend time in the spa’s eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, hot tubs, relaxation lounges, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The spa passes are $40 per person.
The day passes to the resort’s Wolfdancer Golf Club are $75 and include a round of 18 holes as well as unlimited access to the full-scale practice facilities, which include a 13-acre driving range with target greens, a short game area, two chipping greens and bunkers, a practice putting green, a golf cart rental, and warm-up range balls.
Additionally, local residents have access to membership programs at Spa Django and Wolfdancer Golf Club. The golf club provides individual, family, and corporate membership opportunities in which locals can received special guest rates for tee times, complimentary guest passes, special rates on private golf instruction, as well as discounts at the resort’s food and beverage outlets and services and products at Spa Django. Memberships at Spa Django include unlimited access to the spa’s facilities during business hours, 24-hour access to the spa’s fitness center, monthly specials and promotions, discounts at the resort’s food and beverage outlets, and more.
June in Austin is when everything starts to heat up for real: the weather, the weirdness, and the lineup of fun things to do. In between dips at Deep Eddy, escape the heat at indoor venues, or revel in the sun at these awesome events this month.
6/3 to 6/30 Round Rock Express Home Games
If you’re looking for something that’s both family-friendly and fun, head out to Round Rock this Sunday and watch our Minor League baseball team head off against their arch enemies, the Nashville Sounds. It’s H-E-B Kids Day, featuring a postgame run the bases for kids 12 and under. Game starts at 1:00PM, but get there early so the kids can enjoy events outside the stadium.
Tickets: $10 – $20
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6/3: George Strait at The Frank Erwin Center
The Frank Erwin Center is celebrating its 40 year anniversary with an exclusive “STRAIT TEXAS” show by George Strait, who has performed at the venue more than any other artist.
Austin-based Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel are opening for the country legend. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Tickets still available: $208 – $989
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6/4: Paul Simon at The Frank Erwin Center
Whether or not you believe Paul Simon when he says this is his farewell, his Homeward Bound tour (a nod to the 1966 Simon & Garfunkel single) is the culmination of a storied career and guaranteed to be fantastic. Watch one the greatest living American songwriters perform the songs that struck a chord with us and became classics.
Tickets: $56 – $536
6/10: Bill Clinton at Bass Concert Hall
Spend a Sunday wrapped up in a suspenseful tale of spies, cyberterror and betrayal with former President Bill Clinton at Bass Concert Hall. Texas Performing Arts is hosting the conversation, where Clinton will discuss “The President is Missing,” the novel he co-authored with the world’s bestselling writer, James Patterson. The event starts at 7:30 PM.
Tickets: $22 – $586
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6/13: Maps and Atlases at Scoot Inn
Hit up Historic Scoot Inn for a night of post-rock with Chicago band Maps & Atlases and openers Prism Tats and Slomo Drags. They will be performing Lightlessness Is Nothing New, their first album since 2012, which was released June 1st. Rock out while enjoying rosé on tap and the Taco Flats food truck in the backyard. Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Tickets: $75 – $99.
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6/16 – 6/17: Greater Austin Comic-Con
Get your geek on the weekend of June 16th-17th at the Greater Austin Comic-Con. Held at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, this event is a family-friendly celebration of all things pop culture. From 10 AM to 5 PM both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a day filled with games, cosplay contests, vendors, entertainment for kids, celebrity guest panels, and more. Parking will be $5 and is cash only. Dress to impress!
Tickets: From $48
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6/16: Shakey Graves at Stubb’s
Catch Austin native Shakey Grav (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) at Stubb’s outdoor stage for the second stop on the tour for his latest album, Can’t Wake Up, released May 4. This album marks a departure from his folksy roots in lieu of a poppier, hazier and headier sound. Fans who missed him at GSD&M in May jumped at the chance to see him at Stubbs, so be sure to snag tickets for the sold out gig ASAP. Jonathan Terrell opens.
Tickets: $33 – $91
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6/16: Post Malone with 21 Savage at Austin 360
If hip hop is more your scene, visit Austin’s biggest venue and bounce to Beerbongs & Bentleys – #1 on the Billboard 200 chart – with Post Malone on June 16th. Starting at 8 PM, the multi-platinum rapper 21 Savage kicks off the night with special guest SOB X RBE at Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas.
Tickets: $115 – $403
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6/23: Ultimate 80’s Dance Party at 3TEN Austin City Limits
Get your Ren McCormack on and dance the night away with Austin-based DJ Mel on Saturday June 23rd. 3TEN Austin City Limits is the sister venue to ACL Live at Moody Theater; there’s lots of space to dance and an outdoor patio. DJ Mel (aka Obama’s DJ) is the Official DJ for UT’s Football and Men’s Basketball Teams. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he’s sure to play beats you’ll want to dance all night to.
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6/25: JoJo at Antone’s
Whether you’re pumped that JoJo’s back, or you’re a diehard who knows she never left, you won’t want to miss her Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes tour. Before she heads to the studio to record new music as part of her recent deal with Interscope Records (through her own imprint called Clover Music), she wants to treat fans to old favorites and leaks from her upcoming projects. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
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6/27: Brit Floyd – Pink Floyd Tribute at The Moody Theater
Did you always dream of seeing Pink Floyd play live? Here’s your chance to get as close as possible. Friday June 27th, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute band is playing an Austin City Limits Live show at The Moody Theater. The show is a ’45th Anniversary’ retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Come out and listen to arguably the greatest rock album of all time. Show starts at 8:00 PM.
Tickets: From $94
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6/28: Mo Amer at Paramount Theatre Austin
Austin’s comedy scene is booming, which means we’re getting some of the brightest up and coming stand-up stars. On Thursday the 28th, catch Mo Amer performing at Paramount Theatre at 7:30 and 9:45 PM. Mo Amer hails from Houston and has quite the performance pedigree; he’s done hundreds of shows with Dave Chappelle, been on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and is a paid regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York City. He has a one-hour Netflix special coming out this year.
Tickets: From $18
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6/29: Chris Brown at Austin360 Amphitheater
Head to Del Valle one last time in June to watch Chris Brown’s miraculous dance moves in person. The tour, Heart Break on a Full Moon, is named after Brown’s eighth studio album, a 45 track monster that managed to debut in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. H.E.R., 6LACK, and Rich the Kid are opening, starting at 7:00 PM.
Tickets: $29 to $218
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6/30: Weezer and Pixies at Austin 360
Send off June the right way with a monumental show at Circuit of the Americas. In their first full tour together, powerhouse Weezer and the legendary Pixies are co-headlining for seven weeks across North America. The Pixies will play a mix of beloved classics that have influenced countless musicians and new music, while Weezer will perform off their eleventh studio album, Pacific Daydream – a perfect summer album. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM.
Tickets: $32 – $172, $490 VIP
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The Domain’s 11th annual food festival, Taste of North Austin, features local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for all ages.
Returning to its original location on Century Oaks Terrace between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, The Domain’s 11th annual Taste of North Austin will feature delicious light bites and refreshing beverages from over 25 of the best restaurants in North Austin. The all-day family food festival will take place Saturday, June 16 from 11a.m. – 4 p.m. The community will also enjoy free live music, prize giveaways and children’s entertainment. Guests opting for the VIP experience will receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge.
Mouthwatering aromas will fill The Domain’s open-air corridor, enticing guests to sample fares from participating local restaurants, including:
- Black Walnut Café
- The Brass Tap
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
- Corner Bakery Cafe
- Cream Whiskers
- CRU Food & Wine Bar
- Cyclone Anaya’s Tex Mex Cantina
- Grand Lux Cafe
- The League Kitchen & Tavern
- Maggiano’s Little Italy
- Michelle’s Patisserie
- North Italia
- Paradise Smoothies
- Paul Martin’s Austin Grill
- Punch Bowl Social
- Southern Pressed Juicery
- Sprinkles Cupcakes
- Sushi Zushi
- Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza
- Topgolf Austin
- Urban-An American Grill
- Xian Noodles
- Yard House
- Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
The FREE children’s entertainment includes:
- Glitter Tattoos
- Balloon twisting
- Live Music
What: Taste of North Austin at The Domain
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Domain (between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus)
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758
Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands, which will be available for purchase at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event – 10-tastes for $20, or the VIP experience for an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.
Taste tabs will double as “votes” for the restaurant’s partner charity. The three winning restaurants will receive a Simon Giftcard® donation to support their charity of choice.
Call 512.873.8099 or visit The Domain’s website for more information.
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