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    Looking for a Sunday full of live music, Austin vendors, and drinks galore? Grab some family and friends for Central Machine Work’s Pop Up Sip N’ Shop this Sunday! Central Machine Works is a new and lively East Austin Beerpub with an authentic vibe. From 12-5pm, Central Machine Works will be hosting over 20 local vendors including Mac Jagger Tarot, Muchacho Vintage, and Maggie Louise! Live music will be playing the entire day with a special performance from Star Parks at 3! Pop in to sip and shop the wide array of goods, beers, and more!

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    Band vs. DJ

    This is totally a preference. Bands will be more expensive but can create a much livelier dance floor. They also typically have DJ capabilities and can still play specific songs you request if it doesn’t fall into their book of songs they know, otherwise there  can be a fee for a new song to be learned. DJs are typically cheaper (unless you go with a big name), and you will have more control as to what they play.

    Another nice touch during the ceremony is a string quartet, violinist and/or soloist! There are a ton of great bands and DJs in the Austin area. Most you can see live around town to really make sure it’s the perfect fit for the big night. 

    Favorite Bands:

    The Nightowls! Born and bred right here in ATX, The Nightowls have long been a staple of the local music scene. In fact, you’ve probably seen them before either at their famous annual NYE Bash or their legendary (over six years running!) Sunday Funday show at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street. From soul to funk, pop to rock, disco to ’80s, they play just about everything and seamlessly weave everyone’s favorite songs into a non-stop, all-out, dance-packed party!  

    With more than eight years industry expertise and plenty of custom band options to offer (dynamic light show, continuous play, specialty bands), you’re able to handcraft the band’s performance to fit your unique event. The Nightowls are our obvious choice for any wedding or event and are simply your one-stop-shop for the greatest party ever.  And don’t worry, if you’re planning a destination event, The Nightowls travel regularly all over the U.S.  

    For a full article on the Nightowls, click here

    They are also the featured music on our Wedding Guide Podcast!

    Love & Happiness – $6K for 4 hours, 8pc band.

    PDA – $6.5K for 4 hours, 9pc band. You can see PDA live every Wednesday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

    Matchmaker – $8K range 4 hours, 10pc band. You can see Matchmaker live every Monday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

    Hot Sauce ATX – $9K for 4 hours, 10pc band.

    Blind Date – $9K – $10K range.

    DJs in Town:


    DJ King Ding – For all the emo kids out there, this is the DJ that performs at Jimmy Eat Wednesdays at Barbarella!

    DJ Gatsby – Frequently spins at The W and Container bar, and has opened for artists such as Questlove, Earth Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and T-Pain.

    DJ Cassandra – Current residencies at Wanderlust Yoga Austin, Fairmont Austin Hotel, #BossBabes ATX, Fabletics, and South Congress Hotel.

    Greenbelt DJ Productions – Also provides photobooth, uplighting and videography services.

    String Quartets:

    Terra Vista Strings – Depending how on how big you want to go, this can range from a solo violinist at $230/60 minutes, all the way to a duo, trio, or quartet with the highest being $675/60 minutes. 

    Grace Plays Violin – Solo violinist, she knows a lot of modern songs and is also adorable! $250/60 minutes.

    Pro Tip: Check out the band’s song list before booking. If you’re specific about the types of songs you want this is a good idea. You don’t want to book them and realize later they don’t know any songs you prefer. It also costs a lot of money to add on songs they don’t know ($250+ per song).

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      Stop by Roughhouse Brewing for FALL-TOBER Fest on Saturday 10/19, featuring the release our fall festival ale, Little Reward, brewed with S. Baker Kitchen pretzels! You will receive a ‘little reward’ with each pour ordered (while supplies last)!

      Our on-site kitchen will feature its new fall menu, including the long-awaited return of Texas Chili! Festive desserts and non-alcoholic drink items will be available as well.

      Enjoy the fall weather by listening to live music on our outdoor stage all day long and shopping an all-local/organically sourced pumpkin patch!

        Heard Presents:
        🏖 End of Summer Party Pool Party! 🏖
        ft. Flavor Raid, The Lewd Dudes, Hotdog Danzig, DJ Weekend Boyfriend

        Summer drinks * Summer menu courtesy of Papa Kuma Street Food * Pool party vibes

        🆓 SHOW at Empire Control Room 9/6
        ☞: 18+ w/ $5 cash minor surcharge at the door
        🚪: 9pm

          Celebrate Austin’s birthday at our second annual Austin’s Birthday Bash event on Saturday, August 3 at Republic Square. Join us for a free celebration of the city we love with great food, fun & games, and a live music lineup you don’t want to miss!

          LIVE MUSIC
          Kalu & The Electric Joint
          Bidi Bidi Banda
          Girlfriend ATX

          Salt & Time
          and more!

          FUN & GAMES
          Yard games including TopGolf
          mirmir Photo Booth

          and much more!

            Scholz Garten is excited to host their second annual Fish Fry happening on Saturday, June 15 from 12-5 p.m, sponsored by Rambler Sparkling Water. The public event is free, dog and kid-friendly, and will feature Phish cover band, Josh Pearson Goes Phish. Scholz will be serving Catfish Plates, served with waffles fries, coleslaw and hush puppies in celebration of the event.

              FRI 10 MAY 2019, 6-9 PM
              FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
              Habitable Spaces invites you to spend Mother’s Day Weekend in Downtown Kingsbury for a celebration of music, art, food and spirits in a truly unique setting at 620 Railway Street. Join us for a group show opening Friday, May 10th, featuring the paintings of Jessica Ward of San Antonio, fiber art by Donna Maske of Seguin, and felt work by Katz Ashbury of Seguin. The show opens in Downtown Kingsbury at 6 PM with a cash bar and snacks. Stay to watch local band Firewater take the stage at 8 PM. The show is free and open to the public. Bring your appetite on Saturday, May 11th, to our third farm to table dinner prepared by Lionel Guerra and Veronica Fox of Seguin’s very own Mise Co. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased on our DONATIONS page at On Sunday May 13th, learn something new at our felt-making workshop. Mothers who attend the workshop will receive a free glass of wine or beverage of their choice.

              SAT 11 MAY 2019, 5 PM
              Join Habitable Spaces for an exclusive farm to table dinner prepared by Lionel Guerra and Veronica Fox of Seguin’s very own Mise Co.The four course meal will feature purely local meat and produce as well as an offering from BS Brewing and Blue Lotus Winery. Tickets for the four course meal in Downtown Kingsbury are $50 and can be purchased on our DONATIONS page.
              FELTING WORKSHOP
              SUN 12 MAY 2019, 1 PM
              $50 MATERIALS FEE
              Marti Swanson and Donna Maske will lead a 3 hour fiber arts workshop at 1 PM in Downtown Kingsbury. They will teach students how to print with botanicals using eco-printing on fabric, wet felting to create a vessel, and more! There will be a $50 Materials Fee to attend the workshop. Advanced registration via a Materials Fee purchase required and available on our DONATIONS page. All mothers who attend the workshop will receive a free glass of wine or beverage of their choice complements of Habitable Spaces!

                On Saturday, April 27, Ben Milam Whiskey will release its newest creation, Marlene’s Limited Edition Springtime Sipper, which will be available only at the distillery for a limited time. Kentucky native, and master distiller, Marlene Holmes, batched and bottled the special release specifically for springtime sipping and Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby. To celebrate the release, Ben Milam Whiskey is throwing a party complete with Limited Edition Springtime Sipper bottles and straight pours sold all day, as well as a Mint Julep special. There will be a special educational opportunity, “The Whiskey Lab Presents: The Art of Batching.” CEO and whiskey expert, Heather Greene, and master distiller, Marlene Holmes Marlene will sign her bottles. There will be live music by Chris Reeves and barbecue from the Texas Outlaw Barbecue Team.

                • 12:30pm: The Whiskey Lab Presents: The Art of Batching with Heather and Marlene discussing how they batched the Limited Edition Springtime Sipper Whiskey. Tickets are $20, limited to the first 20 people who sign up. T
                • 1pm-5pm: Enjoy the music of Hill Country musician Chris Reeves and barbecue from the Texas Outlaw Barbecue Team

                  The “Red Poppy Capital Of Texas,” Georgetown, Texas, will celebrate its 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival April 26 – 28, in honor of red poppy season; it is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies grow naturally. Georgetown hosts a free, three-day festival to honor the history and beauty of its poppy season. The weekend includes parades, a car show, live music, cooking contest, art, food and family-friendly activities including the Kid’s Fun Zone with a bounce house, obstacle course, toddler playground and more. Country musician and a Lone Star favorite, Pat Green, will headline the festival as it marks its 20th anniversary. Additional concerts will take place Friday and Sunday nights.

                  The town’s deep-rooted history with the poppies began when Henry Purl Compton (aka “Okra”), a soldier in the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI, sent poppy seeds from Europe back home to his mother in Georgetown, Texas. His mother planted the seeds at her home located at 507 East 7th St. and with some help from the birds, bees, and people of Georgetown, the seeds quickly spread beyond her home all over town. In 1990, Georgetown was certified by the Texas Legislature as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas.” The town embraces the 20th anniversary celebrating the vivid blooming, with three days of live music and festivities, free and open to the public.

                    Stop by Whisler’s on Wednesday evening to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and live music brought to you by Austin’s very own Atlas Maior.

                    Creating music inspired by sounds from around the world, Atlas Maior combines the saxophone, flutes, percussion and more to give a rhythmic performance you won’t want to miss. Check out some of their music here:

                    Visit the Whisler’s patio from 8-10pm April 17 to see the local band in action.