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The Texas Rollergirls bouts are one of the most raved about “things to do” in Austin, and for good reason. This Sunday will be the first match up of their 2014 season!

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Saturday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, and fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

Here is a fun video they made to get you in the rollergirl spirit!

To win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s games: share, comment or like this post & tell us who you would take. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.

To buy tickets, click here.

When: Saturday, February 22nd

Time: Opening Ceremonies: 5:45pm

First Game: 6pm

Second Game: 7:45pm

Location:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasrollergirls.org

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A dinner cruise under the stars on Lady Bird Lake is a pretty romantic option for Valentine’s Day. Add the Downtown skyline as a backdrop and you have the ultimate dinner setting.

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Capital Cruises is offering two options for those who want to take to water this Valentine’s Day.

Option 1) Valentine’s Public Cruise

This cruise includes a menu of Whole Wheat Linguine Pasta (Chicken or Shrimp) from the Hyatt Regency Austin and complimentary wine and dessert.

Cruise Times: 6:00-7:30pm or 8:30- 10:00pm

$133.26 per couple

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Option 2) Private Cruise on a Duffy Boat

I’ve personally rented their Duffy Boats before, and absolutely loved them. Romantic is an understatement. They have such a cozy feel to them. If the weather proves chilly on your special day, they can enclose the boat and put a small heater on board to keep you toasty. You can choose to bring your own food and drinks or enjoy one of their private dinners.

Rentals $100/hr

Private Dinners For Two Start at $270.

For reservations call 512-480-9264

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Boats depart from the dock near the Hyatt
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

www.capitalcruises.com

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I have to say that Top Golf has been one of my favorite new ‘things to do in Austin’ this year, and from what I’ve seen on Instagram, a lot of Austinites are loving it just as much as I am.

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This weekend is the PGA Championship (The last major golf tournament of the year). To celebrate, Top Golf Austin is hosting a ‘Last Call Legends’ knockout-style tournament. You can check out all the details here: http://topgolf.com/austin/play/the-classics/

Bragging rights are up for grabs along with cool prizes and sweet swag for participating.

ProTip: since you’ll be there nice and early, try out the chicken and waffles, they’re the Wheaties of Top Golf. They’ll also have a Bloody Mary bar setup to help calm those pre-tournament jitters.

If you’d rather just compete against your family and friends, they’ll have regular tee rentals available as well. This place is seriously one of my favorites!

Admission:    $28 single entry
$56 double entry

When: Sunday, August 11th

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location:
Top Golf
2700 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, Texas 78758

http://topgolf.com/austin/play/the-classics/

August is officially upon us, which means school starts in about three short weeks. We decided to make a Back To School Bucket list of summer-y things you should do before school gets back in session. This list has a little something for everyone from school aged kids (and their families) to college ‘kids’ and people who just like to act like kids. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to check some of these off already, but if not, you’d better get on it, the fall will be here before you know it!

Giveaway Alert: Share this post for a chance to win a Family Annual Pass  to the Austin Aquarium. Winner will be chosen Friday August 16th.

1. Capital Cruises Bat Watching TourSummer is prime bat watching season and there is no better place to take in the bats than from on the lake itself. Capital Cruises offers great sunset/bat watching tours that are fun for both locals and Austin visitors. Not to mention that the entire tour makes for some pretty stellar photo opportunities.

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2. Benji’s Cantina - Benji’s was new to the downtown scene this summer and their outdoor patio overlooking 6th Street is a must do for a cocktail to cool down. Their cocktail menu is extensive and their food is an all around home run. Pro Tip, go before sundown because the sunset makes the downtown buildings glow, making for the perfect atmosphere.

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3. AquaFly AustinThis could be you! Talk about an adrenaline rush like you have  never experienced! Flyboarding is exhilarating and is something anyone can do. Go back to school with total bragging rights!

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4. Brew Exchange-  This spot on West Sixth Street treats beer like a commodity on the stock exchange. Prices for their HUGE ever-changing beer list go up and down by the minute on a huge NYSE style ticker that runs across the ceiling of the bar. Every sunday this month they have their ‘Party on the Patio‘ which includes all day drink specials and a DJ. This place is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t been.

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5. Texas Rollergirls - This Saturday is the LAST BOUT OF THE SEASON, so it’s really now or never for you to experience flat track roller derby in 2013. This is a fun for the entire family event as the teams come out to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. And the actual bouts, well you just have to be there to appreciate the excitement! Remember, kids 12 & under are always free! 

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6. Austin Craft Riot August 17th & 18th The Austin Craft Riot is filling Austin Music Hall with some of the most talented local artists and vintage vendors. They will have tons of cool local art and a DYI area for you to have your own fun!  This is a great one stop shop (in air conditioning) to appreciate local talent, and a great opportunity to start a little Christmas shopping for those hard to buy for people on your lists!

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7. Garridos- Are you a student on a back to school budget? Spice it up with Garrido’s $2 Taco Tuesdays and cool down with their daily $4 margaritas, mojitos, and sangria. They have a great covered outdoor patio that backs up to a jungle like landscape. I definitely recommend sitting out back! They also have free valet parking.

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8. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures- The name says it all, this is certainly a one of a kind adventure. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures features the 9th largest zipline in the WORLD, reaching speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. The entire experience is just awesome, I can’t recommend it enough. 

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9. Volente BeachNothing says summer like a trip to the water park. Volente Beach is your destination on Lake Travis for water park fun. They have pools, slides, a swim up tiki bar, volleyball, and a whole lot more. It’s a summer stop that is fun for all ages.

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10. Kung FuThe only thing better than treating yourself to an after work cocktail is when the proceeds from that after work cocktail go to a good cause. On Thursday, August 22nd 15% of all sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Kung Fu is always a good time with their games and drink specials so mark your calendar for the 22nd to put your drinking to good use.

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11. iFly Austin(Indoor skydiving) Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm at iFly is Kids Club Night. Kids get flying-time in the air tunnel, hands-on coaching from the pros, and a DVD of the experience to take with them!

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12. Banger’s- You know Austin loves a good Sunday Brunch, and Banger’s Big Band Brunch is one of our favorites. They  have live music from 12pm to 3pm and a special brunch menu with items like the Kitchen Sink (every breakfast item you could want on one tray) and the House Cured Salmon Plate (pictured below). They also feature some special drinks like the ‘ManMosa’ – a liter mug filled with a bottle of champagne with a splash of OJ or cranberry juice, and a Build Your Own Michelada bar.

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13. Hyatt Lost PinesIt’s only a 25 minute drive from Downtown Austin, but it feels like a different world when you’re here. They have all kinds of ways to get your Texas on, with activities like skeet shooting and horseback riding. If your idea of a good time involves less gunfire and wild animals, they also have an amazing spa and pool area complete with a lazy river. This should be on every Austinites lifetime bucket-list.

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14. UT Informal ClassesWhy not learn something for yourself? They offer a wide range of affordable classes and they’re open to everyone! They’re also having a ‘back to school’ event on August 17th at Kick Butt Coffee that will have all kinds of activities and close to 40 instructors on hand to help guide you on your journey to self-improvement. Photo credit: Lacey Lynn Seymour

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15. 360 Amphitheater - Have you checked out the new 360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas yet? We’re still buzzing over Austin winning the X-Games bid, thanks in large part to the folks out at COTA! This month the amphitheater is hosting shows from Keith Urban, Lil Wayne, and a comedy festival with Dave Chappelle. Something for everybody.

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16. Austin AquariumOkay, okay, it’s not actually open yet, but it has certainly been one of the most talked about activities this summer. And right now you can get 50% Off Annual Passes. For those who plan on frequenting the Aquarium, this is a deal that is too good to pass up, but it’s as fleeting as the summer, so don’t snooze!

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The Texas Rollergirls are one of the most raved about things to do in Austin as it is a one of kind experience. This is the LAST BOUT OF THE SEASON, so get your tickets early!

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Saturday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls! Don’t miss out on the excitement!

As always, kids 12 and under are free!

To win a set of 2 tickets to Saturday’s ‘bout share this post & tell us who your would bring with you for the excitement. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.

Do you want to up your chances? We are also giving away some sets on our instagram page so enter there to up your odds!

This video is sure to help get you excited!

When: Saturday, August 10th

Doors: 5:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 5:45
1st Game Time: 6:00 p.m.
2nd Game Time: 7:45 p.m.

Location:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasrollergirls.org

Everyday Austin is your local destination for Segway Tours, kayak rentals, and trailer food. Located conveniently all in one place, directly next door to the Holiday Inn on Town Lake.

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They are having their Grand Opening this weekend  (Friday – Sunday) and are ready to have some fun.

At the Grand Opening, they will have:

•   Segway demonstrations

•   Hula Hoop contests

•   Beanbag fun

•   Food tastings from the trailers on site .

•   Giveaways-Segway tour tickets for two, Kayak tour tickets for two, Paddle board tickets for two, Bicycle rental tickets for two

•   Water balloon tosses

•   Acoustic artists will play each evening at the park- free to listen

We want you to get excited for the weekend and the opening of this awesome new addition to our city.

We are giving away a Segway Tour for two this Friday. To be entered to win all you have to do is “Like” Everyday Austin on Facebook and share this post! Winner will be picked at random on Friday.

Location:
30 North I-35
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/everydaynaustin?fref=ts

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That probably has something to do with the success of instagram. Below are a list of 25 Austin stops that you most likely have instagrammed or if your travels take you there, you will. Use this guide as a way to play tourist in your own town. Tag me in your pictures so that I can see them (remember I can only see your picture if you have a public profile)!

Don’t forget to join the adventure and follow us at instagram/365thingsaustin.

1. Mount Bonnell 

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2. Selfie Looking Cute In The Donn’s Depot Bathroom

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3. Sunset at The Oasis

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4. Food Is Love Sign at The Pizza Bistro 

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5. Cruising Over Congress at Sunset 

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6. The UT Tower – day, night, after a win or just on a random day, Hook ‘Em!

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7. The First Time You See Bluebonnets In The Spring

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8. Being Cute With Your “Butter Half”

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9. Your SnoBeach on a Hot Summer Day

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10. Anything Mustache Related 

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11. The 360 Bridge 

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12. The Frost Bank Building on a Clear Day

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13. Welcome To Austin Postcard

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14. Circuit of the Americas Tower 

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15. Your Pet At The Dog Park 

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16. When You Discover The Baylor Street Art Wall 

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17. The Time You Finally Go On A Tour of The Capitol 

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18. When You Are About To Take The Plunge At Barton Springs

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19. Your “Welcome To Austin, Please Don’t Move Here” T-Shirt 

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20. Watching The Bats Fly 

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21. The Afternoon You Spent Kayaking 

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22. Indulging Yourself At Gourdough’s 

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23. The First Time See You Live Music At The Airport 

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24. Your Hey Cupcake Box of Goodness

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25. Just About Any Austin, Texas Sunset 

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Here are some bonus items that should be included but I have yet to instragram them so I don’t have an example.

  • The long line at Franklin BBQ
  • The one time you met Mack Brown
  • “Art” Cars

Lastly for a few laughs, check out this instagram parody.