E-Scooters have fundamentally changed the way Austinites and visitors get around the city. They are great for buzzing around town, but the city is now looking at where they should be excluded in order to protect Austin’s pedestrians and our beautiful outdoor treasures.
The Trail Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Austin dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and connecting the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, is spreading the word that e-scooters are not allowed on the trail.
As part of their nine-month pilot program, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department excluded scooter use on the beloved 10-mile loop around the lake. The department is also seeking feedback from locals! Click here to take their survey and make your voice heard.
During this temporary period, scooters are allowed for transportation purposes (and to avoid being on trail) at the following bridges: Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, South 1st Bridge, and the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
Now you can help get the word out and protect our wonderful trail system by buying a T-shirt to help drive awareness! All proceeds from the shirts go directly to The Trail Foundation!
You probably already know that the 2019 Austin City Limits Music Festival is October 4-6 and October 11-13 at Zilker Park and that Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Robyn and more big names are playing. But this year’s Late Night Shows have just been announced and that list includes Gary Clark Jr, James Blake, King Princess, Third Eye Blind, Kali Uchis, Rebelution, GRiZ, Jenny Lewis, Fisher, and more. Check out the full list here and below.
10/3 Gary Clark Jr @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/3 Hippie Sabotage w/ Paul Sebastian @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/3 FIDLAR w/ XETAS @ Scoot Inn
10/4 Gary Clark Jr @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/4 TroyBoi @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/4 The Comet is Coming with DJ Mel @ Scoot Inn
10/4 Pink Sweat$ @ Antone’s (18+)
10/4 Blackillac @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/5 Golden Dawn Arkestra @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/5 Jai Wolf w/ Hotel Garuda and Memba @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/5 IDLES @ Mohawk
10/5 Jenny Lewis w/ Cherry Glazerr @ Scoot Inn
10/5 Eric Rachmany w/ Reed Turner – A Benefit for Proclaim Justice @ Antone’s (18+)
10/5 Shura w/ Faye Webster @ 3TEN
10/6 GRiZ w/ Capyac (DJ Set) @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/6 Misterwives with Briston Maroney @ Scoot Inn
^10/6 Gospel Brunch: Bells of Joy @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/7 BANKS w/ Kevin Garrett @ Scoot Inn
10/8 Bea Miller w/ Kah-lo @ Scoot Inn
*10/9 Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit feat. King Princess @ Stubbs Waller Creek
10/10 Kali Uchis w/ Mahalia @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Every Wednesday Parkside is making our humpday so much better with half-off oysters and bubbly drinks. These two things go together so well; and you seriously deserve a little mid-week treat. Knock off work and head downtown for a fancy happy hour that will keep you coming back.
When: Every Wednesday!
Time: 5–10 p.m.
301 E 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701
In case you missed it, atxGALS just announced their newest venture – a brick & mortar and creative coworking space in East Austin — THE CATHEDRAL. This gorgeous and refurbished 1930’s church will soon be your new go-to spot to work, create, and mingle. The Cathedral will open its doors this Fall as a place for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in a hell of a dreamy and inspiring environment. Applications officially are open. ( visit their website to find our more info)
THE CATHEDRAL IN THE WORKS ABOVE
The GALS are excited to have a central hub for their growing network and plan to expand opportunities for their members through events, exhibitions, workshops and more. There is no doubt these ladies will be setting precedent in the Chestwood neighborhood with the opening of The Cathedral, and I can’t wait to get in there to see what beautiful setup they come up with.
Now, I am sure you are wondering – what makes this space like no other? Here are 5 top reasons why The cathedral definitely makes the list as one of Austin’s coolest and brightest new coworking spaces for creatives and entrepeneurs:
5 reasons why you should make The Cathedral your new coworking space:
1. Let there be light. This place has an aura like no other place in Austin
With architectural details dating back to the 30s combined with contemporary fixtures that elevate the space to an ethereal level, you will want to have meet ups here, you will want to show your work here, you will want to make magic here.
2. It’s unique to artists but also such an inspiring vibe for entrepreneurs
Work among Austin’s most energetic and innovative creatives. With potential for collaborations, partnerships, and just making awesome friends; The Cathedral will house the foundation for what’s next in the Austin entrepreneurial and creative markets.
3. The space is dog friendly!
You can finally bring your dog to work with you and cancel that dog walker membership. Equipped with a beautiful lush neighborhood perfect for walk breaks along with a mini dog park on property for pups to let out some energy in between meetings.
4. Parking, y’all. Parking
The Cathedral has a very generous parking lot with over 25 spaces and ample free street parking available on the surrounding streets. No PayToPark or garage rates to worry about! For artists, this is an even bigger perk when loading/unloading artwork from their cars to their studio.
5. Inspired and created by atxgals
Working with The Cathedral will directly support atxGALS, their events, and their ability to give back to the community. With a long history of partnerships through the Girls Empowerment Network, Austin Pets Alive!, The Cathedral will help build a stronger community in Austin by giving back to local organizations and enriching the arts
Now, join the atxgals at The Cathedral and make some magic!
Get some exercise and enjoy the strange vibes that make this city one of a kind. This super fun 5K/10K race will be a morning of local pride and runners racing their way through the heart of downtown Austin to a celebratory post-race brunch on Auditorium Shores.
After crossing the finish line, 5K and 10K runners will end in a Finish Line Expo with brands who “Keep Austin Weird.” Enjoy activities, a giant tug-of-war, one-of-a-kind photo ops, DJ beats, and more. Dress weird, taste weirdly creative brunch dishes and cocktails, and celebrate everything we love about Austin!
And this is not just weird for weird’s sake, all registrations will help raise funds for Austin’s own LIVESTRONG and the fight against cancer.
Registrations are open now!
When: Sunday, September 22nd
Time: 7:30 a.m.–noon
Tickets: $35-$70, Prices Increase closer to race day!
The new school year is knocking on our door and summer will be over all too soon. But hey, there is still time to get out of town for a little getaway. One of our favorite escapes is Hyatt Regency Lost Pines & Spa, a gorgeous 405-acre property on the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop. It’s just a 20-minute drive to paradise! And right now the resort—one of the absolute best in Texas—is offering discounted back-to-school rates for last-minute summer getaways.
Guests who stay between August 18–31 will receive up to 20 percent off of their stay with rates available as low as $158 per night. The discount is available when guests book directly through the resort’s website. Make sure to book your reservation at least seven days before your stay dates to get the lowest prices available.
The kids will love this idea. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is home to the Crooked River Water Park, which includes a 1,000-foot lazy river with a swim-up bar, a two-story water slide, and an active pool with a volleyball net and sandy beach, as well as a splash pad for children. It also features an adults-only section with a relaxing pool, a whirlpool, and cabana rentals for a more quiet and serene pool experience.
For more information or to book a stay, click here or call 512-308-1234.
Deep-dish or thin crust? Red sauce or white? No matter what you’re into, Austin has a pizza destination that’s sure to be right up your alley. Gone are the days of the limited national and local chain stores when it comes to delivery, with our partners at Favor Delivery, you can now order from dozens of the best spots in town without “Papa” or “Hut” in their titles.
Our list of the 10 Best Pizza Delivery Options in Austin hadn’t been updated since 2015, which is a lifetime in Austin restaurant years! Below you’ll find a list with some classic favorites, and newcomers as well. There is a ton of pizza variety on this list—something for everyone! And because Favor is #AnythingDelivered, you can get all of these restaurants delivered straight to your door.
We also produced a podcast episode with Rachel Holtin from @AustinFoodstagram that takes a deeper dive into her and 365 Founder Kristy Owen’s favorite spots for pizza around town. Be sure to give it a listen here:
Without further ado, here are our best bets for pizza delivery in Austin for 2019!
If you’re a fan of Homeslice, give this mom-and-pop joint hidden in the Crestview neighborhood a shot. The counter-service restaurant is also great for date nights or just grabbing a quick slice. It’s arguably one of the best NYC-style (Jersey-style if you want to get technical) pizzas you’ll find in the city.
Craft brewing and craft pizza collide at Pinthouse. They claim their pizza is “artisanal but not gourmet.” We just think it’s delicious. Do yourself a favor by adding a couple of pizza rolls to your delivery order, and don’t forget the ranch!
Fans of fresh produce on pies should add this spot to their delivery rotation. The specialty pizza menu here changes with the seasons and never disappoints. Expect wild toppings like purple potatoes, fried okra, and saffron.
If you want a paper-thin crust, the team at Eastside Pies does it best. They also offer sauces outside of typical red and white variety, with options like black bean or chimichurri. ESP also recently opened a spot off of 183 that radically increased their delivery zone.
This recently opened Nashville transplant serves up delicious Neapolitan-style pizza from wood-burning ovens imported from Naples, Italy. During lunch and late-night hours, they also serve individual sized pies, so don’t be afraid to order alone!
The former pizza king of Dripping Springs recently moved to an Austin address, and thanks to Favor, you can now get it delivered to just about anywhere in the city. This is seriously one of the best pizzas in town, so if the drive has been what’s stopping you from trying them out, you no longer have that excuse.
The best bet for pizza after a long night on Red River, Hoboken Pies offers great Jersey-Style pizza that was practically made for delivery. Try the Mission—a white pie with mission fig, pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese, and Italian parsley.
We love a good small-business success story, and this food-truck turned brick and mortar is just that. Their East 6th Street location crafts pizzas from overnight-rising dough and daily hand-cut toppings.
No Austin pizza list would be complete without Homeslice. Widely regarded as the best pizza in Austin, you can now skip the (often an hour plus) waits that were once required to try their pie, and order it straight to your door. A newer North Loop location also expands access to this hometown favorite.
Another food-truck-to-brick-and-mortar success story, 40 North serves up exceptional wood-fired pies. Owner and Chef, Clint Elmore has brought his years of experience and learning from pizza joints in NYC to the streets of Austin.
If you’ve never tried Detroit-style pizza, you’re in for a treat. Their signature rectangle pies come out of the oven with perfectly crispy edges and a sauce (sometimes on top!) that’s to die for. Try the Cadillac, a pie with gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto di parma, parmesan, and balsamic glaze.
Nestled in a small space behind Parkside on a section of 6th Street not normally associated with fine dining, The Backspace offers amazing Neapolitan pies in a romantic setting. The pizzas aren’t huge, so you can definitely order two (or more) for delivery and share (or not) with a friend.
This list purposely isn’t ranked, but if it were, Bufalina would be our founder Kristy Owen’s No. 1 spot! She personally enjoys going for their happy hour the most (50% off all pizzas, and half-priced bottled wines under $100 from 4-5:30 p.m. daily), but thanks to Favor, Bufalina is now available for delivery as well.
Kristy’s go-to order: Margherita Pizza, add pepperoni. She also loves the harissa pizza, with summer squash, salsa verde, pickled onion, and peanuts.
The scooter craze is officially a thing in Austin and for good reason—buzzing around this beautiful city with the wind in your hair is a fun and easy way to avoid traffic and get where you need to go.
But the scooting life can also be a pain. You have to search the streets for one when you need it and when you do find one, they are often totally beat up and running out of charge. But now an Austin-based company is coming to the rescue with a new scooter business model that will solve these problems and more.
CRAFT Scooter is turning the scooter-share trend upside down with a super-smart monthly membership program. The Austin-based company gets you unlimited rides for just $1.50 a day! That’s less than half the price of just one ride on those per-minute scooter brands.
Our favorite part of their service is how the scooter becomes your personal ride. Since you own your scooter, it stays functional, clean, and maintained. And if it breaks, they will give you a temporary scooter while it’s getting fixed. No more broken, dirty, or unmaintained scooters. They are also foldable, so you can easily put yours in your car or bring it into your home, office, or classroom. The scooters come in seven different colors and are always getting upgraded. When new scooters are released, you can upgrade to the latest model.
How cool is that? And with your trusty, personal scooter you can go anywhere in the Austin Metropolitan area. There are no boundaries whatsoever.
The CRAFT Scooter experience is also a win for the local community. Their membership model cuts clutter on our streets and sidewalks, reduces reckless scooter driving (scooter-ownership leads to more accountability), and best of all, it helps reduce carbon emissions so we can all breathe a little easier.
Start riding today! Click here to learn more or start your membership.
There’s a new thrill at Circuit of the Americas and this time you won’t be watching—you’ll be driving! Karting is here and it’s a blast for the whole family. A great location for private events, birthday parties, corporate outings, and more; COTA Karting is here to elevate your Karting Experience.
COTA Karting offers high speed fun at the only Formula 1 track in the U.S. They cater to novice karters, elite karters, and everything in between! In a single race, drivers can expect to get 10 minutes of race time on a technical course (plenty of time to get in 10 laps if you are fast enough). Similar to that of the Formula 1 Circuit, the karting track elements include elevation changes, hairpin turn, stars and stripes, and fuels the need for speed!
The classes of karts offered widely range to include children and adults of all ages and abilities. Test your skills in one of our Champ, Rookie, or Junior heats. Click here to get the scoop on all requirements. Single races start at just $28, but if you simply cannot get enough, race packages and upgrades are available in store.
COTA Karting is open seven days a week, 365 days a year! Book online or over the phone two weeks in advance or arrive and drive. All first time drivers are required to watch a quick briefing video, which covers the rules of the road.
Buckle up and get ready to take your love of racing to the next level.
If we aren’t already there, we are approaching the point of an Austin summer where you can’t go outside unless you plan on promptly flinging yourself into a body of water—and preferably an ice-cold one like Barton Springs.
But lucky for us, a city this hot has a plethora of ways to cool off. To keep your body temp right and a chilled drink in your hand, we’ve rounded up the best ways to enjoy the water this summer.
Rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs by the day and take them anywhere. With a rental you can receive a discount on coolers, dry boxes/bags and even sunscreen and bug repellent. Life vests are included with rentals.
Take your happy hour out on the water and experience the beauty and fun of this place in a whole new way. We’ve partnered with Float On and Independence Brewing Co. to offer the booze cruise of your dreams!
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.