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Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top May 2018 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle
Top 10 May Events

 


 

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Various venues
May 2-6 , 2018

This May marks the 21st annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival that will be presented throughout the capital city at three primary partnership venues. By educating, entertaining and challenging the diverse Central Texas community through film, media and the arts, Cine Las Americas strives to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth.
Cine Las Americas is a multicultural, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas that offers theatrical screenings of films made by and/or about Latinos or Indigenous peoples of the Americas. With the mission of further enhancing a truly Pan-American cinematic experience, the organization also includes productions from Spain and Portugal.
The festival will feature narratives, documentaries, short films and videos, plus experimental, animation and music video selections. With noncompetitive and competitive sections, the event showcases these contemporary films and videos from Latin America; including North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

 

 


 

Pecan Street Festival
May 5th  – 6th , 2018

The Spring 2018 Pecan Street Festival is celebrating its 41st year! This event is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts, crafts and music festivals in the nation. Since 2006, the Pecan Street Festival has been presented by Pecan Street Association and produced by Special Events Live bi-annually.
The Pecan Street Association was founded to preserve the Sixth Street Historic District. In 1977 when the downtown area was scarcely populated with abandoned buildings, this organization was instrumental in reclaiming the space and beginning renovations. All proceeds from the festival are used for the Historic District’s beautification, education and promotional activities, as well as for supporting the community through financial contributions given to charities that serve the Austin region.

 

 

 

 


 

The Sunshine Run & Fundraiser
May 6th , 2018 at 7:30 am

The Sunshine 5K & 10K Run is presented by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin. The downtown Austin race is family-friendly and perfect for runners and walkers of all experience levels.
All proceeds and funds benefit the Austin Sunshine Camps. This organization benefits the low-income youth of Central Texas by offering them a summer camp experience at no cost to their families. By placing an emphasis on the importance of childhood experiences and life-long lessons that help mold children into who they will later become, this organization partners with the Sunshine Run to help make positive life-changing experiences possible for these children.
With every $500 raised, one child will be sent to the 5-night summer camp. The Austin Sunshine camps goal is to raise $400K. Even if you’re not a runner, the organization is appreciative of all donations helping them to reach their goal.

 

 


 


West Austin Studio Tour
Various Locations
May 12th  – 13th  & 19th -20th , 2018 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

The West Austin Studio Tour is an annual, free, self-guided art event spanning over two weekends. The tour, also known as WEST and presented by Big Medium, provides opportunities for the public to meet artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.
WEST is a program of Big Medium, a non-profit organization that works to foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities. Throughout the year, Big Medium provides studio space to artists at Canopy and Bolm Studios, and also utilizes their Sponsored Projects program to umbrella several artists and creative organizations. The organization is dedicated to championing and cultivating artists and the contemporary arts throughout Austin and the rest of Texas.

 

 

 


 

Tacos & Tap with Austin Taco Project
Austin Taco Project
May 17th, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Right off of East 4th street, come explore the world of street food complementary of the Austin Taco Project. This event is part of the Edible Austin Series, and presented by Cannon + Belle and US Foods. At the event, Chef Kevin Spencer will talk about the ingredients, methods and global importance of street food. Plus, there will be tastings that offer foods from three different regions of the world and their recipes!

 

 

 

 


 

Austin Record Convention
Palmer Events Center
May 19th – 20th, 2018

With finds ranging from 78’s of the 1930’s to compact discs and 8-track tapes, the Austin Record Convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the US. Featuring over 300 different dealers from the US and Europe spread out over 50,000 square feet, attendees can discover over a million 78’s, 45’s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters, collectibles, 8-tracks and other music related memorabilia at the weekend-long event.
The show has grown to be so big that tables are provided for customers wishing to post announcements for specific items they’re interested in that other attendees may find on their own search. Since 1981, Austin Record Convention has become known for uniting collectors and dealers, in the spring and fall seasons, from around the world to enjoy a weekend of festivities here in the “Live Music Capitol of the World.”

 

 


 

Austin 40 Under 40 Awards Gala
JW Marriott Downtown

May 19th, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Since 1998, the Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League have partnered annually to host a series of culminating events for the Austin 40 Under 40 Awards. The gala portion is a black-tie event held to honor and celebrate emerging professionals and their mentors in the Austin area, and, more importantly, raise money for the two philanthropic beneficiaries. The past 6 consecutive years have held sold out events.
The awards at the event recognize 16 categories, including architecture, engineering and construction; arts and entertainment; Civics, Government, and Public Affairs; Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality; Energy, Mobility, and Transportation; Financial and Insurance Services; Innovation and Start up; Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations; Legal; Medicine and Healthcare; Nonprofit Service; Real Estate; Sports, Wellness, and Fitness; Technology; Youth and Education; and Mentor of the Year.
Come out to celebrate and support the future of Austin, and its most accomplished and influential leaders.

 

 

 


 

                                                                           

The Color Run is the world’s first “Color 5K” and “Color Dash,” where participants, or “Color Runners,” are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. After Color Runners complete the race, the fun continues with an unforgettable Finish Festival that features a larger than life party equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws creating millions of vivid color combinations.
This un-timed event contrasts with the traditional 5K race by taking an approach that focuses less on a 10-minute mile and more on having the time of your life. Since 2011, The Color Run’s mission has been to bring people together and make the world a happier, healthier place.
Now, the event is the largest series in the world, having been experienced by over 6 million runners worldwide in 35+ countries, while also continuing to be the leader of the fun-running space. The Color Run has acted like a catalyst for the national focus of improving health and wellness, as well as one for participants to live an active, healthy lifestyle.  (Photo Credit: Zachary Strain)

 

 

 

 


 

Lone Star Jam
The Lone Star Jam Grounds at Rodeo Austin
May 26th – 27th, 2018

The Lone Star Jam is a two day Memorial Weekend concert series presented by Young Texans Against Cancer and is held at the Rodeo Austin Grounds. Since 2008, the event’s two stages and 20 bands have made a reputation for itself. This year’s lineup includes artists such as Gary Allen, Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly, Read Southhall Band, Casey Donahew, Flatland Cavalry, Parker McCollum, Kyle Park and many more. There will also be multiple vendors selling memorabilia, as well as a food trucks court selling some all-time favorites of Austin’s foodies.
Tickets can be purchased online for a one- or two-day pass with a VIP option that offers early entrance to the event, meet and greet sessions with the artists, plus more. Come out for a weekend of good music, food and fun, all while fighting the fight against cancer.

 

 

 

 


 

Life Time Tri CapTex
Downtown Austin

May 28th, 2018

The Life Time Tri CapTex is a triathlon race featuring a course that takes athletes along a journey through the stunning roads of the Texas Capitol. Presented by Lifetime Fitness and partnered with multiple charities and sponsors, the athletes compete in a variety of divisions and categories as they experience and sight-see the sunny city of Austin.
Along with the goal of making the sport of triathlon friendly for new athletes and an enhanced experience for season veterans, the Life Time Tri CapTex ultimately provides participants the opportunity to race for a cause. Athletes participating are encouraged to race with a charitable organization, and as a result thousands of dollars are raised each year. These participants can choose from an array of local, national and international charities that are supported by and collaborate with Lifetime. This year’s featured partners are Save The Children and the Organization for Autism Research.

 

 

 

 

Live the Lifestyle | Top February 2020 Events

Rodeo Austin Gala

February 8th, 2020 | Palmer Events Center

The Rodeo Austin Gala & Youth Art Auction is one of Austin’s favorite charity events! This Texas-sized fundraiser is sure to entertain friends, family, employees or top clients.  Gala purchases support Rodeo Austin and educational opportunities for Texas kids. The evening includes cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, one-of-a-kind silent and live auctions, and boot-tapping live music entertainment!

 

 

 

 


 


14th Annual Chili Cook-Off

February 9th, 2020 | Jo’s Coffee South Congress  

Since 2005, Jo’s has hosted an annual Chili Cook-Off and benefit each winter. The event supports non-profit groups addressing hunger issues locally and draws amateur and professional culinary talent into a fierce battle for the prized trophy chili pot and other goodies. Entry is free, so enjoy the day and listen to some great live music!

 

 

 


Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

February 16th, 2020 | Downtown Austin, Congress and 2nd Ave

The 2020 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K presented by Under Armour will fill Austin’s streets with more than 20,000 runners! If you missed the unveiling of their new marathon course in 2019, then 2020 is your year! Participants are treated to experience Austin’s finest! Runners will race along open roads that pass iconic landmarks like UT Tower, The I Love You Mural and the Austin Power Plant. Enjoy miles of Austin unique neighborhoods such as SOCO district and Hyde Park and get greeted by cheering crowds as you close in on the finish line in front of the Texas State Capitol on historic Congress Ave!

 

 

 

 

 


The 2020 Modern Home Tour

February 22nd, 2020 | Multiple Locations, Austin, TX

The Austin Modern Home Tour celebrates over a decade of collaborative exchange between architects, developers, designers, and real estate professionals, and invites every Austinite to join the Modern Movement! Founded by Krisstina Wise of Goodlife Luxury and produced and developed by co-owner James Leasure and his Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA+DS).

 

 

 

 

 



Carnaval Brasileiro

February 22nd, 2020 | Emo’s

Carnaval in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil. Brasileiro-style samba, costumes and wild abandon can all be seen in the heart of Texas.

 

 

 

 


 

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

February 22nd, 2020 | 6th Street

The Mardi Gras Bar Crawl is coming to Austin Saturday, February 22nd, 2020! Bar Crawl Austin is turning 6th Street into Bourbon Street for the biggest Mardi Gras celebration and party! Collect thousands of beads and drink SoCo Hurricanes! It’s an incredible day of green, purple, and gold New Orleans style fun!

 

 

 

 

 


 


VEGANCHILL Fest

February 23rd, 2020 |Springdale Station, 979 Springdale Rd Suite #160, 78702

Come out for Veganchill Fest, the biggest Adult Vegan Party in Texas on Sunday, February 23rd! There will be Slow-flow yoga at 11 am for VIP ticket holders. Live DJ and entertainment throughout the whole event and live drag queen performances. Not to mention live art painting, games, raffles, and gifts! There will be 40+ vegan vendors and AC inside the venue. Four bars will be serving the coldest drinks you can find in TX!

 

 

 

 


 

2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil

February 25th, 2020 | Scholz Garten

Historic Scholz Garten‘s Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil is back! Live set from Charles Thibodeaux & the Austin Cajun Aces 5:30pm-7pm. DJ Island Time 7pm-10pm. Hot Crawfish until it runs out! Abita Beer and Hurricane Specials all night.

 

 

 

 


 

Harlem Globetrotters

February 27th-28th, 2020 | Frank Erwin Center

The Original Harlem Globetrotters all-new Pushing the Limits World Tour is headed your way. This is more than a basketball game. It is more than a show. It is the one and only Harlem Globetrotters in an all-new, larger-than-life world tour. You’ll be on your feet, out of your seat, laughing until it hurts and loving every moment!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Austin Oyster Festival

February 29th, 2020 | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St, 78701

Austin Oyster Festival presents a variety of Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable; on the half shell, grilled, roasted, fried, in gumbo, and more! With other offerings, including Creole BBQ shrimp, Shrimp Po’Boys, and Crispy Spiced Pommes Frites, the beautiful bivalves will be enjoyed with perfect accompaniments. Also, Bloody Mary Bars featuring Bloody Revolution, mineral water by Topo Chico, specialty cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, premium wine selections from favorite brands, and craft beers will round out the extensive beverage menu!

 

 

 

Live the Lifestyle | Top October 2019 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top October Events


Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 4th-6th and 11th-13th, 2019 | Zilker Park

One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends.

 

 

 

 


Oktoberfest

October 12th, 2019 | German Free School    

The German-Texan Heritage Society holds this annual festival, featuring live music, food, a biergarten, kid’s activities and more at the German Free School.

 

 

 

 

 


AIA Austin Homes Tour

October 19th-20th, 2019 | Various Locations

For 33 years, the AIA Austin Homes Tour has been delighting the public with the chance to step inside inspiring works of residential architecture. This year’s 12 homes, all designed by AIA Austin Architect Members, are exceptional examples of design, representing a variety of budgets, scales, and styles—all expressive of the clients who now call the space their home. Take the tour and meet the architects in each home, as well as the builders and other design professionals who collaborated to create these unique residences.

 

 


Austin Film Festival

October 24th-31st, 2019 | Paramount Theatre

Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Viva La Vida Festival & Parade

October 26th, 2019 | Downtown Austin

Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.

 

 


Austin Lobster Festival

October 26th, 2019 | Republic Square

The Austin Lobster Festival provides Fresh Live Maine Lobster, prepared to mouth-watering perfection. You can also dance away the calories to a variety of popular artists throughout the day on the dance floor, enjoy tasty eats in the food tent, take a Free Souvenir E-Photo, sip on adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks — infamous Signature drinks and Margaritas), and play lawn games. There is something for everyone, including kids!

 

 

 

 


Texas Book Festival

October 26th-27th, 2019 | Texas State Capitol Building

The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.

 

 

 

 


Banger’s Oktoberfest

October 26th-28th, 2019 | Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning three days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart’s desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.

 

 

 

 

 


                   

Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children’s Concert

October 27th, 2019 | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one’s concert experience.

 

 

 


Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration

October 31st, 2019| Kreig Baseball Field

Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.

 

 

Downtown Development Digest | Canopy by Hilton

West Sixth Street’s First Hotel

West Sixth Street has long been known as the mature, stylish sibling to the east side’s “Dirty Sixth,” yet a few development holes have remained. For some time there have been a few vacant sites in the area such as a decaying parking lot and several shuttered restaurants. Now at these sites will be filled with new eateries and a trendy boutique hotel that will amplify the strip’s reputation as a hip entertainment hub.

The construction started in July at 612 W. Sixth St. next door to Star Bar. Most people have no idea what to expect from a hotel designed for such an active commercial and nightlife district. This hotel is quite literally sandwiched between two bars. The Canopy by Hilton will be six stories tall, with an interior courtyard space that’s designed to insulate guests from as much 6th street noise as possible… we wish them luck with that on the weekends. The hotel will house 140 guestrooms, including five suites. Guests will be welcomed via an intimate lobby and a laidback open-air courtyard surrounded by natural materials and greenery. The bar and lounge concept will frame the courtyard and provide several seating options from sidewalk dining to cozy fireside enclaves. The restaurant’s theme isn’t yet defined, but the restaurant will likely have some healthier fare that won’t compete with the old-school diner experience of Holy Roller. The pool deck will serve as an elevated front porch, appointed with loungers and a bar pavilion. The hotel’s official name is Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown, and its grand opening is planned for January 2020.

This hotel will be unique for people visiting Austin as it will be in the heart of downtown. Guests will get to experience everything Austin has to offer with nightlife and great food all at their fingertips. We are eager to hear what the new restaurant will be and excited to see the finished product!

Photos and information from https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2018/06/21/real-estate-developer-coordinates-west-sixth.html and https://austin.towers.net/heres-a-new-view-of-canopy-by-hilton-west-sixth-streets-first-boutique-hotel/

Live the Lifestyle | Top September 2019 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top September Events


Zilker Relays

September 6th, 2019 | Zilker Park

The Zilker Relays is a 10-mile race with teams comprised of 4 runners. Each participant runs a 2.5-mile loop from one central festival/transition area. The team concept of the Zilker Relays is a combination of a relay, festival home base, drinks, and music, make this experience a favorite for runners of all calibers and ages! You don’t have to train like a marathoner for this one. All you have to do is be willing to run, jog, walk or stroll 2.5 miles, enjoy live music and great food and get 3 of your siblings, kids, buddies or colleagues to come and join you for this one of a kind running experience!

 

 

 

 


Texas vs. LSU

September 7th, 2019 | Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium    

The Longhorns Week 2 home game against LSU on Sept. 7 is a huge, season-defining game for both teams and it’s the best-selling game in the country for the week. You won’t want to miss it. Make sure to come early, stay late, and get loud while wearing burnt orange, of course.

 

 

 

 


Fantastic Fest

September 19th-26th, 2019 | Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.

 

 

 

 


Whiskies of  The World

September 21st, 2019 | Fair Market

Experience the world of whiskey as you’ve never seen it before. As one of the largest whiskey tasting events in the US, Whiskies of the World gathers over 200 of the most fascinating distilled spirits from around the globe, along with their makers and ambassadors, to give guests an unforgettable evening. The Expo will provide whiskey tastings, whiskey and food pairings, whiskey and cigar pairings, and the chance to interact with outstanding whiskey brands as well as fellow whiskey enthusiasts!

 

 

 


 

Fall Pecan Street Festival

September 21st-22nd, 2019 | Sixth Street Austin

The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual juried music, arts and crafts festival held on historic Sixth Street. The show proudly features over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work.

 

 

 

 

 


Run to Brunch

September 22nd, 2019  | Auditorium Shores 

Spend your morning in the heart of downtown Austin racing your way to a collection of Austin’s best brunches – featuring local chefs and restaurants, classic brunch cocktails and local entertainment at Auditorium Shores! Immediately after crossing the finish line, 5K and 10K runners will end in the Finish Line Expo where you’ll engage with brands representing the essence of the “Keep Austin Weird” motto – celebrating the creativity and unique self-expression that drives Austinites’ innovative spirit.

 

 

 

 


Americas Rallycross

September 28th, 2019 | Circuit of The Americas

This September, get into the action with a full day of rough and tumble action, featuring head-to-head short, sharp racing on dirt and asphalt, a MEGA jump and all the action you can take. Witness high profile drivers with the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than two seconds – faster than an F1 car.

 

 

 

 


Austin Oktoberfest

September 28th, 2019 | Scholz Garden

This year, the Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the 6th annual Austin Oktoberfest at Scholz Garten, the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state. This festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with beer, sausage, live music and bowling!

 

 

 

 

 


                   

Susan G. Komen Austin MORE THAN PINK WALK

September 29th, 2019 | Palmer Event Center

This important annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors around the world who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause.

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 28th, 2019| Fiesta Gardens 

The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.

 

 

Live the Lifestyle | Top August 2019 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top August Events


Zilker Summer Musical

August 1st-17th, 2019 | Zilker Hillside Theatre

Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. The outdoor amphitheater will host performances of “The Little Mermaid” taking fans “under the sea” Thursdays through Sundays.

 

 

 

 


Blues On The Green

August 7th, 2019 | Zilker Park    

Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin’s largest free concert series will welcome groovy performances by local up-and-comers and Austin legends.

 

 

 

 


TLC Oyster Fest

August 10th, 2019 | TLC

Celebrate all things oyster! There will be an Oyster Shucking Contest as well as an Oyster Eating contest! They’ll have live music, fun cocktails, and a special oyster menu with enough oysters for everyone!

 

 

 

 


Austin Pride Festival & Parade

August 10th, 2019 | Fiesta Gardens

The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support and opportunities to volunteer.

 

 

 


Bat Fest

August 24th, 2019 | Congress Avenue Bridge      

Celebrate this batty event as the world’s largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard’s Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.

 

 

 

 


Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

August 25th, 2019  | Fiesta Gardens 

If you wanna beat the heat this summer then you gotta eat the heat! Join the Austin Chronicle for one of the world’s largest hot sauce festivals with as many as 10,000 spectators each year.

 

 

 

 


Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival

August 27th-31st, 2019 | Various Locations

Comedians from around the country show Austinites their comedy chops and throw down in a mini-golf tourney.

 

 

 

 


Family Movie Night

Fridays in August | Ski Shores Cafe 

Ski Shores Cafe serve free s’mores by the fire for kids on movie nights. Bring the crew out and wind down under the stars.

 

 

 

 

 


                   

Sunday Summer Swell

Sundays in August | East Austin Hotel 

Summer Swell is the East Austin’s Hotel’s nod to the laidback pool parties of the ’60s and ’70s. Be transported with vintage Palm Springs vibes as you sip weekly drink specials from the Pool Bar.

 

 

 

 

 


Unplugged At The Grove

On Repeat | Shady Grove 

Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge!

 

 

Downtown Development Digest | Block 185

The new Google building will likely become a signature tower of the Austin skyline. The currently unnamed building is designed by internationally renowned “starchitect” Pelli Clarke Pelli. To achieve the title of starchitect, you’ve presumably got to design a lot of buildings considered iconic by the general public. This new building’s plan of a curved glass wall and tapered structure allows outdoor terraces on every level, creating the overall effect of a sail eternally catching a breeze from the lake across the street. It’s hard not to be excited about this tower’s look, which is immediately striking and pushes the boundaries of what we might expect from our growing skyline. The tower will have 793,883 square feet of office space—enough for about 5,000 people—and will include standard tech-company perks: a fitness center and recreation areas, lounges, kitchen and dining areas, conference centers, a bar/tavern, and, surely, more. Its 1,327 parking spaces will be on lower floors, with some of it underground. Google, which currently occupies a 29-story tower on another tract of the redevelopment site east of the new building site, has about 800 employees in Austin. While the upper floors of the new building will be occupied entirely by Google offices and parking, the structure will relate to its surroundings in a variety of ways. Retail businesses will occupy its ground floor, and its large, open lobby will provide access to the Second Street retail and entertainment district. The building also will have a plaza along Shoal Creek with bicycle and pedestrian access connecting West Cesar Chavez and West Second streets.

Photos and information from https://austin.towers.net/finally-weve-got-a-better-view-of-the-block-185-office-tower/ and https://austin.curbed.com/2019/4/2/18291500/google-building-austin-new-design-pelli

Downtown Development Digest | Natiivo

Natiivo Austin is a new concept in hospitality unlike any other. The long-awaited tower project at 48 East Avenue in downtown Austin’s Rainey Street District won’t be home to either condos or apartments. Instead, the 33-floor building will be built as a 249-unit hotel, but that’s really only half the story. Natiivo will be available for purchase— however, the buyers won’t be able to live there full-time. Instead they are encouraged to rent out their units on Airbnb when they aren’t staying there. The concept is different from a timeshare because buyers own their unit and don’t share it with other owners. Because the building is zoned as a hotel, owners can only reside in the building for a maximum of 30 days at a time. They can come back and stay as many times as they would like throughout the year. 

This flexible model combines the benefits of ownership with the ease and service of a high-end hotel. Units come stocked with premium linens, robes and slippers. There’s also in-room laundry and kitchens stocked with essentials. Ahead of their stay, owners and guests can request a stocked fridge, dog-walking services and fresh-cut flowers. Natiivo also has a 24-hour onsite concierge that can not only help guests navigate the city but also handle all reservation requests, check-ins and check-outs. Natiivo Austin will offer coworking spaces, a cafe lounge, a spa-inspired fitness center and a rooftop pool deck with private cabanas and lounge. 

Natiivo units are available for purchase online. They will range in price from the $300,000s to $1.2 million. Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units will range in size from 454 square feet to 1,390 square feet.

Photos and information from https://austin.towers.net/airbnb-powered-home-sharing-concept-natiivo-heads-to-rainey-street-district/ and https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2019/06/18/airbnb-branded-hotel-coming-to-austins-rainey.htm

Downtown Development Digest | Austin Proper Hotel & Residences

The Proper Place To Live

Proper has hotels in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Downtown L.A., and now Austin, Texas. Opening Fall 2019, the new Austin Proper Hotel and Residences includes 32 stories of glass and skyline views with 244 rooms and suites; 99 branded residences; four unique settings for dining and drinks; a focus on wellness with a dedicated spa and fitness center; plus a variety of atmospheric spaces for events. And it wouldn’t be Proper without a 5th floor rooftop pool deck offering small-batch tequilas and majestic lake views. The limited collection of 99 condominium residences and penthouses is part social club, part high-design hideaway—right in the cultural constellation of downtown’s Second Street District. Austin Proper Hotel and Residences offers an artful immersion in lifestyle and well-being. With emphasis on collaboration, the passionate, compelling vision of designer Kelly Wearstler meets the culinary creativity of Austin tastemaker McGuire Moorman Hospitality. 

“Each Proper Hotel is a reflection of its particular destination. Austin has a vibe, It’s casual yet sophisticated. Intelligent yet unaffected.” -Kelly Wearstler

Photos and information from https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/austin/

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top July 2019 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top July Events


Sound & Cinema

July 10th & 13th, 2019 | The Long Center

Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse have teamed up to pair local live music with a classic movie to follow. Food and beverages can be purchased on-site from food trailers as part of the Long Center’s “All Summer Long Series.


Blues On The Green

July 17th, 2019 | Zilker Park    

Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin’s largest free concert series will welcome performances by top local bands.


Trailer Food Tuesdays

July 17th, 2019 | The Long Center 

The city’s premier food truck event is back for another season! Catch 19 of the city’s top food trucks at the Long Center for a night of food, live music and drinks.


Texanische Nacht

 July 20th, 2019 | Austin Saengerrunde

Grab your boots and lederhosen! Texanische Nacht celebrates German-Texas heritage with tasty Tex Mex and a live swing/dance band.


 Hot Summer Nights

July 25th-28th, 2019 | Red River Cultural District      

This summer, 20 venues throughout the Red River Cultural District will host four days of free live music, alongside local food and vendors. Local acts like Golden Dawn Arkestra, Emily Wolfe, Moving Panoramas, Ringo Deathstarr and more have taken over stages in past years to celebrate summer in the Live Music Capital of the World®.


Lady Bird Day

July 27th, 2019  | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  

The Wildflower Center will celebrate its founder and environmental champion, former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, with free admission and a variety of family-friendly activities. Come ready to be inspired, both by the landscape and by the legacy of Mrs. Johnson’s lifelong work in Central Texas and the nation.


Quesoff

July 27th, 2019 | The Mohawk  

The annual Quesoff, a celebration of all things melted cheese, returns to the Mohawk this August. 30 vendors – restaurants, top chefs, home-cooks, neighbors, brothers and sisters – will go head to head in four categories – Meaty, Spicy, Veggie and Wild Card. Buy your bag of chips for $5 and come taste the best of Austin.


Unplugged At The Grove

On Repeat | Shady Grove 

Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge!


                   

Movies In The Park

On Repeat | Various Locations 

Austin Parks Foundation’s Movies in the Park is a free series of films in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Rolling Roadshow. For over 10 years, APF has brought movies to neighborhood parks across Austin ensuring Austinites of all backgrounds have access to free outdoor entertainment.


Austin Symphony Concerts In The Park

On Repeat | The Long Center 

Now in its 17th season, the Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park are held in front of the Long Center on Sundays throughout the summer at 7:30 p.m. Concert styles include strings, woodwinds, big band and brass.

 

 

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top May 2019 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top May Events

 


JMBLYA

May 4th, 2019 | Circuit of the Americas

This is a two-day, two-city traveling festival makes its stop in Austin this May. The festival showcases some of the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music, including Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Gunna and more.


Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival Lonestar 

May 4th – 5th, 2019 | East Sixth Street    

A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages.


ZACH Theatre’s Red, Hot, & Soul

May 4th, 2019 | The Topfer at ZACH  

The party on stage includes drag artists, ZACH Entertainment, Open Bar, DJ, and Dancing all night! Funds raised at Red, Hot & Soul help support ZACH’s educational programming including Theatre for Families, ZACH’s Pre-Professional Company, Acting Conservatory, Arts Across the Curriculum, Sensory Friendly Performances, and our SAFE partnership.

ZACH’s education programs reach over 55,000 children and students annually, welcoming all of Austin’s children and schools to attend performances, classes, and camps, even if they can’t afford tickets or tuition.


Austin’s Victory Cup

 May 4th, 2019 | Victory Cheval Polo Club   

Watch the Official Kentucky Derby in style! The Victory Cup Polo Match, which has been called “The Best Kentucky Derby Party in Texas” returns to Austin, TX on Saturday, May 4th. Dust off the lucky hats, pastel dresses and seersucker suits, and bring the kids and dogs for a day of fun at the Victory Cup Polo Match and Kentucky Derby Party in Austin, Texas!


 Farm to Plate

May 9th, 2019 | Barr Mansion      

Taste the best food Austin has to offer all in one place – at Sustainable Food Center’s 12th  annual Farm to Plate. This sip and stroll event features 30+ chefs representing the best Austin restaurants, serving up seasonal, locally sourced, sustainably grown food, plus artisan cocktails and local wine, beer, and spirits.


West Austin Studio Tour

May 11th – 12th, 2019 & May 18th – 19th, 2019  | Across West Austin    

The West Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that celebrates Austin’s talented and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques and inspirations, explore galleries and a variety of exhibitions, and immerse themselves in the arts and local business communities.


Hot Luck Festival 

May 23rd – 26th, 2019 | Around Town  

The Hot Luck: Live Food & Music festival returns to honor the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. The festival is an eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.


Lone Star Jam

April 20th, 2019 | 9100 Decker Lake Road 

415 Productions presents The 12th Annual Lone Star Jam on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th in Austin, Texas. The festival is brought to you by The Young Texans Against Cancer and is being sponsored by Ziegenbock. The event will be held at The Lone Star Jam Festival Grounds at Rodeo Austin. The festival grounds offer ample space and plenty of parking. Lone Star Jam, in its 12th year, is a 2 day festival featuring 20 bands over Saturday and Sunday. Turnpike Troubadours, Josh Abbott Band, Granger Smith, Casey Donahew, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue will headline. Additional artists include William Clark Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Cody Canada and The Departed, Jon Wolfe, Mike Ryan and more.


                       

Life Time Tri Cap Tex UMLAUF Sculpture

May 27th, 2019 | Lady Bird Lake  

The Life Time triathlon attracts all levels of athletes from top ranked professionals to first-time triathletes. The event includes the USA Paratriathlon National Championship, sprint and international distances, First Tri distance and sprint and international distance relays.


Blues on the Green

TBD | Zilker Park 

Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin’s largest free concert series will welcome performances by top local bands.

 

 

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top April 2019 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top April Events


Capital 10k

April 7th, 2019 

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is the largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation. In its 42nd year, the Cap10K will take place on April 7, 2019 in downtown Austin. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, come see why the Cap10K is a rite of spring in Austin. You can come in your favorite super hero costume…or design your own shirt and run with friends.

 

 

 


Lonestar Round Up

April 12th, 2019 – April 13th, 2019   

A huge outdoor car show and live music festival with tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars driven here from all over the country, and bringing visitors from all over the world.

 

 

 


 

MOTOGP Grand Prix of the Americas

April 12th, 2019 – April 14th, 2019 

The planet’s most talented and skilled riders will line the grid at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas to battle it out in the Austin race of the MotoGP™ World Championship calendar. Don’t miss out on discovering 2019’s emerging talents and the excitement of Grand Prix racing in the ultimate test for the finest athletes and machinery in motorcycle racing.

 

 

 


 

The Contemporary Austin  Fifth Annual Art Diner

April 13th, 2019  

On April 13, 2019, The Contemporary Austin will host the Art Dinner, an annual celebration held at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria—with a spotlight on its growing collection and temporary works of art, and highlighting in spectacular form all of the museum’s efforts to transform this gem into a sustainable and accessible art-in-nature experience for all to enjoy.

 

 

 


 

Texas Longhorn Orange/ White Spring Game

April 13th, 2019     

The 2019 Orange-White Spring Game presented by Living Spaces will be played on Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT inside Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.

 

 

 


 

AFW Fashion x Austin

April 15th, 2019 – April 25th, 2019    

Austin Fashion Week showcases the work of fashion designers, photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and models from around the state of Texas with over a hundred including runway shows, designer meet-and-greets, themed parties and benefits for Austin non-profits.

 

 

 


 

Austin Reggae Fest 

April 19th, 2019 – April 21st, 2019 

A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.

 

 

 


 

Weird Homes Tour

April 20th, 2019 

This wacky annual event showcases what “Keep Austin Weird” is all about. Tour a selection of the most creative homes around town and meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.

 

 

 


 

                       

UMLAUF Sculpture

April 25th, 2019 

Join the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum for the 21st annual event on

The UMLAUF will host its beloved Garden Party with a brand new twist. Amidst the fine wine and decadent bites that we know and love, the UMLAUF has invited performers from all over our city to orchestrate performances throughout the Garden.

 

 

 


 

Austin Food + Wine Festival

April 26th, 2019 – April 28th, 2019

Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

 

 

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