Behind the Design | The Camaleonda Comeback

Camaleonda

 

The Camaleonda system, originally designed by Mario Bellini in 1970, makes its comeback 50 years later. Speaking a contemporary language, between structural solutions and sustainable choices.

 

                                                                             THE HISTORY:                                                                                                                                              50 YEARS THAT HAVE NOT GONE BY

 

Presented to the public in 1970, Camaleonda has passed through 5 decades of design history as a true icon. Designed by Mario Bellini, this modular sofa has designed the aesthetics of an entire era of interior design, thanks to its great success both in terms of the public and critics. It is constantly featured in most international design museums and in film-sets that have defined the collective imagination. An Object that is loved by design affectionates, antique dealers and interior designers alike is finally back in production after a careful design process that involved the close collaboration between B&B Italia’s Research & Development Centre and Mario Bellini.

Mario Bellini’s work is characterized by bringing together design and architecture and Camaleonda testifies to his unique ability to move confidently between diverse design languages, between macro and micro, geometry and curves, artificial and natural materials. As Bellini himself says, Camaleonda was created to fill a void: “At the beginning of the 1970s, upholstered furniture for the home stagnated into the tired traditional stereotypes and radical-proactive elitist forays into the future that, although stimulating, rarely challenged the relationship between the evolution of new patterns of behavior in the home and the types of furniture available on the market at the time.”

With Camaleonda we find ourselves in the presence of a sofa intended as an architectural element, capable of transforming the landscape of the interior space that inhabits. A landscape that is neither immobile nor permanent, as its chameleon-like nature involves change and transformation. A promise that is clear from the name itself, as Bellini recalls: “Camaleonda is a name that I invented 1970 by mixing two words: the first is the name of an extraordinary animal, the chameleon (camaleonte in Italian), that can adapt to the environment around it and the word ‘onda, wave, that indicates the curve of the sea and the desert. Both these words describe the shape and function of this sofa.”

Camaleonda continues to live on thanks to an identity that has become an evergreen iconic vintage, current for each generation precisely because of its timeless qualities.

 

                                                                                 THE PRESENT:                                                                                                                                                      A CONTEMPORARY REISSUE

 

In its reissue, Camaleonda preserves the elements that have made it a contemporary classic. By mutual agreement, Mario Bellini and B&B Italia have decided to keep with the 90×90 cm seat module, together with the backrest and the armrest, faithful to the original project, whose original cutting pattern was used for the new edition.

The generous polyurethane padding that forms the characteristic capitonné design remains unchanged, still manufactured with the innovative system of cables, hooks and rings created by Bellini in 1970, which defines the characteristics look and modularity. Thanks to the tie-rods and the rings, the modules can be unhooked and recombined at will, allowing the sofa to adapt to an evolving taste and the dynamic needs of those using it.

The fundamental characteristics of Camaleonda is its unlimited modularity, a geometric pattern that allows each element to become a sort of enormous pixel through which to define your home environment. By hooking and unhooking seats, backrests and armrests, you can enjoy the luxury of changing your mind as many times as you desire, moving and redesigning the space. A concept which is dead to Mario Bellini: “Of all objects, I have designed, Camaleonda is perhaps the best in terms of its sense of freedom. There are infinite number of possible configurations.”

The padding has been thoroughly updated by the B&B Italia Research & Development Centre, making it even more comfortable than the original version. Thus the magical balance between the rigorous geometry of the square and the welcoming of the roundness of the padding is confirmed, further underlining the elasticity and tactile ergonomics that characterize many of Mario Bellini’s design projects. Camaleonda can be upholstered with B&B Italia’s entire textile and leather collection, allowing for another variable in the multitude of possible combinations.

Camaleonda is a dynamic, alive and sincere object, not at all enigmatic, that allows for an infinite number of configurations while still maintaining its peculiar and unique identity.

 

                                                                                    THE FUTURE:                                                                                 SUSTAINABILITY AND CIRCULARITY

 

The re-edition of the Camaleonda does not look back at the past, but on the contrary, it aims to rewrite an indisputable classic in a contemporary perspective.

Aesthetics, dimensions, proportions, and the way it is configured remain unchanged, while the composition of the interior has been completely redesigned with no room for nostalgia. “When I was asked to update Camaleonda, it was immediately clear to me that I should never or would never be able to do anything. Change the shape? No, the way it was intended is as good today as it was then. Change the materials? Yes, and that’s why I had a conversation with a company that is a leader in terms of its ability to transform a piece of furniture into a sustainable product.”

The “sandwich” structure of the Camaleonda is made up of recycled or recyclable materials that can easily be disassembled. The seat, backrest, armrests and bases are made of wooden panels. The sofa rests on the floor on a series of spherical feet made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified beech wood.

The padding of the seat, the backrest and the armrests are made of polyurethane in various levels of density and firmness. The highest degree of complexity lies in the seat, where elements are shaped and assembled to allow every layer to interact, at the same time guaranteeing a high level of comfort. The various layers generate empty spaces or pockets designed to create a comfortable spring effect.

The engineering and composition of the seat allow the interior elements of the sofa to be disassembled and therefore easily recyclable. The padding is protected by a removable cover made of dacron, a synthetic fabric that is entirely made of recycled PET, the same material used to manufacture plastic water bottles.

 

                                                                                   THE DESIGNER:                                                                                                                                                           BEHIND THE DESIGN

 

Mario Bellini is an architect and designer internationally renowned. He received the Golden Compass Award eight times (one assigned to B&B Italia Le Bambolein 1979) and 25 of his works are in the permanent design collection of the New York MoMA, which dedicated to him a personal retrospective in 1987.

He has designed countless art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad: among the latest those at Palazzo Reale with Giotto’s masterpieces (2016) and – at the Milanese Museo del ‘900 – the one dedicated to Margherita Sarfatti (2018-2019).

In 2015 the Milan Triennale awarded him a Gold Medal for his career in architecture. Since 1991 he has been named as the Royal Honorary Designer of RDI.

Bellini has dedicated himself to almost entirely architecture since the 1980s. Projects currently underway are the New Polytechnic School of Genoa (2006-2020), a vast hotel and residential development on Virgin Gorda Island in the British Virgin Island (2018-2020). He also has various projects within the design stages.

 

                                                                          ENDLESS COMPOSITIONS:                                                                          GLI SCACCHI

 

Mario Bellini has also designed Gli Scacchi, which uses a combinatorial nature of Camaleonda to create the chess pieces. These series of accessories can be utilized to become extra tables or seats.

The three pieces that make up the series are inspired by the game of chess, in particular the queen, the knight and the rook (hence the Italian names Regina, Cavallo, and Torre), light and easy to move like on a chessboard. “They are among the most playful pieces of furniture I have ever designed”, Bellini states.

In 1971, the original version of Gli Scacchi represented a remarkable technical innovation as they were produced in self-skinning polyurethane foam, a solution which was initially used only by the automotive industry and was introduced for the first time in furniture. The 2020 reissue offers soft covers made of think leather and calf hide with visible stitching.

 

A classic is reborn 50 years after its introduction, maintaining all of its original character with a new dedication to a sustainable future.

Infinitely configurable, infinitely versatile, available now for order at Urbanspace.

Behind the Design | Nanimarquina Silhouette

Nanimarquina Silhouette

 

After success of the first collaboration with designer Jaime Hayón in 2017, Nanimarquina presents Silhouette, a collection of rugs for indoor and outdoor use that highlights the acclaimed casual style of the Valencian based designer and artist.

 

Depicted with a delicate stroke, the illustration defines the silhouettes of several imaginary characters that intertwine and coexist in a beautiful composition.

Hayón subtly introduces color through small elements brimming with personality that help to interpret each of the images.

Nine faces are distributed at different angles so that the rug can be viewed from any perspective, fitting perfectly in any space.

Through this new collaboration with Jamie Hayón, Nanimarquina introduces the embroidery on kilim techniques for the first time. A laborious process handmade in Pakistan, the chain stitch embroidery adds texture and a soft volume that emphasizes the sinuousness of the illustration.

Despite its delicate appearance, it is a sturdy technique suitable for both residential and commercial use.

Nanimarquina also presents, for the first time, an outdoor hand-tufted rug, developed with 100% recycled PET fiber and produced in India. This combination provides great utility while transferring a sense of well-being that is needed for an outdoor space.

 

 

Born in Madrid in 1974, Jamie Hayón enjoys an illustrious career in the recent history of contemporary design.

His exhibition entitled “Mediterranean Digital Baroque” at the David Gill Gallery in London, and the collections of bathrooms he designed for ArtQuitect marked the beginning of his meteoric international rise, which was then established with the BD Showtime collection and his subsequent work with companies such as Camper, Llandró, Bisazza, Swarovsky, and Moooi.

Learn more about Spanish designer, Jamie Hayón and his collaboration with Nanimarquina design inspiration behind the Silhouette:

Did you specifically create the illustration thinking that it would be a rug? And if not, what made you feel it would work well as a rug?

It’s a freehand drawing, similar to the work in my sketchbooks. I consider the disposition, which was interesting from different angles; in other words, it would work for a rug. 

You are a compulsive illustrator, where do your characters come from? Specifically, what is the story behind the figures in this drawing, and their personality?

There are infinite characters that are part of my imaginary. They change and evolve, according to my current interests. There are characters that are endearing, others are more ironic, and some even provoke fear on occasion. In the case of characters, what I am most interested in is the ability to transmit emotions.

From the sketch to the product, what happens when one of your personal drawings becomes an object? Something to be shared and interpreted by others?

This happens in very exceptional cases in which the format, material, and use are ideal to portray emotivism through the figurative. Rugs for Nanimarquina are the perfect example; the format is ideal to be able to work with absolute freedom, similar to a painting or tapestry.

Compared to the first collaboration, we could say that this proposal is less busy, depicting fewer strokes, less characters, and more restrained use of colour. How has your work evolved? Is this style a common feature in your current projects?

I wanted to contribute a different stylistic language able to integrate with other facets of character, more serene. Above and beyond the evolution of my work, I wanted to complement our collaboration and expand the range of use.

This is the second time you have worked with Nanimarquina. What would you highlight about the collaboration with Nanimarquina?

Working with Nanimarquina is a pleasure. Collaborators are able to work surrounded by respect and mutual admiration. The knowledge regarding each fibre and material, the variety of techniques, and the close work with artisans is palpable in the result of Nanimarquina rugs. 

You design different types of objects, what attracts you to specifically design rugs?

I am attracted by the possibility of working with an object from a purely artistic perspective, witnessing the translation of artistic expression onto a vary different surface than that of paper or canvas.

Downtown Development Digest | East Side Introduces Saltillo

As Austin continues to top the lists for real estate growth in the Country, we also see zip codes become hot on the list of fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in major American cities. These zip codes — 78702 and 78721, predominately areas located in East Austin, have seen the most substantial change in the past decade.

Just a few years ago, the stretch of city blocks from East 5th Street and East 4th Street just east of I-35 was the home to empty warehouses and illegally dumped trash that had been burned and buried. This site sat empty for just over two decades without any development and contaminated soil throughout the six-block, 10-acre span.

The land is owned by Capital Metro and includes the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail Station. The developers explained that “Saltillo” was designed to encourage people to walk, bike, and use transit. Enacting on a community plan that was put into place starting with a vision 20 years ago in order to bring the community together through improved connectivity, service offerings for the neighborhood, as well as offices, retail and residential living communities. This project was influenced by the booming neighborhoods of young professionals whom are health and fitness minded, that have flocked to East Austin.

In addition to the rail station that runs through the site, they are aiming to make Saltillo a transit hub, with below-and-above ground parking garages, electric vehicle stations and an extension of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

Saltillo soon plans on opening a 36,000 sqft Whole Foods and a 26,000 sqft Target, that will also contain a CVS inside. The Developers said it was important to add a grocery and connivence store to this project, as neighbors when polled previously said a top feature the community was lacking was simpler access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Currently there are a few businesses up and running, those include:

  • Club Pilates
  • Chipotle
  • Spectrum Communications
  • JuiceLand
  • Snooze
  • Orange Theory Fitness

 

The Businesses preparing to open are:

  • Target
  • Whole Foods
  • Cherry Blow Dry Bar
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar
  • The Kebab Shop
  • Enamel Dentistry
  • Poke Austin
  • Dolce Neve Gelato
  • Nails on 5th
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

 

Google will also occupy a larger office space above Target in the upcoming months.

Read more about Saltillo at plazasaltillo.com»

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top March 2020 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top March Events


GT World Challenge America

March 6 – 8, 2020| Circuit of The Americas 

The GT World Challenge America will return to COTA on March 6-8 to open their 2020 season. The 90-minute SprintX style format provides racing fans with some of the most exhilarating competition in the motorsports world. For the sixth time at COTA, GT World Challenge America will bring an action-packed weekend with roaring engines from seven different manufacturers as drivers go door to door in a highly competitive series.

 


Austin Water Lantern Festival

March 7, 2020 | Muller Lake Park    

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone where you can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. 

 

 


Texas Film Awards

March 12, 2020 | Austin Film Society

Don’t miss the 20th anniversary of the biggest event in Texas film. The Awards return to the grand stage at Austin Studios in 2020, where we’ll celebrate the newest members of the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 


South by Southwest

March 13 – 22, 2020 | Various locations throughout Austin

Join artists, innovators, and thought leaders from around the world and turn your ideas into reality this March. Experience 10 days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across tech, film, and music industries at the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals

 

 


Austin Rodeo

March 14 – 28, 2020 | Travis County Exposition Center

Tap into your true Texan for some traditional Western rodeo entertainment. Rodeo Austin remains home to one of America’s Top 10 pro rodeos, exhibiting top-ranked athletes competing tournament-style in events like bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and more. Meanwhile, Rodeo Austin’s daily three-stage lineup caters to both the young and old with varied genres. In addition to the music, livestock exhibition, and rodeo itself, there’s the annual sprawl of Austin’s biggest carnival, silly with rides and game booths.

 

 


St. Patrick’s Day Festival

March 15, 2020 | Jourdan – Bachman Pioneer Festival

This annual family-friendly festival celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!

 

 

 


Dell Technologies Match Play

March 25 – 29, 2020 | Austin Country Club

With a rare, match-play format consisting of the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field consists of the very best players from around the world and is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar.

 

 


Austin Urban Music Fest

March 27 – 28, 2020 | Auditorium Shores  

Austin Urban Music Festival is a two-day event featuring a family-friendly lineup of live musical entertainment. The festival showcases gospel, hip hop, R&B, soul and neo-soul and is a platform for talented local African-American artists to reach a diverse audience.

 

 

 

 


  Mighty Texas Dog Walk                

March 28, 2020 | Austin American – Statesman 

Don’t miss The Doggiest Day in Austin! In addition to the walk, you can find free samples of the best dog foods and treats; free advice from top veterinarians and trainers; raffle; artisan and food vendors. 

 

 

 


ABC Zilker Kite Festival

March 29, 2020| Zilker Park

ABC Zilker Kite Festival invites the public every year to a free wonderful and colorful celebration, where colorful kites fill the sky above the green spaces of Zilker Park in the heart of downtown Austin. This spring event is aimed for the whole family whether as spectators or as participants. In addition to the kite’s event, there will be local food stands as well as various children activities take place through the park!

 

Downtown Development Digest | Two Popular Austin Bars to Be Bulldozed for New Downtown High-Rise Tower

Two Rainey Street establishments — Container Bar and Bungalow — are on track to be bulldozed to make way for a 53-story hotel and apartment tower.

On March 23, the Austin Historic Landmark Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal to demolish Bungalow, a former residence at 92 Rainey St. that dates back to the early 1900s. Container Bar, at 90 Rainey St., also is set to be torn down.

The developer of the high-rise plans to incorporate both bars into the new building. “The bars will stay open up until we start construction next year,” Kevin Burns, CEO of Austin-based Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors, tells CultureMap.

The 582,513-square-foot, 606-foot-tall project features:

  • 349,508 square feet of hotel space, including 424 guest rooms.
  • 227,180 square feet of residential space, offering 198 studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Nineteen of the units are earmarked for affordable housing.
  • 5,825 square feet of restaurant and bar space.

At 606 feet, the Rainey Street tower would be about 150 feet taller than the nearby Fairmont Austin hotel, which is the third tallest building in Austin (excluding its 139-foot-tall spire). The proposed site of the skyscraper covers a little over one-third of an acre.

Burns says construction is expected to start in mid-2021.

Read the full article at CultureMap.com »

Live the Lifestyle, Love 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, Love the Lifestyle | Top January 2020 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top January Events


Fortlandia

January 15th-26th, 2020 | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 

During Fortlandia, guests can explore a new exhibition of 10 forts custom designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists for the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. These creative spaces will transport guests to imaginary worlds and spark an appreciation for art and nature and the curious, wonderful ways in which they intersect.

 

 

 


 

Gallery Exhibit Opening: The Art of a Vintage Ride

January 16th, 2020 | Texas Folklife Gallery   

Join Texas Folklife at the Texas Folklife Gallery as we celebrate the opening of Exhibit: The Art of Vintage Cars. Tim Higgins will be in attendance to speak about his experiences and creating the exhibit. Refreshments and great company will be provided.

 

 


Snow Day at the Science Mill

January 18th, 2020 | Science Mill, 101 S. Ladybird Ln, 78736

The Science Mill will host a family-friendly Snow Day with real snow creating a winter wonderland full of science. Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow.

 

 

 

 

 


3M Half Marathon

January 19th, 2020 | Stonelake Blvd, just South of Cap of Texas Hwy (Loop 360)

3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. Enjoy a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol.

 

 

 

 

 


Hello, Dolly!

January 21st-26th, 2020 | Bass Concert Hall

Broadway comes to Austin, with “Hello, Dolly!” live on stage at the Bass Concert Hall. Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, “Hello, Dolly!” is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!”

 

 

 

 


 

BYOD Austin Bark in Zilker Park Pawty

January 25th, 2020 | Zilker Park

This is a responsible dog owner meet up! During the pawty, you’ll be able to sniff out and play with the humans and pups behind BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog). Please note, this is a laid back dog meet up for belly scratches and puppy kisses.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Big 12/ SEC Challenge- LSU Tigers at Texas Longhorns in Austin

January 25th, 2020 | Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center 

Kick off your Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center watching the Texas Longhorns Basketball team compete against the LSU Tigers in the Big 12 SEC Challenge. Tickets are available on Stubhub & Vividseats.

 

 

 


 

Austin Margarita Crawl

January 25th, 2020 | The Venue ATX

Join in on the margarita crawl that takes place at multiple venues throughout the City. Bring your friends and make memories that will last a lifetime! There will be discounted drinks at all venues and limited quantities of free take-home giveaways.

 

 

 

 


                   

A Night with Janis Joplin

January 29th-March 8th, 2020 | The ZACH Theatre

The legendary queen of rock-n-roll, Janis Joplin, explodes onto the stage in a concert experience that celebrates the Texas musical marvel, and shines a spotlight on the trailblazing female blues and soul vocalists who influenced her.

 

 

 

 

 


                   

Austin 2040: Our Business Future

January 31st, 2020 | JW Marriott Austin

How will Austinites live, work and play in 20 years when the regions population is about twice the size it is today? Led by futurist Nancy Giordano, well dive into a futuristic Austin so business leaders can prepare their business plans. Well explore the biggest economic threats to the region in the coming years, plus hear from an esteemed panel of future-minded experts from a variety of business sectors.

 

 

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

LIVE THE LIFESTYLE, LOVE THE LIFESTYLE |
TOP DECEMBER EVENTS


Ice Skating On The Plaza

November 23rd- January 20th, 2019 | Whole Foods Lamar

Spend an afternoon on the rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends! Daily: 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 


ZACH Theatre Presents: “A Christmas Carol”

December 1st- 29th, 2019 | ZACH Theatre 

“A Christmas Carol” is back to ring in the holidays! This rockin’ show provides a modern twist on the classic tale. In fact, this show has proven to be such a hit among locals and visitors that is the most popular show in the theatre’s history.

 

 

 

 

 


Teddy Bear Tea

December 1st-15th, 2019 | Four Seasons Hotel 

Don’t miss this annual event at the Four Seasons hotel featuring tea service, caroling and a fireside reading by Santa. Teddy Bears will be donated to Dell Children’s Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 


Holiday Window Walk

December 2-31st, 2019 | 2nd Street District

Visitors can watch the storefronts of 2nd Street District transform into decorative holiday scenes during the ninth annual Holiday Window Walk. St. Edward’s University students will activate both their imaginations and design skills for a chance to win $4,500 worth of scholarships on behalf of the 2nd Street District. The public can vote for their favorite at the 2SD Facebook page. Every vote is entered for a chance to win a W Austin prize pack.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”

December 7th-22nd, 2019 | Long Center for the Performing Arts

Ballet Austin kicks off the season with the 57th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” This family-friendly show brings a fresh experience to the beloved holiday tradition.

 

 

 


Austin Trail of Lights

December 10th-23rd, 2019 | Zilker Park

The 55th Annual Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in November, then the 5k fun run will kick off the spectacular season in early December. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

 

 

 

 


Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

December 13th-24th, 2019 | Palmer Events Center

This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.

 

 

 

 


Austin’s New Year

December 31st, 2019 | Auditorium Shores

This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.

 

 

 

Live the Lifestyle, Love 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, Love 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, Love 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!

 

 

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