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.

 

 

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

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top March Events


Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards 

JW AFS Cinema | March 7th, 2019 

An unforgettable night celebrating the leaders and stars of Texas film. Proceeds support AFS’s work in making our region a thriving center for storytelling, education, and economic opportunity through film. 6 PM Cocktails & Red Carpet Arrivals, 7:30 PM Dinner & Awards Show.


SXSW 2019 – Music, Film,  Interactive Conference & Festival

Various Locations | March 8th – 17th, 2019  

Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians, and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.


Rodeo Austin

Travis County Expo Center| March 16th – 30th, 2019     

Over the years, Rodeo Austin has grown from a show featuring 16 animals into one of Austin’s premier events, featuring Pro rodeo events, daily concerts, livestock show and more.


St. Patrick’s Day Festival

2Jourda-Backma Pioneer Farms | March 17th, 2019  

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!


Mighty Texas Dog Walk

305 S. Congress | March 23rd, 2019   

More Wag! More Swag! Scenic 1-mile walk near Ladybird Johnson Lake + tons of free samples of the latest in high end dog food and treats. Your registration fee supports our training program at Service Dogs, Inc.! Service Dogs, Inc. is a nonprofit that adopts dogs from animal shelters and trains them as working partners for Texans living with deafness or mobility related challenges. Each dog costs $45,000 and takes 1 year to train. Thanks to your support, we provide the dogs and customized training free of charge!


Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

Mike A. Myers Stadium | March 27th – 30th, 2019    

The premier track & field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world.


World Golf Championships Dell Technologies Match Play  

Austin Country Club |
March 27th – 31st, 2019   

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 Festival

Auditorium Shores | March 29th – 30th, 2019 

More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin’s only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music.


                       

Blanton Block Party

Blanton Museum of Art | March 30th, 2019 

Join us for a free day-to-night community festival to kick off Spring and celebrate the big changes on our block. Explore the epic exhibition “Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton” and be inspired by the creative ways artists have merged visual art and language. The Blanton Block Party is the perfect fusion of live music and world-class art, providing outdoor family art activities, local food, and tours throughout the day.


90th ABC Kite Festival

Zilker Park | March 31st, 2019 

The nation’s oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more.

 

 

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

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top February Events


CASAblanca Gala

JW Marriott Austin |February 2nd, 2019 | 7 pm 

Join CASA of Travis County at the 26th annual CASA Blanca Gala and help build bright futures for Austin’s children! Attend or sponsor alongside 900 of Austin’s most generous philanthropists and community leaders. Enjoy fabulous entertainment and unforgettable stories of children and their CASA volunteers.


Rodeo Austin Gala

Palmer Events Center | February 9th, 2019 | 6 pm 

The Rodeo Austin Gala & Youth Art Auction is one of Austin’s largest black tie affairs! A purchase of a Rodeo Austin Gala table is a great way to entertain clients, guests, friends, or family, and it helps Rodeo Austin support young Texans through scholarship and other award giving. 

The evening includes cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, one-of-a-kind silent and live auctions, and boot-tapping live music entertainment by Jamey Johnson and special guest Lee Ann Womack!


Blanton Museum of Art Gala  

The University of Texas| 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd | February 9th, 2019 |5:30 pm     

This black-tie dinner will take place on the museum’s plaza, in perfect view of two major landmarks: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, which has become an international arts destination, and the Texas State Capitol. You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant evening, which will raise funds to propel the Blanton’s inspiring exhibitions and innovative educational programs to even greater heights.


Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction 2019

Four Seasons Hotel | February 16th, 2019 | 6 pm 

This year’s elegant event celebrates Austin Opera’s final production of the 2018-2019 Season, La bohème. The evening will feature luxury live and silent auctions, a gourmet four-course dinner with wine pairings by Twin Liquors, a performance by baritone Craig Verm, and, back again by popular demand, dancing to the music of Reunion!


Austin Marathon – Half Marathon & 5K 

February 17th, 2019 | 7 am  

Runners get a chance to run through green, tree-lined city parks, cross bridges over the Colorado River, and trek through Austin’s city streets and neighborhoods at the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which saw more than 8,100 runners cross the finish line at the 2016 running of the race in the half-marathon alone out of more than 12,000 in all races combined.


Unmasked Gala 

JW Marriott | February 22nd, 2019 | 7 pm    

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.


Austin Modern Homes Tour  

Various Locations |
February 23rd, 2019 | 10 am  

On Saturday, February 23, a curated selection of amazing local homes will open their doors for a day of modern architecture and design exploration. Spread throughout the city, come and see the inside and out of some of Austin’s most unique and awe-inspiring modern homes, designed by some of the area’s top creative architects and builders. It’s the 11th annual Austin Modern Home Tour presented by the Modern Architecture + Design Society and Goodlife Luxury, with an exclusive Mid-Century-Modern Block Party sponsored by Starlight Village after the tour!


Austin Oyster Festival

University of Texas| January 21st, 2019 at 9 am 

This is one tasty festival you don’t want to miss! The Oyster Festival is an annual hit among locals and visitors alike. Not sure which kind of oyster you prefer? Try ‘em all while enjoying a little live Cajun and “newgrass” music on the lawn!


                       

The Austin Music Awards 

The Austin Music Awards | ACL Live at the Moody Awards | February 27th, 2019 | 7 pm  

For over 30 years, the Austin Music Awards has recognized the accomplishments of local bands and musicians by celebrating them at an annual event unique to the City of Austin. The event reflects Austin’s outstanding live music achievements of the previous year as voted on by Austin Chronicle readers in the annual Music Poll.


The Junior League of Austin – Austin Entertains

Fair Market | February 28th, 2019 | 7 pm  

This year’s attendees can look forward to bites from some of their favorite chefs from years past and a few new additions. See a sneak peak of chefs and bartenders below.  Attendees can also expect fun games, a wine raffle of 50-100 of Central Texas’ best vintages, and some wonderful auction items including tickets to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, autographed UT football gear, and much more! Also expect to take full advantage of both the indoor and outdoor space at Fair Market with food and drink vendors filling the whole space.

 

 

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

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top January Events


Free Week 

Various Locations |January 3rd- 10th 2019

The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin.


Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show

Austin Convention Center | 500 E Cesar Chavez St. | January 4th – 6th 2019

The Annual Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show is back at the Austin Convention Center Jan 4-6. This show offers the year’s best prices on boats and travel trailers as well as plenty to do with the whole family. Take in a free seminar, send your kinds to Boater Education Class, catch live fish at the fish tank, or enjoy the live music schedule this year. The show has something for everyone all while saving $1000s on your new boat or RV.


BowiElvis Fest 

The Continental Club Austin | 1315 S Congress Ave.|  January 12th, 2019    

BowiElvis Fest officially 10 years old. It is a party thrown by Splice Records which is happens twice a year in two different cities. On January 5th the Houston festival will be held at the legendary Continental Club & Big Top. And for the third year in a row we are taking the show on the road and setting up shop in Austin, Texas which will be the second weekend on January 12th at the other legendary Continental Club on S. Congress.


Austin Home and Garden Show

Austin Convention Center | 500 E Cesar Chavez St. | January 11th – 13th 2019    

Solve all your projects in one place in one weekend at the 21st Annual Austin Home & Garden Show! You’ll find the latest products and services for your home and landscape: builders, remodelers, contractors, building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, all kinds of plants, landscape displays, kitchenware, home accessories and so much more!


Migrations: A Dance Festival 

Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel &  Conference Center | 1209 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road | Round Rock, TX | January 18th & January 19th 2019 

Migrations is an annual dance festival in Austin, Texas in January 2019, presented by the Austin Tribal Collective. Migrations will host instructors offering workshops in a wide range of dance and musical styles from around the world! Come experience the dances of Spain, India, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and more.


The Swoon Event 

979 Springdale Road | January 19th 2019 11:00 am – 3:00 pm   

Austin’s first curated wedding showcase! For our 6th Austin event, we are teaming up with Springdale Station, Indie House Events and The Cosmo Camper to throw one heck of a shindig!

With 30+ local and talented vendors in tow, this show will feature modern wedding inspiration, plus loads of perks.


3M Half Marathon Relay 

Zilker Park |  2100 Barton Springs Road
December 12th – 31st 

This year join over 7,000 fellow runners in Austin, Texas to run a personal best at the 3M Half Marathon. 3M Half is a fun and fast stand-alone half marathon boasting one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. You’ll enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. Cross the finish line, grab your hefty one-of-a-kind “spinner” finisher medal, and celebrate at the energetic finish line festival complete with a beer garden!


MLK Celebration 

University of Texas| January 21st, 2019 at 9 am 

March, Festival, and Food Drive. The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. MLK COMMUNITY FESTIVAL The MLK Community Festival kicks off at 11:15am and will last until 3:30 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever!


                       

Le Garage Sale

Palmer Events Center | 900 Barton Springs Rd. | January 26th, 2019 at 11 am – 6 pm | January 27th, 2019 at 11 am – 5 pm 

There’s no searching for the sale rack at this shopping event – every single rack is a sale rack. A legendary shopping experience since 2001 for locals looking for seriously chic deals, at Le Garage Sale you’ll score the biggest bargains of the shopping season from your favorite local boutiques and designers, all in one place – and you might even discover the next up-and-coming label or emerging designer while you’re at it. Those who know arrive early for the best deals. For two fun-filled days, shop deliciously lowered price tags under a rain or shine roof while you sip caffeine and cocktails and listen to high energy music.


Tribeza Interiors Tour 2019

Palmer Events Center | 900 Barton Springs Rd. | January 26th, 2019 at 11 am – 6 pm | January 27th, 2019 at 11 am – 5 pm 

The sixth annual Tribeza Interiors Tour, presented by SWBC Mortgage. This is a self-guided, self-paced tour showcasing the unique home design of Austin-based interior designers.

 

 

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

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top December Events


 

Fun Run at the Trail of Lights 

Zilker Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road
December 1st 

Stick Around For The Ultimate After Party – Complete with DJ entertainment and dance party, Ferris Wheel and Carousel rides, food trucks, drinks, fitness expo and more!

Get a !! FREE !! Post-Run Beer or Cocoa for ALL Fun Runners – Cheers! Grab bites from Austin’s famous food trucks – Available for purchaseDive into the Fitness Expo – Mix and mingle among health and fitness brands. Join The Fun Activities – Stop by for post-race yoga and more while engaging with local brands. Show us your moves in a spontaneous Dance-Off. Show Us Your Threads in our Costume Contest – Strut your stuff on the runway in your wackiest holiday costume! Let loose and kick off the holidays the Austin way

 

 


 

Big 12 Championship Game

AT&T Stadium | Arlington, TX
December 1st

It’s going to be weird, isn’t it? Watching Texas helmets and Oklahoma helmets intermingling somewhere other than the Cotton Bowl? While AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of Saturday’s Big 12 Championship, is only about 22 miles west, the last time the Sooners and Longhorns took each other on in a city other than Dallas was 95 years ago, in 1923. (Texas won, 26-14, in Austin.)

 

 

 


 

Lakeway Trail of Lights

1102 Lohmans Crossing Road | Lakeway
December 1st – January 1st   

One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! Come see thousands of twinkling lights!  See amusing tableaus, all accompanied by delightful seasonal music! Skateboards, scooters, bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted.  The Trail of Lights will continue nightly through the end of December.

 

 


 

Austin Symphony Orchestra – Handel’s “Messiah”

December 4th | Hyde Park Baptist Church | Austin

December 5th | Emmaus Catholic Church | Lakeway

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church and at it’s additional location, Emmaus Catholic Church. We hope you will move with us and enjoy this holiday classic and a city favorite. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!

 

 

 


 

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”

The Long Center | 701 W Riverside Drive 
December 7th – December 23rd  

Your favorite way to celebrate the season returns for its 56th year! Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker never disappoints, with hundreds of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s delicious score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From a festive holiday party to an exotic court of sweets, watch as our young heroine, Clara, faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime! Make memories to last a lifetime when you share this special holiday tradition with family and friends!

 

 


 

Trail of Lights

Zilker Park |  2100 Barton Springs Road
December 12th – 31st 

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so.

 

 


 

Trans – Siberian Orchestra

Frank Erwin Center | 1701 Red River Street 
December 20th  

America’s hardest-rocking holiday tradition is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in December 2018, and tickets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s upcoming stop in the “Live Music Capital of the World” are on sale now!  Check out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Austin concert information below to find out how you can experience their special new show, which is inspired by their debut album The Christmas Attic as well as their career-launching TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — but don’t wait.  The only way you’re gonna hear your favorite holiday classics rocked the way only this prog symphony can is to score your TSO Austin Tickets right away!

 

 

 


                       

Home For The Holidays Series AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 
December 22nd – 30th  

We all have our favorite holiday classics. During the holiday season this year at AFS we are reaching way back into Hollywood’s Golden Age to present some of our favorites, some very well known, some less so, but all great.

Come celebrate the season with AFS, as we present our favorite classic holiday films from December 22nd to the 30th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top 10 November Events


 

New Braunfels Wurstfest

178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels TX 78130
November 2nd – 11th 2018

Join us for a unique annual celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun! Located near the headwaters of the beautiful Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas! Here you’ll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest! The best ten days in sausage history.

 

 


 

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 2018 

The Long Center | 701 W Riverside Drive | Austin, Tx 78704
November 3rd – 4th 

Welcome to the ninth annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend! The Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas have all been invited. Come see who will be smoking at this weekend of ‘cue! Plus, check out our exciting new weekend schedule including our first-ever Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Franklin & Friends kickoff event.

 

 

 


 

4th Austin Celtic Festival

10621 Pioneer Farms Drive| Austin, TX 78754
November 3rd – 4th  

Multi-stage and programming of all things Celtic out at the beautiful Pioneer Farms in North Austin.. In its 21st year of production and one of the few remaining festivals dedicated to authentic Celtic traditions. A friendly family event, fun for all ages and opened to all. Get your tickets today. No tickets sales at the gate. Online only. Rain or Shine. The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns for its 21st Annual Celtic Fest. Internationally acclaimed as one of the few remaining festivals that celebrate the authentic music honed by the Celtic people. The Austin Celtic Festival goes beyond gimmicks to highlight traditions and achievements in a way that reminds audiences of the extraordinary craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland & Scotland leaders in folk music and dance.

 

 


 

East Austin Studio Tour (EAST)

Big Medium Gallery | 916 Springdale Rd  | Austin, Tx

November 10th – 11th | 17th -18th  

Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in November. EAST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

 

 

 


 

18th A Christmas Affair

Palmer Events Center | 900 Barton Springs Rd | Austin , TX 
November 14th – 18th 

The Junior League of Austin’s 43rd annual A Christmas Affair, Joyeux Noël, will be held November 14-18 at Palmer Events Center. This year’s four-day holiday market is a vintage celebration of the season with a French flair. The Junior League of Austin uses the funds raised at A Christmas Affair to provide essential funding and volunteer hours to programs such as Coats for Kids, FIT-Food In Tummies and over 30 local community non-profits. This year A Christmas Affair will feature more than 200 merchants from across the country and The Junior League of Austin expects more than 25,000 shoppers to attend. Behind the scenes, a volunteer force of 1,300 League members staff the event, making every detail perfect for the guests. The holiday market opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m., following a preview event on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

 

 


 

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

The Long Center | 701 W Riverside Drive
November 22nd, 2018 | 12pm – 8 pm 

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018. The largest five-mile run in Texas and one of the largest Turkey Trots in the nation with nearly 20,000 participants, ThunderCloud’s Trot is a cherished Thanksgiving Day tradition in Austin. ThunderCloud has raised nearly $3.5 million for Caritas of Austin through the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. We donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the event to Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit organization that provides housing, employment, education, and food services to more than 20,000 homeless, working poor, and documented refugees in Travis County. Sign up with your family and friends this year to be part of this fun and healthy family tradition, and to help support our community.

 

 


 

Mozart’s Holiday Light Show

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters | 3825 Lake Austin Blvd | Austin 
TBD  

Our Christmas Light Show has become an annual tradition for many Austinites. Every year, we decorate the deck with over 1 million LED lights and set up a show to our favorite holiday tunes. Admission is free and there is no assigned seating, so bring the whole crew and enjoy!

 

 

 


                       

Chuy’s Christmas Parade

Congress Avenue
November 24th, 2018 | 11:oo am  

Starts at the State Capitol at 11th and Congress, moving south on Congress all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. Click here for a parade map. Benefiting Operation Blue Santa so Bring New, Unwrapped Toys to Donate! At a designated time during the Parade Procession, all units will stop to collect the toys. Santa’s Helpers will line the parade route and help spectators give their toy. All toys will be distributed by the Operation Blue Santa Program to another child just in time for the holidays. Giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children’s characters, spectacular marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa!

 

 

 

 


 

Ice Skating on the Roof of Whole Foods 

Whole Foods Market | 525 N Lamar Boulevard
November 24th – January 15th 

A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at our Flagship store (located in Downtown) has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! The ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.* Cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Every Friday throughout the ice rink season, the skating soundtrack is curated by KUTX for the KUTX Music Fridays series – don’t miss out! 

 

 

 


 

Zilker Tree Lighting 

Zilker Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road  
November 25th, 2018| 6:00 pm  

Austin’s annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting kicks off the season of festivities in Zilker Park the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and its complementary and open to anyone to enjoy! Now in it’s 52nd year, the Zilker Holiday Tree is the largest man-made holiday tree standing 155 feet tall, composed of over 3,000 lights and built upon one of Austin’s 17 historic moontowers. Access to the Zilker Tree is totally independent from Austin Trail of Lights admission, but we encourage you to come down to Zilker Park and enjoy both! Food vendors and other merchants will operate at the tree throughout the month of December. The Zilker Holiday Tree will be on display each night from 6:00 p.m. to midnight until the end of the year.

 

 

Downtown Development Digest | HEB + Favor

Hello Groceries

 

HEB is giving themselves a name in the digital retail market with Favor becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of their company. HEB and Favor are making a new home for themselves in Austin, Texas. Their creative tech facility and innovation lab will be in East Austin at 2416 East 6th Street. The 81,000 square foot building is being designed by IA Interior architects, and is projected to be complete in Spring of 2019. The building will be within walking distance of HEB’s 7th street store along with coffee shops, restaurants, and others.

In recent years HEB has started their curbside and delivery services that have been booming in cities around Texas. This new development will allow aggressive expansion of these services making our lives a whole lot easier. HEB is optimistic of their new development and is ready for Austin, “Bringing HEB and Favor closer together will allow us to promote collaboration between our two companies as we strengthen our commitment to building out HEBs omnichannel services”, says Jag Bath, HEB’s Chief Digital Officer. HEB being originally based out of San Antonio is excited to expand their footprint in Austin, Texas.  

 

 

Photos and information from https://newsroom.heb.com/h-e-b-announces-plans-to-develop-a-world-class-tech-facility-in-austin/ and https://austin.curbed.com/2018/9/5/17823380/austin-new-tech-headquarters-heb-favor

 

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