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Top 5 ATX Happy Hours

 

 

Austin’s best happy hours make it easy to unwind after work or enjoy a drink with friends before dinner. Check out the list below for Urbanspace’s favorite ATX happy hours to attend. 

 

Codependent Cocktails + Coffee: Seaholm District’s hottest new hangout spot and the Brain Child of our very own Kevin Burns and Merrill Alley, Codependent is a conceptual coffee and cocktail bar inspired by Italian luxury, aperitivo culture and the belief that beautiful design should be enjoyed by all. Enjoy a charcuterie board alongside a glass of wine or rotating cocktail on the patio Monday-Friday from 4-6PM. Happy hour includes $10 rotating cocktails, $5 off wine-by-the-glass, $5 off charcuterie boards, and 5 bites for $5. (301 west ave #110, 78701) 

 

Jeffrey’s: Want to try Jeffrey’s, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? The happy hour menu features half-off appetizers and $2 off drinks at the bar. It runs all night on Monday, and then from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. (1204 west lynn, 78703)

 

North Italia: The Italian restaurant chain’s happy hour includes half-off wine bottles and $10 pizzas from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (500 w 2nd st. #120, 78701)  

 

La Condesa: All cocktails are half-off during the Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on the weekdays. Plus there are marked-down snacks like quesadillas, nachos, and tacos al pastor. It’s available in the bar area of the downtown restaurant. (400a w 2nd st, 78701)

 

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails: The West 5th Street cafe’s happy hour features excellent $5 cheeseburgers, $3 cans of beer, and $5 glasses of sangria from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Then there’s a late night happy hour with $5 draft cocktails and $2 Pearl beers, from 9 p.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday too. (406 walsh st, 78703

 

 

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Top 5 Holiday Events

to Attend in Austin this December

 

The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park on Monday December 11, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

From light shows to shopping pop-ups and the Nutcracker at home, we’ve got you covered for the top events in Austin to help you celebrate the holidays this December:

 

Austin Trail of Lights: 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. This year, the spectacular trail will return as a drive-thru event in December. Arrive early with a Dash Pass, or cruise through the night with General Admission starting November 28th through January 3rd. (zilker park)

 

Peppermint Parkway: Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru experience at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas. The holiday spectacular will be a one-mile driving attraction that will immerse visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics from November 27th through January 3rd. Tickets can be purchased online. (circuit of the americas)

 

Luminations: At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, experience the calm of winter with the shimmer of thousands of luminarias lighting the way. This year, for the first time ever, stroll through the naturally beautiful Texas Arboretum among the illuminated oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. Held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacity and plenty of space to explore. (lady bird johnson wildflower center)  

 

“The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays”: Ballet Austin is bringing a favorite holiday tradition home for the holidays by transforming its 58th annual production into an interactive, multi-media experience available to dance lovers around the world. The immersive entertainment offering will be available to audience members in the comfort and safety of their homes. (virtual performance)

 

Downtown Holiday Stroll: Downtown Holiday Stroll is back for 2020! Instead of just one night, this year’s Stroll will be a month-long celebration with free, family-friendly activities taking place throughout downtown. Visit downtown Austin to celebrate the holiday season with safe and socially-distanced festivities like the holiday shopping passport, pop-ups, appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday window and light displays and the signature 45-foot downtown tree. (congress avenue, between 9th street & 11th street

 

 

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Top 5 Austin Restaurants

to Order Thanksgiving Takeout From

 

Photo from: Fresa’s

 

For those who find themselves a bit overwhelmed with cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, or want to switch up their normal routine and support local Austin restaurants, here’s a list of Urbanspace’s top 5 restaurants to order takeout from: 

 

Texas Honey Ham: An Austin and Office favorite, Texas Honey Ham has both Honey Glazed Hams and Freshly Roasted Turkey Breast available for purchase by the pound, and delicious side options that include Corn Bread Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Chipotle Cranberry Sauce, Baked Potato Casserole, Apple Slaw, Austin Baked Beans, Honey Mustard Potato Salad, and of course Shells and Cheese. (3736 bee cave rd, ste. 6, 78746)

 

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon: Fresa’s entire Thanksgiving meal comes with a roasted turkey with gravy, chorizo stuffing, and a spicy citrus-serrano cranberry sauce. Or opt for the turkey breast meal if you don’t feel like dealing with bones. Diners can also pick out three of the available sides for any of the two meals, which include roasted Brussels sprouts, poblano spinach gratin, and mac and cheese. Order a pozole kit for those turkey leftovers, and there are pies too. (1703 s. 1st st., 78704)

 

Micklethwait Craft Meats: For a smoked meats-filled Thanksgiving, the barbecue trailer is accepting preorders for the holiday. On deck are family-style meals with either whole turkeys or briskets, plus sides such as green bean casserole, lemon poppy slaw, jalapeno cheese grits, and more. Then there are standalone whole turkeys with gravy or pickles, onions, sauces, and bread, or whole brisket with the same pickle addition, plus a la carte green bean casseroles, stuffing, and pies. (1309 rosewood ave., 78702)  

 

Salt & Time: The butcher shop and restaurant has a variety of meats and sides for the holiday, including the enormous John Madden: a 22 to 24-pound turkey with extra drumsticks stuffed with sausage and cornbread dressing and wrapped in lace fat. Meats range from $7.50 to $52 per pound; the John Madden is $200; sides and condiments range from $8 to $16; party platters start at $50; pies are $24. (1912 E. 7th St., 78702)

 

Dai Due: The Cherrywood butcher shop carries a cornucopia of Thanksgiving offerings, including brined turkeys from Belle Vie Farm, smoked ham, turducken sausages, charcuterie, mincemeat, brined quails, sides, kolaches, pies, and pie dough. (2406 manor rd., 78722) 

 

 

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Austin Food Delivery

Austin Food Delivery + Take-Out Services

Austin’s flourishing restaurant community is being forced to switch gears in another direction. As the Coronavirus outbreak has now reached Austin, Mayor Steve Adler ordered that all bars and restaurant dining room to be shut through at least May 1st to slow the spread of COVID-19. This major change as impacted many individuals, fortunately restaurants have not been shut down entirely as take-out, drive-through and delivery food service is permitted.

Below we’ve listed the best places to get delivered or take-out from by food category. Make sure to check the restaurants website for more details before placing an order.


Italian + Pizza  

  • Homeslice – Offering order or call ahead take out
  • Salvation Pizza – Order online for delivery or pick-up, also offered by Favor on the Favor Delivery app.
  • Via 313 – Place a no contact pick-up order by calling or ordering online.
  • East Side Pies – All locations are open for pick-up or delivery, order online or over the phone.
  • Hoboken Pie – Offering orders on their mobile app, over the phone and online for pick-up or delivery.
  • Brick Oven on 35th – Call or order online to get food to-go.

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!

 

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!

 

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 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 | 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 | 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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

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