November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Waller Creek Show Light Night

From 5pm – midnight this Thursday, experience downtown’s Waller Creek area in a whole new ‘light’ as the creek transforms into a walkable community space adorned with five light installations representing the intersection between nature and innovation. In addition to offering a unique view of the ongoing revitalization project, the Creek Show will feature a full lineup of local musicians taking the stage at Empire Control Room beginning at 7pm. Entrance the music portion of the evening is free with RSVP or $5 at the door (RSVP here). Kick off your Creek Show experience . . . → Read More: November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

There are few entities that capture the spirit of Austin’s food culture quite like Springdale Farm. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the urban farm not only supplies produce to some of the city’s best eateries, but it also houses one of my favorite restaurants, Eden East. In addition, the farm also hosts a number of private events such as weddings and fundraisers that are essential to sustaining their viability as a small business.

However, the recent changes to the city’s zoning laws have threatened to temper or even close Springdale Farm’s operations. Keeping up . . . → Read More: Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

September Happenings, Part I: The Big Give

Austin’s I Live Here, I Give Here is hosting their annual The Big Give party next Friday, September 26. I Live Here, I Give Here is a local organization with a mission to inspire more Austinites to give more to the local philanthropic causes that inspire them. Featuring live music, circus entertainment, French-inspired eats and drinks, the Big Give’s Under the Big Top – Paris themed event will be a fun-filled evening celebrating the many local Austin charities whose good works help so many in our fair city. Tickets, available here, are $110/per person or $195/couple with proceeds benefiting . . . → Read More: September Happenings, Part I: The Big Give

#AustinRW Budget Eats: Austin Restaurant Week 2014

Happening now, Austin Restaurant Week provides the perfect way to test the waters at a new restaurant or visit an old favorite without breaking the bank. Visit one of several participating restaurants during lunch or dinner to enjoy either a two-course prix fixed lunch or three-course prix-fixed dinner. Prices range from $12-17 for lunch and $27-37 for dinner. Austin Restaurant Week takes a timeout for the weekend but returns in time for Sunday brunch on May 18 through May 21. Check out the list of participating restaurants here. The best part about this week? $2 of each meal benefits . . . → Read More: #AustinRW Budget Eats: Austin Restaurant Week 2014

Earth Day 2014: #AustinGive5

Happy Earth Day! Whether you are an outdoor adventure nut or just like to drink on patios, Austinites have many reasons why we should be thankful to Mother Earth. Be like Marky Mark (see below) and do your part to give back today by visiting one of several local businesses participating in the 45th Annual ‘Give 5% to Mother Earth Day.’ Visit one of the local businesses (listed here) and 5% of your purchase will be donated to several local charities on a mission to protect what our momma gave us.

Don’t forget to let your Internet friends . . . → Read More: Earth Day 2014: #AustinGive5

April Happenings, Part II: Urban Farm Tour + Crawfish Boils Galore

Here is Round #2 of Austin’s top events happening around town. Check out my previous picks here!

Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from some of Austin’s best restaurants, these farms help to give new meaning to the phrase ‘locally sourced.’ On Sunday, April 13, you are invited to celebrate our local growers during the 5th Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour.

From 1-5pm, tour four of Austin’s premier urban farms while enjoying small bites created by favorite local chefs and food purveyors using seasonal ingredients grown in the gardens around you. In the spirit of Sunday Funday, there will also be plenty of local beer, wine and craft cocktails served at each stop along the way. Tickets (available here) to Sunday’s Urban Farm Tour are $50/per person with proceeds benefiting the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.

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Participating Farms include:
Boggy Creek Farm
HausBar Farms
Rain Lily Farm
Springdale Farm

Check out the amazing lineup of food artisans, restaurants, & beer, wine and spirits distributers participating in Sunday’s event here!

 

‘Tis the season for crawfish! It’s a well known, scientifically proven* fact the best springtime parties always include a ‘boil. Get your Cajun on at one of these seasonal celebrations:

Saturday, April 12

The Stuffed Cajun Meat Market presents the Louisana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival on Saturday afternoon. Hosted by Roadway Events, the bash includes 7,000 pounds of crawfish boiled to perfection. Head to the Statesman’s parking lot (305 S. Congress) for a beginning at 11am for a full day of crawfish, cold beer and music. Tickets are $20/per person. More details can be found here. 

The Buzz Mill will host a crawfish boil on Saturday from 3-8pm. In addition to mudbugs, there will be live music and cold beer. More details can be found here. The Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Drive, 78741. Continue reading April Happenings, Part II: Urban Farm Tour + Crawfish Boils Galore

SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

Mentioned here, one of the best ways to wake up during SXSW is by attending a KUTX morning showcase at the Four Seasons Austin. KUTX’s four days of music kicks off Wednesday, March 12 at 7am and continues through Saturday, March 15. In addition to live music, guests of the morning broadcasts will also enjoy coffee, delicious tacos, and other breakfast eats.  Attendance is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Seton Shivers Foundation. Full music line-up can be found below!

Each day features a line-up of four must-see bands, including today’s Band of the Day Brooklyn-based indie rockers Lucius. Taking the KUTX stage Wednesday, Lucius’ blend of dual harmonies and foot tapping percussion is both fresh and catchy. Check out the band’s single Turn it Around below!

KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases, 98 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701; Discounted parking in the garage.

Wednesday, March 12

7am Wild Child

8am Lucius

9am Typhoon

10am Rodney Crowell 

Thursday, March 13

7am Kins

8am Phox

9am The Bright Light Social Hour

10am Wye Oak

Friday, March 14 Continue reading SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

2/20-2/23 Weekend Happenings: Cheer-Up Charlie’s Reopening, Chili Cook-Offs, and more

From chili cook-offs to craft beer fest, this weekend is full of one food event after another. With so many good options, deciding what to do may just be the hardest decision you will make all week. But with the weather finally cooperating, that’s certainly not a bad problem to have. Even though the first ever Edible Austin Bacon & Beer Fest (mentioned here) is officially sold out, there are a number of alternatives to help you to start storing up for next winter this weekend.

Thursday, February 20

German Riesling Wine Dinner at Apothecary – 6pm

Looking for HH plans? Grab a seat at Apothecary Austin’s German Riesling Wine Dinner! Guests at the dinner will enjoy four different glasses of wine with food pairings all for $35/person. Not a bad Thursday if you ask me! The dinner kicks off at 6pm. Reserve your seat by emailing info@apothecaryaustin.com.

4800 Burnet Road #450, Austin, TX 78757

Friday, February 21

Cheer Up Charlie’s Grand Opening Party – 8pm

Start the weekend off right by celebrating the re-opening of one of Austin’s best bars. Cheer Up Charlie’s, which relocated to the former Club DeVille spot on Red River, is celebrating its new home with a bash this Friday. The free event will includes a musical line-up featuring White Walls, Silk Road, Gretchen’s Disco Plague, and more. Get the details here. 900 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Saturday, February 22

YTAC 4th Annual Spice for Life Chili Cook-off – 2:00-5:00pm at Stubb’s

The Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) will host its 4th Annual Spice for Life Chili Cook-off on Saturday. In addition to a chili competition with a couple dozen teams (ie plenty of tastings), the afternoon fundraiser will feature a live set by Austin’s own Shakey Graves. Tickets to the event are $30/per person with proceeds benefiting the Young Texans Against Cancer organization. More details can be found here.

Spicewood Vineyards 6th Annual Chili Cookoff 2-5pm Continue reading 2/20-2/23 Weekend Happenings: Cheer-Up Charlie’s Reopening, Chili Cook-Offs, and more