When I moved out of my parents’ home to the Live Music Capital of the World, my dad insisted I take a few Krav Maga classes to learn self-defense. I conceded it was a good skill to have and began the search, despite my intense desire to avoid anything involving physical activity. I stumbled upon Fit and Fearless, signed up for my one free class, and had the experience of a lifetime. [Read more…]
Want to meet new people? Seeking a not-too-boring, not-too-hard New Year’s resolution? Austin Sports & Social Club is here for you! [Read more…]
Take me home
To the place I belong
Just a few weeks ago, I found myself belting out those lyrics in a voice I usually reserve for solo car rides and late night karaoke. Instead, I was on a brightly painted bus singing along with a date, several new friends I had just made, and a talented Austin band.
When I moved here several years ago, I created a personal bucket list of all the places to enjoy live music. Unbeknownst to me, I had left one thing off my list: a bus. [Read more…]
Guest article by Michele Eilertsen
From feasting on delectable dishes at local restaurants to laughing until your eyes well up with tears at over-the-top comedy shows, living in a city as quirky as Austin provides a plethora of options when it comes to dating. Planning a fun outing with your romantic interest is a surefire way to show them how much they mean to you. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to impress your partner. Truth be told, there are an abundance of places in Austin that make excellent choices for date night (or afternoon), and won’t break the bank. [Read more…]
In Texas, football is a way of life. If you aren’t from here or just arrived, I’m sure it’s been a culture shock. But for native Texans, the obsession typically begins before middle school and swells until it’s all-consuming in high school. Depictions on screen, like “Friday Night Lights” and “Varsity Blues,” have even been created to capture the obsessive cultural phenomenon which gave birth to game day battle cries like “Texas Forever” and “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.”
On any given fall Saturday in Austin, you can witness the phenomenon first-hand. Observing it is how you know fall has officially arrived because, let’s face it, it’s still 90 degrees in September around here. Take note when the cooling waters of Barton Springs become less crowded, and South Congress and Lady Bird Lake become so much like a ghost town that you have to stop and ask yourself, “Where is everybody?” The answer is: watching college football. In fact, local restaurants, bars, and The University of Texas football stadium pack to capacity every Saturday to cheer on the beloved Longhorns.
So, if you are new to Texas football culture or want insider tips on how to tailgate like a local in Austin, then here’s an expert guide. [Read more…]
Guest article by Caitlin Jackson
In Austin, we are fortunate to have so many natural spaces to enjoy. We have lakes, rivers, and hiking. But simply being in nature is only one part of forging a deeper connection with it. Many of us have felt the need to acquire survival know-how. But for those of us who spend the majority of our time within city limits, learning these skills can be a daunting task. Where do we begin? Luckily, we have a starting line and it’s located at Earth Native Wilderness School.
For me, summer was always the time to be out and about…until I moved to Texas. I don’t know about you guys, but when temperatures hit the high 90’s, I want to hide in the comfort of my air conditioned apartment and never leave. But with fall finally here and the air cooling down, I couldn’t be more excited about spending time outside, walking the streets of the city, and–my favorite–planning picnics! Thankfully, Austin has quite a few spots that are perfect for dining outdoors. In my experience, these are the 11 best picnic spots in Austin. [Read more…]
Guest article by Caitlin Jackson
You’ve seen the bats from the bridge, but how about from the water? Under a full moon? Texas River School has an event that allows you to do both. It’s called Moonlight Bat Float. Guided by moonlight and entertained by live music, you set out on Lady Bird Lake in a flotilla of kayaks and canoes. Just as the sun goes down, the bats fly overhead while you glide on the water, away from traffic and noise.
While ice activities may not be the norm here in Central Texas, Chaparral Ice is curating memorable experiences for all who visit. When the Texas temperatures get too high for you, grab a pair of skates and glide into winter temperatures. [Read more…]
Let’s face it: we all geek out. Whether you’re addicted to Candy Crush, obsess over “Sherlock,” or wait 10 minutes for a Marvel movie’s end credits scene, everyone indulges in some sort of fandom. Luckily, Austin is home to a plethora of stores, shops, and spots that exist to scratch that geeky itch whenever it strikes. Here’s our list of the best 22 geek culture spots in all of Austin. [Read more…]