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Austin birthday bash and Pride parade: Fun events around town this weekend

(Downtown Austin Alliance)


🗓 Thursday

🍹  Margarita Madness

I’m holding two drinks in my hands but only one can be named next top margarita. Join in on a bracket-style competition running throughout the month to try all eight margaritas—this week serving samples of the winners from week one and two. Tickets start at $18.

3-9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday | 📍Desert Door Distillery, 211 Darden Hill Rd.

🥩 Hotel Granduca Steak & Bourbon Long Table Dinner

Enjoy a multi-course, long table-style dinner at Hotel Granduca’s signature restaurant. Choose between the linz heritage angus ribeye or crab and lobster risotto, enjoy curated bourbon pairings and relax in luxury along to live music. Tickets are $95 per person.

5:30 p.m. Thursday | 📍Visconti Ristorante & Bar, 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

🖼 Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Take a culinary tour around the Italian peninsula with food, wine, art and a guided audio tour around some of “Rome’s most cherished frescoes.” Tickets start at $89.

7:30-10 p.m. Thursday | 📍Paddock Events Center, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

🗓 Friday

🎉 Austin’s Birthday Bash

Get a good ol’ food truck dinner and catch Roll On Over, a roller-skating performance by Ignite on Wheels at Republic Square on Friday. Stop by again on Saturday for I’ve Got 5 On It for some hip hop and other entertainment in the park headlined by SaulPaul. Happy Birthday, Austin!

6-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday | 📍Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.

🎸 Norman Seeff: 'Fifty Years in Exile'

This rare, never-before-seen collection of photos from photographer Norman Seeff features vintage shots from his session with The Rolling Stones in 1972. The exhibit will run through the end of September in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary of “Exile on Main St.”

7 -10 p.m. Friday | 📍Modern Rocks, 916 Springdale Rd.

🗓 Saturday

🏳️‍🌈 Austin Pride 2022: Beyond the Rainbow

Pride is back for the first time since 2019. Start the party early at Fiesta Gardens with Drag Queen Story Time, over 100 local vendors, carnival games and a headlining performance from Cupcakke. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 ages 7-17 and free for kids under 6.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday | 📍Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St.

🥳 “Deep in the Heart of Pride” Watch Party

OR watch the festivities from a bird’s eye view on top of one of the only terraces overlooking the parade with a Sonesta Pride-themed cocktail. Standing room is $10, or reserve a table for $25 or $50 depending on the terrace. Proceeds go to benefit LGBTQ+ nonprofit OutYouth.

8-11 p.m. Saturday | 📍The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel, 701 Congress Ave.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway