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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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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

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.