For the first time, Austin FC and Texas football will play on the same day as the Longhorns kick off their season at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Luckily, the teams play hours—and countries—apart this Saturday as Austin FC heads to Vancouver, but plenty of fans will stick to tailgates and watch parties right here in the city.
Here's where to watch both games this weekend:
Official Austin FC watch party- 6406 N I-35 Frontage Rd
Austin FC fans not looking to book a flight can catch all the action at Austin FC's official watch party. Starting at 4 p.m., Pluckers Wing Bar will host an all-day festivity with wings, beer and the team's Verde Van stocked with all the latest merch.
Austin Anthem watch party- 979 Springdale Rd
Austin FC's original fan club Austin Anthem will head to Vancouver this Saturday, but many more will be here in Austin at the Austin Eastciders Collaboratory. Enjoy some iconic Austin-made cider while watching your favorite team play starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.
30+ Pub Clubs
For a more relaxed viewing experience, check out Austin FC's 30+ Pub Partners to see if your neighborhood bar is on the list.
Texas Tailgating: Bevo Blvd, Smokey's Midway and Longhorn City Limits
Even if you're not making your way into Texas Memorial Stadium, there's plenty of action in and around the field to keep you entertained. Eat from 10 of Austin's best food trucks at Hook 'Em Hangout on the stadium's northeast side, enjoy carnival-esque activities on Bevo Blvd and Smokey's Midway, and listen to live music including a headline by Shakey Graves all day at Longhorn City Limits.
For maps, details and more, click here.
Texas Tailgarten at Scholz- 1607 San Jacinto
Starting at 10 a.m., UT's biggest and longest-running tailgate will be back in action at Scholz Biergarten. Live music performances will include DEPARTURE ATX, JD Clark & Stuck In the Mud Band with DJ Island Time performing before the game.
KLBJ and 101.X Texas Tailgates-207 W 18th St
We want to tailgate with YOU for every Texas Home Game! 21+up CAN JOIN THE CELEBRATION in the parking lot of the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. @CoorsLight will be hanging with us all season long with Texas-related football fun, beverages, and more! https://t.co/bGH7pa1F0j pic.twitter.com/oMsNXNtlWC— 93.7 KLBJ FM (@KLBJ937) August 31, 2021
Promo events for two Austin radio stations, KLBJ and 101.X, will take place in the parking lot of the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Follow @KLBJ937 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to enter and enjoy beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka, Mike's Hard Lemonade and more starting at 12:30 p.m.
Other tailgate tents
In addition to the high-profile attractions like Bevo Blvd and Longhorn City Limits, plenty of organizations are offering some public admittance into their tailgate tents. Here's a few:
- Longhorn Tailgaters will be located at the corner of San Jacinto and 17th Street and are open to the public if you join online.
- Horn-Ball Tailgaters, also located at the corner of San Jacinto and 17th Street, offer general admission and season passes on their website.
- The Texas Exes tent offers all-you-can-eat-and-drink passes to Texas Exes members and their friends/family for $75 per person. Live music and cocktails are included. Click here for more information.
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After months of speculation, a new report says political personality Beto O'Rourke is mulling a run for Texas governor that he will announce later this year.
Sources tell Axios the former congressman is preparing his campaign for the 2022 election, where he will likely vie for the position against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. The only other candidate that has announced he will take on Abbott for governor is former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West—no Democrats have announced they are running as of yet.
"No decision has been made," Axios reports David Wysong, O'Rourke's former House chief of staff and a longtime adviser, said. "He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state."
A new poll from The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler shows O'Rourke is narrowing the gap between himself and Abbott's prospects for governor. In the poll, 37% said they'd vote for O'Rourke over Abbott, while 42% said they'd vote for Abbott.
Abbott has been in the hot seat due to his handling of COVID-19 and the signing of landmark legislation into law, including new abortion and voting rights laws; 54% of poll respondents voted they think the state is headed in the "wrong direction." Still, Texas hasn't had a Democrat as governor since the 90s.
O'Rourke's people-focused approach to the 2018 Senator race, which he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz, gave him a widespread following and many hoped he'd throw his hat into the ring since he said he was considering it earlier this year.
"We hope that he's going to run," Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, told Axios. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he's vulnerable."
Austin rapper Jordi Esparza may not have won the 2021 Red Bull Batalla, the world's largest Spanish freestyle rap competition, but for a spirited two rounds, the 22-year old Mexican native looked like he had every right to.
On Saturday evening in Los Angeles, the event itself looked like Cobra Kai meets Star Search with graphics adding a very Batman Beyond aesthetic. Over a dozen rappers hoping to represent the U.S. in the international round of the competition took to the stage with in-your-face jabs at accents, sexual orientation and odors, among other things.
This was Esparza's second rodeo; he had placed third at the 2020 National Finals, automatically securing him a spot this year.
However, things were different this year. He was not nervous about the contest. Unlike in 2020, when he made his Red Bull Batalla debut, the anxiety of the event led him to "feeling so bad."
Affecting a casual calm, the locally-based landscaper said he just felt "so relaxed, so happy" and primarily wanted to "enjoy everything."
Choosing his first-round opponent, Esparza, whose stage name is Jordi, elected to go against LA-based Boss.
Esparza freestyled an attack on his opponent's weight and cholo style of dress.
Boss—bracketing his Latin freestyle with English appeals to the crowd—mocked Jordi's lack of education, made fun of how clean Jordi's shoes looked and suggested that Jordi just came back from a Footlocker.
That first round went to Jordi.
But his next opponent Eckonn would prove to be his undoing.
Eckonn compared Jordi to Hannah Montana, while Jordi soulfully explained that he had learned from the best.
Esparza's verbal dexterity is matched by a rattling rhythm and a game face that is as mawkish as it is mockish. The overall effect is that of an underdog with bite.
Eckonn beat Esparza in that round with the overall championship going to Palm Beach-based rapper Reverse.
However, Esparza was just happy to be there. He recently told Austonia going to the finals again was a dream come true—a pinnacle that he said he won't know how to top.
With his nimble jabs and sneaky prowess, honed from pop culture and the swagger of a young working man hungry to be more, Jordi Esparza is just getting started.