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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East Austin restaurant la Barbecue has been robbed a third time in less than three months, according to a post on the restaurant's Instagram.
In the post, the restaurant included photos of what appeared to be a man exiting a minivan from surveillance footage.
"This guy pulled up in a car full of stuff… he ripped our gate open and stole a couple empty kegs," the post said. "The ring system scared him off so he did not venture back into the area. PLEASE EVERYONE ON THE EAST SIDE BE CAREFUL!!! This guy goes back into his car to grab something before he goes in. I am hoping he won’t be back!!"
The robbery comes as many restaurant and food truck owners have been on guard from recent break-ins. East Austin cheesesteak truck R&B's Steak and Fries has also been robbed three times in around three months, according to owner Kris Elliott. Elliot said the truck was last robbed around a month and a half ago.
"When the weather gets cold, it seems like these things start to happen more often," Elliott said. "We're just happy no one got hurt."
Additionally, he said all 5 of the food trucks in their lot have experienced burglaries. The landlord of the space is taking action by investing in alarm and camera systems. "Been very tough dealing with this problem as us small business owners are just trying to survive during the pandemic," Elliott said.
And it's not just in East Austin. North Austin restaurants Eldorado Cafe and Chez Zee Bistro were both broken into and robbed on the weekend of Jan. 8, while over a dozen food truck robberies and break-ins were reported in the latter half of 2021.
Some, like Chez Zee's Deborah Velasco, wonder if the understaffed Austin Police Department's decision to no longer respond to non-emergency calls is part of the problem. Xose Velasco, owner of East Austin's Discada, said owners are keeping their guard up in the wake of the robberies as he was robbed twice within a month of reopening in November 2021.
"We try to keep the lights on," Velasco said. "We're a little bit more careful."
After 12 months, the long-anticipated massive Tesla factory in Southeast Travis County is up and operating and everyone wants a look inside.
Phase 1 of Giga Texas appears to be tied up as production of the Model Y Tesla is underway, the electric car company revealed on Wednesday in its fourth-quarter earnings call. The factory, located on the former Harold Green-turned Tesla Road, sits on more than 2,000 acres of land in southeast Travis County.
Here's a glimpse inside the factory.
Model Ys will be the first Teslas to come out of Giga Texas with an estimated delivery of August. The wait estimate comes after Tesla noted supply chain issues have affected their factories, which have been running below capacity for several quarters. A deep blue metallic like this goes for $1,000 more than a white or silver Model Y, totaling $61,990.
Model Ys began being produced at Giga Texas at the end of 2020. In general assembly at the factory, the Teslas get their major interior components to finish the vehicle.
Workers at Austin's Gigafactory are attaching seats to a structural battery pack. It's been described by some as the biggest difference between Texas-made Model Y's and the current version at the Fremont, California factory. It shouldn't have a major impact on the owner's experience, but Tesla has updated instructions for the jacking procedure, as the lift points are different.
With a sleek, open office setup, workers can take in a view of the factory from their seats. It's a component CEO Elon Musk wanted for what is now the headquarters of Tesla.
On the Austin, Texas public location Snapchat, a photo of inside Giga Texas has appeared. On the left you can see a sneak peek of a Model Y body.pic.twitter.com/N7zliZ5vkL— Sawyer Merritt (@Sawyer Merritt) 1643081462
With Snapchat's maps, anyone can look at everyday activity happening at the factory. To view these geographically-linked stories, click the bottom left "map" icon and search "Tesla Giga Texas." Once you've found it, you can view the Snapchat story of those in and around the facility. While most stories stay up for only 24 hours, Giga Texas is a designated place on Snapchat, allowing users to view a collection of photos and videos from the inside.
Following Model Ys, Texas-made Teslas will include the Cybertruck, Semi and Model 3. But it might be a while before those other models arrive. EV makers have been hit hard by the chip shortage, and it's thought that changing features are contributing to Cybertruck delays as Tesla works to compete in the electric pickup market.
Joe Rogan paid a visit to buddy Elon Musk this week. The two have been seen around town since both moving to Texas. Naturally, Rogan was impressed with the prototype.
If you're dying to get a closer look at this factory, you just might get to. In December, Musk said the factory would have tours available to the community early this year.
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