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Austonia adopts the dormant remains of Austinist
(Graphic by Laura Figi)

You can't really ever go back, and we can't revive the days or the vibe or the "just right" Twitter and Facebook feeds of the Austinist.

But we've picked up what little is left, wrapped a blanket around it, given it a warm bath and a hot meal, and we're getting to know it.


Austinist was a collaborative, engaged, wide-ranging reflection of Austin at a slightly weirder time. According to the Austin Chronicle, it was shut down in 2014 by its New York based corporate owners because it wasn't getting the "attention it deserves."

After shutdown, it unravelled—website offline, links broken, archives lost, email lists gone—with nothing remaining but the Twitter and Facebook feeds, idle. The pieces passed into the hands of WNYC, New York's public radio station, who graciously sent them home.

With advice and leadership from Austin journalist Omar Gallaga, Austonia is reviving Austinist on Twitter. It will be called Austinist for a couple of months before becoming Austonia, replacing our existing Twitter feed.

We can't "be" the Austinist, but we're taking the opportunity to learn from the past. Our own social media feeds are mostly posts of our website stories. We didn't set out to make our social media an afterthought, but honestly, that's what we've done.

Inspired by Austinist, and led by Omar, we're doing our best to create something that Austin once treasured and has since missed:

  • Focusing on life in Austin
  • News you might not have heard
  • Tweets from other sources—local people, journalists, and other local publications—spotlighting the interesting and important
  • A laugh or at least a smile
  • Interactive, responsive, and evolving

In short, we're working hard to make this something special. Everyone at Austonia will be involved. We'll do our best to listen, and learn from what you tell us.

If there's anything you want us to know about Austinist, or what you're looking for in a revival, get in touch with Omar or me, mark@austonia.com. Thanks!

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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