Ready to switch focus to another global Austin festival? South By Southwest announced over 160 sessions on Wednesday and is offering their lowest prices of the March 2022 event to those that register by 2 a.m. Friday.
Those who register by the deadline will see the lowest possible prices as well as the best deals through SXSW Housing & Travel.
The global music, film and media event released over 160 topics for its SXSW Conference event, which will take place in-person and feature speakers from the forefront of tech, film and TV, music and more from March 11-20. Key topics for this year's panels include a future-forward "2050" section, civic engagement, climate change, tech and startups and more within the media realm.
Notable speakers announced for the 2022 event include Chef Andrew Zimmern, Platformer News Founder Casey Newton, David Kelley, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th Emily Ramshaw, Nickelodeon's Chief Marketing Officer Jenny Wall and VP at Amazon Web Services Sandy Carter.
The world-renowned fest has brought the best to Austin for over 30 years but was forced to remain virtual for both the 2020 and 2021 events in the midst of the pandemic. Last year's speakers and films included Austin greats including Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, music legend Willie Nelson and hotel powerhouse Liz Lambert as well as former President George W. Bush.
Check out all of the scheduled conferences so far for 2022 here.
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Vehicle passes are now available for the 57th Trail of Lights, the annual holiday display that will once again be a drive-thru event this winter.
The monthlong event, held from Nov. 27-Dec. 31, will be held at Zilker Park as in previous years but will not allow walk-in tours as before 2020 due to COVID.
Trail of Lights Foundation President Rachel Green said that the organization had hoped to allow walk-ins but wanted to keep their "multi-generational audience" as safe as possible.
"The Foundation is committed to bringing another unforgettable Austin Trail of Lights to the community in 2021," Green said. "While we had hoped to have guests walking through the lights this year, we had to look at the current event guidelines, consult with key constituents, and make a definitive decision now."
Vehicle passes are available on the Trail of Lights website and include: a general admission pass, $30-$40 per vehicle, with designated access at the top of each hour starting at 7 p.m; Dash Passes, $65 per vehicle, which give early access at 5:45 p.m., holiday cookies and bottled water; and Premiere Night Passes, which will give a limited number of customers access to the first evening on Nov. 27, cookies, bottled water and a commemorative gift.
The event allows free passes for 50 nonprofit groups around the city through the Stars Program and certain families in the Austin Independent School District.
The event remains one of the top three events in Austin, according to its website, and features over 2 million twinkling lights on display throughout Zilker Park.
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A storm is brewing in Austin, and it's just in time for the biggest outdoor event of the year.
But don't let it rain on your parade: with the right preparation and a little bit of good luck, Austin City Limits can bring the party rain or shine as the first ACL weekend since 2019 kicks off on Friday.
After a dry start to the day chances of showers and storms will increase late this afternoon- tonight. Heavy rainfall & some strong to severe storms are possible across the Rio Grande Plains & Edwards Plateau late today into tomorrow.— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) September 30, 2021
Stormy weather continues through Saturday. pic.twitter.com/2eilLISiCh
In order to make the most of the weekendlong music fest, you first need to know what you're up against.
It's no guarantee that it will rain all through your favorite's concert, but the area will see up to 1.5 inches of rain from Thursday night to Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio. More rainfall is expected from Friday to Saturday.
According to The Weather Channel, Austin will see a 60% chance of rain during the day Friday and just under a 50% chance that night. A near 50% chance of rainfall carries into Saturday, with showers expected in the morning and scattered thunderstorms coming as the day continues. Heavy rainfall could occur either weekend.
These October showers could impact the Austin area in multiple ways, including minor flooding, plenty of mud and, thankfully, some appropriate early fall temperatures.
The National Weather Service predicts that much of Central and South Texas could see higher river flows and minor flooding over the weekend, though only the most sensitive creeks and streams of the Colorado River will be affected. Austin is predicted to see around two inches in the next few days.
Mudfest Round 2?
History lesson:— Festival Saviors (@sxsaviors) September 28, 2021
ACL 2009 was known as Mudfest. This was after only 0.68in of rain fell on Zilker
This year we have two rainy days leading up to ACL + two more during the fest.
Will history repeat?
Photo cred Statesman - https://t.co/1baU326sqZ pic.twitter.com/RzPXjZlwt3
With plenty of rainfall and plenty of footsteps to muss up the ground, ACL goers have a new enemy: mud.
No matter how well they go with your outfit, it may be time to consider scrapping your Louboutins for some rain boots, or at the very least, some form of thicker closed-toe shoes. Think stability, water protection, and warmth- there's no reason to watch George Strait with soggy socks and cold toes.
Another good move would be wearing a rain jacket, which admittedly will alter your well-planned weekend outfit. For the best of both worlds, consider opting for a clear poncho that won't be too hot and keeps your fashionable taste in view.
Finally, it's key to bring something to protect your belongings. A waterlogged phone could ruin even the best of concerts, so look for waterproof fanny packs, waterproof phone pouches or, at the very least, Ziploc baggies and trash bags to keep your belongings safe. Remember, ACL requires all bags larger than fanny packs to be clear, and backpacks and drawstring bags are prohibited. Here's the full bag policy.
A silver lining
Big fan of Greta Van Fleet? Lucky for you, Sunday will be unmarred by the weekend's storms. Expect a mix of sunny and cloudy skies and a high of 88 degrees to close out Weekend One.
With storms bringing a cool front to balmy Texas, the storms will keep extreme heat at bay all weekend—in fact, Sunday will be the warmest day of all. Highs for both Friday and Saturday will reach around 85 degrees, with lows in the mid-to high 60s all weekend long.
Concertgoers will have a bit more leeway in outfit choices thanks to the weekend's relatively moderate temperatures—while shorts and a flowy top are still perhaps most comfortable, a breathable layer or two may not be unwelcome as well.
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What happens when a firefighter, a brand manager and a sales executive from Austin walk into the first episode of The Bachelorette?
These three Austinites are hoping for a rose—and love—as they fight for 2021 Bachelorette star Michelle Young's heart when the show premieres on Oct. 19.
According to the official bachelor lineup announced by ABC on Monday, 29-year-old Brandon Kieffer is a "polished Southern gentleman" who hopes to Cha-Cha Slide into Young's heart. The Vanderbilt grad is now a brand manager for health-conscious popcorn brand SkinnyPop and is looking for a love that is "playful and feisty" that makes "even the most mundane of moments special." The business-savvy Southeast Texas native is keen on using his success to one day deliver someone an oversized check for "a life-changing amount of money."
Rumors already abound for Canadian transplant Nayte Olukoya, who was spotted on a date with Young on a pontoon boat on Aug. 17. An Eastern Washington University grad, Olukoya was a bartender before working his way up the ladder to a senior account executive for Austin-based Indeed this year. Nayte won't be Cha-Cha sliding (he "can't dance to save his life") but he does "have a smile that sparkles like the stars." The six-foot-eight 27-year-old may appear to have missed his true athletic calling, but the "Adonis of a man" is still looking for a "teammate for life."
Like fellow Texan contestant PJ Henderson, 26-year-old Daniel Tully is a firefighter that "brings the heat in all aspects of his life." His childhood dream was firefighting, but his true passion is being an uncle to his four nieces. Like former athlete Young, Tully is a competitor—he's a "Connect 4 champ" who "loves that Michelle seems to have that same competitive spirit that he does." He asks the real questions, like whether aliens really exist, but he's serious about settling down and starting a family with a woman "that always keeps him on his toes."
Austin has a storied history with The Bachelor franchise; in 2019, Austinite Cam Ayala received the first rose from Bachelorette Hannah Young, Chef Page Pressely was on Claire Crawford's season in 2020, and former NFL linebacker and UT graduate Emmanuel Acho was an interim host for The Bachelor: After the Final Rose episode in March.
This Austin trio hopes to continue that trend as the season premieres on ABC starting October 19.
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