With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's the sweetest time of the year in Austin. Whether you're looking for a chocolate gift set to give your friends or a special gift for your significant other, Austin sweet specialists have you covered for an ultimate sweet treat on Cupid's day.
Here are 17 shops around town offering sweet Valentine's Day specials.
Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co., 2626 State Hwy. 71 W.
Gift your significant other a pecan-filled Valentine's Day gift set from Berdoll Pecan Candy & Co. With four gift set assortments and different flavored pecans, the pecan specialists in town will help you find the perfect sweet treat for any pecan-lover.
You can find the different Valentine's Day gift sets from Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co here.
Dolce Neve, multiple locations
The beloved gelato shop in Austin is providing a Valentine's Day special unlike any other in town. Dolce Neve is offering a heart shaped gelato cake you never knew you needed until now. Filled with pistachio gelato, strawberry crumble, pistachio powder and white chocolate, you can purchase this cake for $30.
You can find more information on Dolce Neve's menu here.
Zucchini Kill Bakery, 701 E. 53rd St.
Completely vegan and gluten free, Zucchini Kill Bakery has Valentine's Day specials unlike any other place in town. The bakery is offering an assortment of different cupcakes, cream and waffle pies and brownies for Valentine's Day, plus a cookie and brownie box mix so you and your loved one can make a fresh batch from the comfort of your home.
You can find more information on sweets at Zucchini Kill Bakery here.
Edis Chocolates, 3808 Spicewood Springs Road Suite 102
Edis Chocolates has everything and anything to set the spirit for Valentine's Day this year. The sweet shop and bakery is offering different box assortments including an assortment of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, all types of chocolate and so much more.
You can find the different Valentine's Day gift sets from Edis Chocolates here.
Tiny Pies, multiple locations
Trade in the usual chocolate set box for Tiny Pies this Valentine's Day. Tiny Pies is offering a Valentine's Day menu filled with different assortments of sweets. With cherry pie, chocolate tart, creme brulee and so much more on Cupid's day, the differently curated love boxes make for the perfect gift this Valentine's Day.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from Tiny Pies here.
Lammes Candies, multiple locations
Lammes Candies has been providing Austinites with sweet treats since 1885 and this Valentine's Day is no different. The shop is offering various assortments of flavored chocolates, truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and praline gift sets for you and your special person.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from Lammes Candies here.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, 1905 S. 1st St.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop has been keeping Austin sweet since 2008 and they don't plan on disappointing this year. The shop is offering different flavored cupcakes, cookies, macarons, hot cocoa bombs and chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day, plus much more on their regular menu to help your sweet cravings this Valentine's Day.
You can find the Valentine's Day specials from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop here.
Maggie Louise Confections, 1017 E. 6th St.
Maggie Louise Confections is offering specialty sweets unlike any other shop in Austin. With an assortment of beautifully decorated and hand painted chocolate gift sets, you can find the perfect sweet treat for your Valentine's or Galentine's day celebrations.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from Maggie Louise Confections here.
Michelle's Patisserie, 12233 RR 620 N. Suite 114
Michelle's Patisserie is not messing around this Valentine's Day. The shop is offering Valentine's cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, a Valentine's cookie decorating kit, plus a Valentine's "Afternoon Tea at Home Box" featuring four tea sandwiches, salmon canape, a mini quiche, scone, fresh fruit and five desserts for $35.
You can find the different Valentine's Day gift sets from Michelle's Patisserie here.
See's Candies, 10710 Research Blvd.
See's Candies chocolate shop has so many different types of chocolate assortments you'll struggle picking just one for Valentine's Day. From dark, white and milk chocolate plus some special flavors including caramel, almond, coconut and so much more, this is the place to hit for a different assortment of Valentine's Day gift sets.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from See's Candies here.
SRSLY Chocolate, 117 E. Third St., Taylor, Texas
This Texas-made chocolate shop offers deliciously addicting chocolates with fresh ingredients. Besides the typical chocolate bars and brownies, SRSLY Chocolate is offering a limited edition love bar featuring dark chocolate, rose petals and cranberry for your Valentine.
You can find the different chocolates offered at Srsly Chocolate here.
Hayley Cakes & Cookies, multiple locations
This Austin bakery has all the sweets you and yours desire for Valentine's Day. From an assortment of cookies, brownies cupcakes, and more, Hayley Cakes & Cookies has your sweet treat for the upcoming special day.
You can find the different assortment of sweets offered at Hayley Cakes & Cookies here.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St.
If you prefer savory over sweet on Valentine's Day, Antonelli's Cheese Shop has you covered. The shop is offering two different assortments featuring different cheeses, meats, chocolates and fruits for the perfect Valentine's Day gift. With their 10 year anniversary on Feb. 11, the shop is celebrating big this year by offering giveaways everyday until Valentine's Day.
You can find more information on the Valentine's Day gift sets from Antonelli's Cheese Shop here.
La Pâtisserie, multiple locations
Treat yourself and your significant other with sweets from this traditional French pastry shop in Austin. La Patisserie is offering special Valentine's Day decorated macarons, cookies, eclairs, tarts and so much more to share the love and sweetness on Sunday.
You can find out more on what La Patisserie has to offer here.
Foliepop's, 1340 Galleria Circle Suite A-140
If you're looking to send your significant other a kiss on Valentine's Day, look no further. Foliepop's is offering signature decorated French kiss cakes with vanilla mousse and strawberry jelly, plus different assortments of chocolate tartelettes you can give your special someone.
You can find the different Valentine's Day specials from Folliepop's here.
Crema Bakery & Cafe, 9001 Brodie Lane
Crema Bakery has all the sweetness you, your significant other and friends need this Valentine's Day. The shop is offering chocolate covered strawberries, hot cocoa bombs, cakes, DIY sugar cookie kits, cheesecake, a locally-grown succulent with a cactus-theme cookie and so many more sweet options.
You can find the different Valentine's Day specials from Crema Bakery here.
Austin Food and Wine Alliance Citywide Sugar High Bake Sale
Not sure which shop to pick for your Valentine's Day sweets? The Austin Food and Wine Alliance is bringing back the Citywide Sugar High online bake sale for Valentine's Day, and with over 20 participating shops, the online shop includes every sweet imaginable. Featuring cookies, pies, cakes, macarons and so much more, Austin bakers and pastry chefs have you covered for the perfect Valentine's Day sweet. Orders are available for pickup at Last Straw at 1914 E. 6th St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb 14. Delivery is also available.
You can find more information on the Austin Food and Wine Alliance Citywide Sugar High online bake sale here.
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Just after two losses to other Californian foes, Austin FC will take on No. 5 LA Galaxy in a home match as they attempt to right a five-match losing streak on Sunday.
Follow along here as the team takes on the famous Chicharito and team at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday:
A Texas-sized tifo
Austin FC fans' latest tifo, or gigantic gameday banner, honors Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla. Clad in Verde alongside the words "Somos del equipo de la 512," or "We are the team of the 512," the banner honors Selena over 25 years after her death while showcasing Austin's undying support in its always-packed supporters' section.
Striker Moussa Djitte is back in the starting lineup after making a splash for his starting debut last week as the team looks to continue their high-scoring streak. He's flanked by Designated Player Cecilio Dominguez and Diego Fagundez.
Meanwhile, fellow DP Sebastian Driussi will don the captain's armband for the first time as midfielder Alex Ring is out on a red card penalty and will take on the midfield alongside Daniel Pereira and Tomas Pochettino.
The team's back line will stay the same as center back Matt Besler continues to sit out on concussion protocol.
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The time has finally come, Austin City Limits fans. Try to contain your excitement—there is still lots of prep work to be done.
Festival crews began setting up in the park last week, giving hope and excitement to ticket holders. With just a few days left until the festival's post-COVID debut, use those jitters to plan out the best possible festival season.
Whether it's your first time or you're an ACL veteran, here are a few tips to keep in mind while you prepare for the music.
Don't miss a beat:
What to bring
First things first, put on that wristband before leaving the house so there's no chance of losing it. Also, just as important as your wristband to get in, all attendees must show a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours of entering the festival. Fully vaccinated attendees may show proof of vaccination instead of a negative test.
Now to the fun stuff.
Pack light. I repeat, PACK LIGHT because you're going to be doing a lot of walking and moving around. That said, there are a few light creature comforts that will make the sizzling sun bearable, starting with a seat: a foldable chair, picnic blanket, whatever, but you'll want to have a place to camp out while waiting in-between sets or enjoying a bite to eat.
If you bring nothing else, make sure you bring a reusable water bottle. Hydration is crucial and water refills are free at ACL, with stations to fill you up all over the park, so save your money on plastic bottles by bringing one.
Sunscreen is a must, especially if you're planning on making it through a full weekend. Lather up but remember that it's not in an aerosol container and weighs less than 3.4 ounces. It's always good to have a bandana on hand, you never know when you might need one, but you can always grab a freebie from festival vendors.
Expect your battery life to be drained from posting on social media and trying to find friends in the crowd. Do not forget a cell phone charger. This year ACL will have antennas through MatSing, which means the typical WiFi challenge will be partially alleviated. You can pack it all in a one-pocket fanny pack, which doesn't have to be clear if it's smaller than 4.5" x 5.5" or any clear bag smaller than 12" x 12" x 6."
What NOT to bring
The ACL gods have spoken and they said no coolers, glass containers or hammocks are allowed. You can bring in a point and shoot camera but ACL prohibits anything with a detachable lens—in fact, the festival prohibits all professional photo and video equipment.If it's illegal, it is probably prohibited. ACL is not allowing any e-cigarettes or vape devices, outside drinks, tents, spiked jewelry, fireworks, bicycles, pets, umbrellas and selfie sticks are all prohibited. Read the full list of illegal items here.
How to get there
Trying to park at Zilker or anywhere close to the park will leave you disappointed—unless you purchase a third-party parking pass, such as at Chuy's on Barton Springs for $100-weekend parking—so it's probably best to nail down another mode of transport because streets nearby will be blocked off.
More likely than not, you'll still have to do some walking if you take an Uber, which partnered with ACL as the official rideshare app. Drivers have designated pick-up and drop-off zones that are often a trek away from the action. Plus, with high demand comes high prices, so you'll need to factor it into your ACL budget. When you're ready to head home, you won't be able to call an Uber until you pass the river, South Lamar Boulevard or the Frontage Road.
Depending on where you're coming from, it may be best to park downtown and shuttle over to Zilker Park. ACL has historically held free, quick and easy shuttles that pick up attendees, bus them all the way to the Barton Springs West entrance and drops them off at the end of the day. You can catch the shuttle at Republic Square Park downtown starting at noon on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. CapMetro also has bus routes around the city that run to Zilker Park, like MetroRapid Route 803.
Biking and walking 🚲
You won't be able to take your bike inside the festival but bike parking is available on Stratford Drive after crossing the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge and on Toomey Road at Sterzing Street and on Azie Morton Road.
How to survive the heat
(Roger Ho for ACL)
You're going to sweat, so make peace with that. Luckily, this year's forecast is calling for relatively mild temperatures. Now that that's out of the way, you can stay cool by dressing light, staying hydrated and giving yourself time to rest in the shade, which is where all the "must-brings" come in handy. Keep attire light and breathable, a hat or a bandana to keep the hair out of your eyes and a pair of sunglasses on hand. (Pssst… Don't miss our ACL style guide!) Make sure to take breaks and explore the air-conditioned areas of the park—the merch store and beer hall offer respite from the sweaty exterior.
What to eat
Like every year, ACL is bringing in only local restaurants, so you know you'll be eating well. Prepare yourself for a mark-up while you're there—there are plenty of restaurants around the Zilker area and on Barton Springs Road that you can sneak out to if you don't want to pay festival prices.
If you are going to eat at ACL, this is a great time to try something new because you can visit Torchy's any ol' time. Why not try Taco Bronco or Tamale Addiction if you're in the mood for Mexican food? It wouldn't be Texas if The Original Black's Barbecue or Micklethwait Barbecue weren't on the list, it wouldn't be trendy if you couldn't get a bodega-inspired snack from Wicky's Walkup, and it wouldn't be greasy festival food if you couldn't get a mac and cheese stuffed grilled cheese from Burro.
For your sweet tooth, Skull & Cakebones serves spooky sweets just in time for fall, Lick Honest Ice Creams creates creamy masterpieces with local and organic ingredients or if you're trying to stay mobile, pick up a handheld pie from Tiny Pies.
How to maximize your time
Don't go into the festival blindsided, lest you miss shows that are important to you. The first step in enjoying the festival to its fullest is by familiarizing yourself with the artists—a big part of ACL is discovering new favorites and up-and-coming musicians. This year, almost 20 local artists are performing and the worst feeling is discovering an artist that you could have seen at ACL.
Next, map out which artists you want to see with ACL's daily schedules. Though ACL has yet to unveil its new version of the app, previous versions allow you to schedule reminders for shows you wanted to see.
Don't forget to download the app prior to the festival—ACL can alert guests of set changes, weather and festival news in real-time.
Who to see
Miley Cyrus brought Billy Idol to the stage at this year's Lollapalooza. (Charles Reagan for Lollaplooza)
Miley Cyrus brought out special guest Billy Idol during her Lollapalooza set to perform their duet "Night Crawling," so ACL guests might get a two-for-one. Tyler, The Creator, took the Lollapalooza set with a theatrical performance that relives his past eras. The queen of Hot Girl Summer, Megan Thee Stallion, successfully got the entire crowd on their feet. It's important to keep in mind that some of these artists might be nearing retirement, like George Strait, so seize the opportunity to catch rare acts live.
There are some local treasures you don't want to miss—Black Pumas, of course, a band that needs no introduction and has its own holiday in Austin; Dayglow, an indie-pop project put on by frontman Sloan Struble; Nané, a thoroughly-Austin band formed from UT students Ian Green and Daniel Sahad, Dayglow drummer Brady Knippa and Black Pumas keyboardist JaRon Marshall; and Sir Woman, a solo project by Wild Child singer Kelsey Wilson.
Ultimately, who you decide to see is up to you but know that you won't regret branching out. You may not love every new band you see but you're bound to find at least one new jam. From the biggest stages, Honda and Lady Bird, to the smallest BMI and VRBO stages, there is a show to enjoy on all of them.
The festival will be here before we know it!
Two of Texas' top 10 most wanted fugitives were arrested this week, one of which was captured in Austin, a gang member by the name of Edward De Los Santos.
De Los Santos, a 43-year-old affiliated with the Tango Blast gang, was arrested at a South Austin hotel on Sept. 22 by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety Special Agents and the Austin Police Department.
De Los Santos was wanted for continuous violence against family members, assault with injury, possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest with a vehicle. The Tango Blast member was added to the Most Wanted list on Sept. 2 and has been convicted with multiple accounts of aggravated assault, burglary of a habitation and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the past.
The other, 51-year-old Moises Calderon, was arrested for affiliation with the Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos gang on Sept. 23 in an apartment in San Antonio.
Calderon has been in and out of prison since 1991, when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years before being let out on parole in November 2014. He has been wanted since violating his parole in October 2020.
Both of the gang members were located thanks to tips, which Texas Crime Stoppers will pay out. Texas Crime Stoppers is funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division and pays out cash tips to those who provide information that leads to an arrest.
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