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Plans for new outdoor music venue in the works for the 'Live Music Capital'

New outdoor music venue Violet Crown will be nestled in the hills of Southwest Austin. (Violet Crown)

Austin's reputation as the "Live Music Capital" is about to make even more sense with plans now in the works for a 20,000 seat amphitheater and entertainment complex near Bee Cave.

The $600-$750 million project, dubbed "Violet Crown," will serve as Austin's first great outdoor venue, according to IDM President Craig Bryan. It will be located northwest of State Highway 71 and Southwest Parkway and is slated to open in two years.

"Austin has been given the moniker of the (Live) Music Capital of the World. By God, I'm going to solidify that with this project," Bryan said.

In addition to the amphitheater, the complex will include "two luxury apartment towers, a distillery and tasting room, a Top Golf-style driving range and a parking garage," according to an Austin Business Journal report.

The complex will also include two 20- and 29-foot story apartment buildings. (Violet Crown)

Music, entertainment and leisure will fuse together for residents of the 475 apartment units planned for the two towers, with shops, pools and a pool club, restaurants, a 96-bay driving range and a nightclub and dancehall all located within the complex. The driving range and distillery will also be able to convert into concert venues, with the driving range able to host 3,000 and the distillery hosting a small acoustic space for up to 400 people.

The venue says it will host big-name musical guests for residents and guests alike. The project plans to allow residents to rent out space for concertgoers, and there will be room for one third of all visitors to park alongside residents at the site.

Plans for the project are underway, with the Business Journal reporting that Bleyl Engineering submitted construction permits for the project in August. The permits are still pending.

The complex will be located within unincorporated Travis County in between Barton Creek and Bee Cave, near music venue The Backyard, which is expected to be completed in early 2024 after a revamp.

Although it will technically be out of town, Bryan said the Violet Crown project will maintain Austin's noise ordinances and will take several other steps to limit impact on the environment. Plans include banning single-use plastics, maintaining a low carbon footprint and construction from the area's native resource, limestone. Some funds from ticket sales will go toward a group that focuses on the environment, media, arts education and at-risk communities.

While the amphitheater is scheduled to open on Labor Day 2023, the driving range is expected to open first in spring 2023 with the distillery and tasting room opening soon after. The apartment towers are expected to follow in 2024.


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