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Waterloo Park, the first phase of the new Waterloo Greenway urban parks system, will open this August. (Waterloo Greenway)

Waterloo Park, the first phase of the forthcoming Waterloo Greenway urban parks system, will open to the public in August.


Ground broke on the 11-acre park, which is bordered by East 15th, Red River, East 12th and Trinity streets, in 2017. It will include a spacious lawn, playgrounds and the 5,000-person-capacity Moody Amphitheater.

The area already has events lined up after its opening. Starting in September, the park will host free monthly live music performances, as well as a Día de Los Muertos Festival in October, an Asleep at the Wheel 50th anniversary reunion show, the seventh annual Creek Show in November and a two-night, holiday-themed cinema event.

Since 1978, Waterloo Park has hosted many iconic Austin events, including Spamarama and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

"The reopening of Waterloo Park represents a bridge between Austin's past, present and future," Interim CEO Kathy Miller said in a press release. "We're honoring the culture of the area, while building a place that is a vital part of what Austin will become."

(Waterloo Greenway Conservancy)

The 10-year, 35-acre Waterloo Greenway project will run 1.5 miles along Waller Creek from 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake when it's completed. It is the result of a public-private partnership between the city of Austin and the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, a local nonprofit. Its estimated total cost is $250 million, of which approximately $150 million the city committed.

The second phase will be an overhaul of the Creek Dela portion, which includes nine acres between Lady Bird Lake and 4th Street. It is expected to be completed in 2023.

The last phase includes the middle section of the park system, from 4th to 11th streets, as well as Palm Park, which abuts the Fairmont Austin hotel and the I-35 frontage road, and Pontoon Bridge, which spans Lady Bird Lake. It will be completed in 2026.

Waterloo Greenway is named after the city's original moniker, Waterloo. It is also the name of a city in Belgium, combining "water" with the Flemish word "loo," which means "sacred wood."

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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
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🗓 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