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Must-do Fall Activities

Top 7 ways to celebrate fall in the Texas Hill Country

By Shannon McGarvey

By most people's standards, triple-digit temperatures, charred grass and ozone action days don't necessarily conjure a Rockwellian vision of autumn. Even so, September is the official start of ...


Get Active

Top 10 things to do in May: Mother's Day, Pachanga and Naked Girls

By Shannon McGarvey

May is bursting at the seems with activities for all types of interests. See our top 10 picks below — naked girls included. Austin Fashion Week May 3 - 11 Although the ...


April's Best Happenings

Top 10 things to do in April: Karaoke Underground, Texas VegFest, Dog Day Afternoon

By Shannon McGarvey

Winter (if you dared to call it that) is over and spring has officially sprung in Central Texas. This month is not only abuzz with June bugs and blooming flora ...


Around Austin

Top 10 things to do in March: SXSW, Rodeo Austin and more

By Shannon McGarvey

SXSW may be impending but that doesn't mean it has to rule your world. March has plenty of other cool events to suit just about everyone's fancy, so ...


youth in care

FreshFest 2013: The first annual event of Fresh Chefs Society

By Shannon McGarvey

Austin’s growing reputation as Southern culinary Mecca is a development not lost among local non-profits — specifically, the philanthropic foodies at Fresh Chefs Society (FCS). Co-founded in the spring of ...


New works

Call it a comeback: American Short Fiction returns once again

By Shannon McGarvey

Last summer when Badgerdog Literary Publishing announced that American Short Fiction would embark on an indefinite hiatus, the literary community at large collectively suffered the loss. The publication, since its ...


Love Notes

Valentine's Day for singles: A beginner's guide to self-love

By Shannon McGarvey

One of the greatest joys of being single on Valentine’s Day is that it affords the golden opportunity of celebrating one of life’s most important triumphs: self-love. As ...


Kiss Me

Valentine's Day gift guide: Unique, local presents for your sweetheart

By Shannon McGarvey

Since the dawn of mankind (or the 14th Century — whatever), stuffed teddy bears, long-stemmed roses and candlelit dinners have, for better or for worse, been then currency of love on ...


social calendar

Top 10 things to do in February: Roasted swamp rat, Austin Flea and a WWII-Themed dinner

By Shannon McGarvey

February, for better or for worse, traditionally belongs to the chocolatier and his heart-shaped kingdom of dipped fruits, mystery nougat and caramel turtles. Beyond Valentine’s Day and the invariable ...


Listen up for good

New Austin-based music organization Bedrock takes fundraising digital

By Shannon McGarvey

Back in the day, if a kid wanted to fundraise, he or she had to do it the hard way. Basically, that equated to knocking on every door in the ...


Top picks

Top 10 things to do in January: Free Week, The Lion King and a Tornado Chaser

By Shannon McGarvey

January is notoriously one of the sleepiest times of the year, but don’t let the wind chill trick you into staying under the covers this month. From cultural events ...


Divine Presents

Go green gift guide: Distinctly local and eco-friendly presents

By Shannon McGarvey

Whether you're shopping for your Granny in Chattanooga, your sister's next-door neighbor in Portland, or the ever-fickle Secret Santa at work, Austin has a bevy of green merchants ...


Holiday Happenings

Top 10 things to do in December: Ice skating, eggnog and holiday bazaars

By Shannon McGarvey

Amid the flurry of post-Thanksgiving binges, shopping sprees and in-law entertaining, it’s easy to forget that December can actually be a really fun month. Regardless of whether you associate ...


Drink Up

Local craft spirit Genius Gin prepares to make its widespread Austin debut

By Shannon McGarvey

When it comes to Texas-made gin, there’s a new sheriff in town. Mike Groener and Charles Cheung, respective CEO and COO of Genius Liquids, LLC, are among the newest ...


Turkey Day Fare

Pumpkin whoopie pies & mini quiche: Spice up Thanksgiving with non-traditional sides

By Shannon McGarvey

Every Thanksgiving it’s the same — turkey, candied yams, that jiggling glob of canned cranberry — but it doesn’t always have to be. Plenty of people celebrate Thanksgiving with non-traditional ...


hit the dirt

The 4 best autumn hikes in Central Texas

By Shannon McGarvey

A lot of people erroneously believe that Central Texas doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a traditionally scenic autumn. While it’s true that Austin’s fall ...


Fall Frenzy

Top 10 things to do in November: Wurstfest, E.A.S.T. and Stargazing

By Shannon McGarvey

When the spooky of October subsides, November awaits with a laundry list of cold (and not so cold) weather activities. From the typical — Thanksgiving — to the atypical – stargazing, public art ...


Haunted Hooch

Drink and be scary: Austin's first haunted bar crawl

By Shannon McGarvey

Halloween, if nothing else, is a great excuse to drink. While you’re at it, why not take in some Austin history, chat up a few bartenders, and scare yourself ...


Must do this month

Top 10 things to do in October: Corn mazes, ghost tours and apple picking

By Shannon McGarvey

Although October in Central Texas may be a far cry from the falling leaves and ember hues of an autumn in New England, there are plenty of area activities — from ...


Celeb Watch

Seeing stars: The best restaurants, bars and odd spots for celebrity sightings in Austin

By Shannon McGarvey

Over the decades, Austin has been a bastion for artists, musician-types and, in more recent years, a growing number of celebrities. Sure, this has everything to do with Austin’s ...


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