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Whiskey, wine, and beer dominate our food and drink roundup, although foodies will find a few snack-worthy selections this week as well. For a full list of happenings, check out our events calendar.

Dining Out For Life
Join the fight against HIV/AIDS by chowing down at one of the many restaurants participating in Dining Out For Life on Monday and Tuesday. More than 70 local eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds from the evenings to AIDS Services of Austin. A wide variety of restaurants will be taking part in this charitable event, from Enchiladas y Mas to Wink. Check here for a full list.
Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15

Love146 presents Hope is Brewing
Love146 is hosting a splendid supper at Zilker Brewing Company to raise awareness for the global nonprofit's mission to rid the world of child trafficking and exploitation. Your ticket comes with dinner, drinks, and interactive games. Admission ranges from $35 to $75, and families are more than welcome.
Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm

Mongers Market + Kitchen presents Raw Night
Mongers is offering off-menu raw dishes such as crudo and ceviche every Tuesday for the rest of the month. There are only three Raw Nights left in September, so get your fix while you can.
Tuesday, September 15

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Pig Roast
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at El Chilito on Manor Road with a free pig roast. Eat delicious crispy pork tacos, play games (with prizes!), and groove to music from DJ Boyfriends at this fun Diez y Seis fiesta.
Wednesday, September 16 at 6 pm

Whiskies of the World
This is a can't-miss event for whiskey aficionados. Enjoy whiskey tastings, food pairings, and more during this decadent drink expo at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown. Tickets cost $120, but an additional $85 will get you early admission and access to the Bon Vivant Hour.
Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm

Tour de Vin: The New Vintage
The Wine & Food Foundation has revamped its annual Tour de Vin fundraiser to include offerings from some of Austin's top chefs paired with featured wines. Your $70 admission gets you access to this unique event at Fair Market as well as one-of-a-kind sips and bites.
Thursday, September 17 at 8 pm

Easy Tiger Oktoberfest
Witness the debut of Easy Tiger's collaborative brew with Austin Beerworks during this free Oktoberfest party. This will be the first time you can get your hands on Montecore, a new German-style Märzen bier. When you've had your fill, indulge in draft specials and tasty food while you check out live screen printing from Fine Southern Gentlemen.
Saturday, September 19 at noon

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Popular South Austin eatery ditches bakery, narrows concept, and changes name

Bye Bye Bakeshop

Big changes are coming to St. Philip. The Uchi Restaurant Group's south side eatery is getting rid of its bakery to focus solely on pizza, restaurant officials revealed in a press release on Monday.

The bakeshop will be renovated and folded into the rest of the space beginning Tuesday, September 15. The restaurant has also ditched the "Bakeshop" from its name — from here on out it will simply be known as St. Philip Pizza Parlor.

"We've recognized over the past few months at St. Philip that when we narrow our focus, we do our best work," Uchi Restaurant Group President John Baydale said in the press release. "The bakeshop, while delicious and inventive, diverted our attention from our menu in the restaurant and now we can really devote our full energies to the pizza and small plate offerings for lunch, dinner, and brunch."

The shift in focus comes just one year since the Sunset Valley restaurant opened, although that year has been an eventful one. Former Uchiko chef de cuisine Page Presley took over the St. Philip head chef position in February following the resignation of Philip Speer after a much-reported car accident and DWI arrest. Presley has since departed for the upcoming Emmer & Rye restaurant on Rainey Street, while pastry chef Kerstin Bellah has left for Juniper.

St. Philip regulars may have noticed the shift back in August when the restaurant began streamlining its options. The menu originally featured four sections: shared plates, sandwiches, pizza, and meatballs. Now pizza, plates, and salads are the main attractions. Dessert will stick around, but there's no word yet on which of the bakeshop offerings the team will keep on the menu.

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7 of Austin's best cake shops for beautifully decorated desserts

Let Them Eat Cake

A cake is a canvas. Artistic, well-trained bakers and chefs whip up these embossed, exquisite towers in fragrant bakeshops in the hopes of earning those coveted “oohs and aahs." And with the rise of social media and other pictorial platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr, chefs have been thrust into a bold new era of culinary consumerism — one where customers express in acute detail their innumerable, ambitious visions and demands.

Given the astonishing rise in expectations, chefs are pressed more than ever to live up to the pressure. But as is the case with many Austin talents, a number of local bakers and chefs are not only surpassing expectations, they're earning much-deserved praise and fanfare in the process of doing so.

On the hunt for a beautiful wedding, birthday, or just-because cake? Check out our list of the best local cake decorators in the city.

Coco Paloma Desserts
Celebrated by wedding-centric outlets like The Knot and Brides magazines, the Coco Paloma cake studio assembles breathtaking cakes for any and all occasions. Floral embellishments, all-natural ingredients, and beautiful artistry make these wedding cakes a worthwhile splurge. Graphic-designer-turned-pastry-chef Paloma Efron started designing and assembling wedding cakes at The Driskill Hotel before breaking off and opening her own studio in 2006. Her impeccable style and elegant creations have even inspired Martha Stewart Weddings to dub her a Top Pastry Pro.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
Playful and whimsical, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop is a long-standing Austin favorite. The shop is disciplined enough to create an intricate 10-tier wedding cake and then turn right around and prepare a sweet but simple children’s birthday cake. Propelled to fame after designing Kayne West’s birthday cake in 2014, Sugar Mama’s can pull off just about anything.

Sweet Treets Bakery
While Sweet Treets specializes in a wide range of baked goodies including cupcakes, cookies, cake balls, pies, and cheesecakes, cakes are the star of the show here. In addition to working with special dietary needs (vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc.), the shop also utilizes high-quality ingredients like Valrhona chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, fresh fruits, and homemade buttercream frosting instead of highly processed fondant.

LoveBirds Sweets
Her education at New York’s prestigious French Culinary Institute and experience alongside some of the industry’s greatest pastry minds, including Bill Yosses and Ron-Ben Israel, molded Denise Even’s impeccable talent in the competitive baking and pastry-arts world. Studying Even’s portfolio, it’s evident the chef carries a certain elegant, enviable aesthetic that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Simon Lee Bakery
Marvelous architectural wonders —
that’s what Simon Lee Bakery is well known for. The bakery is most noted for the Pinterest-popular University of Texas Tower cake, which Simon Lee Bakery baked and assembled for former UT quarterback Colt McCoy’s wedding. It's not all fun, fondant, flowers, and frosting with Simon Lee’s work, however. The coveted Austin bakery must consider strenuous height and weight requirements when piecing together these well-engineered treats.

Tina’s Treats Texas
After taking an introductory Wilton cake course years ago, Tina Mendiola
became hooked on designing and decorating homemade cakes. The baker started slow making close friends and family members' cakes before eventually diving in and opening her own business. Though all of her works are captivating, the pastry chef's hand-painted cakes are our favorite.

Delish Bakery
Delish Bakery’s Instagram profile is like a dream. Think unicorns, Sesame Street cupcakes, dinosaur cookies, and Fruity Pebbles macarons. Delish pays great tribute to both craftsmanship and flavor profiles, so there’s no need to worry about biting into a beautiful but devastatingly bland cake. And with the recent arrival of Callie Speer as Delish's pastry chef, there are inevitably even greater things to come from this shop.

Martha Stewart Weddings dubbed Paloma Efron of Coco Paloma Desserts a Top Pastry Pro.

Coco Paloma Desserts
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Martha Stewart Weddings dubbed Paloma Efron of Coco Paloma Desserts a Top Pastry Pro.
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This elegant Austin condo defines sophisticated downtown living

Downtown Living

Modern art and elegance are the main events of this sophisticated high-rise in the heart of downtown Austin. Designed by Robin Colton Studio, this private 1,700-square-foot condominium features a master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, and dining room, topped off with sweeping views of the city.

Porch.com Austonian condo feature
Photo by Paul Bardagjy
Modern art and elegance are the main events of this sophisticated high-rise in the heart of downtown Austin. Designed by Robin Colton Studio [https: /porch.com/projects/austin-downtown-living-austonian-private-condominium], this private 1,700-square-foot condominium features a master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, and dining room, topped off with sweeping views of the city. Take a tour of this unique downtown Austin condo found on Porch.com [https://porch.com/] to see luxury living at its finest.
Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin

Project Runway has a plus-size moment, but will Austin contestant make the finals?

Project Runway Finalists

After 14 seasons, Project Runway had a plus-size moment, and it felt good. Although this season of the hit reality TV series is far from over, with 10 contestants still remaining in the competition, the work of only six were shown September 11 at New York Fashion Week. Their names weren't revealed because, with the magic of editing, only three will be featured as "finalists" who show at fashion week in the final episode later this fall.

But — spoiler alert! — fans of the show could easily determine whose collection was whose, based on what went down the runway.

It wasn't hard to pick out the work of Ashley Neil Tipton, the zaftig contestant who is easily the most compelling personality among them, surviving snubs by a trio of mean girls and other slights thus far. Tipton has been a strong advocate for plus-size women, and her collection featured 10 curvy models not usually seen on New York runways because of their size.

Tipton boldly sent out the models in sheer shirts and lace crop tops that expose the midriff, form-fitting gowns, patterned shorts, and Carmen Miranda fruit headdresses. Despite some spotty sewing, it is a free-spirited collection, which clearly won over the audience that included celebrity judges Carrie Underwood, Kelly Osbourne, and Glee's Matthew Morrison, now starring on Broadway in Finding Neverland.

Fans of the show could also spot the Indian influence in contestant Swapnil Shinde's work, with sequined sari-like gowns; the Goth vibe in Candice Cuoco's leather collection; the sexy forms of Edmund Newton; and the '80s looks of questionable taste from Kelly Dempsey.

Cheryl Bemis, editor of Fashionably Austin, and I are not sure if Austin contestant Lindsey Creel has made the final six. Creel's aesthetic is clean and minimal, and only one collection, featuring fitted trousers and crisp white cotton shirts that flow longer in the front, fit that definition. But they were accessorized by red hats on each model — a trademark of another contestant, Merline Labissiere.

Viewers will have to stay tuned to find out.

Ashley Neil Tipton featured plus-size models on the runway.

Project Runway runway show at New York Fashion Week
Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin
Ashley Neil Tipton featured plus-size models on the runway.
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See and be seen: 13 of the season's hottest events in Austin

On the Scene

Austinites, brace yourselves. Your fall calendar just got full beyond all reason. Autumn is upon us and it’s bringing an enjoyable agenda that promises to keep you busy. We’ve gathered some of the season’s hottest events you absolutely won’t want to miss.

2015 Tour de Vin
Thursday, September 17 at 8 pm
Travel the world with your taste buds at the 2015 Tour de Vin. This year, the event will bring more than 35 wineries to Fair Market for a day of sampling in style. Channel your inner sommelier and try dozens of wines from across the globe while pairing exclusive Tour de Vin bites from some of Austin’s rising chefs. Upgrade your tour with VIP tickets and enjoy a lounge and bottle service. Prepare your palate and get ready to fill your glass.
Tickets are $55 for members and $75 for general admission.

Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas
Thursday, September 17 Saturday, September 19 at noon
Start your engines with a Texan twist at this new Lone Star State event. For three days, Circuit of The Americas will transform into a racing wonder full of Texan charm and complete with a fireworks show and live music. This weekend is sure to be a treat for the whole family.
Tickets start at $49. Admission is free for ages 15 and under.

2015 House of Torment
Friday, September 18 Saturday, November 14
It’s never too early in the Halloween season to get a good scare. Austin’s oldest and beloved haunted house is back for another year of good thrills. This year, the fright factory is cranking out three new themed attractions: the Dead End District, Hex of the Harvest, and Laughterhouse. Work up your nerve and grab some friends that don’t scare too easily and head to the House of Torment for a night of perpetual goose bumps.
Tickets start at $13.

March of Dimes presents Signature Chefs
Thursday, September 24 at 6 pm
Gather at the JW Marriott Austin for a showcase featuring Austin’s top culinary masters. The night is a foodie’s dream: exquisite cuisine prepared by the most skilled hands in the city, spirited cocktails, and more. Wow your significant other with an indulgent experience your stomachs will love. Among the notable chefs in attendance are Olamaie’s Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas and Contigo’s Andrew Wiseheart.
Tickets are $350.

Strange Pilgrims preview and reception
Friday, September 25 at 6 pm
Join some of artsiest Austinites at the exclusive preview and opening reception for the exhibit of the season. The Contemporary Austin welcomes Strange Pilgrims, a large-scale exhibition full of breath-taking installations, to its repertoire in chic style. Guests at the members-only reception will enjoy a look at the collection’s Laguna Gloria installations and sip on drinks by Pedernales Cellars, Circle Brewery, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Music by Austin’s own Manga Carda will set the mood for an evening of art you won’t want to miss. Get your Contemporary Austin membership now to RSVP.
Membership prices start at $35.

CultureMap Social: Style Edition
Monday, September 28 at 6 pm
Meet with the most stylish young professionals in Austin for the CultureMap Social: Style Edition. This month’s social is centered around the city’s best dressed. Schmooze with Austin’s first-ever Stylemakers at The Belmont and enjoy the evening’s trendiest locals. Your $25 ticket includes two premium beverages, tasty bites, and live entertainment. Grab your spot now, as our social is sure to sell out. Now to bigger, more important questions — what’re you going to wear?
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Billy Idol in concert with Ryn Weaver
Thursday, October 1 at 8 pm
Didn’t get to snag Austin City Limits Music Festival tickets? No worries. In advance of his ACL performance, legendary Billy Idol will play at Stubb’s with opening act Ryn Weaver. Rock out with a music icon to some of the genre’s most memorable tunes.
Tickets are $35 to $275.

2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival
Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4; Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
We would be remised if we didn’t mention one of the biggest music events of the year. This year’s ACL Festival is set to be one for the record books. Musical acts including Drake, Disclosure, The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, and The Strokes are set to grace the stage. Tickets are still available but are sure to sell out soon. Grab yours here.
Tickets are $100 per day; $250 for a three-day pass.

Les Dames d’Escoffier of Austin presents En Garde! Food Fight
Sunday, October 4 at 5 pm
Head to East Austin gem laV for an evening celebrating women in the culinary, wine, food, and hospitality industries. Guests of the food fight will enjoy carefully curated wine selections by laV’s Advanced Sommelier Vilma Mazaite and hors d’oeuvre pairings from Chef Sean O’Leary. This evening treat is a perfect girl’s night out or romantic date night.
Tickets are $50 to $60.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden presents Oktoberfest Celebration
Thursday, October 15 – Sunday, October 18
Spend your weekend at Rainey Street favorite Banger’s Sausage House and celebrate all things hops and grain. The Oktoberfest celebration will include handmade sausages, sips from featured brewery Live Oak Brewery, and live music. Grab your buds and get ready for a good time.
Admission is free.

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival
Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria hosts an evening of fabulously delicious food and wine tasting. Explore the culinary world of Central Texas with a fork and a wine glass. Bring a date or gather a group of foodie friends for a memorable night.
Tickets are $175 to $200.

Easter Seals Central Texas presents Dia de los Muertos Festival
Saturday, October 17 at noon
Round up the family and head to Fiesta Gardens to celebrate the holiday. The third annual festival will feature live music, cultural performances, vendors, and more. The kid-friendly event is also budget friendly with free admission for children 12 and under.
$15 for general admission, $100 for VIP; children 12 and under get in free.

2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25
Gear up for the world’s most sophisticated and glamorous motorsport and a weekend full of excitement and class. This year’s Grand Prix includes festivities like a post-race performance by Elton John, an international art show, and more. Spend the weekend at the track for the event of the season.
Tickets start at $99.

Get ready for the music event of the season — ACL Music Fest is October 2-4 and October 9-11.

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Get ready for the music event of the season — ACL Music Fest is October 2-4 and October 9-11.
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Charming Austin suburb is the fastest-growing city in the country, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. From Georgetown to Brenham, and of course inside Austin proper, here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Charming Austin suburb is the fastest-growing city in the country, with neighbors close behind. Georgetown had a 14.4-percent population increase from 2021 to 2022, bringing the city's total population to more than 86,500 residents.

2. Austin dethroned from top spot in new ranking of top summer travel destinations for 2023. Some Austinites are happy to hear the summer will be less crowded, but tourist revenue may suffer.

3. Lengendary Texas ranch resort makes waves on the market with $15 million price tag. It's a stretch to call it rustic, but this resort for sale includes horse stables, wildflowers, and an organic farm.

4. This is how big Austin apartments get for $1,500 a month. Unsurprisingly, it's not as much square footage as you can get elsewhere in Texas, but it's still not even close to Manhattan.

5. Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend brings chances to try great barbecue, take a walk with faeries, and hear lots of live music.

Dip your toes into these 7 Austin pools with passes, snacks, and summer events

Wet Hot Austin Summer

Memorial Day is here, which means so are the days of sitting in a lounge chair and sweating while looking unreasonably fabulous. Whether it's to beat the summer heat or to show off a new swimsuit, Austinites may have more options than they think to take a swim at the many pools around town. Even if you haven't committed to an overnight stay, most hotels offer day passes, and some even offer other deals or poolside programming.

One great way to find passes not just to pools around town, but also to spas and other hotel amenities, is to browse ResortPass. (Not sponsored, just cool.) There are 26 Austin options on the site right now.

But we wanted to let you know what's going on beyond the pass — who will set you up for a great meal, who lets you drink out of a coconut, and whose views (or lack thereof) provide the best ambiance for your day off. Some of our choices aren't even on the platform.

Go grab your sandals, and save us a towel.

Greater Austin YMCA
Let's start with the less glamorous before we break out the poolside fashion. The YMCA is a family staple for a reason, and if your goal is just to get in the water regularly throughout the summer, especially with kids, it's a great place to start. There are "interactive hours" at the outdoor pools (more fun than swimming laps) at the East Communities, Hays Communities, Northwest Family, Southwest Family, and Springs Family YMCAs, as well as the YMCA at Camp Moody. The Y is semi-affordable; It would probably be cheaper to visit a hotel pool once or twice, but a Y membership includes a month of access, guest passes, and much more, and may replace your gym membership for the summer. $69 per month, with age and household discounts. austinymca.org

Hotel Van Zandt
If your pool visit doesn't include spritz and giggles, why are you even there? Hotel Van Zandt is opening up its stylish rooftop pool for the "Spritz & Giggles Poolside Happy Hour & Sunset Swim" event series. Every Monday through Thursday, visitors can enjoy $8 frozen Aperol spritzes, $8 specialty cocktails, and a special pool menu with items like a refreshing green salad, pork belly al pastor tacos, and a spicy fried chicken sandwich. Geraldine's, the main restaurant, is right inside for even better drinks, expanded bites, and sometimes live music. Starting at $48 per day for adults, $15 for kids. hotelvanzandt.com

Carpenter Hotel
If one day at the Carpenter Hotel pool is just not enough, the hotel has now added monthly passes. In addition to unlimited access to the secluded pool in the Zilker neighborhood, a pass gets a $30 discount for the new monthly BBQ Pool Parties (bringing attendance down to $25). That will include a great spread of less commonly seen barbecue items like grilled bay scallops, mushroom skewers, elotes, deviled potato salad, and more. Monthly pass holders also get to bring one child under 8 for free. $40 daily, $200 monthly. Both Monday through Thursday. carpenterhotel.com

South Congress Hotel
The South Congress Hotel is right in the middle of where many Austinites want to be on a summer day, if it weren't so dang hot. This rooftop pool solves that problem in style, with daily pool passes every day of the week, as well as cabana rentals. Café No Sé supplies poolside drinks and snacks, and downstairs, Austin's Best New Restaurant Maie Day offers a hearty meal after a day of napping in the sun. Cabanas can be rented for four people and include self-parking, bottled water, and a bottle of champagne or bucket of High Noon. Days for $40 and cabanas for $300 on weekdays; days for $75 and cabanas for $400 on weekends. southcongresshotel.com

Hotel Viata
Hotel Viata is a bit of a sleeper hotel among Austin boutiques, as it's located a little beyond West Lake Hills. Still, if you want a taste of Italy, the drive to this retreat will be worth it. Not to mention, with the extra room these downtown hotels can't offer, a pool pass includes access to a hot tub, fire pits, and great views of the hills around the city. Pool passes are available, but if you want to see it for free before you spend, wait for June 10; The hotel invites guests 21 and up to check out the pool for free at the "Summer Festa in Piscina" party, with a "Taste of Italy" add-on ($55) for Aperol Spritz, limoncello lemon drops, and negronis all day. $45 per day for adults, $25 for children. resortpass.com

Wax Myrtle's
This rooftop bar and pool is known for its never-ending events calendar, and of course that energy extends to poolside entertainment. There will be live music on the weekends, plus live DJ sets on Saturday nights, alongside whatever other programming happens to be going on inside. Even if it's a do-nothing day, these large, over-the-top drinks will give you a delicious challenge. The "Boot Scootin Fruity" mixes rum, an aperitivo, hibiscus, and lime in a cowboy hat punch bowl ($90); the luxe "Mojito 75" combines Moët & Chandon with rum and mojito must-haves in a disco ball ($230); and an unnamed cocktail is worth trying just to enjoy it from a real coconut. Starting at $15 for adults, $10 for children, and more for daybeds and cabanas. waxmyrtles.com

Austin Motel
Perhaps one of the best known pools in Austin for its retro vibes, fun events, and accessibility to on-foot wanderers is the Austin Motel. This is a great, less expensive choice that's probably more fun for casual pool revelers who would feel a little put out by having to dress up and behave in a more luxe hotel setting. There are also frequent poolside events at this motel, like the free "Bounce Motel" series with live DJs, or the body-positive "Chunky Dunk." The pool is offers daily passes every day, even when there's nothing on the calendar. $25 on weekdays, $45 on weekends, or $600 in three-and-a-half-month "waves." austinmotel.com

Carpenter Hotel pool

Photo by Andrea Calo

Austinites don't need to stay at a hotel to be invited to the pool. (Pictured: The Carpenter Hotel)

6 Austin museums are offering free admission for military families all summer long

spread the museum love

Half a dozen Austin museums are honoring active-duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20 through September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members – including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states two million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the website says. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

Among Austin's participating museums, the Blanton Museum of Art recently held its grand opening celebration to debut their new grounds, complete with a new large mural by Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera.

“As a museum that has long been at the forefront of collecting work by artists of Latin American descent, as well as the place where Ellsworth Kelly realized his last great work of art, entering the collection at this moment marks a high point in my long career," Herrera said.

Here's a look at all the museums in Austin that participate in the Blue Star Museums initiative.

For those looking to take a drive around Central Texas, the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum and Taylor's Moody Museum are also participants in the Blue Star Museums initiative.

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.