Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason; they’re the ultimate companions, giving us friendship, fun and an occasional moment of frustration or two, just to keep us on our toes. To celebrate all things canine, Service Dogs Inc. is hosting the 15th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk
this Saturday, featuring a one-mile walk around Town Lake, plus games, treats and more for our favorite four-legged friends. Free samples will abound, too; they alone might be worth the price of admission (which is $30 per pup online and $35 at the gate). Fun in the sun on a beautiful spring Saturday? Man, it’s a “ruff” life indeed.
Click here to purchase advance Mighty Texas Dog Walk tickets
Saturday, March 23, 9 am- 6 pm
Auditorium Shores, 950 W Riverside
One might think there’s not much in the way of thrillseeking in the laid-back, easygoing town of Austin — other than F1 races, that is — but one would be wrong. Those in need of a voluntary blood pressure spike need look no further than iFLY Austin, an indoor skydiving venue where you can get the thrilling push/pull sensation of jumping out of a plane without ever getting onto one. Per its website, “iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel generates 1600 horse power from 4 powerful fans, creating a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float.” Terrifying but safe (and maybe kind of fun) at the same time? We just might sign up for that. iFLY is located in north Austin on 183; individual tickets for two flights begin at $60.
iFLY Austin, 13265 North US 183, Suite A
Sun through Thurs, 11 am – 11 pm; Fri and Sat, 9 am – 11 pm
Schedule a “flight” in advance here
If you thought you had to drive all the way to San Antonio or Dallas to catch a thrill-a-minute basketball game, think again: Austin’s got its own thing happening on the court. The Austin Toros, our own official NBA development league team, takes the floor of the Cedar Park Center this Sunday at 5 pm against the Texas Legends, hailing from Frisco. Whether or not the Legends can live up to their name has yet to be seen, so get up to Cedar Park this weekend for what’s sure to be a great game. Individual tickets ($8-30) are available through Ticketmaster.
Sunday, January 13, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars
Buy tickets here
It’s no secret that Austin takes its bicycles seriously. All yellow jersey scandals aside, this town is full of cyclists and cycling enthusiasts, and it’s probably got more amazing gear per capita than most cities around the world. So when we host a swap meet here, rest assured there’s plenty of gear worth swapping. Held monthly, FrankenBike takes place this Saturday (December 15) at 1216 Webberville Road, with live bands, beer from Independence Brewing Company and food from Austin Pizza.
Bring what you’ve got and see what you can go home with; judging from all the die-hard lo-fi gearheads we’re familiar with around town and their dedication to the latest and greatest in all things bicycle-related, we’re betting it’ll be worth your while.
Saturday, December 15, 10 am – 4 pm
1216 Webberville Road
Admission is free