keep austin weird: Lady Bird Lake ~The Austin Hub for Summertime fun! - 07/22/19 12:35 PM
Lady Bird Lake is the center of all things Austin during the year but especially in the summertime. "Bat Watching" is a favorite pass time and excursions run non-stop each night with throngs of people lining Congress Avenue Bridge (Officially called the Ann W. Richard  Congress Bridge) in hopes of seeing swarms of bats flying out from under the arches of the bridge to forge for food. Bat season is from mid March to early November. Austin is the home of the largest urban bat colony in North America. Believe it or not the colony is estimated to be 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats.
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keep austin weird: Keep Austin Weird ~ Plunging into 2019! - 01/01/19 01:01 PM

Son and grandson got up early this New Years Day to make sure they made it to the Annual Polar Bear Splash at Barton Springs in Austin! The water is always a constant 68 degrees but this morning it was 34 degrees outside so you want to get your plunging in quickly. A quick dip in an Austin treasure to bring in the New Year.
Plunging into 2019...... Way to go guys!
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keep austin weird: Saturday Shots ~ It's That Time of Year ~ Packing Rogue Balls - 01/06/18 05:11 AM
 In Austin we have a fun rogue tradition (one that ties to our slogan "Keep Austin Weird")..... we like to decorate trees and bushes along our roadsides during the holiday season. As people drive by they honk and yell "Merry Christmas" to families decorating the trees (there are a lot to choose from).
This year Handsome Hudson and Beautiful Beckett helped decorate 2 bushes in the entrance to the section of Canyon Creek we live in. Of course we always take them down after New Years! Our tub of rogue balls are packed and ready to be stored until next December!
#makingmemories #keepaustinweird #funduringthe … (31 comments)

keep austin weird: June 2017 Austin Texas Events ~ Here’s what’s going on! - 05/25/17 01:12 PM
What an exciting month of fun activities in store for Austin this month! Many favorites that people won’t want to miss: June 8th – 11th is the Republic Of Texas Biker Rally at the Travis County Expo Center and concurrently the ATX Television Festival downtown. On June 14th is the Brit Floyd World Tour at the Austin City Limits. Circuit of the Americas will feature on June 17th Chicago & the Doobie Brothers.
 
Our annual Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K run will be downtown on June 24th. Don’t forget in keeping with the theme of Keeping Austin Weird on June 25th … (7 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #10 ~ Iconic Lala's Little Nugget - 05/22/17 11:01 AM
Austin’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan is celebrated through activities, mind set and the way Austinites perceive things, especially art. It’s Christmas Day at Lala’s Little Nugget every day…yes, you heard right they have perennial holiday décor at this Brentwood strip-mall dive bar every day and it has been open since the 1970’s!  They must be doing something right running a small town Tavern with year round Christmas décor and offering up plenty of Christmas Cheer!
There was a scare that the string lights might be turned out for good in 2015 but Crestview residents and service industry veterans banded together to save … (13 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #9 - Flat Fork Studio - 12/05/16 11:17 AM
Austin’s  “Keep Austin Weird” slogan is celebrated through activities, mind set and the way Austinities perceive things, especial art. Faith Schexnayder is a native Austinite who dreamed of becoming an artist since childhood. Flat Fork Studio is her creation succeeding in making that dream a reality. She is an Artist, Designer and Sculptor and her company does Fabrication. The most important ingredient in her success is she loves what she does and it shows! Her creations are hand done without the use of a computer aided machine and are whimsical and engaging pieces that are the rage in Austin and seen … (15 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #7 ~ Escape Room Rage - 08/08/16 03:09 AM
Austin’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan is celebrated through activities, mind set and the way Austinities like to have fun! A growing craze is immersive adventure games! They attract friends and/or family, visitors or corporate groups looking for an exciting team building experience. The idea is simple you enter a live action escape room where participants work together to solve a mystery and escape in 60 minutes.
Austinites are an inquisitive bunch and always love a challenge or adventure. Finding answers and solving riddles is the key to the success of venues offering this kind of experience.
Groups are “locked” (that’s right … (23 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #6 ~ The Little Longhorn Saloon ~ Chicken Shit Bingo - 07/07/16 07:35 AM
Austin always favored the Honky-tonk country music scene until our whole music picture changed to accommodate the new bands offering sights and sounds from all over the world!
For more than 2 decades The Little Longhorn Saloon (also known as Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon) serves as the center for another Austin Weirdism. Ginny’s is a friendly, small, rustic Austin beer joint for great classic Texas music in Central Austin. Places like this are disappearing quickly in our city but Ginny’s for the time being is still going strong and draws 1,000’s of Little Longhorn fans from all over the world! Plenty of … (15 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #5 ~ Bats Under the Congress Ave Bridge - 06/27/16 07:37 AM
Believe it or not there are 1.5 million bats (the world’s largest urban bat colony) that fly out every summer night from under the Congress Avenue Bridge (officially the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge). They are a sight to behold! Thousands of residents and visitors flock to view the bats spiraling into the summer skies!
The Congress Avenue Bridge was reconstructed in 1980. The engineers had no clue the new crevices underneath the bridge would make the perfect bat roost even though bats had lived there for years. Many residents reacted in panic and ignorance by petitioning to have the bat … (21 comments)

keep austin weird: Why Millennials are attracted to Austin’s lifestyle - 06/21/16 07:29 AM
We read articles every day about why Millennials are different from other generations. Who are these people? Most all Demographers lump them in the 18-34 age group and have now surpassed the Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) in numbers.
Austin is attracting large numbers of Millennials moving here through job creation from companies like Google, Apple, Oracle, National Instruments and so many more! The University of Texas and Austin Community College attracts Millennials and UT Dell Med is opening with its first set of 50 students! Austin is diversified with so many sectors needing employees. When you drive down virtually any street in … (18 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #3~Meet me at the "I love you so much" wall! - 06/09/16 04:44 AM
You have to love our slogan “Keep Austin Weird” . We have so many Austin traditions that bring a smile to your face. The “I love you so much” mural is an Austin staple that makes you grin no matter what your mood! Remember “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight”…Phyllis Diller.
Where is this famous wall? What’s its story? You can find it on South Congress on the north side of “Jo’s Coffee House” that opened in 1999. In 2010, local musician Amy Cook took a can of red spray paint and wrote a sweet and beautiful love letter … (26 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #2 ~ Austin Weird Fest & 5K 2016 - 05/31/16 07:50 AM
Austin’s “Keep Austin Weird”  slogan will be celebrated with the ultimate toast to Austin on June 25th, 2016! It’s that time again for the Austin Weird Fest & 5K held at the Veteran’s Pocket Park and American Legions grounds.
From 3pm-10pm expect weirdness everywhere! The 5K is noted for being the slowest on the planet and is for pure entertainment with 15 outrageous stops all around Lady Bird Lake!
Are you ready to get weird? Then get creative and don yourself in the strangest, wildest most outrageous costume! Place a photo on your Facebook page and the one with the most likes will … (24 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin Weirdness #1~ The Cathedral of Junk - 05/26/16 04:23 AM
Our “Keep Austin Weird”  blueprint is one many cities are trying to follow and with good reason. Our drive to support local business, artists and retain our “Texas Pride” is what is luring companies and their employees to live and work in an environment that cares about its residents.
Austinities love our slogan “Keep Austin Weird” and its has been ingrained in our DNA even being found in the glossary of terms of the city’s comprehensive plan from 4 years ago! The official document defines the word “strikingly odd” or “unusual.”
I wrote about Austin’s culture in my post on my blog but … (32 comments)

keep austin weird: Austin City Council fights to preserve Austin's "Weird" culture - 05/16/16 02:24 AM
There are many articles out lately about Texas fighting to keep its “Texas Proud” culture and image with all the transplants moving to our state because of our explosive job growth. Our Austin City Council is awake to some of the radical changes many new transplants wish to make.
The policies and programs they are implementing are aimed at preserving our unique culture! We value our artistry, live music and local independent business. Don’t get me wrong they are not just now executing these initiatives they have been around longer than our “Keep Austin Weird” slogan.
“Weird” has become so ingrained in the DNA … (24 comments)

keep austin weird: "Keeping Austin Weird Culture" attracts the right workforce - 02/19/16 04:57 AM
“Keeping Austin Weird Culture” Attracts the Right Workforce
Austin Texas is leading the country in the #1 position (according to Forbes) for job growth (4%) and many attribute it to the “Keep Austin Weird” culture. Why, because the demographics of Austin is young, educated and a motivated workforce which attracts the right employers offering higher end salaries.
 
As an example Oracle announced building a cutting- edge, cloud next generation technology campus in Austin. There is already a high performing employee base available and they will be tapping recent university graduates and technical professionals at early stages in their career. The company confirmed … (19 comments)

keep austin weird: And the winner is...The most Austintatious business - 12/01/15 12:37 AM
And the winner is….The most Austintatious business
Yes Austin votes on the annual Austintatious Business Contest for the local business that best represents Austin. Earning the title for the second year in a row is Amy’s Ice Creams! Austin Business Journal sponsors this contest.
There were 64 entries and 56% voted for Amy’s Ice Creams who ended up neck in neck with “The Broken Spoke,” one of Austin’s most famous live music venues.
Amy’s is owned by Amy Simmons who has 13 Austin locations. Back in 1984 as a college student she opened Amy’s. Its’ not a wonder she created a cool and … (13 comments)

keep austin weird: Graffiti Park at Castle Hills or the HOPE Outdoor Gallery~Austin TX - 08/26/14 05:09 AM
Graffiti Park at Castle Hills or the Hope Outdoor Gallery
In Austin our motto is “Keep Austin Weird!”  Graffiti Park at Castle Hills or the official name HOPE Outdoor Gallery fits perfectly in this mantra. Graffiti artists have to take risks when applying their craft illegally but there is one well- known place in Austin where graffiti is legal!
The park is not a public City of Austin Park, its private property owned by the Castle Hill Partners (an investment firm that operates out of the castle that sits on West 11th Street above the gallery). Castle Hill Partners has no … (13 comments)

keep austin weird: Why did Austin win the bid for ESPN's X Games? - 07/19/13 10:59 PM
The big news this week is Austin’s winning bid for ESPN’s X Games!
 

 
 
If you haven’t been out to the Circuit Of The Americas yet – where a majority of the events will be held – you may be surprised to see it’s surrounded by more than 1600 acres, including a park area and amphitheater, with great potential to deliver a “festival feel”.
 
 

 
At this spring’s Platinum Top 50’s Thinkers and Doers I also learned that COTA actually chose to locate in Austin due to its proximity to the NAFTA corridor and the … (16 comments)

keep austin weird: December's Season of Celebration & Sharing ~ Making a Difference Along The Roadside ~ One Tree at a Time ~ Austin, Texas - 12/06/11 06:55 AM
It's that time of year again...many are hauling out their Christmas trees and decorations, others are buying fresh cut trees and many are decorating trees along the highway! What...you don't get it? Remember we in Austin like to live up to our Motto "Keep Austin Weird!"Lady Bird Johnson made sure in the spring our highways are blanketed with gorgeous Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint Brushes...varying brilliant shades of bluish purples and vibrant reddish orange colors (like our sunsets).  During the holidays residents head out to decorate the ugly cedar trees that line many of our highways!  Why?? It's fun to grab … (14 comments)

keep austin weird: Do Your Part To Keep Austin Shopping Weird ~ Texas ~ 78750 - 11/04/10 01:13 AM
Do Your Part To Keep Austin Shopping Weird ~ Texas ~ 78750Wow...you must stop by Austinites...located in NW Austin off Hwy 183N and Anderson Mill Rd. (13343 U.S. Hwy 183N Suite 217 Austin TX 78750).  Their innovative store is "made for weirdos by weirdos"! Their grand opening was August 21st, 2010 and they are on track for keeping the tradition of "Keep Austin Weird!"
The goal is to develop and bring to market products invented and manufactured in Austin.  They have quite a list of local vendors including Austin Jam Co., CB Healthy Bites, Gourmet Texas Pasta, Texas Hill Country Olive … (10 comments)

 
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