IRL: In Real Life (August 17-23, 2015)

August 17, 2015

About this time of year, it’s probably just your best idea to stay inside. Indoors. In the AC. But if you’ve finally exhausted all inside options and you just can’t play bingo for one more second, then we have a few ideas that are happening outside of your house. Here are our picks for this week.


Thursday, August 20: Houston. The Houston Press 27th annual Music Awards Ceremony, with a free concert immediately following featuring Hayes Carll. The Houston Press Music Awards, presented by Bud Light, celebrate Texas talent and the thriving, dynamic music community of Houston. Built on the broad based, diverse cultural foundation that music represents, the Houston Press Music Awards invite community involvement in the voting process. The final ballot created contains a wide range of categories, including Latin, folk, rock, country, alternative and etc. This is where stars are born. Check them out. Photo credit: Houston Press


Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23: Fredericksburg. The Gillespie County Fair and Parade. It’s the oldest continuously running fair in Texas and (not surprisingly) features agricultural and home skills displays, horse racing, concerts, dances, a carnival and midway. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Friday on Main Street. You’ll probably want to see this for yourself. More info and schedule here. 

Also, Fredericksburg Trade Days are happening this weekend too (355 Sunday Farms Lane Fredericksburg, Tx). Peruse tons of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primitives, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food and also other things. More importantly, relax in the Biergarten while listening to live music. Ah, Fredericksburg. Photo credit: Gillespie County Fair and Parade


Saturday, August 22: New Braunfels. The Fall Creek Vineyard Grapestomp and Harvest Festival.  For 20+ years, the Fall Creek Vineyard Grapestomp and Harvest Festival has attracted individuals to squash fruit with their bare feet. It’s somewhat gross, somewhat awesome. The main attraction is the ‘stomp’ where guests can kick off their shoes and experience the thrill (!) of bare footed grape stomping, getting involved with their wine like never before. Adults can enjoy wine tasting hosted by FCV winemaker Sergio Cuadra and a celebrity chef luncheon in addition to live music on the vineyard terrace, bocce ball and tours of the vineyard. FCV winemaker, Sergio Cuadra, trained in top properties in Bordeaux, Australia, Chile, and California with world-renowned winemakers, will share his passion for wine and will offer a Reserve Wine and Barrel Tasting on Saturday at 3 pm by reservation for $30 per person. There will be tasting and discussion, cheeses paired with wines, all inclusive. Celebrity chef luncheons will be available by reservation only and will feature Chef Paul Hargrove of New York’s Café Bouloud and Gotham Bar & Grill on August 22 and Chef/Owner Mark Schmidt of Blackbird and Henry on August 29. Check it. Photo credit: FCV 


Saturday, August 22: Austin. Bat Fest. 

What will you see at Bat Fest this year? Allegedly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge…although they’ve been Keep Austin Weird weird lately. Maybe they’ll show up to your party, maybe they won’t. Freaking hipster bats. But they’ve RSVPed “sure, ok, we’ll be there,” so we shall see. There will also be three stages con live music, more than 75 arts & crafts vendors, Austin food and drinks, children’s activities, a bat costume contest, more bats and other bat activities. Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. Photo credit: The State of Awesome.



Saturday, August 22: Dallas. The public celebration of NorthPark’s Golden Jubilee. 

I’m sorry to inform all other malls in the state and in the universe, but NorthPark Center is the ultimate, the best, the Queen Mother of all Malls, Amen. François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Paris-based Kering, a company that owns more than 20 luxury brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, recently called NorthPark “a shopping museum.” That’s an giant French understatement. And this week, the shopping mecca of all shopping turns 50. 50 years old.

You can read a lovely piece on this place in the Dallas Morning News on the mall and why you should genuflect if you are in its general vicinity.  Or just show up  and straight up and pay your respects to the Queen. The public celebration of NorthPark’s 50th anniversary begins Saturday. “Balloon Girls,” a throwback to the 1960s, will reappear with helium balloons for the children. And you should also check out Art Meets Fashion 1965-2015, an exhibition from the University of North Texas Fashion Collection featuring 29 looks from the last 50 years. There will also be a back-to-school fashion show, a Kim Dawson model search and a birthday cake at 4 p.m. Performers will include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. All events are free. Go. Photo credit: Dallas Morning News

And finally…


Sunday, August 23: Austin. The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival.   

If you wanna beat the heat this summer, then you gotta eat the heat – so join The Austin Chronicle for the world’s largest hot sauce festival. That’s right. In the last 25 years, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, has become the world’s largest, drawing as many as 15K spectators and more than 350 entries every year. This year, The Festival will take place on August 23 at Fiesta Gardens in Austin. FREE to the public (with a donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or a suggested $5 cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas), the event promises hot sauce. I’m not sure what else you could need. Besides AC. Photo credit: Austin Chronicle

Whatever you do…Stay hydrated, my friends.

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