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Free Yoga by Art of Living Austin

Post by Simrat Sharma

Disc Golf…more free exercise!

Ok, I know the previous post discusses something similar to disc golf, but the two are different!  And they are both cheap ways to have fun while getting fit.  Therefore, it is important to highlight them both!

So what exactly is disc golf?

“Disc golf is a disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.”

And, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association:

“The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”

The discs are super cheap (about $7) and if you just head over to Pease District Park (24th and Lamar area) you can play for free! That’s right!  I could not believe it either!  You get to play 18 holes of disc golf for absolutely nothing.  What an excellent way to spend these beautiful spring days with friends!

Post by Kristin White

Austin Wine Festival 2k9!

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

I know what you’re thinking.  Austin Wine Festival.  Sounds expensive.  But wait!  Don’t judge a post by its title!

This festival is actually very inexpensive for the deal you are getting!

“Imagine an entire grassy acre of music, food, fun and vino bliss.”

The 3rd annual Austin Wine Festival is a three day event May 23-25 held at The Domain in North Austin.  The fesival features wine from over 30 local Texas Wineries only, as well as music, seminars and food!  Also, this is the only festival in Texas where you are able to purchase whichever wine you like best right then and there!  And to show you this festival is the real deal…over 6,500 were in attendance last year!

And it gets better.  All event proceeds benefit the Austin Farmers’ Market.  What better way to support locally while enjoying tons of local wine, music and food!

So now, on to prices.  An adult 1-day pass is only $20 and will get you admission into the festival along with a “10-tab Wine Sampler wrist band for wine sampling.”  You can use the 10 tabs for 10 wine tastings from any of the participating wineries or the tabs can be used for full glasses, which cost you 5 tabs.  Additional tastes are just $1 and wine by the glass is just $5.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

P.S.  For an exclusive wine festival experience pay an extra $5 to become a member of the Vintner Club.  Read more about what this means here!

Post by Kristin White

Bat Watching

Photo by pencrush, CC 2.0 Attribution

Photo by pencrush, CC 2.0 Attribution

One great way to spend a free evening in Austin during the summer months is bat watching.  We are lucky to have such a great natural phenomenon right in the middle of our town.  Thousands of bats emerge in the evening to hunt creating a beautiful wave against the sky.

You can pick a variety of ways to watch these bats.  But the best and cheapest is to simply park your car in the downtown area and take a stroll over to the Congress Avenue Bridge. Click here for a map.

On beautiful nights there can be up to 1,000 visitors observing the bats emerge from their home under the bridge.  It is an amazing sight to see that should not be missed by any Austinite.  Take advantage of this great nightly event.

You can catch the bats on any warm night but they are best observed in August and September when the new baby bats begin to fly.  Most emerge from the east side of the bridge so look there for the best view.

Word of warning: Don’t do a flickr or google image search for a bat.  You will be too scared to go see the Congress Avenue bats!

Post by Sarah Lacy

Master Pancake: The Lord of the Rings

Alamo Drafthouse, photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse, photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

As a way to celebrate being one week closer to the end of the semester, go to Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. The Drafthouse will give its take on the movie. Here’s what they say:

…Will these brave LOTR-men be able to bring soothing relief to the Crack of Doom? You won’t find out in this installment of the Trilogy. But you can bet your 12-sided die that we’ll all have a blast as we rip on the overstuffed plot …

This may not be the best place to go for LOTR purists, but it is still a great way to kick back and relax with friends. 

Tickets are about $6.50 with your student ID. The one thing I love about this idea is that you get Kerbey Lane pancakes, while you watch the movie. (Too bad pumpkin is a little out of season.)

Alamo Drafthouse – Downtown at the Ritz

320 E 6th St., Austin  TX  78701, Map (512) 476-1320

Show Times: Friday, April 17, 2009 o 7:45p o 10:45p, Saturday, April 18, 2009 o 7:45p o 10:45p

Also showing at the Alamo Ritz:

A Week of [Cheap] Relaxation!

Photo by Minxlj via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo by Minxlj via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

The days are long, classes are tough and with no breaks left until the last day of school, it’s getting harder and harder to find time to just relax.  And even harder to take a moment for yourself and, get ready for it, get a massage or facial or pedicure!  It doesn’t help that these luxuries are usually marked with a pretty steep price tag!

And, while I don’t have a solution to helping you better manage your time, I do have a quick fix to the overly expensive prices of most spa treatements!

Starting next Monday, April 13, and lasting until next Sunday, April 19, Jane Iredal makeup is bringing Spa Week to Austin!  For just $50 (compared to the normal $100-$200) you can enjoy hour long luxuries such as a Deep Tissue Massage, a Skin Brightening Facial, an Aromatherapy Salt Glow (oo la la!), a Blue Bonnet and Wildflower Massage or a Choco-Foot-Love Pedicure!

Founder Cheryl Reid started Spa Week in 2004 with only 25 participating spas in the New York area and has since expanded to nearly 20 states across the US!  Her reason for starting the week was quite clear:

“The concept was simple; full service treatments, normally costing from $100 to $200 dollars, for just $50 dollars. No longer would spa be relegated to the wealthy; it was my mission to make it an affordable part of a healthy lifestyle routine.”

So, take an hour out of your busy day for a little “you” time!  It will be well worth your time…and money!

Here’s a map to show you all the participating spa’s around Austin!

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