RIP 2020

Posted by ballerat | Covid Life

A list of places that have closed permanently due to ongoing pandemic crisis. If restaurant has more than one location, we will list which location closed.

RIP:
Austin Java (all closed, but Menchaca Rd)
Barracuda
B.D. Riley’s
Be More Pacific
Black Walnut Café
Blue Dahlia (East side location)
BT2 Club aka Bout Time
Botticelli’s
The Brewer’s Table
Buffalo Billards
Buzzmill Coffee Shady (East)
Cafe Josie
Cap City Comedy
Chocolaterie Tessa
Dart Bowl
Daruma Ramen
Dirty Dog Bar
Dive Bar & Lounge
Easy Tiger (Downtown)
Fricano’s Deli
Full English
I Luv Video
Luby’s
Lucy’s on the Lake
Magnolia Café (West)
Mugshots
Ni-Kome
The North Door
NXNW
One-2-One Bar
P Terrys (Downtown)
Plush
Scratchouse
Shady Grove
Skull Mechanix
St. Roch’s Bar
Sugar Mama’s (East)
The Townsend
Troublemaker
Threadgill’s
Veggie Heaven
Vulcan Video
Yuyo

Sxsw 2020 RSVP info

Posted by ballerat | SxSw RSVP's

Sxsw 2020. BallerATX.com

Free food, free drinks, free music, free movies. We list more free SxSw Rsvp events than any other page. And we will never charge you for something that is already free and on the internet. We do this for free every year for all of our friends and followers. Bookmark this link, and also make sure you also follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ballerATX

Every RSVP event is an individual event and you must click on each event to RSVP and find out what requirements are, if there are any. Many of the events posted are during SxSw are not not actually affiliated with the official festival, so you do not need any special credentials, besides a valid over 21 ID.

We post free events in the Austin area all year long on our facebook!

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Free Week 2020

Posted by ballerat | Artists/Musicians

Willow Wanders!

January 17, 2020

I’m new to Austin…


Yeah, that’s right, I’m one of the expats invading your precious city. And, I think it’s only an ok place. I like my cities grimy, my ribs with the BBQ sauce ON them, and my air so humid I can swim in it.

I’m Willow! A south Louisiana native, who’s trying to really give Austin a chance and realized I haven’t explored enough. Welcome to the first post of Willow Wanders! Where I peruse Austin with the goal of falling in love.

To wake us from our holiday slumber, the Red River Cultural District brought us Free Week.

From Scratch House to Mohawk, downtown was alive! I did a little legwork and treated it like a festival, and got to experience the shimmery walls of Hotel Vegas and grabbed a fruity drink at The Far Out Lounge. I had fun and these were some of my favorite artists from week:

My first stop on Friday was to Stubb’s Indoor to see Nayome. This R&B singer was easy to groove with. I felt like a rose blossoming with a blunt in my hand. Her voice is dreamy and sultry with a sprinkle of glitter. While she only started pursuing music mid-2018, the release of her EP RECOVERY+ quickly generated buzz and landed her as an official 2019 KUT 98.9 feature during SXSW. So, while having those late-night car conversations, put on ‘Ride.’ Or, dance with me to afrobeat tinged ‘Tonight.’

Nayome: credit


Around the corner at Empire Control Room, the drummer for beloved band SirWoman, stepped into her own light of breath control and excellence as Lunar R.A.E. Lunar R.A.E. gave us Anderson .Paak realness with her drumming skills, with great throwback mixes and flow reminiscent of a west coast Queen Latifa. From her yellow beret to the stank on her funk, the
Berklee alum radiated fun. If partying and bullshit sounds like a good time to you, give a listen to her album Reaching.

Lunar Rae : credit


I needed a healthy way to release my angst, so I headed to Barracuda. There was Darkbird. The 6-person band has been getting me through the hard days lately. If you also need someone to feel with you, front woman Kelly Barnes has got your back. Barnes was escaping heartbreak when she found her collaborator Brian Cole reeling from a tragic house fire, on the musicians craigslist page. With lyrics like ‘Hold me now, today/ right here hold me now before I disappear, find Darkbird at SXSW this year, cause they’re not going anywhere.

Darkbird : Credit

Know of events coming up I should really check out? Email: Wilhelmina@balleratx.com

Eeyores Birthday Party

by Dominic Mondragon

Eeyores 56th annual celebration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to dusk on April 27th, 2019 at Pease Park (1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705) in Austin, TX.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a day-long festival taking place annually in Austin, Texas since 1963. It typically occurs on the last Saturday of April in Austin’s Pease District Park. It includes live music, food and drink vending, which benefit local non-profit organizations, attendees in colorful costumes, and very large drum circles. The event is frequented by children and families, with specific events presented for them by the event organizers. The festival is named in honor of Eeyore, a character in A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories. (from wiki).

This is probably one of the first free events I went to when I first moved to Austin and still one of my favorites. Drum circles, Adam and Steve, The silver guy, the maypole, a real Eeyore, people dancing everywhere, and these days, a great way to support nonprofits by purchasing beer and food from them on site. Bring cash, sunscreen, instruments, love, dogs, blankets, friends, etc. Yes these days this has become a family friendly event with kids running everywhere, but make sure you understand this is Austin, and people will be weird and fun!

 

Eeyore’s Parking: The best way to get to the fest is to use public transportation. Since it is located in West Campus off of Lamar, the park is not parking friendly. Cap Metro Route 5 stops at Lamar & MLK right next to the event.  Also Route # 18 stops at Enfield/West Lynn (6 blocks walk). It runs until 11:00pm. You can also always bike it, or ride share.

If you drive: There is always free parking which includes a free shuttle on 16th street and Colorado at the State parking garage “E” and “J”. ,Shuttles run every 10 minutes, but it may take a little longer to get there later in the afternoon using the shuttle. Click here for a map to the FREE Shuttle Bus Pickup location.

Eeyores Birthday Party is a fundraiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Some of these groups will be selling hot and cold food (including vegetarian), beer, soft drinks, juices, spring water, and Texas beer. Look for commemorative Eeyore’s Birthday Party T-shirts.

  • Wear a costume. There will be costume contests and other games with prizes for children of all ages.
  • Artists will be doing face painting, henna, and temporary tattoos.
  • Musicians playing non-amplified instruments are invited to play.
  • There will be Maypoles for the young and young at heart.
  • Children’s Area from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • LIVE MUSIC from 11am to 6 p.m.
  • Eeyore’s 2019 Birthday celebration will feature live performances by the following bands:11-12pm Fun Bunch / World Gone Mad
    12-12:45pm Bat Forest
    1-1:45pm Isistren
    2-2:45pm Nokken and the Grim
    3-3:45pm Tex Offenders
    4-4:45pm Warren Moon Band
    5-5:45pm Black and White Yea
  • ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION
Remember:

NO bottles, cans, or coolers will be allowed in the park.
Please keep all dogs on leashes.
An ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.
No Tents

 

Volunteer:

 If you would like to volunteer, there is this Volunteer information link from eeyores.org. Volunteers work in shifts and are offered free beverages and food when they are not working. It is a great way to meet new people and network, and they have many returning volunteers come back each year.

 

 

Acl Fest 2017 Lineup

by Dominic Mondragon

While i’ll admit, ACL Fest is nowhere close to free, it is one of my favorite fest. I am one of the rare few who went to the First ACL fest back in 2002, and I have actually been to every day of every ACL Fest since then (Except that one year it rained out on that Sunday).. ACL Fest has come along way since the dust fests, the dillodirt barefoot poopmud fest that came out of the dust fest, and I remember one Sunday that it hit 107 when the fest was still in September.

Regardless of what you think of ACL fest, it is one the best bang for your buck fest if you are open to different genres of music. The average ticket to a show at ACL’s Moody theater seems to go for around $70 these days. so with the fest at $255 a weekend this year, you basically make your money back after after 4 top tier bands.

Traci at ACL Fest 2002.

Check out the line up BELOW and get your tickets at 10AM (May 4th) on the ACL Fest site.

JAY Z (added late)

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
CHANCE THE RAPPER
THE KILLERS
GORILLAZ
MARTIN GARRIX
THE XX
ICE CUBE
RYAN ADAMS
SOLANGE
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
RUN THE JEWELS
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
SPOON
VANCE JOY
ZHU
GLASS ANIMALS
TOVE LO
MILKY CHANCE
PORTUGAL THE MAN
BONOBO
CUT COPY
CRYSTAL CASTLES
ASAP FERG
FIRST AID KIT
RUFUS Du SOL
RUSS
D.R.A.M.
SKEPTA
LOUIS THE CHILD
SUPERDUPERKYLE
ROYAL BLOOD
ALISON WONDERLAND
THE REVIVALISTS
CODY JINKS
THE BLACK ANGELS
ANGEL OLSEN
O.A.R.
GETTER
DANNY BROWN
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
BADBADNOTGOOD
MUTEMATH
YULFPECK
THE GROWLERS
CAR SEAT HEADREST
BROODS
JOSEPH
HAMILTON LEITHAUSER
DREAMCAR
GRACE VANDERWAAL
BROTHERS OSBORNE
BENJAMIN BOOKER
RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE
BIG WILD
MUNA
WHITNEY
THUNDERCAT
JACOB BANKS
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS
THE LEMON TWIGS
DAY WAVE
BIBI BOURELLY
MISSIO
TASH SOLTANA
MIDDLE KIDS
MONDO COZMO
OUGHT
SKIP MARLEY
VALERIE JUNE
COIN
SIGRID
AJR
ASGEIR
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
SAM DEW
DEAP VALLY
(SANDY) ALEX G
DREAMERS
THE BAND 0F HEATHENS
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
DALE AND RAY
LA FEMME
KAREN ELSON
AND MANY MORE

Pecan Street Festival

Posted by ballerat | Festivals

Pecan Street Festival

by Dominic Mondragon

The first time I “legally” drank on the street (not in a bar) on sixth street, was at Pecan Street Festival. The festival’s name comes from the previous name of the world-renowned and twice renamed “Dirty Sixth.” Fun Austin fact… all the numbered streets used to be named after trees downtown, and all the cross streets are named after Texas rivers, in geographical order, from north to south (with the exception of Congress Ave.).

The fest is held twice a year, Spring and Fall, and this Spring it is going to be held the weekend of May 6th (11AM – 10PM) and May 7th (11AM – 8PM).

Now in its 40th year, this is an all ages event and free to the public. Besides the 300+ arts and crafts booths, vendors also sell food and alcohol, which you can legally drink on the street while you walk around, within the fest limits.

One of the biggest attractions is the free music. There are usually 3 stages, and the music starts at noon each day. The headliners are not as big as they have been in previous years, but there are a ton of great local bands showcasing their talent for those who care to stop by. You can see the full music line up here!

One of my favorite things about this fest, is that a lot of bars open up early. You can grab a drink, take a seat by an open window of your least favorite Austin bar, and people watch. The event is dog friendly, and you will see tons of them.

Parking can be a bitch, but it is downtown on a weekend, and we all know this already. I suggest getting there early to get a good space, or even better use public transportation and ride share so you can drink a little more and maybe make a day of it.

For more information, please visit the official website. 

 

Blues on the Green 2017

Austin’s largest FREE concert series is back for its 27th season at Zilker Park for 4 shows:

May 24th, June 14th, July 12th, & Aug 2nd

The first show has been announced for May 24 and features Jamestown Revival with Walker Lukens!

All shows start at 8pm, but we suggest getting there no later than 6pm so you can park, get a good seat, and enjoy the view before the show starts at 8pm!

Bring your dog, sunscreen, a blanket, plenty of water, friends, money for food and drinks, and low back chairs.

 

Save the dates. Instead of announcing the line up all at once like they do every year, this year they will be announcing each show one at a time.

For more information including where to park, check out the official website.

 

 

**TICKET GIVEAWAY ALERT**

Get ready to bust out your pastels and floppy hats because we’re giving one lucky winner a pair of hospitality passes to Victory Cup Derby Day & Polo Match on Saturday 5/6! See below for the deets!

TASTING TENT PASS: $100 value
Invite only

A kid friendly and pet friendly event, the invite only Tasting Tent pass includes the General Admission Pass plus gives you access to the Wine & Food Festival Tasting Tent.

With this invite only pass you will enjoy dozens of tastings of wine, beer and liquor from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and also enjoy a day of thrilling polo, intense rivalry, fashion and luxury automobiles.

Food, drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for sale all day.

How do you win?
1) Like Ballin’ On A Budget & this post
2) Comment on this post and tag a friend
3) Like The Victory Cup

Winner will be announced on Friday. See you on the polo field

Float Fest 2017

Posted by ballerat | Festivals

Float Fest 2017

by Dominic Mondragon

Although only 4 years young, I am pretty sure you have heard of Float Fest. This annual music festival has grown substantially over the last two years, and has now become a beast. The fest takes place off Scull Rd in Martindale, just east of San Marcos. It is a two day fest and takes place July 22nd and 23rd this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s line up includes:

Zedd, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, MGMT,  Passion Pit, Mac Miller, Girl Talk, Snakehips, Neon Indian, Moon Taxi, Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Wild Child, and more!

 

This year the price of admission also includes camping so you don’t have to worry about drinking and going home and coming back. You can stay on site, and party into the night both nights of the festival!

And besides for the camping and music, there is of course the float part. You can buy a 1 or 2 day pass to float the river during the day. That is the only part of the fest that we haven’t tried yet, and plan to do this year. They have also added a Carnival to the festival. I am excited to see what that is going to be like!

For more information on the festival, including ticket purchase (buy them before prices go up June 7th), you can visit floatfest.net.

 

Euphoria Fest

Posted by ballerat | Festivals

by Melissa Hoffman

eu·pho·ri·a
noun
a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.
“the euphoria of success will fuel your desire to continue training”
synonyms: elation, happiness, joy, delight, glee

I’m sure there are countless things that come to mind when reading the definition above; playing with puppies, devouring an entire bowl of Funfetti cake batter, and the first sip of that free margarita to name a few. For over 50,000 music lovers it means Euphoria Music Festival.

Euphoria is a four day camping music festival taking place April 6th-9th on the beautiful 55 acre grounds of Carson Creek Ranch in Austin.  While the primary genre is electronic music this festival offers a little something for everyone by bringing in hip hop, indie, and jam band artists for your listening pleasure. The 2017 lineup is stacked as always and includes Alesso, Chromeo, Pretty Lights Live, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, Zeds Dead, The Disco Biscuits, The Floozies, Knife Party, and many many more.

If you aren’t sold on the music alone, Euphoria is really focusing on enhancing the all-around experience for its attendees this year. They will be partnering with Art Outside to introduce the Art Outside Village which will organize various activities such as art installations, unique workshops, and yoga. What makes these additions even more awesome is that they are opening them up to anyone who has something nifty to contribute. If you have an artistic contribution that you would like to share with your fellow festival-goers you can apply here. Life tip- don’t hesitate, just DO IT!

For those of you that lack in the creative department but want to get involved don’t fret! The Fest is bringing back its work exchange volunteer program and is currently looking for passionate folks just like you. In exchange for only 15 hours of your time (broken up into three five-hour shifts) you will receive a GA 3-day pass and a camping pass. That is of course in addition to meeting wonderful people and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Talk about ballin’ on a budget! If this sounds right up your alley you can head to this link to get your app in.

If you are sold on the festival but aren’t too keen on fully immersing yourself in the camping lifestyle, I suggest that you strongly reconsider. To each their own but in my festival experience there is nothing like waking up on the festival grounds with your adopted community and embracing that “this is life now” mentality. Euphoria offers numerous camping options so you are sure to find the perfect fit. There have also been some serious improvements made this year based on feedback from past campers. For example; additional space per campsite, option for early check-in on Wednesday, and a shuttle service to get your gear to your site. That last one is a game changer people. If you haven’t attended in the past, let’s just say it took impeccable stacking skills and balance to cart all of your shi*t up and down hills before you finally reached the camp grounds. The people struggled- Euphoria listened.

Now that was a lot to take in but I hope that it got you as excited as I am for the sixth annual Euphoria Festival! Tickets are still on sale so I suggest you rally some troops, create some bitchin play lists to get pumped up, and get ready to get down and dirty on the banks of the Colorado River.

Full line-up Here

Tickets available Here