ROOFTOP ICE SKATING

Every winter, the Whole Foods on Lamar–the Whole Foods Flagship–sets up an ice skating rink for anyone and everyone to enjoy and to help us pretend that we live in a region that actually has a true winter (although it has snowed here in ATX on more than one occasion thus far!). IMG_1292.JPG

It is set up on the plaza rooftop, where Whole Foods hosts a plethora of other events, which is really a unique idea.

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Ten dollars will get you a pair of ice skates and entry into the rink to skate for as long as your legs can handle. Or for as long as you can handle these frigid temperatures, since it is outside.

Now, I know what you are thinking- an ice skating rink on the roof? How big can this thing really be? But not to worry! You aren’t actually on the roof, just the roof of the plaza. This will be the 13th season so they have perfected every last detail. Your only concern is how many people may see you fall. Or is that just mine?

The rink is open daily from 10 AM – 9 PM, and if you go on a Friday you can jam out with KUTX for its KUTX Music Fridays series.

Whether you’re a regular Michelle Kwan or just starting out, it’s a must-do for everyone!

Whole Foods Market Lamar, Rooftop Plaza

525 N Lamar Blvd.

512-542-2200

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ACL: THE MUSIC FESTIVAL (NOT WHAT YOU TORE PLAYING SOCCER)

For those of you who don’t know what ACL is, it is an annual music festival held right here in the heart of Austin, Texas. It’s actually called Austin City Limits, and is one of the largest events held each year.

Each year, about 450,000 music lovers come to Austin to attend one of the two sold-out weekends of music and food. Located in Zilker Park, there are eight stages spread throughout where artists of all different genres perform throughout the weekends. If you’re a music and festival lover, then this is totally your scene.

Ticket prices can be a little steep, but if you’re the risky, play-everything-by-ear type, then you are likely to scalp a super cheap ticket right outside of the park during the day. Now don’t quote me on that, because it’s obviously not a guarantee. BUT, if you’re in the area and not totally set on spending a ton of money then it’s worth a shot. You’ve really got nothing to lose.

I am not the festival lover type, but I have to say that ACL proved to be a fun time when I went last year, and I can see the thrill people get from attending these types of festivals. I think that everyone living in the Austin area should attend ACL at least one time during their time here. My one time was last year, and it was also probably my last time. But hey, to each his own, right?

As we all should know by now, Austin is known for its music (duh) and its food. And ACL offers nothing short of both of those. Featuring over 130 musical artists and who knows how many different local food vendors, you are almost guaranteed to walk out of Zilker with a ringing in your ears and a smorgasbord of classic Austin food in your belly. And maybe even a sunburn.

Do your research and plan accordingly for next year. What are you waiting for?

P.S. Since I didn’t attend this year, here are some pics from last year.

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Me and the roomie a little lost and unsure of where to go. Clearly we didn’t do our research.

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No zoom on this Mumford & Sons performance! Yay for waiting out the crowds.

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Up close and personal with Mumford & Sons.