Fun Stop 5K & Fest: A Fun Run With Unique Twists

June 12, 2018 8:26 am

Most races don't include a foam pit or a slip 'n slide, but the Fun Stop 5K & Fest isn't most races. It's a distinctly Austin experience—in fact, it used to be called the "Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K." So when you show up for the fun run and festival on Saturday, June 23rd, expect the unexpected.

The run kicks off at 6 p.m. at The Long Center on Riverside Drive. As you jog alongside friends, don't worry about your race time. Make plenty of pit stops to enjoy the fun along the race route. Stop for a shot of tequila at the Ghost Splash Stop or a nip of vodka at Tito's Shot Stop. Zip down the Clif Slip 'N Slide or plow through the organic foam at the Super Fun Foam Pit. Snap a photo as you smooch a pup at the Puppy Kissing Booth or help a friend cool down when you squirt him with a water gun at Super Soaker Street. Then at the festival at the finish live, enjoy live music and food as the evening wears on. Registration is $32 for the 5K and festival.

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Celebrate Your Dad at the Road Relics’ Father’s Day Antique Car Show

June 8, 2018 8:15 am

Instead of getting your dad a gift for this Father's Day, plan a special outing together. Take him to the Road Relics’ Father's Day Antique Car Show, a longstanding tradition in your community. Now in its 18th year, the annual Father's Day Car Show brings families together every year around this time.

Bring Dad and the rest of your family to the large, grassy field at North Lamar and 51st Street for the car show on Sunday, June 17th. It kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs for five hours, which should be plenty of time to explore the roster of vintage and classic roadsters. Although the exact lineup changes each year, the previous show drew more than 350 awe-inspiring vehicles—so you should plan to spend the whole afternoon at the show. Admission is free.

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Splash Into Spring at the Barton Springs Pool, a Natural Oasis

June 1, 2018 8:05 am

The Barton Springs Pool claims three acres of Zilker Park's sprawling 358 acres, and it's space well used. The pool has been around for decades—it's even where Robert Redford learned to swim on a family vacation. He was only five years old. The natural pool continues to welcome guests today who want to go for a dip in its warm waters.

Natural underground springs feed the large, long pool, so its temperature rarely goes below 70 degrees. With lifeguards on watch during the summer months, it's a safe spot to practice your backstroke or just go wading in the sparkling waters. From a few inches deep to 18 feet deep, the pool has areas that are appropriate for both new swimmers and seasoned swimmers. Bring along a towel to stretch out on the soft grass, where you can take sunbathing breaks in between laps.

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