Archie is happy this is coming back this year...The Trail of Lights Festival/2011...Dec 9-18th!Â It will be funded by sponsors and the community, so make sure you have $5 per head, with kids 10 and under Free!Â Â What your 5 bucks is going towards:The returning festival will host 35 lighted holiday-themed displays from 6â10 p.m. each night. Along with the displays, the festival boasts many family-friendly events such as concerts, new versions of traditional exhibits, carolers, flash mobs, a Circle of Charities and a community stage featuring choirs and choruses, dance troupes and childrenâs performance groups.One of the trailâs new additions is the ImageCraft Exhibitsâsponsored Santaâs Pavilion, an enhanced version of the Santaâs House exhibit featuring a stage where children can meet Santa and watch him from the trail. Also new for 2011 is the Austin Trailer Food Court.âAustin is well-known for its trailer food scene, so weâre tapping into those vendors to see if they want to vend on-site,â saidÂ Amy Vercruysse, Trail of Lights executive co-producer and spokeswoman. âFamilies have the option to have a dinner on-site at the trail of lights, where that option had been pretty limited in the past.âClick for more!Â Are you planning on going?Archie thought he's throw out someÂ Lady G spirit. It's stuck in his head.Â [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/gAa1Csf695U" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those in the services who have lost their
lives serving our nation.Â Big Love to those who are still fighting for us so we
have the freedoms that we many times takeÂ for granted. Here are a few sites where you can show support: -Wound Warrior Project -USO-militaryfamily
Archie thought he'd throw out some ideas for the weekend!
May it be aÂ Happy & Safe one!!!'WhatÂ to do in/around ATX for the big weekendÂ in no particular order
1.) Capital of Texas Triathlon- Monday 5/30
The Capital of Texas Triathlon has become an exciting event that happens downtown in the Capital of Austin, Texas. Attracting first timers, relay-ers, age groupers, and Professional triathletes from around the globe. One of the most exciting and spectator friendly races in the country! Race,Watch,Volunteer, or Sponsor today! Races include - First Timers Tri, Sprint Triathlon, Olympic Triathlon, ITU, and Sprint and Olympic Relay.2.) Doggie Du Dash- Sunday 5/29
Dog Duathlon at Lady Bird Lake. The Doggie Du DashÂ is an exciting event that happens downtown in the Capital of Austin, Texas. Attracting all atheletic ability levels for both dog and human athlete. Texas' first Dog Duathlon. May 29, 2011 - 8:00 AM. Come Race,Â Watch, or Sponsor!
3.)Zilker Hillside Theater- Austin Shakespears Festivals 'Love's Labours Lost'
Friday 5/27, Saturday 5/28 & Sunday 5/29 - All days 8pm start4.) Austin Sketch Fest- Thursday 5/26- Sunday 5/29The second annual Austin Sketch Fest is happening Memorial Day weekend 2011, and will showcase the very best scripted comedy America has to offer. Organized by ColdTowne Theater, the 2010 festival was a resounding success, with sell out shows all weekend and talent from across the country, and we intend to make things bigger and better in 2011. Ticket info here5.)Picnic at one of the many beautiful area parksClick hereto get a list of parks and find out fees, times and park rules.
Â 6.)Â Camping and boating areas
Click here for the 4117.) Six Flags Fiesta TexasÂ Â with White Water Bay opened Saturday 5/28-Monday/Memorial Day 5/30
Click Here for 4118.)Sea World San AntonioClick here for 4119.) Movies over the weekend
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10.) Live Music/shows over the weekend starting Thursday 5/26
Click here for the 411from Do 51211.) Schlitterbahn/ New Braunfels-
Click here for the 411 and directions12.) Round Rock Express vs Iowa Cubs Friday 5/27-Monday 5/30
Click here for the 411 and ticket info!13.)The 2011 Austin Wine and Music Festival- Saturday 5/28 & Sunday 5/29
in the backyard of The Domain! Â Click here for the 411!14.) Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival- FridayÂ 5/27 thru Sunday 5/29Click here for 411More Fun to be found:Austin 360Austin ChronicleDO512More helpful Memorial Day Weekend tibits:-ABIA-make sure you arrive at your terminal early. Suggested 2 hours beforeÂ if you are flying before 8am and 90 minutes early if you
are flying after 8am. TSA check points open at 4am!!- Click or Ticket- APD's finest will be handing out tickets with fines up to $250 for unbuckled seat belts for drivers & passengersLCRA- Info on lake levels, boat ramps and parks-Capital Metro- Memorial Day Schedule and street closures/detours due to 'Capital of Texas Triathlon'- Cab list- Don't drink and drive. Call a cab-TX DOT- Road conditions- 1-800-452-9292-Weather- latest conditions- Restaurants- good eats from Food Hawk-APD-numbers you might need- 6th Street 411 -club, dining, retail, live music...-Shopping/Malls: Barton Creek Square MallThe DomainRound Rock Premium OutletsSan Marcos Outlets