It’s time for Summer of Fun 2021, and it has a chance to be an epic. The adult krew is fully vaccinated and the kids are working on it. Over the last few weeks in May the bars, restaurants, music venues, and most other businesses are starting to fully open back up. Some are not requiring masks for fully vaccinated people. It has been a little strange going into restaurants that are at full capacity. Live music is starting to kick back into action.
ACL has officially decided to attempt a full go on the music for 2021. Tickets just went on sale in late May and fully sold out in 15 min. Pricing for tickets on the scalpers markets has prices a little less than double face value, with 3 days wrist bands starting at $500 and single day tickets starting around $300.
Shows and other events are starting to pop up and a furious rate. Most of the music clusb downtown are starting to open back up with nightly show.
Outlaw Music Festival: Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Ryan Bingham & Yola August 22
At Circuit of the Americas
- ROT Republic of Texas Motor Cycle Rally June 10-13
- Alanis Morrissett August 12
- The Black Crows Shake your Money Maker Aug 15
- Mega Death Aug 20
Waller Creek Amphitheater
Most of the Cool shows including black pumas and Shaky Graves are a few of the names playing at Stubbs this summer.
Paramount Theater has started back up it’s summer film series, and have had a few other events, but most of the shows still show as canceled for the summer, with a few already re-scheduled for late 2021. On our wish list for shows at the paramount is Three Dog Night.
Full linkup for the summer. Tables are still avalble for all shows, and general admin tickets with masks required are avalible for some shows.
- Walter “Wolfman” Washington w/ Shamarr Allen Fri, Jun 25,
- Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band – SAT · JULY 17, 2021
Fishing Trip to Port Aransas
Port A is our favorite fishing destination on the Texas Gulf coast. The hotels are decent and cheap and the beaches are decent. We typical send a few days fishing in the bays in our boat and then take one of the big charter boats out to the Gulf for Red snapper fishing. Over the past 10 years the Feds and the State of Texas have put strict limits on the Red Snapper, and as a result the fishing is now the best I’ve seen in my lifetime. The boat now routinely bring back and handful of giant 20+ lb Red Snappers. Port A is also near the North Padre Inland beach. You can drive up and down the 40 mile stretch and go camping right on the ocean front. The wind can be a little stiff, but it’s camping on the beach. Red Snapper season start on June 1, and trips on party boats start at around $80.
Boating on the Hill Country Lakes
For those looking for the Party Cove, Lake Travis’s Devils cove is the big one. You can also find party coves on LBJ and other areas of Lake Travis. The Resort at Horse Shoe bay is nice place to take the family and has great golf courses, tennis courts, and a nice pool area on lake LBJ. For the serious anglers, the fishing is best at Lake Buchanan where you can land some nice sized stripped bas. If you don’t have your own boat, Inks Lake is a cool place to go where you can rent kayaks and paddle boat. It’s also a small lake with a nice cliff jumping and swimming area. Inks Lake also has cabins and tent camping right on the lake.
One of the finest water parks in the world is located about 50 miles south of Austin in New Braunfels. You can stay at the park at one of two locations. The town provides access to tubing on the Comol and Guadalupe River just a few miles away. It is a must for our crew to make a few trips down to Schlitterbahn each summer. Other area parks include the water park at Six Flags, Typhoon in Plugerville, Rock N River in Round Rocks, Volente and Waterloo on Lake Travis
Zip Lining on Lake Travis
Things are bigger in Texas, including the zip lines. The lines go from one hill top to another across good size coves on Lake Travis. This place is sweet and worth every penny of the not so modest price tag
A new tradition in Austin is the downtown water balloon and water gun fight on 6th street. After you get soaked out in the sun, the party gets started during the middle of the day in the downtown bars. Yes it’s as fun as it sounds.
Music fest with inter tubes and camping. The lineup can be a little hip-hip-ish for some.
ROT Republic of Texas Biker Rally
The rally is officially in downtown Austin, with bikers making road trips out into the hill country all weekend. It’s one of the bigger biker events in the country and always a good time even if you don’t sport a hog. On second thought, since most of us on the GTS Surf staff have a motorcycle of some kind we don’t’ really know if it’s fun if you don’t have a 2 wheel ride.
Blues on the Green
The Free music series in Zilker Park is a great reason to go for a swim in Barton Spring and take in a show on a random Wednesday.
Willy Nelsons 4th of July Pick nick
Willy still jams it in ATX for USA’s Birthday. The event is now at Circuit of the Americas.