Plus, the first Nespresso Boutique store in the US will open soon in Austin.
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🤘 Party like a Longhorn
Looking down on a UT game at DKR Stadium
DKR Texas Memorial Stadium will be full of SEC fans this season.|Photo by @courseoflifealex
UT Austin will ring in its first official day in the Southeastern Conference with an all-day celebration across campus from 1-10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The SEC extravaganza is free and open to the public.

Here’s the lineup of events:
  • 11 a.m. | Free parking opens in designated parking garages and surface lots.
  • 1-5 p.m. | UT museums and centers host free activities on the Forty Acres.
  • 2 p.m. | Attractions like interactive games + activities, a Ferris wheel, a giant fun slide, and inflatables open.
  • 5 p.m. | Live music starts on the Tower Stage.
  • 5-9 p.m. | The SEC Network‘s coverage, hosted by Laura Rutledge and Peter Burns, broadcasts live at the Main Mall.
  • 8:30 p.m. | The official SEC Ceremony begins at the Tower Stage, featuring SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and several UT officials. A fireworks show immediately follows.
  • 9 p.m. | International superstar Pitbull performs.
  • 10 p.m. | The party’s over, but it’s also just begun — the Longhorns are officially in the SEC.
Fireworks exploding over the Google building and other skyscrapers in Downtown Austin.

See fireworks light up the sky at UT Austin’s campus.


Photo by Varun Yadav on Unsplash

Here’s what else to know before you go:
  • Looking for a beer? The Still Austin Music Lounge on the Tower Plaza or at Big Beertha will offer brews on tap.
  • Local food trucks will park on campus to feed hungry fans.
  • Exclusive Texas x SEC co-branded merchandise will be available for purchase for the first time — so stock up on burnt orange attire.
  • Fans will be able to take photos with Bevo XV, Smokey the Cannon, Big Bertha, the Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer, Texas Pom, and Hook ‘Em.
  • Need to brush up on your SEC knowledge? The SEC Village will present an opportunity for Longhorn fans to learn more about new conference peers.
  • See some of UT Austin’s prized possessions — aka the university’s artifacts — at Championship Corner.
What are you most excited for?

A. The Longhorns entering the SEC
B. The fireworks show
C. The Pitbull concert
D. Other
Visit Conroe
Friday, June 28
  • Say Anything | Friday, June 28 | 6 p.m. | Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St., Austin | $50-$150 | Catch the American rock band’s “Is A Real Boy” 20th Anniversary Tour with AJJ and Greet Death.
  • ATX Summer Jam | Friday, June 28 | 9:30 p.m. | Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 E. 7th St., Austin | $12 | Dance to live music performances by Moscato J, Sam Sage, Bby Eath, and Oscar2Saucy.
Saturday, June 29
  • Game Night | Saturday, June 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Jo’s Coffee South Austin, 5532 Menchaca Rd., Austin | Free | Enjoy half-off chips and salsa, queso, or frozen lemonade while you lean into your competitive side with an array of free board games.
Sunday, June 30
  • Sunday Splashdown Pool Party | Sunday, June 30 | 12 p.m.-2 a.m.| Swim Club, 701 E. 11th St., Austin | $30 pool pass or free with reservation | Make a splash at the new pool bar’s first party in its summer series, featuring drink specials, and music from vinyl DJs.
  • Copa America 2024: Venezuela vs. Jamaica | Sunday, June 30 | 7 p.m. | Q2 Stadium, 10414 McKalla Pl., Austin | $174-$902 | Venezuela and Jamaica will face off during this international tournament.
Monday, July 1
  • Sugar Land vs. Round Rock Express | Monday, July 1| 7:15 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock | $13-$72 | It’s $1 hot dog night at Dell Diamond, so eat as many weenies as your heart desires while you cheer on our local baseball team.
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News Notes
  • Shaboozey is coming to town on Friday, Aug. 23 for PBR Gambling Days. The “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” singer will serenade bull riding fans at the Ford Fan Fest stage in the Dell Technologies Plaza outside of the Moody Center. Tickets start at $26 and are on sale now.
  • We’ll have to wait a bit longer to try the fry bread tacos at Chalmers. The new bar and restaurant was slated to open today in east Austin, but announced yesterday that its new opening date is Thursday, July 4 due to unforeseen delays.
Coming Soon
  • Something new is brewing — the first Nespresso Boutique store in the US will open in The Domain at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace on Friday, July 12. Expect masterclasses, interactive experiences, and a mosiac mural + art installation by Austin artists.
  • Family-owned Bullseye Bakery will open its first storefront location in a shared space with Bar Gimmicks on Wednesday, July 3. Customers can purchase baked goods, coffee, and tea by day and drink at the local bar by night at 2007 Kramer Lane, Unit #105. (Community Impact)
  • The LEVITATION lineup is here, featuring Osees, Washed Out, Slow Dive, Gang of Four, Jesus Lizard, Soccer Mommy, and many more performers. Tickets for the music festival, which takes over multiple Austin venues Thursday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 3, are available now.
  • Stupid Cancer, a New York-based organization aimed at “making cancer suck less,” is bringing its workshops, talks, and networking opportunities to Austin for the first time. CancerCon Live 2024, geared toward teenagers and young adults affected by cancer, will run Thursday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 18.
  • Topaz McGarrigle, the frontman of Austin-based band Golden Dawn Arkestra, made his solo artist debut as TOPAZ. You can celebrate the new EP, called “The Gift,” alongside the musician tomorrow tonight at the release party.
  • Josh Smith is a standout player on the Rangers this season, but is his offensive excellence sustainable? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Texas Rangers with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
    • Looking to dine out this weekend? Make an online reservation for Olamaie or Oseyo — tables are available through Tock.*
    The Buy
    A Prime membership — because Amazon Prime Day is coming Tuesday, July 16 + Wednesday, July 17. You need a membership to be eligible for the sale prices (which are usually pretty great).
    🎶 Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
    barton springs pool on a summer day with a green lawn full of people laying on towels

    We triple-dog-dare you to jump off the diving board at Barton Springs Pool.


    Photo by ATXtoday

    Last week, we presented our Austin summer bucket list, aka your guide to making summertime as fun as it once was when you were a kid. Here’s a look at what poll-takers have crossed off the list so far:
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    Did you know Barton Springs Pool admission is waived from 5-9 a.m. and 9-10 p.m.? I took a late-night dip and braved the diving board for the first time this week. Two cannonballs and a toe touch later, I’d found my new favorite weeknight activity.
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