Early Bird Barbecue Dinner at Cooper’s (off site early Thursday evening)
This will be held at a very popular, delicious local restaurant, Copper’s, near the hotel. Come enjoy some real Austin, TX barbecue deliciousness. Restaurant is with in walking distance from the Hotel.
Golf and Fellowship (off site Friday morning)
This CAWS tradition will continue this year at an iconic Austin golf course ShadowGlen. Transportation and a golf cart are provided as well as a bag of goodies, breakfast tacos and prizes. This is an event you don’t want to miss.
Disc Golf!!!! (off site Friday morning)
Join us at Zilker Park for a fun round of Disc Golf. If you haven’t played before, no worries, no experience required. Cliff W. will be leading this event and providing the supplies for this fun-filled event. Come relax, smoke a cigar and have some fun.
Taste of Austin Dinner (Friday early evening)
Five local iconic Austin food trucks on site selling tasty food on site at the Convention hotel. Food includes tacos, barbecue and of course, it’s hot in Texas, so ice cream, too! We will also have live music and other entertainment, too.
Recovery’s Got Talent (Friday later evening)
This is not your everyday talent show but, will be produced on a big stage. We will have a “celebrity” judge and 2 other judges and an MC judging our finest local talent. Please join us for this amazing event.
Legendary Keep Austin Weird Block Party (Saturday evening)
This will be an event to remember. Set in the front parking area of the Convention Hotel, this Street/Block party will have happenings both inside and outside. There will be murals of several iconic Austin locations, street performers, armadillo races, and great memorable fun. A grilled lunch is provided which is included in the price and not to mention, live music.
CA Divas (Saturday later evening)
A full on drag show you cannot miss. These performers are fully vetted drag queens and kings who will have your rethinking your life. Bring some cash to make these Kings and Queens shake that a$$. Warning- not children friendly.
Sunday Morning Fun Run/Walk (Sunday morning early)
Run, don’t walk to join us for this Convention tradition. The course is literally out of the back door of the Convention Hotel and the price includes a specifically designed T-shirt to memorialize your participation in this event. Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination; it is not a race. Enjoy the view as it is around the beautiful Lady Bird Lake.
The Silent Disco Experience (Sunday after the banquet and speaker)
For the 1st time ever, CAWS is having a silent disco. Several DJ’s play music at the same time which is only heard through headphones. There is no music in the room itself. Shake your groove as you listen to great music which fits your taste with your friends from all over the world. Also included are a disco ball, glow in the dark props and glow stick to be included. You don’t want to miss this.
Late Night Lounge (each night late night in the lobby of the Zilker Ballroom on-site)
We were able to have the Starbucks agree to stay open each Convention night all night. So, we set up a lounge area where you can come congregate with friends and fellowship members from around our C.A. world. We will have two resident DJ’s play each night and some live music interspersed as well throughout the weekend. A great way to wind down after a wonderful convention day each day.
STARBUCKS will be open for 24 hrs throughout the convention!!!!!
Other Ticketed Events: These Events feature some of Austin’s more interesting things to do. We have just bought some tickets for these and will simply sell them to those that are interested. Transportation to each is on your own (they are close to the Hotel or at the Hotel (Bat Bridge Cruise), so a short shared taxi or ride share will get you there. Please order these sooner than later, as quantities are limited. A quick thumbnail of each is as follows:
***We need some time to re-work on these with the new dates***
Esther’s Follies: This variety show is filled with magic, dance, political commentary and more. Voted as the #1 thing to do in Austin on several websites.
Stubb’s Gospel Brunch: *This event is sold out * A unique Austin event that is a full on gospel choir at an amazing barbecue restaurant which is walking distance from the Convention Hotel.
Bat Bridge Cruise: This small bat cruise leaves the dock just behind the Hotel. The dock is just 2 minutes from the back patio of the Convention hotel. This famous boat cruise takes tourists to view the legendary bats that live under the Congress Bridge that fly out near sunset each evening. This cruise leaves on Friday night before dusk.