The Great Urban Race is a one-day event pitting teams of two against one another in a race combining physical challenges, scavenger hunts, and puzzles. Up to 700 twosomes will traverse 4 to 8 miles of Toronto terrain on foot and by public transportation as they solve 12 challenging clues in a fun quest to reach the finish line first. Sample clues and challenges from past Great Urban Races include charades, bubble-gum chewing, pig Latin deciphering, bicycle races, and word scrambles, making this race ideal for competitive eaters and cryptographers alike. Teams are encouraged to dress up in matching outfits, and prizes will be awarded for best costume. Prizes are also given for race results, with $300 going to first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The top 25 teams will qualify for the National Championship in New Orleans in November, with the top three teams receiving free entry. Each participant gets a T-shirt and postrace refreshments of fruit, granola bars, and a run through a Perrier sprinkler. Read over the rules and FAQs for more information.
A platinum-earning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City, is a dexterous one-man band whose blend of new wave and indie pop has earned him the allegiance of eardrums near and far. Touring in support of his latest album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City swoops through soulful tunes, making appendages wobble rhythmically while brains twirl in introspection. Sharing the stage at this all-ages jubilee is Mat Kearney, who weaves his pop instincts and smart lyricism into toe-tapping tapestries, and the instrumentalists of Unwed Sailor make a musical statement without the use of words, semaphore, or Morse code.
It's not uncommon to see diners lingering at The Dojo’s simple wooden tables after they're finished eating. In fact, the staff encourages them to take their time while enjoying their food and company. This casual, low-key ambiance, along with the communal bench-style seating and hanging paper lanterns, draws inspiration from the izakayas—pub-like eateries and sake bars—that line the streets of Japan. Remaining open late into the evening six nights a week, The Dojo keeps spirits high with drinks and a menu of classic Japanese comfort foods. Just shortly after opening, Eater Austin already honored the fledgling eatery by placing it on the September 2013 Heat Map of the city’s most buzz-worthy restaurants.
Executive Chef Moto Seto oversees the majority of the menu, staying true to the izakaya cuisine he remembered from growing up in Nagoya, Japan and working in Oaska eateries. Although Chef Moto eventually immigrated to the United States, he continued to cook in Japanese restaurants. He grew tired of the surplus of sushi and Japanese steak-house fare, however, and began longing for the authentic street foods of his home. At The Dojo, he recreates this classic comfort cuisine, filling the menu with dishes such as tempura-fried shrimp, grilled pork cheeks, and spicy edamame. The Dojo also remains true to its izakaya roots by featuring a broad selection of Japanese beers, sakes, shochus, and even Yamazaki Japanese whiskey.
A diverse, avant-garde lineup of contemporary musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists descends upon Austin during the eighth annual Fusebox Festival, which celebrates innovative works of art with more than 50 events spread across two weeks of entertainment. This year, the celebration of creativity and inventiveness will unfurl at 15 different venues throughout the city, including the Festival Hub, where acts such as David Zambrano's Soul Project and Austin's own Foot Patrol are scheduled to astound eyes and ears with energetic, music-infused dance routines. In addition to its yearly collection of stage stars, the festival keeps creative gears turning with artist interviews, presentations, and culinary attractions, further creating an atmosphere where performers and audiences alike can brush elbows and settle the age-old debate of which came first—the artist or the egg?
Sweets are elevated to an art form at That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. Bringing together expert bakers and sugar artists from across the country, the two-day event lets visitors stalk through an armada of colorful pastry masterpieces shaped like dragons, cheetahs, or cartoon characters. The competition breaks down its entrants into dozens of divisions and styles, all of which are judged according to creativity, theme, and artistry. A separate tasting competition includes entrants in the categories of time twisted cakes, pastries, canned fruits, cookies, and candies..
Admirers of the sucrose arts can also learn at the feet of celebrity bakers by purchasing one of several group lessons in subjects such as fondant inlay, figure modeling, and how best to conceal a hacksaw inside a bundt cake.