Austin Lifestyle February 2016: Super Bowl Bashes, Marathons and Carnaval

February tends to be one of Austin’s slowest months for events as the city gears up for the massive SXSW festivals in March. But there’s still plenty to do in town.

The first weekend of the month is all about football. The Super Bowl is typically the most watched event of the year worldwide, and, for most of us, it has all the elements of a holiday – a break from work, delicious snacks, friends, family and fun. After that, many people will be shifting gears and thinking about how to show their sweethearts just how special they are on Valentine’s Day.

For the most fit amongst us, there’s the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, which have grown through the years and are now among the most well-known running events in the country. And, presuming there’s good weather, you can enjoy it from the sidelines by pulling up a lawn chair on South Congress Avenue.

Now, let’s take a look at all the top events in Austin this month.


Feb. 6: Puppy Bowl 2016

Before you watch men face off in an epic championship football game, get your cuddles on with the Austin Humane Society’s Puppy Bowl. This the event’s 9th year, and the Humane Society is offering discounted adoptions, games, vendors and more.

When: 12-2 p.m.
Where: 124 W. Anderson Lane
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Feb. 7: Super Bowl 50

Bars and restaurants across the city are offering special deals on beer, pizza, wings and all the other goodies you might want to dig into during one of the biggest sporting in the world. But, for most, this is an event shared inside a warm home with friends and family. This year’s game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos.

When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: The game is in San Francisco, and it’s broadcast on CBS
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Feb. 14: Austin Marathon and Half Marathon

Show off your New Year’s resolutions by digging in for the long haul runs. The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon have grown into one of the nation’s top running events. It counts as a qualifying run for the Boston Marathon, and, if you’re not that ambitious, don’t worry — walking is allowed.

When: The races start at 7 a.m.
Where: The first few miles of the race are up South Congress Avenue. That’s one of the best places to watch.
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Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day

Candle lit dinner at home? Reservations at a fancy restaurant? A full-fledged adventure? Whatever you do, just don’t forget. Here’s a list of things going on in Austin in celebration of Cupid’s favorite day.


Feb. 22: Austin Lamb Jam

What’s the best lamb dish in Austin? Some of the area’s top chefs will share their best creations for an all out taste test. Wine, craft beers and games round out this delicious event.

When: 3-6 p.m.
Where: Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Road
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Feb. 27 Carnaval Brasileiro

Love to dance? Enjoy the bright colors and decorative attire of a Brazilian festival? If so, Carnaval is for you. It’s packed with awesome outfits, delicious food and drink and a ton of enticing, rhythmic samba music for your dancing pleasure.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
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Maxavenue Staff