Happening

Happenings

SEE A NEW SIDE OF AUSTIN AT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS​

From weekly deals for pet owners and students to local tours and sightseeing full of fun facts, there’s always something amazing happening at Rowing Dock!

Monday, October 10 - All Day

mental health awareness day

Studies have shown that spending time outside, and incorporating nature into your daily life, can greatly benefit your mental and physical wellbeing. In support of “World Mental Health Day: make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority,” on Monday, October 10, you’re invited to Rowing Dock for a day of FREE outdoor programming designed to give you the opportunity to connect, reflect, and reset.

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Friday, July 28 - 2pm 

fp movement community paddle

End your week with Rowing Dock x FP Movement! Join us for a two hour, Summer Sweat community paddle at 2pm.

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Saturday, August 26 

LIMITED EDITION GUIDED TOUR: BAT FEST

Did you know Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world? Get a front row seat to Austin’s most popular bat sighting of the year, and join Rowing Dock for its limited-edition guided bat tour on Saturday, August 26th, during Austin’s annual Bat Fest! Beat the crowds on land and watch from the comfort of your own kayak as over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under Congress Avenue Bridge to their nightly feeding, while listening to the live music from Bat Fest.

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friday, May 24

moonlight paddle

Kick off your weekend with Rowing Dock for a moonlight paddle on Friday, May 24. Join us all evening long for hourly rentals and watch the sunset and the moon rise overhead (cloud cover dependent). This event is first come, first serve, but you must be on the water by 8:45pm. All boats must return by 10:00pm.

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Both ACL Weekends

Reserve Your Boats During ACL

No tickets? No problem! Reserve your boats ahead of time and listen to the music from the water. Choose from one hour, two hours or the all day rate.

Sat, July 22 7:45am - 9:15am 

TRUFUSION X ROWING DOCK SUMMER SWEAT SERIES

Join us for a morning of Pilates Fusion on the dock, followed by an hour long Stand Up Paddle on Lady Bird Lake to cool down.Stay after for coffee and donuts provided by Drumroll, and a refreshing prebiotic soda by Mayawell.

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Tues, September 12

new moon soundbath

Join ATX Yoga Girl at Rowing Dock surrounded by serene water views as we welcome in this Virgo New Moon. Set intentions and be guided through a sound journey using the wind gong, Quartz bowls + chimes to deepen relaxation as you experience this full body listening. Bathe in the vibrations and take a #COSMICNAP No experience necessary.

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sunday, May 5

Paddlepalooza

As a thank you to the Austin community, join Rowing Dock for our free-to-the-public Paddlepalooza. From open to close, Rowing Dock will provide one hour of FREE kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding to community members on a first come, first serve basis (no advance registration required).

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Saturday, October 21 

ATX PADDLE DASH

Join in on Austin's newest tradition – The ATX Paddle Dash, a first-of-its-kind kayak race on Lady Bird Lake that benefits Explore Austin. Whether you're new to paddling or you're a racing pro, we've got an option for all. Food and drinks will be provided post race, as well as an option for general admission, which will grant you one hour of paddling at your leisure.

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Every Day, before 11am

Early Bird Special: 50% Off

Earlybird gets the worm! Get 50% off your paddle EVERY DAY, Monday - Sunday, when you join us before 11am. Tap the link to learn more and for redemption details.

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Veterans Day Weekend (11/11 - 11/12)

FREE REntals for Veterans

Rowing Dock will be providing free rentals for veterans, active duty military and their families this Veterans Day Weekend. Bring any form of veteran identification to redeem.

seasonal only (june - september)

Sunset bat paddle

SPECIAL TOUR OFFERING ON SAT, AUG 26 FOR BAT FEST!On this spectacular tour, you’ll take a 2-mile paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge where you’ll watch and listen to over 1.5 million bats flying overhead en route to their nightly feeding. The 4-mile round-trip is accompanied by one of our excellent guides who will also teach you about prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, and much more. The tour is approximately two hours but please allow three hours, as the bats dictate our timing.

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April 13

Roll Colorado Roll

Join Javier Wallace from Black Austin Tours for this limited edition guided kayak tour, hosted at Rowing Dock. Guests will discover the Colorado River's centrality in the development of Austin and the surrounding region. We will do this by centering African Americans' history and experiences related to the vital waterway.

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Friday, April 19 

earth day lake & land clean up

Join us on Friday, April 19 for our third annual community wide Earth Day lake and land clean up along Lady Bird Lake! Volunteers will have the option to launch from one of three locations: Rowing Dock (West end), Epic SUP (East end), and on the trail at Festival Beach. From there, you'll select whether you would like to pick up trash by boat or by walking trails along the river.

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every day starting monday, june 3

earlybird paddler discount

Earlybird gets the worm! Head on down to Rowing Dock every day of the week before 11am, and get 50% OFF your paddle! Offer starts Monday, June 3, 2024.

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thursday, july 4

july 4 fireworks paddle

It's finally here! Join Rowing Dock for the much-anticipated July 4th Concert and Fireworks Show! The best part? You can experience all the magic from the comfort of a stand up paddle board, kayak, or canoe. Tickets sell out fast, so book em’ today!

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Every Wednesday

College Day

The eyes of Texas are upon college students on Wednesdays! Come on down to the Dock with a valid student ID and you’ll get 50% OFF any rental! This deal is good all day for regular rentals, but we do limit one vessel per college ID.

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Check out our schedule via the link below

The Kayak Clean Up Crew

Help us clean up our lake! Volunteers will get a free two-hour boat rental, a trash bag, gloves, and grabbers (you must sign up via our meet-up group to attend as each meet up group does have limited capacity). Upon your return, a Rowing Dock team member will weigh your trash bag, snap a pic and add it to our roster. As a thank you for your contribution, we’ll give you an additional free one-hour rental pass for each full bag of trash you bring to use on any future occasion.

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Every Tuesday

Yappy Hour

We always welcome your fur babies! But Tuesday is truly a day for the dogs. We’ll give you a FREE hour rental after the purchase of one hour with a barker on board.Please note, given the history of poisonous toxins found in the blue-green algae in Lady Bird Lake, if you decide to bring your pet, you are doing so at your own risk.To learn more about the history of toxic algae in Lady Bird Lake, please visit: austintexas.gov/algae

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Every Tuesday

Teacher Tuesdays

To celebrate our teachers who work tirelessly to support and educate their students, we are kicking off Teacher Tuesdays, beginning on Teacher Appreciation Day!! All teachers who bring their school identification will receive 50% off their rental every Tuesday!

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Happenings FAQs

What is Yappy Hour and College Day?

Yappy Hour and College Day are specials we offer each week. Every Tuesday we offer a Yappy Hour Special all day long. Bring your pup out for a paddle and get your 2nd Hour of regular rentals free. Every Wednesday is College Day. Bring your college ID and get 50% off any regular rental.

Do you offer lake clean up days?

Yes, we actually have lake clean up days with free paddling through Keep Ausin Beautiful. You can go to their website for details on when these days might happen.

Are your events ticketed or first come, first serve?

Each event is different. Currently, our full moon paddles will be ticketed as well as specialty events like our Fireworks July 4th paddle and Paddle for Puppies are ticketed. Yappy Hour and College Day are first come first served.

Can I bring a pet that is not a dog and receive the yappy hour discount?

Yes! In the spirit of Keep Austin Weird, we welcome all pigs, lizards, birds, cats and pretty much whatever else you can think up.Given the history of poisonous toxins found in the blue-green algae in Lady Bird Lake, if you decide to bring your pet, you are doing so at your own risk. While there were no toxins found in the latest sampling of the algae (Oct, 2020), the City of Austin is still recommending that all pet owners do not let their pets/dogs swim or drink the water in Lady Bird Lake. To learn more about the history of toxic algae in Lady Bird Lake, please visit: austintexas.gov/algae

Can I bring my cooler to ticketed events?

Sure thing, feel free to bring along whatever you like. Keep in mind there is limited space inside of boats, so small coolers generally work better. Please do not bring any glass.

Do I need to wear my life jacket during events?

While life jackets do not need to be worn during day-time events, we do require life jackets to be worn during after-hours events.