Pemberton Music Festival (+ Jewelry Giveaway!)

Ahhhh, summer. The time of year when everyone wants to be outside all the time, the short shorts come out, and you blast your favorite summer tunes. But one of the best parts of summer is when all those things come together and form a wonderful escape from reality, also known as a music festival. "Festy season" is upon us, and we had such a fun time travelling back to our home province of British Columbia in Canada and making the beautiful 2 hour drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to our local Pemberton Music Festival. We camped, we danced, we sweated our make up off, and we came home full of new memories and friends. Here's some of the highlights! 

Boyfriend

Boyfriend

Chromeo

Chromeo

When we weren't fawning over Father John Misty, we were running from stage to stage, taking in all the amazing energy and just having some fun in the sun. Pemberton, BC is a beautiful small town and the festival was situated in the most beautiful setting - does it get much better than a valley surrounded by mountains with the sun shining way past dinner time? 

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Billy Talent

Billy Talent

The festival was bright and playful, with fun misting tents, a central pagoda for chilling out, and The Lounge with free wifi (essential). Half the fun of festival season is festival fashion, and we were proud to rock some of the jewelry from local Vancouver designer Kat Made Jewelry, as seen here. To help you rock your own festival flare this summer, we're giving away her rad coin necklace (as seen on Elaine here). To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your favorite song of the summer!

Pemberton had such a varied lineup that it was really fun to bounce from stage to stage, and "Basscamp" was always the place full of the best vibes. Fun fact, it's the same stage as Coachella! We loved sets from awesome electronic acts like Cut Copy, Ryan Hemsworth, Jack LNDN, and Banks, plus the outrageous dancey headliners like Duke Dumont and Jack U (hellooo, Diplo + Skrillex!). 

Cut Copy

Cut Copy

It wasn't just headliners like Weezer and the Black Keys though, and "indie" acts like Passion Pit, Portugal the Man, Dan Mangan and the Blacksmiths, and Broken Social Scene had a special place in our hearts too. We also LOVED how many Canadian artists were represented! Canada has such an amazing local music scene and it was great to see how much talent we have.

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Tobias Jesso Jr.

The Sam Roberts Band

The Sam Roberts Band

Passion Pit

Passion Pit

Portugal the Man

Portugal the Man

It wasn't all rock and roll, and with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar headlining the festival, there was an awesome hip hop scene too. Our favorite sets though had to be Ludacris and Missy Elliot...because really, who can compare?!? All our childhood dreams came true (and we swear we locked eyes with Missy...)

All in all it was an amazing festival and we can't wait for next year! Hard to believe such a good time is so close to home.

J. Cole

J. Cole

Ludacris

Ludacris

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

Probably The Coolest Place in East Austin

East Austin is full of life, from the cocktail bars to vintage stores and every breakfast taco in between. As much as we love beautiful spaces, we love community even more, which is why we're so happy to share 913 Collective with you! The address houses a book shop, vintage shop, art gallery, food truck, and yes, even a coffee shop and it's all run by local, independent business owners. 

First up is Flat Track Coffee, Austin's local micro-roastery which operates in a teeny, tiny minimalist coffee shop. There's no wifi or food, and only a few bar stools, but the coffee is stellar and the outdoor space is rad. Where else can you find a slingshot to amuse yourself?

Farewell Books is a new and used book shop that's full of unique pictures, records, and stories. It feels like you can browse their zine collection for hours, and they have work from both local and emerging authors and artists. 

You'll also find an art gallery / pop-up shop that rotates every few weeks, so you always have a reason to return! While we were visiting, the artist-in-residence was Cast + Crew from Marfa, Texas and we were obsessed with their "lucky horseshoes" - how cool are they? 

And last but certainly not least is Las Cruxes Vintage, a curated collection of beautiful goods, records, local jewerly, and yes, vintage. You can stay up-to-date with all their community events here, and be sure to visit 913 Collective when you're in Austin! 

Oh, and we can't forget the food trailer: Shhmaltz makes a mean vegan reuben! Who says Texas is all pulled pork and BBQ? Check it out for yourself at 913 E Cesar Chavez, and discover more of our recommended local gems in our East Austin Guide here. 

Thanks for reading, and a special thanks to Tourism Texas for flying us down to the Lone Star State! 

Your Local Guide to Austin, Texas

 After all our wine tasting and touring Texas Hill Country, it was time to explore the chill city of Austin, Texas. We're happy to report that Austin is actually as cool as everyone says it is, and we loved the laid back vibe and greenery everywhere. We left with happy hearts and full bellies, and we're so excited to share all the beautiful local gems we found during our visit with our latest city guide! We covered the neighborhoods of East Austin, South Congress, and Downtown, and this is a little overview. Special thanks to Texas Tourism for all their southern hospitality <3 

East Austin is by far our favorite 'hood, and it's full of independent shops, local art, and so much good food. Okay, that also describes pretty much all of Austin, which is probably why we love it so much. One of the most unique places to visit was the building at 913 South Cesar Chavez Street, which is home to the roastery Flat Track Coffee, the vintage boutique Las Cruxes, and Farewell Bookshop

Byron & Blue is a spacious and chic boutique that we instantly adored, and we loved their prints by local artists and vintage collection. Bonus is that Wright Brothers Brew & Brew is next door, which is both a coffee shop and craft beer stop. Pretty perfect, right?

Hillside Farmacy is a lovely place to sit back, relax, and listen to jazz over a plate of oysters. Across the street is Quickie Pickie, our favorite spot for Austin's tradition of breakfast tacos, proving that any time is taco time. 

We loved the southern inspiration at Charm School Vintage, and the Al Pastor taco at Veracruz All Natural was unreal. One of the best meals we had was the chicken thighs at Launderette, which is housed in - you guessed it - a renovated laundromat! Whether you walk or bike around, East Austin is a welcoming place for creatives, and you can view our full East Austin guide here

While the downtown core in a lot of cities often leaves you wanting more, Downtown Austin is pretty awesome. There's a ton of culture, street art, and eclectic restaurants to keep you busy (and loving every minute of wandering). La Condesa is a modern spin on Mexican street food, and they have the best patio for people-watching and an amazing happy hour. Plus, guacamole tasting menus! Easy Tiger is the place to be for a beer, or even a game of ping pong. Gourdough's Public House is full of crazy, ginormous donuts and a menu that's basically all donut cuisine. Think donut burgers, chicken and donuts, etc. 

Fixe Austin is a new, modern southern restaurant that we are pretty obsessed with. The dining rooms are all decorated differently, and the food is a really unique take on southern staples like grits. For the love of Texas, you must get the grits! 

The Four Seasons Austin may not sound like a local thing to do, but it actually is! It was voted best brunch in the city by locals, and it's situated right on Lady Bird Lake, which is the perfect place to go for a stroll around the park or enjoy a drink in their garden. For more, explore our Downtown Austin guide here. 

South Congress is the artistic and free-spirited neighborhood of Austin, with so much vintage to go through and so many murals to take photos with! Stag is a men's boutique for the modern-day hipster cowboy, while Feathers Boutique is a gorgeous collection of women's vintage. Uncommon Objects is a huge store full of random knick knacks and Texan gems, while Homeslice Pizza is the perfect place for pizza (and the famous Mr. Rogers mural). 

ByGeorge is a really beautiful women's boutique with a great selection of local jewelry designers, and a pretty cute pup to boot! For more fabulous finds, check out our South Congress guide here. 

We loved our time in Austin, and hope you will too. Don't forget to share your photos with us by tagging #heynowaustin so we can see them! 

Thanks to Texas Tourism for flying us down, and to all the amazing local businesses for being so friendly!