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The Wild Standard Photo by Ellie Koleen; Apis Food Photos by Paul Brick, Sign Photo by Robert Lerma; Austin Detours Photo by Elizabeth Alderson; Skyspace Photo by Florian Holzherr; Keep Austin Weird Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons; Austin Bed & Brew Photo by Cynthia Houchin.

Off the Beaten Path Whether you enjoy food, music, history, sports, alcohol or just about anything else, Austin Detours has a themed outing to suit your interests. Join a regularly scheduled public tour — like the popular “Live Music Crawl” on Friday nights, whisking you to three iconic live music venues running the musical gamut — or choose from nearly 20 other handcrafted experiences. “Sunday Funday,” for example, kicks off with a rollicking gospel brunch and wraps up with a boat cruise on Lady Bird Lake. History buffs may enjoy the “Life of LBJ” detour, an in-depth exploration of the 36th president, including stops at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, the Texas White House and LBJ Ranch. 602 E. 4th St.; austindetours.com

Get Weird The 13th annual Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K is slated for Saturday, June 27, at The Long Center. Billed as “the slowest race ever,” runners don their weirdest costumes and make their way through 10 strange and wonderful “Fun Stops” along the course. Benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank, this year’s celebrity dunking booth will be filled with tangy Stubb’s BBQ Sauce and the costume contest winner will receive a year’s worth of ice cream from Austin-based Amy’s Ice Creams. The festival’s Sideshow will also feature oddities ranging from a smelly chamber to a toe wrestling contest. 701 W. Riverside Drive; keepaustinweirdfest.com

Home Brewed Everything is Illuminated James Turrell’s “The Color Inside” Skyspace is a free, permanent installation on the University of Texas campus presented by the university’s public art program, Landmarks. This naked eye rooftop observatory features an oculus that captures the variation of natural light and colors at sunrise and sunset. A lifelong pilot, Turrell’s inspiration stems from his love of the sky. This is the 84th Skyspace in his series and just one of 12 open to the public in the U.S. 2201 Speedway at 22nd St.; turrell.utexas.edu

Made for craft beer enthusiasts and adventurous travelers alike, Austin Bed & Brew is a lovers’ loft filled with all the essentials: chilled craft beer in the fridge; an intimate music nook packed with instruments including a piano, violin and guitar; and a cozy, lofted sleeping area perched atop a ladder. With outdoor showers and mounted bottle openers in most rooms, this colorful retreat clocks in at just 438 square feet, but includes an award-winning wildlife habitat and a 17-year-old mature garden brimming with herbs, veggies and fragrant flowers like the Cécile Brunner rose. 1506 Dartmouth Ave., austinbedandbrew.com THE DISCOVERY ISSUE

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