Family-Friendly Entertainment and Musical Performances to Complement World-Class Action Sports Competition
X Games Austin 2016 will offer six themed festival villages with a variety of entertainment and activities suited for the whole family, June 3-5 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). In addition to witnessing the world’s most accomplished action sports athletes vying for X Games medals and prize money, the Festival Villages will offer interactive games, concessions, athlete meet ‘n greets, giveaways and more.
The six festival villages will include: Galleria, Gaming Shack, Sour Punch Next X Parks, Torchy’s Tacos Playground, Vert Village and Sound Factory.
“We are excited to provide a wide array of sport, music and cultural experiences for all of our fans to enjoy,” said Tim Reed, vice president, X Games. “Our last year in Austin is set up to be a fun one and we are looking forward to ending with our best event yet!”
The hours for the Festival Villages are as follows:
Friday, June 3* 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 4* 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 5 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Sound Factory will stay open until 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
A central retail hub with large-scale sponsor activations, the Galleria will include an interactive scooter park, virtual reality experiences, mini ramp, remote control boats, airstream photo booth, treasure hunt, graffiti art, spin art, food court with local Austin food trucks, professional Slackline competition and demos, vendor shops and much more.
SOUR PUNCH NEXT X PARKS
Fans can try to become the next X Games superstar by trying out one of the professionally-designed skateboard street and BMX dirt interactive courses. Fans will also be able to test their skills on the Sour Punch obstacle course and race their friends on the remote control truck track. While in the Sour Punch Next X Parks, be sure to check out the extreme dock jumping dogs during the Ultimate Air Dog shows, offered daily.
TORCHY’S TACOS PLAYGROUND
Fans can compete with friends in a game of pop-a-shot basketball, soccer penalty kicks or baseball toss, soar to new heights while bungee jumping or defend their turf on King of the Hill. Back by popular demand, YouTube star Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel will return to X Games Austin for daily performances, plus spectators can sample Torchy’s Tacos and get a custom Torchy’s airbrush tattoo while in the Playground.
Centered around the X Games Skateboard and BMX Vert competitions, Vert Village will also offer daily pro vert demonstrations and a vertical wind tunnel for fans to experience sky diving first-hand. Other features include “Learn to Vert” sessions where spectators can learn to ride the same vert course used by the pros, a large shaded area to relax and listen to DJs spinning daily, and entertaining sponsor activations.
X Games invites gamers of all skillsets to come out to compete in the X Games Austin ESL Challenge where gamers will battle it out for amazing prizes in this open eSports tournament. Fans will also be treated to classic video games in the Gaming Shack Arcade where Pac-Man is still king.
Follows concert hours
The Sound Factory will feature a lineup of musical artists from Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, that will take place at the Sound Factory stage located at the acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater. Don’t miss X Games musical performances by Logic and G-Eazy on Friday, June 3, and All Time Low and blink-182 on Saturday, June 4. Tickets for the concerts are available at www.XGames.com.
Additional details on tickets, and full music and competition schedules are available at XGames.com/tickets. Admission to the Festival Villages is included in the price of a ticket.
Also new for 2016, X Games Austin will be offering fans shuttles from downtown Austin to X Games at Circuit of The Americas. X Games ATXPRESS Shuttle passes are available for purchase at www.xgames.com. Passes are priced at $35 per day or $99 for Friday-Sunday competition days and will include coach bus transportation from the X Games Shuttle Hub at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin to the Circuit of The Americas.
Crystal Yang Edwards, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4401, firstname.lastname@example.org