Austin, the capital and crown jewel of Texas, is a vibrant city filled with life and a unique culture all its own. There is no shortage of things to do in Austin, no matter what type of activities appeal to you. This a city that is always on the move, so the fun isn’t just limited to weekend activities.
Anyone who loves music will feel right at home in the live music capital of the world. Festival goers flock to Austin every year for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Film Festival and the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival. Many restaurants in Austin feature live music performances from local and famous musicians alike. Take Stubb’s BBQ, where they have live performances multiple times a week. And every Sunday is the Gospel Brunch, a perfect family activity to enjoy before returning to the weekly grind.
The sky’s the limit for nature lovers in this robust capital city. Mount Bonnell is a lovely attraction that is known for its local legend. It is said that if you and your significant other climb the steps of Mount Bonnell together, you will have a long and happy relationship together. True or not, there’s no denying the amazing view waiting at the top. Lady Bird Lake and Barton Springs are popular spots for taking a swim, especially during the hot summer months. And of course, there’s the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, a whopping ten-mile trail that wraps around Lady Bird Lake.
Those of the nerdy persuasion will find plenty of things to do in Austin too. Visit one of several local comic shops like Dragon’s Lair, Austin Books and Comics, and Tribe Comics and Games. Throughout the year there are multiple conventions like Ikkicon, Anime Austin, and Wizard World Comic Con. For those who miss hitting the arcade and gaming with friends, Arcade UFO and Pinballz Arcade are stocked with tons of arcade machines to sink your quarters into. And if escape rooms interest you, give Mindspark Escape Games a go. Try to solve the puzzle before time runs out!
Last but certainly not least is the culinary scene. The robust culture that is synonymous with Austin is directly reflected in its cuisine. Try Torchy’s Tacos for an interesting spin on tacos, or grab a pizza at Big Slice Pizza. If you’re too conflicted to pick just one place to try, head over to one of the many food truck parks, like The Picnic on Barton Springs Road or the East Side Food Truck park on Cesar Chavez Street.
Austin provides a countless combination of potential weekend activities for locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re on your own or taking the time to have a nice family activity on the weekend, you’ll have no trouble finding things to do and places to go. And with a motto like “Keep Austin Weird”, how can you expect anything other than a weekend full of fun and adventure?