September 24-25, 2010

What to do in Austin

  

Besides being the capital of Texas, Austin is a vibrant city known for being the “live music capital of the world.”  Check out world-famous bands or discover new ones at places such as Stubb’s and the Continental Club.  Peruse the wide selection of CDs and vinyl at Waterloo Records.  If reading is more of your thing, pick up a good book at the independently owned BookPeople. 

Late September is the perfect time to visit Austin.  The weather will be warm, but not the 100+ degree days we get in the summer.  You may want to make your way to the 351-acre Zilker Park to fly a kite, take a canoe out on Lady Bird Lake, or perhaps go for a dip in the always refreshing Barton Springs.

Great Tex-Mex and interior Mexican food can be found throughout Austin – make sure to try the queso at Torchy’s.  New York-style pizza can be found at Home Slice.  If you are willing to make the 45-minute drive to Driftwood, TX, you can experience the Salt Lick, one of the finest barbecue joints in Texas (just remember to BYOB and bring cash).  Plus, the food cart scene has hit Austin with a vengeance; if you seek casual, cheap dining, just head to South Congress or South 1st St.  And did you know that Whole Foods’ flagship store calls Austin home? 

Keep Austin weird.


More information:
A Brief History of Austin
Capital Metro (bus)
Good eats
Cafes
Music venues
Historic walking tours
Zilker Park