Austin is a weird place, and that’s part of the reason it’s such a well-loved place. If you’ve lived in Austin for some time, you’re likely already aware of some of these unique Austin quirks. If you’re new to the city, get ready for a quick rundown on the in’s and out’s of some of Austin’s most confusing and endearing personality traits, or as we like to call them, Austin-isms
It’s harder to find somewhere without live music on the weekends than it is to find somewhere with it
It’s pronounced man-shack, not mahn-CHA-cah
Some of the best food in town can be found in trucks
360 loop isn’t actually a loop
Neither is Loop 1. Also, Loop 1 is called Mopac not Loop 1
You can eat some variety of tacos for every meal of the day
You’ll probably see more dogs than kids when you’re out and about
Guadalupe is pronounced gwah-dah-LOOP not gwah-dah-LOO-peh like you would think
You can’t beat the views here. If you’re moving to Austin, be sure to let your real estate agent know if a view is on your “must have” list
FM 2222 has so many different names. At any point along the length of its reach, you’ll hear it called Koenig, 2222, Allandale Rd, Bull Creek, and/or Northland Dr.
Almost every restaurant has a patio
Your 2-mile commute might take 40 minutes. Or it could take 5. It’s anybody’s guess really.
Most people in Austin aren’t from Austin. And the people who did grow up here are often referred to as “unicorns” now
There’s no shortage of outdoor activities
There’s no place quite like ATX
What are some of your favorite perks and quirks about Austin?
Join us on a guided experience through the streets of Downtown Austin on an insider experience of Austin’s best kept secret bars. We’ll sample the best craft cocktails the city has to offer—mixed up by the most creative mixologists around. You’ll also learn cool facts on the history of the craft cocktail and of the buildings themselves.
SXSW is already everywhere, but if you aren’t ready to jump into the melee just yet, here’s an event that will warm your heart and make you fall in love with this city all over again. Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at their Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of The Dark Knight.
If you’ve never been to this amazing place, it’s a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Come early to explore, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help our Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a dignified income.
And be sure to stop by the Community Market and check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that residents make in our various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Residents keep 100 percent of the profits from their sales, and get to do what they love!
When: Today, March 10th
Time: 6-10 p.m. *The event begins at 6, movie starts roughly an hour later.
Cost: The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
What: A rundown building? A hidden door? A red light? Things are not always what they seem. Whether you’re just visiting Austin or consider yourself a local, we’re willing to bet that there are some bars you never knew existed. Shhhhh.
What: If you live for the smokey stuff, as most of us do in Texas, don’t miss this chance to see and taste some of the best in the state. At BBQ Austin cities from all over Texas send their Champion BBQ Teams to compete in the Invitational Division for the title of “State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion.” Additionally, all teams compete for the title and purse of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion.”
What: Austin’s most infamous St. Patrick’s Day party is back and better than ever with a day-long festival! On Friday, March 17, hundreds of green-clad, day-drinking warriors will flock to Fadó Irish Pub.
What: South By San José returns to the Hotel San José and Jo’s parking lot with live music, local vendors, and good times. Music starts at noon each day, and the party is always and forever free to attend.
In Austin, there truly is a festival for everything! Here’s three days of juggling, workshops, games, vendors, and shows in the heart of the city’s So-Co district.
Celebrating its 24th year, Jugglefest features (you guessed it!) juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. Everyoneis welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people, or just chill out and watch.
When: Today, February 24 – Sunday, February 26th
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Location: Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
*TSD has a great gym, plenty of parking spots, and it’s close to a ton of delicious restaurants.
It’s a rainy Valentine’s Day in Austin, Texas! Grab the umbrellas, put on the rain boots and head to Catch Air’s Austin and Round Rock indoor play places to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Stop in anytime today, February 14, 2017, for all day crafts and cookies (while supplies last). The cookies and supplies for crafts are included in the cost of admission, drinks are available for an extra fee.
What: Valentine’s Day Craft & Cookies When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Time: 10 am – 7 pm Where: Catch Air Round Rock (1401 S. IH-35) and Catch Air Austin (13450 N. Hwy. 183) Cost: Infants are free with paid child’s admission; Children 1-2: $10; Children 3-16: $14; Two 17+ Adults: FREE (per ever 1 paid child); Additional Adults: $7
This may come as a big surprise to you, but today there is a 100 percent chance of a wintry mix! That’s because the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is having its second annual Snow Day. The outdoor Science & Art Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow.
This is the perfect activity to get the whole family out of the house today. Go for a lovely drive and give the littlest Texans the kind of winter fun they rarely get to have.
Highlights include a live action ice sculpture, ice piano, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest, snowball radar throws, and more.
When: Today, January 14th
Time: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or online here. Members get in free.
Hill Country Science Mill
101 S Lady Bird Ln.
Johnson City, Texas 78636
*Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow.
So you’re trying to be healthy this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t happy hour. Picnik just launched their happy hour and this needs to be on your radar!
Thanks to an upgraded bar, patrons of Picnik can now enjoy a tasty cocktail like the Berry Basil Smash or the Pitaya Margarita with their guilt-free meal. Made only with natural, gluten-free ingredients, these cocktails offer a tasty, healthier way to toast to the new year.
If you aren’t going to ACL Fest October 1-2, then you are probably looking for fun things to do far far away from the crazy crowds. Well you are seriously in luck, because Round Rock is being invaded by bull riders and giant monster trucks for an event like no other. It’s the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour! See incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. With names like BIGFOOT, SON OF BEAST, OLD SKOOL, and TUFF GUY you know these guys mean business.
In addition to the trucks, catch the nation’s top bull riders competing against the largest professional athlete in the world: the America Pro Rodeo Bucking Bull!
Fans can meet the drivers, riders, and bullfighters and see the trucks and bulls up close at the pre-event autograph pit party.
When: Saturday, October 1st @ 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd @ 2 p.m.