Austin Travel Guide
Regardless of what time of year you're in Austin, 6th Street is where you will find the most debauchery. It is here that the crowds gather to party, with an endless stream of bars attracting a young, high-energy vibe. It is a site worth seeing, especially during festivals like South by Southwest, when the road is closed off and the party spills out onto the street.
But when you're ready to take a chill pill, consider checking out another segment of Austin's social scene, Rainey Street. While there is still plenty of partying and fun to be had, the mood is much more low-key and "neighborhoody" than the one you find on 6th Street. Think quieter streets, nearby houses, food trucks, trendy settings, and lots of outside picnic table seating.
There are hundreds of shows and parties happening each night at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, and figuring out how to get into them is half the battle. Popping in and out of venues hosting open parties is a strategy many festival-goers take up in order to remain fluid and avoid waiting in the long lines that can haunt many shows.
But many of the free events still require that you sign up in advance to get on the list, meaning that some planning is required.
Keeping track of all your options can become a challenge, especially if you are with a big group and eyeing a variety of different shows. One nice solution we found was a website/service called RSVPster, which, for $30, automatically RSVPs you for all the free events, parties, and shows that require registration. It then sends those registration details (aka a bar code/ticket) to an Eventbrite app on your mobile phone.
SXSW / Street Art / Austin Travel / Art Festivals / Festivals / → All Tags
In addition to film, technology and music, SXSW is also showcasing rising talents and established artists throughout Austin, Texas this week.
Part of this year's Art at SXSW initiative includes a collaboration between POW! WOW! Hawaii, a global network of artists, and SprATX, an Austin-based art collective, to create several mural installations around downtown Austin.
Participating POW! WOW! artists Tatiana Suarez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Rone and Meggs, along with Austin locals Mouf, Truth, Lucas Aoki and Ana Maria, will continue working on The Impossible Wall Project through Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 PM.
You can check out the murals for free at Brick Oven located at 1209 Red River St, Megalomedia at 901 Barton Springs Rd, on Cesar Chavez Street at 1619 E Cesar Chavez St and the Spider House, located at 2908 Fruth St.
Can't make it to Austin? You can follow the artists' progress with @Spratx/Instagram.
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest is less than two weeks away and, surprisingly, there are still tickets left. The annual music and comedy festival is taking place at Auditorium Shores on Nov. 7 -9.
This year they've packed even more awesomeness into a three day span with a lineup that includes Judas Priest, Nas,Death Cab For Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, Dinosaur Jr., Glassjaw, Mineral, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, John Waters, Fred Armisen and many more.
Celeb Travel / JetBlue / Emergency Landings / Twitter / Jackson Rathbone / Twilight Travel / → All Tags
Twilight star Jackson Rathbone's JetBlue flight to Austin made an emergency landing this afternoon and he's been recounting the entire experience on Twitter.
Rathbone's first tweet, posted around 12:50 PM EST, simply read, "Thank you Jesus and the pilot of this plane."
Live Music Travel / How To Get Tickets To / Music Festivals / Austin City Limits / Austin Travel / → All Tags
Surprisingly, with less than two months until the gates open there are still tickets available for this fall's Austin City Limits Music Festival.
ACL returns to Zilker Park on Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10 -12 with a lineup that includes Pearl Jam, Lorde, Chvrches, Eminem, The Head And The Heart, Lana Del Rey, Spoon and dozens more.
Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
In case you didn’t hear, today’s the day you'll need to finalize your tax return and, if all goes according to plan, your refund should be arriving by check or direct deposit within the next few weeks. At last update, the friendly folks at the IRS report that the average refund this year is just shy of $3,000, so we say it’s time to take that money and head out of town.
Affordability is key during tax season, so today we're featuring a domestic destination, to Texas' capital of cool—Austin. Now’s the time to visit before the sweltering summer weather rolls in, and with an average April temperature of nearly 80 degrees, you can enjoy the sun without the humidity of the tropics.
Austin Travel / South By Southwest / Texas Travel / Festival Travel / Food Travel / Lists / Music Travel / → All Tags
In case you've been living in a cave (without WiFi, naturally), the South By Southwest festival is in full swing right now, with networking, screenings and, of course, partying. Austin, Texas is abuzz with people from all over the planet and, even though SXSW has plenty of things to keep visitors occupied for 10 days, not everyone is interested in visiting the city during this time of the year.
Thus, we've come up with a hearty list of things to do if you're headed to Austin when the city isn't packed with conference attendees.
Live Music Travel / Airport News / SXSW / AUS / Music Travel / Airports / Austin Travel / → All Tags
We’re right in the middle of SXSW, and if you’re lucky enough to be in attendance this year chances are that AUS will be in your plans. We discussed some of our favorite airport eats last year, and the same holds true in 2014—get some ice cream and barbeque before departing town. This year Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors yet again, as they’re bringing plenty of live music and other entertainment right into the terminal.
If you're headed to Austin next week without a SXSW badge there is still plenty to do, and most of it is free too.
Among the best of the badge-free activities is Rachael Ray's Feedback. Forget whatever preconceived notions you might have about TV's perkiest host because no matter what you think of her, the girl can throw a party.
This month eight of the films screened during Austin's Fantastic Fest back in September will be played at Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the country.
“We wanted to bring the excitement of Fantastic Fest to other cities around the country,” Fantastic Fest founder Tim League said. “Genre film fans will get a sneak peek at this year’s hands-down craziest and wickedly enjoyable movies.”
Celeb Travel / JetBlue / Twitter / Jenny Slate / → All Tags
Celebs! They're just like us! Well, "us" in general, since we would probably never find ourselves in the messy predicament actress and comedian Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation, SNL, Marcel the Shell) found herself in on a flight yesterday:
I'd like to apologize to everyone on @JetBlue flight 794 for throwing up on myself the plane, to thank the very kind staff, &to die of shame— jenny slate (@jennyslate) November 10, 2013
JetBlue's flight number 794 travels from Austin, TX to New York, NY, a popular route with filmmakers, musicians and others in creative industries.
Thanks to Slate's attention to detail and inclusion of the flight number in her tweet, @jetblue responded that they will go the extra mile to make sure the crew receives her thanks and appreciation.
Also onboard was fellow comedian and new author Rob Delaney, who also took the time to tweet an observation at JetBlue, to which JetBlue replied with their usual social media brilliance.