No matter the season, Austin is never lacking in activities to do and things to see, but with summer winding down, and the temperature never failing to reach new heights, my fellow Austinite LPPers have pulled together our end of summer must-dos and some ways to beat the heat.
Favorite things to do Indoors
- Our office hits up Alamo Draft House weekly, so don’t be surprised if you run into us there. Whether we are watching the latest movie release (cough* cough* the Jason Bourne movie or Suicide Squad) or attending one of their unique monthly events like sing-a-longs, classic movie showings, or their “Drafthouse Recommends” night where they pick the movie for us, the Drafthouse has something for everyone.
- Nothing cools you off like a nice cold drink, in the AC! Call up your friends or schedule an office happy hour after work at a local bar for an ice cold drink, like these. Hit up a joint with a pool or darts for the added fun. Some of our favorite places around town are the Flying Saucer, The Ginger Man or Black Sheep Lodge.
- Get your summer vibes going by catching a concert. There is no shortage of accessible shows in the Live Music Capital of the World. Venues with shows all the time include the classics like Antone’s Nightclub, The Mohawk – both downtown and the Continental Club on SoCo. Another venue that frequently hosts free concerts is The Saxon Pub.
Favorite things to do in and around Austin
- Take a dive into the city’s natural spring water at Barton Springs. Its location, ample parking spaces, and ice cold fun make this a must do for the summer. If you’re feeling more adventurous take a hike to one of the Greenbelts many swimming holes or drive out to Hamilton Pool and Jacob’s Well to get a picture of the crystal blue waters worthy of making all your Instagram followers jealous. Heads up though – These swimming holes now require advanced reservations for attendance.
- For non-vegetarian eyes only. BBQ is one of Texas’s most distinctive characteristics and the smell of brisket spreads all across the state! There is even a Texas BBQ trail, a 12 hour road trip covering the best of the best for all the BBQ connoisseurs out there. In Austin, LPP recommends Franklin’s, La Barbecue and Valentina’s.
- Liven up your date night, with a little honky tonk! Austin classic and local favorite, The Broken Spoke offers two-step lessons every Wednesday – Saturday night. Learn the classic Two-Step, Western Swing and Cotton-Eyed Joe!
What we are looking forward to the most about the Fall
- 26 days and counting to the most anticipated day of the year for sports in Austin. Our Texas Longhorns take on the Fighting Irish in the season kickoff game on Labor Day weekend. #Hookem
- Austin celebrates 15 years of the beloved music festival Austin City Limits this year, and the lineup is stacked. Some of the industry’s biggest artists will gather with 450,000 of their closest friends for two weekends of non-stop music. The Austin music scene also has a newcomer to the bunch this year, Sound on Sound. SOS Fest aims to transform the typical festival experience for their fans, hyper-focusing on unique locations and stellar bookings of indie, punk, hip hop, metal, dance music, comedy, and live panel discussions. The biggest twist to this festival is that there is camping involved. Eat. Sleep. Sing. Dance. Repeat.
- Sweater Weather – While Austin’s leaves may not change colors, slightly colder weather and enjoying the outdoors without the sweltering heat are two of every Austinite’s favorite things.
The Bronze Medal Ideas:
- Monday Night Bluegrass Night at Radio Coffee & Beer – every Monday Night 8pm
- Austin Ice Cream Festival – August 13th 10am – 7pm
- Bat Fest – August 20th 4pm
- Texas Craft Brewers Festival – September 24th at Fiesta Gardens
- Pecan Festival – September 24 – 25th 11am
- Snow Beach – Serving up the best snow cones in Austin until October 31st!