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Things to Do in Austin this Weekend: 3-Day Itinerary

Austin is the ideal place to enjoy a long weekend. If you're wondering how to spend 3 days in Austin, Texas, you'll find that there’s way too much to see and do, from shopping on funky South Congress Avenue to stand-up paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake and seeing live music in one of the many clubs around town. Get ready for three jam-packed days of fun!
Here are some of the best things to do in Austin this weekend.
DAY 1
Explore downtown with a Walking Tour from the Austin Visitor Center. Pick your own starting time and place – your guide will tailor a tour to suit your interests – or join a guided tour. For the ultimate Austin music tour, visit Austin City Limits (ACL) Live and get a behind-the-scenes look at The Moody Theater, where the famed Austin City Limits television show is taped. Or join in the Austin Live Music Crawl with Austin Detours, led by a local musician who will take you off the beaten tourist path. Discover hidden gem music venues tucked into neighborhoods and see 2-3 shows in a three-hour tour span.
Grab a quick lunch at the food trucks in east Austin. Local favorites here include Northern Thai street food from DEE DEE, savory smoked meats from Micklethwait or flavorful vegan fare from Arlo's at The Grackle.  
Next, take a shopping stroll along South Congress Avenue, known for its funky stores and chic boutiques. Check out the kicks at Allens Boots, one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing by local artisans at Parts & Labour, bulk penny candies at Big Top Candy Shop and wild costumes at Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds.
Keep caffeinated with an iced Turbo from Jo's Coffee and snap a souvenir selfie with the “I love you so much” mural painted on the coffee bar’s wall. Other weird and wonderful murals that make great photo ops include the iconic “Greetings from Austin” mural in the South Austin neighborhood and the silly “You’re My Butter Half” in East Austin.
Or head out for a craft cocktail at The Hightower, which offers a daily happy hour. In the West Sixth area, toast the man in black at the divey Mean Eyed Cat, a Johnny Cash-themed bar that has a happy hour Mon.-Fri. Once the sun begins to set, line up on the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness a staggering 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the night sky from beneath the bridge, which takes place nightly from spring through fall.

 

Posted by: Visit Austin
Posted on: 10/04/2020

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