A completely separate subculture within the Longhorn state, Austin's claims to fame include fabulous performances, great barbecue, and an active outdoors scene. The live music capital of the world, a bustling college town, and enough arts and entertainment to keep Texas's capital weird for years, Austin is just quirky enough to attract hipsters and trendsetters alike.
9AM AUSTIN FARMERS' MARKET
422 GUADALUPE ST. AUSTIN, TX 78701
Soak up some true local flavor and grab breakfast at the Austin Sustainable Food Center, one of the largest of it's kind in Texas. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, vendors sell organic produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. There's live music, plus activities for the kids.
11AM RIDE THE TOWN WITH B-CYCLE
After breakfast, hop on a bike to explore everything this pedestrian- and pedal-friendly city has to offer. Austin's B-cycle bike share program has docking stations on nearly every block downtown, and the city is interconnected by trails and bike paths. Ride to Lady Bird Lake, where 10 miles of paths await, or cycle around the University of Texas campus. You'll get a great lay of the land from atop two wheels.
1PM LUNCH AT FUZZY'S TACO SHOP
A favorite lunch stop at the University of Texas-Austin campus, Fuzzy's Tacos dishes out tasty and inexpensive tacos, burritos and enchiladas for any meal of the day. It's hard to go wrong with the pulled pork tacos, shredded chicken nachos, or the off-menu spinach quesadillas, but whatever you decide to eat, wash it down with a Fuzzy Driver, Fuzzy's take on a screwdriver that will leave you thanking your lucky stars you already returned your bike.
2PM CATCH A TEXAS FOOTBALL GAME
Have your burnt orange ready and head to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for some fun Longhorn style. A mecca for college football fans, cheer alongside 100,000 rowdy Texans. Walk through the tailgating areas, breathing in the smell of barbecue as you paint your face and don your best "Hook 'em, Horns" tee. The atmosphere is electric, even if you're not a huge sports buff. (Not coming during football season? UT has great sports teams all year-round, often with very affordable ticket prices).
7PM DINNER AT MAGNOLIA CAFE
Magnolia Cafe is an Austin legend, and it's easy to see why. A 24-hour diner with an endless menu, you can get literally anything and everything from burgers to enchiladas to pasta to omelets. Try the barbecue chicken tacos, hummus veggie wrap, or magna cristo, with turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, and tomato piled onto battered French bread. There's a good chance you'll be bringing home leftovers.
9PM EXPERIENCE SIXTH STREET
Nothing says Austin like an electric night out on Sixth Street. This main drag is some of the best people watching anywhere, as the "Keep Austin Weird" mantra plays out in full, living, breathing exuberance. Catch a live show at one of the many venues, or slip into a bar to mingle with Austin locals over a Texas-brewed beer or craft cocktail. The best way to experience it all is by bar hopping; stopping at a few different places that catch your eye or ear.
9AM BISCUITS AND GROOVY
Start the day off like a local, grabbing breakfast at Biscuits and Groovy, a stationary food truck. Mix and match toppings and fillings on savory Southern buttermilk biscuits named after famous singers and bands like the Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, and of course, the M.C.Hammer.
11AM AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE
The Live Music Capital of the World, ACL is a live PBS broadcast that’s actually the longest-running music series in American TV history and the only television show to receive the National Medal of Arts. Originally created to celebrate western swing, country and the Texas blues, they now host a number of international artists and performers with pop appeal. Check out the schedule to catch a live taping or just tour the famous theater.
1PM WALTON'S FANCY & STAPLE
For lunch, pop into Walton's Fancy & Staple in Austin's Warehouse District. This coffee shop-flower shop hybrid offers espresso, sandwiches, soups, salads, and a bakery case you'll have a hard time passing up. Order the roast beef bleu, with arugula and horseradish blue cheese aioli, with a fresh berry tart and an Italian soda. If you're lucky you might run into Walton's celebrity owner, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, who's known to stop in regularly.
2PM SHOPPING ON SECOND STREET
Austin's boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops are carefully curated to offer great home decor, clothes and gifts with a decidedly Austin flavor. Walking down Second Street is like stepping into a living Etsy shop. You'll find beautiful antiques, handmade coasters, and kitschy housewares. Model the local garb at Luxe Apothetique, before picking up an antique vase or coffee table book at Mercury Design Studio.
4PM LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
One of only 13 Presidential Libraries in the country, the LBJ library is administered by the Association for National Archives and Records. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents and offers a unique glimpse into the history of American politics and culture.
6PM STILES SWITCH BBQ & BREW
It's not a trip to Texas without some authentic BBQ, and instead of waiting in line at the local shack, sit down and enjoy the high-quality smoked meats of Stiles Switch. The brisket, ribs and corn cassarole are a must, but be sure to save some room for the rediculous chocolate banana bread pudding with vanilla wafers and Oreos.
8PM DRINKS AT HANGAR LOUNGE
Grab a drink on the roof deck at Hangar Lounge, a retro-aviation themed bar near downtown with awesome skyline views. Upstairs, the corrugated metal bar is designed to look like an old airplane hangar decorated with retro maps, photos, and propellers. Downstairs, midcentury seating and wood panel walls will make you feel like you're about to board a plane with Don Draper.
10PM ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA
If you don’t like heckling and audience participation, the Alamo Drafthouse will not be your cup of tea. But if getting rowdy and watching cult classic films sounds like a pretty awesome night on the town, check out the sing-a-longs, quote-a-longs, dinner parties, and even chug-offs at Austin’s most famous movie theater.
WHERE TO STAY: THE DRISKILL HOTEL
604 BRAZOS ST. AUSTIN, TX, 78701
Originally built for a cattle baron, The Driskill Hotel offers comfort and luxury in the heart of downtown Austin. You'll want to sit and sip on a classic cocktail as you listen to live music in the Driskill Bar. And this pet-friendly hotel offers perks just for your canine companion, including bottled water (obvi) and a map of Austin's dog-friendly areas.