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Austin: Most Popular Articles

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Your Guide to Downtown Austin Entertainment
From thought-provoking plays to silly sing-alongs, downtown Austin offers a wealth of amusing possibilities.
Viewing Guide for Austin Bats
Everything you need to know about viewing the nightly bat spectacle at Austin's Congress Avenue bridge.
Your Monthly Guide to Austin's Average...
Find out Austin's average monthly temperatures year-round and get an overview of typical weather in central Texas.
Best FM Radio Stations in Austin
With FM radio stations ranging from classic rock to alt country, Austin lives up to its reputation as a town for music lovers.
Need a Costume Now? Here Are Austin's Top Shops
Whether you're planning a glamorous or gory Halloween, Austin's costume shops and vintage stores can help make your vision a reality.
Where to Find the Richest French Fare in Austin
If it's escargot, steak tartare or frog legs you desire, these French restaurants in Austin can satisfy those cravings and more.
10 Austin Restaurants that Ooze Romance
If you're planning a Valentine's date or any special occasion, these romantic restaurants in Austin will get the night started right.
The Best Cowboy Boot Stores in Austin
Cowboy boots are the ultimate Texas fashion statement. Here are the top boot stores and boot makers in Austin.
Romantic Things to Do in Austin
Romance is always in the air in Austin. Here are a few ideas for romantic adventures in the Capital City.
Texas Capitol Tours and Parking Information
Learn about parking and tour information for visiting the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin.
Why Allergy Season Never Ends in Austin
While most cities have only one allergy season, Austin has cedar fever season and ragweed season in addition to a very sniffly springtime.
Austin's 10 Top Music Venues
From the laid-back Continental Club to the artsy Parish, Austin's best music venues focus on booking true artists.
Money-Saving Parking Tips for Austin's Airport
The most affordable and convenient parking options at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA).
How to Fight Demon Cedar Fever
How to cope with cedar fever, an allergic reaction to the Ashe juniper pollen that descends upon central Texas every winter.
Top 6 Resorts in Austin and Central Texas
Learn about the top resort hotels in the greater Austin area and the hill country.
Best Places for Kids
From the cerebral Thinkery - the Austin children's museum - to the wacky Jumpoline Park, these kid-friendly spots will keep kids moving and thinking.
When to Dial 311 in Austin
The Austin 311 service can be used to contact police for a non-emergency and to access other city services.
6th Street in Photos
Maggie's Mae's on 6th Street is a fun, multilevel bar that's been around for decades.
5 Things You Must Do in Austin
While your time in Austin may be brief, here are five experiences that will help you appreciate why the town has so many loyal fans.
When to Visit Austin
In terms of weather, October and March are the best times to come to Austin, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit the rest of the year.
8 Fun Free Things to Do in Austin
When your cash is running low, but your kid's energy level is not, head to these free kids' attractions in Austin.
Your Ultimate Guide to Austin's Best Wedding...
There are hundreds of wedding venues in Austin. Here are ten of the most romantic and beautiful wedding venues in Austin and its surrounding areas.
October Events Calendar in Austin
Learn about what events in Austin you can't miss this October. Plays, concerts, exhibits, festivals, conventions -- there's something for everyone.
Restaurants with Great Views in Austin
Thanks to the surrounding hills and lakes, Austin is home to many restaurants with fantastic views.
Alamo at the Ritz: Movies, Alcohol and...
The Alamo Drafthouse on 6th Street offers all the fun events you expect from an Alamo theater plus more movie stars.
Where to Eat on South Congress
Austin's South Congress Avenue offers a range of eateries, serving everything from oysters to Tex-Mex.
Watch Austin's Bats, Then Grab a Bite Nearby
Before or after enjoying Austin's nightly bat spectacle, you can dine nearby at a wide range of budget-friendly and upscale restaurants.
10 Offbeat Austin Tours
Austin tours that offer out-of-the-ordinary ways to explore the capital of Texas and the hill country.
Everything You Need to Know About the Austin...
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is conveniently located near the city center and is the only international airport in Austin. Learn about where the Austin airport is, the best times to travel, when you can see live music, and more.
Get to Know Austin's 2nd Street Shops
Locally owned Toy Joy sells a mix of retro toys and fun new creations.
Tour of 4th Street in Austin
Enjoy top-notch steak and seafood in a gorgeous two-story Truluck's on 4th Street in Austin.
How to Stay Safe on Austin's 6th Street
How to stay safe while enjoying 6th Street, downtown Austin's bustling entertainment district.
Austin's Best Vintage Clothing Stores
Austin has several vintage clothing stores where you can find gently-used, high-quality fashions for less.
Quick Snapshot of Austin Tourist Attractions
A handy guide to all of Austin's top attractions with brief descriptions and helpful tips.
Cooking Classes in Austin
Whether you need to learn basic cooking skills or want to take your culinary skills to the next level, Austin has a variety of cooking classes available.
Regal Theatres around Austin
Regal Entertainment Group owns one of the largest movie theater chains in town. Find out which theater is closest to you and where you can find movie showtimes.
Shopping at the Domain Outdoor Mall in Austin
With some of the most high-end shopping in the city, The Domain is the premier outdoor shopping mall of Austin.
Moody Theater - Home of Austin City Limits
ACL Live at the Moody Theater is the home studio for the long-running Austin City Limits TV show and Austin's premier concert venue.
Austin's sales tax rules are anything but...
Austin's sales tax rules for groceries and automobiles are fairly simple, but other industries are not so lucky.
ACL 2015 Preview
At ACL 2015, headliners include Drake and Foo Fighters, but the most buzzed-about bands are Alabama Shakes and Run the Jewels.
Fast facts about Austin's South by Southwest...
Find out everything you need to know about Austin's South by Southwest festival.
6 Top Tubing Spots
San Marcos and New Braunfels are a tuber's paradise, offering several beautiful spots to meander down a lazy river.
West 6th: The Other 6th Street
Bars on the west end of Austin's 6th Street tend to be a little less wild and attract a more diverse clientele.
The Rainey Street Phenom
Get an idea of what to expect with our photo gallery of the Rainey Street district.
Where to Pop the Question in Austin
If picking the right place to propose in Austin is making your head spin, we've got a few creative ideas.
The High Price of Living in Austin
Despite an ongoing construction boom, affordable housing is still hard to find in Austin. Food and entertainment costs are more reasonable.
All About Barton Springs Pool
Whether you want to swim laps, soak up the sun, exercise the dog, or just escape the brutal summer heat, head straight over to Austin's beloved Barton Springs Pool.
Music and Meat: Stubb's Powerful Combo
A mid-sized concert venue that attracts major acts, Stubb's also serves excellent brisket and ribs.
The 'Dillo - CapMetro Downtown Shuttle
There's no need to walk when the downtown trolley, known as the 'Dillo (for armadillo) hits most of the downtown tourist spots as well as providing commuter service in the downtown area.
Austin's Top Gay and Lesbian Bars
Whether you prefer to wear designer shirts or leather collars, you'll find several fun and welcoming gay bars in Austin, Texas.
Who is Bevo?
Learn about Bevo, the beloved longhorn that is the mascot of the University of Texas sports teams.
All About Lady Bird Lake
Fun facts and useful information about Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in downtown Austin.
Paramount: Site of Major Austin Premieres
An ornate and historic theater with a wide variety of seating options, the Austin Paramount hosts plays, ballets, concerts and stand-up comedy shows.
Good Grub Near the UT Campus
Some of the best and most reasonably priced food in the UT campus area can be find in tiny, almost hidden restaurants.
Austin's Top Musicians and Bands
Learn about some of the most loved and well-known musicians and bands in Austin, Texas, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ghostland Observatory, and Spoon.
Blanton Museum of Art's permanent exhibit by...
The Blanton Museum of Art features this permanent exhibit by Cildo Meireles with 600,000 pennies, 2,000 hanging hanging bones, and a pillar of 800 communion wafers. It is called Mission/Missions (How to build a Cathedral).
Find Sexy Toys and More in Austin Adult Shops
When you're ready to bring some exciting new elements into your sex life, start your search at these Austin adult stores.
Best Austin Happy Hours
When you need to wind down at a place that always has great drink specials and a festive crowd, head to one of these Austin bars.
Austin Cinemark Theatres
Learn about the various Cinemark Theatre locations in the Austin area, from Round Rock to Bee Cave and everywhere in between.
Best Texas Family Travel Destinations
Thanks to an abundance of water recreation and outdoor attractions, central Texas has some of the best Texas cities to visit on a family vacation.
South Congress Artists' Market
Artists' markets on South Congress Avenue. Page 10.
Review: Eddie V's Edgewater Grille –...
Read a review of Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, an upscale seafood restaurant in downtown Austin.
FAQ About Getting a Marriage License in Austin
Are you planning to get married in Austin? If so, you'll need to know the ins and outs of getting a marriage license in Texas. Read these frequently asked questions to learn more about the marriage license process in Austin.
Rent Kayaks at Lady Bird Lake
Whether you're looking to rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, there are several spots along Lady Bird Lake that offer hourly or half-day rentals.
Fredericksburg: Quick Getaway near Austin
An ideal spot for a romantic Hill Country getaway, Fredericksburg offers a surprising number of fine restaurants and entertainment options.
Birding Sites Around Austin
Some of the best bird watching in Austin is at a wastewater treatment plant, but there are also several parks and preserves that are chock full of birds.
Bat Bridge Photo Guide
To get oriented before you arrive, take a quick photo tour of the Congress bat bridge site.
Setting Up Electricity and Cable in Austin
Everything you need to know to set up electricity, natural gas, cable TV and Internet services in Austin, TX.
Good Food, Sprawling Mansion and Peacocks!...
Housed in a Victorian mansion on lovely grounds, Green Pastures Restaurant is so romantic that it is also one of the top wedding venues in Austin.
The Colorful, Contmporary Side of Blanton
The contemporary section of the Blanton Museum of Arts has large, colorful statues that kids will love exploring. Page 2.
Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups in Austin
If you've lost a dog, found an animal, or simply want to help Austin pets, check out this roundup of shelters and rescue organizations.
8 Outdoor Spots that Define Austin
Whether you want to hike, picnic, swim or watch bats, Austin is home to some of the best outdoor recreation areas in Texas.
Where to Satisfy that Candy Craving Now
When you need a sweet fix, Austin has a number of home-grown chocolate shops and old-school candy stores to satisfy your cravings.
Austin Neighborhoods: Crestview
The Crestview area in North Central Austin prides itself on its mellow, low-key vibe and quaint atmosphere.
For low-key fun in a high-brow space, you can't...
Tucked inside the historic Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar delivers old-school service and a friendly vibe.
Where to Go When Only Cheesy Tex-Mex Will Do
Despite Austin's exploding population of food snobs, there are still plenty of Tex-Mex restaurants that unabashedly crank out deliciously cheesy dishes.
Austin Film Festival 2015 Preview
A new digital competition and a screenwriter's lounge are just two of the many exciting things set to debut at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.
You'll Find Fresh Food, Music and Fun at the...
Austin's downtown farmers market features locally raised produce and meats, live music and excellent ready-to-eat foods.
8 Best Restaurants Near the Texas Capitol
Whether you're in the mood for a quick burger or a gourmet meal, there are several excellent restaurants near the Texas capitol in downtown Austin.
Totally Free Austin Museums
Free indoor activities are in high demand in Austin, especially in summer. At these free museums, you and your family can learn a little without over-extending your budget.
10 Small and Mid-Size Austin Venues with Live...
For those in search of spur-of-the-moment entertainment, these small to medium-sized Austin music venues offer live music 7 nights a week.
Profile of Austin's Clarksville Neighborhood
Clarksville, an eclectic neighborhood in West Central Austin, possesses rich history, delicious restaurants, hip residents, and an incredible location.
Austin Haunted Houses
Love a good scare at a haunted house for Halloween? Learn about your choices for haunted houses in Austin.
Profile of Austin's Tarrytown Neighborhood
Tarrytown, an upscale neighborhood in Austin, offers unparalleled convenience to downtown but is tucked away in a quiet and beautiful area.
Take the Train: Austin's Light Rail
Though limited in scope, Austin's light rail system is a convenient, affordable way to get from Leander to downtown Austin.
Mueller Neighborhood Profile
How many cities can boast a central neighborhood built from scratch in the 21st century? With the Mueller neighborhood, Austin can.
Stringy rubber playscape at the Blanton
The University of Texas' Blanton Museum of Art is a fun place for kids -- especially with this large outdoor structure full of stringy rubber tubes. Kids can tie them into knots, climb up them, swing on them, or just run through them. Page 6.
Profile of Austin's Steiner Ranch Neighborhood
Learn about Austin's Steiner Ranch neighborhood, located in a beautiful area between Lake Austin and Lake Travis.
Best Austin Bike Trails
Whether you’re training for the big ride or simply ready to enjoy the scenery, there’s a place for you in Austin.
Profile of Austin's Travis Heights Neighborhood
Learn about Travis Heights, a historic and eclectic neighborhood in South Central Austin.
November Events Calendar for Austin
Find out which festivals, parades, parties, and activities you shouldn't miss this month in Austin.
Threadgill’s: Southern Food With a Side...
For down-home cooking at its best, Threadgill's World Headquarters is tough to beat. Read our latest review of this south Austin institution.
Historic Case: Sweatt vs. Painter
The landmark Supreme Court case of Sweatt vs. Painter left its mark on Austin, Texas, and the larger struggle for civil rights.
Get Thrifty With It
They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to Austin’s thrift stores.
Does Austin have any drop-off recycling centers?
Learn where you can drop off recyclable goods in Austin.
Where to Spot Celebs During SXSW
Where to spot celebrities during Austin's South by Southwest Festival.
Continental Club
Presenting musical acts ranging from country blues to indie pop, the Continental Club is a cool bar with absolutely no pretentiousness.
9 Dessert Meccas in Austin
Whether it's pies, pastries or cupcakes you crave, these restaurants and food trailers know how to find the sweet spot.
Wild Side: The Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is an 800-acre open space that begins less than a mile south of downtown Austin.
Other Names for Austin
Austin has been known by a wide variety of names, from Waterloo to the more dramatic City of the Violet Crown.
Profile of the University of Texas (UT), the...
A profile of UT, or the University of Texas. This gargantuan Texas university has a long and rich history and is one of the largest and most diverse schools in the nation.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Learn about the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which tells the story of Texas and has an IMAX theater.
First Thursday on South Congress Avenue
Learn about First Thursday, the monthly event that offers art, music, food and entertainment along South Congress Avenue.
Where to Eat in Clarksville
Learn about the best places to eat in the Clarksville neighborhood of Austin.
A Driving Tour of the University of Texas Area
Do you want to explore the University of Texas area but aren't sure where to start? This driving tour will guide you on the route you should take and the sites you should be sure to see.
Standard Border Collie Types
Beyond the typical black and white, border collies can also be mottled, blue, red or even tri-color.
Quaint House with Fresh Vegetarian Fare
Vegetables and herbs grown in Eastside Cafe's garden provide an extra flavor boost to the restaurant's well-rounded menu.
8 Must-See Small Towns in Central Texas
Excellent barbecue, swimming holes, romantic hideaways and antiques galore are just a few of the treasures you'll find in small towns near Austin.
Hipster Hangouts in East Austin
East Austin bars serve as the native habitat for the city's trendiest and friendliest hipsters.
Profile of Austin's Hyde Park Neighborhood
Hyde Park is a historical neighborhood near the center of Austin. Its homes are full of character and its residents love Austin's uniqueness. You won't find any chain stores here.
Kids Can Learn While Playing at The Thinkery
The Thinkery is the Austin Children's Museum innovative play space that is designed to get those little brains whirring while also having fun.
Antone's: Alive and Kicking on East 5th Street
Founded by a genuine blues fanatic, Antone's nightclub continues to focus on providing great music in an easygoing atmosphere.
Austin's F1 Racetrack to the Stars
Austin's Circuit of the Americas race track brings the high-speed thrills of F1 racing and high-profile celebrities to central Texas.
Profile of Austin's Great Hills Neighborhood
Read about Great Hills, a large neighborhood in Northwest Austin.
Where to Buy Last-Minute Gifts in Austin
If you're in a hurry to find the perfect gift for a special someone, be sure to stop at these stores. They all carry unique items that suit a variety of interests and age groups.
20 Quick Ideas for Things to Do in Austin
Whether you're on the hunt for educational activities or off-the-wall things to do, the Austin area has a wealth of options.
The Best Food Trucks in Austin
When it comes to cheap meals, you can’t beat food that’s served out the side of a truck or miniature Airstream trailer. Here are the some of the city’s must-try food trucks.
Austin's Top Bars - Like, Literally, On the Roof
Whether you want a view of downtown or the hills, Austin's rooftop bars provide a relaxing setting for a cocktail or three.
Austin's Best Dog Parks
Looking for a new place in Austin to let your dog run off-leash? Here are five of the top dog parks in Austin.
24-Hour Restaurants
24-hour restaurants are few and far between in Austin. Here are your best options at 2 a.m.
Bradford Pear: A Flashy Tree for Austin...
How to plant and maintain a Bradford pear tree in Austin, Texas.
The stairway in the lobby of the Blanton Museum...
The inside of the Blanton Museum of art consists of clean, beautiful, and open architecture. Page 3.
FAQ About Getting a Marriage License in Austin...
You can't get married if you forget to obtain your marriage license! Be sure to learn the ins and outs before you get hitched. Page 2.
Family-Friendly Fun in Austin
From educational activities to just plain fun, Austin offers a wealth of family-friendly options.
Free Apartment Locating Services in Austin
If you're looking for an apartment home in Austin but aren't sure where to start, a free apartment locating service will help you find a home just right for you.
How to Keep Your Border Collie Looking Spiffy
Basic border collie grooming should include weekly brushing and a bath and a haircut as needed.
UT Tower
Built in 1936, as the first phase in the replacement of the Old Main Building, the UT tower is the centerpiece of the University of Texas campus in the heart of Austin.
Austin's Best Hiking Trails
Austin has a wealth of greenbelts and hiking trails that allow you to get exercise while also enjoying beautiful scenery.
Top Austin Attractions for Kiddos
A quick introduction to the top attractions and activities for children in Austin, Texas.
Austin Real Estate Basics
Austin real estate is constantly growing and changing. New developments across the city are springing up every day. Learn about the Austin, Texas real estate basics.
Enjoy Tubing, Music and Barbecue in New Braunfels
A short drive south of Austin, New Braunfels is a mecca for tubing, cave exploration and country music.
6 Swimming Holes
Learn about the best natural swimming holes in Austin and central Texas.
Find Bargain Hotels in Austin on the Bus Line
Pick a hotel along the No. 10 bus route for a low-cost, low-stress commute to the Austin City Limits Music Festival or SXSW.
South Austin Americana HQ: Saxon Pub
One of the best music venues in Austin, the Saxon Pub presents everything from roots rock to country blues 7 nights a week.
6 Eateries Near Zilker Park
The restaurants along Barton Springs Boulevard offer several options for tasty sustenance after swimming at the pool or attending events such as ACL or the Zilker Kite Festival.
Austin Motel
Austin Motel on South Congress Avenue. Page 9.
Jogging routes near downtown Austin hotels
Explore central Austin on foot with the help of this convenient map of routes originating at major downtown hotels.
New Cheesecake Factory at Barton Creek Mall
Located at Barton Creek Square Mall, the Cheesecake Factory serves huge main courses along with decadent cheesecakes.
Model Christian Ramirez
Model Christian Ramirez at Austin Fashion Week Fashion Awards Red Carpet. Page 16.
Austin Hotels Near Train Stops
Book a hotel along Austin's light rail line to save time and money at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
South Congress Photo Tour
Explore the wacky and artistic South Congress Avenue area through images with this photo tour.
Planning a Lake Travis Wedding? Check Here First.
If you want a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos, check out these wedding venues on Lake Travis.
Border Collie Temperament
Before buying or adopting a border collie, make sure you understand the breed's general personality and temperament.
16 Ideas for Family Fun in Austin
From swan-shaped boats to Segway tours, family-friendly entertainment options are plentiful in Austin.
Formula 1 Race Preview
The 2015 Formula 1 Race in Austin will be one of the most competitive to date, pitting the favorite from the UK against a tough driver from Germany.
Where to Find Topless Titillation in Austin
Whether planning a bachelor party or a business meeting, you can make the evening more festive at these Austin strip clubs.
January Events Calendar
Whether you love live music, plays or want to get a head start on your new year's resolution with a run or two, January 2011 offers many events to keep you busy.
Cheap Outdoor Fun
If you’re going to explore the great outdoors of Austin, you might as well do it on the cheap. Here are some easy ways to do it.
How Town Lake Became Lady Bird Lake
The lake that lies in the heart of Austin changed names nearly half a century after its creation. Out of habit, many old-timers still call it by its old name -- Town Lake -- though the city officially changed it to Lady Bird Lake after the death of former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, who called Central Texas home.
Emo's - Edgy Music Mecca
Emo's has been transformed from a divey rock/punk music club into a slick, big-box concert venue. The 1,700-person-capacity building has excellent acoustics and sight lines.

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