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When and Where to Experience the Congress...
March heralds the return of the Congress Avenue bats in Austin. From March through April thousands of mostly female, pregnant Mexican free-tailed bats migrate from Mexico to Austin to give birth. Watching bat flights is a popular dusk activity all the way through the end of summer.
12 Things You Can Do in Downtown Austin
Downtown Austin is jam-packed with things to do and places to go. Let's explore more about the best attractions you don't want to miss.
The Top 10 Live Music Venues in Austin
As the live music capital of the world, Austin boasts plentiful concert venues! Read this list of the 10 best places to see live music in Austin.
The Best Restaurants to Take Your Date to in...
Are you trying to decide where to eat for Valentine's day or another special occasion? Use this list of the 10 most romantic restaurants in Austin to find the best spots for a memorable and intimate meal.
Visiting the Texas Capitol Building in Austin
Learn everything you need to know about visiting the Texas Capitol in Austin, including visiting hours, the Capitol's history, and where to park.
Top Austin Happy Hours
Austin is packed with bars and restaurants, so how do you decide where to go for drinks and snacks after a long day of work? These five happy hours provide the best atmospheres with affordable prices.
Best Austin Wedding Venues
Learn about the most romantic and beautiful Austin wedding venues.
Phone Numbers for Non-Emergencies in Austin
Learn who to call if you need to get in touch with the city but it's not a major emergency.
Best Destinations for Texas Vacations
Are you trying to determine the best cities for Texas vacations? This guide features some of the best attractions and cities Texas has to offer.
Where to Eat on South Congress Avenue
Learn about your best options for dining along South Congress Cafe in Austin, TX.
Free Things to Do in Austin
A list of things to do in Austin
Moving to Austin: The Cost of Living
Are you considering moving to Austin, Texas? Learn about the cost of living in Austin.
FM Radio Stations in the Austin Area
Love music or talk radio? Learn about the FM radio stations Austin and its surrounding cities has to offer.
Austin's Best Vintage Clothing Stores
Austin has several vintage clothing stores where you can find gently-used, high-quality fashions for less.
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.
Airport Parking at the Austin-Bergstrom...
Learn about all your various options for airport parking when flying out of the Austin airport.
What Is Cedar Fever?
From December to February, cedar fever, the scourge of many Central Texas allergy sufferers, makes its irritating presence known.
Bars on West Sixth Street
Try the bars in Austin's West Sixth Street District if you're looking for festive happy hours and a mellow vibe.
Gay Bars in Austin
Learn about Austin gay bars and find out which one best suits your style.
What You Need to Know About the Barton Creek...
Learn about the Barton Creek Greenbelt, an outdoor paradise in Austin that offers natural swimming holes, rock climbing, and hiking and biking trails.
Austin Average Monthly Temperatures
Find out Austin's average monthly temperatures and get an overview of typical weather in central Texas.
Best Places for Austin Dessert
Learn about where you can find the best desserts in Austin.
Best Austin Restaurants in the UT Campus Area
The University of Texas campus area has some of the yummiest and cheapest eats in town. Learn about some of the best restaurants near the UT campus.
Everything You Need to Know about Visiting the...
Learn everything you need to know about visiting the Texas Capitol in Austin, including visiting hours, the Capitol's history, and where to park. Page 2.
The Legacy of 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.
Visit Austin Museums for Free
Learn about which Austin museums offer free admission.
Guided Tours of Austin
Whether you're visiting Austin on vacation or have just become a new resident - or even if you've been here years but want to learn more about our city - there are guided tours of Austin for you. Explore downtown Austin's historical districts, pubs, and music. Visit the Hill Country. See our city by foot, by bus, from the water, or get a grave-side view of Austin history. Some guided tours are free, others require payment and sometimes reservations well in advance.
Utility Companies in Austin
Whether you're new to Austin or moving within the city, you can use this list of utility companies to set up electricity, gas, cable, and other important utilities.
Stubb's: popular touring bands plus spicy BBQ
A mid-sized concert venue that attracts major acts, Stubb's also serves excellent brisket and ribs.
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.
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.
Austin Restaurants with Scenic Views
You'll find Tex-Mex with a view at Iguana Grill on Lake Travis. Page 2.
Austin's Top Musicians and Bands
Learn about some of the most loved and well-known musicians and bands in Austin, Texas.
Lady Bird/Town Lake and Hike and Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake (formally Town Lake) flows through the center of Austin and is surrounded by the most popular hike and bike trail in town.
Antone's: Austin's living tribute to blues music
Founded by a genuine blues fanatic, Antone's nightclub continues to focus on providing great music in an easygoing atmosphere.
Continental Club
Presenting musical acts ranging from country blues to indie pop, the Continental Club is a cool bar with absolutely no pretentiousness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Tarrytown Neighborhood
Tarrytown, an upscale neighborhood in Austin, offers unparalleled convenience to downtown but is tucked away in a quiet and beautiful area.
Austin Children's Museum
The Austin Children's Museum provides a fun and creative learning environment for children and their families.
Lucky Lounge: live music in a small bar, plus...
Unpretentious yet regularly packed with beautiful people, Austin's intimate Lucky Lounge is a long-term fixture in the Warehouse District.
Dark decor and edgy music await at Austin's...
Boasting dark decor and artsy patrons, the Parish is one of 6th Street's best live music venues for up-and-coming bands.
How to keep your border collie looking pretty
Keep your border collie healthy and handsome with weekly brushing and as-needed bathing and nail trimming.
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.
Crestview
The Crestview area in North Central Austin prides itself on its mellow, low-key vibe and quaint atmosphere.
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.
ACL Live: top-notch music venue and TV studio
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.
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.
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.
Austin's sales tax rules are anything but...
Austin's sales tax rules include a number of industry-specific exemptions and other complexities. Here are the essentials you need to know.
Top 10 Halloween Costume Stores in Austin
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 Austin Jobs Online
Read this list of the best Web sites for finding Austin jobs.
Where to eat in Austin late late at night
24-hour restaurants are few and far between in Austin. Here are your best options at 2 a.m.
The Veloway Bike Trail in Austin
If you want to enjoy a bike ride in a peaceful, secluded area away from motorized traffic, the Veloway will be your favorite new biking trail.
Austin’s South by Southwest Festival and...
Find out everything you need to know about Austin's South by Southwest festival.
Austin City Limits Festival
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Profile of Austin's Travis Heights Neighborhood
Learn about Travis Heights, a historic and eclectic neighborhood in South Central Austin.
Using Groupon in Austin to Save Money
Learn how Groupon.com can save you lots of money on services and food in Austin, Texas.
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.
Restaurants in Austin’s West Sixth Street...
Downtown Austin's West Sixth Street area offers plenty of dining options, whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch or going out on the town for the evening.
5 Flea Markets for Hardcore Bargain Hunters
If you love bargains and you have a ton of patience, these Austin-area flea markets may just have the hidden treasure you seek.
Cinemark Theatre Locations in Austin and...
Learn about the various Cinemark Theatre locations in the Austin area, from Round Rock to Bee Cave and everywhere in between.
Image Gallery of Austin Celebrities
Learn about the celebrities who are from Austin or now call the city their home (or one of their homes). If you're lucky, you might spot one of these stars around town!
Why allergy season never ends in Austin
While most cities have only one allergy season, Austin has four, thanks to generally warm weather and an abundance of allergy-causing plants.
Confusing Street Names in Austin
Many of Austin's roads have multiple names, which can making getting around extremely confusing for the uninitiated. This list will help you make sense of Austin street names.
Emo's
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.
Explore Austin's Best Gardens at the Zilker...
The Zilker Botanical Garden offers lush greenery, themed gardens, and wildlife in a peaceful setting in the middle of Austin.
Profile of Austin's Great Hills Neighborhood
Read about Great Hills, a large neighborhood in Northwest Austin.
8 Austin Plants You Can't Kill
Drought-tolerant, attractive plants that are easy to grow in central Texas.
South Congress Photo Tour
Explore the wacky and artistic South Congress Avenue area through images with this photo tour.
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.
Where to Eat in Clarksville
Learn about the best places to eat in the Clarksville neighborhood of Austin.
See high-profile movie premieres, comedy, and...
An ornate and historic theater, the Paramount hosts plays, ballets, concerts and stand-up comedy shows.
Guero's Taco Bar
Guero's Taco Bar in Austin. Page 5.
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.
Take a Day Trip to New Braunfels
New Braunfels is a small Texas town but offers plenty of activities for water lovers, wine lovers, and those who want to explore unique Texan German culture.
Head to the Mohawk for stiff drinks, loud music...
The Mohawk is a multi-level bar with indoor and outdoor stages that feature everything from heavy metal to hip-hop bands.
South Congress Artists' Market
Artists' markets on South Congress Avenue. Page 10.
Profile of Austin's Circle C Ranch Neighborhood
Circle C Ranch is a family-friendly neighborhood in Southwest Austin that offers many community amenities and nearly endless outdoor activities.
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.
Mueller Neighborhood Profile
How many cities can boast a central neighborhood built from scratch in the 21st century? With the Mueller neighborhood, Austin can.
6 Ways to Kill Poison Ivy without Resorting to...
How to use everyday household items -- or goats -- to get rid of poison ivy in central Texas.
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.
10 unusual Austin tours
Austin tours that offer out-of-the-ordinary ways to explore the capital of Texas and the hill country.
Profile of Austin's Shady Hollow Neighborhood
Shady Hollow is a family-friendly Austin neighborhood in Southwest Austin known for its large lots shaded with trees.
Regal Theatre Locations in 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.
Hotels in Downtown Austin
Learn about some of the various hotels in downtown Austin.
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).
6 Top Tubing Spots
San Marcos and New Braunfels are a tuber's paradise, offering several beautiful spots to meander down a lazy river.
Free places to take kids in Austin
When your cash is running low, but your kid's energy level is not, head to these free kids' attractions in Austin.
Top 5 Dog Parks in Austin
Austin is a dog-loving town, as you can see by the number of dog parks around town. Here are five of the top parks that welcome canine companions.
Commonly Misprounced Place Names in Austin
With a number of place names in Austin borrowed from other languages, there's bound to be confusion over their uniquely Central Texan pronunciations.
First Thursday on South Congress Avenue
Learn about First Thursday, the monthly event that offers art, music, food and entertainment along South Congress Avenue.
Best Austin Live Music Venues
Great live music venues in Austin
Things to Do and See in the Austin Area
Whether you're on the hunt for educational activities or pure fun, the Austin area has a wealth of options.
8 Must-See Small Towns in Central Texas
Excellent barbecue, cool water and antiques galore are just a few of the treats you'll find in small towns near Austin.
Bar Review: J Black's Feel Good Lounge
Read a review of J Black's Feel Good Lounge, a swanky place to drink and dine in Austin's West 6th Street District.
Jo's Coffee Shop
Jo's Coffee Shop in the South Congress area of Austin. Page 3.
My ObamaCare sign-up timeline: like a...
A blow-by-blow account of the author's attempt to sign up for ObamaCare using the new and improved Healthcare.gov website.
Where to Play Disc Golf in Austin
Learn where you can find disc golf courses and disc golf clubs in Austin.
8 Outdoor Spots that Define Austin
Best places to hike, swim, watch bats and enjoy the great outdoors in Austin.
Aussie’s Grill & Beach Bar
The main attractions at Aussie's are the two sand volleyball courts outside. The restaurant serves above-average pub grub and offers deep discounts at happy hour.
Review: Eddie V's Edgewater Grille –...
Read a review of Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, an upscale seafood restaurant in downtown Austin.
Barton Creek AMC Theatre in Austin
The Barton Creek cinema is the only AMC theater in all of Austin and is located in Barton Creek Mall. Address: 2901 Capital Of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 7874. Phone: 1-888-AMC-4FUN
Holiday Shopping Events in Austin
Not sure where to buy your Christmas or Hanukkah gifts? Read about several great holiday shopping events that offer a good time while buying locally.
Movie Theaters in Austin, Texas
Learn about the various movie theaters located in Austin, Texas.
Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds
Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds. Austin. Page 7.
Increase your odds of spotting celebrities...
Where to spot celebrities during Austin's South by Southwest Festival.
Who is Bevo?
Learn about Bevo, the beloved longhorn that is the mascot of the University of Texas sports teams.
Review: Horseshoe Bay Resort
Learn what makes Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country a gem of a getaway in this review by an Austin local.
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.
Does Austin have any drop-off recycling centers?
Learn where you can drop off recyclable goods in Austin.
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Austin. Page 6.
Austin Motel
Austin Motel on South Congress Avenue. Page 9.
F1 races bring glitzy parties and international...
Austin's Circuit of the Americas race track brings high-speed thrills and glamorous people to central Texas.
Blackmail boutique
Blackmail boutique in Austin. Page 6.
Actor Dennis Quaid
Actor Dennis Quaid plans to raise his children in Austin. Page 5.
View of the Capitol
View of the Capitol and downtown from South Congress Avenue. Page 4.
Restaurant Review: Chez Zee American Bistro
Chez Zee is a colorful and festive restaurant in North Central Austin, best known for its quirky vibe, robust menu, and award-winning desserts.
City of Austin Green Rebates and Discounts
Learn about Austin rebate programs that can help you save money while taking care of the environment. The city offers everything from free paint to discounts on energy-efficient appliances.
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.
What Is the Texas Sales Tax Holiday?
Learn about how you can save money on back-to-school shopping with the Texas sales tax holiday.
Fun Activities for Kids
It’s never been hipper to be a kid – or to have a kid – in Austin.
Top 6 resorts in Austin and central Texas
Learn about the top resort hotels in the greater Austin area and the hill country.
The Continental Club
The Continental Club on South Congress Avenue. Page 2.
Despite almost drowning, I enjoyed my first...
A paddle-by-paddle description of a whitewater kayaking class in San Marcos, complete with one near-drowning experience.
Hey Cupake! and other food trailers
Hey Cupcake! on South Congress in Austin. Page 8.
Review of Lustre Pearl Bar
Read a review of the Lustre Pearl Bar, an eclectic bar in a stripped-out house in a neighborhood just south of downtown Austin.
The San Jose Hotel
San Jose Hotel on South Congress Avenue in Austin
Restaurant Review: Max's Wine Dive
Max's Wine Dive is a chic yet casual restaurant in downtown that serves gourmet comfort food.
Austin Haunted Houses
Love a good scare at a haunted house for Halloween? Learn about your choices for haunted houses in Austin.
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.
What items can I recycle?
Learn about what types of materials you can recycle through Austin's residential recycling program.
Review: The Driskill Hotel in Austin
Read a view of The Driskill Hotel, a regal and historic hotel located in downtown Austin.
Meet and Greets in Austin
Always wanted to shake hands with your favorite author, artist or actor? Austin is a great place to do it.
Jessica James and Dave Boggess
Jessica James and Dave Boggess of Keepers at Austin Fashion Week Fashion Awards Red Carpet. Page 21.
FAQ About Residential Recycling Guidelines
Find answers to all the basic questions about residential recycling guidelines in Austin, Texas.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong
Professional cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong owns a home in Austin and is frequently seen around the city
Actress Sandra Bullock
Actress Sandra Bullock owns a lakefront Austin home and downtown's chic restaurant, Bess Bistro. Page 8.
Get to Know Austin's Nocturnal Birds of Prey
With its round white face and distinctive call, the common barn owl is easy to identify. Page 3.
Southwood Neighborhood Profile
Explore the south Austin neighborhood of Southwood. With affordable houses, tall trees and a laid-back vibe, this community attracts both young professionals and retirees.
Model Christian Ramirez
Model Christian Ramirez at Austin Fashion Week Fashion Awards Red Carpet. Page 16.
Are you as high-strung as a border collie?
Before buying or adopting a border collie, make sure you understand the breed's general personality and temperament.
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.
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.
You'll find fresh produce and a fun vibe at...
Austin's downtown farmers market features locally raised produce and meats, live music and excellent ready-to-eat foods.

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