Austin Journals

Music / Sun / Film / Fun

A travel journal to Austin by jremigio

Blues on the Green Concert Series Photo, Austin, Texas More Photos
Quote: Unlike other Texas cities, Austin is agressively environmentally conscious, politically active, curious, hippie, happy, and outdoors. While other cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston beam of their "ethnic pockets", Austin has gone beyond mere ethnic neighborhoods and integrated the whole city. Long a refuge for non-conservative thinkers, Austin attracts and cultivates creativity and tolerance. Where else in Texas can you attend a Green Party rally in the morning, have lunch at a Moroccan restaurant, catch an afternoon flick at a theatre named after a battle for Texas Independence, sip an evening Mexican Martini at a former speakeasy, and dance until 4AM at a straight-friendly gay club --- all within a 6-block radius? Larger cities have so much to learn from this hippie haven.

Music / Sun / Film / Fun

Overview

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Austin is year-round live music; from world-renowned headliners at South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Music Festival to the local bands playing in a bookstore, your ears will feast on notes of blues, jazz, punk, folk, world, country, and fusions of unexpected arrangements. Arrive famished. Quick Tips: The best times to visit Austin are spring and fall, when the weather is phenomenal and the whole city is outside playing during the summer and winter recess. Best Way To Get Around: Central Austin is not for those who love their cars -- and hopefully never will be. Home to Lance Armstrong, the bicyclists are everywhere, as are bicycle routes maintained by the City o...Read More

Alborz Persian Cuisine

Restaurant | "Alborz Persian Restaurant"

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The mark of a good Persian restaurant is to walk in and hear almost no English, which is the case with Alborz. The Saturday buffet was spectacular! It costs $8.99. At least 50% of the buffet includes vegetarian selections. The proof is in the pudding -- the rice pudding which tastes of almonds, pistachios, and saffron. Turkish coffee available, too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2002

Alborz Persian Cuisine
3300 W Anderson LN
Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 420-2222

Little City

Restaurant | "Little City Espresso Bar & Cafe "

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Little City is locally owned and has two locations in Austin: downtown on Congress Avenue and near the University of Texas. The downtown location is the ground floor of a historic building. The downtown location has some outdoor seating along the pink granite sidewalk of Congress, the same stone quarried for the Capitol of Texas. It also makes a perfect location to spent a while watching the legislators, bus riders, cyclists, and pedestrians as they travel north and south on one of Austin's most beautiful streets. And, if you are lucky, you may spot Leslie, the local celebrity homeless transvestite that ran for Mayor of Austin three times - and received 2nd place one year! http://austin.citys...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Little City
916 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701
+1 512 476 2489

SXSW (South By SouthWest)

Attraction | "South by Southwest (SXSW) - Music"

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(In Process)An annual event every March, SXSW lasts for 2 weeks and showcases international film, Internet, and musical talent. A little star-gazing, but the focus is towards new and upcoming bands. Over 400 bands from Sweden to Australia fill downtown Austin and beyond for five days, each hoping for a lucrative record contract.

www.sxsw.com

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

SXSW (South By SouthWest)
Various locations throughout the city
Austin, Texas 78765
+1 512 467 7979

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(In process) Inaugurated 28-29, September 2002, this brand-new music festival is slated to become an annual event. During the two-day event, over 70 acts spread among six stages packed 10.5 hours each day with music. Country, rock, folk, gospel, and latin styles were well represented, balancing many local Austin bands with nationally-known performers.

Practical advice: take sunscreen, water, and bike/bus to the event.

http://www.aclfestival.com/home.html

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Austin City Limits Music Fest
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas

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Drums! Drums! Drums! Almost 40 years' strong, Eeyore's Birthday Party celebrates the coming of spring with an enoromous drum circle and games. Held the last Saturday of April every year, the party is a slice of bohemian Old Austin. Lots of costumes, tie-dye, body art, piercings, and overall people watching. Consider it a picnic in the park with 50,000 of your closest friends.

Free admission. Pack a picnic or purchase food and beverages from various community groups. Parking is tight, so either take the bus (#338), bike, or carpool.

http://www.sexton.com/eeyores/

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Eeyore's Birthday Party
1100 Kingsbury
Austin, Texas 78710
+1 512 448 5160

O. Henry House Museum

Attraction | "O. Henry Museum"

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(In process) William Sidney Porter (aka "O. Henry") lived in Austin for thirteen years, two of which were in this house. Converted into a museum, this house showcases the short story writer's life in his house that remains very well preserved.

Free admission.

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/ohenry.htm

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

O. Henry House Museum
409 East Fifth St
Austin, Texas 78701
+1 512 472 1903

Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Attraction | "Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival"

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Now in its 15th year, the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (AGLIFF) is the largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southwestern United States. AGLIFF spans two weeks, starting in late August and culminating during Labor Day weekend. Films include documentaries, comedies, dramas, animation, and shorts -- some of which are US and international premiers. Tickets for each film range from $4.50-7.50 for AGLIFF members and $5.50 - 9.50 for nonmembers.

AGLIFF also sponsors several events throughout the year.

AGLIFF website

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
1216 East 51st St
Austin, Texas 78723
+1 512 302 9889

Old Pecan Street Arts Festival

Attraction | "Old Pecan Street Festival"

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(In process) Back when Austin was a wee little town on the banks of the Colorado River, the N/S streets were named after Texas rivers and the E/W streets were named after Texas trees. As the town grew, the tree names were replaced with numbers while the river names remained. The Pecan Street Festival is held semi-annually on what was once "Pecan Street" but is now "6th Street". A two-day event, regional and nationwide artists gather to peddle their handicrafts in tents all down 6th Street. Carnival rides, funnel cake, gyros, and - of course - music reign one weekend in May and October.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Old Pecan Street Arts Festival
East Sixth Street
Austin, Texas 78704
+1 512 441 9015

Mexic-Arte Museum

Attraction

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After having caressed the individual panels that comprise the handcrafted metal doors usually found in medieval European cities, one meekly enters a small, intimate gallery of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art that Mexic-Arte offers with a subtle pride. Visitors are offered the chance to view various manifestations of life interpreted thru Latino eyes. Never agressive and always personal, the exhibits range from accomplished artists to Latino children's photo exhibits. Furthermore, Mexic-Arte sponsors an annual Dia de los Muertos parade from East Austin to the Museum, culminating in a large celebration complete with calaveras and pan de muertos. Thousands of Latino and non-Latino Austinites par...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701
+1 512 480 9373

Palmer Events Center

Attraction | "Armadillo Christmas Bazaar"

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(In process)From 12-24 Dec of every year, artists of many kinds gather in the Austin Music Hall from 11AM to 11PM to sell their wares and play a few tunes.

Admission: $2.00 weekdays before 7PM and $4.00 evenings and weekends.

www.armadillobazaar.com

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 404-4500

South Congress Avenue

Attraction | "1st Thursday on South Congress"

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Prepare to practice your stroll and polish your meander! Every first Thursday of the month since spring of 2001, local merchants along South Congress from the Congress Bridge over Town Lake to Oltorf have kept their doors open a little later than usual to allow Austinites to peruse their unusual collections of art, antiques, clothes, jewelry, and other collectibles. In addition, many places offer free keg beer and food for sale. Of course, music, music, everywhere in true Austin style. Sometimes, new events become immediate traditions.

Free.

http://www.firstthursday.info/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

South Congress Avenue
South Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78704
No phone available

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(In process)At 8PM during the summer months, the KGSR radio station hosts various musicians for its "Unplugged at the Grove" concerts held at the Shady Grove restaurant.

Free. Bring blankets to sit on the grass.

http://www.kgsr.com/iTOOLIncludes/6468.php

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Unplugged At The Grove
Shady Grove
Austin, Texas

Blues on the Green Concert Series

Attraction | "Blues on the Green"

Blues on the Green Concert Series Photo, Austin, Texas
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At 7PM on alternate Wednesdays during the summer months, local radio station KGSR hosts the Blues on the Green concert series. Bands range from regional favorites to up-and-coming local bands. A free Wednesday concert in the park is a great way to unwind with friends during the week.

Free. Alcohol is prohibited, and glass containers are discouraged. Bring blankets, food, and a Frisbee. In addition, join a pick-up volleyball game in the sand courts at Zilker.

Parking is limited for this event. If driving, park underneath the Mo-Pac Bridge for $2. A better idea is to ride the bus ($0.50) or ride a bike.

KGSR website

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Blues on the Green Concert Series
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas

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(In process) Begun in 2001, the Austin chapter of the Red Cross decided to gather all the various cultures in Austin and celebrate. In the space of a medium-sized park, one can travel several continents, see various exhibits, and many performances. Arrive hungry!

Admission: two cans of food for donation to the Capital Food Bank of Austin. http://www.redcrossaustin.org/ifest2002/main.html

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

American Red Cross International Festival
Waterloo Park
Austin, Texas

SXSW (South By SouthWest)

Attraction | "South by Southwest (SXSW) - Film/Interactive"

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An annual event every March, SXSW lasts for 2 weeks and showcases international film, Internet media, and music talent. The first half of SXSW consists of the Film and Internet media components.

Individual tickets and multi-day film passes are available. The Internet media events require a badge.

South by Southwest website

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

SXSW (South By SouthWest)
Various locations throughout the city
Austin, Texas 78765
+1 512 467 7979

Bob Marley Festival

Attraction

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(In process) For the price of a few cans of food for donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Austin, you can enjoy two sunny April days of reggae.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Bob Marley Festival
Auditorium Shores
Austin, Texas

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(In process) Bring out your Deadheads! Long a destination on the Deadhead circuit, Austin continues to honor the music with an annual festival dedicated to Jerry Garcia, held in July at The Pier restaurant.

Recommendation: camp overnight at Emma Long Park across Lake Austin and take the free ferry to The Pier.

http://www.jerrygarciabirthdayfestival.com
http://www.pierlakeaustin.com/

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Jerry Garcia Birthday Festival
Pier on Lake Austin
Austin, Texas

Austin Bats

Attraction | "Congress Bridge Bats"

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An incredible wave of chirping black mosquito repellant, don't miss the millions of Mexican Freetail bats who emerge from underneath the Congress Ave bridge at dusk during the summer months. See them two separate nights, one from atop the bridge to see the black sheet of bats emerge from below, and the other from below the bridge to see them emerge from above.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2003

Austin Bats
Congress Bridge
Austin, Texas 78724

Austin City Limits Music Fest

Attraction | "Austin City Limits"

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From the Austin City Limits website: How can I get tickets to a taping? There are four steps to obtain free Austin City Limits tickets. 1. Please call the KLRU Hotline at (512) 475-9077. 2. Listen carefully to the message and find out the artist, taping date, time and which radio station(s) to listen to for the ticket distribution announcement. 3. Listen closely to that radio station one to two working days before the taping for a ticket distribution announcement. This announcement will state the location of the ticket giveaway. 4. When you hear the announcement, go immediately to the location of the distribution to pick up the tickets. Tickets go *very quic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Austin City Limits Music Fest
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas