Whether you’re new to Austin, just visiting or a long-time resident, Austin is constantly recreating the way we have fun and enjoy the outdoors, indoors, and being in the Best Place to Live in the U.S. Check out just some of the unusual ways to get the most out of your time in Austin:
An Austin Twist on Games & Sports
Chicken !%&# Bingo – Only in Austin and at The Little Longhorn Saloon! You pay $2 to get a ticket with a number that corresponds to one on the table. Then you watch and wait for the chicken to…eh hem…”choose” your number.
Brewskee Ball – Mix skeeball and good brew and it’s more than just a good time — it’s a competitive sport league! Join in on the fun at Austin’s Full Circle Bar.
Roller Derby – Back from the 70s, roller derby has become a fixture in Austin’s sporting culture. Thousands of fans of all ages come out to cheer on their favorite team and players from the Austin area. The action is real as is the excitement!
Bubble Soccer — What is bubble soccer? A marriage between the well-loved game and bumper cars, of course! The concept is homegrown right here in Austin and is a hilarious addition to our thriving social and sports scene.
Paddle Boarding — On any beautiful day you’ll see Lady Bird Lake teaming with folks who look like they’re trying to surf while standing up. Actually, its paddle boarding and it’s a great way to see the city while enjoying nature. No experience is necessary because it comes with a free lesson. Plus pets are welcomed, too! Only $15/hr.
Swan Boat Rental — Take a self-guided tour on one of these insanely popular swan pedal boats to relax on the water with a picnic lunch for two or for quenching your thirst for kitschy charm. This is a fun and unique experience on Lady Bird Lake for only $15/hr.
Zipline — Zipping across incredible canyons and Lake Travis inlets, this experience offers unmatched thrills and chills! The three-hour adventure has five zips ranging from 250 feet to over 2800 feet. While waiting between each zip, you will enjoy amazing lake and hill country views.
A Festival for Almost Anything
Eeyore’s Birthday Party — People from all over flock to Pease Park every April 29th for Eeyore’s birthday party. Yes, a birthday party for the chronically-blue and beloved Winnie the Pooh character. This is one of Austin’s last tributes to our hippy, counter-culture history, celebrated with live music, unusual costumes, drum circles and food.
11am-Dark, Free Admission
Kite Festival — Since 1929, every first Sunday of March draws crowds and kites to Zilker park. Bring your kite and whimsy to witness bright colors, unusual shapes and dynamic aerial acrobatics racing across the sky.
FunFunFun Fest — Throughout the years, Fun Fun Fun Fest has become renowned for its musical lineup, as well as its collection of comedy, food, action sports, and poster art experiences. Now in its tenth year and recognized as one of the most relaxed, creative, and pioneering festivals in music today.
Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival — Brings some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe to Austin for a marathon of side-splitting nights. Over 100 comedians do everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy. April 19-22, 2017, $99-$499
Bat Watching — Austin doesn’t have an usual sunset—it has a bat-set. When the sun goes down, the bats come out and hundreds of locals and tourists gather on the South Congress Bridge to watch the dense cloud of bats lunge from their perches into the sky. The sheer magnitude of these flying mammals is absolutely wondrous. Most active March-November.
Uncommon Objects — Austin antiquing reaches a whole new level here. Twenty-four vendors have come together to display their quirky antique finds. It’s a popular spot on South Congress Ave. because you never know what you’ll find each time you visit.
Toy Joy — More inspiration for weird comes in the form of plastic–lots of plastic– at Toy Joy. Right in the heart of downtown, this classic toy store is a hot spot for those seeking unusual and whimsical trinkets for all occasions.
Cathedral of Junk — It’s no question that Austinites love hiking. Most choose the Green Belt as their trail of choice, but some venture off the beaten path to hike through an estimated 60 tons of junk that has been transformed into a masterpiece. You need to see it to believe it!
HOPE Gallery — This community paint park is located just below the castle at Castle Hill. Ofﬁcially launched in March 2011, it is the only paint park of its kind in the USA and recognized as one of the Top 10 Artistic Destinations in Texas.
Museum of the Weird — Naturally this self-proclaimed weird city needs a museum showcasing the unusual, bizarre and freaky. Open daily 10am-Midnight,
$12 Adults, $7 Kids.
South Austin Popular Culture Center — SouthPop collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World.
Austin Toy Museum — Whether you’re interested in vintage toys, action figures, or retro video games, this museum should be on your Austin bucket list. A destination for kids of all ages, it has the mission to be one of the largest toy museums in the world! Pong anyone?