South Congress Avenue
Bats are cool, but 1.5 million bats flying in a peppered mist against our famously colorful sunsets is the coolest. Each year from March to October, swarms of Mexican free-tailed bats burrow in the crevices underneath the South Congress bridge and emerge each evening to the amazement of wide-eyed tourists and jaded townies alike. During fall the bats take flight around 8pm, and although the most popular viewing spot is atop the bridge, a better move is to hit the water in a kayak or canoe and simply look up. (See exact flight times here.)
Austin, as with most cities these days, is completely obsessed with brunch; as a result, there are countless places across town where you can avail yourself of French toast, indulgent Benedicts, and bottomless mimosas. Of course, it helps to know which brunches are actually worth brunching, which is why we put together a comprehensive guide to Austin’s brunch scene. Protip: Try the hearty fare at uber-hip Carpenters Hall.
Explore Austin's iconic murals
Instagram feed feeling a little light? Grab your best friends and pose in front of some of Austin’s most iconic murals -- jumping, human pyramid, the sky's the limit! Go for lovey-dovey with “i love you so much” at Jo’s Coffee or “You’re My Butter Half” on East MLK; go classic at South First’s “Greetings from Austin” or the “Hi, How Are You?” mural by iconic musician Daniel Johnston near campus; or get emo with East Seventh’s “Till Death Do Us Part” stenciled spray paint art, (conveniently located across the street from Texas State Cemetery, bonus!)
It goes without saying that ATX has a ton of great events going on every single weekend -- we’ve got a weekend guide specifically for that reason -- but what about during the week? What if you’re looking for a cool event on a Tuesday? Well, that’s where our seasonal event calendar comes into play: we keep it updated, so there’s always something to look forward to.