Everything Fun You Can Do in Austin This Weekend

From Southern-fried live music to the pop-up shop of your childhood dreams.

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It seems that everyone wants to come to Austin lately, from Bachelorette parties, to road-trip enthusiasts, to that former roommate you haven’t talked to in years. Honestly, it makes sense—not only can you get Whataburger 24/7 here, but the sheer variety of weekend activities is enough to convince even your hardest-to-please friends to venture out for a drink or two. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are no different—whether you’re into soccer or dangly earrings, our list has the full spectrum.

Get pierced at South Congress’ latest addition

New York City ear-piercing sensation Studs finally opened their much-anticipated shop in Austin this week, and it's totally worth braving the current waitlist for an appointment. This is not your middle school Claire’s, either. The piercers are true professionals, the space is decked out in neon lucite, and the delicate, gorgeous selection of jewelry will probably make you consider signing up for a few more holes. In honor of their new Southwest home, they’ve even launched an exclusive collection of earrings with Shop Zuck featuring tiny cowboy boots and hats. Welcome to Texas, indeed. 
Cost: Piercings run $35 for one hole and $50 for two; Jewelry ranges from $30-$300 per piece.

Solve a Scranton murder mystery 

Now through April 25 
Stateside at the Paramount Theatre
If your Netflix queue is pretty much just true crime documentaries and endless re-watches of The Office, boy, do we have the event for you. Now through April 25, you can step into the world of Dunder Mifflin at the Paramount Theatre’s immersive play, The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody. Not only will you get to reunite with Michael, Dwight, Jim, Pam, and the rest of the crew, you can also walk around the city collecting clues, catching red herrings, and, fingers crossed, nabbing the Scranton Strangler. By the end of it all, we wouldn’t be surprised if you were going by Agent Michael Scarn.
Cost: Tickets run $39.50 per person. 

Celebrate Sunday Funday the Southern way

Sunday, April 18 
Lone Star Court
There’s no better way to gear up for another week of work-from-home than by spending your last free day surrounded by live music, good food, and drink specials. This Sunday, the Lone Star Court Hotel is offering exactly that at their Party Under the Pavilion event. It is free to enter and, once there, you can grab some grub from one of four food trucks parked in the space, listen to rock and country tunes courtesy of Mitch Webb and the Swindles, and down a couple Lone Stars for good measure. 
Cost: No cover; Food and drink prices vary.



Weekend plans change fast, so grab a drink that’s ready when you are. Tanqueray’s Crafted Gin Cocktails come ready to drink and are the perfect addition to any occasion. Made with real Tanqueray gin and natural flavors, they deliver premium, bar-quality cocktails whenever you want. Grab a can and enjoy.

Immerse yourself in top-notch BBQ and pastries

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18 
LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue 
Have you ever looked at a plate of delicious brisket and thought, “If only this had more carbs?” Well, fret not, because this weekend’s collaboration between LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue and Vivian’s Boulangerie is about to make all your meat-and-gluten dreams come true. The new wave barbecue meets old-school bakery mash-up will be serving slices of comfort food heaven like The Brian, a puff pastry filled with macaroni and cheese, BBQ sauce, and brisket, and The Frank, a croissant stuffed with pork sausage, American cheese, dijon mustard, and sauerkraut. 
Cost: Menu prices vary.

Shop at a toy-inspired pop-up

Saturday, April 17 
The Domain
It’s time to see if Aqua’s “Life in plastic, it's fantastic” claim still rings true. Get your Barbie Girl on this Saturday at the Barbie Pop-Up Truck, where ‘90s kids looking to recapture the Toys “R” Us glory days can peruse tons of retro-inspired gear and accessories. We’re talking embroidered denim jackets, caps, and t-shirts, tote bags sporting iridescent vinyl boombox decals, neon fanny packs, cassette tape wallets, Polaroid cameras, and so much more. 
Cost: No cover; Item prices vary.

Jam out at a ranch 

Thursday, April 15 - Saturday, April 17 
Four Sisters Ranch (Utopia, TX)
The folks behind UTOPiAfest are back this weekend with Sweet Party!, another camping and music experience. Located about a three-hour drive from Austin at the Four Sisters Ranch, you can take advantage of all the classic camping staples (we’re looking at you s’mores) while also hiking and mountain biking throughout the expansive property. And if that’s not enough, performances by Sir Woman, Mike Dillion, Henry Invisible, and a whole roster of other ace artists should seal the deal. Think of it like a music festival, but way more intimate.
Cost: Day passes start at $25.

Cheer on the Austin FC at a brewery

Saturday, April 17 
Circle Brewing Company
This Saturday, Austin FC kicks off their inaugural season with a match against Los Angeles FC. And even though it's going down in California, you can still cheer on the boys Texas-style at local favorite Circle Brewing Company. Root for the Verde while enjoying fresh drafts like the Lady Bird American IPA alongside scrumptious grub from seafood experts Huckleberry and music by DJ Pagame. How far you want to descend into soccer hooliganism is up to you. 
Cost: No cover; Menu prices vary. 

Take in some outdoor art

Friday, April 16
Hill Country Galleria
Unwind this Friday with the best of both worlds—art and the outdoors—at Hill Country Galleria’s Spring Art Walk. While there, head out on a self-guided tour exploring Hill Country Galleria's art galleries, outdoor murals and sculptures, or take part in the communal mosaic mural project. From 5 to 7 pm, catch Vista Brewing’s Live on the Lawn program featuring craft brews and live music from the Tommy Howard Duo. Oh, and did we mention there are swag bags filled with beer and wine samples? 
Cost: Free.

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Molly Moltzen is a contributor to Thrillist.
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