How to Spend a Weekend in Austin

How to Spend a Weekend in Austin, TX – Fun Things to Do

The Texas State Capitol in Austin with a person walking in front of it

48 Hours in ATX: Your Perfect Austin Weekend Guide

Austin, Texas – the Live Music Capital of the World – is a city that throbs with energy. From legendary barbecue to quirky museums and a happening nightlife scene, Austin offers something for everyone. But with just 48 hours, how do you pack it all in?

Fear not, fellow traveler! This jam-packed itinerary curates the best of Austin for your weekend escape.

Day 1: Soak Up the Culture

Morning: Start your day with a dose of Texas history at the magnificent State Capitol. Take a guided tour or explore its grandeur at your own pace.

Afternoon: Embrace Austin’s weird side at the Museum of the Weird, a treasure trove of oddities and Ripley’s Believe It or Not-esque wonders.

Lunch: Grab some iconic breakfast tacos at Jo’s Coffee – a local institution serving up deliciousness since 1995.

Afternoon: Head south to explore the vibrant South Congress Avenue (SoCo). This trendy district boasts a fantastic mix of shops, from funky boutiques like Parts & Labour to the legendary Allens Boots. Don’t forget to cool down with an iced Turbo at Jo’s Coffee on SoCo – and snap a selfie with their famous “I love you so much” mural!

Day 1: Evening – Live Music and Bats

They are open from 11 AM to 3PM only.

Night: Immerse yourself in Austin’s legendary live music scene. Catch a show at the iconic Continental Club, where legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan once graced the stage.

Nightcap: As dusk settles, head to the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness the spectacle of millions of bats emerging at twilight (from March to October).

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure and Artistic Delights

Morning: Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the scenic Lady Bird Lake. Alternatively, take a hike and soak in the beautiful Texas Hill Country views at Mount Bonnell.

Lunch: Refuel with delicious food truck fare at the Zilker Park Food Truck Court – a great spot to people-watch and enjoy the outdoors.

Afternoon: Immerse yourself in the arts at the Blanton Museum of Art, housing an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works. For a unique experience, check out the quirky and thought-provoking exhibits at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Day 2: Evening – Catch a Show and Farewell

Dinner: Enjoy a final taste of Austin’s culinary scene – perhaps some  tacos at Torchy’s Tacos.

Night: Austin’s nightlife is legendary. Catch a show at the Moody Theater, home to the ACL Live music program, or explore the Sixth Street bars for a more raucous experience.

Bonus: If you have extra time, consider visiting Zilker Park, one of Austin’s largest green spaces, or take a day trip to explore the wineries and breweries of the Texas Hill Country.

This itinerary provides a starting point – tailor it to your interests and discover your own Austin adventure! Remember, keep it weird, keep it live, and keep it Austin.

Experience Austin Living at its Finest – Explore Lakeside at Tessera on Lake Travis!

Your perfectly planned Austin weekend sounds incredible, but what if you could extend that feeling of vibrancy and fun into your everyday life? Lakeside at Tessera on Lake Travis offers you the chance to do just that.


Imagine waking up to breathtaking waterfront views, just a short commute from the heart of Austin’s action. After a day exploring the city’s culture, music, and outdoor adventures, return to your lakeside haven and unwind by the community pool or take a stroll on the miles of planned trails.

Lakeside at Tessera on Lake Travis offers:

  • Waterfront homes and lots where you can design your dream home
  • Easy access to Austin’s vibrant culture and attractions
  • Stunning Texas Hill Country living
  • A variety of amenities, including a community pool, private lake access, and planned trails

Ready to trade weekend getaways for everyday lakeside living? Contact Lakeside at Tessera on Lake Travis today!

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