Not only are you making the big move to The Lone Star State, but you’ve made the choice to head straight to the capital – AUSTIN, TEXAS Y’ALL!
As one of the largest growing cities in the country, the stats say it all – over one hundred people move to Austin every day, but very few (if any) are leaving. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has endless options for music and entertainment. It’s also a center for film and home to the University of Texas and Formula 1’s Circuit of the Americas raceway.
Austin’s abundant parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, boating and other outdoor pursuits. With the temperate weather, it’s practically 75 & sunny 365 days a year. Unless it’s February and there’s a slight hint of ice on the roads… or it breaks 100 degrees in August… or it’s still 90 degrees in October. J Let’s just say you’ll always need a good pair of shades and some comfortable shoes (and you’ll definitely have air conditioning), but you’ll never need a parka.
Food for the Soul
Austin might be populated by an upstart mix of musicians, techies, film pros and athletes, but don’t forget about those foodies.
Austinites will be the first to tell you — when it comes to food — we’ve got it all. From our famous Tex-Mex restaurants like Chuy’s, Trudy’s & Maudie’s, to the 24-hour brunch menus at Magnolia Café and Kerbey Lane, you’ll need to plan for a nap soon after the meal. Austin is also ideal for some of the greatest BBQ at Franklin’s and The Salt Lick or a killer scenic view at the Oasis on Lake Travis. There’s plenty more where this came from — more Austin restaurants here.
It’s also good to know the ends-and-outs of the big city, even if it does have a small-town feel.
Entertaining Neighborhoods & Night Life:
- Rainey Street: Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars reign on this increasingly popular hidden gem of a street. Day or night, you’ll have a relaxed stroll from bar to food trailer to bar, often with a furry, pet friend in tow.
- Eastside: Arguably the fastest growing neighborhood in Austin, the eclectic eastside is where old meets new with fresh eateries and food trailers popping up weekly.
- South Congress: This vibrant neighborhood south of Lady Bird Lake (and downtown) is a must and a popular hangout for locals. With its boutique shopping and local restaurants, South Congress screams Austin’s character and history.
- South Lamar: Less than a 10 minute drive south of downtown and east of the more ‘glitzy’ South Congress, this is low-budget area for a low-key lifestyle, with dive bars and cheap eateries lined up for miles.
- Sixth Street: This is what most think of when you hear ‘Austin.’ With its wide array of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, you can really see all of Austin’s character in one. Downtown living and entertainment extends to surrounding blocks, with everything being in solid walking distance.
- North Loop (Central): This growing area encompasses The Triangle, Hyde Park, and Mueller areas and is the answer to the edgy entertainment for just north of downtown. Coffee shops, bars and vintage shops are mixed in with historic Austin homes and newer luxury apartments
- The Domain (North): This large outdoor shopping area is only a 15-20 minute drive north of downtown. The Domain has everything from large department stores and boutiques to delicious restaurants, bars and living. The newest addition to the area is Rock Rose – a street filled with homegrown eateries.
Austin is also home to some of the most popular music festivals and events in the country.
Just a Few Big Events:
- Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival
- Austin Food & Wine Festival
- Austin Film Festival
- Rodeo Austin
- SXSW – Music, Film & Interactive Conference & Festival
- Zilker Park Kite Festival
- Zilker Park Trail of Lights
Austin has endless entertainment fun and events and while you might not be able to fit it all into your schedule, you at least have options. There is something here for everyone, which is presumable why so many are flocking to this great city. It’s a fun and safe place to live with even more opportunity!
Special thanks to our Transitions contributor Katie Bergin –
Katie joined the Gamma Eta chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of North Texas where she served as the Chapter President and Vice President of Membership Recruitment. After graduation she joined the Executive Office staff as an Educational Leadership Consultant and Educational Leadership Specialist, working on special projects for the Recruitment and Extension departments. She chose to return to her native state of Texas and settled into Austin with a job at The Creative Group. Her Alpha Phi hat has been changed to the volunteer side as she currently serves as a Collegiate Chapter Administrator, and as the Recruitment Advisor of the Phi chapter at Oklahoma.