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- Go see a live show at Stubb's
Transforming from a restaurant to an impressive concert venue, Stubb's uniquely hosts headliner talent like country star Keith Urban as well as local talent like alt-rock band Sharks in the Deep End. Named one of America's 50 best concert venues, Stubb's is a one-of-a-kind place to see your favorite artists.
- Apply to be an extra on a film or TV show
One of the best parts of being in college in Austin is the ability to get involved in the film industry. How many other Texas cities can say that? Production happens year-round in our fair city, and it's surprisingly easy to get a gig as an extra. Casting companies like Beth Sepko and Michael Druck Casting are always on the hunt for fresh new faces. Hey, it might be your big break.
- Go Two-Steppin' at Broken Spoke
Grab your friends or your honey and head over to South Lamar to Broken Spoke for a night of dance. One of Austin's most recognized dance halls, Broken Spoke is the perfect place to learn how to two-step. Or if you've already mastered it, head on out on Friday night and get boogyin'.
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- Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day
Make a splash into the new year by heading over to Barton Springs Pool for the Polar Bear Plunge. Join other Austinites as they jump into the Arctic pool's 68-degree water to start anew for 2019. You're gonna want to bring cozy blankets and a hot beverage in a thermos to keep warm afterwards. Stay a while and enjoy free doughnuts, drinks, and free merch.
- Mozart's Christmas Light Show
Save the Trail of Lights for another night and head out to Tarrytown to Mozart's for a light show like you've never seen before. This little coffee shop hangs millions of lights in and around their patio (beautiful to look at in itself) and puts on an elaborate show that's sure to put you in the holiday spirits.
- 2 AM Pizza on Dirty 6th
Late night pizza is one thing. 6thStreet Pizza at 2 in the morning is something else. There's just something about standing in the Roppolo's line with your posse, that freshly baked pizza smell moving towards you in the wind, and the promise of a hot slice in your hands after a night of drinking & dancing. Mmmm, ain't nothing like it.
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- Leave your mark at the Graffiti Park
Austin is one the nation's most artistic cities. Murals on almost every block, we are known for being an electric and vibrant place. But, if you haven't yet been asked to commission a mural and/or don't want to get a rap sheet for vandalism, head over to Austin's Graffiti Park located on North Lamar. You can freely paint and spray paint as much or as little as you want. The views of Downtown are a major plus too. Make your mark before the park moves in October!
- Big Boobie Bingo
Austin's original Drag Bingo is Big Boobie Bingo at Maria's Taco Xpress. The first Tuesday of every month, a mishmash of people head into the famous Taqueria to play bingo with Austin drag queens CupCake and Maeve Haven. The two notorious hostesses keep the crowd laughing with their banter while calling out bingo numbers, while the guests munch on Maria's famous tacos and margs. (Fun fact: Celebrities often stop by Taco Xpress. We've heard Johnny Depp's been by there on multiple occasions).
- Ghost Hunt at the Driskill
Built in 1886, this hotel is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. Walking in, you are welcomed by a brilliantly decorated lobby, polished marbled floors, and the energy from Austin's buzzing downtown. Beyond that though, lies a history of creepy and violent events from the hotel's historical guests. Reports have suggested that the hotel's namesake Civil War Colonel Jesse Driskill makes his presence known through cigar smoke, especially in rooms occupied by women. Elevators operating while empty, furniture moving around on its own, etc. Grab a room for a night and decide for yourself if the Driskill is really haunted or if it's just an urban legend.
- Grab breakfast tacos at Maria's Taco Xpress
Maria's Taco Xpress is a must-visit Austin eatery. Eclectic and eccentric, Taco Xpress captures the best of Austin and what helps Keep Austin Weird. Deemed "South Austin's Taco Queen" by the Austin Chronicle, owner Maria Corbalan has been satisfying taco lovers all over Austin for the past 21 years. You can often find Maria at the Taco Xpress giving out hugs, laughing, and greeting everyone warmly. Among our regulars and out-of-town visitors, we've had the pleasure of hosting Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri, both of whom paid us a visit while exploring the city of Austin. As well as many other celebrities over the years, like regular Johnny Depp. Come "experience" the lively atmosphere at Maria's, and see why so many people call this place home.
- Dance your heart out at Barbarella's
Voted Austin's best Dance Club for 5 years in a row, "Barb's" in the Red River District is an imperative stop for any Longhorn. Home to TuezGayz on Tuesdays, Grits n' Gravy: Soul, Rocl & Roll on Thursdays, and '80s Nights on Fridays, this place has a dedicated playlist and crowd for every type of Longhorn!
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- Volunteer at one of many Austin Nonprofits.
Take the weekend the give back to a cause that's important to you. Austin has so many different organizations that all focus on a particular goal and vision. Whether you want to work with four-legged pals at Austin Pets! Alive, or connect with someone special at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Taking the time to truly integrate yourself with the community will only improve your college experience and enhance your outlook moving forward. Let us know which of these you've already completed and how many you have left to go!