Austin has no shortage of enriching experiences to engage in — museums aplenty, for example — but perhaps no one place has quite as much genuine Texas history encased within its walls as the appropriately-named Bullock Texas State History Museum. Recognizable by the enormous Texas star adorning its front lawn at the corner of Congress Ave and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the museum opens its doors to the public for free on the first Sunday of each month, giving even more visitors than usual the opportunity to learn “The Story of Texas.” Open from noon to six during the monthly event, it’s the perfect place to spend an air-conditioned afternoon winding down the weekend and enjoying an educational experience rich with local culture.
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 North Congress Ave
Free the first Sunday of each month, noon – 6 pm
Tickets for adults during regular hours range from $9 to $18
There’s no shortage of fresh, organic, local food to be found in Austin, and since last fall, there’s been yet another hub for the finest the area’s farms have to offer: the Mueller Farmers’ Market
convenes every Sunday, rain or shine, from 10 am to 2 pm under the old airport hangar in the new Mueller development just northeast of Austin’s city center. With more than 40 vendors’ crops from which to choose, you’re bound to find something delicious plucked right out of the fertile Central Texas soil just for you. Be sure to get there early, before all the prettiest fruits and veggies are plucked up by someone else. Bon appetit, y’all!
Mueller Farmers’ Market, Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, rain or shine
Browning Hangar on Airport Boulevard in the Mueller development
Admission is free
Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
Few things are as quintessentially Austin in nature as whiling away the late afternoon hours on a patio or porch with a drink in hand, enjoying good company and good music as the sun sets in the distance. Knowing this, the folks behind ACL Live host “The Wine Down,” a 10-week series of free events each spring, bringing together the best local live music with drink specials, tasty bites and a heaping helping of laid-back downtown atmosphere. Each Wednesday through June 5, the ACL Live music porch opens to the public for free with a midweek happy hour that’s not to be missed.
ACL Live Music Porch, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd (2nd and Lavaca)
Wednesdays, 5-7 pm, now through June 5
Admission is free: see website for live music schedule and details
Good music and hot dogs. Does it get any better than that? We don’t think so either. That’s why we’re excited about the new Motown on Mondays
event taking place weekly at Frank — that downtown hub of amazing hot dogs and coffee. Starting at 9 pm each Monday, you can shake off those beginning-of-the-workweek blues to the sounds of Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Isley Brothers and more, all while enjoying a tasty hunk of meat on a bun. Sometimes the simplest pleasures in life are the greatest ones, don’t you think?
Motown on Mondays – dance parties at Frank (details
Corner of 4th Street and Colorado, downtown
Mondays at 9 pm throughout the spring