Hot Luck Fest Returns and More Fun Things to Do in Austin This Weekend (2023)

Oh the joy of a three-day weekend! It’s a glee comparable only to happy hour margaritas at El Arroyo, or a short line at Franklin’s Barbecue. With all that free time (and an extra morning to sleep off the hangover), the activities around Austin this weekend should look even more appealing. And, considering there’s food, film, and Greek festivals on deck, you may need a fourth day off to recover from all the excitement. Here’s everything fun to do in Austin this (long) weekend.

Grub down and groove out at Hot Luck Fest

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May 25–28
Various locations
The event every Austin foodie has been patiently training their stomachs for has finally arrived: the highly anticipated return of Hot Luck Fest. And, this year, the list of chefs from around the country who are descending on the city to showcase their styles will have your tastebuds quaking with excitement. Get ready for a three-day dive into the dishes of your dreams, served up by both out-of-town wonders, such as Row 34’s Jeremy Sewall and Mister Mao’s Sophina Uong, and the best our hometown has to offer, such as Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi of Nixta Taqueria and Evan LeRoy of Leroy & Lewis. After you treat your belly, you can treat your ears with the Fest’s slate of fantastic live shows. Performances from various artists, including Superfónicos and Robert Ellis, will have you dancing away all those excessive calories.
Cost: Cost of tickets vary based on event, check website for more details

May 25–28
Austin Film Society Cinema
If there’s anything the Tiger King era gave us, besides memes for days, it was a reawakening of a passion for documentary storytelling among the general population. Lean into your genre obsession this weekend at Austin Film Society’s annual Doc Days festival. The arthouse cinema is hosting eleven documentaries from around the world, many of which feature post-screening Q&As with the filmmakers. Highlights include opening night film, The Eternal Memory, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Milisuthando, an poetic portrait of a post-apartheid South Africa.
Cost: Ticket prices vary based on screening, check individual links for more details.

Celebrate Memorial Day the Austin way

May 26–29
Various locations
Even if your apartment on Rainey Street is way too small for a grill, you can still get festive for the holiday in true Austin fashion: with local live music shows. Kick off the good vibes on Friday with Cazayoux, who will be dishing out tunes with funky flavor for their album release party at. Then, spend Saturday night at Whitewater Music Amphitheater and take in an electric set by the city’s famous native sons, Spoon. Keep the energy going on Sunday as psychedelic dream-band, Annabelle Chairlegs, headlines at Hotel Vegas. If you’re feeling bold (and hungry), the East Austin venue is even hosting a pre-show hot dog eating contest. Finally, on Monday, close out the music marathon with a Lone Star legend, Dale Watson, as he shows off his trademark licks at equally legendary venue, The Continental Club.
Cost: Prices vary based on event, check individual links for more information.

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May 26-May 29
Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
Those looking for delicious, tzatziki-filled gyros in the Greek food desert that is Austin can finally cry out “opa” in joy. This weekend, the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Austin Greek Festival is here to deliver all the great Aegan-adjacent grub that the city is normally lacking. In addition to the previously mentioned fan-favorite pita wrap, you can also dig into other traditional favorites like pasta-based pastitiso, the classic Greek salad known as horiatiki, and loukoumades, the Greek take on fried dough. And, when this food bonanza leads to an inevitable stomach ache, you can enjoy the rest of the Festival’s activities, including live music, Greek dancing, and a marketplace.
Cost: $5 admission.

Watch classic movies in a classic setting

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May 26–28
The Paramount Theatre
This weekend, one of the city’s most treasured summer events returns: the Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theater. For those who haven’t had the chance to catch a flick at this historic location, its flashing marquee, colossal screen, and buttery popcorn make it nothing short of a cinephile’s dream. While the series continues throughout the summer and into September, the theme of the kickoff weekend is beloved blockbusters. Screenings include The Neverending Story, Jaws, Escape from New York, and, the classic of all classics, Casablanca. Here’s looking at you, Austin.
Cost: Tickets cost $14 per person.

May 27
1000 E. 51st Street
It seems like every weekend in Bat City provides at least one local pop-up market for you to push the limits of your credit at. But, this Saturday, you can at least use the excuse of exploring an adored Austin area as justification for all those purchases. Spend the day at a plot outside the Beardbrand campus, where the North Loop Pop-Up Market will sprawl out the goods from 10 AM to 4 PM. And, since the event is being hosted by experts in all things thrift, Lonesome Wolf Vintage, you best believe that the stacks of treasures being offered up by a long list of vendors will make for a serious afternoon of browsing. In addition to drool-worthy vintage, there will also be booths selling original artwork, custom hats, and jewelry. And, after you practice self-care in the form of retail therapy, you can dig into various food and beverage offerings, as well as tunes provided by Tropicana Joe.
Cost: Free admission.

May 26–29
979 Springdale Rd
Good news for “indoor kids” everywhere: Your distaste for camping will no longer keep you from experiencing Texas’s beautiful state parks and preserves. Seek outdoor vacation salvation in the form of a tricked-out ride from luxury van rental company, Vanish. At the company’s newly opened Austin location, you can level up your nature game by taking out a “cabin on wheels” for a weekend (or longer). The van’s amenities, which include a queen-size bed, shower with hot water, toilet, kitchen, and cookware, will let you traverse the Lone Star terrain with finesse. And, since the roadsters are all pet-friendly, your best fur friend can even tag along for the trip.
Cost: Rental prices vary based on date and model. Price quotes can be generated on their website’s booking page.

May 26–29
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin’s wonderful museums are truly some of the most underrated gems in the entire city. This statement rings especially true when considering the recent renovations at local landmark art institute, the Blanton. This month, the stunning results of the museum’s two-year long makeover were finally unveiled to the public. Previous visitors will notice various updates upon walking through the Blanton’s doors, such as a new check-in entrance and a vibrant installation composed of multicolored threads. However, the biggest changes can be discovered outside the building itself. The updated grounds, which include an outdoor sound gallery, grassy patio complete with rocking chairs, and canopy of three story-tall “petal” sculptures, are perfect for a post-gallery hang.
Cost: Tickets for adults run $15 per person.

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Hot Luck Fest Returns and More Fun Things to Do in Austin This Weekend? ›

About this event

Workshops are being held each day by some of the best dance teachers coming in from all over the world to teach in Austin for this special weekend. Socials are every night with DJs and live music! Saturday night has a showcase that is open for anyone who wants to audition.

What is Austin Fusion Festival? ›

About this event

Workshops are being held each day by some of the best dance teachers coming in from all over the world to teach in Austin for this special weekend. Socials are every night with DJs and live music! Saturday night has a showcase that is open for anyone who wants to audition.

Where is Austin Music Festival? ›

What is Austin Texas known for? ›

What is Austin, Texas Best Known For? Known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin, Texas is home to hundreds of live music venues and some of the premier music festivals in the country.

What is the meaning of hot luck? ›

: unusually lucky or favorable. on a hot streak. : temporarily capable of unusual performance (as in a sport)

How much are tickets for Fusion Festival? ›

By the way, the holiday-comunist extravaganza will take place in 2023 from 28 June to 2 July. As this year, a ticket will cost 220€.

Who is playing at the Austin City Limits Festival? ›

WHO'S PERFORMING AT AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022? The headliners for ACL Fest 2022 include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lil Nas X, P! nk, Kacey Musgraves, Paramore, The Chicks, SZA and Flume.

What is the biggest music festival in Austin Texas? ›

Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL Festival is a two-weekend event that brings together more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages.

Can you go to SXSW for free? ›

Are there any free SXSW events? While badges are pricey — $995 for a music badge, the cheapest, and $1,995 for an all-inclusive platinum badge — SXSW also heralds a week of free fun for Austinites. Some of it is part of the official event.

Who is performing at South by Southwest 2023? ›

J.I.D. and Saba; Jay Wheeler and Cuco; Remi Wolf and Mariah the Scientist; Koffee, Chlöe Bailey and a surprise guest — all of these artists will hit the stage at SXSW 2023 for major sets at Rolling Stone's Future of Music showcase, taking place March 14–17 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin.

What is the rich city in Austin? ›

Richest Neighborhoods in Austin
  • Old Enfield. Old Enfield is the richest neighborhood in Austin. ...
  • Bryker Woods. The second-richest neighborhood in Austin is Bryker Woods. ...
  • South River City. ...
  • Zilker Inner City. ...
  • Bouldin Creek. ...
  • Rosedale. ...
  • Barton Creek. ...
  • Downtown Austin.
Feb 24, 2023

What is the most famous Austin Street? ›

Sixth Street (Austin, Texas)
Sixth Street Historic District
Historic buildings lining Sixth Street
Wikimedia | © OpenStreetMap
LocationRoughly bounded by 5th, 7th, Lavaca Streets and I-35, Austin, Texas
Coordinates30°16′2″N 97°44′23″W
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What is Austin Texas most popular street? ›

Sixth Street is distinctly Austin. With its colorful and bustling array of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, it's a sure bet for experiencing local characters and the vibrancy of the city.

What does hot food mean? ›

Hot food means foods such as hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers and/or similar hand-held sandwiches prepared on a grill or a barbecue on site and does not include any foods prepared using quantities of cooking oils in fryers and/or other cooking devices. Sample 1.

What does hot mean in English slang? ›

Slang. sexually aroused; lustful. sexy; attractive.

What does saying hot mean? ›

informal. sexually attractive, or feeling sexually excited: She's really hot!

What should I bring to Fusion Festival? ›

Packliste Fusion Festival
  • Geld & Finanzen. Pass auf dein Geld auf. ...
  • Hygiene. ...
  • Kleidung. ...
  • Kochen / Grillen. ...
  • Essen / Trinken. ...
  • Medikamente / Apotheke. ...
  • Papiere & Unterlagen. ...
  • Rucksäcke & Taschen.

How many people are at Fusion Festival? ›

More than 200 different groups, as well as many super committed lone fighters, form this network, which realises the festival every year. About 10,000 sympathisers from Mecklenburg and all other parts of the republic or the world work in this Fusion network during the festival, among them about 2,500 supporters.

What time does the Fusion Festival end? ›

In 2020 and 2021 the event was cancelled due to the pandemic. It returned on July 23rd and 24th in 2022. This year the festival runs from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on both days on July 22nd and 23rd, 2023. It's entirely free to attend!

What to wear to Austin City Limits concert? ›

So, what should you wear to ACL Festival? Well, your best bet is to wear clothes with cotton, linen, rayon, or any fabrics that are best for keeping you cool in sweaty and hot settings. For instance, you can wear your shortest shorts (seriously..

How fast do ACL tickets sell out? ›

Three-day wristbands for both weekends of ACL Fest sold out on the very first day in less than three hours. Depending in the lineups by day, the single-day tickets are also expected to sell out fast.

Can kids attend Austin City Limits? ›

Our beloved Austin Kiddie Limits will return in 2023. ACL Fest still welcomes music fans of all ages, including kids. More information about Austin Kiddie Limits programming will be available closer to the festival dates. For information on our age policy, click here.

Which Austin nightclub is known as the granddaddy of Austin music venues? ›

The Continental Club has showcased blues, rock and folk music since 1957, earning it the title, "Granddaddy of Austin music venues." Antone's, Austin's "home of the blues," is where Stevie Ray Vaughan cut his proverbial teeth.

What is the biggest music city in Texas? ›

Austin, Texas, is America's No. 1 live music city, with an average of five concert venues per capita — plus nine music festivals planned for 2022, which is almost 2x more than the average U.S. city!

How much are Austin City Limits festivals? ›

How much does it cost to get into the Austin City Limits Music Festival? There are three tickets available for ACL 2022. A one-day ticket for GA starts at $170, GA+ at $325, VIP from $705, and Platinum tickets for $2205. 3-Day ticket prices start at $355 for GA and Platinum starts at $5705.

What events are free at SXSW? ›

No badge needed with our guide to free events at SXSW 2023
  • Dillon T. Pickles Austin Throwdown. ...
  • Dr. Martens Presents. ...
  • Coca-Cola Move. ...
  • Padded Room Concert Series. ...
  • KUTX Live at Scholz Garden. ...
  • Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion. ...
  • Tiger Den Showcase. ...
  • So Satisfying House.
Mar 1, 2023

How much does it cost to enter SXSW? ›

SXSW is really pricey! $1495 Film and TV Badge | March 10-18, 2023. The Film and TV Badge gives you primary access to most of the film and tv events, and film screenings, as well as secondary access to some of the interactive and music tracks. $895 Music Badge | March 13-18, 2023.

How much do SXSW tickets cost? ›

South by Southwest tickets to attend SXSW Music can cost around $1,695 for a music badge. A badge to attend SXSW Film can cost around $1,895 to attend all screenings. While tickets to attend SXSW Interactive usually cost about $1,395.

Is Dolly Parton at SXSW? ›

Dolly Parton came to SXSW, rhinestoned the blockchain and gave Austin an eternal memory.

Will Southwest extend a list status in 2023? ›

"For our Members, A-List, A-List Preferred and Companion Pass Members that had not yet qualified or requalified for A-List, A-List Preferred or Companion Pass for 2023, we have extended the date by which they must requalify from the end of December, (as is typical every year) to the end of January 2023."

Is SXSW by Southwest Airlines? ›

Overview. South by Southwest, also known as South By or SXSW, is an annual conference and festival that combines education, music, film, and media.

What billionaires live in Austin? ›

Other Austin residents on the list include:
  • Robert Smith, founder of Austin-based Vista Equity, ranked No. 261 with a net worth of $8 billion, an increase from $6.7 billion in 2022.
  • Thai Lee, CEO of IT provider SHI, ranked No. ...
  • John Paul DeJoria, founder of Patron Spirits Co.
Apr 7, 2023

What is the top 1% income in Austin? ›

According to the analysis, which considered census and income data, you need to make more than $142,000 to be considered rich in Austin. The study also lists Austin's median income as $72,000 and says you have to earn $424,507 to be included in the top 1 percent.

Where do rich people hang in Austin? ›

If you want to find where the richest people in the Austin area live, zip on over to Steiner Ranch in West Austin.

What is the coolest area in Austin Texas? ›

Downtown Austin has become the mecca of cool and comfort where highrise residential buildings stand as well as home to outstanding local restaurants and bustling bars are. Some of the well-known entertainment districts in the area are 6th Street, Rainey Street, Seaholm District, and Warehouse District.

What street of houses turned into bars Austin? ›

Once a sleepy residential area, the Rainey Street district has become an entertainment hot spot of bungalows-turned-bars, high-end hotels and live music venues in a tucked-away corner of Downtown Austin. Find out where to go and what to do on this street that never sleeps.

What is the best walking street in Austin Texas? ›

Congress is one of the nicest streets in Austin to walk for people watching and views of the state Capital. They've also done a lot of new construction along the avenue so the architecture is nice to look at. There are restaurants and coffee shops on both sides so you can just choose to sit and people watch.

What is the nice side of Austin? ›

South Congress is possibly the best-known neighborhood in Austin—they call it SoCo. It's filled with locally-founded boutique stores, shops, diners, coffeehouses, and bars. California-style food trucks started in this area of town and spread all over Austin quickly after.

Why is slaughter lane called that? ›

Slaughter Lane

Named from nearby Slaughter Creek, which was named for Stephen F. Slaughter, who received the original grant of land in the area on March 12, 1835, and was one of the first settlers in the current Travis County area (originally part of Bastrop County).

Is Austin Texas a party town? ›

Austin is known as a party town, and our 10 Best Nightlife list is meant to give you a good start on the nearly endless options around town.

What race has the highest spice tolerance? ›

A recent “Flavor Trend Category Report” by Technomic concludes that Asian people have the highest tolerance for spicy foods, while Caucasians have the least.

Which fruit is cooling for body? ›

Fruits – Best fruits for summer are watermelons, muskmelons and citrus fruits. Watermelons are full of water and are great as juice or just chopped up. Muskmelons and other varieties of melon are also cooling and healthy in the heat.

What does Garam food mean? ›

I am sorry to throw "cold" water on this "hot" topic, but the Hindi word garam simply means "hot, warm". In English too we talk about "hot" foods, like hot peppers, which are not actually hot, but simply spicy, body-warming.

What do you call an attractive man? ›

Sexually attractive men - thesaurus
  • Adonis. noun. a very attractive young man.
  • babe magnet. noun. humorous an attractive man.
  • beefcake. noun. informal attractive men with large muscles, or pictures of men like this.
  • god. noun. a man who is extremely attractive.
  • heart-throb. noun. ...
  • hunk. noun. ...
  • ladies' man. noun. ...
  • lady-killer. noun.

What does calling a woman hot mean? ›

A hot girl or guy is a woman or man who is considered very sexually attractive.

What does hot mean to a girl? ›

We're talking “currently popular, fashionable, or in demand” as well as “sexually attractive”.

What does cute mean to a girl? ›

Cute means pretty or attractive.

What does hot mean vulgar? ›

(slang, of a person) Very physically and/or sexually attractive. That stripper is hot! (slang) Sexual or sexy; involving sexual intercourse or sexual excitement. quotations ▼ (slang) Sexually aroused; randy.

Why is calling someone hot disrespectful? ›

It's a word that has a heavy sexual connotation. A few people appreciate being referred to as hot. Many more think it is inappropriate and somewhat offensive.

What kind of music is at Fusion Festival? ›

Register for Fusion What: register for Fusion Festival / Where: Germany / Date: summer 2023 / Genre: Electronic, Techno The Fusion Festival...

What happens at Austin Film Festival? ›

There are meet and greets with many writers and producers as well as parties where you can meet lots of industry people. In fact, many people have gotten their scripts sold and found new opportunities by attending the festival. To hear some of our success stories, visit the Success Stories page.

What is fusion dance competition? ›

Fusion Dance takes the same kind of serious turn away from the classic style of ballroom dance by allowing dance partners freedom of movement and improvisational style that comes from deep within the creative layers of dancers' souls.

What do you wear to Austin Film Festival? ›

Anything from jeans and a t-shirt to your Sunday best. If you're up for a competition award you might have to make a speech so be prepped for pictures!

What are five fusion songs? ›

12 Best Classical Fusion Songs
  • Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin – Prabhati (1967) ...
  • Ananda Shankar – Snow Flower (1970) ...
  • Shakti – Mind Ecology (1977) ...
  • Louiz Banks with Sangam – Prayanam (1983) ...
  • L Subramaniam, Stephane Grappelli – Conversation (1984) ...
  • Ry Cooder, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – A Meeting By The River (1993)
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Who puts on the Austin Food and Wine festival? ›

Partners for the festival include Tim Love, Tyson Cole, Jesse Herman and the C3 Presents organization, a concert promotion, event production and artist management company based in Austin.

What is Armadillo Austin music venue? ›

The Armadillo opened its doors in August 1970 and quickly became the focus for much of the city's musical life. With an eventual capacity of 1,500, the hall featured a varied fare of blues, rock, jazz, folk, and country music in an informal, open atmosphere.

What is the biggest dance competition? ›

Battle of the Year, Various Locations Worldwide. Battle of the Year–also known to some as the World Cup of Dancing–is widely regarded as one of the most competitive break dancing competitions in the world. In 2022, the competition was held in Japan for the first time in its 32-year history.

How much does fusion dance last? ›

The total fusion time lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the amount of ki that is used.

What happens at a dance competition? ›

During the competition, dancers in a variety of categories compete against one another in front of a panel of judges to receive feedback, adjudication scores, and placement awards. Typically, competitions will group dancers according to one or more category to make the adjudication process easier.

Can you wear shorts to bars in Austin? ›

It's about as anything goes as you can get in Texas. You really can wear whatever you want.

What is Austin casual dress? ›

Austin is the most casually chic city in Texas. The style is relaxed and trendy, but there's still that country flair. Distressed denim pants and shorts with a simple top, complemented by a sun hat or fedora, go a long way.

What do girls wear to Austin City Limits? ›

The best outfits for a music festival are comfy clothes. Go for cute AND comfortable standard summer clothes, like sleeveless shirts, button shirts, cropped tops, little dresses, and shorts. It's best to wear light and breathable clothes so you don't overheat during the day.


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