By Auva Saghafi



What to do While in Austin for SXSW EDU 2024

With so much excitement going on during SXSW EDU, it’s hard to imagine having time to squeeze in anything else. Still, you might find yourself with some extra time in your itinerary that you can use to explore the city.

Austin is full of outdoor activities, entertainment, and eats. Check out some of your options below:


Lady Bird Lake | This trail is popular for a reason. Get an early morning workout by running, walking, or biking along the trail, or if you love the water, you can rent a paddleboard, kayak, boat, and more to enjoy views of downtown Austin.

Mount Bonnell | Take a quick drive for a short hike to and take in the best views of Lake Austin and the surrounding hills at Mount Bonnell.

Zilker Park | Visit Austin’s oldest metropolitan park, Zilker Park, to take part or watch people practicing yoga, playing volleyball, and running with their dogs, while enjoying the outdoors.


Broken Spoke | Get the real Texas experience at the Broken Spoke, where you can learn how to Texas Two-Step, enjoy live music, and eat amazing southern food.

Blanton Museum of Art | If you love art, you won’t want to miss the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas. As one of the largest university museums in the U.S., the Blanton is home to more than 21,000 works of art.

The State Capitol | As the capital of Texas, Austin is home to the State Capitol Building. Take free guided or self-guided tours of the building, which open every day of the week.


The Driskill Grill | Visit the historic Driskill hotel, the oldest operating hotel in Austin, and then enjoy a bite to eat at the connected restaurant, The Driskill Grill, featuring old-fashioned leather furnishings and woodsy decor.

Home Slice Pizza | Home Slice Pizza is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic, New-York style pizza with fresh ingredients. With a location on South Congress, you can take your pizza to-go and enjoy some Austin sightseeing.

Matt’s El Rancho | If you want authentic Tex-Mex, look no further than Matt’s El Rancho. This family-owned Austin staple makes everything from scratch daily, so your food will always be fresh.

These suggestions are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring Austin, Texas. Looking for more suggestions? Visit or check out the Instagram accounts @whenwherewhataustin and @365thingsaustin to name a few.

Join Your Community in March

Join us for SXSW EDU 2024 from March 4-7 in Austin, Texas. Don’t forget to Register and book your hotel early, and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know of any event information leading up to the event.

Photo by Tico Mendoza.

By Auva Saghafi