19 Reasons to Head to Austin This Summer

Music, New Eats, and Hotel Treats


The thought of Austin is music to your ears. Here, several more reasons to tune in.

Pachanga Latino Music Festival sets up stage May 21. Besides live acts, including headliner (and three-time Grammy-winning band) Ozomatli, the one-day fiesta includes art exhibits and neat eats for just $15 per advance ticket or $20 at the door. On June 10, local band The Strange Boys lights up The Mohawk with its indie rock brew. Snag a seat for $12 at the door.

Travaasa Austin, a new hotel nestled in 200-plus acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve overlooking Lake Travis, is now taking reservations. The hideaway has de rigueur features such as a spa, cooking classes, and restaurant, as well as not-your-average amenities like archery, rope courses, and a mechanical bull workout. The Renaissance Austin Hotel’s just-launched Navigate Your Night program provides guests with custom city guides (best patio bar, hidden-gem vintage shops) after a quick one-on-one. For well-heeled travelers, Hotel Saint Cecilia takes 10 percent off rooms booked this month for stays in June through August with code DailyCandy.

four seasons hotel austin!BE A SPORT
Lake Austin Spa Resort teaches ABS-solutely Paddle Board, a killer core-toning class on the lake, and other water activities (hydro-biking, anyone?). They’re just the ticket before dinner by the retreat’s new chef, Stephane Beaucamp, who uses fresh herbs and veggies from the house garden. Hardcore has off-the-beaten-path fitness like Barre — a 45-minute workout that mixes yoga, dumbbells, and a bar — and Zenride, a cycling sweat session with upper body and breathing exercises. Afterward, indulge in the Four Seasons’s spa happy hour (Monday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m.) and get $50 off any 50- or 80-minute massage, facial, or body treatment, plus a glass of cava.

ely kim boombox!CULTURE STOCK
In June, visit Sixth Street’s Russell Collection to see of more than 30 Charles Umlauf sculptures, including two made with former student Farrah Fawcett. Through August 28, Arthouse presents Boombox, an exhibit showcasing artist Ely Kim dancing in 100 locations, from bathrooms to classrooms, through 100 pop songs (hello, ABBA).

Homegrown resto Foreign & Domestic just added Sunday brunch (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) with funky a la carte plates like pork pie, cottage cheese pancakes, and buttermilk French toast with rhubarb jam. The W hotel’s Trace hosts S.I.P. (Social Interactive Playtime) with daily drink and nibble specials (4-6:30 p.m.) at the bar. For something a little stiffer, pull up a seat to the recently opened Garrison Brothers bourbon distillery (the first legal one in Texas) just outside town.

That should give you plenty of sound bites.

Photos: Kevin Winter / Getty Images; Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Austin; Courtesy of Arthouse

austin!While you’re there, check out the rest of our Austin favorites.

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
Travaasa Austin Hotel
13500 FM 2769
Austin, TX 78726
Hotel Saint Cecilia
112 Academy Dr
bt Music & Melissa Lns
Austin, TX 78704
Foreign & Domestic
306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
Russell Collection
1137 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
W Austin
200 Lavaca St
@ W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
Pachanga Latino Music Festival
2101 Jesse East Segovia St
Lady Bird Lake
Austin, TX 78702
Garrison Brothers Distillery
1827 Hye-Albert Rd
Hye, TX 78635
The Mohawk Austin
912 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
2210 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
Arthouse at the Jones Center
700 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S Quinlan Park Rd
Austin, TX 78732