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National Austin Day

Calling all Austinites! Get ready to celebrate your city and show off that southern charm on National Austin Day - let's keep it weird together.
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Get ready to celebrate all things Austin on January 9 for National Austin Day! This day is dedicated to honoring the vibrant city of Austin, Texas and all it has to offer. From its rich history as the state capital, to its thriving music and arts scene, to its delicious food and drinks, there's something for everyone in this beloved city. So whether you're a native Austinite or just visiting for the first time, be sure to join in on the festivities and show some love for this unique and charming city.

History of National Austin Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1839</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Austin Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The city of Austin, Texas was founded, named after Stephen F. Austin, known as the "Father of Texas".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Live Music Capital"</div><div class='timeline-text'>The city's burgeoning music scene led to Austin being dubbed "The Live Music Capital of the World".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Keep Austin Weird"</div><div class='timeline-text'>The slogan "Keep Austin Weird" became popular, celebrating the city's eclectic and unique identity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tech Boom in Austin</div><div class='timeline-text'>Austin becomes a major hub for the tech industry, with several big-name companies setting up headquarters in the city.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Austin Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>A holiday was created to celebrate the city of Austin, its culture, music, food, arts, and its unique “weird” charm.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Austin Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore Austin's famous landmarks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day wandering around Austin and checking out all the iconic landmarks like the State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake, and the University of Texas campus.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a live music show</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, so what better way to celebrate than by attending a concert or show? Check out local venues for upcoming events.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try some Austin-inspired dishes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>From BBQ to Tex-Mex, Austin has a variety of delicious food options. Celebrate by trying some of the city's most iconic dishes like breakfast tacos or Franklin's BBQ.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a street art tour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Austin is known for its vibrant and unique street art. Join a tour or explore on your own to discover some of the city's most famous murals and graffiti.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an Austin-themed game night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and have an Austin-themed game night! Play games like "Austinopoly" or have a trivia competition about the city's history and culture.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Austin Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Austin is a vibrant and diverse city</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Austin Day is a celebration of all the amazing things that make Austin unique. From its eclectic music scene to its delicious food, there's something for everyone in this vibrant and diverse city.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a day to support local businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the best ways to celebrate National Austin Day is by supporting local businesses. Whether it's trying out a new restaurant or buying products made by Austin-based companies, you'll not only have a great time but also help boost the local economy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a reminder to explore and appreciate our own cities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>With busy lives and packed schedules, it's easy to overlook the beauty and excitement in our own cities. National Austin Day encourages us to take the time to explore and appreciate all the wonderful things that are right in our own backyards.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts for National Austin Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Austin is the Bat Capital of the World</h3><p class='facts-content'>More than 1.5 million bats reside underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin - the largest urban bat colony in the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World's First Vegan Strip Club is in Austin</h3><p class='facts-content'>In line with the city's "keep it weird" motto, Austin was home to the world's first vegan strip club, proving Austin's dedication to diversity and inclusivity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Austin's Annual O.Henry Pun-Off</h3><p class='facts-content'>Established in 1978, this pun contest held in the name of American short story writer O. Henry exemplifies Austin's quirky character.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Austin's Love for Tacos</h3><p class='facts-content'>Tacos are such a fundamental part of Austin's food culture that a local resident once tried to have a "Taco Journalism" course approved at the University of Texas at Austin.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Eeyore's Birthday tradition</h3><p class='facts-content'>Every last weekend in April, Austin residents spread "Peace, Love & Happiness" by celebrating Eeyore's Birthday, an annual city tradition from Winnie the Pooh, started in 1963 by UT students.</p></div></div>

National Austin Day FAQs

When is National Austin Day?

National Austin Day is celebrated on January 9 every year. In 2024 National Austin Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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