TOP OUTDOOR VENUES IN AUSTIN
Austin is home to amazing outdoor venues that are perfect for all types of meetings and events. Check out an array of spaces that include rural ranches, urban beer gardens and rooftop decks with skyline views. Here are a few of our favorites, find a more comprehensive list in our digital venue guide.
Moody Center Rendering. Credit Moody Center.
Major League Soccer has come to Austin, along with the new 20,500-seat Q2 Stadium, where the Austin FC plays. Expect to see co-owner and Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey cheering on the team in the stands. One of the unique features of the modern, multi-purpose venue is an outdoor amphitheater which has a maximum capacity of 3,000.
Waterloo Greenway, along Waller Creek in downtown Austin, features art installations and concerts at Symphony Square, an open-air amphitheater. Coming in August 2021, the revamped Waterloo Park will unveil the architecturally stunning Moody Amphitheater, which will present regular concerts and cultural events, along with 11 acres of revitalized greenspace that includes gardens and hiking trails.
The Live Music Capital of the World® will soon have another world-class venue to add to the mix with the Moody Center, opening in early 2022. The new arena is located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, setting the stage for the Texas Longhorns Men's and Women's Basketball teams. Moody Center is designed to hold 15,000 seats, providing an impressive venue for touring concerts and shows, as well as a variety of special events. Attendees can take advantage of the Center's spacious balconies with stunning downtown views, as well as an expansive plaza.
Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden.
At fun-loving Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, the picnic tables are spread across the huge beer garden, 100+ craft beers are served on tap and the menu consists of 30 different house-made sausages (ranging from wild game to veggie) cooked on a sizzling grill. Live music and pig roasts are part of the raucous Banger’s experience. Book a small dinner party (for groups of 12+) or rent the whole place out for a private event (1,000 people maximum), Mondays through Thursdays.
Go rural with your next event at Star Hill Ranch near Bee Cave. Star Hill is a re-creation of an early-1900s Texas Hill Country community, made up of actual historic buildings that have been relocated from throughout the state and centered around the quaint Pontotoc Chapel. All of the venue buildings are situated on the Main Street Plaza, which is illuminated overhead with carnival lighting and is the perfect spot for outdoor receptions and dinner parties, as well as tented events. Depending on the event, Star Hill can accommodate anywhere from 20 to 2,000 guests, and vintage props are available for rental. The Reception/Banquet Hall is a converted 1920s school that features large, open indoor space, along with a covered veranda and lawn seating. The larger Fitzhugh Building can accommodate events for 300+ guests.
For an intimate gathering at an iconic Austin locale, visit Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill. Located across from the Austin Convention Center and just steps from some of the city's most noteworthy hotels and entertainment areas, Moonshine offers an outdoor patio and plenty of classic comfort fare. Located in the historic Waterloo area and housed in a refurbished 1852 mercantile, Moonshine serves up innovative down-home cooking in a casual atmosphere that defines Austin. The festive patio areas are perfect for larger events in every season.
Fair Market. Credit Nick Simonite.
Located close to downtown, Fair Market is a unique community space housed in a funky, quonset hut-style building. Set in the vibrant East Austin neighborhood, Fair Market also offers a versatile outdoor space. The expansive interior features 16,000 square feet of space, while the exterior measures 15,500 square feet. Take the party outdoors, where 1,200 guests can be accommodated.
The Central Machine Works brewery and event hall offers space for groups up to 1,000 in East Austin. Sample small-batch beers like the American Lager or Midwest IPA at the beer hall, housed in a former 1940s machine shop. Or host a fun private event in the beer garden, complete with food trucks and live music.
Book a fun event at the Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden location at The Linc. Reserve the outdoor Patio North (125 standing/60 seated), the Patio Breezeway (160 standing/108 seated) or the Entire Outdoors (200 standing/160 seated), where your guests can challenge each other to games of ping-pong and toast the winners at the outdoor bar. The Private Mezzanine is ideal for networking events of up to 50 people, or a seated dinner for 40 guests. Large party menus include Easy Tiger’s famed sandwiches with house-made meats and artisan breads.
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Enjoy the wide-open ranch views at Vista Brewing, located in Driftwood at the gateway to the Texas Hill Country Wineries trail. Plan an event at this beautiful, 21-acre combination brewery, restaurant and farm that offers multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for groups of any size. The on-site catering team crafts dishes made with ingredients direct from the farm, which can be paired with Vista beers like the elegant Le Saison Farmhouse Ale or the citrusy Destination American IPA. You can also arrange for beer tours and tastings or group culinary classes.
Located on a historic intersection of Bouldin Creek and the lively South Lamar Boulevard, Bouldin Acres offers approachable, quality eats and drinks in a fun indoor/outdoor environment. With two acres overlooking Bouldin Creek, Bouldin Acres is a great venue for groups to come together to watch sports, play games, eat, drink and network in quirky South Austin.
The Venue on historic Sixth Street in downtown Austin features a large, open floor plan that makes it ideal for anything from a live concert to conferences and fashion shows. The Venue offers a full-size stage with dedicated sound booths, high-end lighting systems that cover the entire stage and dance floor, eight screens for presentations, VIP areas, and a Green Room equipped with its own kitchenette and full bathroom with shower. The Venue also boasts the biggest balcony overlooking Sixth Street, along with three bars. If you’re considering a food truck for catering, The Venue features a huge rolling back wall that allows easy alley access.
Mattie's. Credit Nick Simonite.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is an elegant American restaurant housed in a lovingly restored turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Choose from an array of private event and dining spaces, as well as an outdoor patio shaded by towering live oaks. The 2,300-sq.-ft. Marion Hall, drenched with natural light streaming through its windowed walls, accommodates 160 for dinner (and can be fitted with a dance floor). Intimate seated dinners (for 32 people) or cocktail parties can be held in the cozy Lounge Room, while The Table Royale is perfect for small meetings of up to 16 people, and comes equipped with A/V hardware. Or take the party outdoors on the sheltered Pavilion, accommodating 100 guests for a reception or 80 for dinner.
If you're looking for a laid-back garden setting for your next outdoor gathering, South Austin's Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden may be just the spot. Just down the road from the popular South Congress Avenue entertainment district, the coffee shop and beer garden features specialty coffee, locally brewed beer, craft cocktails, a food truck park and live music in a permaculture-inspired garden setting. It's hard to beat this true Austin setting (complete with outdoor space heaters, chicken coops and raised bed gardens) as an ideal spot to enjoy warm afternoons and cool evenings year 'round.
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is an Austin institution, known for its lip-smacking barbecue along with some of the best live music around. By day, Stubb’s serves mouthwatering, slow-smoked, authentic Texas barbecue for lunch and dinner in an historic 1850s limestone building. At night, Stubb’s transitions into a rollicking live music venue featuring blues, country, rock and more in its outdoor amphitheater and on an indoor stage. Private Old West-style spaces, including two bars perfect for cocktail parties, an upstairs patio and the outdoor Waller Creek Amphitheater, make your event a true Texas experience for 20-2,200 guests.
Salt Lick. Credit Kenny Braun.
Treat your attendees to legendary barbeque in beautiful Texas Hill Country at The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood. Your group can dig into family recipe brisket and smoked pork ribs in one of several private dining rooms that accommodate both small and large groups (on weekdays only). In addition, Salt Lick features unique on-site venues that are perfect for special events. Pecan Grove is a wooded, glass-enclosed structure set on the banks of Onion Creek and surrounded by a canopy of pecan trees. Plan a simple Southern luncheon or dinner for up to 350 seated guests. The Salt Lick Cellars wine tasting room rests under a majestic live oak tree next door to The Salt Lick BBQ restaurant, and can accommodate an event for up to 75 guests on its scenic patio (not available on weekends; check for 2022 bookings).
If you’ve got a group of whiskey lovers, you’ll want to check out Still Austin Whiskey Co., which holds the distinction of being the first whiskey distillery located within Austin city limits since Prohibition. A true grain-to-glass distillery, everything is done in-house (and made from ingredients sourced from local farmers), from mashing to barreling and bottling. Plan a private tour for your guests to see how Still Austin’s whiskey is made, followed by a cocktail party or dinner in the Whiskey Garden or tasting room.
Republic Square is an active, urban greenspace grounded in rich history that traces back to the birth of Austin. The renovated square is a place unlike any in Austin, with daily programming, modern amenities and a full-service cafe. Republic Square Park is available for event rental with a capacity range of 50 to 3,500 people.