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Infuse Austin Arts into Your Meeting

Incorporating culture into your meeting is easy in an art-centric town like Austin.

Ellsworth Kelly building at the Blanton Museum of art West façade with colored glass windows
Ellsworth Kelly, "Austin." ©Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. Photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin.

Arrange an after-meeting happy hour at a bar near the Congress Avenue Bridge, like La Condesa. Sip on a cocktail and savor a few snacks either before or after watching the bats take flight at dusk.

Plan an afternoon cultural outing in Central Austin where guests can explore the University of Texas at Austin campus, take in a lecture at LBJ Presidential Library, join a free tour of the state capitol or check out the fantastic artwork on display at the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the country's top university art museums.

For an experience your attendees are sure to remember, arrange a visit to the Museum of the Weird, a uniquely Austin experience with an exhibit dedicated to Texas bigfoot and other kitschy-yet-fun displays.

Infuse Austin arts and culture into your meeting by catching some great local theater. If the schedule allows, consider taking in a show at Salvage Vanguard Theater, known for its cutting-edge performances. Likewise, Hyde Park Theatre, serves up contemporary plays that both challenge and entertain.

Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” has taken the city by storm. Kelly’s sculpture is a 2,715 square foot stone building, decorated with colorful glass, marble panels and a wooden sculpture. While the building sits just outside of the Blanton Museum of Art, it will be a cornerstone of the museum for years to come. We highly encourage you to make the trip and visit "Austin" this year (pun intended!). 

The Fusebox Festival, taking place each April, highlights national and international adventurous works of art in a variety of mediums.

Only-in-Austin festival options include the Fun Stop 5K & Festival in June and the Hot Sauce Festival in August.

Skip the elevator music that typically plays in the background during the breaks at your meeting and instead hire an Austin-based musician to entertain guests while they grab a cup of coffee or a mid-afternoon snack. The Austin Music Office keeps tabs on more than 1,900 musicians and can help you pick the perfect person to set the tone.

And finally, send your guests home with a gift they'll remember by heading to Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery for a custom cowboy hat fitting - and outfitting - session.