The Hornet Guide to Gay Austin
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The Hornet Guide to Gay Austin

Written by Charles Thompson-Wang on August 09, 2018
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Home to the SXSW Conference and Festival, Austin is the most cultural center of Texas. Also the state capital, this city is the fastest growing metropolis in the United States. Located in Central Texas, gay Austin is famous for its eccentric live-music scene with diverse genres ranging from country to rock.

Fun facts about Austin

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If you adore Winnie-the-Pooh, Austin celebrates Eeyore’s birthday on the last Saturday of April, and has since 1963. If you go during the celebration, you’ll get to witness a crowd in colorful costumes dance in large circles.

Outdoor activities in Austin

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Zilker Park, Austin’s most loved park, has beautiful sports fields and lawns for picnics. This park also features several public attractions like the Zilker Botanical Garden, making it perfect to spend a day exploring. The McKinney Falls State Park has several designated hiking trails and scenic routes along the Onion Creek.

Must-visit museums

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At Bullock Texas State History Museum, you get to learn about Texas’ past from a variety of artifacts spanning over 4,000 years of history. The Blanton Museum of Art, one of the world’s biggest university art museums, has nearly 18,000 works. This museum highlights art from all over the spectrum, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism.

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At the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, visitors can explore the outdoor sculpture garden, focusing on the work of American sculptor Charles Umlauf.

Mexic-Arte Museum, another fine arts museum, gives visitors an environment to learn about the Latinx community through the presentation and promotion of traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latinx art and culture.

For an off-the-beaten-path experience, check out the Museum of the Weird. Billed as America’s Weirdest Attraction, you get to see oddities like shrunken heads, mummies or, well, anything absurd.

Gay Austin nightlife

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Gay Austin has a variety of scenes. Oilcan Harry’s, a favorite place with a young crowd (thanks to the nearby universities), is a fun spot to socialize, drink and enjoy special events featuring RuPaul Drag Race alums. Rain, another bar in the Warehouse District, is an upscale lounge with live music, happy hour and martinis for every night of the week.

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The Iron Bear is a chill place for bears and a great spot to meet new friends. Hipsters will want to go to Cheer Up Charlie’s, a neighborhood bar that attracts an alternative queer crowd serving cold beer and organic wine to vegan boys.

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At Highland Lounge, the hottest nightclub in Austin, guys dance to the latest beats by world-renowned DJs, or get entertained by drag royalty like Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

Are you ready for a gay Austin experience?

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