Get Your Heartbeat on in Austin, TX

Here at Springboard, we believe in making hearts beat with excitement, passion and hope. What better way to do it than exploring Austin while you are attending the 22nd annual Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit Conference on May 8th – May 10th. Here are a few ideas to help you see in Austin at its finest.

Upcoming Events in early May



Get your heart beat going while experiencing the best things to do and see in Austin. Here are some of our personal recommendations. Think of us as your personal tour guide.


Various Venues
The many Latino music genres are showcased during performances on the Plaza at Austin City Hall each Friday at noon. Other special events throughout the month are presented as well.

5/3/17 – 5/7/17
Various Locations
The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

5/5/17 – 5/6/17
Circuit of The Americas
After sharing the stage with the World Endurance Championship at Lone Star Le Mans, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads out on its own for an action-packed celebration of speed!

5/6/17 – 5/7/17
East Sixth Street
A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Musicians, food vendors, artists and crafts people turn Sixth Street – historically called Pecan Street – into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages.




Hiking and Outside Ideas


Tour #1: Capitol Area, Upper Congress Avenue
Starting at the Capitol front door, take a stroll down Congress Avenue, Austin’s main street. Hear about Texas and Austin history and about the deeds of local heroes. See Austin’s two National Historic Landmarks (the highest honor awarded by U.S. Parks Service) and more National Register sites.

Tour #2: Downtown Sights, Old and New
This one begins at the Austin Visitor Center- 602 E 4th St. Included is lower Congress Avenue, Willie Nelson Boulevard, E Sixth St. and Lady Bird Lake. Directions for more exploring on your own will be pointed out along the way.

Tour #3: Downtown, West of Congress Avenue
Starting at the Capitol front door, take a walk on the west side of downtown, where Victorians built stately homes at the turn of the century. See the changes that took place over time, from Classical, Victorian, and Beaux Arts, to Deco and modern as downtown commercial activity expanded westward.

Tour #4: Custom-designed Tours
Pick your own starting time and place – your guide will tailor a tour to suit your interests. Maximum group size per guide: 25 persons. No minimum size.



  • Sandra Muraida Way & W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX – 512-974-6700

10 miles of trails border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists. A memorial at Auditorium Shores honors the late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Ann and Roy Butler Pedestrian Bridge crosses with Lady Bird Lake between W. Cesar Chavez St. and W. Riverside Dr.


  • 3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX – 512-974-6700

Barton Creek Greenbelt offers 7.8 miles of natural surface hiking and biking trails and is a habitat for several endangered wildlife and plant species.


  • 2101 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX – 512-476-9044

Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin – Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. The Springs serves as home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander, and is listed as a federally protected habitat. The pool is closed to the public from 9a-7p every Thursday to allow for the vigorous and methodical cleaning methods required to help maintain the pool area for wildlife and guests alike. Depths of the pool range from 0’ to 18’ with surrounding grassy areas for patrons to lounge upon.


  • 100 S. Congress Avenue. Austin, TX – 512-327-9721

Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. Between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats fly out near dusk. Best viewing dates: April-October.

Historical Ideas



  • Texas State Preservation Board, 201 E. 14th St., Austin, TX – 512-305-8400

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m.



  • 2313 Red River St, Austin, TX – 512-721-0200

At the LBJ Presidential Library, visitors have an opportunity to learn about America’s 36th President, Lyndon Johnson, one of the most complex and fascinating leaders. Through innovative exhibits, the political and personal lives of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson come alive. This contemporary experience allows visitors to understand the decisions President Johnson faced and experience his passion for critical issues such as education, civil rights, the environment, health care, and the arts. All aspects of Johnson’s presidency are explored, including the Vietnam War. Visitors can pick up a telephone to hear audio recordings of Johnson, a rare behind the scenes glimpse inside the White House. The Library is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Free parking. Maximum admission price is $8 for an adult. There are lower prices for children/seniors and many free admission days.

Music Ideas



  • 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX – 512-522-7999

Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater (ACL LIVE) is a state of the art, 2750-person capacity live music venue that hosts approximately 100 concerts a year. Its serves as the permanent home for the taping of the acclaims KLRU-TV produced PBS series, Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. ACL Live is nestled next to the W Austin Hotel & Residences, which are both located within Block 21, the first mixed occupancy building of its type in the world to be LEED certified. ACL Live is the premier destination in Austin for live performances as well as numerous special and private events.


  • 1315 S. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX – 512-441-2444

The retro Austin relic opened in 1957 as a swanky private supper club, but in the decades since, it’s transformed into a mecca for roots, rockabilly, country and swing music. A classic neon sign hangs above the entrance, and custom hot rods line South Congress Avenue in front of the dimly lit club, which Playboy magazine named one of the Best Bars in America.


  • 1320 S. Lamar, Austin, TX – 512-448-2552

Opened in 1990, the Saxon has hosted well over 22,000 musical performances. It has been the location for films, videos, and countless live recordings. On any given night, you might see a major celebrity from the film or music industry either having a beer or sitting in on stage jamming with the locals. This award-winning listening room has helped launch the careers of several prominent entertainers.


  • 600A. N. Lamar, Austin, TX – 512-474-2500

Since Waterloo Records opened its doors on April 1, it has become the best homegrown record store. Through its extensive selection of music spanning all styles, a special propensity for Texas artists, and a simple genre free a-z filing system, it has become readily apparent what Austin’s music lovers have been shouting about.


Food, Restaurant and BBQ Ideas



  • 4511 Avenue F, Austin, TX –  512-963-4545

You are invited to join one of the tours, each approximately 3-4 hours in length and sampling 4-5 local eateries. You’ll indulge in the tastiest local eats from chef inspired dishes, to juicy burgers to decadent sweets.


  • 525 N. Lamar, Austin, TX –  512-542-2209

Full-service catering & event planning guided by the same philosophy that sets Whole Foods Market apart from the rest. We are passionate about providing unmatched quality & personalized service to create memorable events that meet our standards & match your style. Founded in Austin, the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods. Downtown headquarters store is a “foodie” destination with natural foods, in-store dining stations, live music and cooking school. Daily, 8am-10pm. Tours available.



  • 900 E. 11th St., Austin, TX – 512-653-1187

This lunch-only spot often sees long lines of customers waiting to order pulled pork, brisket and other smoked meats. Chef Aaron Franklin brought quality barbecue to Austin that was excellent enough to earn him the 2015 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southwest.” His BBQ is so lauded that meat lovers from around the world regulalry make a pit stop at this shack-like locale in East Austin.  Seating: Indoor and patio.

LA BARBECUE: Cuisine Texicana

  • 902 E. Cesar Chevez in the Good Life , Austin, TX – 512-605-9696

This is a no frills barbecue joint is known for their hand made sausage and mean slabs of meat. Behind La Barbecue’s fire is veteran pitt boss (which is basically like the General of the BBQ world), John Lewis, who can also churn out whole briskets and racks of ribs to go if you’re in a hurry. And did we mention the live music? Yes, every Saturday and Sunday, as it should be in the live music capital.  Seating: Outdoor only, picnic tables.


  • 1309 Rosewood, Austin, TX – 512-791-5961

Micklethwait stands with the top tier of pitmasters in terms of quality, but also differentiates themselves by focusing on their sausage offerings and taking a more artisanal approach to their menu. The trailer serves homemade bread, and often has off-menu specials like pork chops or esoteric sausages. The trailer has recently expanded their hours — you can actually get dinner service — and also sports some excellent side items and dessert offerings, assuming you can find the room.  Seating: Outdoor only, picnic tables.


  • 6610 N. Lamar, Austin, TX – 512-380-9199

The local favorite for convenience and comfort, Stiles Switch has ample air-conditioned seating and little to no line. The quality of the food is rock-solid, as is the thoughtfully curated selection of beers from folks like Firestone Walker. This is a great place to go when you want excellent ‘cue without the hassle factor. Service is efficient and friendly, and the location is great for both Central and North Austin residents.  Seating: Indoor and patio.


  • 2402 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX – 512-220-0953

Housed in a historic building near the University of Texas, Freedmen’s is firing on all cylinders of late. In addition to great meats, the restaurant scores bonus points for a spacious and welcoming patio and a solid craft cocktail program. Pitmaster Evan LeRoy takes a more chef-centric approach to his menu than most others on the list — while you do order meat by weight, you can also get starters like smoked beets with chèvre and balsamic, sides of house-made pickles, or smoked and grilled veggies.  Seating: Indoor and patio.


  • 2500 E. 6th St.,  Austin, TX – 512-796-1322

Located behind Eastside dive Kellee’s, long time fire-starter John Mueller serves some of the best barbecue in Texas at this trailer eatery. Grab some BBQ pork ribs or fatty brisket, and feast in blissed-out peace at the picnic tables under blue-and-white tent. While Mueller’s meats get top marks, his menu’s side dishes are not to be missed– get munching on cheesy squash, sriracha coleslaw, and more. Seating: Outdoor only, picnic tables.


  • 1700 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX – 512-412-5588

Kerlin BBQ is a legendary Austin spot. Seriously, put this place on your bucket list. Routinely named as the best barbecue in the city (and in the country), this trailer slings ridiculous “quality smoked meats” from 11a until they sell out. Line up early and make sure you get your meat sweets in with fall off the bone pork ribs, tasty, tender brisket, and savory sides like blue cheese coleslaw.  Seating: Outdoor only, picnic tables.


  • 18300FM 1826, Driftwood, TX – 512-858-4959

The Salt Lick has some policies that you’re going to enjoy. First, you’re going to throw down less than $20 for an all-you-can-eat meat fest of brisket, sausage, and ribs, plus classic sides like potato salad, beans, and slaw. Second, they’re BYOB, so you can bring your favorite brews along with you, AND they even have you covered with a winery where you can stock up if you forgot to bring anything.  Seating: Indoor and patio.

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