There is a huge misconception that says fun cannot be achieved unless there is money involved—this simply is not true. Whether you’re a college student or on a budget, there are many ways to enjoy Austin, and to not spend a dime— here are just a few:

By: Elizabeth Ucles

Barton Creek Greenbelt

3755-B South Capital of Texas Highway

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a natural area known for its opportunities to hike, bike, swim and rock climb. Hidden in the city, the creek masks the hustle and bustle of the city and the highway nearby with hundreds of trees and dozens of hiking trails. The Greenbelt has no cost and is dog friendly for any furry friends along for the ride.


F**k This Week (Improv)

The New Movement, 616 Lavaca Street

To kick off the week right, The New Movement comedy show provides a free outlet to laugh and forget all that made the week before so miserable. On Monday’s at 8pm, New Movement comics will come together for a night of improvised comedy to get you through the week. The event itself is free, other than buying your own drink.


Movies in the Park in Austin and Beyond

Locations vary

Throughout the year, the Austin Parks foundation hosts a variety of movies in different parks all throughout Austin for free.  Take some time to de-stress from your week on Friday evenings under the stars while watching a wide range of movies.


The Contemporary Austin

The Jones Center: 700 Congress Avenue

Laguna Gloria: 3809 West 35th Street

The Contemporary Austin takes place in two different locations, the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria. Both locations offer a variety of exhibitions, education and programs which function to give audiences a view into modern and contemporary art. At the Jones Center, admission is free on Tuesdays from 11am to 7pm and at Laguna Gloria from 9am to 5pm.


The Texas Capitol

1100 Congress Avenue

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the 100th time, The Texas Capitol is always a great place to visit. Admission to the Capitol and tours are free. The Texas Capitol gives its guests the opportunity to educate themselves on Texas history and policies. In the Capitol, it’s worth exploring the annex, the Visitors Center and any of the 20 monuments. In the end, it’s even worth taking some time to appreciate the details in the architecture of the exterior of the building.


Wednesday Night Star Party at UT

Robert Lee Moore Hall University of Texas, 110 Inner Campus Dr.

Every Wednesday night the Department of Astrology at the University of Texas hosts free public star parties on the roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. This comes from the 16-inch telescope purchased in 1977, and re-fit with a state-of-the-art mount and new clock drive in 1998. Viewing times are subject to change throughout the year, so check this page for updated and current times before visiting.

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