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Things to do in Austin during the CFHA Conference


Austin is made up of a diverse blend of cultures and lifestyles, and has a reputation for being an open, accepting city. The influences of minority communities can be felt in everything from our music and dining to architecture and art.

Ever wonder why Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®? The slogan became official in 1991, after it was discovered that Austin had more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Today, Austin, TX hosts nearly 200 venues and is home to thousands of musicians. Which means you can catch a show any day of the week, at almost any time.

When you're in Austin, we invite you to dig in. Because whatever your palate is craving, we have it. With Hill Country vistas outside the city and Lady Bird Lake in the center of town, we come out to play as often as possible. Austin has miles of hike and bike trails, more than 200 parks and around 300 days of sunshine each year.

You'll love learning and networking in this mecca of great music, spicy food, and hot innovation. So plan to attend CFHA’s 2012 Conference in Austin.

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"Listen Around" at the CFHA Conference in Austin.
While you’re in Austin—the Live Music Capital of the World—be sure to catch a show at one of these iconic venues, all a short distance from the CFHA Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

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Lady Bird Lake Trail, formally Town Lake, is one of the more popular places for Austin residents. Lady Bird Lake trail is a crushed 10.1-mile gravel trail around the lake and is perfect for hiking, biking, running, or just strolling. Excellent scenery and very popular. Just off the trail you'll find some great restaurants, Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, and lots more.

Barton Springs PoolBarton Springs Pool is a spring-fed pool that is nearly 1,000 feet long and maintains a yearly temperature of 68 degrees. Baseball, football, soccer, and rugby fields welcome sport enthusiasts, while others enjoy the Botanical Gardens, the Austin Area Garden Center, and Zilker Hillside Theater. Children like the play-scape near the pool, and they love to ride the Zilker Eagle, a miniature train that runs through the park.

South Congress Avenue is one of the oldest and most popular streets in Austin, Texas (it's been a major thoroughfare since the early 1800s). While the road runs all the way from The Capitol Building in downtown Austin to Highway 71, there is a popular section in the middle that features a large cluster of unique restaurants and artsy shops. It is one of the few pedestrian-friendly areas of town and is a magnet for artists and art lovers.

First Thursday is a popular monthly event that takes place along South Congress Avenue, generally from Barton Springs Road to Elizabeth Street. It is basically like one big block party, and it is perfect for all ages. On the first Thursday of each month, all of the stores along South Congress that normally close early stay open late (most stay open until 10 p.m., but some later). Some of the stores have special sales and give out free drinks on these nights. Some of the restaurants and bars have drink specials. We hope you'll be able to check out some of the fabulous stores and restaurants on South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704!

The opening plenary at the CFHA Conference will end in time for people to walk up the street and participate.

Bat Statue on Congress AvenueAustin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. One of the most amazing sights in takes place every evening from March to early November, when 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from their roosts under the Congress Avenue Bridge. The Austin American-Statesman's Bat Observation Center is on the southeast side of the Congress Avenue Bridge - just outside the Hyatt Hotel. Each night people line up on the bridge to see the bats fly out (at dusk); it is pretty spectacular.

As Austin grows into a larger and more sophisticated city, its food and drink offerings only get better. Best of all, the city continues to offer a huge variety of dining and drinking options. Whether you are pinching pennies or have no budget, there is something for you in Austin.

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®. There are several iconic live music venues walking distance or a short taxi ride from the Hyatt Hotel: Continental Club, Threadgills, Saxon Pub, Elephant Room, Antone’s, Stubbs, Broken Spoke (which also has free line dancing classes early in the evening).



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