Spotlight: Meetups in Austin

As the self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world,” it’s no secret that Austin, Texas loves to entertain, and their Meetups are no exception. 

We planned a perfect day (and evening) in Austin so you don’t have to, highlighting some of the awesome Meetups you’ll find in and around the city.


Start your morning with a hike: The Austin Sierra Club hosts morning hikes around local parks and nature preserves starting at 7:45am. Beginner hikers can check out the Canyon Creek Trailhead Hike, while more experienced ones can tackle the Barton Creek Greenbelt


Sample local fare: If you build up an appetite after all that hiking, you’ll want to check out the Trailer Friends: Exploring Tasty Food Trucks Meetup group. Their mission is to try every food truck in Austin “one funky trailer at a time”, and we fully support that.


Play a game: The Central Texas Boardgames Meetup group gets together to play everything from classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble to strategic ones like Cosmic Encounter and Settlers of Catan. New games are always welcome, so if you’ve got a cool board game, bring it.


Express yourself: As the Doodle Dudes Austin Meetup group organizer puts it, “we’re just gonna draw a bunch of cool stuff and do our own thing with light constructive communication and feedback.” You know, Picasso and Monet had to start somewhere…


Walk away with jazz hands: When you’re in the city that prides itself on its live music, you have to check out a show. The Austin Live Jazz Meetup group combines making new friends with listening to music, which sounds like a great way to end the night.

There are over 2,000 Meetup groups in the greater Austin area, so whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer, you’re sure to find a Meetup that makes you feel like a local.


Juan Leguizamón
Juan is a Community Specialist at Meetup and he enjoys helping Meetup members create positive, sustainable change in their communities, so he is stoked to be part of the Community Team. When he’s not at Meetup HQ, you can find him exploring the city and its many coffee shops, watching Florida State football, or dancing along to his iPod while waiting for the subway.