Grafitti and Shrooms in Austin

While short-lived, my weekend getaway to Austin, TX was amazingly weird!!

Keep Austin Weird‘ signs welcomed me into the eclectic Texas city on Friday night.

Businessmen lined the busy streets, local artists skateboarded across crosswalks, and mothers pushed their little ones- human and furry- along the trails of Zilker Park.

The ‘weird’ city is covered with colorful street art, various food trucks, and modern skyscrapers.  With over 900,000 locals (and counting), this Texas town has something for everyone.

Too much of my time was spent at Hope Outdoor Gallery AKA Graffiti Park.  The park is free and open to locals and tourists alike who want to be artists for the day.

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The N+B Art booth featured local father and son artists- 8 yr old Noah and his dad Benjamin.  The father and son duo frequent the park every weekend to sell their handcrafted paintings.  For $5 you can get a signed 8X10 original from Noah’s art table!

Benjamin and Noah aren’t the only local artists- about 10 other vendors showcased their handcrafted jewelry, musical instruments, paintings, and other unique artwork.

After graffiti park, I enjoyed all the sights that downtown Austin had to offer.  I stepped into a massive costume store filled with unique sights…and smells.  I crossed South Congress Ave and headed into a classy cowboy boot joint called Allens Boots.  A few shops and art booths later, I concluded my sight-seeing journey at Hopdaddy’s AKA one of the best burger and malt shops around!  I devoured the Magic Shroom Burger and parmesan truffle fries.  Thankfully, I did not encounter an explosion in my pants that day, but I did waddle back to the car.

My trip was an artsy, weird success!  I can’t wait to go back for the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) next month!

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