things to do


We have so many things planned for ComNet19, but the experience doesn’t just stop with the conference! Check out all that Austin has to offer during your time at ComNet19. Our wonderful Host Committee has compiled a list of all of their favorite places! Click here to see a live Google Map of their favorite hangouts.

Here are some of the highlights


Mount Bonnell

Why it's great? Climb the steps overlooking Lake Austin to one of the best, most sweeping view of Austin from downtown to the iconic 360 bridge & beyond.

Ann Richards Congress Bridge Bat Viewing

Why it's great? Bats continuing coming out through early fall, so we may still get a bat show from the Statesman Bat Observation Center just before dusk.

Texas State Capitol

Why it's great? The largest state capitol building in the US. Beautiful grounds, pink marble, beautifully restored. Before 9/11 the dome was open 24/7 and it was a great place to hang out after bars close.


Harry Ransom Center

Why it’s great? Virginia Woolf's manuscripts will be on display in addition to their standard manuscripts, Gutenberg Bible, Shakespearean First Folo, etc.

Mexic-Arte Museum

Why it’s great? Wonderful small downtown museum devoted to Hispanic/Latino art.

Laguna Gloria

Why it’s great? Outdoor sculpture garden on grounds of historic home with lovely garden paths and lake view.

Drinks + Food:

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

Why it's great? Great outdoor seating, if the indoor bar is too crowded, with an indulgent brunch menu and great coffee.

Elephant Room

Why it's great? Historic dive bar with emerging jazz artists!

Hotel San Jose

Why it's great? Beautiful hotel off South Congress with a fun outdoor patio for drinks.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

Why it's great? BBQ & homemade tortillas (Note: It's a about a 20 min drive from downtown).

G'raj Mahal

Why it's great? Unique out door Indian food eatery near the convention center in Rainey District.

Franklin BBQ

Why it's great? The legendary line at Franklin's is key to the experience and the BBQ is worth the wait!

Mickelthwait Craft Meats

Why it's great? If you don't have the patience to wait in the Franklin line, this is another great BBQ spot!

Daily Juice

Why it's great? Hippy juice bar with great veggie take-out options.