Guadalupe Street near the Second Street District, Austin, Texas, by Formulanone via Flickr

 

A couple weeks off from school was just what you needed, but now it’s time to get back to it. How can you prevent the back-to-school blues? Take your mind off school with fun things to do in Austin like shopping at the Second Street District, trying unique food trucks, going to the movies, seeing a live concert, and other activities.

 

Visit the Second Street District

The Second Street District puts forth the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Austin. The atmosphere is focused on strong community bonds with a focus on all things local. If you want to shop local businesses, try the best local food, and see the talent of Austin come together in one place, the Second Street District is the place for you. Stroll through the shops and restaurants at your leisure, or plan to attend one of the social events from their event calendar.

 

Try a meal on wheels

One thing that keeps Austin weird is the food selection. You can get any cuisine on any day at any time! Many of the most unique restaurant venues in Austin are the food trucks. There are over 1,000 food trailers in Austin according to Eater Austin. You can check out their guide to the 20 essential food trucks in Austin to get a better idea of how many cuisines are offered. Of course, taco trucks are among the most prevalent. We included a few in a previous blog, “The Best Tacos in Austin, Texas.”

 

Teal airstream food truck with cartoon drawings on the side

The Local Yolk, a food truck in Austin. Photo by Tracy Hunter via Flickr.

 

Go to a movie premiere

Watch a movie and put your brain on rest mode to take a break from the busy semester. University of Texas at Austin students can see free movies on campus thanks to the student film group Showtime. They coordinate a weekly Blockbuster and Late Night Film Series at the Texas Union. Another group that provides free movies for UT Austin students is Universal Pictures UT Austin. Follow them on Facebook @UniversalPicturesUTAustin for schedule announcements.

 

See a live concert

The music scene in Austin is always jamming. You can find live musical performances just about anywhere, from coffee shops to arenas, musical theaters, and bars. Artists from every genre, from rap to jazz, pop to country, rock to blues, come to share their sound in Austin.There are also many annual music festivals in Austin, like the electronic music festival Euphoria in April and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. AutstinTexas.org provides an extensive catalog of all the local music venues and festivals.

 

People in a crowd at a music festival with their hands in the air

Students raise their arms at a music festival. Photo by Incase via Flickr.

 

Spend time outdoors

Spending time outdoors is proven to help students prevent college burnout. If you start feeling a case of the back-to-school blues this semester, make a trip to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. This recreational and nature facility is one of the top outdoor attractions in Austin, and rated as one of the top three things to do by TripAdvisor. You can walk, jog, run, or bike along this 10-mile trail while you enjoy a view of the gorgeous city skyline. The lake is also open for activities like kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and stand-up paddle boarding.