A Newcomer’s Guide to Living in Austin

Hello, and welcome to Austin! Here in the Live Music Capital of the World, you can experience live music playing somewhere every day of the week. There’s also a festival for every occasion (Eeyore’s Birthday, anyone?), and more free things to do than anyplace you’ve ever lived before! We want to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the fun, so this Newcomer’s Guide to Austin shares all you need to jump right in and start enjoying life as a local.

Newcomer's Guide to Austin

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.

A special thanks to Susan deGraffenried for partnering with us on the Newcomer’s Guide to Austin! Susan is a real estate professional in Austin, Texas with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Call Susan with all your real estate needs at (512) 699-7577 or [email protected]

Austin, Texas

So, you’re new to Austin. Excited? Overwhelmed? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. That was me, too, not so long ago. I was so happy to have moved to such an amazing city, but unsure of where to go and what to do first. Luckily, some friends pointed me to Free Fun In Austin, and I was able to start figuring things out. I made my own bucket list and set out on a new adventure each day, with my kids in tow. We have explored so much of what this city has to offer, while still barely scratching the surface of all the fun opportunities in Austin. I believe you could live here your whole life and never run out of fun things to do!

The following guide is an outline of some of our favorite Austin outings, to help those who have just moved to our great city and aren’t sure where to begin. So, welcome and enjoy! We hope you love it here as much as we do!


Zilker Park Playground

Family Fun in Austin

Museums in Austin


Ready to canoe!

Unique Austin Fun


Lou Neff Point from Lady Bird Lake

Eating Out in Austin

Seasonal Austin Fun


All aboard the Zilker Zephyr!

Daytrips from Austin

If you want even more ideas, print off a free printable checklist of 100+ Free Things to do in Austin! And, be sure to check our Free Fun Calendar for new adventures every week. Welcome to Austin! We’re glad you’re here.

About our Presenting Sponsor: Susan deGraffenried

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Susan deGraffenried is a real estate professional in Austin, Texas with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Susan’s clients value her knowledge, resourcefulness, enthusiasm and easygoing manner. Raised in Austin, she fully appreciates the history, style and laid-back reputation that has made Austin such a special place. After attending Baylor University and graduating from The University of North Texas in 1977, Susan enjoyed a 15 year career in the banking industry.

Drawn by her hobby of buying, remodeling and selling older homes (28 to date), Susan earned her Real Estate License in 1993. She enjoys the experience of meeting people from all walks of life as she serves them in achieving their real estate goals. Whether you are a first time buyer, empty nester, investor or remodeler, Susan will go the extra mile to help you understand the Austin market and how it relates to your personal buying or selling decision.

Contact Susan today at (512) 699-7577 or [email protected].

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