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Your Gameplan For An Epic Time In Austin, TX

A rich town full of culture and an insane amount of delicious food, Austin is America’s not-so-hidden treasure. Get ready to plan the trip of a lifetime and Have A Story with a shot of Jose Cuervo.

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2. Do the Time Warp and see a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema hosts a very special interactive screening on Saturday nights. If this is your first time experiencing the show, you might want to check out this helpful link so you know what to expect. ;)

4. Food encore! Grab some finger-lickin' BBQ from The Salt Lick.

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It's a little bit outside of Austin, but the drive is worth it. Also, it's B.Y.O.B, and they don't take credit cards (but they do have an ATM on premises), so make sure you come prepared.

5. Check out some live music — Austin is the live music capital of the south!

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Depending on when you’re traveling, check out Austin City Limits or SXSW. Both festivals are totally fun, but completely different. ACL is three days long, in the fall, and takes place in beautiful Zilker Park. SXSW usually takes place over a week in the spring, mixes in films, and events are spread out in venues throughout the city.

8. Looks like it's time to eat again!

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After you've finished your ginormous margaritas, pop into Kerbey Lane Cafe for some late-night queso. This ain't your mamma's dip. No, this dip is three layers of magic and combines guac, queso, AND pico de gallo.

9. Do some bat watching. / Via

We know you might be saying to yourself: "Why would I want to see bats?" And the answer is: "Because bats are friggin' awesome!" Every year, thousands of pregnant bats migrate to Austin and hang out for a few months to raise their pups. You'll want to head to the Congress Avenue Bridge around sunset to see them emerge.

11. And then there's always chicken shit bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon.

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Which is exactly what you think it is and kind of gross, but maybe also a little entertaining? At least you’ll have a story to tell!