Staff Picks

Are you looking for fun things to do in Austin during your free time or activities your family will enjoy while you're in conference sessions? Check out some of the staff suggestions below.

NASFAA's Dance Party - Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:00 -11:00 pm

If you want to experience Austin nightlife, join your financial aid colleagues  for the NASFAA Dance Party - an optional, add-on event for all NASFAA Conference attendees. We've reserved the entire venue for your fun and enjoyment.

The Speakeasy has a roaring 1920s vibe on the two lower levels and an elegant nightclub on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city. The venue also has vintage bowling lanes, pool table, shuffleboard, and more. Your evening will include an open bar, light snacks, and a performance by the Spazmatics - a live 80s tribute band - to keep you dancing all night long.

Tickets are $49 per person and will be available for purchase when you register for the conference or separately after you register. The Speakeasy's capacity is 1,000, so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be sold on-site only if space is available. All tickets are non-refundable. The Speakeasy is a 21 and older only venue.

Bat Tours - Come check out the World's Largest Urban Bat Colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. This colony made up of 1.5 million Mexican free tailed bats is an amazing sight to see and hear.

Lady Bird Lake Bike and Hike Trail - An active, easy 2 hour tour on the Butler Hike-N-Bike Trail around beautiful Lady Bird Lake in the heart of the city, including the Boardwalk and Congress Ave. Bat Bridge. The ride is a traffic-free, mostly shaded, 9-10 mile loop taking in the skyline and some history about Austin along the way. See the best parks in Downtown Austin: Butler, Zilker Park and Barton Springs/Barton Creek. Always fun and informative!

Duck Tours - As the distant sound of chattering-duck calls grows nearer, visitors to downtown Austin know that the colorfully painted Duck Adventure amphibious vehicles aren't far behind. This open-air, amphibious vehicle is perfect for the Austin climate and is a fun way to learn about the city, then take a splash in the lake. Fun for the whole family - the kids will enjoy it as much as the adults.

Rainey Street - Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars reign supreme on this increasingly popular tucked-away street. Day or night, you'll find relaxed bar-goers strolling from bar to food trailer to bar again, often with their dogs in tow looking for a kicked back sip and a bite.

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