Plus, Olivia Rodrigo is bringing the "GUTS" tour to ATX
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⭐️ Won’t you be my neighbor?
Hamilton Pool on a clear sunny day.
Hamilton Pool is famous for its 50-ft waterfall. | Photo via Getty Images
What’s better than a recommendation? A recommendation from your neighbor.

We asked our readers to share their Austin experiences with us in the form of a Mad Lib, and boy, did they deliver. Let’s take a look into what they said.

These Austin locales come most-recommended:
People swimming in Barton Springs Pool, with trees behind them framing the skyline.

Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool — it’s cool year-round.


Photo by @ginna_smith

Austin locales most likely go un-visited by our readers:
But with a visitor in town, you’re taking them to these places:
A view of the Austin bats flying over the lake

It’s estimated bat tourism brings in millions of dollars in revenue to Austin every year. | Photo via @alan_shmalan

Readers think visiting these places should be mandatory:
Readers think Austin does these things better than anywhere else:
One thing is for sure — traffic is enemy No. 1 for Austinites, followed by heat and affordability.

Without further ado, click below to read your Mad Libs, listed in order of how long y’all have been in ATX.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Lake Travis Film Festival | Now-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Star Hill Ranch and Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 15000 Hamilton Pool Rd., Bee Cave | $45-$400 | Spend four days immersed in the best film the region has to offer at this fest, which features screenings of films like “Halfway to Amarillo” and “Road to the Lemon Grove.”
  • Hannah Berner | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $33 | The Instagram-famous comedian is also known for her podcasts, “Giggly Squad” and “Berning In Hell.”
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Stephen Mills’ “Hamlet” | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $28-$99 | Phillip Glass’ music comes to life onstage in this portrayal featuring costumes inspired by Giorgio Armani.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Capitol Peace Concert 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Texas State Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin | Free | Commemorate the UN International Day of Peace at this performance featuring Korean and Ukranian music, plus peace talks from guest speakers.
  • Viva Mexico! | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | Oswaldo Cantu Pan Am Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd St., Austin | Free | Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at this event featuring dance, live music, children’s activities, food, and vendors.
  • Local Natives | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St., Austin | $38-$138 | See the “Time Will Wait For No One” tour with special guest Chartreuse.
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News Notes
  • Your electricity bill could be a bit more expensive this month as Austin Energy announced it would raise rates for the third time this year. The 5% increase to the Power Supply Adjustment — an estimated additional ~$2 monthly — will begin Sunday, Oct. 1, in an effort to recover costs of previously purchased energy from ERCOT. (KXAN)
  • Megastar Olivia Rodrigo will bring her “GUTS” world tour to the Moody Center this spring. Ticket registration for the Wednesday, Feb. 28 show is open now through Sunday, Sept. 17. Seeing her that night, it’s not a “bad idea right?
  • The Austin Parks Foundation and San Antonio Spurs will unveil a newly renovated basketball court at James A. Garrison District Park on Sunday, Sept. 17. This is the second project of Play ATX, a multi-year initiative to renovate five courts around the city.
  • Austin’s own Mexican seafood restaurant Este, 2113 Manor Rd., is one of Bon Appétit’s “24 Best Restaurants of 2023.” Este, the only Texas restaurant to make the list, was recognized for its fresh masa, camarones “El Ricas,” and flautas de pescado.
  • We Are Blood, a blood bank that serves more than 50 hospitals in Central Texas, is facing a historic need for donors. We Are Blood reported that August saw the highest need for transfusions in the bank’s history, and said it needs ~200 donors per day to meet demand.
Plan Ahead
  • Mark your calendars for HAAM Day this Tuesday, Sept. 19. The 18th annual event will put on more than 200 free live music performances across the city from dawn til dusk in an effort to raise funds for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Jam out with the official HAAM Day playlist.
Watch This
  • After two live shows at the Moody Center this week, Drake paid a visit to the UT Women’s basketball team. The rap star posed for pictures with the team, while wearing a Longhorn jersey, in a video on social media. (KXAN)
🪧 Sign of the times
New signs at the intersection of 10th Street and Red River Street.
The district is home to more than a dozen live music venues. | Photo courtesy Red River Cultural District
It’s a sign, Red River Street just got a little TLC.

Red River Cultural District — which is home to some of Austin’s most iconic music venues, like Stubb’s and Mohawk — has been fully outfitted with brand new decorative street signs and banners in a partnership with The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department.

The signs, designed by Bart Kibbe, are meant to beautify and serve as landmarks to visitors in the district, while the banners read “Defend Red River” and “Where Austin Happens.”

You can see the new signs at intersections from East 7th Street to East 12th Street along Red River Street.

Implementation of the signs also coincides with the one-year milestone of the City of Austin’s Red River Area Improvements Project, which brought upgraded sidewalks, solar lighting, pedestrian plazas, and native landscaping.
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