Directly following the official conference opening and orientation session (from 5-6 p.m.), stroll over to the HighEdWeb 2011 Welcome Reception, hosted in the Hyatt’s ground floor conference area. Weather permitting, we’ll also mix and mingle on the hotel’s deck and outside grounds overlooking Austin at twilight. The reception will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking and great music, as well as some of the fun activities and surprises you’ve come to expect and enjoy with #heweb.
Meet up at Buffalo Billiards after dinner on Monday night and help celebrate the launch of Link: The Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of the live music scene, Buffalo Billiards boasts pool tables, shuffleboard, cozy couches and so much more.
Come play the night away as we celebrate the final evening of HighEdWeb in style at an Austin institution, The Highball. Resplendent in full retro décor, the Highball is the best diner (and more) this side of 1960. Featuring eight lanes of bowling; seven different themed karaoke rooms; skee ball; and a ballroom set to host the best dance party, Tex-Mex comfort food/heavy hors d’oeuvres, and karaoke competition that will leave you hoarse for days. And did we mention that for one glorious night, the Highball will be all ours? Come play with us at the Highball for our Tuesday Night Excursion.
Of special note: since we’ll be so very close to Halloween, and in the retro spirit the Highball embodies, we’re encouraging attendees to dress in their best late-1950s/early-1960s fashions, ala Mad Men, Happy Days and more!
A complimentary shuttle will run between the Hyatt Regency Austin, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown and The Highball on Tuesday evening from 6-10:15 p.m.
Austin, TX, is a big little city that gives new meaning to “viva la difference!” From renowned museums to urban bat colonies; from live jazz to living history; Austin has it all. We invite you to hit the town and let yourself be inspired by the playful and energizing culture that is authentically Austin.
Want to learn more about the contiguous U.S.’s largest state? Mosey on over to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and learn more about the Story of Texas. If political history is more your thing, take a trip to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum or see history being made on a visit the Texas State Capitol. And if visual art is what moves you, be sure to plan a trip to the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, which boasts extensive collections of European, American and Contemporary, Latin American, and American West art.
Austin has a certain life all its own, and its heart is Sixth Street. A quick walk from the conference hotel, the seven block-long Sixth Street district is the city’s main vein of music and entertainment, where you can find punks mingling with politicians, cowboys hanging with college kids as they take in a wide variety of live music, great food, and a generally hopping scene.
If live music is indeed your interest, take a tour of the Austin City Limits studio where some of the best and brightest musicians have performed.
For another uniquely Austin experience, visit the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. This funky movie theater hosts weekly sing-alongs, “Weird Wednesday” midnight showings, and more. One part quirk, one part funk, ALL parts fun, the Alamo Drafthouse delivers a cinematic experience you’ll never forget.
In addition to a thriving city scene, Austin is also home to some amazing natural resources for your enjoyment. Take a dip in the centuries-old, spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, or take a hike via the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Tiptoe through the tulips … or, rather, the native yucca, juniper and rock roses at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, or spend a serene afternoon appreciating contemporary sculpture in the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. And for something really unique, venture out at dusk to sneak a peek of the famed Austin Bats, America’s largest urban bat colony.