SoCo and First Thursdays

South Congress is covered with all kinds of eclectic shops including Unncommon Objects~ photo by texantiff23

South Congress is covered with all kinds of eclectic shops including Uncommon Objects~ photo by texantiff23

About 15 minutes up the road from Plum Creek lies Austin’s famed South Congress district, an eclectic assortment of artsy stores and local restaurants. SoCo is best know for it’s First Thursdays, a night when vendors from around the state and beyond come to shop their wares up and down the street. Some famous locales along South Congress include Guerros, Lucy in Disguise, and Uncommon Objects.


  • Definitely try to hit the First Thursday. Its a great night to really soak in the atmosphere.
  • Parking can be a pain, especially at night. More often than not you will need to park in the neighborhood just to the west. Make sure to take a mental note of the street intersection so you can find it again later.
  • Lucy in Disguise is THE Austin Halloween costume provider with over 8,000 square feet of retail room. You won’t find a better selection of costumes anywhere in town. It can get pricey, but you can always rent. Don’t wait till the week before Halloween if you have something special in mind.
  • As you travel north on South Congress you will eventually reach the river then capital. You aren’t far from the bats or Lake Austin, or any other downtown venues.

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