Navigate ’16 is almost here, and we’re excited to welcome our guests to Austin, the capital of Texas and one of the most popular cities in the world. In addition to being the host city of THE Identity Governance Conference, Austin is also home to legendary food, culture and that touch of weirdness that the locals embrace.
Your Navigate ‘16 headquarters will be the JW Marriott in downtown Austin, but don’t let that stop you from exploring everything the city has to offer. Whether this is your first or tenth time to visit, we invite you to immerse yourself in the Austin lifestyle for a few days. Looking for things to do? Here are some recommendations from a local:
From SXSW to Austin City Limits, Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” With live music on just about every corner in downtown Austin, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Here’s a great resource for events happening around town.
Tex-Mex & Barbecue
Austin’s Tex-Mex cannot be beat, whether you’re looking for breakfast tacos, queso or margaritas. Locals have their personal favorites, and they won’t be shy to tell you why their favorite spot is best. If you’re looking for our world-famous barbecue try here, here, or here. They’re ALL worth the wait. For healthier options, visit the Whole Foods flagship store to see where the supermarket calls home.
After a hearty serving of the foods above, Austinites like to get their sweat on. From your home base downtown, you’re just steps away from Lady Bird Lake, which has a lovely hike and bike trail, or you can drop into one of many boot camps around town. We’ll also have a Navigate ‘16 morning workout on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. to start your day off right.
Keeping Austin Weird
If you’re looking for Austin’s weirder side, check out South Congress Avenue for funky thrift shops, oddities, food and fun. If you want to take a piece of Austin home with you, visit Allen’s Boots for all of your western wear needs. Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, the weirdest costume shop around since 1984, will have everything you need to rock a truly wild Navig80s look.
Head south from the JW Marriott to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the largest urban bat colony in North America take flight at dusk. You can learn more about the bat population here.
And don’t forget about all of the fun you’re going to at Navigate ’16 with the SailPoint Crew. If you still haven’t registered, it’s not too late. You can join in on the Navigate ’16 conversation using #SPNav16 and look for updates from SailPoint’s Twitter page. Also, be sure to follow George Hulme on Twitter and on the SailPoint blog. George is our resident blogger for Navigate, and he will be sharing regular updates throughout the week. We’ll see y’all soon!