MLA Convention Participants โ€” Welcome to Austin!

Ours is a multifaceted, kind-spirited city with a plethora to experience. However, Austin requires a bit of a close reading to discover the best that it has to offer. So, let us be your guide to critical events and points of interest during your visit.

Please click on each venue name for a map to the location.


Wednesday, January 6th and Thursday, January 7th
MLA Subconference: Between the Public and its Privates  
Cheer Up Charlie's in Downtown Austin
8:30am to late afternoon
Full information at

Wednesday, January 6th
Punctum Records Free Week Showcase (1 of 2)
Stay Gold in East Austin
8pm to midnight
Performances by Julia Lucille, Jordan Moser, Black Balsam, and Little Mazarn

Thursday, January 7th
Punctum Records Free Week Showcase (2 of 2)
Cheer Up Charlie's in Downtown Austin
8pm to 1am
Performances by Lomelda, RF Shannon, Alex Napping, Major Major MajorThe Nude Party, and Battle Bend

Friday, January 8th
Studium in East Austin
9pm to 11pm
Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new home.
Drinks and friends provided, click here for full information.

Saturday, January 9th
BABEL/postmedieval Happy Hour
Weather Up in East Austin
4pm to 6pm
Share in some radical conviviality.

Saturday, January 9th
GL/Q Reception and Queer Books Party
Weather Up in East Austin
8pm to 1am
The GL/Q Caucus of the MLA celebrates some fabulous offerings in queer studies.

Points of Interest

The following list features our favorite spaces in Austin, organized by neighborhood.

๐ŸŽต  Cheer Up Charlie's โ€” An inclusive and gorgeous space for Austin's best music.
๐ŸŽต  The Mohawk โ€” All are welcome at this incredible rock venue.
โ˜•๏ธ  Caffรฉ Medici โ€” The roots of specialty coffee in Austin. Great attention and care to every detail.
๐ŸŒญ  Frank โ€” Hot dogs and cold beer, a central Texas tradition. An inventive and welcoming spot for lovers of the meat or vegan delicacy.
โ˜•๏ธ  Houndstooth Coffee โ€” Fine coffee, tea, beer, and pastries. 
๐Ÿฉ  Voodoo Doughnuts โ€” A bit of Portland comes to Austin.
๐Ÿ…  Whole Foods Flagship โ€” The world headquarters provides delicious and healthy essentials.
๐Ÿ“–  BookPeople โ€” Ours is a community bound by books.
๐Ÿ–ผ  The Contemporary Austin โ€” Modern multi-disciplinary art gallery. Currently displaying Strange Pilgrims.
๐Ÿž  Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail โ€” Start your day with a jog around the Colorado River for a true Austin experience.

East Austin
๐ŸŽต  Stay Gold โ€” A wonderful new venue that's quickly made its mark in the neighborhood for quality music.
๐Ÿ’ก  Studium โ€” A co-disciplinary space for critical and creative inquiry.
โ˜•๏ธ  Flitch Coffee โ€” This beautiful airstream-turned-coffee shop serves some of the city's best.
โ˜•๏ธ  Figure 8 Coffee โ€” A cozy and inviting coffee shop.
๐Ÿ“–  Farewell Books โ€” A well-curated selection of beautiful books.
โ˜•๏ธ  Flat Track Coffee โ€” Incredible coffee in a cozy nook.
๐Ÿบ  The Wright Bros. Brew & Brew โ€” Specialty coffee and an extensive menu of fine craft beer. 
๐ŸŒฎ  Veracruz โ€” Our favorite tacos in town. Don't miss the migas.
๐ŸŒฎ  Pueblo Viejo โ€” A taco truck close to our hearts.
๐Ÿ–  Micklethwait โ€” Where the locals go for Texas barbecue. 
๐ŸŒฎ  Tamale House โ€” This Mexican restaurant represents Austin well.
๐Ÿฒ  Thai Kun โ€” "O.G. Thai" truck from the Austin rulers at East Side King.
๐Ÿ•  Bufalina Pizza โ€” Unbeatable handcrafted Neapolitan pies with artisanal ingredients. 
๐Ÿธ  Weather Up โ€” Creative cocktails in a beautiful space.
๐Ÿพ  Justine's Brasserie โ€” Cool to the bone. Delicious French cooking with great cocktails and wine.

South Austin
๐ŸŽ†  Hotel San Josรฉ โ€” Sit at the courtyard, sip a Topo Chico (or something stronger), and feel the vibes.
๐ŸŽต  The Continental Club โ€” Old Austin soul on display in this blues and jazz venue.
๐Ÿœ  Ramen Tatsu-ya โ€” This noodle-house is recognized around the world for its genuine and innovative take on ramen.
๐Ÿฃ  Uchi โ€”  Amazing sushi and homestyle Japanese dishes abound in this fine Austin institution.
๐Ÿณ  Bouldin Creek Cafรฉ โ€” This bohemian cafรฉ serves great organic, vegetarian, and  vegan dishes.
๐Ÿฒ  Elizabeth Street Cafรฉ โ€” Wonderful French pastries in the morning and inventive Vietnamese specialties for lunch and dinner.
๐Ÿž  Barton Springs / Zilker Park โ€”The most important thing you can do in Austin is take a dip in our spring-fed swimming hole.

๐Ÿ“œ  Harry Ransom Center โ€” Our beloved archive. Currently displaying Shakespeare in Print & Performance and Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. 
๐Ÿ–ผ  Blanton Museum of Art โ€”Current exhibitions include The Crusader BibleModerno, and Donald Moffett
๐Ÿณ  Texas French Bread โ€” From its baked goods to its French country cuisine, everything here is well thought out and top notch.
๐Ÿฝ  Olamaie โ€” By all accounts, the best restaurant in town. Olamaie's innovative Southern-inspired food is brilliant.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy your time here. If you have any questions or need anything while you're in Austin, please send us an email at