One of my very favorite things about living in Austin is First Thursdays on South Congress. Though I do not go every month, when I go with friends, I always have a wonderful time meandering through the businesses that stay open late and the various vendors who set up in tents and booths in every open lot along the street. The laid-back Austin culture pervades the nature of the event as people wander along the sidewalks and cross busy Congress Avenue whenever the whim strikes - further slowing the already parade-like pace of vehicles on that one night a month.
It is one night a month when people from all parts of Austin gather without the crowed nature often found in the contained festivals that occur throughout the year around town. The number of vendors and spectators varies from month to month based on the weather. It is rarely too cold, but there have been occasions when it rained and in the summer it truly can be too hot in the evening for pleasurable walking along the sidewalks and streets.