Event Schedule ⋆ [FinCon]

#FinCon21

Schedule

*All times listed for both Austin and Virtual are CST.

Austin Agenda

Virtual Agenda

Austin Agenda

Virtual Agenda

Austin Agenda

Virtual Agenda

Austin Agenda

Virtual Agenda

More details about each agenda item (including session titles & speakers, locations, etc) will be available in the coming weeks.

*All times listed for both Austin and Virtual are CST.

Items on the schedule are subject to change.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the
#FinCon21 Austin parties and meetups!

experience Austin alongside old & new FinCon friends

While we’d love nothing more than to throw a Texas-sized welcome shindig, the cool part of being in Downtown Austin in this particular year is that there are a LOT of opportunities to get outside and do fun things in smaller groups.

Our team has been working hard to create a variety of opportunities for you to hang out with others in an environment that is most comfortable to you. 

Allow us to introduce you to “FinCon Welcome Night Field Trips.”

We think you’ll find at least one field trip on this list that will allow you to experience Austin alongside old and/or new FinCon friends.

Patios, outdoor dining, the park, the lake, the Hilton lobby — chances are you’ll want to join in on more than one!

The best part? There’s no need to RSVP or have a parent sign your permission slip. Just show up at the assigned meeting spot and jump in on the field trip.

All are walkable from the Austin Convention Center.

*PS: Don’t forget your dinner/drink/dessert money!

Happy Hour at Alta’s Cafe

Happy Hour at Alta’s Cafe

5pm
74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701
[5 Minute walk from the Convention Center]


Unwind with new friends over wine, craft beers, and small bites while on a patio overlooking Lady Bird Lake. But don’t get too close to that balcony ledge, k?

Meet at the corner of Trinity Street and 4th Street in front of the Convention Center to walk over together at 5:00pm.

Taco Shop Hop

Taco Shop Hop

5:15pm • Velvet Taco / Torchy’s Tacos / Tacodeli
[10-12 minute walk between each]

The FinCon version of the progressive dinner. Sample tacos and Mexican fare at each locale and decide amongst the group which taco is the winning taco. Bring the Tums and everybody will be your BFF.

Meet outside the main entrance to the Hilton Austin (Neches Street) to walk over together at 5:15pm.

Sunset Stroll around Lady Bird Lake

Sunset Stroll around Lady Bird Lake

7pm • Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail
[10-12 minute walk from the Convention Center]

Make new friends while strolling the lake trail and taking in the views of downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake. Wear comfy shoes, but remember it’s just the first day of FinCon, so take it easy on the ol’ feet.

Meet at the circle drive on Cesar Chavez at the Convention Center to walk over together at 7:00pm.

Oktoberfest at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Oktoberfest at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden

5pm
79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
[10-12 minute walk from the Convention Center]


Grab a table in the beer garden with new friends and sample their vast beer and sausage lists. Lederhosen not required.

Meet at the corner of Trinity Street and Cesar Chavez in front of the Convention Center to walk over together at 5:00pm.

BBQ Dinner Club

BBQ Dinner Club

5:15pm• Cooper’s Pit BBQ / Stubb’s / Iron Works BBQ 
[Less than 10 minute walk from the Hilton Austin]

You can’t go home without sampling local BBQ and who better to get the “meat sweats” with than new FinCon friends?

Meet at the circle drive on Cesar Chavez at the Convention Center to walk over together at 5:15pm.

Bat Viewing

7pm • Statesman Bat Observation Center
305 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
[15-17 minute walk from the Convention Center]


Hang out and wait for the legendary bats to emerge from under the Congress Street bridge! Austin has the largest urban bat colony in North America with an estimated 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. They usually come out around sunset, and it can take as long as 45 minutes for all the bats to exit the bridge at night.

Meet at the corner of Trinity Street and Cesar Chavez in front of the Convention Center to walk over together at 7:00pm.

Happy Hour at Container Bar

Happy Hour at Container Bar

5pm
90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
[10 minute walk from the Convention Center]


Everyone says Austin has a cool vibe. Places like the Container Bar are proof. It’s constructed from 7 stacked shipping containers with tons of outdoor space and open upper decks. Be cool, Money Nerds, be cool.

Meet at the circle drive on Cesar Chavez at the Convention Center to walk over together at 5:00pm.

Tex Mex Dinner Club

Tex Mex Dinner Club

5:15pm • Iron Cactus / Micheladas Cafe y Cantina 
[5 minute walk from the Convention Center]

When the Taco Shop Hop just doesn’t satisfy because you need to hear that fajita plate sizzle. Nothing says new friends like margaritas, guac, and queso, right?

Meet at the corner of Trinity Street and Cesar Chavez in front of the Convention Center to walk over together at 5:15pm.

LobbyCon

LobbyCon

9pm • Hilton Austin
500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
[Across the street from the 4th Street entrance of the Convention Center]


Hang in the lobby and bar area and meet new friends. Come and go from 9pm until the Hilton security kicks you out.

Happy Hour at Parlor Room

Happy Hour at Parlor Room

5pm
90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
[10 minute walk from the Convention Center]


Craft beers and cocktails in a craftsman-style bungalow that is rumored to be where Stevie Ray Vaughan once lived? Plus front and back patios and yard games and a mural to get selfies with new friends? Do it for the ‘Gram.

Meet at the circle drive on Cesar Chavez at the Convention Center to walk over together at 5:00pm.

Arlo’s Curbside (Vegan) Food Truck

Arlo’s Curbside (Vegan) Food Truck

5:15pm
900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78702 (Located outside Cheer Up Charlie’s)
[Less than 10 minute walk from the Hilton Austin]


Make new friends over plant-based comfort food like burgers and tacos. Did that menu say “Frito Pie”? Yum.

Meet at the corner of Red River and 5th Street in front of the ACC to walk over together at 5:15pm.

Voodoo Donut Run

Voodoo Donut Run

8pm
212 E. 6th Street
[5 minute walk from the Hilton Austin]


Legendary donuts on Austin’s legendary 6th street -- what’s not to love? Bring some back to LobbyCon for the rest of us, please.

Meet outside the main entrance to the Hilton Austin (Neches Street) to walk over together at 8:00pm.

Late Night Beer, Wine, & Snacks Run

Late Night Beer, Wine, & Snacks Run

8:30pm • Royal Blue Grocery
301 Brazos St suite 110 suite 110, Austin, TX 78701
[Less than 5 minute walk from the Convention Center]


Stock up on Day One! Frugal Money Nerds may want to split that grocery bill while others may want to splurge. Either way, grab something cold out of the fridge and take advantage of their indoor/outdoor seating to visit with new friends. And then maybe grab another cold one and hang a little longer because they don’t close until midnight.

Meet at the corner of Trinity Street and Cesar Chavez in front of the ACC to walk over together at 8:30pm.

Ice Cream Run

Ice Cream Run

Jim Jim’s Water Ice • 7pm
615 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
[5 minute walk from the Convention Center]


Ice cream, soft serve, and Italian ice -- something for everyone -- under one roof. Walking and talking and eating ice cream. We promise it’s not a date...just a dessert run with FinCon friends.

Meet outside the main entrance to the Hilton Austin (Neches Street) to walk over together at 8:00pm.

Let’s be honest: It was going to be hard to top that DJ at #FinCon19. And even though the closing dance party is a bit of a FinCon institution, it just doesn’t seem wise to have a bunch of us dancing and sweating in close proximity these days.

Since this will be the first time many of us have attended any event since the beginning of the pandemic, it just seems like we all might need a low-key, chill vibe on our last night in town. Sure, we want to hang out and visit and laugh but there’s no doubt that many of us will be zapped.

So after you eat dinner, change into your stretchiest of stretchy pants, bring your favorite games (we’ll have some onsite too), and come hang out with new and old friends. We’ll have plenty of tables and chairs set up, and there may even be an appearance from a dear, old FinCon mascot who has missed having Money Nerds hanging out with her. 

Think LobbyCon but with plenty of tables and chairs spread out…except this LobbyCon ends at 11pm sharp!