Austin is a creative city, brimming with musicians, artists, food trucks, and tech startups all competing for attention at world-famous events like Austin City Limits and SXSW. Whether or not your team is involved in the creative industries, you can do your part to keep Austin weird by choosing a team outing that will get your colleagues thinking outside the box. From music workshops to art classes to cooking lessons, there are plenty of awesome team outing ideas in Austin that will add a new spin to your weekly happy hour or after-work get-together. Here are a few of our favorites ideas.
1. Start an office band with Groove Labs
If your team has outgrown karaoke, why not make them part of the band with a team-building workshop by Groove Labs? Groove Labs offers a variety of art, music, and dance activities, such as a body art experience with an airbrush tattoo artist, as well as a ukulele workshop in which your team will learn to harmonize with each other. Other activities involve a live band and DJ performances, and your team will help write, choreograph, and produce the show. This is a great activity that you can bring to the office or an event space of your choosing!
2. Book an unforgettable Peerspace
For a fun time away from the office, find a custom event venue on Peerspace. This is your go-to online marketplace for offbeat location ideas, such as a rock-n-roll photo gallery, an epic outdoor event space, or a modern warehouse with vintage cars! Work with a local host to arrange catering and A/V rentals, or contact Peerspace’s Concierge service for assistance. Choose a location that your team will be excited to share on Instagram, and build up a reputation as a company that knows how to throw a great social outing for its employees.
3. Take a glassblowing workshop at Ghost Pepper Glass
Most of us use or encounter glass several times per day — to drink from, to see through, and more. But how many of us really know how glass is made? Ghost Pepper Glass will change that with one of their hands-on glassblowing workshops. Your team will learn how to make a take-home glass ornament, paperweight, or bowl. Add a narrated demonstration to your event, and you can watch one of the expert glassblowers create an additional object while providing insight into the science and history of glassblowing.
4. Learn to cook at East Austin Culinary Studio
Experience the magic of Austin’s food scene with a hands-on workshop at East Austin Culinary Studio. This slick, modern kitchen can fit 12 participants for a cooking lesson or 16 people for a demo-only workshop. Learn how to make seasonal salsa, sourdough, gnocchi, or another dish of your choosing. A professional chef leads the workshop and will keep your team entertained and well-fed.
5. Paint your own pottery at Ceramics Bayou
If you don’t have the time for a full hands-on lesson, try a pottery painting session at Ceramics Bayou. This doesn’t require any training or prep work. You can rent the whole studio or book a private room that fits 24 people. Everyone on your team will get to choose a pottery piece and paint it themselves. Bring food, drink, and a music playlist. This is one of the most creative team outing ideas in Austin to do on a casual afternoon.
6. Play a few rounds at Peter Pan Mini-Golf
Mini-golf is always a fan-favorite, and with two 18-hole courses and a BYOB policy, Peter Pan Mini-Golf is a great choice for an after-work outing. Rent the party area for a picnic, or bring the family along for an all-ages event. Peter Pan Mini-Golf has had its doors open since 1948, featuring several Texas-themed icons for your team to take photos of.
7. Hit the targets at Urban Axes
Practice your aim at Urban Axes, Austin’s centrally located axe-throwing facility. Your team of at least six people will get a private lane and professional “Axepert” to help you get you started. For larger groups, you can bring your own caterer and make a night of it. Private events last for fewer than three hours, and you can bring your own beer, wine, and cider. This is a fun team outing idea in Austin for some friendly competition between colleagues in a tournament-style game.
8. Take a night flight at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
Lake Travis is a beautiful outdoor location just 20 miles from downtown Austin. Take your team here for a three-hour outing that includes five different zip lines and boat transportation across the lake. You’ll also be able to swim, picnic, or just hang out in a hammock on a private beach. For added excitement, take the “Night Flight,” which covers the same zip line course by moonlight. Your team will enjoy the chance to explore the lake with headlamps and glowsticks.
9. Build team spirit with Austin Bubble Soccer
If getting hit by a dodgeball doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, why not play soccer in your own protective bubble? Bubble soccer is the latest team-building craze, and Austin Bubble Soccer will provide everything you need to get suited up. Your team will learn some soccer strategies, “bubble gymnastics,” and communication skills. Rent a venue on Peerspace and customize your bubble soccer experience to whatever indoor or outdoor space you like!
10. Float down the river with Austin Tour Company
An Austin summer is incomplete without a trip down the lazy river. A private float package with Austin Tour Company will get your team to and from the San Marcos River for a relaxing day on the water. Your tour guide will provide inner tubes and coolers. You just need to bring sunscreen and beer. Trips last for three to four hours and are perfect for groups of at least 15 people.
Make the most of Austin’s beautiful weather with a river float or zip line tour. If it’s too hot to go outside, then choose one of these indoor activities instead. There is an abundance of incredible team outing ideas in Austin. Keep in mind you can always book a venue on Peerspace for your team to enjoy.