Presidents' Day 2019

Presidents' Day 2019


Happenin’, eccentric, upstart: America’s new “must-visit” city. Creativity, yesteryear & watering-holes ‘round every corner. Best BBQ & tacos ever. The eclectic vitality of arts, political, high-tech & finance denizens. The University & LBJ Library. World-class museums. 250 live music venues. Diversity, genius & heritage. Nearby, scenic Hill Country. Historic grand-dame hotel: “As Texas as it gets.”


Happenin’, eccentric, upstart; America’s new “must-visit” city; a melting pot of techies, pols, foodies, financiers, poets, ranchers, scholars; diverse heritage & arts; 250 live music venues; creativity, yesteryear & watering-holes around every corner; the LBJ Library & 1800’s Driskill Hotel: “as Texas as it gets.”


Registration is limited to the first 230 registrations.

Renaissance Weekend is comprised of hundreds of programs and shared meals in which participants with in-depth knowledge reflect off-the-record on a wide variety of current issues. Lively discussion by all participants is encouraged, and the tone is decidedly relaxed.

Each afternoon is set aside for recreation, including sports, seaside activities, relaxation, and exploring Austin. Sunday lunch is "on-your-own" to allow participants the opportunity to sample local restaurants and dine with fellow participants and new friends.


Participants' program assignments are based on information provided on the Participant Profiles page of their online registration, which should be completed as early as possible. Please email the Renaissance Weekend team if changes have been made to your Participant Profile after your registration is confirmed and before we distribute the Tentative Program. 

In late-January, the Tentative Program and other materials will be sent to each registered party's lead participant, who is asked to share them with other members of his/her party.

Registration opens on Friday, February 15th at 4:00 P.M. at The Driskill Hotel, where participants pick up their materials and the Final Program, and check in separately with their hotel. Proctors and Moderators briefings meet between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. The first program begins at 6:00 P.M. that evening at The Driskill.

Early arrivals are invited to help with Registration and to notify the Renaissance Weekend staff of their availability. 

The program ends by 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 18th.


Conversation over meals is an important part of the Weekend, and all guests are expected to participate in the Common Meals. Only children under three are not charged for Common Meals. The "on-your-own" meal, Sunday lunch, is designed to facilitate participants' enjoyment of Austin and surroundings. Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for late arrivals, early departures or absences from meals.

Sports & Recreational Activities

Saturday and Sunday afternoons — from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — are set aside for participants' personal and family recreation.  Established along the Colorado River on the edge of the Hill Country in 1839, Austin remains rich in history, from the bronze statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan that greets visitors near the river, to the stately Capitol that anchors downtown, to the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas at Austin.

Named the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin has a hundreds of music venues and local bands. It is home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can spend an afternoon paddling the Lady Bird Lake or strolling through a celebrated history museum. 


Getting There

Participants arriving after 7:00 P.M. on Friday or departing before 9:00 A.M. on Monday are requested to advise Renaissance Weekend staffThe Driskill's concierge can assist with any transportation needs.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is located 11 miles from The Driskill.  Transportation options from the airport to the Driskill include car rental, taxi, Uber, and scheduling a private shuttle service.

Shuttle service is available from J and I Transportation. Book directly by calling 512-825-0652 or emailing Reference "Renaissance Weekend" to receive the discounted rate of $75/one way.

Rental cars are not necessary. On-site valet parking is available at the nightly rate of $45.00 plus tax.

To explore Austin, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel.

The Driskill

Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin, the luxurious, historic hotel is convenient to all that the city has to offer, including the Texas State Capitol, convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and Austin's 6th Street music scene. 

Restored to its original opulence, The Driskill sets the standard for elegance in Austin, Texas. From the magnificent columned lobby with its marble floors and stained-glass dome to the classic, newly revitalized décor of the 189 guestrooms and suites, The Driskill ensures that every stay is a memorable one.


Camp Renaissance, Teens & College Students

Camp Renaissance — an active program tailored for children ages 3-12 — typically includes presentations by fascinating adult participants, hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, and arts-&-crafts projects. These activities are supervised by the Camp Renaissance Counselors, with involvement from adult Renaissance participants whose experiences are of interest to young people. Camp Renaissance runs concurrently with the adult program and does not provide full-time child care.

Young people are welcome at all functions. Most teens and college students participate in the Weekend's scheduled program. In addition, they often have designated gathering places, assigned programs, and their own activities and discussions. Teens and college students are usually placed on panels related to their interests, as indicated on their Participant Profile.

College students integrate themselves into the scheduled program. Many form strong bonds and even lifetime friendships during evening social events and programs planned specifically for them.

Parents are expected to oversee their sons' and daughters’ comings and goings throughout the Weekend. Renaissance Institute and Renaissance Weekend, and its staff, assume no liability regarding children or teens.

There is no organized program or child care provided for children under the age of three. Younger children are welcome at Camp Renaissance programs when accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Participants should make arrangements for babysitters at least three weeks prior to arrival at the Weekend by phoning the The Driskill Concierge for assistance. To maximize their enjoyment of the program, families with very young children are encouraged to bring a baby-sitter or au pair. Although there is no Registration Fee for babysitters/au pairs, they must register for meals at the children's rate, attend solely for child care, and, if practical, may assist periodically with Camp Renaissance. Baby-sitters/au pairs are free to attend programs and panel discussions designed specifically for Camp Renaissance participants.

Camp & Teens Programs are organized at all New Year's and most of the other Weekends.  On the rare occasions when there are few registrants in these age groups at the smaller Weekends, no such specific programs may be organized; and such young people, as always, are welcome at all sessions. Confirmation of Camp and Teens Programs, available ten weeks before any Weekend, may be secured through

Weather & Dress

Austin temperatures in mid-February are in the mid-60's. Check weather reports shortly in advance of the Weekend.

Dress is informal, resort casual, during the Weekend. Jeans are acceptable for day-time programs. 


All Registration and Meals & Meeting Services Fees will be refunded — less a $250/party processing fee — for cancellations received by Renaissance Weekend in writing via e-mail, fax, or mail, sixty days in advance of the first night of the Weekend. No refund is available for cancellations communicated less than fourteen days in advance. Cancellations received in the intervening period are eligible for 50% refunds. For a one-time transfer of fees, however, payments can be applied towards any of the three immediately following Renaissance Weekends, subject to a $100/party transfer fee, if space remains and such notice is received.  No refund is available after a payment has been transferred and applied to a new Weekend.

Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for late arrivals, early departures or absences from meals.

Lodging cancellations are handled directly by your hotel subject to its specific policies. Be sure also to advise Renaissance Weekend of cancellation.


Registration Fee

Adults (23 and older) $1,100/person
Youths (ages 3 - 22) $325/person

(Youth Registration Fee applies only to children or guests, ages 3-22, of invited adults.)


Meeting Services, Meals & Special Events Fee

Adults (13 and older) $850/person
Youths (ages 3 - 12) $400/person

Exploring Austin

The Driskill
The Lone Star State’s coveted hotel since 1886

Here, LBJ celebrated his presidential victory & Texas governors hosted inaugural balls. Vintage art, rustic leather couches, cowhide bar stools, details of antique revolvers & grand Texas Longhorn adorning the walls make The Driskill, part of Hyatt’s new Unbound Collection, this capital city’s grand dame.

Texas’ soul & a new generation’s creative spirit
Texas’ soul & future

The unique alchemy of history, tradition & a new generation’s creative spirit. Witness the energy, diversity, genius & heritage of Austin’s cultural institutions, performances & parks. Get acquainted with some of the denizens of its political, finance, arts & high-tech communities.

The city with personality
The city with personality

Live music at every turn: “America’s Live Music Capital.” Haunting sounds, the best tacos & barbecue ever, 6th Street’s & SoCo’s eclectic vitality, the Historic District and world-class museums. Come to understand the city’s mantra: “Keep Austin weird.” 

Lady Bird Lake
Especially worth noting

Bet you didn’t realize that this town is the US’ 11th-largest city. Consider a longer stay while you’re here: Dig into exhibits of the nation’s most-visited Presidential Library & programs at The University of Texas. Survey incredibly diverse neighborhoods. Eat more ribs. Day-trip to scenic Texas Hill Country.

The Driskill Hotel
Sunset over skyline
Live Music
Austin Hamilton Pool
City of Austin
Littlefield Fountain
Music Scene
Austin Barton Springs
Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake
LBJ Presidential Library
Lake Austin
Austin Streets
Food Trucks
The Driskill

Camp Renaissance

Children ages 3-12 years can immerse themselves in hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, arts-&-crafts projects, and presentations by fascinating adult participants who are major authorities in their fields.