First Thursday is a popular monthly event that takes place along South Congress Avenue, generally from Barton Springs Road to Elizabeth Street. It is basically like one big block party, and it is perfect for all ages. On the first Thursday of each month, all of the stores along South Congress that normally close early stay open late (most stay open until 10 p.m., but some later). Some of the stores have special sales and give out free drinks on these nights. Some of the restaurants and bars have drink specials. Click here to take a virtual tour of some of the fabulous stores and restaurants on South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704!