Austin, Texas Chapter

The Austin chapter of American Pilgrims serves central Texas centered on Austin. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the central Texas region.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Linda Thornton, Denise Palma and JoAnn Carreon-Reyes at for more information. 

The chapter has its own Facebook group which is another way to see what's going on and to connect with local pilgrims.

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Scheduled Events
Contact us through to find out what we're doing!

Third Sunday walk and chat, Ladybird Lake Walk
Sundays, October 15 22, November 19, December 17, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Join the Austin Chapter on the 3rd Sunday of the month for a little walk and a lot of chat! We have a nice route established now, rain or shine. We will talk and walk about 2 miles to Alta's Café, a lovely spot on the water and stop for a beverage and/or a snack, share pictures, tips, etc. and then head back. It feels like a mini Camino day! No need to RSVP.

Meet at the Rock under Mopac footbridge (north end of the foot bridge under Mopac), free parking at Mopac & Lake Austin Blvd. 


Second Thursday Happy Hour
Thursdays, October 12, November 9, December 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

2728 South Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Join the Austin Chapter on the 2nd Thursday of the month for happy hour at Habana! Come share in food, drink and great pilgrim camaraderie. Recently returned pilgrims, bring your Camino vibe, photos and stories to share! Pilgrims in training, bring your questions! No need to RSVP - just show up! See you there!


First Saturday Camino informative sessions
Saturdays, October 7, November 4, December 2, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

REI Austin Downtown
601 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Join the Austin Chapter on the 1st Saturday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holiday weekends) for a presentation of basic information about the Camino along with other relevant topics, that will differ each month.

Come share your wisdom and experience (we'd like to have a few veteran pilgrims attend to provide multiple points of view and answer questions) or if you haven't walked yet, come for information. No need to RSVP - just show up! See you there!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Austin Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrlims, contact us at

Rev 10/11/17