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 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!

Ladybird Lake Walk
Monthly on third Sundays,, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Next one up is July 15. Not occurring on June 17 - Father's Day!

Join the Austin Chapter on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We have a nice route established now, rain or shine. We will talk and walk about 2 miles to Alta's Cafe, a lovely spot on the lake (beverages and snacks are available for purchase), share pictures, tips, etc. and then head back. It feels like a mini Camino day! No need to RSVP; just show up!

Meet at the Rock under MoPac footbridge (north end of the footbridge under MoPac). There's free parking at MoPac Expressway & Lake Austin Blvd.

Happy Hour
Monthly on 2nd Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Next ones up are June 14 and July 12

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

2728 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Camino Basics presentations
Monthly on 1st Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, excepting January 6th, July 7th and September 1st
Next one up is August 4th

Join the Austin Chapter on the 1st Saturday of the month for a presentation of basic information about the Camino along with other relevant topics that will differ each month. Pilgrims, we welcome you to attend and share your knowledge. If you're in the planning stages or just interested, plan to come and bring your questions. After that we'll just see where the discussion leads us. Free but registration with the store is recommended. Free parking.

REI Austin Downtown
601 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Free parking

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 08/04/18