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Report: TikTok scouting tower in Downtown Austin

The rendering of the glossy skyscraper to the left could be home to a new TikTok office. (Cousins Properties)

The world's most downloaded app of 2020 could be establishing itself further in Austin.

Three sources told the Austin Business Journal that TikTok, a video-based social media app used mostly by Gen Z and millennials, is eyeing office space in the skyscraper located at 300 Colorado as its construction is completed.




Neither TikTok nor Jones Lang Lasalle Inc., the leasing firm for 300 Colorado, could confirm the move, and nothing has been officially verified. If the company signs the lease, it could take up to 150,000 square feet of space, a source said.

If completed, TikTok would be replacing supposed plans for another social media giant, Facebook, Inc. to lease at 300 Colorado. Austin Business Journal reported that Facebook failed to close on a deal at the property in March.

The high-rise is one of many in the works downtown and is almost complete after nearly two years of construction.

TikTok has already planted roots in the "boomtown," where employees have been reportedly working at a co-working space since 2020 after Donald Trump declared the company a "security threat," stymying its plans to possibly put a major office downtown.

The company currently has 71 open positions in Austin and is reportedly looking at several other locations.

The company, which grew by five times in 2020, would join big-name companies including Tesla, Oracle and Samsung that have settled down in Austin. The city was the top destination for tech migration in 2020, and Telsa CEO Elon Musk has labeled the city as a "Little California" that could eventually rival Silicon Valley.

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Music and movies: Things to do in Austin this weekend

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🗓 Friday

🎙Live Music at Lone Star Court*

Enjoy the deep roots of Texas music with weekly live performances at Lone Star Court. Located at The Domain, there’s always a tune for you to tap your foot to at the retro-inspired property. Every Thursday through Saturday, locals and travelers alike can enjoy live performances and specialty cocktails at the Water Trough. This week you can catch Drew Moreland, Julia Hatfield, and Clayton Gardner.

7-9 p.m. Thursday, 8-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday | 📍 Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.

🗓 Saturday

⚽️ Austin FC vs. Atlanta United FC official watch party

Austin FC is playing away this weekend at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium but you can still enjoy those Verde vibes at Celis Brewery’s official watch party. Support your local team and grab a brew as they take on Atlanta United FC.

Kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday | 📍 Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Blvd.

🎥 The Godfather showing

Cult classic mob drama “The Godfather,” featuring the likes of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is returning to the big screen for its 50th anniversary. This weekend celebrates the filmography of Francis Ford Coppola as part of The Paramount Theatre’s Summer Classic Film Series. Tickets are $11 each.

4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday | 📍The Paramount Theatre, 10001 Metric Blvd.

🎹 Live music from San Gabriel

Enjoy some of San Gabriel’s “bedroom-pop,” with a drink in-hand on Radio’s airy outdoor patio, complete with food trucks Veracruz All Natural, Dee Dee Thai and Briscuits. Admission is free.

8-11 p.m. Saturday | 📍Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Menchaca Rd.

🗓 Sunday

🎭 The Sound of Music

Watch the classic musical surrounding the Von Trapp family live and on stage from Austin performers from the ZACH Theatre. You can see the show through July 24 and tickets start at $25.

Showtimes at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday | 📍The Topfer at ZACH, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

📚 The Winter’s Tale

The Austin Chamber Music Center and Austin Shakespeare are blending music and poetry in their fifth annual collaboration, this time celebrating “The Winter’s Tale.” Tickets start at $30 and tickets for online on-demand access will be available on Monday.

3 p.m. Sunday | 📍Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr.

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