Austin Blind Cafe

In a culture addicted to multi-tasking, with images and stimuli flashing in our faces non-stop, this one-of-a-kind sensory experience forces attendees to be fully present. They’re forced to connect with those around them, despite the darkness, in an unfamiliar, emotionally powerful way.
— Austinot Magezine, Austin TX

Fall down the rabbit hole: February 2 - 4, 2016

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Austin Blind Cafe | February 2 - 4th 2016

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | Two shows per night 6PM & 8:30PM | American Legion Travis Post 76, 404 Atlanta Street Austin, TX

“There is something about engaging in organic conversation in a room full of strangers who can’t see each that instills a sense of community along the group. At the end, a candle is lit and it feels as if your waking up from a collective dream, that you somehow shared with everyone around you.
— Hayley Besecker | 7 x 7 Magazine SF

What happens in the dark at The Blind Cafe?

Our signature program, 'The Blind Cafe Experience' is a pop-up event, an award winning community awareness concert, discussion & dinner in the dark, no blindfolds! This is NOT just another dinner in the dark…it’s a community experience where people connect, learn and break bread together without their visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones. 

What is The Blind Cafe?

The Blind Cafe is a fiscally sponsored positive social change organization, that uses the concept of darkness to create innovative and imaginative ( pop-up ) events held entirely in the pitch dark ( no blindfolds ). Our events are facilitated by professional trained 'legally blind staff'' and designed to change the way you 'see' the world. Since 2010, The Blind Cafe has had over 11,000 people through the dark. 

The amazing concept of dinner and music in COMPLETE DARKNESS is an incredible experience that I’ve witnessed personally. It’s an incredibly enlightening experience, and the Blind Café itself is professional, organized, phenomenally structured from a business standpoint, and it has a wonderful philanthropic basis as well.
— Brian Johnson, The Marquee Music Magazine

There are three components to The Blind Cafe Experience: 

A Social Dinner Experience In The Dark

What's on the menu? Community... locally sponsored (vegan & gluten-free) friendly food, dark chocolate, good friends, inspiring stories, live music and meaningful conversation all in the dark. We hire a local professional Chef in each city to help design the menu encouraging them to connect with local farms, locals business’s and build relationships in the community. We source, as much as possible, the food we serve from local farms and business’s relying largely on donations from the community.

A Discussion In The Dark

In our award winning community awareness discussion, you will participate in a group discussion Q & A,  between the audience ( you ) and our amazing warm heart felt legally blind keynote speakers & ambassadors. They will share their personal stories with you and you will have the chance to learn,  ask questions, and discuss blindness in the dark with the entire room all paying attention.


A Music Performance In The Dark

Ever wonder what it like to experience a live music performance in complete pitch darkness? Blind Cafe Music Productions brings one of the most emotionally powerful music listening experiences possible.  These unique and intimate performances bridge the gap between the artist and their audience as they're empowered to participate in an active music listening experience, in the complete and total pitch dark! Learn what it was like to experience live music without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cells phones.

Interested in joining us in the dark for a Blind Cafe?

The Blind Café does not try to perfectly recreate blindness. Instead, it allows people to interact, trust each other, and experience community in an entirely new way. In the dark, there are no uncomfortable glances, no self-consciousness about what you’re wearing or what you weigh, no distinction between the sighted and blind.

These are some of the principles we stand behind:

  • The Blind Cafe Business is not about making money. It's about making dreams come true for others and ourselves. 
  • When you make a dream come true for yourself, it'll be a dream come true for someone else too. 
  • Making a sustainable and profitable company is a great way to improve the world while improving ourselves. 
  • When we make a company, we create our own sort of utopia. It's where we design our perfect world best we can. Read about our perfect Blind Cafe world here. 
  • We never do anything just for the money. 
  • The real point of doing anything is to be happy, so we do only what makes us and others happy.
  • The Blind Cafe does NOT recreate or simulate what's it's like to be visually impaired or blind. We do however, create an opportunity for you to compassionately feel, learn and be inspired by the stories of our Keynote Blind Ambassadors while you are in complete darkness. 

Meet our Sponsors

A Colorado-based organization, The Blind Cafe is a fiscally sponsored organization operating under the non-profit 501(c)3 of The Boulder County Arts Alliance. Since 2010, The Blind Cafe has been delivering unique and inspiring positive social change events nation wide, all held in complete darkness & facilitated by legally blind keynote speakers and facilitators. Donations and contributions raised from our events and fiscal sponsorship donations, support the continuation of the innovative and experimental social change programs The Blind Cafe brings to the world!