When people talk about Austin, they often mention the live music culture. But that’s just the beginning of the story. With vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all of your own. The city is home to more than 250 music venues, the world’s first James Beard Award-winning barbecue pitmaster, a vibrant arts scene and 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats (yep, you heard that right). So, take a look around and put the Live Music Capital of the World® on your playlist.

1. Listen to live music.

Austin’s celebrated live music scene includes more than 250 live music venues with just about every genre represented; this is the Live Music Capital of the World®, after all! We recommend checking out one of Austin’s many iconic music venues. A few favourites include ACL Live at the Moody Theater (where the famed public television show is filmed) The Saxon Pub, Hotel Vegas, The Elephant Room and Broken Spoke for a little two-steppin’ fun!

 

ACL Live at the Moody Theatre. Credit Jonathan Jackson

 

 

2. Eat barbecue and Tex-Mex.

You shouldn’t visit Austin without trying what we’re most known for – barbecue and Tex-Mex. There are too many spots to name for just one visit, but it’s hard to go wrong with a tray overflowing with slow-smoked brisket or foil-wrapped tacos direct from a food trailer. Wondering where to begin? Here’s a good rule of thumb: the longer the line, the better. If you don’t eat meat, don’t worry. Many iconic restaurants around town serve up a selection of vegetarian and vegan options. But remember, vegetarians can eat queso too! We’re also known for our unique food trucks, which can be found all over town. If you leave hungry, you’re just not doing it right.

Valentina_s Tex Mex BBQ. Credit Rose McIntyre, BFA Photography

 

3. Enjoy one of Austin's many bars for cocktails, Texas wine or craft beer.

Make a new friend in town and get to know each other over a margarita or locally distilled craft cocktail with Tito’s Vodka. From grapevines to hops, Austin serves up local, craft libations sure to please every palate. Be sure to visit one of our local craft breweries on the weekend for a pint and a tour, or spend an afternoon exploring the scenic Hill Country wine trail. Whether you’re a sommelier or a beer aficionado, there’s a place for you in Austin.

4. Get outdoors.

The Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail is just steps from downtown and is a great way to catch a stunning view of Austin’s skyline. Or, spend a sunny afternoon in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the lake, hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt, take a refreshing dip in historic Barton Springs Pool or play 18 holes at one of Austin’s many scenic golf courses.

Barton Springs Pool. Credit Visit Austin.

5. Visit a film location.

Austin was recently named by Moviemaker magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker.” Film buffs should visit locations from movies and shows filmed in Austin including Boyhood, Dazed and Confused and Friday Night Lights. Keep an eye out, you may even spot a big name filming around town!

6. Witness international racing in action.

It’s no secret that this is a sports town. And we have the world-class facilities to prove it. Visit Circuit of The Americas, the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the US, for annual events like the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge.

MotoGP 2017. Credit Circuit of The Americas

7. Explore Texas history.

Texas gets a lot of national attention as a unique place to visit, and it also has a pretty cool back-story to boot. Why not take a quick walk up Congress Avenue to see the Texas State Capitol (which is open 24 hours a day and offers regular free tours) and the Bullock Texas State History Museum? From there, head to central Austin’s Cultural Campus, around the University of Texas at Austin. This area is home to world-class museums like the Blanton Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center and more. For a more casual history lesson, explore some of Austin’s historic districts and sites.

 

Learn more at VisitAustin.org

 

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