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Austin

About

Hot guitar licks and cheering crowds are sounds you're sure to hear in Austin, Texas, the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World. The city earns its title with naerly 200 music venues, giving Austin more live music per capita than any other U.S. city. Seven music districts—including East Austin, Sixth Street, and the University of Texas—host the majority of the action, but you'll also find live music in grocery stores, on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, and even at the Austin airport. Listening to it isn't the only way to appreciate music in Austin. The Texas Music Museum and the Collings Guitar Factory are a few of the music sites around Austin. Austin lives up to its "Keep Austin Weird" motto with a thriving art scene, funky shopping, and unusual attractions such as the 1.5 million bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge and the three-acre Barton Springs Pool. Major festivals such as the South by Southwest Festival in March and Austin City Limits Music Festival in October draw audiences from around the world. Three hundred days of sunshine a year, hundreds of parks, and a lake in the middle of town put the outdoors within Austin city limits, and the famed Texas Hill Country is a short drive away. Flights to Austin are available on airlines including Alaska, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, and Southwest.

When To Go

With warm year-round weather and affordable pricing, Austin is a popular vacation spot. Spring and fall are the busiest times to visit, with major festivals, comfortable weather, and University of Texas football games from September through November. The least popular time to visit is summer, especially in July, when temperatures can get hot. Winter sees a drop in temperatures, visitation, and prices, but events still take place.

high season: March to May, September to October
low season: July to August
shoulder season: November to February, June

Weather Information

Austin experiences warm weather year-round. Summers can be particularly warm, with temperatures reaching into the high 90s, and occasionally up to 100 degrees. Winter temperatures hover around 60 degrees. Spring and fall can be warm, with temperatures ranging between the low 70s and high 80s.

Crowd Information

Austin is home to major music and film festivals, including South by Southwest in March, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Austin Film Festival in October. Other festivals such as the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival in April and the Texas Book Festival in October and November also attract large crowds. The Republic of Texas Biker Rally in June is another popular event. UT football games also cause quite a stir throughout the season.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

Packages and deals are offered in the summer, December, and over the holidays. Prices rise with major festivals in March and September.

Information provided by the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau