Things to do in Austin

The capital of Texas is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting cities in the country. Home to amazing food, music and cultural events, this is one of Vinnie Van GO’s favorite cities to visit!

If you keep in mind the city’s unofficial slogan, “Keep Austin Weird”, you’re sure to have an exciting visit. It’s also known as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, home to an incredible diversity of musicians and artists. It was recently named the best place to live in the U.S. – check out Vinnie Van GO’s guide to find out why!

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Annual Events in Austin

Austin City Limits

Each October, downtown Austin’s Zilker Park attracts 75k visitors a day to this live-recorded PBS television music program. Originally created to showcase and celebrate Texan music, now the festival every year attracts some of the most famous acts in the world. 2017’s line-up has already been announced – don’t miss your chance to get tickets! Book an Austin festival shuttle today.

South by Southwest

Almost half a million people turn out to SxSW every year to take part in free and ticketed events, including films, music performances, conferences and interactive media sessions and exhibits. Happening in March throughout downtown Austin, this festival is one of the biggest and most exciting in the country. Traffic during SxSW can be problem, but South by Southwest shuttles are available with GO!

Trail of Lights

Huge crowds comparable to those at SxSW turn out to this holiday celebration, and there’s no wonder why. Zilker Park’s Christmas lights displays is one of the best in the world. Running almost through the entire month of December, join the Austin community in celebrating the holidays.

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The Frank Erwin Center

Austin is the largest city in the country without a major professional sports league, but there are a number of stadiums that are still worth a visit when you’re in town, all a short shuttle ride from Downtown Austin. The Frank Erwin Center is a multi-purpose arena located on UT Austin’s campus is also known as “The Drum” or “The Superdrum”. There are few universities that match UT Austin’s sport spirit.

1701 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

Darrell K Royal

Darrell K Royal stadium, named after the famous football player and coach, is a memorial stadium home to UT Austin’s Longhorns football team. Opened since 1924, this stadium is the second largest in the state and ninth largest in the world. Catch the Hook ‘em Horns spirit, and try to catch a college game if you’re in Austin in season.

405 E 23rd St
Austin, TX 78712

H.E.B. Center

H.E.B. Center located in Cedar Park, a short shuttle ride away from Austin, a modern indoor arena in Cedar Park and home to the Austin Spurs also hosts a number of music entertainment performances throughout the year.

2100 Ave of the Stars
Cedar Park, TX 78613

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Texas State Capitol

Completed in 1888, the state capitol building is the crown jewel of Austin. This beautiful historic building still holds the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor. The building has a visitors center and exhibits and also hosts several tours.

112 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Lady Bird Lake

This river-like reservoir on the Colorado River in Downtown Austin was created in 1960. Named after the Lyndon Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, this reservoir has been a historically central part of the city of Austin. It’s also a major recreation center for the city, with the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, as well as several water recreational sporting business where you can rent kayaks, canoes and more.

South Congress Avenue

The South Congress neighborhood is a famous shopping and cultural district. Visit this neighborhood for plenty of eclectic small businesses, including shops, restaurants, galleries and live music venues. It is also the epicenter of the city’s booming food truck industry. This is a great spot to go out at night!

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Austin is a fantastic city to walk around. The weather is usually fantastic, so why stay inside?

City Running Tours allows you to stay fit while taking in Austin’s sights. Kill two birds with one stone with one of these guided sightseeing tours, which you can join a group run or personalize your own.

If running isn’t your thing, Preservation Austin hosts a number of great self-guided audio-visual history tours, letting you experience Austin’s rich history at your own pace using your own smartphone. There are six tours available, including Congress Avenue, East Sixth Street, Old West Austin, Iconic Music Venues, Tejano Trail and African American Austin.

The Austin Visitor Center also offers a guided historic walking tour, if you’d like to be led by an expert local guide.

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Austin is known to be “The Live Music Capital of the World”, and it’s no surprise why. Besides for the numerous world-class music festivals hosted throughout the year, there are also live music venues that keep the party going every night of the week. 6th Street is a historic and hip district with plenty of bars, clubs and music venues. Here are some live music venues in particular you should not miss:

The Continental Club

This music venue has hosted legends, and is famed in music history. Opened in 1955, this venue has a maximum capacity of 200 people, making it full of intimate music performances. Check out the venue’s website for more information about hours and upcoming performances.

The Mohawk

The Mohawk in the Red River District is one of the most beloved music venues by locals. The outdoor venue has a multi-tiered design, making it comfortable and not too crowded and congested. The venue also has an indoor stage and fireside bar, so even if there aren’t performances happening this is a great spot for nightlife.

Stubb’s BBQ

Many think of Stubb’s as the best music venue in town. Also located in the Red River District, this larger venue is in the best area for nightlife. It is an outdoor amphitheater spot with fantastic sound and sight to the stage from every seat. The barbecue venue also has some delicious treats while you’re taking in the performance.

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