Austin is the state capital of Texas, and with a population of over a million people, you can be rest assured that there is something to appeal to you, no matter what your likes and interests are. Austin has a thriving cultural scene that visitors from around the globe have helped to define it as a city that is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. So, whether you are a music loving traveler or someone who is just keen to experience an authentic Texas welcome, read on to find out the best things to do in Austin, TX.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
Since its beginnings in 1987, the South by Southwest festival has grown to become one of the most globally talked about Austin events. It’s a festival that celebrates all creative arts. A combination of film, interactive media and music conferences and exhibitions that attract innovators, explorers and spectators from all around the world.
If you haven’t yet experienced SXSW, you need to put it in your diary and be prepared for an eclectic mix of performance and learning that will fascinate and inspire you. March 8-17 2019 are next year’s SXSW dates, and it is wise to book ahead to confirm your place.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Starting on October 4th and running for two consecutive weekends, the ACL Music Festival is going to be taking place at Zilker Park. With eight stages and 130 acts performing, it is Austin’s largest music festival. What makes it such a great festival is the diversity of the music, from Metallica and Hozier through to Paul McCartney, the diversity of the city is represented in musical form.
Texas State Capitol
If there is one thing that Texans are known for, it is their unreserved pride in the Lone Star State, making it a recognizable Austin attraction! It’s a breathtaking design that showcases the state’s natural resources of limestone and hardwoods which were crafted by local artisans to great effect.
Nestled within stunning landscaped grounds and parklands, the Texas State Capitol is an astounding piece of architecture that helps encapsulates all that is Texas. Take a tour to learn more about Texan history and check out the view from the dome for a new perceptive of Austin’s cityscape.
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Not far from the Texas State Capitol is the Bullock Texas State History Museum, although be warned, you will need several hours to fully absorb what this museum has to offer its visitors. Three floors are devoted to the history of Texas and covers everything from rodeos to the assassination of Kennedy. The exhibitions are ever-changing as they update artifacts and displays to engage the visitors; even if you have been before, you will not have seen what is on offer today.
No visit to Austin would be complete without a visit to this famed eatery. The Franklin Barbecue is the best place in town to experience Texan pulled pork. It is so popular that you will have to wait in line to be able to savor its delights, so get there early and guarantee a position and sit it out. Be prepared for a wait, but understand that Franklin Barbecue is worth every minute.
Disclaimer: Once you have tasted this brisket, standard pulled pork will never seem the same again. Nothing will ever match it. You have been warned!
Circuit of The Americas
When you have had your fill of the museums of Austin, just 18 miles outside of Austin is the Circuit of The Americas. The Circuit of the Americas is the home of Texas’ formula 1 and is one of the ideal Austin attractions for gearheads and thrill seekers alike. From November 1st to 3rd 2019, the American Grand Prix is being hosted in Austin. Make sure you arrive early to avoid the traffic so that you can make the best of this great sporting event. Buy your tickets way in advance to avoid disappointment.
When you visit Austin, you will be able to fill your itinerary with a variety of things to do in Austin, TX; however, do leave time to explore the city in a more relaxed way. You’ll come across all kinds of hidden gems that Austin has to offer such as Waterloo Records where you’ll lose hours, or you may even have the opportunity to attend an impromptu live gig by a local band that you previously hadn’t heard of before. So, what are you waiting for? Austin is calling.