Live Music Capital of the World

Austin is often called the Live Music Capital of the World, so catching a live show is a must. Whether it’s at iconic venues like the Stubb’s BBQ or during music festivals like Austin City Limits (ACL), there’s always a vibrant music scene to explore.

Outside the city limits you can enjoy a day at the many breweries and distilleries in Dripping Springs. Or head north to explore charming Waco or the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Staff Picks

Colby Olliver

Mechanical Designer

Ann + Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail runs along the river and has some of my favorite city views.

Favorite Places

Aaron Lovelock, PE

Director of Electrical Engineering

BookPeople is one of my favorite places to go in Austin! It is a large, locally owned bookstore with with a coffee bar & gift items for sale.

Favorite Places

Maesan Carley, PE

Mechanical Engineer

There's something truly special about catching a concert at the Moody Center in Austin!

Favorite Places

Jordan Hughes

Plumbing Designer

I love hanging out at the Austin Public Library—it's my happy place, where I can relax and dive into a good book. Plus, its an architectural masterpiece!

Favorite Places

Festivals and Events

Austin hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including SXSW (South by Southwest) and the Austin Film Festival, attracting visitors from around the world.

Socializing in Neighborhoods

Austin is a city of neighborhoods, each with its unique vibe. Locals enjoy hanging out in places like South Congress (SoCo), East Austin, or the Rainey Street Historic District, where they can grab a drink, browse shops, or people-watch.

Outdoor Recreation

With its warm climate and natural beauty, Austin offers plenty of outdoor activities. Locals enjoy hiking and biking on the trails around Lady Bird Lake, paddleboarding or kayaking on the lake itself, and swimming in Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring-fed pool that stays around 68-70°F (20-21°C) year-round.

Austin is a city that embraces creativity, community, and the outdoors, providing its residents with a wealth of activities to enjoy year-round.