Austin is well-known for its thriving festival scene. Music, film and interactive media festivalSouth by Southwest showcases 2,000 music acts a year and talks by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The Austin City Limits Music Festival attracts hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors each year. Should you not find yourself in Austin for a festival, the city’s ever-evolving music, film, arts, food and drink scenes are turning it into the southern United States’ most happening destination.
Every week, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater hosts big name acts and rising stars, from Iggy Pop to Widespread Panic, Foreigner and My Morning Jacket. The Austin City Limits TV show is filmed live here monthly.
Take a 1.5-hour tour around the city with AO Tours, uncovering more live music spots, as well as restaurants, local hangouts, historic monuments, shopping districts and green spaces (including picturesque Lady Bird Lake).
Learn about Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, who took control of the nation following the assassination of John F Kennedy, at the LBJ Presidential Library. Walk through exhibitions showcasing LBJ and JFK’s campaigns and the tumultuous times of Johnson’s tenure as President from 1963 to 1969.
At the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, find a permanent collection that includes over 17,000 works including European paintings, prints and drawings alongside American and Latin American art.
In the neighbourhood of South Congress, there's a range of shops from fashion boutiques to motorcycle showrooms, nail bars and antiques stores. Head to Sunroom (1603 S Congress Ave), a showcase for independent Austin fashion designers; and Uncommon Objects (1512 S Congress Ave) for antiques, taxidermy and memorabilia, including flags from the 1800s.