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Austin is a diverse and eccentric city in the Hill Country of Texas. It is a major college town known for its alternative culture, its music scene and its contemporary flavour. "Keep Austin Weird" is a motto that Austin has followed well and very gracefully.

The business district of Austin has some of Texas's tallest condos and the growth of downtown is supported by the nightlife and live music scene, the Lady Bird Lake, restaurants and museums. The 2nd Street area has many good restaurants, record stores, museums, coffee shops and of course, the Austin City Hall.

For a beautiful stroll, head to the University of Texas to view the public art. In and around the university are various other attractions like the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Centre.

Austin's eccentricity is celebrated during its many annual festivals. The O. Henry Pun Off festival is an annual pun contest. Other festivals include Spamarama, Austin Reggae Festival, Canaval Brasileiro, Art City Austin in April, Halloween Night and Pecan Street Festival.

For years Austin has been known for its live music scene. It has more venues for live music than any other city in the country. The music scene in Austin is centred on the 6th Street where many of the nightclubs are located. South by Southwest is an annual music festival that truly showcases this city's obsession for good music. The entertainment district in downtown Austin has the most alcohol serving establishments or bars in the country.

Austin is the capital city of Texas, located in Travis country, and the 11th largest city in America. Austin is a diverse and eccentric city. It is a major college town known for its alternative culture, music scene and its contemporary flavour. ""Keep Austin Weird"" is a motto that Austin has followed well and very gracefully.

The business district of Austin has some of Texas's tallest condos and the growth of downtown is supported by the nightlife and live music scene, the Lady Bird Lake, restaurants and museums. The 2nd Street area has many good restaurants, record stores, museums, coffee shops and of course, the Austin City Hall.

For a beautiful stroll, head to the University of Texas to view the public art. In and around the university are various other attractions like the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Centre.

Austin's eccentricity is celebrated during its many annual festivals. The O. Henry Pun Off festival is an annual pun contest. Other festivals include Spamarama, Austin Reggae Festival, Canaval Brasileiro, Art City Austin in April, Halloween Night and Pecan Street Festival.

For years Austin has been known for its live music scene. It has more venues for live music than any other city in the country. The music scene in Austin is centred on the 6th Street where many of the nightclubs are located. South by Southwest is an annual music festival that truly showcases this city's obsession for good music. The entertainment district in downtown Austin has the most alcohol serving establishments or bars in the country.

Austin is the capital city of Texas, located in Travis country, and the 11th largest city in America. Austin is a diverse and eccentric city. It is a major college town known for its alternative culture, music scene and its contemporary flavour. ""Keep Austin Weird"" is a motto that Austin has followed well and very gracefully.

The business district of Austin has some of Texas's tallest condos and the growth of downtown is supported by the nightlife and live music scene, the Lady Bird Lake, restaurants and museums. The 2nd Street area has many good restaurants, record stores, museums, coffee shops and of course, the Austin City Hall.

For a beautiful stroll, head to the University of Texas to view the public art. In and around the university are various other attractions like the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History, Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Centre.

Austin's eccentricity is celebrated during its many annual festivals. The O. Henry Pun Off festival is an annual pun contest. Other festivals include Spamarama, Austin Reggae Festival, Canaval Brasileiro, Art City Austin in April, Halloween Night and Pecan Street Festival.

For years Austin has been known for its live music scene. It has more venues for live music than any other city in the country. The music scene in Austin is centred on the 6th Street where many of the nightclubs are located. South by Southwest is an annual music festival that truly showcases this city's obsession for good music. The entertainment district in downtown Austin has the most alcohol serving establishments or bars in the country.


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Austin holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. State Capitol
Congress Avenue between 11th Street and 14th Street
What is it? Austin's impressive pink granite capitol building is rivalled only by that of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Encircled by its original wrought-iron fence topped with gold Lone Stars and standing proudly in a hectare (three acres) of ground, the domed building was constructed in 1882 out of granite quarried from Granite Mountain 75 miles (121km) away. Visitors can take guided tours of this interestingly designed building, or attend legislative sessions, which are open to the public. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm, weekends 9am to 8pm. Tours leave Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm (every 15 minutes) Phone:(512) 463 0063 (Tour Guide Office) or (512) 305 8400 (Visitors Center)

 

 

2. Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker
What is it? The 140-hectare (347-acre) Zilker Park, donated to the city by the German immigrant who gave it its name, is Austin's most popular public recreational area, dominated by its ancient spring-fed natural swimming pool, known as Barton Springs, which Native Americans believed to have healing properties. The pool is about the size of a football field with water at a constant warm temperature all year round. Zilker Park has other attractions, too, including a botanical garden which features dinosaur tracks, a nature preserve, the Umlauf Sculpture garden and museum, and eight miles (13km) of biking and walking trails. There are sports facilities aplenty and amusements for children like the Zilker Zephyr miniature train and paddleboat rides. Hours of Operation: 7am to dusk Phone:(512) 478 8286

 

 

3. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
www.wildflower.org
What is it? Texas hill country is renowned for its glorious spring blooms, and former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, founded this centre dedicated to the study and preservation of native plants in 1982. There are 72 hectares (178 acres) of wildflowers in display gardens, which includes a garden designed to attract butterflies. There are also some interesting indoor displays featuring some novelties, and the centre offers free lectures and guided walks at weekends. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm; Sundays 12pm to 5.30pm; daily in spring (13 March to 30 April) Phone:(512) 292 4100

 

 


Austin holidays - Top Events

 

1. South by Southwest

From 2007-03-09

To 2007-03-18
 

What is it? The largest and most important of the many live music events for which Austin is renowned is the annual South by Southwest festival, held at more than 50 venues around the city and drawing performers from around the world. The festival programme includes 1,000 performances on more than 50 stages over a five-day period. In recent years the festival has expanded to encompass film and multi-media, both these categories now forming separate extravaganzas to make South by Southwest a convergence of entertainment and media. Call the the South by Southwest Headquarters on (512) 467 7979 or email sxsw@sxsw.com for more information. Where is it? Austin Convention Center

 

 

2. Carnaval Brasiliero

From 2007-02-03

To 2007-02-03
 

What is it? One of the biggest Carnavals staged outside Brazil, and undoubtedly Austin's biggest party, is the euphoric Carnaval Brasiliero, a tradition in the city every February since it was started on a small scale in 1975 by a group of home-sick Brazilian students at the local university. Carnaval was adopted enthusiastically by Austinites and today the crowds pack into the Palmer Events Centre to samba, march and drum the cold winter night away. Where is it? Palmer Events Centre

 

 

3. Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival

From 2007-03-28

To 2007-04-01
 

What is it? Austin becomes a cuisine and fine wine destination towards the end of March and beginning of April with some of the best chefs in the US culinary scene descending upon the town at the behest of many of Texas's local masters to educate and indulge a hungry and thirsty public. Top wine producers attend in 2007 such as Robert Talbot Vineyards and Rosenblum Cellars. For more information, call (512) 249 6300 or email info@texaswineandfood.org. Where is it? Main venue: Four Season's Hotel, downtown Austin

 

 

4. Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

From 2007-05-05

To 2007-05-06
 

What is it? It is said everything is bigger in Texas, and it is hard to imagine a bigger or better arts and crafts street fair than the one that takes place in Austin's Sixth Street (originally named Pecan Street) in May and September every year. For 25 years this lively event has drawn the crowds and now 250,000 are expected to browse among the wares of more than 300 crafters from all around America. In addition there is plenty of live musical entertainment and a host of food and beverage stalls. For more information, call the festival hotline on (512) 443 6179. Where is it? East 6th Street

 

 

5. Austin City Limits Music Festival

From 2007-09-14

To 2007-09-14
 

What is it? Rated as one of the largest music festivals in the United States, the two-day Austin City Limits event in a 15-acre city park grew as an offshoot from the popular television series of the same name. The Festival draws young and old to a series of stages where more than 70 artists give ongoing performances. Where is it? Zilker Park

 

 



 

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