Know for its live music scene and for being one of the youngest cities in the country; there is no matching the uniqueness and spirit of Austin, Texas. Although its home is in the Lone Start state, the city prides itself on being different from other Texas cities. The city motto “Keep Austin Weird” can be seen on billboards, bumper stickers and t-shirts throughout the city. Austin has numerous outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and even swimming in the city’s natural springs; all within downtown. With numerous food trucks throughout Austin that serve up real Southern-style fare, shops, and bars with live country music, there is never any shortage of fun in this one-of-a-kind Texas city.
Austin, Texas is actually the largest city in the United States without any professional sports teams. However, the University of Texas, located in downtown Austin has a very successful football program that many area citizens promote. With cities like Houston nearby, many people looking for sports tickets will travel to other Texas cities to see professional sports teams perform.
Above all things, the city of Austin is known for its live music. Deemed The Live Music Capital of the World, the city has very active live music scene and actually has more music venues per capita than any other city in the United States. Most live music venues in Austin are held in smaller clubs in an area known as Sixth Street. There are also many music festivals held in the city; particularly in the downtown Zilker Park area. Festivals such as the long running South by Southwest music concert, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Old Settlers Music Festival and the Fun Fun Fun Fest all have a home in Austin.
Those looking for live classical music performances can enjoy the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Lyric Opera held downtown. There is also a strong theatrical presence in the city, with numerous ballets and Broadway performances traveling to the area. There is the Long Center for Performing Arts located in downtown that hosts many of these events including the professional Ballet Austin company; one of the five largest ballet academies in the country