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Explore Austin

Frequently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, Austin is a melting pot for individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and AOMA students both reflect and actively participate in this rich community.

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Authentic Austin Activities

Get Outside

With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Austin offers the perfect climate to enjoy its 16,500 acres of public parkland, 74 miles of hike and bike trails, and numerous spring-fed pools. Whether your passion is swimming, biking, rock climbing, or simply taking the dog for a walk, Austin offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

Hike & Bike Trails, Lady Bird Lake
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Barton Springs Pool
Zilker Park
Mount Bonnell
McKinney Falls
Texas State Parks
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Austin Nature and Science Center
Hill Country Outdoor Guide

Live Music Capital of the World 

Austin boasts the largest number of live music venues per capita in the world and is home to the world-renowned SXSW and Austin City Limits music festivals. During your visit, be sure to groove to locally and nationally known musicians at these musical landmarks:

The Continental Club
The Broken Spoke
Waterloo Records
Austin City Limits
Threadgill's South
The Elephant Room
Blues on the Green

Arts & Entertainment

Austin enjoys a thriving arts and cultural community and is home to a wide variety of museums, art galleries, theaters, and public gardens. Annual studio tours and art festivals showcasing local talent contribute to a vibrant creative scene.

Blanton Museum of Fine Art
Mexican American Cultural Center
Long Center for the Performing Arts
George Washington Carver Museum
The Austin Symphony
EAST Austin Studio Tour
Art Week Austin
Ballet Austin
ZACH Theater
Salvage Vanguard Theater

Austin Eats

With a culinary scene that includes 5-star restaurants, quirky food trailers, and just about everything in between, Austin offers something to satisfy every taste. Home to the first Whole Food Markets, Austin has long been known for its freethinking culture and residents here take pride in supporting local food producers.

Whole Foods Market
Central Market
Sustainable Food Center
Wheatsville Food Coop
Barton Creek Farmers Market
HOPE Farmers Market
Austin Chronicle Restaurant Guide
Austin Restaurant Week
Food Trailers
Dai Dui Supper Club
Casa De Luz Restaurant & Community Center

Hang Out with the Locals

Discover Austin's unique culture and get to know the city beyond its most well-known events by joining resident Austinites at these local favorites.

Bats at South Congress Bridge
First Thursday on South Congress
East End Fourth Fridays
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Book People
Peter Pan Mini-Golf
Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train

Annual Austin Events

Austin City Limits Music Festival (September/October)
Austin Film Festival
Austin City Limits Festival (October)
Texas Book Festival (November)
Dia de los muertos (November)
Fun Fun Fun Fest (November)
Trail of Lights (December)
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (December)
March for Martin Luther King Day (January)
Austin Marathon (February)
Zilker Kite Festival (March)
South by Southwest Music Festival (March)
South by Southwest Film Festival (March)
Old Settlers Music Festival (April)
Eeyore’s Birthday Party (April)
Capital of Texas Triathlon (May)
Kerrville Folk Festival (May – June)
Austin Chamber Music Festival (July)
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (August)
Austin Ice Cream Festival (August)
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival (August)

Austin in the News

36 Hours in Austin - NY Times Travel -March 1, 2012
Frugal Traveler: Tacos and Tunes: $100 Weekend in Austin - NY Times Travel - February 5, 2012
Austin's job market, cool factor make it top city
- Austin American Statesman - Jan 27, 2011
Kiplinger’s names Austin ‘Best City for the Next Decade’ - May 26, 2010
How Austin made me love America - Times Online - May 22, 2010
Forbes: Austin No. 2 most innovative - Austin Business Journal - May 25, 2010
Time Magazine names Austin as "a model of hope" for national economic recovery in 2010
Austin 2nd Best College Town, Sept 2010
One of the Best Places to Live by U.S. News and World Report in 2009
Bloomberg Businessweek lists Austin as the nation’s fifth-best city for new college graduates picks Austin as the nation’s most progressive and proactive entrepreneurial center

Moving to Austin 

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