State capital. College town. Counter-cultural hangout. BBQ mecca. Hipster enclave. Techie hub. Whatever you need Austin to be, the city is happy to oblige. Festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits have spotlit this Texas city and its hip food scene and quirky vibe. With year-round sunshine and endless outdoor spots to eat, drink, and catch a show, Austin has a way of accepting you just the way you come. Grab an horchata-espresso slushie at Jo’s Coffee, a snazzy shirt or two at Triple Z Threadz, feast off a food truck, or tuck in for barbecued beef ribs at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que.
With 200 live music venues, Austin has been called the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Janis Joplin got her start here, playing for beer at a gas station.
Austin celebrates the birthday of Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh's depressive donkey friend, on the last Saturday of every April.
The booming tech sector in Austin has earned it the nickname “Silicon Hills”. Dell Computers was founded here in 1984 and a wave of innovators came after.