Attractions

Events and Festivals

There are so many fun things to do in Austin year-round.  Check out this great Austin Events and Festivals website to find events that you want to attend!

Music

With more than 200 live music venues, Austin is famously called the “Live Music Capital of the World®.”  Nearly 2,000 bands and performing artists live in and near Austin, and you can hear almost any style of music, on any instrument, at almost any time day or night.  Austin hosts large music festivals like Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW Music Film Interactive, and Fun, Fun, Fun Fest.  Learn more about Austin music here.

Theater

If you like, plays, musical, or classical theater, Austin has many options.  Check out these local groups and resources for upcoming shows:

Nature

Austin is well-known for its beautiful lakes, springs, rolling hills, and spectacular wildflowers.   Come explore the Greenbelt, swim in Barton Springs Pool, and visit the butterflies at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  If you love the outdoors, you will love Austin!

Sports and Recreation

TIEP students have access to UT sports and recreation facilities for a fee, but can also join a local adults-only clubs such as recreation team and Austin Sports Leagues.  Soccer, football, basketball, cycling, kickball, boating, running, and volleyball are all popular sports in Austin.

Residents can check out professional teams, too.  Austin Aztex is a soccer team based in Austin. Founded in 2011, the Austin Aztex plays in the United Soccer League. Ice hockey fans can catch the Texas Stars playing at the new Cedar Park Center, and baseball fans can watch The Round Rock Express at the popular Dell Diamond.

Shopping

Local arts and crafts are a highlight of shopping in Austin.  You can shop for cowboy boots on South Congress and visit the hundreds of stores within the San Marcos and Round Rock outlet malls.  Shoppers are never bored in Austin, where vintage shops and artisanal markets are common.

Dining

Famous chefs in Austin include Paul Qui and Harold Marmulstein.   The city is famous for its food trucks, and you can find modern, classic, simple, and complex cuisine.  Austin is close to Mexico, and it offers a delicious style of “Tex-Mex” food.  Wherever you are in Austin, you can find a memorable dining experience.

Museums

There are so many museums in Austin, it is hard to pick a favorite! Here are some of the best museums to visit for art, history, and a real look at Texas culture:

History

Austin is the capital city of the State of Texas, and is home to all state government headquarters.  Visitors can take a free tour of the capitol building, explore historic sites like the French Legation Museum, visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and take a walking tour of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.