I have lived here since 1989 and I love this city. It really caters to the young and the young at heart! People are super-friendly and everyone likes to have fun in this city. There are tons of cool restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, cafes, parks, trails, swimming holes, lakes and oh yeah... we also have the state capitol here and the University of Texas! We are not only the capital of Texas, but we are also the festival capital of the world I do believe!! The two big festivals of course are SXSW and ACL.
Every March Austin is invaded by thousands of musicians, press and fans from all over the world. There are over 1600 bands officially playing the festival over the course of 5 days throughout the city... Beyond that there are countless other bands playing all over the place and people from all over the world partying from 10am until 4am at showcases and extra parties that keep the fun rolling along. The list of past performers is too long to list, but the musical spectrum is well represented. Check out www.sxsw.com for more info.
Then, there is the Austin City Limits Festival named after the long running PBS show and modeled after the Bonnaroo and Coachella festivals. This festival is kind of a bookend to SXSW as it normally happens 6 months after SXSW...in late September or early October. This festival normally features 130 bands on 8 stages over the course of a 3 day weekend in beautiful Zilker Park--just minutes from downtown. Past performers range from Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Manu Chao, Van Morrison, Beck, Mars Volta, Coldplay and countless others... See www.aclfestival.com for more info.
Sprinkled through out the year are so many festivals I will have to list this link:
Let's just say that you can celebrate everything from Salsa- (the hot sauce and the dancing) to the Kite festival, the Bat festival, the Pecan Street Arts Festival, The Austin Film Festival, FantasticFest, the Pachanga Festival, The Bob Marley Festival and a huge annual party for the donkey in Winnie the Pooh--the world famous Eeyore's Birthday Party!! Add to that live music seven nights a weeks in over 80 venues in this beautiful city and you get an idea of how much we like to have fun here...
I've been contemplating moving back to Texas recently due to the truly dismal job market, astronomical taxes and impossible cost of living in California. I calculated that if I live to be 200, I might be able to afford a studio apartment in Marin one day, or I could just move to Austin and do it tomorrow. Despite being in the capital of Texas, Austin has more in common with Seattle than its neighbors like San Antonio and Houston. It's like a version of San Francisco with decent weather, a functioning … more
I live in the "Live Music Capital of the World" and over the last 15 years I have done my best to cover the scene. I do as much as I can to contribute to my community and luckily I live in a great city … more
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Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 15th-largest in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. According to the 2009 U.S. Census estimate, Austin had a population of 757,688. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area, with a population of 1.7 million as of the July 2008 U.S. Census estimate, making it the 36th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
The area was settled in the 1830s on the banks of the Colorado River by pioneers who named the village Waterloo. In 1839, Waterloo was chosen to become the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas. The city was renamed after Stephen F. Austin, known as the father of Texas. The city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas. After a lull in growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its development into a major city and emerged as a center for technology and business. Today, Austin is home to many companies, high-tech and otherwise, including the headquarters of three Fortune 500 corporations, Dell, Whole Foods Market, and Freescale Semiconductor.
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