When to Go in Austin

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Austin is arguably the closest thing to actually being in a foreign country without leaving the state of Texas. This city has a unique vibe that draws thousands of visitors every year for its great music, art and technology festivals. When deciding when to go to Austin, there's no question that you should consider visiting these two great festivals.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

The Austin City Limits Music Festival happens every year for 3 days in the month of October at Zilker Park. This festival is so big that is held outside of the city and it has no on-site parking, to encourage that people use public transportation alternatives in the form of shuttles andbuses. This Festival has brought to Austin big names such as Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, Prince, Beck, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes and Thievery Corporation just to name a few. The range of musicians that participate in this festival is amazing and is guaranteed to please every musical taste.

This festival started in 2002 and has been recognized as one of the greatest musical festivals of the United States by the Rolling Stones and SPIN music magazines. If you're planning to attend the Austin City Limits Music Festival, it's important that you book your accommodations in advance because they will be sold out pretty quick for those dates. We suggest that you give the Hostelling International Austin (HI-Austin) a try for cheap and reliable accommodations so that you can use your money in entertainment and food. During the duration of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (or just the City Limits), the city of Austin blooms with even more live music shows in its downtown area, so it's always a good idea to reserve some extra dollars for those last minute concerts. Lots of bands stage last minute presentations during this festival.

South by Southwest Festivals and Conferences

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals provides an eclectic mix of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Following Austin's motto of "Keep Austin Weird", these series of conferences and festivals focus on the emerging trends in art and technology. This festival has been around for 24 years so its organizers must really know what they are doing! The festival happens throughout 2 weeks of March of everyyear and breaks down into three main events.

The SXSW Music and Media Conference usually lasts about 5 days and brings the newest trends in music ranging from rock to hip hop to experimental.

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival usually lasts about 8 days and highlights the trends happening in the underground, indie and mainstream film industries.

The SXSW Interactive Conference is the youngest of the three event of the SXSW Conference and Festivals and usually lasts about 6 days. This conference focuses on the tech industry, particularly on small startups with great potential. Companies such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter had their big break on this conference.

Visit Austin!

What are you waiting for? Just these two festivals should provide you enough reasons to visit Austin. Use the available resources on the World66 website to help you plan your next visit to Austin.

August 28, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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