Austin is a city of personality full of cultural wonders: From art—both in galleries and on the streets—to live music to outdoor fun in pools, creeks, and parks, there’s an infinite list of places that are authentically Austin. However you’d like to spend your vacation, Austin truly has it all within its sprawling limits.

For visitors to Austin, the music scene is legendary; more than 250 live music venues offer rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows nightly. From the Broken Spoke, Austin’s “last true Texas Dance Hall” featuring great country acts to the “Granddaddy of Austin music venues”, The Continental Club showcasing blues, rock and folk music since 1957, Austin’s nightlife and music scene comes in many forms and is everywhere.

Austin is known for its creativity. Explore galleries, museums, art spaces, art events and self-guided art tours throughout the city and discover for yourself the comprehensive and elaborate art scene and the city's ever-growing indie arts scene.

Throughout the year, Austin promotes a diverse event scene, from top-tier music festivals to family-friendly fun. Immerse yourself in Austin’s event scene during your stay at The Driskill, and explore these top events held throughout the year.

  • Austin City LimitsNicknamed ACL, this festival held in Zilker Park offers two weekends of live music, with acts from all genres represented.
  • Austin Food + Wine FestivalVisitors flock to Austin for its annual food and wine festival, with hundreds of culinary spots offering eclectic—and delectable—food and drink options, the chance to greet notable chefs, watch interactive demos, and attend nightly festival parties with live music and more.
  • Austin Film Festival One eight-day film festival. One four-day conference. One Austin Film Festival, with an eclectic roster of movies as well as a host of competitions.
  • Austin Trail of LightsSince 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights has illuminated the cityscape with more than 2 million lights during the holiday season. Stroll through a lighted tunnel, enjoy performances, and participate in holiday-themed activities.
  • Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K- In maintaining Austin’s mantra, the Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K is more than just a run. There’s also a costume contest, live music, and a celebration of why the weird is to be valued.
  • Moontower Comedy FestivalThe Moontower Comedy Festival is held at Austin’s Paramount Theatre and welcomes both comedic greats and those on the rise.
  • South by Southwest®Alternatively known as SXSW®, this one-of-a-kind interactive festival features live music and panels focused on art, film, and more over the span of 10 days.
  • Texas Book FestivalLovers of literature will find their ideal fest at the Texas Book Festival—among the largest literary festivals in the United States—where more than 250 authors, live music, and more convene throughout more than 20 Austin venues.
  • Zilker Garden Festival- This long-standing festival is held each spring, with stands offering a variety of plants and handmade wares, along with a Flower Show and Kids’ Corner.
  • Zilker Park Kite Festival- This beloved family attraction is held in scenic Zilker Park, and welcomes visitors near and far to join in and fly kites within its open expanse of greenery. Admission is free, and all add-on ticket proceeds benefit Communities In Schools of Central Texas.

From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling, Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally.

Austin is full of music, history, and culture, but it’s also lauded for its culinary scene. The city seamlessly blends classic Tex-Mex flavors with international specialties, served in restaurants, out on bar patios, or hot from a food truck. With so many stellar offerings, you can’t go wrong when dining and drinking in Austin.