The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has long been a mecca for eccentrics who live by their own rules and unapologetically prefer to march to the beat of their own drum. Embracing creativity and originality is what makes this city, proudly, weird. As part of a summer travel itinerary series, we’ve rounded up the top things to see and do in the “Live Music Capital of the World” and the funky reading glasses to look the part of the cultured and indisputably hip Austinite.
Austin City Limits Live
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state-of-the-art, 2,750-person capacity live music venue that hosts approximately 100 concerts a year. The longest running music series in American television history, ACL Live has regularly featured, since 1976, avant-garde performers and rock and roll icons alike (from Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam). The popular PBS produced concert has earned Austin the reputation as music’s best address—and the destination for music lovers the world over.
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Austin Craft Brewery Tour
With too many good breweries to count (and many more bubbling up in the near future), Austin can easily stake its claim as one of the best craft beer towns out there. As you’d expect, you can tip back a number quirky pints—from Adelbert’s Brewery’s Scratchin’ Hippo (French farmhouse ale) to the Black Metal Imperial Stout by Jester King—that are dialed-in to dazzle your taste buds. Tap into the local brew scene to get an extra-hoppy flavor of all the town has to offer.
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Hope Outdoor Gallery
The only paint park of its kind in the USA, Hope Outdoor Gallery was developed in 2011 to provide muralists and street artists with an opportunity to display large-scale art pieces. The result: one of the top ten artistic destinations in the state of Texas, admired for its expressive and unique use of color. The murals themselves are suitably singular—and have helped to elevate graffiti’s key place within contemporary visual culture.
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