Trip Tips: Austin revels in music, nature and keeping it weird

Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:19pm EST
 
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By Karen Brooks

AUSTIN (Reuters) - At no other time of year is Austin - the self-styled live music capital of the world - so celebrated than in March, when the throngs pour into the Texas city for the 12-day music, film and interactive festival known as South by Southwest.

One of the most influential music events on the planet, South by Southwest marks its 26th year on March 7-16 and draws some 25,000 industry pros and musicians to see at least 2,000 performances at more than 100 venues. (sxsw.com)

And that's just the official music portion of the festival.

Austin is a city of many superlatives, consistently ranked among the best places to live for everyone from job-seekers to singles and health nuts to hipsters. (Map: goo.gl/maps/WCvVO)

There is much to enjoy for those seeking vast outdoor spaces, world-class eateries and vibrant nightlife.

Austin was recently named by Forbes as the fastest-growing U.S. city, showing that the draw of the quirky capital of Texas far surpasses its signature South by Southwest event.

The renown prompted a Chamber of Commerce campaign to "Keep Austin Weird" - a mantra as ubiquitous as the "Hook 'Em" sign of Austin's beloved University of Texas Longhorns.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to Austin from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.   Continued...