Each March, tens of thousands of music lovers, tech geeks, and cinephiles descend upon Austin for the annual SXSW festival. This year, the event takes place March 9th through 18th.
If you’ll be coming to Austin for SXSW this year, here are 6 things you can do whenever you need a break from the festivities:
1. For the ultimate tourist: Go on a walking tour of our city
From “Dirty 6th” to “SoCo,” our eclectic street districts have a lot to offer. Make sure you’re Instagram-ready. You’ll want to take plenty of photos of our famous street art, funky restaurants, and effortlessly weird people.
2. For the outdoors person: Take a dip in Barton Springs
Our underground-fed natural swimming pool attracts hipsters, families, and topless sunbathers alike. Cool down from the concerts with a dip in the 68 degree water. It’s closed Thursdays for cleaning.
3. For the academic: Learn about Texas history
President Lyndon B. Johnson hails from Texas. Learn all about his presidency at his presidential library located on the UT Campus. For more about Texas history, check out the Bob Bullock State History Museum located behind the state capitol (which is also worth checking out!).
4. For the aesthete: Visit our many art museums
If art’s your thing, you’ll have no shortage of it in Austin. Street art abounds in this city, especially at HOPE Outdoor Gallery. But we also have many art museums, including the Blanton Museum of Art at UT, the Contemporary Austin Jones Center, and Laguna Gloria.
5. For the wine or beer lover: Explore the Hill Country
Many wineries and distilleries are based in Austin, including Deep Eddy Distillery, Real Ale Brewing, Jester King Brewery, Thirsty Planet Brewery, and, of course, our partner vineyard Becker Vineyards! Why not schedule a tour? You can sip your beverage and enjoy the scenery out in beautiful Texas Hill Country.
6. For the gourmand: Taste local flavors for free
At Delysia Chocolatier, many of our chocolates are made with local ingredients. Our Taste of Austin chocolate truffle collection is a city tour for your taste buds! Enjoy pepperoni mushroom from Home Slice Pizza, a Kerbey Lane Cafe pancake, or Austin Eastciders blood orange cider – all wrapped up in chocolate. Join us for one of our complimentary chocolate tastings at our Culinary Center to try it for yourself.