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Great Live Music. Whether it's country, rock, country-rock, folk, punk, jazz, classical, Celtic, or bluegrass music you're after, Austin's got the musicians and bands to suit your fancy—and the venue could be in an old-time dancehall, grimy hole-in-the-wall, or large, modern performance space. Music festivals happen year-round, with marquee names performing during SXSW in March and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in September, but also local affairs like the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (December) and the Old Pecan Street Arts Festivals occurring in the spring and fall.
World-class BBQ & Ethnic Food. Austinites are passionate seekers of, and arguers about, great restaurants and food, not only of the old standbys (barbecue joints and authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex eateries), but a wide spectrum of world cuisines, for all tastes and budgets.
City of the Future. Austin isn't only one of the best cities in the U.S. for free wireless Internet access (practically every hotel lobby has it), it's forward-looking in such areas as sustainability (green buildings, parkland), revitalizing its downtown through encouraging mixed-use residential and retail space, and promoting free and low-cost public transit. As a result, Austin's downtown is a hip, happening place.
Cowboy Culture. The Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo in March is a prime opportunity to immerse yourself and your family in a classic rodeo-and-cattle atmosphere, complete with cook-offs, comedy, concerts, and other wholesome entertainment. Your kids will never forget it, and the odds are you won't, either. And if you'd like to bring home some genuine cowboy boots, those are easy to find around here.
The Great Outdoors. Austinites take full advantage of their city's mostly mild, sunny climate and abundant green space. When they're not working, they're likely running or riding on the hike-and-bike trails along Lady Bird Lake, swimming at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy Pool, golfing at a public course like Lions Municipal, or boating on Lake Travis.
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