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Austin Music Festivals

In the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the world, it's needless to say the two largest festivals in town are all about music.

September

Austin City Limits Music Festival. As much as Austinites love music, they love being outdoors even more. The result is a six day fall music festival spanning two weekends in October and the unofficial farewell-to-summer shindig which takes over Zilker Park, nestled near downtown. Fans flock to hear 130 plus international, national, and local acts on eight stages. Artists have included the likes of Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Tom Petty, Bjork, the White Stripes, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and the Indigo Girls. 2100 Barton Springs Rd., West Austin/Zilker Park, Austin, TX. 888/512.SHOW. www.aclfestival.com. $225 for each three day weekend pass.

March

South by Southwest. South by Southwest, Austin's annual music, film & interactive conference and festival takes the city by storm every spring. The ten day onslaught of entertainment brings a flood of hip corporations, technology-savvy startups, and a frenzy of independent film and music industry folks from around the world. SXSW has evolved into one of the country's largest festivals fusing music, film, and cutting edge interactive ideas, offering over 2,000 acts over 90 venues literally all over the city. It's such a take-over-the-city event that many Austin families evacuate to some far-off spring break destination. Hotel rooms are scarce, restaurants and bars are packed, and everything from SXSW badge-wearing VIPs to plain, music-loving plebeians mix and mingle in expectation of finding "the next big thing." First-time participants should know that it pays to be organized in terms of the bands you want to see since SXSW happens all over town. Citywide, Austin, TX. www.sxsw.com. $895 - $1350 for single badges only to platinum badge - including entry to all film, music, and interactive parties, panels, and events.

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