When to Go

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When to Go

Austin has a humid, subtropical climate, with about 300 days of sunshine. The best times to visit are spring and late fall.

It's no accident that many visitors fall in love with the city when they visit during the SXSW festivals in March—that's when the weather is most pleasant and temperate, and wildflowers cut multicolored swaths on the rolling hills and roadsides.

In summer, when the high is 96° and weeks of daily triple-digit highs are not uncommon, every Austinite able to escape to cooler climes does so. It's usually not before October (average high 81°, average low 60°) that people again start to forego air-conditioned restaurant interiors for outdoor patios. Austin has mild winters, with the average high and low in the coldest month, January, at 60° and 40°, respectively. Snow, while not unheard of, is rare. The wettest month is May, with average precipitation of just over five inches.

If you visit in late September, be prepared for music-crazed fanatics flooding the city for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austinites and out-of-towners alike migrate in zombie-like droves toward the bass-pumping, heart-thumping, rhythm jumping beacon of Zilker Park, where the three-day affair takes place.

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