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  • 1. ACL Live at the Moody Theater


    The iconic PBS music show, Austin City Limits, moved its 30-years of award-winning history to a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Austin...Read More

  • 2. Alamo Drafthouse


    Of course Austin is the home to this original theater experience, where dinner and a movie (and a bucket of beer, to boot) all happen in one...Read More

  • 3. Austin 360 Amphitheater


    The new Circuit of the Americas race track doesn't just showcase a regular season of F-1 motor racing—it's also home to this state-of-the-art...Read More

  • 4. Austin Lyric Opera

    South Austin | Opera

    Austin's first professional opera company has been putting on multiple productions a year for nearly 30 years. ...Read More

  • 5. Austin Music Hall


    In the heart of downtown, the Austin Music Hall offers marquee bands a mid-size venue to avoid arena staging yet still pack in a lively Austin...Read More

  • 6. Austin Symphony Orchestra


    Eight classical concerts, four pops concerts, a holiday favorite performance, a children's Halloween presentation, and many free events are...Read More

  • 7. Ballet Austin


    Now in a state-of-the-art downtown center, Ballet Austin has risen in prominence over the years as the city's preeminent dance company. Part...Read More

  • 8. Bates Recital Hall

    University of Texas Area | Music

    With performances from both students and faculty of the University of Texas as well as professional visiting musicians, the Bates Recital Hall...Read More

  • 9. Frank Erwin Center

    University of Texas Area | Concerts

    When music events call for a big arena setting, they're held here at the largest venue in Austin. Also home to the University of Texas's Longhorn...Read More

  • 10. Long Center for the Performing Arts

    South Austin | Dance

    The performing arts scene is alive and well in Austin thanks in part to this expansive venue along the shores of Lady Bird Lake. The Joe R....Read More

  • 11. Lora Reynolds Gallery

    Art Galleries–Arts

    Owned by art enthusiast and collector Lora Reynolds, this gallery encompasses a wide range of artistic media. Having worked in London and New...Read More

  • 12. Marchesa Hall & Theatre

    North Austin | Film

    Home of the Austin Film Society as well as annual events including the Blue Genie Art Bazaar and the Austin Empty Bowl project, this event space...Read More

  • 13. MASS Gallery

    East Austin | Art Galleries–Arts

    Decidedly un-artsy in its former incarnation as an auto body shop, this space now hosts an exciting, artist-managed gallery that has launched...Read More

  • 14. McCullough Theatre

    University of Texas Area | Dance

    Not only the performance space for the University of Texas at Austin's excellent orchestra, dance, drama, and lyric opera productions, this...Read More

  • 15. Modern Rocks Gallery

    East Austin | Art Galleries–Arts

    Named with a clever play on words, this sleek modern-day art gallery celebrates everything that rocks—both in terms of beautiful geologic finds...Read More

  • 16. The Backyard Live Oak Amphitheatre


    On the western outskirts of town, The Backyard offers a modern stage setting beneath the starlit sky featuring a similar line up of classic...Read More

  • 17. The City Theatre

    East Austin | Theater

    Designed quite literally to be for the city, this performing arts venue supports the work of Austin-based directors, designers, and performers...Read More

  • 18. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

    Arts Centers

    Along the banks of Lady Bird Lake, this cultural arts center is a celebration of latino heritage that blends a variety of theater, music, dance...Read More

  • 19. The New Movement


    Home to some of Austin’s top comedy and improv performances, The New Movement draws a broad audience who can step into the rather small theater...Read More

  • 20. The Paramount Theatre


    In a restored downtown vaudeville house and movie palace, this gorgeous 1915 theater presents musicals and plays by touring theater companies...Read More

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