There’s music in the air!

Austin likes to brag that it’s the music capital of the world, but it backs up that brag with a constant flow of touring artists from all over the world! No matter whether you want to see the biggest name in the game or talented local artists, Austin has you covered.

The city has a huge volume of venues ranging from large capacity arenas (Austin360 Ampitheater, Frank Erwin Center) to tiny bars sprinkled around the city. Many mid-sized venues (Emo’s, Stubb’s, and ACL Live to name a few) have made a name for themselves in the local scene and host artists you won’t want to miss.

The city hosts huge music festivals each year, SXSW in the spring and Austin City Limits in the fall. Several smaller scale festivals take place throughout the year as well. Austin Reggae Fest takes place in April, you can get your psych rock fix at Levitation, and close out your year of festivals with Sound on Sound Fest (formerly Fun Fun Fun Fest) in November.

Austin has a celebrated musical history thanks to artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Austin's skyline is constantly changing as new high rises are built.

So many ways to work out and enjoy the outdoors!

Austin has appeared on a number of “Fittest City” lists and Austinites take pride in living in a fit and healthy city. With so many gyms, yoga studios, healthy restaurants, and health food stores in the city, you’re bound to find your happy fitness place. Austin hosts numerous triathlons and races throughout the year, like the Capitol 10K, the seventh largest 10K race in the country. If team sports are more your thing there are plenty of adult leagues hosted by groups like Austin Sports & Social Club that you can compete in throughout the year.

Austin also has natural features that make it easy to be active outside. The city maintains over 220 parks filled with running and biking trails. Near downtown, you can row, canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle in Lady Bird Lake. The Barton Creek Greenbelt in south Austin is an oasis full of hike/bike trails, climbing spots, and swimming holes. If you like swimming, Barton Springs has you covered… in 68 degree water.

The trail around town lake is one of the most popular places to go for a run in the city.

Delicious food all around town!

It doesn’t matter what your stomach is in the mood for, you can find it in Austin.

We’ve got Beard-award-winning chefs: Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue fame, and Paul Qui of East Side King acclaim.  

We’ve got a food trucks and trailers for just about every craving (they even serve lunch at NI from time to time): Garbo’s, The Mighty Cone, and Via 313 are just a few examples of the good food you can find on wheels.

Most importantly, we’ve got all the tacos you could want: Torchy’s Tacos, Taco Deli, Taco Shack, really anywhere in the city that sells tacos. It’s hard to go wrong here.

Each year Austinites get a chance to try new restaurants on the cheap at Austin Restaurant Week in the spring, and singe their taste buds at the world’s largest hot sauce festival in August.

Live music and delicious food tend to go hand-in-hand in Austin.

For a more comprehensive list of Austin activities and facts, please visit ni.com/careers/aboutaustin.htm.