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What I Love About Austin ~ The University of Texas

UT has long been a strong influence in Austin as well as the State of Texas.  The University of Texas, in Austin, currently has more than 51,000 students enrolled and more than 3,000 faculty members.

It creates more than $9 billion in business activity and UT football alone generates more than $120 million in revenue each year. 

The net effect on the community is tremendous. It influences everything from the availability of entertainment to the food that restaurants serve. You can hardly go to dinner during football season without overhearing someone discussing the upcoming game.  Austin would probably not be the, “Live Music Capital”, without the presence of UT.  It brings culture, knowledge and a highly educated work force to Austin.  And this

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The, "What I Love About Austin", blog has been published for seventeen months now.  There are so many things to love about Austin and we try to capture those things in this monthly blog.  We thought it was time to do a recap of the last year’s, “What I Love About Austin”, blogs.  Whether it’s what brings someone to visit Austin, move here, or stay here, here is what we’ve blogged about in the past seventeen months.

Barbeque in Austin

Going back to October, 2016, we featured barbecue in Austin.  Many cities in the United States are known for their barbeque, but whether you’re just visiting or you’re a native, the barbeque in Austin is great.  And there are so many barbeque restaurants to sample, each with their own recipe and sauce.


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What I Love About Austin ~ South By Southwest (SXSW)


South By Southwest is coming soon and it has grown into the largest event in Austin.  It started in 1987 and now encompasses music, film, interactive media, conferences, exhibitions and a trade show.  It runs from March 9th through the 18th this year.

The music festival this year features groups like, Starcrawler, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Acid Tounge, Bad Moves, BeatKing, Cedric Burnside, CHAI, David Ramirez, Dark Bird, Ellevator, FAZI, Graham Reynolds, Heartstreets, India Ramey, Jake Lloyd, KANGA, Le Couleur, Mantra, Novella, Inc., The Outer Vibe and many, many others.

SXSW sessions range from code and programming sessions, gaming, marketing, startups, food, music and many more.  Featured speakers include Paul Duncan with Amazon, Nanjira Sambuli

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What I Love About Austin ~ Austin Weather

Okay, so it's in the 20's at night in Austin at this writing.  That’s unusual.  Austin temperatures are running considerably below normal.  While the weather is not the most dramatic subject, it is one of the things I absolutely love about Austin.  We have great weather and most Austinites wear shorts year round.  The weather is one of the main attractors that causes so many people to move the area.

According to, the average high temperature in Austin is 79.8 and the Average low temperature is 59.  With a year round average of 69.4.  And while the current temp is below what everyone would like, normally, the weather is great in Austin.  Even in the middle of winter.

According to, the Average low in January is 40

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What I Love About Austin ~ Microbreweries

Microbreweries are everywhere nowadays. Many are tucked away, almost hidden, in areas of town where you might not expect late-night society.  Austin has it's share of microbreweries, each with it's on twist on brewing.  Some brew coffee as well as beer.  Others offer their version of European or even Japanese beers.  And still others make their own versions of tried and true domestic beers.  Most have a menu or food trailers and many provide live music, pool, shuffleboard or other activities.

No matter your neighborhood, there is most likely a microbrewery near you.  Below is our take on some of the microbreweries in the area.  The list is not complete as there are too many to show here.  But the sampling below should give you a good start on

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What I Love About Austin ~ All The Austin Events

The events that are held yearly around the area are some of the main things that make Austin so attractive to visitors and those choosing to move to Austin.  Almost all events include live music, keeping with the slogan, "Live Music Capital".  From running, boating, reading, listening, eating, and watching to participating and just plain enjoying, Austin has always had a culture of celebrating everything with music.

Below is our calendar of yearly events, in chronological order, starting in January.  The list includes a link to the event website, a short description, dates (when available) and location.



Austin's New Year

Visit Site

December 31st, 2017 January 1st, 2018

Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium Shores


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What I Love About Austin ~ Austin City Limits

What I Love About Austin ~ Austin City Limits

The Austin City Limits television show on PBS has helped define the Austin music scene since 1974.  Growing into the ACL Festival, the show and festival has featured musical acts from all over the world.  Originating from KLRU, in Austin, the show was initially created to feature the music of Texas but has gone on to include national and international acts.  Since the show tapes regularly, tickets to the TV show are readily available, depending on the act.

The TV show and festival are such a part of the fabric of what makes Austin that it is one of the features that continually attracts not only visitors but residents to Central Texas.

Bill Arhos was the original creator and executive producer.

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Lady Bird Lake

What I Love About Austin ~ Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake is at the center of Austin, literally and figuratively.  It's one of the geographic features that makes Austin a great place to live.  Formerly, Town Lake, the reservoir was created in 1960 as a cooling pond for a new city power plant, with the construction of Longhorn Dam.  The name was changed in 2007, to Lady Bird Lake, by a vote of the Austin City Council.

Today, it is the home of lots of activity from the hike and bike trails, Auditorium Shores Park, and commercial vendors.

The features include, river cruises from two different companies, Capital Cruises and Lone Star Riverboats.  The cruises offer lunch and dinner for both large and small groups as well as sightseeing that

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What I Love About Austin ~ South Congress Avenue (SoCo)

What I Love About Austin ~ SoCo (South Congress Avenue)

SoCo is the heart of what makes Austin, well, Austin. From food trucks, street musicians, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and boutique hotels, South Congress embodies, “Keep Austin Weird” and is the true spirit of the uniqueness of Austin.

First Thursday takes place on the first Thursday of every month on South Congress. Shops stay open late and SoCo hosts arts and crafts vendors along with other events and activities.

There’s the legendary and large, Allen’s Boots with the giant red boot sign. It has a large selection of boots and a friendly staff to help you find just the right pair of cowboy boots to fit your taste. 1522 South Congress Avenue.

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What I Love About Austin ~ What Makes Austin Unique

What I Love About Austin ~ What Makes Austin Unique


There are many things that make Austin a unique place on the map with its own personality. It is known as an “artsy” community and as the Music Capital Of The World. Austin attracts many to move here and many more to visit each year because of those things that can’t be found anywhere else.  Our list includes music venues, places, events, TV Shows and venues and areas in the city.


Here our list of places that are unique to Austin.


Austin Street Art

           The murals and street art of Austin reflects the city's character.  It varies from the Hope Outdoor Gallery which is graffiti and changes on a regular basis to "I Love You So Much" on SoCo.

The Broken Spoke

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