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Visiting Austin & Hill Country

They don’t call it the Live Music Capital of the World without good reason. Austin, the capitol city of Texas, plays host to some amazing music festivals and venues, the most recognized of which being South by Southwest. This spring, the 2012 SXSW celebration kicks off in early March at the Austin Convention Center – just five miles from the Best Western hotel in Austin adjacent to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. If you’re not in town for SXSW, check out Austin’s State Capitol Complex, or explore the fascinating suburbs of Silicon Hills, including Cedar Park, Bastrop, and Round Rock. A rockin’ good time awaits in Austin this spring.

The 2012 South by Southwest festival celebrates not only music – thanks to this year’s announced artists like The Fray and Taken By Cars – but also film and technology. For 2012, SXSW also features comedy in the form of the show RISK!, plus the SXSW Trade Show, a Music Gear Expo, and Flatstock 33 for those looking to take home some art. The interactive section of 2012 SXSW stretches from March 9th through the 13th, with film from March 9th to the 17th and music from March 13th through the 18th. Don’t miss your chance to explore one of the biggest music festivals in the world, and to educate yourself with the aid of exhibits, lectures and plain old networking – this year at 2012 SXSW.

Just southeast of Austin is the large suburb of Cedar Park – a place for hockey, farmers markets and kid-friendly activities. Check out the Rock Farmers Market on Wednesdays in Cedar Park, where you may browse local produce at the Rock United Methodist Church from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Once you’ve selected your Texas Farm Fresh Produce, head to Cedar Park Center for a game with AHL’s Texas Stars. See your Stars take on the San Antonio Rampage in early March, or the Chicago Wolves in April. If you’re traveling with children, treat them to a day at the Big Bounce in Cedar Park, where they can tire themselves out in this 12,000 square foot playground.

For a chance to enjoy the outdoors in south Texas, visit the town of Bastrop, southeast of Austin. Shop through the boutiques on Main Street in Bastrop’s historic district, or pay a visit to the Bastrop State Park along Texas State Highway 21. Enjoy a nine-mile hike through the Texas wilderness, try the fairways at Bastrop’s 18-hole golf course, or make the four-mile scenic bike ride to the neighboring Buescher State Park. Bring your rod and reel for some bass, catfish and sunfish fishing in Bastrop State Park Lake – where you may also take out a canoe for more fishing or simply for the experience. Dry off at the Best Western hotel in Bastrop, and enjoy the rest of your time in Austin – where your spring in Texas can have it all.

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Austin & Hill Country Events

April 2014

April 2-5, 2014
October 1-4, 2014

The Round Top Antiques Show Round Top hosts this unique antique show. Antiques are displayed for viewing and buying throughout the city in various venues. Each location has different operating hours.

September 2014

September 26-27, 2014
Burnet Barbecue Cook-Off and Music Festival The Burnet County Fairgrounds fill with over 100 different cooking teams as they present their delicious creations for the judges and attendees to taste.
October 31 - November 2, 2014
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Head on out to Circuit of The Americas in Austin and watch as F1 drivers race around this specially built track in their only U.S. racing event.

October 2014

October 10-12, 2014
2014 U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship Circuit of The Americas in Austin hosts this fun event for the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association as 30 historic cars take the track for the first time.
October 31- November 2, 2014
Fan Fest

In conjunction with the F1 races, Circuit of The Americas in Austin will also host three stages of live music and refreshments from the local area for the motorsports fans.

October 2014

October 3-5 and 10-12, 2014
Austin City Limits Music Festival

Come on out and enjoy the amazing foods and sounds of this unique event at Zilker Park in Austin.

November 2014

November 7-16, 2014
Wurstfest New Braunfels hosts this fun event filled with great German food, brews from around the region, and entertaining events for all to enjoy. Times vary.

December 2014

December 14, 2014
HITS Running Festival Pick your running distance and join in on this fun event hosted by HITS Endurance at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. Start times based on distance to run.

March 2015

March 17-22, 2015
SXSWeek

The Austin Convention Center and various venues around Austin fill with music and media enthusiasts during this fun and energetic event. Times vary.

October 2015

October 23-25, 2015
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Racers from all over the world compete at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin during the 17th race of the F1 world championship.

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    Austin

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    Bellmead

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    Brady

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    Old Town Center

    Bryan

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    Burnet

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    Cedar Park

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    Velkommen

    Clifton

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    Coleman

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    Comanche

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    Copperas Cove

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    Franklin

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    Fredericksburg

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    Gatesville

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    Georgetown

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    Giddings

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    Johnson City

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    Junction

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    Luling

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    Madisonville

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    Marble Falls

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    Marlin

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    Round Rock

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    Salado

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    San Angelo

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    Sweetwater

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    Taylor

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