With vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine, and stunning outdoor settings, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. We're home to more than 250 music venues and a vibrant arts scene. Every year thousands of die-hard fans flock to Austin for the annual South by Southwest festival, which has catapulted Austin up the must-visit charts for many travelers. So take a look around, and put Live Music Capital of the World on your playlist. Austin, on the eastern edge of Texas Hill Country, is not only the state capital, it’s also a center for the film industry and home to the University of Texas as well as Formula 1's Circuit of the Americas Raceway. Its abundant parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.