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Austin Performing Arts Austin bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and with musicians playing everywhere from the airport to coffeehouses, as well as at festivals and hundreds of live music venues, you can believe it. But there's much more than music here; performing arts of all kinds are well represented.

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Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St., (512) 476-9151, is among the largest classical ballet companies in the United States. Housed at the Butler Dance Education Center downtown, its professional dancers tour internationally and perform at the Long Center for Performing Arts throughout the year.

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The Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, 3307 Hancock Dr., (512) 934-1082, performs inventive modern dance at various venues and produces the Austin Dance Festival, an April event that showcases local, statewide, national and international professional dancers.

Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, 2015 Riverside Dr., (512) 474-9846, is a professional repertory tap dance company that performs a variety of works each season at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

FilmAlamo Drafthouse Cinemas has six locations throughout the Austin area, each serving snacks, burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches and desserts, along with beer, wine and cocktails, all delivered to your seat as you enjoy films ranging from classics to new releases.

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Fans of independent and documentary films head to Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Tr., Austin (844) 462-7342, where you’ll find art house films, B movies and special screenings along with popular studio films.

Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. 2nd. St., (512) 495-9600, offers four screens showing independent, documentary and international films, as well as studio films. A full bar and café offer your favorite libations and a variety of small plates to nibble on during the show.

South by Southwest (SXSW)
Film fans and industry professionals converge in Austin in March for South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, celebrating independent films with screenings of comedies, documentaries and dramas at venues throughout the city.

The weeklong Austin Film Festival , (512) 478-4795, held at various locations in October, showcases more than 180 films including animation, documentaries, narratives and shorts, along with four days of panels and workshops.

MusicBlues, country, jazz, rock—whatever music suits your mood can be found among more than 250 live music venues throughout Austin.

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Music festivals are another way to soak up Austin’s live music scene, and here you’ll find some of the best in the country. The largest is South by Southwest (SXSW) , (512) 467-7979. Held in March at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., this festival showcases music, film and interactive media and includes live musical performances at dozens of venues around the city.

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In October, the Austin City Limits Music Festival , 2100 Barton Springs Rd., (512) 478-7211, features more than 130 bands, ranging from local talent to internationally known artists performing bluegrass, country, folk, hip-hop, reggae and rock.

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Austin Opera performs a three-opera season at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr. The Austin Opera box office is at 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100, (512) 472-5992. Newcomers to opera may enjoy a free lecture about each opera that is offered 30 minutes before the performance.

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Riverside Dr., (512) 474-5664, is also home to Austin Shakespeare and Pollyanna Theatre Company, as well as the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the choral group Conspirare.

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Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., (512) 471-2787, is the flagship theater for the University of Texas at Austin’s arts center, Texas Performing Arts. Performances here include concerts, dance and theater.

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Travel Information

City population

790,390

Elevation

521 ft.

Sales Tax

Sales tax in Austin is 8.25 percent. A 15 percent tax is levied on hotel rooms.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

311 or (512) 974-2000

Hospitals

Dell Children’s Medical of Central Texas, (512) 324-0000; St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, (512) 901-1000; St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, (512) 447-2211; Seton Medical Center Austin, (512) 324-1000

Visitor Information

602 E. 4th St. Austin, TX 78701. Phone:(512)474-5171 or (866)462-8784

Air Travel

Austin is served by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), about 5 miles southeast of Downtown Austin. Minimum fare for taxis leaving the airport is $12.30 for up to 4 passengers.

Rental Cars

Austin is served by major car rental agencies. Arrangements should be made before you leave on your trip; your local AAA club can provide this assistance or additional information. Hertz, (512) 247-7250 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak train service is provided out of Austin Station at 250 N. Lamar Blvd.; phone (800) 872-7245. Austin is a stop on Amtrak's route known as “The Texas Eagle,” which connects Chicago with San Antonio.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station, (512) 458-3823 or (800) 231-2222, is at 916 E. Koenig Ln.

Taxis

Taxi companies serving Austin include ATX Co Op (512) 333-5555, Austin Cab (512) 478-2222, Lone Star Cab (512) 836-4900 and Yellow Cab (512) 452-9999.

Public Transportation

Bus and rail service is provided by Capital Metro; phone (512) 474-1200 for information on routes and schedules.

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