Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World®, and it shows from the moment you step off the plane. It is common to be serenaded as you grab your luggage. In fact, music is such an important part of our city’s culture that you’re likely to see someone performing as you’re shopping at the grocery store and performances have even been known to occur at city council meetings. With hundreds of venues and dozens of annual events, you are almost guaranteed to find something you’ll want to listen to over and over again near our downtown Austin hotel the JW Marriott Austin.
Austin is home to more than 250 live music venues, many of which are situated in the downtown area. Whether you love rock or country, reggae or smooth jazz, there is at least one venue that will cater to your ears. Dive bars and upscale club venues are aplenty, but many cafes and restaurants double as venues as a way for the 21-and-under crowd to enjoy music as well. Are you visiting the area with children? Long Center for the Performing Arts and Frank Erwin Center are especially kid friendly.
You’ve probably heard of our most popular festivals. Austin City Limits Music Festival and SXSW are internationally recognized. Those events encourage renowned music artists to the area each year. However, Austin makes it easy to find a music festival or event every month of the year
If planning to spend New Year’s Eve in the city, Austin’s New Year is a child-friendly, alcohol-free music event that also features visual art installations, fire dancers and many other performers. Don’t forget to check out some other favorites near JW Austin:
It might seem as if music has gone completely digital, but true music lovers know that’s simply not the case. While in town, pay a visit to South Austin Music, just two miles from JW Austin. You’ll find new, used and vintage instruments. You can even take a lesson or two. Plenty of other shops in the area offer a range of vinyl, CDs and memorabilia from your favorite artists.
No matter how much you love live music in Austin, sometimes you need to unwind and get a good night’s sleep. JW Marriott Austin is the perfect place to do just that. Our luxurious hotel is centrally located near some of the biggest and best music venues and events in the city, as well as other great attractions such as Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park where you can enjoy Blues on the Green. Each well-appointed guest room features contemporary furnishings and our signature bedding. Relax after a day or night filled with live music at our rooftop pool and grab a bite at our multiple onsite dining options.