Navigating Austin during SXSW can feel like Dorothy’s journey on the yellow brick road in search of the Emerald City: it’s disorienting, kind of magical, and filled with both wonder and anxiety (in this case FOMO).
If you find yourself wandering the city with a couple of vagabonds you picked up along the way, then treat this Austin guide like a beacon to illuminate your journey. For the very best recommendations, we sought local artists that know the ins and outs of Austin including Walker Lukens, Israel Nash and Nina Diaz to name a few. From coffee joints to secret caverns, take in all the sights and sounds Austin and SXSW have to offer. Check out the guide here, and listen below to the local musicians that are keeping the Live Music Capital as vibrant as ever.