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Texas Music, Arts & Museums
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Texas is teeming with hisoric and modern museums, unique attractions, and an active music scene. Texas' Capital City Austin is known as the live music capital of the world. Don't be suprised to find yourself being entertained with live music or art exhibits while you walk through a terminal at the airport. From Austin to Dallas to San Antonio to Abilene you'll be certain to get cultured and be inspired.
For a city so rooted in cowboy culture, Fort Worth is home to quite a few top-quality jazz clubs too. Scat Jazz Lounge is a local favorite. Located right in the heart of the downtown area, the venue showcases a wide variety of local, regional, and national acts honoring the traditions of jazz music.
The American Airlines Center is also a go-to stop on many of the biggest concert tours each year, but maybe you’re in the mood for something a little more intimate. Club Dada and the Kessler Theatre are local-favorite places to catch bands on the rise, while fans of more established acts fill the House of Blues, the Granada Theater, and the 20,000-plus-capacity Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Set in the Live Music Capital of the World, the South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival is an annual event at the Austin Convention Center in Austin. Over the years, the increased interest in film and tech companies influenced the festival, adding additional components to the mix.
More than 30,000 registrants are expected to attend the live music performances, plus film and tech events. The four-day Trade Show gives visitors an opportunity to meet and talk to leaders in the music, technology, and film industries.
The Block Party and SXsaloon are just some of the many venues.
Check out the Next Stage, where panelists, comedians, musicians, and filmmakers show a sample of what's to expect during SXSWeek. Schedule plenty of time to attend the variety of events in this premier Austin event.
If you've missed the South By Southwest Music Festival, you're certainly not out of luck. Austin is teeming with music venues and live shows. Just walk around the Sixth Street District and keep an ear out for live music.
Galleries & Art Museums
Austin is a historic place, so be sure to check out Austin museums like the Austin Museum of Art.
It’s not all beaches and scenic sites in C.C. – the Art Center of Corpus Christi is a must-visit for fans of art, culture, and fine dining. Overlooking the bay (that’s becoming a theme here), the center features seven galleries, local artists’ studios, and an on-site restaurant.
For the art lovers in the family, Fort Worth is a must.
The architecture of and collection within the Kimball Art Museum is renowned the world over for a reason; the more beautiful side of the Old West is on display at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and the strikingly designed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is home to an array of post-WWII works.
Every April, artists and art lovers fill downtown Fort Worth for the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The four-day fest is a great way to see the works of local artists, as well as try local food offerings and browse local pop-up shops.
Found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount Theatre was opened in 1930 in what is now downtown Abilene. The 1,200-capacity theater features films, theater, and performing arts – including the Abilene Ballet Theatre, the Abilene Opera association, the Abilene Performing Arts Company, the Chameleon Performing Arts Company, and so many more.
The performing arts scene is vibrant in El Paso. Watch the history of Sun City with Viva! El Paso – a weekly performance during the summer at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. You can also check the event calendar at the UTEP Dinner Theater, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in El Paso, and Ballet in El Paso.
Dallas’ nearly two-centuries-old history, and the history of the cultures predating the area’s modern incarnation, is on display throughout the Metroplex. The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, Founder’s Plaza, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Heritage Village, and the West End Historic District are good places to start.
Abilene features an impressive array of museums and cultural centers within its city limits. This is Texas, so a visit to a 14,000-square-foot museum of the American West – better known as Frontier Texas! – is a must during your time in downtown Abilene.
Other fantastic museums in Texas include the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum for the military history fans, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature for those with the family in tow.
El Paso is also popping with cultural centers. Check out the El Paso Museum of Art, the Insights El Paso Science Museum, and the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium. Additional museums unique to Sun City includes the National Border Patrol Museum, the Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center, and the War Eagles Air Museum in nearby Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
There's much to discover for minds young and old at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Named after its principal benefactor, the facility boasts a planetarium and countless hands-on, educational exhibits. The grounds are also home to the Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument & Time Capsule, with packages intended to be opened 25, 50, 100, and 1,000 years from its construction date in 1968.
The Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum is a comprehensive look at the history of the Texas Panhandle region, complete with traveling and permanent exhibits like "Pioneer Town", which depicts life in a small, early-1900s settlement. Set just south of Amarillo in Canyon, the museum is part of the West Texas A&M University campus.
Fort Worth is home to a large variety of museums perfect for inquiring minds young and old. Kids will love the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, where they'll find all sorts of hands-on educational exhibits and programs inviting them to explore everything from dinosaurs and prehistoric life to outer space.