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Taking breaks for relaxation and recreation is conducive to positive mental health. There are several venues around Austin offering student discounts.

Be sure to check out all the outdoor/water activities found here under Off the Hill and Staying Cool.

Event Listings
Austin hosts a great deal of live music, and a number of prestigious festivals. offers up to date information on events, performances, and restaurants in the Austin area.

The Austin Chronicle lists local and touring music schedules, art exhibits, plays and performing arts, and other events.

Special Events

Pecan Street Festival – Held two weekends a year, this is an arts, crafts, and music festival held on historic 6th Street.

ACL Fest – Two non-stop (three day weekends) of live music from multiple stages in October.

Fun Fun Fun Fest – Three days of music in November, downtown at Auditorium Shores.

Circuit of the Americas – Formula 1 race in October, as well as year round concerts, events, and other races including Moto GP.

South by Southwest – SXSW is a free 10 day music, film, and interactive festival held all around downtown Austin in March.

Blues on the Green – Free summer concert series held in Zilker Park.

At the Movies

Alamo Drafthouse (multiple locations)
Founded in Austin, Drafthouse locations feature fun pre-shows, a full menu,  beer and wine, and a full bar at some locations. Buy tickets well in advanced; many shows sell out.

AMC Barton Creek Square 14
Barton Creek Square Mall
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy

Galaxy Highland 10 (north)
6700 Middle Fiskville Rd

IMAX at the Bob Bullock Museum
1800 Congress Ave.

Regal Westgate 11
4477 S Lamar Blvd.

Take in some Performing Arts 

The Austin Symphony – Performances throughout the year including free shows and children’s concerts.

Austin Opera – Opera season: November – May.

Palmer Event Center – hosts conferences and events.

St Edward’s Mary Moody Northen Theatre – Productions by St Edward’s Theater department.

ZACH Theatre – Offers year round events and performances.

Austin City Limits Live – Constant rotation of big name musicians.

Check out a Museum

Blanton Museum of Art –  $5 admission for students with ID and free admission on Thursdays, when it’s open until 9pm.
200 East MLK Blvd.

LBJ Presidential Library and Museum – $3 admission for students.
2313 Red River St.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina St

Photo by Peter Hess

Bullock Texas State History Museum – Offers student discounts.
1800 Congress Ave.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Offers walking trails with over 650 types of native Texas plants and flowers, rotating activities, classes, and indoor museum.
4801 La Crosse Ave.

Zilker Botanical Gardens – Presents different habitats found around Texas, holds several events throughout the year, as well as educational trips and classes.
2220 Barton Springs Rd.

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