Work Meets Play in Downtown Austin

A Sponsored Message from Visit Austin

The city’s vibrant Convention Center District makes it easy to ensure your next event is as electric as Austin’s legendary music scene.

Get your attendees ready for a good time because few cities are quite as fun—and delightfully weird—to meet in as Austin, Texas. Located just 7.5 miles from the easily accessible Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, downtown is where you’ll find the best barbecue joints, cultural attractions and famed music venues. It’s also home to a compact and easily walkable Convention Center District that lets you take care of business while also getting an authentic Austin experience.


The state-of-the-art Austin Convention Center offers 247,052 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, two large ballrooms and 54 meeting rooms. It also happens to be one of the most technologically advanced convention centers in the country thanks to its communication infrastructure capable of moving voice, video, and data at over 1 billion bits a second. But one of the biggest selling points of hosting your event in Austin is just how interconnected the convention center is to the heart of the city. The hip bars and restaurants on Sixth Street, live music venues in the Red River Cultural District, laid-back bungalows-turned-watering-holes on Rainey Street, and shopping and dining in 2ND Street District are all just a short walk away.


Planning a celebratory meal or treating your clients to lunch between sessions is easy in downtown Austin. From smoked meats and gospel brunch at Stubb’s Bar-B-Que to casual fare and beer at Easy Tiger to cocktails in a genuine speakeasy setting at Midnight Cowboy, there is something for everyone in your group. You’ll also find plenty of vegetarian- and vegan-friendly places nearby so no one will feel left out.


Looking for a boutique hotel for your team of executives, or a block of rooms for your numerous attendees? Austin is home to 11,000 hotel rooms downtown (and more than 39,000 hotel rooms city wide) in a variety of styles and price points. No matter where you choose, your group will be close to not just the convention center, but some of the best the entertainment that The Live Music Capital of the World® has to offer.


Get your attendees out of the meeting room with an excursion on or around Lady Bird Lake, a scenic body of water located just steps from downtown where locals love to hike, bike and kayak. Another must? Infusing some live local music into your event. Music runs through the veins and arteries of the city, and the Austin Music Office is dedicated to helping planners book local musicians to set the right tone for conferences, welcome receptions, after-hours parties and everything in between. With more than 250 live music venues in the city, your attendees will also have plenty of places to let loose when the work is done.

Visit Austin is serious about business and serious about fun. Let them help make your vision a reality.

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