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ACL LIVE AT THE MOODY THE­ATER

Home of the his­toric Austin City Lim­its tap­ings, this state-of-the-art live mu­sic venue brings in a wide va­ri­ety of tour­ing acts, from clas­sic rock bands to the hottest co­me­di­ans. Don’t miss the Wil­lie Nel­son statue out­side. IN­SIDER TIP: Spot up-and-com­ing greats at ACL Live’s lit­tle sis­ter club, the more in­ti­mate 3Ten ACL Live, which is on the ground floor. 310 Wil­lie Nel­son Blvd., 512-225-7999; acl-live.com

ANTONE’S NIGHT­CLUB

Austin’s iconic home of the blues was founded by the late Clif­ford Antone in 1975 and has seen all of the greats in those 40-plus years. Now co-owned by home­town hero, the Grammy-award win­ning Gary Clark Jr., Antone’s has live mu­sic every night, from free weekly res­i­dences to hot tour­ing acts that sell out quickly. 305 E. Fifth St., 512-814-0361; an­tones­night­club.com

BASS CON­CERT HALL

With seat­ing for 2,9000, the Univer­sity of Texas’s pre­mier per­for­mance venue brings the best in com­edy, mu­sic, and Broadway to Austin. IN­SIDER TIP: Want to eat be­fore the show with­out rush­ing? Each per­for­mance fea­tures a lim­ited din­ner menu with a spe­cial cock­tail or wine pair­ing in the third-floor din­ing area. 23rd Street and Robert Ded­man Drive, 512-471-2787; tex­as­per­formin­garts.org

THE BLAN­TON MU­SEUM OF ART

The Univer­sity of Texas’s world-class art mu­seum boasts an im­pres­sive ar­ray of Latin Amer­i­can art. Its re­cently ren­o­vated sec­ond-floor gal­leries are home to its per­ma­nent col­lec­tions, while care­fully se­lected vis­it­ing ex­hibits are found on the first floor. IN­SIDER TIP: Like the ex­hibits them­selves, the mu­seum’s gift shop is care­fully cu­rated, mak­ing it a great re­source for unique gifts. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 512-4715482; blan­ton­mu­seum.org

BUL­LOCK TEXAS STATE HIS­TORY MU­SEUM

Learn the story of Texas while also en­joy­ing smart, di­verse ex­hibits that make you think. Look for spe­cial con­certs and monthly films about the state. The Bul­lock’s IMAX The­atre is the first and only Laser IMAX the­ater in Texas. 1800 Congress Ave., 512-936-8746; thesto­ry­of­texas.com

THE CON­TEM­PO­RARY AUSTIN

Con­tem­po­rary Austin’s newly ren­o­vated down­town lo­ca­tion at the Jones Cen­ter fea­tures some of the most ex­cit­ing artists from around the globe as well as a canopied rooftop pa­tio, per­fect for par­ties. Mean­while, its La­guna Glo­ria lo­ca­tion at the cen­tu­ry­old Driscoll Villa fea­tures the 14-acre Betty and Ed­ward Mar­cus Sculp­ture Park. 700 Congress Ave., 512-453-5312; 3809 W. 35th St., 512-458-8191; the­con­tem­po­raryaustin.org

THE FRANK ER­WIN CEN­TER

Mu­sic’s big­gest names come to the UT arena, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary this year. The Er­win Cen­ter is also home to the UT Longhorns bas­ket­ball teams. VIP suites are avail­able for each event. 1701 Red River St., 512-471-7744; uter­win­cen­ter.com

HARRY RAN­SOM CEN­TER

Hous­ing the ar­chives of some of the world’s most cel­e­brated writ­ers and artists, from Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez to David Fos­ter Wal­lace and the Mag­num Col­lec­tion, this in­ter­na­tion­ally known hu­man­i­ties re­search cen­ter and mu­seum puts to­gether com­pelling ex­hibits. It’s also home to one of the five com­plete copies of the Guten­berg Bi­ble in the US. 300 W. 21st St., 512-471-8944; hrc.utexas.edu

THE LONG CEN­TER FOR THE PER­FORM­ING ARTS

The Austin Sym­phony, Bal­let Austin, and the Austin Opera all call this beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity home, as so do lo­cal res­i­dent com­pa­nies like Austin Shake­speare and the Grammy-win­ning Con­spir­are. Its “Ter­race Ring” out­side over­look­ing the shores of Lady Bird Lake of­fers some of the most beau­ti­ful views of the city. 701 W. River­side Dr., 512-474-5664; th­e­long­cen­ter.org

LYN­DON BAINES JOHN­SON LI­BRARY AND MU­SEUM

Ex­plore the Texas-born pres­i­dent’s life and legacy, as well as the im­pact of the 1960s, at this state-of-the-art pres­i­den­tial mu­seum. IN­SIDER TIP: When you are in the Oval Of­fice, know that on the other side sits the real of­fices LBJ used, pre­served and in­tact and used for very spe­cial events. 2313 Red River St., 512-7210200; lb­jli­brary.org

MEXIC-ARTE MU­SEUM

Opened in 1984, this in­valu­able down­town mu­seum cel­e­brates tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can, Latino, and Latin Amer­i­can art and cul­ture. Its well-ap­pointed gift shop high­lights Mex­i­can and Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can fine art. 419 Congress Ave., 512-4809373; mexic-arte­mu­seum.org

PARA­MOUNT THE­ATRE

Austin’s his­toric down­town the­ater, more than a cen­tury old, is the jewel of Congress Av­enue. Join its sea­sonal se­ries for ac­cess to the best tick­ets, and don’t miss an­nual events like its Sum­mer Clas­sic Film Se­ries, the Moon­tower Com­edy Fes­ti­val, and more. IN­SIDER TIP: Leg­ends like Carol Bur­nett and Woody Allen have signed the per­form­ers’ wall back­stage. 713 Congress Ave., 512-472-5470; austinthe­atre.org

UMLAUF SCULP­TURE GAR­DEN & MU­SEUM

This ur­ban oa­sis is home to the largest col­lec­tion of work by the late Amer­i­can sculp­tor Charles Umlauf, who taught at UT for many years. Opened 26 years ago, the Umlauf’s grounds are ideal for quiet walks or fes­tive events. IN­SIDER TIP: Re­lax out­doors with yoga classes in the gar­den on Wed­nes­days, Fri­days, and Satur­days. 605 Robert E. Lee Rd., 512-445-5582; um­lauf­s­culp­ture.org

ZACH THE­ATRE

Ex­pect top-notch lo­cal the­ater at this es­sen­tial Austin non­profit. The pro­fes­sional the­ater com­pany is the long­est, ac­tively run­ning in Texas, and one of the 10 old­est in the coun­try. 202 S. La­mar Blvd., 512-476-0541; zachthe­atre.org

“Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Ste­vie Ray Vaughan,” guestcu­rated by the gui­tar leg­end’s brother, Jim­mie Vaughan, is one of the cur­rent ex­hibits at the Bul­lock Texas State His­tory Mu­seum. The ex­hibit will be on dis­play through July 23.

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