In an attempt to appeal to even the most diverse interests, Austin is home to more than 35 art museums, 250 performing arts groups, and a variety of music and arts festivals held throughout the year. The University of Texas’ Performing Arts Center, the Frank Erwin Center, and Long Center for the Performing Arts are all large-scale venues that host a variety of performances and shows that vary from sporting events to country music concerts. The Austin Symphony, Ballet Austin and the Austin Lyric Opera are local favorites with many classic performances offered just minutes from downtown.
Austin is home to numerous renowned art museums including The Contemporary Austin, the Blanton Art Museum and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The Blanton Museum and Harry Ransom Center are conveniently located here on UT campus and both offer free admission to currently enrolled students. In addition, the art community has created Art City Austin, a collaboration of 200 different artists and venues together for an entire day of food, art, and music in the Austin downtown area. For more information on visual arts in Austin, see the Austin Museum Partnership website.