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2022 STP Annual Symposium

About Austin

About Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, is the state Capital of Texas and gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Austin offers urban hiking trails, legendary barbecue and farm-to-table cuisine. The city has more than 250 live music venues where on any given night the sounds of rock, country, indie, and Tejano music echo throughout the streets.


Austin began as a settlement named Waterloo. Immigrants from Germany, Sweden, and Mexico were the area’s original settlers, but extreme periods of growth followed the renaming and becoming the state capital in 1839. In 1883, Austin became a college town with the founding of the University of Texas at Austin, and it is now the fourth-largest city in Texas.

Local Dining

The reputation for food in Austin just keeps getting better. Austin chefs have branched out from barbecue and Tex-Mex to create some of the most exciting cuisine in the country. When you can enjoy a James Beard recognized restaurant down the street from a gourmet donut trailer, you have a food scene that can only be described as eclectic and delicious. View the Visit Austin restaurant guide for up-to-date local restaurants.

The Austin Marriott Downtown offers a variety of dining options including Corrine, rooftop bar Zanzibar, lobby bar The Lobbyist, and Loaf + Vine coffee house.

Rainey Street is filled with renovated houses turned into bungalow bars filled with craft beers, live music, and dog-friendly venues. This entertainment district is a quick 10 minute, half mile walk from the Austin Marriott Downtown. Visit Emmer & Rye, hailed by Bon Appétit as one of the best restaurants in the country.

The 2nd Street District is home to celebrated restaurants, entertainment venues, and most of the downtown shopping and just a short 10 minute walk from the Austin Marriott Downtown.

Things to Do

Explore Austin’s diverse entertainment districts, where you’ll find everything from trendy shops and restaurants to cool live music venues, renowned museums and galleries, and scenic outdoor destinations.

Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the United States and is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. A short walk from the Austin Marriott Downtown is Lady Bird Lake where guests can enjoy a 10-mile Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Austin is home to the Congress Avenue Bridge bat colony. After the sun sets, thousands of bats pour out and cascade East over Lady Bird Lake and put on a show over Lady Bird Lake. Get an incredible view for bat watching on the water with Capital Cruises.

With the title of “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin has over 250 places to experience live music throughout the city, featuring everything from rock and blues to country and hip-hop—every night of the week.

Experience everything there is to do in Austin at Visit Austin.


Summertime in Austin means warm nights, bright lights and live concerts. The average high temperature for June is 92° F and the average low is 72° F. For an up-to-date, detailed weather forecast, visit the National Weather Service. STP suggests wearing layers of clothing in case of air-conditioned session rooms and an umbrella in the event of rain outdoors.

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    Suite 300, Reston, VA 20191