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September, Our Favorite Month

by Sarah Tuff

AUSTIN, TEXAS
Note: Performance lineups and schedules have changed since this article was first published; check the venue's website for current listings
September means that school is in session, and that means Austin is hopping again. This town runs on youthful energy, and as the heat drops and the dorms fill, downtown comes alive. Make a pilgrimage to the always-rocking Austin City Limits Musical Festival (September 15–17), a three-day jam session at Zilker Park with more than 130 bands and musicians—including, this year, Willie Nelson, Gnarls Barkley, and Van Morrison. In fact, all of Texas Hill Country comes alive after Labor Day, with roots-music concerts in Fredericksburg, a metal-arts festival in Gruene (that's metal sculpture, not music), fly-fishing workshops in Concan, and the blue sage blooming all over the countryside. Make your base at the Driskill Hotel, an elegant but unpretentious spot just off energetic Sixth Street. And as you look off your balcony at the students whooping it up, be glad that this time you actually do know better.

Driskill Hotel
Tel: 512 474 5911
Doubles from $305

Austin City Limits Music Festival
Tel: 877 337 8225

Texas Hill Country Roots Music Concert
Fredericksburg, Texas; Sept. 23
Tel: 830 997 2835

Texas Metal Arts Festival
Gruene, Texas; Sept. 9–10
Tel: 903 852 3311

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