Book your flight, reserve your hotel room and procure your festival passes early (several months in advance).
Showcase concerts are basically exclusive parties
Do some research, plan which ones you want to attend and get there super early.
A badge or wristband doesn’t guarantee entry
Check radio, online and in magazines to find out which shows are offering passes before the festival. Not getting in means you’re free to go to another show, though, where you could discover the next big thing.
It could be rainy, it could be scorching, it could be perfect—check conditions before you leave. Note that if it’s raining, venues will feel claustrophobic.
Get your hands dirty
Stubb’s, Franklin’s, The Salt Lick and Iron Works are just some of Austin’s best BBQ joints, serving spare ribs, brisket and local brews such as Shiner Bock and Lone Star.