7. Austin City Limits
The fact that ACL isn’t even Austin’s best festival, yet it still makes the cut, should tell you all you need to know about this one. Still, we’ll take the time to write it out for your viewing pleasure. Its killer lineup — one that featured Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse, and Lionel Richie — aside, the thing that attracts people to ACL is its rich history in the music scene. What began as a public television program back in the ‘70s has expanded to a full-blown music festival that is credited with helping Austin become known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Stretching over two consecutive weekends in October, ACL generally attracts a milder crowd due to nicer weather and the fact that all the chaos of the summer has mostly subsided by then.