We’re less than one week away from the kick-off of the AASCIF Annual Conference in Austin. By now, you probably know Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. We’re home to more than 250 music venues, the world-famous “Austin City Limits” television show and the music festival of the same name.
But Austin is not exclusively defined by its live music scene. Here are a few other interesting tidbits about our city you should know before your arrival.
- Austin is the home of Samsung Semiconductor’s largest plant outside of South Korea, the second city in the U.S. to get Google Fiber, and host of the famed SXSW music, film and interactive festivals, to name a few.
- Austin is the birthplace of Whole Foods Market, a chain that started selling granola on Austin’s Lamar Boulevard in the 1980s and that is now a global brand.
- Each dusk between April and October, the world’s largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerges from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge to feast on insects that fly above the city. For viewing times and parking information, call the hotline at 512.416.5700, category 3636, or find information online. For more information, call Bat Conservation International at 512.327.9721.
- There was a time when Austin was known primarily as the capital of Texas and home of The University of Texas at Austin. Those sectors remain a healthy and vital part of the Austin landscape – but over the last two decades, the community has developed a healthy balance of employment across a diverse range of industries. Chamber of commerce efforts are focused on strengthening the technology sector and recruiting such new industries as automotive suppliers, medical products, pharmaceuticals and wireless.
- The Texas state capitol building, in Austin, is the largest capitol building in the U.S. The state capitol opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation’s capitol in Washington, DC. The Texas capitol building is made from Texas pink granite.
- The Hook’em horns hand signal is, in fact, the official signal of The University of Texas Longhorns. The symbol is recognized worldwide, and you have most likely seen a few familiar faces flashing the famous sign, including The Bush Family and Matthew McConaughey, to name a couple. More importantly, it is a symbol of pride used by Longhorn fans nationwide. The well-known sign was created by head cheerleader Harley Clark Jr. in 1955.
- Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose. This year, Austin implemented a plastic bag ban. If you plan to shop, bring your own reusable bag.
For more information about our fare city, revist our February post, “8 Things You Should Know About Austin.”