Pick up tickets to Austin City Limits, a nationally broadcast show taped each week at the University of Texas. The broadcast began in 1976 to showcase Texas music. Tickets are distributed via online on a first-come, first-served basis. The Moody Theater serves as the new home for the taping of the acclaimed KLRU-TV produced PBS series.
Austin Opera invites you to fall in love with an art form as adventurous and spirited as Austin itself. Discover the transformational power of live music and experience epic opera, locally grown with blockbuster productions of opera’s most beloved stories. The main stage performances take place at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Laugh your buns off at the Cap City Comedy Club. Local comedians and national talent take the stage for uncensored comedic entertainment that'll keep you in stitches.
If you're looking for a good laugh, the Cap City Comedy Club in downtown Austin presents a show every night at 8 p.m., with additional shows at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The shows are cutting-edge, uncensored and feature the best up-and-coming talent as well as seasoned comic professionals from around the world. Bring your best belly laugh: The crew at Cap City Comedy Club record every show and distribute them on YouTube and other online video-sharing sites.
The club is part of a consortium of venues called "Rooftop Comedy" which shares videos and performers in an effort to promote live stand-up comedy shows across the country.
The Cap City Comedy Club is known as the go-to club for laughs in the Austin area. The club also serves a full grill-style menu.
Create a masterpiece at Ceramics Bayou, a paint-your-own pottery studio where you can choose from more than 400 art pieces to decorate and take home. Voted one of the top five family outings in Austin.
Yuck it up at Esther's Follies, a comedy show that defies definition. Is it political satire? Camp? Bawdy revelry? All of the above? No matter, because everyone can agree on this: It's uproariously funny entertainment.
Esther's Follies is a comical tour de force and a cornerstone of the downtown Sixth Street entertainment district that gives the city of Austin its unique and offbeat vibe.
Part variety show, musical comedy and magic show, Esther's Follies has been splitting sides since 1977. The show folds together political satire, innuendo and vaudeville showmanship - to rave reviews from residents and visitors alike. Huge windows at the back of the stage look out on Sixth Street, and the bar hoppers and revelers outside are unwittingly part of the show each night.
The venue seats 280 people and seating is general admission. Reserve seating is available for select seats.
See the next big thing at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin's top entertainment venue for concerts, sports events and live entertainment. Top entertainers, circuses and can't-miss concerts are the norm at this classic performance center.
The Frank Erwin Center is the premier event center in Austin, hosting concerts, sports events and live entertainment.
The original $34 million venue opened in 1977 and is located off of IH-35, near the heart of downtown Austin. The Frank Erwin Center seats up to 16,755 people, with the actual number varying depending on the event and space needed to accommodate each show.
The inaugural event when the Frank Erwin Center opened was the University of Texas Men's Basketball team vs. The University of Oklahoma. At the time, 12, 650 people were in attendance.
The center underwent $55 million in renovations and expansions from 2001-2003. The construction added 28 new suites, a new scoreboard and new concession stands, among other improvements.
Notable acts who have played the venue include George Strait, Pink Floyd, Janet Jackson, Dave Chappelle and Luciano Pavarotti. A wide variety of other events have come to the center, including WWF Wresting, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performances, and notably, Austin's Katrina Relief Concert.
Walk the edge of experimental theater with the troupe from Hyde Park Theater. New and classical cutting-edge productions in a 90-seat theater is the perfect setting for expanding your appreciation of live stage entertainment.
Hyde Park Theatre is a critically acclaimed theater and production group in Austin, winning rave reviews from theater-goers and critics alike. The theater presents alternative productions and mines talent primarily from the Southwest while showcasing nationally acclaimed playwrights as well. Performances also include classical alternative-theater productions that are still relevant today.
Part of the theater's appeal is its intimacy: The venue seats 90 guests, and often patrons feel as if they are an integral part of the performance.
Accolades include dozens of Critic's Table Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Drama and Outstanding Production of a Comedy. Also, the group has won several B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Comedy.
Founded in 1992, Hyde Park Theatre also produces FronteraFest, a five-week fringe theater festival that features more than 800 local and national artists annually.
Catch up-and-coming stars of the stage at a professional theater production at Mary Moody Northern Theatre at St. Edward's University. Students and professionals work together to bring six productions each year to the stage.
Mary Moody Northern Theatre is an exciting part of the professional theater program at St. Edward's University, a private Catholic college in downtown Austin.
The casual theater hosts approximately six plays every year. Students and professional actors work together in the productions.
Plays run the gamut, from Moliere to Rogers & Hammerstein. Productions in the Mary Moody Northern Theatre consistently win awards from the local arts community.
Each year Austin Shakespeare teams up with St. Edwards to bring the comprehensive, two-week workshop for high school and middle school actors. The workshop participants stage a performance each year at the Mary Moody Northern Theatre.
Take in a show at Austin's oldest film venue, the Paramount Theatre. Penn & Teller, Bernadette Peters, John Lithgow...there's no telling who will show up for an evening of entertainment.
Watch children's theater at its finest with the Pollyanna Theatre Company. The award-winning entertainment is meant to inspire, teach and engage children in the art of live performance. A resident playwright produces original plays, including fairytales with a twist. Performances held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
The Pollyanna Theatre Company is engaged in an important and rewarding dialogue with Central Texas - all in the name of promoting children's theater and performance in order to enthrall, teach and inspire.
The award-winning theater company began in 2000 at the artistic director's kitchen table. Since that time the theater company has grown to serve thousands of children and adults with original plays and performances that encourage audience participation and enthusiasm.
The award-winning Pollyanna Theatre Company has the privilege of producing original plays written by its resident playwright. The plays sometime combine familiar fairytales with a twist, or they explore a childhood theme and enliven it for the stage.
The touring company has won numerous B. Iden Payne Awards for Children's Theatre, including best director, best actor and actress, and best costume design.
The Salvage Vanguard Theater is an energetic hub for performers, audiences and arts organizations around the Austin area. Explore a realm of entertainment possibilities here, included scripted plays, improv comedy and even a music series.
The Salvage Vanguard Theater is an energetic hub for performers, audiences and arts organizations around the Austin area.
The theater explores many different medias and methods of performance, with improvisational comedy shows on the venue's second stage, and scripted plays on the main stage. Through the years, the Salvage Vanguard Theater has hosted a music series, alternative and edgy stage performances and a summer arts performance series for youth.
The troupe consistently wins high praises from local critics for its varied productions, including edgy new dramas and retro sci-fi spoofs.
Thanks to a recent overhaul of the venue, the Salvage Vanguard Theater now includes a 100-seat main stage, a 50-seat performance/second stage and a visual arts gallery.
Classic children's tales are brought to life at the Scottish Rite Children's Theatre. The theater entertainment troupe uses period costumes and hand-painted backdrops from the late 1800s for a spectacular and breathtaking visual feast.
The Scottish Rite Children's Theatre is a true children's theater, presenting well-known children's classic stories with a sense of humor, whimsy and breathtaking costumes and backdrops.
The Theatre is Austin's oldest surviving live theater venue. It was built in 1869 as a German opera house and purchased by the Freemasons in the early 1900's. In the tradition of historic theaters, period costumes and hand-painted backdrops from the late 1800's are still used today in many of the high-quality productions.
The original plays are adapted from well-known children's fairytales and stories. The theater puts a modern twist on the tales, which are written to be interactive with the children in the audience and include positive life lessons. Throughout each play, children are encouraged to help the hero defeat the villain and participate in the fun.
The Scottish Rite Children's Theatre seating includes a special reserved area at the front of the stage, where children can sit on carpet squares and interact with the actors if they wish. The actors also mingle with the theater-goers after the shows, signing autographs and posing for pictures with the children.
The building, which also serves as a home to the Scottish Rite Masons, hosts an annual summer Creative Drama Camp for children ages 5 and older. Each week includes a different theme, like "Superhero Squad" and "Great Adventures in Shakespeare."
The Austin Theatre Alliance is a partnership that has transformed the theater entertainment scene in the city. Take in groundbreaking performances at the Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Stateside at the Paramount. A comfortable setting for both film and live performances and home to the State Theatre School of Acting.
Thanks to the Texas Performing Arts, those who crave intense entertainment in Austin are instantly satisfied. The arts center brings talented performers from around the world to the stage here, including Ella Fitzgerald, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Texas Performing Arts has brought international performances in music, theater, dance and stage to the University of Texas since 1981. Large-scale touring Broadway productions and concert attractions are also open to the public and round out the Performing Arts schedule year after year.
The arts presenter brings performances to all six of the university's different venues, most notably the Bass Concert Hall. The 3,000-seat theater hosted Texas Performing Arts first presentation, which was the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Since then, a wide selection of talented performers from around the wold has graced the stage, including Ella Fitzgerald, Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Royal Ballet of London, Carol Burnett, Cary Grant, Victor Borge and Marcel Marceau.
Check out a show at The Backyard, a natural, open-aired entertainment venue located in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country. Legendary alumni as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Paul Simon, The Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson have all graced the stage here.
The heart and soul of The Backyard is its Live Oak Amphitheater. It sits on the southeast corner of the site framed by majestic trees and ponds. The beautiful landscape leads you to a vast stage that accommodates any event including music, plays, and private parties.
The Backyard has an in-house full service private party division. This division specializes in booking events such as corporate and private parties, fundraisers, weddings, rehearsal dinners, trade shows, luncheons, and various other types of social events. The team will help you book, coordinate and plan your entire event by offering full services on catering, beverage, entertainment, decorations, and setup.
Perform at The Backyard and revel in the opportunity to rehearse or record in our state of the art studio space. Equipment rentals are available for all your needs. The facilities are professionally attuned to promote the perfect acoustics for your desired sound.
Worship the sweet strains of spirituals every Sunday at Threadgill's, when the Austin live music institution rolls out its Sunday Gospel Brunch. Tuck into the brunch buffet while special guest artists uplift your morning mood.
Surround yourself with sculpture at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. View art in a natural setting, including pieces by 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf and others.
Enjoy a slew of cheesy jokes from amateurs and the pros at the Velveeta Room, featuring live uncensored comedy since 1988. If you're brave enough (and funny enough) you can even try out your own material at open-mic night.
View exhibitions by nationally renowned artists and discover up-and-coming student artists at the UT Visual Arts Center. Five gallery and studio spaces provide plenty of opportunity to explore new and exciting works.
Get your vinyl groove on at the original Waterloo Records & Video, one of the last independent music stores in the U.S. This Austin institution features exclusive releases from local artists and frequent in-store performances.
Yard Dog Gallery has Contemporary folk art, outsider art, fine art, and pop art with an attitude from North America. Showing folk and outsider art from the American South by many contemporary artists from the US, Canada and Europe whose backgrounds run the gamut from self-taught to art school graduate.
Texas' longest running theater company continues to bring quality, excitement and entertainment to the stage. At the ZACH Theatre, you'll watch regional and nationally acclaimed actors reinterpret some of your favorite shows, along with plenty of new productions.
The ZACH Theatre has been called "The city's liveliest and most polished professional theater" by the Austin American-Statesman. The theater is actually Texas' longest running theater company, a testament to the quality, vibrancy and excitement of each production.
Local thespians from the extremely talented pool of Austin-area actors covet roles at the venue. Artists from across the country have vied for roles at the ZACH Theatre. It is truly a testament to the city's unwavering support of the arts and especially live theater.
ZACH Theatre has earned recognition and accolades from influential organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The New York Times as well as numerous theatrical awards.