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4th Street

Guadalupe to San Antonio

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Congress Avenue, Ann Richards Bridge

Barton Springs Road to Cesar Chavez Street

Congress Avenue

Cesar Chavez Street to 11th Street

11th Street

Lavaca Street to Brazos Street



Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO


Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO


Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO


Event Details


Experience Downtown Like a Local: Downtown Walking Tour

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Community, Outdoor, Free
Sponsored by the DAA
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Join us for a downtown walking tour during SXSW Cities Summit!


Discover how downtown Austin’s emerging parks and public places are transforming the experience of our young city. We will visit emerging outdoor spaces like Waller Creek, art-as-life practitioner Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles, and our newly completed Central Library. We will also explore Austin’s historic squares—including Republic Square, recently renovated through a public-private partnership, and Brush Square, now the central city’s transit hub.


Jim Ritts, CEO/executive director of the Austin Theatre Alliance, will lead the tour. Guests including local downtown experts will join us to provide insight on creating growing cities for people. Participants will be encouraged to interact, ask questions, and learn together.


In true Austin style, coffee and breakfast tacos will be provided. Hosted by the Downtown Austin Alliance and Public City.


Meet on the Four Seasons Lawn at 7:30 am for check-in. Tours will end at the Four Seasons at 9 am.