More than 1.8 million people live in the greater Austin area, making it the 11th most populous city in the United States and the fastest-growing city in the nation as rated by Forbes.

Austin is home to some 50,000 students at the University of Texas at Austin®, nearly 2,000 recording artists, hundreds of start-ups and tech companies, and several world-class festivals. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin’s lifeblood is the local music community, from the local bands, to major festivals like SXSW, Austin Fan Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Austin not only knows how to host big music festivals but some of the country’s largest sporting events take place here, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, the Red Bull MotoGP World Championships, and now X Games Austin..

Below you’ll find a few ways to enjoy your time in Austin during X Games—from dining to skateparks and more. And if you find anything a little, well, “weird,” remain calm! That’s just how we do it in ATX.

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