Austin Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Austin

The best times to visit Austin are September to November or March to May, when 70s and 80s are the anticipated daytime temperatures. As temperatures climb into the mid- to high 90s with high humidity, the Texan summer (June through August) is barely tolerable for unaccustomed visitors. Winter (December to February) is relatively mild and dry, with temperatures that hover in the low to mid-60s. Festivals are an integral part of Austin's culture. If your travel plans are flexible, then plan on attending a festival that interests you – just be prepared for inflated lodging rates.

Weather in Austin

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
58.8
38.7
63.3
42.1
72
51.1
79.3
59.7
84.7
66.6
91
71.4
95
73.9
95.5
73.9
90.5
69.8
82
60.1
71.8
49.8
62.1
41.2
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
1.71
2.17
1.87
2.56
4.78
3.72
2.04
2.05
3.3
3.43
2.37
1.88
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

June-August

High temperatures average the mid- to upper 90s in the summer. Occasionally, the temperature will surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Surprisingly, Austin's summers don't scare too many travelers away, despite the tremendous heat. Now is the perfect time to cool off in the Barton Springs Pool, but conditions may not be optimal for sightseeing.

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September-November

Summer temperatures still linger in September when daily highs can climb above 90 degrees. But fall temperatures quickly sink in between October and November when highs rest in the mid-70s. This comfortable outdoor weather gives way to a full calendar of festivals, including the famous Austin City Limits Music Festival. If you'll be in town for one of these increasingly popular events, it's a good idea to book accommodations a couple months in advance to secure the best rates. 

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December-February

In the winter, Austin sees short-lived cold fronts and rarely receives snow. Average high temperatures are generally mild and rest in the low 60s. If you're hoping to save on your Austin getaway, this quiet shoulder season is the perfect time to do it.

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March-May

Luxurious temperatures in the 70s and 80s bring a bevy of visitors and more festivals. If you'll be venturing to Austin for the SXSW festival, book airfare and accommodations as far in advance as possible as hotels can fill up and the price of flights can skyrocket. And if you're visiting in May, beware of the University of Texas at Austin graduation.

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Popular Times to Visit Austin

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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