2016 IN AUSTIN: WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING YEAR

The New Year is already in full swing and there are a lot of great things to anticipate over the coming months—especially for Austinites.

So, what can you look forward to this 2016 in Austin? Take a look.

Projected Economic Stability

Yes, the economy is looking a bit rough as we start out the New Year, but even if the latest stock market trends continue, there is still hope for Austin. Brian Kelsey, principal of Civic Analytics, states in this myStatesman article that “While we have a long way to go to catch some of the expensive coastal cities that we tend to use as benchmarks, prices are becoming more of a factor in Austin’s competitive advantage relative to peer markets.”

Continued Growth Rate In The Housing Market

Austin is still hot and in demand as we roll into 2016. While this is great news for our local economy, it could create a challenge for home buyers as demand is expected to increase. If you’re looking to buy, now is the time!

A Warm Dry Winter With A Rainier-Than-Normal Summer

According to the good ol’ Farmer’s Almanac, the weather for Austin this year looks pretty tame. They’re predicting below-normal snowfall, a warm, dry spring (with possibility of drought), and a slightly rainier than average summer. Not too shabby!

Another Outstanding Year For Events, Festivals And Concerts

We’re well known for our music scene and events—and this year is no exception. Here are some of the big highlights we’re looking forward to this year:

  • South by Southwest – March 11-20
    Our headliner festival is ramping up for another great year celebrating all things music, film, and interactive. The exhibits, the parties, the concerts, and the people are not to be missed.
  • Austin Food & Wine Festival – April 22-24
    Tickets are already on sale and the lineup has been announced for the 5th annual Austin Food & Wine Festival. This is a must-attend event for any foodie or wine connoisseur.
  • Dreamhack Austin – May 6-8
    This is the first time the world’s largest digital festival convention will be in North America—and it’s going to be right here at the Austin Convention Center! You won’t want to miss this.
  • X Games in Austin – June 2-5
    We’re excited for another year to watch death-defying feats, amazing talent, and incredible skill live, right in our backyard. Get pumped for this one!
  • ACL Music Festival – September 20-October 2 and October 7-9
    This annual music festival only seems to increase in popularity every year—we wonder when they’ll announce having it for a third weekend in October. In 2016, however, it looks like they’re sticking with the two-weekend plan. Stay tuned for the lineup of rock, folk, dance and hip-hop performances and, of course, the out-of-this-world food.
  • Adele – November 4-5
    The popularity of Adele and her latest album, 25, will continue into 2016. The good news for Austinites is that epic English singer and songwriter will be stopping by Austin to perform later this year.

What else does 2016 have in store for Austin? Well, hold on tight because we’re about to find out.