You can smell it in the air, feel the vibrations beating the pavement.Â No need for grand announcements and drum rolls.Â Austinâ€™s biggest local event is coming to town once more.Â For local Austin residents & small businesses, itâ€™s Christmas all over again.
During the 2 weeks that SXSW blows through town, our great local restaurants, retail stores and tourist attractions stand to make 20% of their annual income.Â Come again?Â 1/5 of their income in 2 weeks!Â Austin, put your boots on, down that double shot espresso and get to work!
Last year saw a record 87,000 + visitors to the city.Â And in 2016, $325.3 million came crashing into the Austin economy, according to a recent CNBC article.Â Read more small business insights here.
Whether you have a best friend coming into town, or that pal who calls once a year looking for a place to crash, show them some of the unique gems hidden in the city we call home.Â Pick up a Go Local Card and Guide at Peoples Pharmacy, Healthy Pet, End of an Ear and several others places, or just visit our site for a complete list.Â Cards also available for purchase online. So, do a solid for Austin.Â Check out a few of these local goodies: