In a new addition to this year's Festival, we're offering exclusive walking tours of unique Austin landmarks. These tours are led by a prominent authority in the field and will offer you a behind-the-scenes look not normally accessible to the public. All tours include a light meal. You must purchase your ticket when you register for the Festival.
Although space is extremely limited, if the walking tour you would like to attend is sold out, please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.
Friday, 4–5:30 p.m.
- Harry Ransom Center
Associate Director Stephen Mielke presents the Watergate Papers, featuring the reporters’ original notes and articles presented alongside archival materials used in the trial. This tour includes a walk through the underground stacks of the library.
- Tickets are $50 and will include refreshments.
Sunday, 12:30–2 p.m.
- Texas State Cemetery
Superintendent Harry Bradley offers a guided tour of the famous Texas State Cemetery, featuring commentary about notable Texans and their fates, as well as the lore of the historic site.
- Tickets are $50 and will include a light lunch at the cemetery.
- University of Texas Tower
UT-Austin President Bill Powers hosts a tour of the Austin landmark that soars above campus and of the private presidential suite.
- Tickets are $50 and will include a light lunch in the presidential suite.
- LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
Director Mark Updegrove leads a tour of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, including the closed-to-the-public private presidential chambers and archival stacks.
- Tickets are $50 and will include a light lunch at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
- Texas State Capitol
Curator Ali James guides a behind-the-scenes tour of the pink dome, including the chambers, courtrooms, Legislative Reference Library, and the furnishings and decorative art from the Capitol Historical Artifact collection.
- Tickets are free of charge, but you must reserve your spot when you register for the Festival. This tour will include a light lunch at the Capitol.