We had at first thought Dreamhack would be in Dallas, but now without a doubt this spectacular event will take place in our own backyard. Downtown Austin. May 6-8, 2016. Read on for Ticket Details and Pricing, the Venue, Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife, Bars and Everything... "Austin"
Tickets go on sale for Dreamhack Austin on September 15th at 7pm CDT. Details on all ticket types including pricing can be found here.
The Austin Convention Center opened on July 4, 2002 and has 5 exhibit halls, 54 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms, including one of the largest ballrooms in Texas with 40,510 square feet. Facility overview here. Google Map location here.
The City of Austin has aggressively gone after the lucrative convention market, and has plenty of Hotels downtown. Like The Driskill (above). Check out the Official Austin Hotel Map here, with reviews here. Good hotels will fill up fast, so make reservations now.
Anything... Everything... The Warehouse District in downtown Austin has it all. Yelp reviews here.
Exploring 3rd thru 6th Streets in downtown Austin won't disappoint. Live music everywhere, tapas bars, sushi bars, craft beer bars, wine bars, open air bars on top of hotels with amazing views... Check 'em out on Yelp here.
What To Expect
All large conventions and/or festivals in Austin share the same caveats: limited parking, crowded streets, restaurants and bars, and depending on the size of the event, cell phone towers can become saturated. The Austin Convention Center seats 5,285 in the Sports Hall and 3,940 in the Grand Ballroom (source), but only has two (separate) parking garages that total 1,685 spaces (link with map and pricing). Try to book a hotel close to the venue now so you can walk to and from your hotel. Just about everybody who lives downtown doesn't own a vehicle, and there's a reason for that. It won't be as bad as SXSW, but expect large crowds and at times cell phone use may be sporadic. Currently we see no other conventions or festivals scheduled for the Live Music Capital of the World on this weekend, which is a good thing. And UT will be winding down the semester so a lot of students will have left for home. We'll continue to update this blog as we find out more; suffice to say this event is a win for all of us living in Austin, for the entire State of Texas, and for Gamers all across the USA.