1101 Red River, 512/476-6064
A 350-seat amphitheater split by Waller Creek as its centerpiece, Symphony Square makes a picturesque spot for a show. Opened in 1978 as part of an urban renewal project, it remains the city’s only venue where performers take the stage by footbridge. The historic complex also includes the 1871 Jeremiah Hamilton Building, which houses the Austin Symphony’s offices, and the 19th century New Orleans Club Mercantile building, which served as the 13th Floor Elevators’ home base in the mid-Sixties. Though primarily used as a venue-for-hire, the Square also hosts the Symphony’s Children’s Day Art Park during the summer months.