Lonely Planet Writer

New Austin City Guide app free for SXSW

Lonely Planet Austin City Guide appHeaded to Austin for the South By Southwest conferences and festivals? Heck, you could be planning a trip to see a Longhorns football game, to satisfy a barbecue craving, or to see concerts in one of the USA's best music year-round music cities. Whatever the reason is, the new Lonely Planet Austin City Guide app for iPhone and iPod Touch will help guide you to the best that the Texas capital has to offer on your next trip.

For a limited time, download the Lonely Planet Austin Guide for free from iTunes (normally US$5.99; free through March 15, 12 pm PST). Includes insider tips from Lonely Planet authors, offline maps, and everything you need to navigate Austin and find your way to a good time (or at least a nice big breakfast after you had a bit too much of a good time the night before).

We've got more Austin info online too, including tips for getting the most out of your trip to SXSW, and and a detailed guide to Texas barbecue including our authors' picks for the best of the best in Austin and across the state. And if you prefer your travel info printed on that time-tested stuff we call 'paper', check out our newly released Lonely Planet Texas travel guide.

Looking for other apps to help you navigate SXSW? Check out this handy summary of the best SXSW and Austin mobile apps by BBC Travel.