By: Ruben Garcia | @kingrubencito
Spring Break for (mostly) all Texas colleges and universities is here! All college students around the state are ecstatic for all the celebrations that will occur this week. A popular destination spot is South by South West (SXSW), a popular festival in Austin, that includes musical showcases, films, and conferences to showcase the newest technology and media. Another well known destination is the infamous South Padre Island where most college students go to party all day and all night. These are the top two destinations for students in the state of Texas that don’t go out of the country.
Panama City Beach was a top tourist destination of Spring Breakers but unfortunately the city decided to prohibit drinking on the beach due to the rise in sexual assaults, shootings, drug and gun charges, and arrests. The economy for the month of March declined severely and students rushed to the neighboring state in Alabama to have fun for Spring Break at Gulf Shores. Days after the Spring Break season started, Gulf Shores also followed Panama City Beach with the prohibitions and banned Spring Break fun thus leaving South Padre as the last famous Spring Break destination left in the United States.
Pictured above is a concert setup stage at South By Southwest. SXSW is known for being a week long festival that includes random pop-up shows at different bars around the city, new technology premieres, and business conferences to unveil the newest advances in social media. The 2017 lineup was released months ago and includes daily shows and pop-up locations for various artists and many types of genres. Parks, clubs, and bars are transformed into concert stages for up-and-coming and famous artists. Many pop-up and secret shows are released through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to the public hours before the show as a teaser. These are two popular options for Texas college students to have this Spring Break. Whatever you decide to do, remember to have fun, stay safe, and hydrated!
South By Southwest, Austin, Texas. SXSW 2017 Schedule. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2017.
Jsharp@al.com, John Sharp |. “Gulf Shores to spring breakers: No booze allowed on our beaches.” AL.com. N.p., 28 Nov. 2016. Web. 12 Mar. 2017.