AUSTIN (KXAN) — Everyone was talking about or taking a trip to Austin in 2022. We’re not just talking about the bachelorette parties either. Word got out to Hollywood and the capital city became a hub for big names, big films and other nationally talked about stories.

Here’s a look at the biggest moments from 2022.

Queer Eye in Austin

Netflix’s reality series “Queer Eye” returned for its sixth season at the start of 2022 and it was all about Texas. “Can you believe?” The Fab Five sparked a new outlook for a dance instructor at the Broken Spoke, A University of Texas alumna and trans athlete and doctor that helped the Black community during the pandemic.

Cast of Queer Eye visits Broken Spoke. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/Netflix)

SXSW 2022

The stars were in Texas for the 2022 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in March and made statements when it comes to Texas politics. Anne Hathaway wore a purse, which featured the transgender flag, that caught fans’ eyes at the event. “You know, I’m proud to rep Houston, but I’m not proud to rep Texan politics right now,” said artist Lizzo during a keynote speech at SXSW. Artists making an appearance to promote their work during the festival included Austin’s Sandra Bullock and Glen Powell to Gabby Giffords and Dolly Parton, just to name a few.

  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 12: Sandra Bullock attends the premiere of "The Lost City" during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW)

Moody Center opens

The start-of-the-art multi-purpose arena opened in April 2022 giving fans a new spot to watch their favorite artists and sports. Moody topped Billboard Magazine’s list of highest-grossing venues in the world. The arena welcomed over 100,000 fans during Harry Styles’ six sold-out “Love On Tour” performances and hosted world-renowned names like George Strait & Willie Nelson, Justin Bieber, Eagles, Kendrick Lamar and more.

Harry Styles rocks Longhorns colors during mini-residency in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Lloyd Wakefield)

Cyber Rodeo at Texas Gigafactory

Billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk opened the doors to the new factory in Del Valle in April to 15,000 of his closest friends. It was an invite-only event bringing together Tesla fans from all over the world. Elon Musk, Tesla Bot, Gary Clark Jr., Harrison Ford and Bevo made an appearance at the event.

  • Elon Musk gives remarks at Cyber Rodeo - the opening party for Travis County's gigafactory (Viewer Photo)
  • Displays at the Cyber Rodeo party for Giga Texas' opening (Courtesy: Charles Scott)
  • Actor Harrison Ford was spotted at the Cyber Rodeo opening party for Travis County's gigafactory. (Viewer Photo)
  • Horns up at the Cyber Rodeo (Photo courtesy Texas Football)

Jared Padalecki Crash

The Austin resident was hurt in a crash in April. The “Supernatural” and “Walker” actor wrote on Twitter “I’m so lucky to have had the best care and be surrounded by people who love me. So grateful for everyone.”

Austin stars spotted at 2022 Met Gala

  • Elon Musk

The Super Bowl of fashion returned to its usual night in May. Austin born stars, along with former and current Austin residents walked the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute including Ciara, Elon Musk, Tom Ford, Kacey Musgraves, Dakota Johnson, Conan Gray and Emma Stone.

Texas ties to Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial

One of the most talked about trials of the year involved Texas. Before actor Amber Heard got her start, she grew up in Manor, Texas right outside Austin. The “Aquaman” star attended St. Michael’s Catholic Academy before she would later drop out of high school. Although Elon Musk did not testify, the Austin resident billionaire was brought up multiple times throughout the trial. Heard dated Musk for nearly a year after her divorce with Depp in 2016.

This combination of photos shows actor Johnny Depp testifying at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., on April 21, 2022, left, and actor Amber Heard testifying in the same courtroom on May 26, 2022. (AP Photo)

Big boost for Austin actor in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Tom Cruise reprised his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the ‘Top Gun’ sequel. He returns to the naval flight academy to train a new class of pilots. One of them is bad-boy pilot Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, played by Austin native Glen Powell.

Sandra Bullock considers taking a break from acting

“I don’t want to be beholden to anyone’s schedule other than my own,” Bullock told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m so burnt out. I’m so tired, and I’m so not capable of making healthy, smart decisions and I know it.” The 57-year-old actor shared thoughts on the future of her career while discussing the success of her film “The Lost City.” Bullock’s career includes nearly 50 films over a 35 year span.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 14: Sandra Bullock attends a screening of “The Lost City” at the Whitby Hotel on March 14, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey urges Congress to come together on gun reform

The Uvalde native and Austin resident visited Capitol Hill to press lawmakers on gun measures following the Robb Elementary School that killed 19 children in his hometown.

Texas university to offer new Harry Styles course

Texas State University is slated to offer “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity” in the spring 2023 semester, according to the course professor. It’s not the only university course on a pop icon in the state. The University of Texas at Austin offered a course in the fall looking into the big discography of Swift.

Meryl Streep honors Robert De Niro at expensive Texas Gala

Meryl Streep and film critic Leonard Maltin joined Robert De Niro in helping the Harry Ransom Center celebrate 65 years of work in September. The center honored De Niro for his dedication with a new endowment called “The De Niro Curator Film.” In 2006, De Niro donated his own collection of film-related materials. The collection includes books, scripts, costumes, interviews, photographs and videotapes.

Austin model alleged she had an affair with Adam Levine

University of Texas at Austin graduate Sumner Stroh, 23, posted a video on her social media in September claiming to have had a relationship with the Maroon 5 singer, Adam Levine.

F1 United States Grand Prix

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas always draws a crowd, especially A-list celebrities. Here’s a round-up of stars spotted in the capital city for F1 weekend.

  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Brad Pitt visits Williams Racing during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for Williams Racing)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Shaquille O'Neal visits Williams Racing during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for Williams Racing)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: DJ Cassidy and Wyclef Jean visit Williams Racing during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for Williams Racing)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Ed Sheeran talks with Geri Horner and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the Red Bull Racing garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Chloe Grace Moretz visits Williams Racing during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for Williams Racing)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Madison Beer poses for a photo with the car of Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Post Malone performs at a Circuit Series After Party during the Formula One United States Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas, on October 22, 2022. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Scott Eastwood visits Williams Racing during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for Williams Racing)
  • US rapper Pharrell Williams (C) arrives in the paddock just ahead of the Formula One United States Grand Prix race, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on October 23, 2022. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, walks through the paddock before the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Israeli-American businessman Adam Neumann (L) and English television presenter Ant Anstead walk in the paddock before the Formula One United States Grand Prix 3rd practice session at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on October 22, 2022. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Canadian actor Will Arnett (C) walks through the paddock before the Formula One United States Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on October 23, 2022. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
  • US film producer Jerry Bruckheimer awaits the start of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on October 23, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Shaquille O'Neal and Wyclef Jean visit Williams Racing during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for Williams Racing)
  • AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Ashley Graham poses for a photo with the car of Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • A fan takes a photo of Jackie Stewart before the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  • Actor Bad Pitt, left, watches the pre race activities before the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Former Texas Longhorn gets shoutout from Carrie Underwood

Former Texas Longhorn kicker, Cameron Dicker, was called to play for the Los Angeles Chargers during Week Nine and missed a Carrie Underwood concert in Austin. It was well worth it because he kicked the game-winning field goal to help lead the Chargers to victory against the Falcons.

At the concert, Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini revealed the 2023 CMT Music Awards will be held Sunday, April 2 in Austin.

In the upcoming year, Austin could see more celebrity sightings, film premieres, popular acts touring and of course, more McConaughey.