Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2023 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music to exclusive dinners, Austin has a range of events so you and your loved ones can ring in the new year the right way. Check out some of the events we’ve highlighted so you can start planning your New Year’s Eve…

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New & Notable in Austin

Get ready to fill your social calendar with even more exciting places to eat, drink and be entertained in and around Austin. Check out our hot list of what’s new. Nido at The Loren. Credit Mackenzie Smith Kelley . NEW RESTAURANTS Sip specialty cocktails at Idle Hands, then head to the Not a Damn…

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Where to See Live Music Tonight in Austin

Live music is everywhere in Austin and with hundreds of music venues featuring everything from rock and blues to country and hip-hop it can be difficult to narrow down exactly where to see a live show. That’s why we created this list of music venues with regular live music schedules, guaranteed to…

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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 58th Annual Trail of Lights. From December 8-23, 2022 (closed Mondays), Zilker Park transforms into a winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees and more…

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Guide to Austin's Holiday Pop-Up Bars

Although warm Texas temps may not make it feel like December, Austin is ready to celebrate the season big. Light shows illuminate the city skyline and holiday markets are all over town to help you find the perfect gift for loved ones. Even Austin’s nightlife scene gets festive with a number of…

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Where to Buy Vinyl in Austin, Texas

While Austin may be the Live Music Capital of the World®, there are also plenty of record shops for music fans to hunt for vinyl and enjoy recorded music. Austin has a unique collection of independent record stores and music shops that all offer a stellar collection of vinyl and other goods. Check…

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2022

It's the most wonderful time of the year and time for a new rendition of one of Austin's favorite old holiday traditions, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Taking over the Palmer Events Center for 6 days, from December 17-23, 2022, stop by do some holiday shopping or just come and kick back by the…

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Award Winning Restaurants in Austin, Texas

Austin’s food scene has been having a moment. No longer a quiet town with some taco stands and a couple of late night diners, creative chefs have made this city their home and it shows. From casual eateries to pinky-up spots, Austin is chock full of award-winning restaurants. Nixta Taqueria. Credit…

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Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Austin

If you're planning to spend Thanksgiving in Austin, let our award-winning chefs minimize your time in the kitchen and dine in or order in from these local restaurants. Find Austin restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, plus great places to order Thanksgiving meals to take home. Courtesy of TLC…

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Best Restaurants & Bars This Winter

There are lots of exciting things to do during winter in Austin. But when the winter weather hits and you're looking to get extra cozy, try out one of these winter warmers around town. From local restaurants with fireplaces and fire pits to dark and cozy wine bars, here are some of the best Austin…

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