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.

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Andrew Vela

Andrew is the Film & Music Marketing Specialist for Visit Austin and lives the best of both worlds - working for the Austin Film Commission and Music Office. You will probably find Andrew at the Austin Film Society on any given weekend, or around the Red River Cultural District catching a show. Throw in a stop at Easy Tiger and that sums up his perfect weekend in the city!

Latino Music Month in Austin

There is always a show going on somewhere in the Live Music Capital of the World® and May, Latino Music Month, is no exception. From Cinco de Mayo celebrations and anniversary shows to festivals, we've curated a list of events to attend this month. Stephanie Bergara with Bidi Bidi Banda. Credit Eric…

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Austin for Music Lovers

Austin’s music roots run as long and deep as the history of Texas itself. Classic country music is revered here in the honky-tonks and dance halls (Willie Nelson owns an area ranch and holds a much-loved annual July 4 th country concert). But emerging artists representing a variety of musical styles…

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Spring & Summer Film Festivals in Austin

Austin is known for many film festivals year round. Cinephiles and industry professionals flock to the city and pack out venues to experience movie magic on the big screen. Between March and August, cinephiles can partake in several renowned film and television festivals that attract some of the…

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2024 Premieres at the SXSW Film Festival

Explore the heart of Austin's creative buzz by learning about some of the SXSW 2024 movie and television premieres featuring diverse narratives, groundbreaking documentaries and so much more. Whether you're a SXSW veteran or a first-time attendee, join us in uncovering some of the top premieres and…

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10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2024

The long-awaited SXSW Conference and Festivals makes its highly anticipated return to stages across Austin on March 8-16, 2024. The SXSW Music Festival brings together artists, industry professionals and music aficionados from around the world to network, enhance their careers and celebrate the…

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Visiting the Paramount & State Theatres

Established in 1915, the historic Paramount Theatre has stood as a Congress Avenues staple for more than 100 years. Then in 1935 State Theatre, the first theatre in Austin specifically designed to screen movies, was built right next door. The duo shares year-round programming with over 550 events…

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