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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Christine Felton

Christine is the Director of Content & Digital Marketing at Visit Austin. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, proud South Austin resident and native Texan. She is passionate about travel, classic film, grammar, vegan cooking and live music. On the weekends, you may find her in her garden, at a nearby yoga studio, visiting a craft brewery or exploring a local nature preserve with her two pups.

Guide to the Clarksville Neighborhood

Just west of downtown, this historic part of the city is filled with landmarks and beautiful views along its hilly streets. Plan a picnic for Pease Park, grab an afternoon snack at Swedish Hill, or visit the Wally Workman contemporary art gallery located in a historic West Austin home. Courtesy of…

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Top Things to Do in Austin

Excited to start planning your upcoming trip to Austin but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ll help get you started with these handy insider tips and ideas. Whether it’s your first time in Austin or your fortieth, this checklist is sure to provide plenty of unique Austin experiences for…

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Austin FC & Q2 Stadium: What You Need to Know

Austin FC, the 27 th club in Major League Soccer is making waves in the local and national soccer scene. From the legendary co-owner and Minister of Culture, Matthew McConaughey, leading chants; to supporters traveling across the country to cheer on the team in their first 8 games on the road; and…

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Austin Food + Wine Festival 2021

Indulge in artisanal food, wine, beer and spirits from hundreds of purveyors at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. This indulgent event returns to Austin for its 10th anniversary, November 5-7, 2021. Attend interactive demos and tasting sessions, mingle with chefs and learn their kitchen secrets…

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20 Iconic Austin Restaurants

While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tasty breakfast tacos and juicy barbecue, there's so much more to the capital city's food history to explore. Austin's celebrated dining scene has evolved with lightening speed over the last few decades, but don't forget to pay homage to the…

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Shop Like a Local: 7 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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ABC Zilker Kite Festival

Welcome Spring at the ABC Kite Festival The nation’s oldest kite festival is a fresh-air ballyhoo of kite flying contests, food, games and more. Austin’s annual ABC Kite Festival takes place each March at Zilker Park, and is free to attend. Hundreds of colorful kites will dot the sky from morning…

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Visiting the Carpenter Hotel

Tucked away in the Zilker neighborhood is the chic and luxurious Carpenter Hotel. Transformed from its former life as a Carpenter’s Union Hall, Carpenter Hotel incorporates all things Texas with all things contemporary in a luxury property. The hotel is warm and welcoming with rich colors and lots…

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