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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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Music Venues in South Austin

Known for being an expansive district of oak tree-scattered neighborhoods, green spaces, and the quintessential weirdness that, well, keeps Austin weird, South Austin is filled with a ton of hidden gems that locals like to keep secret. A secret no more, here are some of the best live music spots you…

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Day Trip Destination: Johnson City

Just an hour west of Austin, Johnson City is a perfect day trip destination. Whether you are interested in the story of LBJ, outdoor adventures, wineries, art, or science, this area of the Texas Hill Country has a lot to offer. History The town is named after the ancestors of the 36 th President of…

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Best Music Venues in Austin

From intimate listening venues to packed dance floors, dive bars to the bright lights of the big stage, Austin has a musical experience for every taste. Austin’s live music scene pervades every corner of the city, day or night. Gritty blues bands, indie rockers, solo singer-songwriters, reggae…

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Austin Thrifting Guide

If you're looking to up your fashion, Austin boasts a great collection of thrift and vintage stores that are sure to take your style to the next level. Whether you want to keep up with the latest trends or rediscover the hits of decades past, Austin shops feature clothing, accessories, and furniture…

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Visiting the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Immerse yourself in Greek Revival architecture and life during Austin’s 19th century. Located near the campus of The University of Texas, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is one of few Antebellum-period buildings open to the public in Austin. The museum showcases the city's cultural, economic and…

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What To Do on a Rainy Day in Austin

With more than 300 sunny days each year, Austin locals and visitors alike spend plenty of time outdoors. As for the other 65 days, Austin has plenty of ways to make even the dreariest of days memorable, all while staying dry. Don’t let the rain keep you inside all day, grab your umbrella and head to…

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Best Restaurants in North Austin

When visiting Austin, many people head straight for downtown or East Austin. But Austinites know the secret—North Austin has decidedly delicious restaurants. It’s worth taking a little trip north to skip the wait for reservations or pricey parking. Here is our list of 15 must-try places to eat in…

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Visiting Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa sits in the heart of Austin’s Hill Country. The recently renovated AAA Four Diamond resort embraces the surrounding nature and rolling hills through its vibrant artwork by Texas artists and large windows that frame the landscape. While the resort feels worlds away, it…

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35 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 35 iconic Austin sites you can’t miss while visiting the Capital City. Delve into the backstory of our fascinating town, where you can explore everything from art and history museums to lush parks, still kickin’ honky-tonks and restaurants that have…

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Indie Meme Film Festival 2022

The 7th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival (#IMFF2022) will be held virtually and in person in 2022. Each year, Indie Meme brings together different communities through film to promote cross-cultural understanding, create a dialogue and build a globally-conscious community. The IMFF 2022 continues the…

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