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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Kinsey Gwinn

Kinsey is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Austin. She is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University, where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Media & Communication. As a native Texan, and having spent time in both East and West Texas, Kinsey knows Austin is the perfect balance of the two regions and one of the best spots in the state. On the weekends, you can find Kinsey enjoying one of Austin's many nature trails and exploring local eats on a patio around town.

Top Things to Do & See in the Yard

Once an old warehouse district, The Yard has transformed into a vibrant 150,000-square-foot community full of local manufacturers and retailers. Check out the various shops and eateries wander around the property and marvel at the colorfully designed buildings adorned with one-of-a-kind murals. The…

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Day Trip Destination: Bastrop County

Known as the "Historic Triangle," Bastrop County includes Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville, which were voted three of the most historic small towns in Texas. Explore Bastrop County’s culture at the historic cemeteries and museums, or celebrate their vibrant community with the locals at one of many…

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Mother's Day Gifts & Brunch in Austin

If you're planning to spend Mother's Day with the special women in your life in Austin, there are plenty of ways to make moms and mother figures feel special. Check out the ideas below for details on Mother’s Day brunch or to curate a special gift from one of our local shops. Courtesy of Bakery…

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ATX Television Festival 2024

Season 13 of ATX Television Festival is returning to Downtown Austin May 30 - June 2, 2024. Experience this incredible event that brings together television fans and industry professionals to deep-dive on how shows are made, reflect on past favorites and much more. Lovingly dubbed “TV Camp for…

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Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

Experience the hottest new chefs and inventive culinary creations May 23-26, 2024 at Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival. This annual event—created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Mohawk owner James Moody and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland—is a melting pot…

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Best Desserts in Austin

Austin is known for having a variety of cuisines for every craving–and it’s no different when it comes time to order dessert. From the city’s top, high-end restaurants and cocktail lounges to local bake shops and creameries, you’ll find a myriad of delectable treats to satisfy your sweet tooth…

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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 spring, and is free to attend. Hundreds of colorful kites will dot the sky from morning till night. This…

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