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.

Austin Studio Tour 2021

The free, self-guided Austin Studio Tour – an annual Big Medium program – invites visitors to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations, and explore galleries. A combination of the popular East Austin Studio Tour and West Austin Studio…

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Austin Film Festival 2021

The annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) returns October 21–28, 2021 with the renowned writers conference and a full week of film premieres. For the past 28 years, the conference has focused on the craft of filmmaking, with a who’s who of Hollywood talent speaking on panels about screenwriting…

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Where to Shop Local in Austin

Keep it local and give your wallet a workout in Austin, where you’ll be tempted by everything from hip clothing stores to gourmet food shops. Plan a visit to these small, locally owned businesses that are sure to become your new Austin favorites. Be sure to check individual store hours and shopping…

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50 Fun Things to Do in Austin

There’s truly something for everyone in Austin. Whether you’re looking for live music, must-see museums, authentic Texas cuisine, scenic outdoor adventures or family-friendly fun, our city offers it all. Here are 50 of the best things to do in Austin to kick-start your trip. Austin Visitor Center…

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Where to See Live Theatre in Austin

It is hard to find a dull moment in the Capital City. Fantastic performers and skilled thespians grace the stages of Austin’s many theatres every week. Here are just a few of our favorite theatres and groups in town that are guaranteed to fill your evening with art and talent. ZACH Theatre One of…

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Texas Book Festival 2021

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 23–31 (online) and October 30–31 (Austin Central Library & Symphony Square), in a hybrid virtual and in-person format. Free and open to the public, the 26 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions…

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Fall & Winter Film Festivals in Austin

Fall is always a wonderful time for film fans in Austin, with film festivals almost every weekend covering a range of genres and distinct visions. From sci-fi at Other Worlds Austin, to Black cinema at the Capital City Black Film Festival, screenwriter-centric Austin Film Festival and many more…

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Austin's Best Murals

Austin's buildings and walls may be canvases, but they're anything but blank. Explore any of the city's neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Grab your camera and take yourself on a sightseeing tour through a wealth of colorful, approachable…

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Visiting the Elisabet Ney Museum

On the edge of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood sits an unusual building. Although it’s made of abundant local Texas limestone, its neoclassical portico and two-story tower stand out in a community of Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows. It’s the Elisabet Ney Museum and, just like the woman…

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Self Guided Tour of Austin Murals

Take a drive around Austin and you will see a mix of eclectic and colorful murals. Check out this guide for a casual, self-guided tour of the most photo-worthy murals in town. Greetings From Austin 1720 S. First St. Start the day with this South Austin gem, one of the most photographed murals in…

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