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 Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2020 holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something really special or even one-of-a-kind for your friends and family, look no further than these local, handmade shopping events and markets in Austin, running from Black Friday to…

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The Ultimate Guide to Holidays in Austin

Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Courtesy of the Lady Bird…

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Austin’s Black Arts Scene

Austin has a long and storied history. And, as Javier Wallace of Black Austin Tours says, the city’s history often excluded Black people from its spaces and narratives. But the Austin Black community has very much built the city into the cultural hub that it is. From sculpture and theatre to music…

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Texas Book Festival 2020

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 31-November 15, 2020, in an all new virtual format. Free and open to the public, the 25 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade…

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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 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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Visiting Mexic-Arte Museum

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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Visiting Wonderspaces Austin

Wonderspaces is a traveling art show that has taken up permanent residence in Northeast Austin. Spanning 28,000 square feet, the permanent Austin location features a dozen works of immersive and interactive installments from artists from around the world. New artwork rotates in throughout the year…

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Austin Museum Day 2020 Attractions & Galleries

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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