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's Best Murals

Weird and wacky, colorful and creative—that’s Austin for you. Explore any of its neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Whether an ode to the city of Austin, a play on words or a unique cartoon character, some of these public works of art have…

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10 Local Authors to Know

Home to the Texas Book Festival each fall, Austin is a haven for many wonderful writers and authors whose stories are helping readers find joy, clarity, thrills and respite in these turbulent times. Here are ten local authors to add to your 2021 reading list Elizabeth McCracken When you visit the…

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Accessible Things to Do in Austin

Thanks to Austin's temperate Winters, mild Spring and Fall seasons and sunny Summers, visitors of all abilities will find a welcoming city and plenty of things to do all year round. This is your guide to the best places to visit in Austin, with limited discrimination and without the uncertainty…

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Austin Date Ideas: 8 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

Check out our list of the most romantic things to do in Austin! 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…

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Emerging Artists to Watch in Austin

You may know big names like Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey, but Austin is home to countless talented artists who are sharing their talents with the larger community. Between our annual music festivals and art and culture conventions, there is no shortage of opportunities to see the work of…

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New & Notable in Austin

Check out our hot list of what’s new and coming up on Austin’s ever-evolving dining, drinking, shopping, entertainment and arts scenes. Be sure to call ahead for hours and current safety protocols for individual establishments. Courtesy of Smokin Beauty. New Restaurants in Austin Stop in at Gati…

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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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