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.

The Local Maker Movement in Austin

When visiting Austin, you’re not only guaranteed great music, good food and Southern hospitality — you’ll also have access to some of the most innovative and creative organizations and businesses in the country. Here are a few local creative companies you can experience during your trip to Austin…

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Austin Date Ideas: 15 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

Check out our list of the most romantic things to do in Austin! Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from foodie favorites to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these 15 ideas. Credit Geoff Duncan. 1. Get pampered with a…

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January 2020 Events & Things to Do in Austin

Headed to Austin this January? Get your fill of live music, outdoor activities, cultural events and exhibits you won't find anywhere else! Here are our top events and exhibits this month: Credit Geoff Duncan. Through 1/20/20 Ice Skating On The Plaza at Whole Foods Whole Foods Lamar Spend an…

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New & Notable in Austin

Check out our hot list of what’s new and coming up on Austin’s ever-changing dining, drinking, entertainment and arts scenes. Dipdipdip Tatsu-ya. Credit Jody Horton. New Restaurants Recently opened DipDipDip Tatsu-ya offers a modern take on Japanese hot pot dining, with meats, seafood and…

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Austin Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2019 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 Trail of Lights…

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November 2019 Top Events & Festivals

There's no shortage of festive, fall fun in Austin this November. Whether you're looking to experience the city's top culinary offerings, jump start your holiday shopping or just enjoy the gorgeous weather that Austin has to offer, get your holiday season into gear with these top events and things…

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Visiting Austin's Brush Square Museums

Once Brush Square was a bustling cotton market, but now it's home to the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House Museum, the O. Henry House Museum and the Austin Fire Department Museum, located between Trinity and Neches on East Fifth Street. Nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, the museums…

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Austin Area Jazz Festival 2019

Kick off your holiday season at the annual Austin Area Jazz Festival! The 2019 festival begins on Friday, November 29 with An Intimate Evening of Jazz at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex (MYEC), from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. The festival continues with a day-long outdoor…

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