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.

2024 Premiers at the SXSW Film Festival

Explore the heart of Austin's creative buzz by learning about some of the SXSW 2024 movie and television premieres featuring diverse narratives, groundbreaking documentaries and so much more. Whether you're a SXSW veteran or a first-time attendee, join us in uncovering some of the top premieres and…

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Visiting the Paramount & State Theatres

Established in 1915, the historic Paramount Theatre has stood as a Congress Avenues staple for more than 100 years. Then in 1935 State Theatre, the first theatre in Austin specifically designed to screen movies, was built right next door. The duo shares year-round programming with over 550 events…

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Austin's Indie Arts Scene

Austin is a magnet for creatives, drawing a mix of artists, actors and musicians who make up the city’s ever-growing indie arts scene. Check out these venues and events for the inside scoop on where to find some of Austin’s best independent art exhibits, theatrical performances and live music shows…

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Fall & Winter Film Festivals In and Around Austin

Fall and Winter are always a wonderful time for film fans in Austin, with film festivals almost every weekend covering a range of genres and distinct visions. From horror and sci-fi at Fantastic Fest, to the screenwriter-centric flicks featured at the Austin Film Festival there are a variety of…

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Summer Film Festivals in Austin

Summer is one of the best seasons to be in Austin if you are a film lover. From June through August cinephiles can enjoy a number of high-profile film and television festivals that bring some of most talented voices in visual storytelling to Austin. Each festival offers a unique selection of works…

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Indie Meme Film Festival 2024

The 9th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival (#IMFF2024) will be held April 17-21, 2024. Each year, Indie Meme brings together different communities through film to promote cross-cultural understanding, create a dialogue and build a globally-conscious community. The IMFF 2024 continues the tradition of…

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Where to Catch Dinner and a Movie in Austin

Whether you're planning a romantic date night, evening with friends or just trying to escape the Texas heat, Austin's independent theaters are a great place to have a uniquely Austin experience—think specialty screenings of tried and true classics, themed nights and first looks at new films. Grab a…

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aGLIFF 35: Prism Film Festival

Austin’s oldest film festival and premiere LGBTQ+ film fest of the Southwest, aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles & Identities Film Festival) returns in-person August 24–28, 2022 with screening at the Galaxy Theater (6700 Middle Fiskville Rd). aGLIFF’s celebration for the 35th annual festival will…

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Top Things to Do in Austin

Excited to start planning your upcoming trip to Austin but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ll help get you started with these handy insider tips and ideas. Whether it’s your first time in Austin or your fortieth, this checklist is sure to provide plenty of unique Austin experiences for…

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Where to Catch a Movie in Austin

Austin is becoming popular in the film world. From major box office hits to cult classics, Austin has provided a spectacular landscape for filmmakers to bring their vision to life. Since film is such an important part of Austin's artistic offerings, it only makes sense that the city has a variety of…

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