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.

10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2021

This year, SXSW Conference and Festivals is taking the live music experience online from March 16-19, 2021. While we still can’t meet in person, SXSW Music Festival is aiming to bring attendees the same kind of immersive experience they have come to expect with a new online platform that will come…

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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's Most Iconic Musicians

Resonating as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin easily boasts some of the most renowned working musicians of the past and present. From country and electronic blues artists to indie experimental rock bands, many household names have staked their claim from the beginning in this town’s…

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Record Stores in Austin

As accessible as streaming your favorite album can be, there’s nothing quite like adding an old classic to your vinyl collection or playing a physical record that you’ve been anticipating from front to back. Austin prides itself on its abundance of brick and mortar record shops and we’ve lined up…

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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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Where to See Live Music Tonight in Austin

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages on, the music community in Austin has stayed busy and hopeful that, soon, things will return to normal. Throughout the last few months of livestreams, virtual songwriting camps, and socially distant recording sessions, Austin musicians have remained flexible and have…

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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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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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Best Music Venues 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 officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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