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.

20 of the Best Dive Bars in Austin

Looking for the best dive bars in Austin, Texas? Head to these spots, where the drinks are stiff, the locals are friendly and the live music and jukeboxes play all night long. We’ve listed 20 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on 6th Street and around downtown…

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Experiencing Hot Summer Nights 2019

Another summer in Austin means another year of amazing local talent on display for free at Hot Summer Nights in the Red River Cultural District . This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2019. More than 20 free concerts will hit some of Austin’s top venues:…

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Discover the Live Music Capital of the World®

From intimate listening venues to packed dance floors, dive bars to the bright lights of the big stage, Austin has a musical experience for every taste. Austin’s live music scene pervades every corner of the city, day or night. Gritty blues bands, indie rockers, solo singer-songwriters, reggae…

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Where to See Live Music This Summer

Austin is known for its diverse live music scene that proudly celebrates homegrown talent. And you can catch performances nearly anywhere in town, from an intimate shady patio to a huge concert in a city park. We’ve pulled together suggestions for some of the can’t-miss music series and festivals…

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Latino Music Month in Austin

There is always a show going on somewhere in the Live Music Capital of the World® and May, Latino Music Month, is no exception. From Cinco de Mayo celebrations and anniversary shows to festivals, we've curated a list of events to attend this month. Alejandro Escovedo. Credit Jeff Harris…

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Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

A weekend-long festival that blends creative food tastings with live music, Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival is any foodie’s paradise. Returning for its third year May 23-26, 2019, the annual event has already been called “the best food festival in the country” by VICE’s food channel, MUNCHIES…

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Best Of: Spring Music Events in Austin

The live music scene is always in full swing in Austin, with some venues featuring one or two shows a night, but there's nothing like spring in the Live Music Capital of the World®. As the warm weather arrives and the calendars fill up with festivals, you'll find that many Austinites like to spend…

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Discover Austin with local musician Dr. JOE

Let musician and Austinite, Dr. JOE , take you on a tour of his hometown that celebrates music, art, food trucks and everything else that makes the Texas capital wonderfully weird. Explore Austin and discover what makes the Live Music Capital of the World® so special, from honky-tonks and dance halls…

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10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2019

Showcasing artists from more than 65 countries, SXSW Conference and Festivals offer 10 days of opportunities for visitors, industry attendees and locals to expand their music repertoires. While the SXSW Music Festival showcases 2,000+ artists (560+ of which are international), here are 10 of the…

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