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.

Best Restaurants with Live Music in Austin

Austin is no longer just a city full of live music and entertainment. Now, the Live Music Capital has also become a robust foodie city with some of the best smoked barbecue in the state, a surplus of fine dining establishments as well as various walk-in, sit-down, no-frills watering holes to beat…

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year and time for a new rendition of one of Austin's favorite old holiday traditions, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Moving to a strictly outside event and taking over the Palmer Events Center for 3 days, from December 17-19, 2021; stop by do some holiday…

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Austin’s LGBTQ+ Arts Scene

The LGBTQ+ community in Austin has a long and ever-growing history. The deep cultural tapestry has laid the ground for Austin’s LGBTQ+ art scene to flourish and expand through installations, dance and music groups, individual creatives, and much more. Various communities within LGBTQ+ spaces…

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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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Family-Friendly Music Venues in Austin

The live entertainment scene is making a comeback, which means that some of Austin's favorite live music venues are open again and planning some amazing shows. Whether you are looking to enjoy music with friends of all ages, a significant other, by yourself, or even as a family, Austin has it all…

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Top Local Artists to Watch at ACL Fest

The popular and long-awaited Austin City Limits Festival is back at Zilker Park for its 19th anniversary, with two full weekends of live music (October 1-3 and October 8-10, 2021). With over 130 bands and performances from headliners such as George Strait, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish Rüfüs Du Sol…

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Experiencing Hot Summer Nights 2021

The free summer music festival, Hot Summer Nights, is back in Austin's own Red River Cultural District and we are so ready to experience another year of amazing local talent. This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place from Thursday, August 26 to Sunday, August 29, 2021. Enjoy the free concerts at…

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20 Iconic Austin Music Venues

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, and boy does it deliver. With more than 250 music venues, you’re guaranteed to catch outstanding live performances every night of the week. Whether your tastes lie with country-western or veer toward punk rock, you’re sure to find a music…

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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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Best Music Venues in Austin

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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