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.

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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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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A Solo Traveler's Guide to Austin

Austin is one of the top cities to visit in the US, and it's no surprise since there's a plethora of things to do, see and eat. Whether you want to cool off with a quick dip or embrace the live music and nightlife scene, it's nearly impossible to get bored in this thriving city. The buzzy, casual…

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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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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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