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.

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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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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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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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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