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.

Visiting the Zilker Botanical Garden

If Zilker Park is the heart of Austin, then surely the Zilker Botanical Garden is the heart of the city’s favorite park. This 28-acre expanse of lush greenery, flowers, and streams welcomes 300,000 visitors every year to wander the grounds and enjoy a peaceful respite from the city. Over the 6+…

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Indie Meme Film Festival Goes Virtual in 2021

The 6th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival (#IMFF2021) will again be held virtually in 2021, during the last two weekends of April. During the early days of the pandemic, the 2020 edition of IMFF lead the way as one of the first festivals to pivot to a virtual event providing safe, live, online…

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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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Women-Owned Businesses in Austin to Support

One of the things that drives Austin’s success as a destination is its fiercely entrepreneurial spirit. From funky local businesses to bleeding edge tech startups, it’s a city where big dreams thrive. Austin also happens to be one of the best spots for female-led businesses. Check out this list of…

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The LGBTQ Arts Scene in Austin

We like to do things differently in Austin, and our LGBTQ scene is no exception. Curran Nault, University of Texas at Austin professor and artistic director of OUTsider Fest, discovered that when he moved here from San Francisco. There’s not really a gayborhood vibe. “It’s different in that there’s…

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Austin's Best Murals

Weird and wacky, colorful and creative—that’s Austin for you. Explore any of its neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Whether an ode to the city of Austin, a play on words or a unique cartoon character, some of these public works of art have…

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10 Local Authors to Know

Home to the Texas Book Festival each fall, Austin is a haven for many wonderful writers and authors whose stories are helping readers find joy, clarity, thrills and respite in these turbulent times. Here are ten local authors to add to your 2021 reading list Elizabeth McCracken When you visit the…

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The Complete Austin, Texas Bucket List for Spring

Spring is almost here! And with it comes loads of outdoor fun in Austin. From picnics in the park to scenic biking trails and alfresco patios, you’ll find that our town knows how to make the most of this sunshine season. Here are 12 fun things to do in spring for your Austin, Texas bucket list…

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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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