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.

Self-Guided Austin Architecture Tour

Take a walking or driving tour to witness examples of Austin's most notable architecture. Each building has a unique story to tell, from the historic buildings on the University of Texas campus to the hard lines of downtown's Contemporary Austin Jones Center. Plan to visit each location for a fun…

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Austin’s Black Arts Scene

Austin has a long and storied history. And, as Javier Wallace of Black Austin Tours says, the city’s history often excluded Black people from its spaces and narratives. But the Austin Black community has very much built the city into the cultural hub that it is. From sculpture and theatre to music…

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Texas Book Festival 2024

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place November 16-17, 2024 at the Texas Capitol, in tents along 11th Street and Congress Avenue, and select nearby venues including the State Theater, The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center, and others. Free and open to the public, the 29th annual Festival…

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aGLIFF 37: Prism Film Festival

Austin’s oldest film festival and premiere LGBTQ+ film fest of the Southwest, aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles & Identities Film Festival) returns August 21-25, 2024 with screening s at multiple theaters around town. aGLIFF’s celebration for the 37th annual festival will salute both the rich history…

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Visiting Austin's Central Library

Austin’s Central Library, located in the Seaholm District, is one of the city’s most beautiful public spaces. Opened in 2018, the library serves as a modern technology and information hub that reflects Austin’s vibrant culture and unique soul. The space reflects natural characteristics of the Hill…

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Austin's Best Murals

Austin's buildings and walls may be canvases, but they're anything but blank. Explore any of the city's neighborhoods and you’re bound to stumble on an ever-changing gallery of murals and street art. Grab your camera and take yourself on a sightseeing tour through a wealth of colorful, approachable…

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Hot Summer Nights 2024

Hot Summer Nights is bringing three packed days of music to Austin's own Red River Cultural District this July 18-20, 2024. Created to bring awareness to local businesses and artists during the slower summer months, Hot Summer Nights has grown to be a marquee event for locals and visitors alike…

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Best Independent Bookstores in Austin

Austin's independent spirit is alive and well in our community-owned, new and used bookstores. Make time to visit one of the many independently owned bookstores located around the city. All of them have something different to offer—here’s a list of the best indie bookstores to visit in Austin to…

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Visiting the Bullock Texas State History Museum

Located just one block north of the Texas State Capitol Complex, anyone interested in immersing themselves in Texas culture and history should check out the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Courtesy of Bullock State History Museum. Exhibits More than 9 million visitors from around the state and…

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