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.

Historic Austin: Congress Avenue

Congress Avenue isn’t just Austin’s main street – it is the main street of Texas. Mirabeau Lamar, successor to Sam Houston as president of the newborn Republic of Texas, directed that a city be built here in 1839, specifically for the seat of government. His plan called for a 120-foot wide…

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Experiencing Hot Summer Nights 2019

Another summer in Austin means another year of amazing local talent on display for free at Hot Summer Nights in the Red River Cultural District . This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2019. More than 20 free concerts will hit some of Austin’s top venues:…

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Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign 's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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Experiencing Austin Arts & Culture

Austin is an epicenter of creativity. And there’s no better way to plug into that inspiring energy than with a visit to some of the city’s top art museums, galleries, performing arts spaces and annual art events. Check out this roundup of Austin art and culture hubs you can’t miss. Ellsworth…

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Day Trip Destination: Johnson City

Just an hour west of Austin, Johnson City is a perfect day trip destination. Whether you are interested in the story of LBJ, outdoor adventures, wineries, art, or science, this area of the Texas Hill Country has a lot of offer. The Texas White House at LBJ National Historic Park. Credit NPS…

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Latino Music Month in Austin

There is always a show going on somewhere in the Live Music Capital of the World® and May, Latino Music Month, is no exception. From Cinco de Mayo celebrations and anniversary shows to festivals, we've curated a list of events to attend this month. Alejandro Escovedo. Credit Jeff Harris…

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Top May Events & Festivals

May means making the most of what Austin has to offer - live music, film, arts, food, beer and, of course, the great outdoors. No matter where your interests lie, there's always something to do in ATX. Here are some of our favorite things to do around town this spring: Latino Music Month Various…

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Shop Like a Local: 6 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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