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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20 of the Best Dive Bars in Austin

Looking for the best dive bars in Austin, Texas? Head to these spots, where the drinks are stiff, the locals are friendly and the live music and jukeboxes play all night long. We’ve listed 20 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on 6th Street and around downtown…

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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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Discover the Live Music Capital of the World®

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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Hop-On/Hop-Off with Double Decker Tours

If you're searching for a flexible tour in Austin that's rich in history and perfect for capturing photos, then check out Double Decker Austin . This tour features a hop-on/hop-off structure, so you have the freedom to get off at any stop along the route and do explore the city at your own pace. The…

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Experiencing Austin Black Pride

Wondering where the Black LGBT folks go in Austin? The city is filled with so many things to do, and there’s a little something for everyone – if not, it’s the perfect place to create it! Take, for instance, Austin Black Pride . Austin is quite the queer-friendly city, with the Austin LGBT Chamber of…

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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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Festival Guide: Moontower Comedy Fest 2019

The beloved Moontower Comedy Festival returns to Austin April 24-27, 2019. Get ready to laugh along with your favorite comedians during the 4-day long festivities! The festival is held at various venues around downtown Austin, with headliners performing at the historic Paramount Theater and…

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Top Things To Do & See on Sixth Street

Walk up and down the most famous street in Austin, Texas and you’ll understand why it’s called the Live Music Capital of the World®. A destination for locals and tourists alike, find rollicking bars, cheap drinks and live music alongside fabulous restaurants, dark speakeasies, world-class hotels and…

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30 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 30 iconic Austin sites you can’t miss while visiting the capital city. Delve into the backstory of our fascinating town, where you can explore everything from art and history museums to lush parks, still kickin’ honky-tonks and restaurants that have…

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