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.

10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2020

Showcasing artists from more than 65 countries, SXSW Conference and Festivals offer 10 days of opportunities for visitors, industry attendees and locals to expand their music repertoires. While the SXSW Music Festival showcases 2,000+ artists (560+ of which are international), here are 10 of the…

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The Local Maker Movement in Austin

When visiting Austin, you’re not only guaranteed great music, good food and Southern hospitality — you’ll also have access to some of the most innovative and creative organizations and businesses in the country. Here are a few local creative companies you can experience during your trip to Austin…

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2020 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music and discos to family-friendly events, ATX has a range of events so you and your loved ones can ring in the New Year the right way. Check out some of the events we’ve highlighted so you can start planning your…

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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 55th Annual Trail of Lights. From December 10-23, 2019, Zilker Park transforms into a winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 40 displays and nearly two million dazzling lights. This year, the…

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Top Things To Do & See on West Sixth Street

Not to be confused with its louder sister, West Sixth Street has developed its own upscale personality. This neighborhood is perfect for decadent dinners, sporting events, shopping and nightlife. Discover everything that the Market District and West Sixth Street has to offer, then explore hotels…

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Cozy Restaurants this Winter in Austin

There are lots of exciting things to do during winter in Austin. But when the winter weather hits and you're looking to get extra cozy, try out one of these winter warmers around town. From local restaurants with fireplaces and fire pits to dark and cozy wine bars, here are some of the best Austin…

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Best Restaurants in Austin Right Now

Looking for the hottest places to eat while you’re visiting Austin? We’ve put together a list of 15 delectable spots, serving up everything from Japanese hand rolls to bone marrow tacos, that you can’t leave town without trying. Dipdipdip Tatsu-ya. Credit Jody Horton. 1. Try a Japanese hot pot…

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Visiting Austin's Brush Square Museums

Once Brush Square was a bustling cotton market, but now it's home to the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House Museum, the O. Henry House Museum and the Austin Fire Department Museum, located between Trinity and Neches on East Fifth Street. Nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, the museums…

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50 Fun Things to Do in Austin

There’s truly something for everyone in Austin. Whether you’re looking for live music, must-see museums, authentic Texas cuisine, scenic outdoor adventures or family-friendly fun, our city offers it all. Here are 50 of the best things to do in Austin to kick-start your trip. The White Horse…

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