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.

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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Where to Shop Local in Austin

Keep it local and give your wallet a workout in Austin, where you’ll be tempted by everything from hip clothing stores to gourmet food shops. Any day is a good day to shop, but you’ll find special deals in many Austin stores during Small Business Saturday. Plan a visit to these locally owned…

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Texas Book Festival 2019

The annual Texas Book Festival takes place October 26-27, 2019, in and around the Texas State Capitol. Free and open to the public, the 24 th annual festival will feature more than 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 70+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family…

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019 Survival Guide

One of the best ways to experience Austin is by attending one (or more!) of its many festivals. The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is one of the largest live music events in the country, taking the famed "Austin City Limits" TV series outside the studio and into scenic Zilker Park. In 2019…

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Top Things To Do & See in Downtown Austin

Arts and culture, craft cocktails and draft beer, food trucks and fine fare, live music and dance clubs - there’s never a dull moment in downtown Austin, Texas. Learn more about things to do, where to go and what to do Downtown, from the Warehouse District and 2ND Street to Congress Avenue. Gary…

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20 Iconic Austin Restaurants

While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tasty breakfast tacos and juicy barbecue, there's so much more to the capital city's food history to explore. Austin's celebrated dining scene has evolved with lightening speed over the last few decades, but don't forget to pay homage to the…

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Your Guide to the Coolest Neighborhoods in Austin

Looking for the best places to explore and stay while visiting Austin? We’ve put together a hit list of the city’s most happening neighborhoods. Just pick an area of town and discover the unique districts that are home to some of the hippest restaurants, shops and live music venues in Austin…

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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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