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.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Austin

If you're planning to spend Thanksgiving in Austin, let our award-winning chefs minimize your time in the kitchen and dine in or order in from these local restaurants. Find Austin restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, plus great places to order Thanksgiving meals to take home. Courtesy of TLC…

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Best Restaurants & Bars This Winter

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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Mezcal Bars in Austin

In recent years, the popularity of mezcal has skyrocketed the world over, and Austin is no exception. Thanks to our roots and love for all things Mexican, our city is home to many watering holes and restaurants that specialize in the iconic agave spirit. Whether you are a novice looking for guidance…

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Experiencing Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas, locally known as COTA, is regarded as one of the top venues in the United States for motorsports and entertainment. A purpose built venue specifically for Formula 1 racing, COTA also provides fans and visitors with interactive programming and activities from regular tours…

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Austin Studio Tour 2022

The free, self-guided Austin Studio Tour – an annual Big Medium program – invites visitors to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques and inspirations, and explore galleries. A combination of the popular East Austin Studio Tour and West Austin Studio…

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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. Plan a visit to these small, locally owned businesses that are sure to become your new Austin favorites. Be sure to check individual store hours and shopping…

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Latin-Owned Brands & Retailers in Austin

Latino entrepreneurs in Austin go way beyond the obvious Mexican restaurant. Brimming with creativity and reflecting a proud heritage, these business owners bring products as diverse as their roots. Whether they are Texan or Latin American-born, all are a vibrant part of Austin’s unique culture…

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Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Celebrate Texas independent and small batch brewers this October at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. There’s no better way to spend a fall afternoon in Austin than enjoying some of the city’s top fermented offerings. The event will be held at Fiesta Gardens, next to Lady Bird Lake, on Saturday…

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Visiting the Thinkery, Austin's Children's Museum

Little ones and parents alike love Austin’s hands-on children’s museum, the Thinkery, where science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) exhibits get families learning and laughing. Located in the Mueller neighborhood, the Thinkery is open daily and within walking distance from popular…

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