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.

Experience Austin's 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. For the latest…

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Your Complete Austin, Texas Summer Bucket List

Summertime is a great time to visit Austin. Outdoor activities are the name of the game, from kayaking Lady Bird Lake to cooling off in a spring-fed swimming hole and catching an outdoor concert and picnicking in a scenic park. Here are 25 fun ideas to help build your Austin summer bucket list. For…

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NASCAR Rolls in to Austin

Race fans will have an experience like no other when NASCAR visits Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for the first time, courtesy of Speedway Motorsports. The inaugural NASCAR at COTA race weekend will take place May 21-23, 2021 and feature four different racing series. “Our company is…

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Indie Meme Film Festival Goes Virtual in 2021

The 6th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival (#IMFF2021) will again be held virtually in 2021, during the last two weekends of April. During the early days of the pandemic, the 2020 edition of IMFF lead the way as one of the first festivals to pivot to a virtual event providing safe, live, online…

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Guide to Austin's East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood

Home to tons of local history and deeply-rooted culture, Austin's East Cesar Chavez neighborhood is where old Austin meets new. The area surrounding East Cesar Chavez Street, named for the Latino-American labor and civil rights advocate, sits just east of IH 35 from Downtown, and is a great place to…

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Top Things To Do in Austin with Kids this Spring

While much of the country is still thawing out from the winter, spring in Austin is sunny and mild, making it the perfect time of year to visit with your kids. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly ways to celebrate the season! McKinney Falls State Park. Courtesy of Texas Parks and…

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10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2021

This year, SXSW Conference and Festivals is taking the live music experience online from March 16-19, 2021. While we still can’t meet in person, SXSW Music Festival is aiming to bring attendees the same kind of immersive experience they have come to expect with a new online platform that will come…

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Women-Owned Businesses in Austin to Support

One of the things that drives Austin’s success as a destination is its fiercely entrepreneurial spirit. From funky local businesses to bleeding edge tech startups, it’s a city where big dreams thrive. Austin also happens to be one of the best spots for female-led businesses. Check out this list of…

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The LGBTQ Arts Scene in Austin

We like to do things differently in Austin, and our LGBTQ scene is no exception. Curran Nault, University of Texas at Austin professor and artistic director of OUTsider Fest, discovered that when he moved here from San Francisco. There’s not really a gayborhood vibe. “It’s different in that there’s…

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