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.

Austin FC & Q2 Stadium: What You Need to Know

Austin FC, the 27 th club in Major League Soccer is making waves in the local and national soccer scene. From the legendary co-owner and Minister of Culture, Matthew McConaughey, leading chants; to supporters traveling across the country to cheer on the team in their first 8 games on the road; and…

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Austin Food + Wine Festival 2021

Indulge in artisanal food, wine, beer and spirits from hundreds of purveyors at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. This indulgent event returns to Austin for its 10th anniversary, November 5-7, 2021. Attend interactive demos and tasting sessions, mingle with chefs and learn their kitchen secrets…

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Shop Like a Local: 7 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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Patio Bars in Austin to Visit

Austin has become synonymous with breakfast tacos, watering holes (for drinking or swimming) and our obsession with patios. Triple-digit temperatures may slow us down, but never stop us from rounding up human and furry troops for ice-cold local craft beers, juicy burgers and ooey-gooey queso and the…

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Where to Order Christmas Dinner in Austin

If you're planning to spend Christmas in Austin, let our award-winning chefs minimize your time in the kitchen and order in from these local restaurants. Find great places to order holiday meals to take home. plus Austin restaurants that are open on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Group Therapy…

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2021 Austin Event Guide

Preview the fun to come in 2021 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest events, from food to fine arts and of course, live music. For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website. Austin City Limits Music Festival. Credit Sara Marjorie. Music Events…

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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 order in from these local restaurants. Find Austin restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, plus great places to places to order Thanksgiving meals to take home. Aba. Credit…

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Where to Dine in Austin Right Now

Looking for the best places to eat in Austin right now? Our curated list of 15 essential restaurants to sample undoubtedly have what you’re craving, from fall-off-the-bone barbecue to elevated Mexican eats and an authentic Japanese omakase experience. Nixta Taqueria. Credit Jacob Lerma. The casual…

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Texas Book Festival 2021

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 25–28 (online) and October 30–31 (downtown Austin), in a hybrid virtual and in-person format. Free and open to the public, the 26 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for…

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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2020

If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and socially distant parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at…

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