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 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 2020

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 31-November 15, 2020, in an all new virtual format. Free and open to the public, the 25 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade…

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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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Where to Find Seasonal Flavors this Fall

Fall is knocking on Austin’s door and local restaurants, bars and breweries are spinning out pints, plates and cones showcasing the season’s bounty. Get your fall fill with these 30 picks for local fall food and beverages. Tiny Pies. Credit Annie Ray Photography. Pumpkin Sweets With autumn comes…

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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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Best Coffee Shops in Austin

Looking for the perfect cup of joe? You'll find it in Austin, where local roasters, craft brewers and champion latte artists abound, offering up everything from fair trade certified and locally roasted beans to spicy seasonal handcrafted chais and intricately detailed rosettas. While you may find…

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Your Complete Fall Bucket List

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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Austin Festivals & Events in September 2020

For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website. To learn more about local restrictions and closures, click here. September in Austin, Texas is all about sunny days and enjoying the outdoors. Relax like a local this month by hitting the lake for an afternoon…

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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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