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 Film Festival 2021

The annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) returns October 21–28, 2021 with the renowned writers conference and a full week of film premieres. For the past 28 years, the conference has focused on the craft of filmmaking, with a who’s who of Hollywood talent speaking on panels about screenwriting…

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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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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2021

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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Texas Book Festival 2021

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 23–31 (online) and October 30–31 (Austin Central Library & Symphony Square), 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…

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Fall & Winter Film Festivals in Austin

Fall is always a wonderful time for film fans in Austin, with film festivals almost every weekend covering a range of genres and distinct visions. From sci-fi at Other Worlds Austin, to Black cinema at the Capital City Black Film Festival, screenwriter-centric Austin Film Festival and many more…

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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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Top Sports Events in Austin This Fall

If you’re in the market for unique, exciting sporting events in Austin, we have your go-to list with nine of the best sporting events and competitions this fall. Whether you are a visitor looking for a live, thrilling event to attend or a local with a hunger for action, look no further! Credit…

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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Austin

Whether you’re in town for Austin City Limits, a fall weekend getaway or just looking for some good bier and schnitzel, we’ve put together the definitive guide to all things German this October. Prost! Courtesy Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden. 9/22/21 - 9/26/21 Easy Tiger Oktoberfest Easy…

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Austin's Best Outdoor Activities this Fall

Austin is an outdoor lover’s playground. And with its enviable location in the heart of Texas Hill Country, visitors can find everything from scenic state parks to crystal clear lakes close by. So, whether you’re a hiker, biker or boater, you’re sure to find your bliss in Austin this fall. Wild…

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Top Local Artists to Watch at ACL Fest

The popular and long-awaited Austin City Limits Festival is back at Zilker Park for its 19th anniversary, with two full weekends of live music (October 1-3 and October 8-10, 2021). With over 130 bands and performances from headliners such as George Strait, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish Rüfüs Du Sol…

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