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.

2023 Austin Event Guide

Preview the fun to come in 2023 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest festivals and events, from food to fine arts and, of course, live music. For dates and the latest updates about each event, please check visitaustin.org/events or visit the event's website. Austin City Limits Music…

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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 58th Annual Trail of Lights. From December 8-23, 2022 (closed Mondays), Zilker Park transforms into a winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees and more…

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Texas Book Festival 2022

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place November 5-6 at the Texas State Capitol grounds. Free and open to the public, the 27 th annual festival will feature more than 250 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers and…

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Viva la Vida Festival & Parade

Each year, Mexic-Arte Museum celebrates the tradition of Día de los Muertos in Austin. During Viva la Vida Festival & Parade, the city's largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos event, visitors will experience a street festival and a parade down the iconic Congress Avenue, bringing together a…

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Austin Food + Wine Festival 2022

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 11th anniversary, November 4-6, 2022. Attend interactive demos and tasting sessions, mingle with chefs and learn their kitchen secrets…

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LEVITATION Music Festival 2022

Now in it's 14th year, LEVITATION is bringing four packed days of music Red River Cultural District and East Austin. Originally created as a way to showcase local music and visual arts, Levitation has grown to include a record label, clothing and art, online sessions and more. Experience the best…

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Top Local Artists to Watch at ACL Fest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The long-awaited Austin City Limits Music Festival makes its return to Zilker Park for its 20th anniversary with two full weekends of live music across nine stages on October 7-9 and October 14-16, 2022. With each passing year, ACL seems to outdo itself with…

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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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ACL Music Festival Survival Guide

Everything You Need to Know Before Attending ACL Festival October is one of Austin’s busiest months of the year with multiple annual music festivals and large events happening. Of them all, one of the most popular is Austin City Limits Festival which derives its name from the longest running music…

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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! St. Elmo Brewing Annual Oktoberfest. Courtesy St. Elmo Brewing. 9/17/22 Oktoberfest 5k Beer Run…

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