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.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

There is nothing quite like the drive-in experience. Watching movies outdoors under the moonlight, with the evening breeze blowing through open windows and a bag of popcorn in hand, just seems like more of an event than kicking it inside a movie theater. And since it’s practically outdoor movie…

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2022 Austin Event Guide

Preview the fun to come in 2022 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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Austin’s LGBTQ+ Arts Scene

The LGBTQ+ community in Austin has a long and ever-growing history. The deep cultural tapestry has laid the ground for Austin’s LGBTQ+ art scene to flourish and expand through installations, dance and music groups, individual creatives, and much more. Various communities within LGBTQ+ spaces…

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The Ultimate Austin Winter Bucket List

You’ll find plenty to do in Austin during the wintertime, both indoors and out, thanks to the city's temperate weather. Here you can hike along forest trails, sip seasonal cocktails in a cozy lounge, explore a world-class museum and dine outdoors on a heated patio. Add these ideas to your Austin…

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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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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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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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Austin's Indie Arts Scene

Austin is a magnet for creatives, drawing a mix of artists, actors and musicians who make up the city’s ever-growing indie arts scene. Check out these venues and events for the inside scoop on where to find some of Austin’s best independent art exhibits, theatrical performances and live music shows…

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Austin’s Black Arts Scene

Austin has a long and storied history. And, as Javier Wallace of Black Austin Tours says, the city’s history often excluded Black people from its spaces and narratives. But the Austin Black community has very much built the city into the cultural hub that it is. From sculpture and theatre to music…

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