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.

Visiting Austin's Brush Square Museums

Once Brush Square was a bustling cotton market, but now it's home to the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House Museum, the O. Henry House Museum and the Austin Fire Department Museum, located between Trinity and Neches on East Fifth Street. Nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, the museums…

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Texas Book Festival 2019

The annual Texas Book Festival takes place October 26-27, 2019, in and around the Texas State Capitol. Free and open to the public, the 24 th annual festival will feature more than 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 70+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family…

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Austin Museum Day 2019 Attractions & Galleries

Austin has a booming art scene as well as a number of nationally recognized museums. With Austin Museum Day approaching on September 22, 2019, visitors should expect nothing but the best. This year, Austin's museum community will be celebrating its historic and artistic pride with free admission to…

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August 2019 Top Events & Festivals

Welcome to August in Austin where high temps mean refreshing natural swimming holes, unique cultural events, funky food festivals, and plenty of al fresco dining with iced treats and cool drinks. If you are still looking to pack in as much summer fun as possible before school starts again, then…

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Experiencing Hot Summer Nights 2019

Another summer in Austin means another year of amazing local talent on display for free at Hot Summer Nights in the Red River Cultural District. This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2019. More than 20 free concerts will hit some of Austin’s top venues:…

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7 of the Best Swimming Holes in & Around Austin

There’s no denying it: summer is sizzling in Austin. But luckily, Mother Nature helps out with a number of splashy swimming holes that offer a fun way to cool off. Shake the summer heat at some of the best swimming holes found in and around Austin: Blue Hole. Credit Pierce Ingram. Blue Hole Drive…

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Austin on a Budget: 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do

Experience the best of Austin, without putting a serious dent in your wallet, with our suggestions for 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re here. Stretch your travel dollars with everything from affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free museums and tours. Texas State Capitol…

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6 Instagram-Worthy Stops in Austin

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Austin has a lot to say. The city is full of “Insta-worthy” views that would make anyone with a camera phone and a social media account go crazy. Feel free to snap and share any of the great moments you have in Austin, but here is a list of essential…

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Where to See Live Music This Summer

Austin is known for its diverse live music scene that proudly celebrates homegrown talent. And you can catch performances nearly anywhere in town, from an intimate shady patio to a huge concert in a city park. We’ve pulled together suggestions for some of the can’t-miss music series and festivals…

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Shop Like a Local: 6 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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