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's ACL Live at the Moody Theater

ACL Live at the Moody Theater has been one of Austin’s favorite music venues since it first opened in 2011. Home to the famous Austin City Limits television program and to more than 100 concerts each year, it’s a downtown musical hotspot that supports both local and national entertainers. Credit…

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Music Venues in Central Austin

Central Austin is the one area of town that is arguably still as iconically Slacker- esque as it was in the ‘90s. Since the filming of this essential Richard Linklater capstone, this area of Austin has reached new heights in the world of food, music and entertainment. Here are some live music spots…

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The Top 14 Places for Queso in Austin

As a Mexican-American, I grew up eating queso and learned from a young age what makes a batch of the melty cheese so delicious. A bowl of queso is the perfect social food and makes any dining experience even better, especially when it's great quality. Visitors are always asking where to find the…

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20 of the Best Dive Bars in Austin

Looking for the best dive bars in Austin, Texas? Head to these spots, where the drinks are stiff, the locals are friendly and the live music and jukeboxes play all night long. We’ve listed 20 down-home Austin bars to get your night started, from the best dive bars on 6th Street and around downtown…

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The Best Tacos in Austin, TX

You’re not eating right if you’re not eating tacos while visiting Austin. From taquerias to taco trucks, there’s no shortage of spots to indulge in one of Austin’s favorite foods. And you can dine on them all day, from breakfast to late night. Here’s a roundup of some of our town’s top tacos…

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Austin Date Ideas: 8 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from intimate dining to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these great ideas. Courtesy of Lakeway Resort & Spa 1. Get pampered at a spa Shake off stress and focus on relaxation during an…

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Austin's Best Public Art

There are many stunning murals and sculptures all over the capital city. Local and international artists have long brought their talents to Austin, creating truly beautiful public art pieces for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the most captivating and photo-worthy art pieces you can visit next…

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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 57th Annual Trail of Lights. From November 27 through December 31, 2021, Zilker Park transforms into a drive-thru winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees…

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The Ultimate Guide to Holidays in Austin

Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Courtesy of the Lady Bird…

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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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