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.

F1 Returns to Austin's Circuit of The Americas

The Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix race returns to Austin, Texas in 2021 and is ready to welcome fans back, October 22-24, 2021, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Here's what you need to know before you go. Live Music & Food The world’s premier motorsport series will intertwine with a…

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50 Fun Things to Do in Austin

There’s truly something for everyone in Austin. Whether you’re looking for live music, must-see museums, authentic Texas cuisine, scenic outdoor adventures or family-friendly fun, our city offers it all. Here are 50 of the best things to do in Austin to kick-start your trip. Austin Visitor Center…

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South Lamar Restaurants & Nightlife

When visiting South Lamar Boulevard, you'll find tons of places to eat, patios to enjoy year 'round, and a laid-back nightlife scene that locals and visitors love. Make time to visit the neighborhood during your next visit for good eats, live music and a mix of unique attractions that are truly…

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Family-Friendly Music Venues in Austin

The live entertainment scene is making a comeback, which means that some of Austin's favorite live music venues are open again and planning some amazing shows. Whether you are looking to enjoy music with friends of all ages, a significant other, by yourself, or even as a family, Austin has it all…

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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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Guide to East Sixth Street

Looking for an authentic, music-filled nightlife scene? Explore Historic East Sixth Street, where live music can be heard nightly from the bars and venues lining the street. The neighborhood is filled with great bars and restaurants, vibrant storefronts, local breweries and plenty of murals. From…

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Experiencing Hot Summer Nights 2021

The free summer music festival, Hot Summer Nights, is back in Austin's own Red River Cultural District and we are so ready to experience another year of amazing local talent. This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place from Thursday, August 26 to Sunday, August 29, 2021. Enjoy the free concerts at…

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20 Iconic Austin Music Venues

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, and boy does it deliver. With more than 250 music venues, you’re guaranteed to catch outstanding live performances every night of the week. Whether your tastes lie with country-western or veer toward punk rock, you’re sure to find a music…

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16 Day Trips & Hill Country Towns to Visit

Buckle up and get ready to cruise the incredibly scenic Texas Hill Country. We’ve rounded up 16 towns worth a day trip where you can browse charming shops, tour historic landmarks, dine on true Texas barbecue, float on pristine rivers and catch a live show at a dance hall. For the latest status of…

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The Ultimate Girls Weekend in Austin

Gather your girlfriends and get ready for a weekend escape that’s packed with trendsetting shopping, hot new restaurants, exciting nightlife and outdoor fun in Austin. Courtesy of Grizzelda's. Day 1 Once you arrive in Austin, kick off your weekend with happy hour drinks. Catch up with the girls…

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