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 Black-Owned Brands and Retailers

Austin is home to many independent and family-owned businesses that make our communities culturally rich. Here's a list of Black-owned shops, restaurants, and services that you should know about! Be sure to check out the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce to learn about even more Black-owned…

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Where to Listen to World Music in Austin

The music that built Austin’s sterling reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World® derives from cultures that immigrated to Central Texas from all over the globe. In fact, after nearly a decade of growing popularity of foreign-inspired music, the term “world beat” was popularized by Dan Del…

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Mezcal Bars in Austin

In recent years, the popularity of mezcal has skyrocketed the world over, and Austin is no exception. Thanks to our roots and love for all things Mexican, our city is home to many watering holes and restaurants that specialize in the iconic agave spirit. Whether you are a novice looking for guidance…

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Where to Catch a Show en Español

Looking for insider tips to help you experience Austin like the locals? We have you covered. Here’s a list of our favorite spots for catching a show in Spanish, guaranteed to look awesome on your newsfeed and make friends back home secretly wish they were you. Cilantro Boombox at Empire Control…

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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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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2022

If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at the Zoo, here are…

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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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Visiting Mexic-Arte Museum

As one of Texas’ cultural hubs, Austin enjoys a variety of museums and cultural centers. One of the most fascinating is Mexic-Arte Museum, which celebrates traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latin and Latin-American art. Since its inception in 1984, this favorite Austin museum has grown to…

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Latin-Owned Brands & Retailers in Austin

Latino entrepreneurs in Austin go way beyond the obvious Mexican restaurant. Brimming with creativity and reflecting a proud heritage, these business owners bring products as diverse as their roots. Whether they are Texan or Latin American-born, all are a vibrant part of Austin’s unique culture…

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