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.

Where to Celebrate Juneteenth In Austin

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” is a holiday that celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, some states under Confederate jurisdiction did not implement it until years later. It wasn’t until June 19, 1965 that Union…

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Historic Austin: Old East Austin

Old East Austin is a historic district located to the south of East Seventh Street, to the west of Interstate 35, and to the north of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Rooted in a vibrant history of blues and jazz, East Austin represents the cultural richness and history of the city’s thriving African…

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Best Thai Restaurants in Austin, TX

If you are in the market for some great Thai food, we have you covered. The capital city is home to a number of incredible Thai kitchens representing many areas of Thailand. From the straightforward pad Thai dishes to a variety of unique and flavorful house specials, here are some of our favorite…

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Best Korean Restaurants in Austin

Korean restaurants have proliferated in Austin over the past decade. As the city has grown and demanded a wider variety, it's now much easier to encounter everything from mom-and-pop shops serving traditional dishes to modern restaurants incorporating Korean fusion flavors. We've listed our top ten…

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Indie Meme Film Festival 2024

The 9th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival (#IMFF2024) will be held April 17-21, 2024. Each year, Indie Meme brings together different communities through film to promote cross-cultural understanding, create a dialogue and build a globally-conscious community. The IMFF 2024 continues the tradition of…

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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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