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.

September 2019 Top Events & Festivals

September in Austin, Texas is all about sunny days and festival season - from music to film to comedy and more. Relax like a local this month by hitting the lake for an afternoon of paddle boarding before posting up on a patio with a refreshing local beer in one hand and the sound of a local artist…

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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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Day Trip Destination: Schlitterbahn

Situated in the rolling hills of Central Texas is the state's first waterpark, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels. For the past 40 years, Schlitterbahn has been one of the top destinations for family fun during the hot summer months. Located less than an hour outside of the Austin city limits…

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July Top Events & Festivals

Welcome to summer in Austin where the sun is bright, the weekends are long and the music is rocking. Whether you're here for a night or for a week there are almost infinite ways to keep busy and stay cool. Here are some of our favorite events around town this July: Willie Nelson's 4th of July…

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Where to Go Ziplining in and Around Austin

Wondering where to go ziplining in Austin? Take advantage of the beautiful Texas Hill Country surroundings while flying through the trees on a zipline adventure. Check out some of the best zipline tours around the city, all located within 25 miles of downtown. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures Fly…

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Where to Find the Best Cold Brew in Austin

Austin has been called the cold brew capital of the nation. Perhaps it’s because cold brew coffee is a necessity during the summer season, or maybe it's because Austinites adopted cold brewing early in its rise to popularity. Some of the biggest names in cold brew coffee have been born in Austin…

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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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Where to Eat & Drink in Austin this Summer

Summer days and nights in Austin are best spent indulging in the city’s renowned dining and drinking scene. So go ahead and post up on a patio, seek out a popular food truck or pull up a bar stool and sample some of Austin’s best summer treats. Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden…

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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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