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.

Best Outdoor Activities in Austin

Austin is known for its great outdoors, both within the city limits and in the nearby rural Texas Hill Country. Get out and explore the best things to do outside, from winding hiking and biking trails to cool swimming holes and lakes perfect for paddling. Courtesy of McKinney Falls State Park…

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Patio Bars in Austin to Visit

Austin has become synonymous with breakfast tacos, watering holes (for drinking or swimming) and our obsession with patios. Triple-digit temperatures may slow us down, but never stop us from rounding up human and furry troops for ice-cold local craft beers, juicy burgers and ooey-gooey queso and the…

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2021 Austin Event Guide

Preview the fun to come in 2021 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest events, from food to fine arts and of course, live music. For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website. Austin City Limits Music Festival. Credit Sara Marjorie. Music Events…

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Fun Things to Do in Austin with Kids this Weekend

Get weird, wild and wacky over a three-day weekend with this fun Austin itinerary. The whole family will keep busy with everything from outdoor adventures to kid-friendly attractions and lots of yummy eats in between. Big Top Candy Shop. Credit Jane Ko. DAY 1 Morning Fuel up for the day with a…

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The Complete Guide to Lakes in the Austin Area

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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Austin Festivals & Events in September 2020

For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website. To learn more about local restrictions and closures, click here. September in Austin, Texas is all about sunny days and enjoying the outdoors. Relax like a local this month by hitting the lake for an afternoon…

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aGLIFF 33: Prism Virtual Film Festival

aGLIFF, the All Genders, Lifestyles, & Identities Film Festival, returns this August with an all new, virtual format. Spanning two weekends, from August 6-16, 2020, aGLIFF 33: Prism will include around 70 feature films, documentaries and shorts showcasing and celebrating the diverse experiences of…

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Best Summer Treats & Ice Cream in Austin

Looking to beat the Austin heat this summer? Chill out with some of the coolest treats in town, including artisan ice cream cones and frozen cocktails, found everywhere from food trucks to hip patio lounges. Dipdipdip Ice Cream. Credit Jane Kim. Ice Cream Lick Honest Ice Creams Cool off with a cone…

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Top 15 Places for a Margarita in Austin

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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7 of the Best Swimming Holes in & Around Austin

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when…

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