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.

Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

Experience the hottest new chefs and inventive culinary creations May 26-29, 2022 at Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival. This annual event—created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland—is a melting pot of the culinary and…

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Top Annual Arts Events & Festivals

Art thrives in Austin. It's apparent in our world-class museums. rocking music scene and growing film presence. Whether you are looking to view a curated collection or marvel in the stories behind street murals, Austin is a destination for creators and art lovers alike. With arts events happening…

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Music Venues in Central Austin

Central Austin is the one area of town that is arguably still as iconically Slacker- esque as it was in the ‘90s. Since the filming of this essential Richard Linklater capstone, this area of Austin has reached new heights in the world of food, music and entertainment. Here are some live music spots…

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Weird Austin Guide

Austin’s reputation for “weirdness” is a bit hard to pin down. What exactly does it mean to be weird, anyway? If it means laid back, creative, fun-loving, and a little quirky, then it’s a fitting description. Visitors to our fair city should stop by some of these attractions to see if you agree with…

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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2021

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 socially distant parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at…

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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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Top Things To Do in Austin After Your Meeting

Austin offers so much for visitors to see and do, whether traveling for work or play. If you're visiting for a business meeting or convention, make sure to experience the best of the city in your downtime. Go beyond the boardroom with this checklist: Gary Clark Jr. at Antone's. Credit Roger Ho. 1…

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How to Get Weird in Austin

From haunted saloons and bizarre museums to junk cathedrals and a strange take on the game of bingo, these attractions help prove that Texas’s lovable capital is just as quirky as the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan makes them seem. Get ready to get weird in Austin! Mean Eyed Cat Bar The Mean Eyed Cat…

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