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.

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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Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival

Experience the hottest new chefs and inventive culinary creations May 23-26, 2024 at Hot Luck Live Food & Music Festival. This annual event—created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Mohawk owner James Moody and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland—is a melting pot…

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Weirdest Things to Do in Austin

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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View the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Austin

On the afternoon of April 8, 2024, join the crowds gathering on rooftops, city parks and in the Texas Hill Country to watch the solar eclipse. It will be an exciting time to be outside and see the moon pass over the sun on the eastern edge of its path from Texas to Maine. In Austin, the partial…

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Haunted Places in Austin, Texas

While Austin isn’t typically known for its haunted offerings, you can find a few places to celebrate the spooky and supernatural this fall in the capital city. Check out our list of top spine-chilling things to do and (allegedly) haunted places in Austin, Texas. Haunted Places in Austin The…

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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2023

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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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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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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