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.

10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2021

This year, SXSW Conference and Festivals is taking the live music experience online from March 16-19, 2021. While we still can’t meet in person, SXSW Music Festival is aiming to bring attendees the same kind of immersive experience they have come to expect with a new online platform that will come…

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Austin’s Most Romantic Restaurants

There’s nothing better than showing you care through the universal language of really, really good food and drink. So, grab your date and head to one of Austin’s dreamiest (and tastiest) restaurants for a swoon-worthy dining experience that would rival that of Lady and the Tramp. Fonda San Miguel…

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Valentine's Day in Austin

Struggling for some unique date ideas for Valentine's Day weekend in Austin? We've got you covered. 34th Street Cafe. Credit Andres Bernal. Romantic Restaurants & Valentine's Day Meals To Go 34th Street Cafe 34th Street Cafe will be offering two Stay-At-Home Valentine’s Day menus by Chef Kirsten…

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Austin Climbing & Bouldering Guide

Austin is filled with craggy walls and limestones cliffs perfect for climbing and bouldering. In fact, the city is home to a robust population of climbers. And visitor or local, beginner or pro, you don’t have to go far to send it. Austin Bouldering Project. Credit Jacob Bodkin. Climbing Gyms Climb…

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Austin Date Ideas: 8 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

Check out our list of the most romantic things to do 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…

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2021 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music and exclusive dinners to virtual celebrations, ATX has a range of events so you and your loved ones can ring in the New Year the right way. Check out some of the events we’ve highlighted so you can start…

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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 56th Annual Trail of Lights. From November 28, 2020 through January 3, 2021, Zilker Park transforms into a drive-thru winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday…

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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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Austin Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2020 holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something really special or even one-of-a-kind for your friends and family, look no further than these local, handmade shopping events and markets in Austin, running from Black Friday to…

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Where to Dine in Austin Right Now

Looking for the best places to eat in Austin right now? Our curated list of 15 essential restaurants to sample undoubtedly have what you’re craving, from fall-off-the-bone barbecue to elevated Mexican eats and an authentic Japanese omakase experience. Nixta Taqueria. Credit Jacob Lerma. The casual…

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