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 2019

Showcasing artists from more than 65 countries, SXSW Conference and Festivals offer 10 days of opportunities for visitors, industry attendees and locals to expand their music repertoires. While the SXSW Music Festival showcases 2,000+ artists (560+ of which are international), here are 10 of the…

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15 Unforgettable Date Ideas in Austin

Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find plenty of fun things to do in Austin, from foodie favorites to active adventures. Get some tips for your next date with these 15 ideas. Credit Geoff Duncan. 1. Get pampered with a luxurious spa treatment. Enjoy a soothing massage alongside your…

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How to Experience Free Week 2019

Looking to shake off those post-holiday blues? Red River Cultural District’s Free Week has your cure. This year’s festivities will take place Tuesday, January 1 to Sunday, January 6, 2019 and will feature 180+ local bands in 9+ venues around the city. With so many performances to hear and venues to…

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2019 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music and discos to family-friendly events, 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 planning your…

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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 54th Annual Trail of Lights. From December 10-23, 2018, Zilker Park transforms into a winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 40 displays and nearly two million dazzling lights. This year, the…

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December 2019 Top Events & Festivals

From art bazaars and festive films to holiday lights festivals and Santa sightings, we've got your top events and things to do in Austin this December: Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Credit Annie Winsett. 11/20/19 - 12/29/19 ZACH Theatre Presents: "A Christmas Carol" ZACH Theatre "A Christmas Carol" is…

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