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.

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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The Ultimate Austin Winter Bucket List

Thanks to the city’s temperate weather, you’ll find plenty to do in Austin during the wintertime, both indoors and out. Here you can hike along forest trails, sip seasonal cocktails in a cozy lounge, explore a world-class museum and dine outdoors on a heated patio. Add these ideas to your Austin…

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The Ultimate Guide to Holidays in Austin

Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Courtesy of the Lady Bird…

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December 2020 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. Luminations at the Wildflower Center. Credit Ann Alva Wieding. Through 1/6/20 Mozart’s Light Show Mozart’s Coffee Roasters At Mozart’s Coffee…

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Best Coffee Shops in Austin

Looking for the perfect cup of joe? You'll find it in Austin, where local roasters, craft brewers and champion latte artists abound, offering up everything from fair trade certified and locally roasted beans to spicy seasonal handcrafted chais and intricately detailed rosettas. While you may find…

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10 Local Artists to Watch at SXSW 2020

The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. To learn more, please visit SXSW.com. 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…

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Austin Date Ideas: 15 Romantic Things to Do in Austin

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

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2020 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 55th Annual Trail of Lights. From December 10-23, 2019, 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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