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.

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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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

It's the most wonderful time of the year and time for one of Austin's favorite holiday traditions, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Taking over the Palmer Events Center for 12 days, from December 13-24, 2019; stop by do some holiday shopping or just come and kick back by the stage. Armadillo…

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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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Chuy's Christmas Parade

It's time to get into the holiday spirit! Head to downtown Austin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 28 for the festive Chuy's Children Giving to Children Christmas Parade. An Austin tradition, the free parade was established by Chuy's restaurants in 1989 and includes floats, marching bands, kids…

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