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.

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 57th Annual Trail of Lights. From November 27 through December 31, 2021, Zilker Park transforms into a drive-thru winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees…

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year and time for a new rendition of one of Austin's favorite old holiday traditions, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Moving to a strictly outside event and taking over the Palmer Events Center for 3 days, from December 17-19, 2021; stop by do some holiday…

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Austin Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2021 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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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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The Ultimate Austin Winter Bucket List

You’ll find plenty to do in Austin during the wintertime, both indoors and out, thanks to the city's temperate weather. 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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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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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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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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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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