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.

October 2019 Top Events & Festivals

Fall is here in Austin, and while the days may still feel warm, the nights have begun to cool off to the perfect temperature for patio dining, outdoor concerts and evening hikes. October is full of exciting events for everyone, from the craft beer enthusiasts and film lovers to the traveling music…

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Top Local Artists to Watch at ACL Fest

Fall winds are beginning to roll in to Texas and excitement is building as Austinites and music enthusiasts alike count down the days to the 18 th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 4-6 and October 11-13, 2019). This year, festival-goers will be looking forward to headliners such as…

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Texas Book Festival 2019

The annual Texas Book Festival takes place October 26-27, 2019, in and around the Texas State Capitol. Free and open to the public, the 24 th annual festival will feature more than 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 70+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family…

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Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Austin

Whether you’re in town for Austin City Limits, a fall weekend getaway or just looking for some good bier and schnitzel, we’ve put together the definitive guide to all things German this October. Prost! Courtesy Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden. 9/21/19 - 10/6/19 Oktoberfest Specials LeRoy &…

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019 Survival Guide

One of the best ways to experience Austin is by attending one (or more!) of its many festivals. The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is one of the largest live music events in the country, taking the famed "Austin City Limits" TV series outside the studio and into scenic Zilker Park. In 2019…

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Top Things To Do & See in Downtown Austin

Arts and culture, craft cocktails and draft beer, food trucks and fine fare, live music and dance clubs - there’s never a dull moment in downtown Austin, Texas. Learn more about things to do, where to go and what to do Downtown, from the Warehouse District and 2ND Street to Congress Avenue. Gary…

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20 Iconic Austin Restaurants

While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tasty breakfast tacos and juicy barbecue, there's so much more to the capital city's food history to explore. Austin's celebrated dining scene has evolved with lightening speed over the last few decades, but don't forget to pay homage to the…

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Austin Museum Day 2019 Attractions & Galleries

Austin has a booming art scene as well as a number of nationally recognized museums. With Austin Museum Day approaching on September 22, 2019, visitors should expect nothing but the best. This year, Austin's museum community will be celebrating its historic and artistic pride with free admission to…

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10 Ways to Experience Austin's Zilker Park

Zilker Park is known as the "jewel in the heart of Austin," and it's easy to see why. It features an enormous, natural spring-fed swimming pool, sculpture garden, stand-up paddle boarding, dinosaurs (at the prehistoric gardens in the botanical garden), and unbeatable views of the Austin skyline…

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Your Complete Fall Bucket List

Celebrate autumn in Austin with loads of fun, seasonal activities, including everything from pumpkin patches to fall fests and spooky tours. We have 22 festive fall ideas to get you started. Fall Pumpkin Patch. Credit Barton Hill Farms. 1. Pick pumpkins and explore a corn maze at local farms. Head…

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