Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

Weather permitting, it’s going to be a great night to take dad out for a free concert at Zilker! Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works will be part of the amazing lineup.

Gather friends and family, bring a picnic basket, and spread out a blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Zilker Hillside Theatre.

When: Today, June 16th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.

This is the perfect mellow summer Saturday evening plan. On this International Day of Yoga, let’s celebrate our asana-loving community with a unique group class at the Texas State Capitol!

The program at this gorgeous setting under the trees will include a 90-min yoga class, peace meditation, live music, and more! Wear your cool, white, and comfy clothing and bring your own mat and water.

It’s all totally free, just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

When: Today, June 15th

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.

Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Do something good for the world today—while you are eating something really good! If you love puppies, pizza, and pints, we have the perfect event for you! Come to Via 313 and meet some of their super sweet adoptable dogs.

Enjoy a pizza and drink while you hang and Happy Hearts Dog Rescue will get 10% of the proceeds.

When: Today, June 9th

Time: noon–3 p.m.

Location: Via 313 Pizza – East Side, 1802 East 6th Street, 78702

Are you feeling a familiar combination of nervousness and hunger? Us too. And it can only mean one thing—Quesoff is right around the corner! Austin’s preeminent melted cheese contest is coming back on July 27th and as always, it’s going to be better than ever.

More than 35 teams repping restaurants, top chefs, home cooks, neighbors, brothers, and sisters will go head to head in four categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie, and Wild Card. A Best in Show will also be awarded to the overall favorite.

This year’s teams include past winners Cheesus, Dai Due, Better Half and Kesos Tacos; along with a whole slew of local eateries and businesses like Micklethewait Craft Meats, Uchiko, Central Standard, Scholz Garten, Pink Avocado Catering, Luvit BBQ, Republic Diner, Siete Foods, Posse East, Trudy’s, Red’s Porch, JuiceLand, Sala and Betty, Credo Foods, Jamie’s Salsa, Eldorado Cafe, Taco Baby, Austin Daily Press, Austin’s Pizza, Guero’s, Maudie’s as well as ‘home teams’ such as Voodoo Magic, Club Indigo, Formaggi-hoes, Downtown Cheesy Brown, It’s All Gouda, and more!

The esteemed panel of judges this year are: Andrew Knowlton, Editor at Large, Bon Appétit; Callie Speer – Executive Chef & Owner, Holy Roller; Fermin Nunez – Executive Chef, Suerte; Kendall Antonelli – Co-Owner & Founder, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop; Matthew Odam, Restaurant Critic, Austin American-Statesman; and Michael Fojtasek – Executive Chef & Owner, Olamaie.

A per usual, Quesoff will benefit an amazing cause—the Central Texas Food Bank. A $3 donation will be required to attend the event and 100% of those proceeds will go to the CTFB

Bags of chips will be available for $5. This event is all ages, because even babies love queso.

When: Saturday, July 27th

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Mohawk
912 Red River

All ages, including pets, enjoy relaxing Sunday evenings with different musical ensembles presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The setting of kids dancing, couples lounging on blankets, and friends gathering never gets old. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, June 2nd

Time: 7:30 p.m.

701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Let’s all welcome another glorious Austin summer and a flavor of cider that will make you shun all other drinks for the next three months. I

This fun picnic at Fareground ATX will have a ton of Austin Eastciders Watermelon Cider, live music by Zettajoule and Andy Lane, food specials, drink specials, pop-up shops, and more!

Plus, there will be lots of wholesome activities, like a photo booth, watermelon Bowling, face painting, watermelon draft specials, and bag toss!

The event is free and open to all ages.

When: Today, June 1st

Time: 2–5 p.m.

Location: Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Avenue, 78701

Milk Bar Ice Cream Truck (a vintage 1969 Chevy p10 postal truck) was in town for Hot Luck and sticking around for a few days to serve Cereal Milk Soft Serve with Cornflake Crunch, MilkBar Pie, as well as cake truffles, cookies and more.

  • South Congress Hotel – 5/28 + 5/29 – 6-8 P.M.
  • Franklin BBQ – 5/30 – 11 A.M. -2 P.M. 
  • Gati (1512 Holly Street) – 5/30 – 6-8 P.M.
  • Austin Motel – 5/31 (3 P.M.-8 P.M.), 6/1 (12 P.M. -5 P.M.), 6/2 (12 P.M.-5 P.M.)  

Your dog deserves some quality time with their human. Luckily the best dog-friendly hang out session is back at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden! Grab your furry friend and head to Rainey for live music, an off-leash dog park, and drink specials from Austin Eastciders.

And you might just leave with a bigger crew than you came with. Austin Pets Alive! will be in the garden with their cutest adoptable dogs and all Woof Wurst sales will benefit the center.

When: Today, May 27th

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Location: 79 Rainey St, Austin, Texas 78701

Sundays are for swimming, and if you haven’t checked out the pool at this downtown hotel—you must! It’s got gorgeous views and the loveliest vibe. Come sip and swim with friends as you vibe to sounds curated by Austin-based DJ & Producer collectives Peligrosa, Exploded Drawing, and Austin Boogie Crew. This is happening all summer long!

This year’s kick-off is featuring the one and only Peanut Butter Wolf, with Heart & Soul Soundsystem opening.

And to make life super easy, they’ll be offering free valet parking for the event. Just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

When: Today, May 26th

Time: 3–7 p.m.

The LINE Hotel Austin
111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78701

Before you spend the next three months sunning yourself on the hill at Barton Springs, it might be a good idea to get your skinned checked out! And here’s the easiest way to do it: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Destination Healthy Skin RV is back for its third year, and will stop in Austin on June 8–9! This dermatologist’s office on wheels has two private exam rooms and travels around the country all summer long.

Inside local dermatologists will provide free full-body skin cancer screenings, which are first come, first served. They are on a mission to save lives and screening is everything when it comes to the health of your skin. Participants also get educational materials and Shiseido brand Clear Stick UV Protector SPF 50+.  

At each stop, Walgreens specially trained beauty consultants and pharmacists will be on-hand to distribute sunburn alert stickers, educate visitors on the importance of sun protection, provide recommendations for sun care and sunburn treatments, and advise patients on medication that can cause photosensitivity. Additionally, their nurse practitioners will operate a Canfield Reveal Imager, a portable skin analysis imaging system that visualizes UV damage.

When: June 8th ,10 a.m.–4 p.m. & June 9th, noon-4p.m.

Location: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd (The parking lot by the beach volleyball courts)