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.

What better follow up could there be to the magic of yesterday’s eclipse than a free tarot reading by Kristin of Senders Receive tonight at Irene’s? She may have some heavy truth bombs and predictions for you, so wash it all down with a little tequila.

Tequila Tuesday Specials 5 p.m. til close!
* $3 House Tequila Shot
* $3 Frozen Marg
* $5 Tequila Punch
* $24 Mexican Firing Squad (serves 3-4 people)

When: Today, August 22nd

Time: 6-8 p.m.

506 West Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Even though we will only be able to see about 15% of totality in Austin, Texas it still worth checking out! The Springs is having  a gathering of people interested in watching the eclipse together. 

Other viewing locations/parties in town include Azul Rooftop or the Boardwalk.

When: today, August 21st

Time: 1:10pm

Barton Springs Pool 
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704 

It’s time again for the world’s largest hot sauce festival! Austin takes salsa very seriously, so the competition is going to be (quite literally) heating up today.

Come hungry! The 27th-annual hot sauce contest has three levels of competition: individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. They will also have plenty of food vendors including Amy’s Ice Cream, Torchy’s Tacos, Garbo’s Lobster Truck, and more serving up their specialty dishes. Plus there is great live music all day and a craft beer tent where you can wash down it all down and give your mouth a much-needed break.

Not only is this event a ton of fun, it also benefits a wonderful cause. Admission is free with donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

When: Today, August 20

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Fiesta Gardens
 Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702


If you woke up feeling like you should slay this day, head downtown to the W Austin, because TRACE is having a Bee-yonce brunch in celebration of National Honey Bee Day. They’ll have Beyonce beats by DJ Kid Slyce and a performance by Avalisa Gallo. Dine on amazing food and sip on their speciality beverages in honor of Queen Bey: “Lemonade” (obvi), which has Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Liber & Co Fiery Ginger Syrup, and Round Rock Honey AND/OR the “Sorry, I A’int Sorry Boozy Milkshake” with Mexican Chocolate, Round Rock Honey, and Tequila.


Book your reservation through Open Table or by calling 512 542 3660.

When: Today, August 19th

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TRACE Austin
200 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701

KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Tonight, come see Rhett Miller perform and swoon over this magical city!

Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials, including $4 16oz ZiegenBocks.

“At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.”

Admission: Free

When: When: Today, August 17th

Time: 8 p.m.

Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704




Happy Three Years, Jacoby’s! Sitting on your patio is one of my favorite places to be. 

They’re taking it back Old School with $5 Burgers & Fries, $5 Melvin Mules, & $5 West Texas Shandy’s to celebrate the big three. They’ll also have Live Music! 

They will also have complimentary strawberry cupcakes. 

When: Today, August 16th

Time: 5pm-9pm 

3235 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78702


The last Trailer Food Tuesday of the season is happening tonight at The Long Center! This is a great opportunity to sample some of the city’s best trailers in one easy location. Plus there will be live music! Come really hungry.

Tonight’s trucks include:

Admission: Free

When: Today, August 15th

Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.

The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

The Mohawk is taking trivia to The Max this month! Join them for Saved by the Bell trivia tonight! 

Think you’re a true Bayside fan? You’re going to have to use more than just your brains for this one. Trivia will be the main focus, but we’re turning this into an all out pep rally. We’re talking Costume Contests, maybe an Obstacle Course ala Zack’s War, you might even have to steal Valley’s mascot to win the prank war!

You’re going to have to pull a Spassky Bishop Block to win this one.

Free to play. 21+ Teams of up to 6 are welcome.

90s Costumes and Bayside Pep Rally Signs are Highly Encouraged!

When: Today, August 14th

Time: 7pm-10pm

Mohawk Austin
912 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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We’ve reached the point in the Austin summer when it’s too hot to do basically anything. Luckily, it’s time again for a major water event that is fun enough and cool enough to get us all out of the house: The 7th Annual Splash Mob!

The concept is pretty simple: Be there. Start dry, get wet. Bring your squirt guns, all filled up! Bring water balloons, a water cannon, laser-seeking water grenades, a truck with a freakin’ water tank and hose, or whatever you’ve got! It’s going to be a soakin’ good time all over again.

Once again, it’s going to be an awesome time, it shouldn’t be irresponsible or mean. No squirting unarmed people.

Don’t start until they sound the air-horn, or else that’s cheating

Pro Tip: Wear goggles.

See you out there!

When: Today, August 13th

Time: 2:30 p.m.

6th and Trinity
Austin, Texas 78702