Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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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.

Come out to celebrate the year of the pig at Chinatown Center today! This two-day event kicks off  with summit lion and dragon dances, a kids fashion show, special performances, live music, and a night market with a ton of food and games. If you’ve never marked the lunar new year, this is how you do it. It will be a feast for the eyes!

When: Today, February 16th

Time: 1–11 p.m.

Location:
Chinatown Center

10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78753

Something special and new called Revival is happening this year at SXSW and offering you a chance to escape the city rush, while still seeing big name acts in one please. The mini fest will be held at Camp Lucy,  a ranch-style resort in Dripping Springs, in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country just outside of Austin.

Attendees will get an intimate music experience and get to see a slate of bands handpicked by local Austin musician and event curator Matthew Logan Vasquez, widely known as the co-founder and frontman for Delta Spirit. Vasquez will perform at the inaugural event as well.

Here’s the full lineup …

The inaugural event will feature a very special solo performance from the Denver-based singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff, best known for his work with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats; in addition to playing host for a variety of Texas talent such as the Americana-rocker Shakey Graves, who continues to perform in support of his fifth studio album Can’t Wake Up released last May; Grammy Award-winning songstress Patty Griffin, who is set to release her latest self-titled album this March; the Texas supergroup Glorietta, which is comprised of several Revival acts in Matthew Logan Vasquez, Noah Gundersen and Jason Robert Blum as well as beloved local musicians Kelsey Wilson and Adrian Quesada; and indie-pop darlings Wild Child, whose accolades include being named twice as the “Best Indie Band” by the Austin Chronicle Music Awards.

Other notable performers include country-soul singer Charley Crockett, who just released his fifth album in four years this December and who is currently preparing a major comeback later in 2019 as he recovers from open-heart surgery this January; Texas-Americana collective The Texas Gentlemen; 1960’s psychedelic rock-influenced singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, who will perform in support of her fourth studio album released in 2017, Goodnight Rhonda Lee; acclaimed Seattle-born singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen; and three other notable acts from Austin – Carson McHone, Jason Robert Blum and a DJ set from Vinyl.

Click here to learn more and get your tickets.

It’s a great day for a date with your pup and to do some good the Austin animal community. Help raise a bunch of money for Austin Pets Alive!—an organization we are so lucky to have in this city.

Sweet Barks is the biggest, sweetest, most fun dog party of the year. And there are a lot of dog parties in Austin, so that’s really saying something! Last year’s event at The ABGB raised over $25,000 for APA! It’s a full-on celebration of pups; featuring pet portraits, a kissing booth, amazing vendors, a treat station, and more.

Round up your dog-obsessed friends and all their furry friends.

When: Today, February 9th

Time: noon–6 p.m.

Location:
The ABGB
1305 Oltorf St W
Austin, Texas 78704

 

Whether you’re single, heartbroken, or moving in with your soulmate—Valentine’s Day can be a daunting holiday. Expectations always run high and in a city like Austin, there are so many plans to chose from.

That’s why we partnered with Kendra Scott to swoop in like little baby cupids to help you pull off an evening to remember. Let’s paint the town red! Here are our top, fool-proof plans.

Galentines Options:

Kendra Scott x Bumble BFF Galentine’s Event

Join Kendra Scott and Bumble Bff as they celebrate one of our favorite holidays of the year- Galentine’s Day!

Grab your best gals to shop for your favorite date night looks, share a champagne toast with your bestie and treat yourself to a mini floral bouquet from The Flower Social ATX with any purchase.

Can’t join for the Galentine’s Day fun? Be sure to stop by the South Congress Flagship store for a special Valentine’s gift packages!

Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 13th, 6pm-8pm

Location:
Kendra Scott Flagship
1701 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704

Information: Click Here

BFF Galentine’s Celebration

Galentine’s is almost more popular than Valentine’s these days! And there is a buffet of gal-oriented options this year. Join Bumble BFF and Adelante Boutique to celebrate Galentine’s with your besties! Enjoy complimentary treats and beverages.

Date and Time:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location:
Adelante 
1206 W 38th St.
Austin, Texas 78705

Information: Click Here

Singles Mingle At The Belmont

So you’re single. Rather than watching a Lifetime movie of the week, why not go out on what is the biggest night of the year in Austin and meet the people looking for love.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Location:
The Belmont
305 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Information: Click Here

The Nightowls

This 10-piece local band has earned national accolades from pubs like The Atlantic and Southern Living. They spread the gospel of classic R&B and soul around the country and will undoubtedly make your heart sing.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019, Doors at 8:00 p.m. / Show at 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701

Information: Click Here

QUEEN OF HEARTS: 3rd Annual Galentine’s Show

Get your gals together and join the atxGALS for a pop-up party celebrating some amazing female artists in this city. It’s the third year in a row for this event we truly love! Fair Market will be transformed for the evening into a Queen of Hearts land that will make your inner child jump up and down.

Date and Time:
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St,
Austin, TX 78702

Information: Click Here

Robert Ellis Special Valentine’s Day Performance

Come celebrate Robert Ellis’s brand new album, Texas Piano Man from New West Records! Refreshments provided by Shiner Beer.

Date and Time:
Friday, February 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Waterloo Records
600 N Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78703

Information: Click Here

Moulin Rouge! Movie Party

Until you’ve seen this movie, and sung the songs in a theater with 200 other heart-swept people, you’ll never really know what it’s like to be in love. Bring a date, or else make sure you choose your seat carefully, because you WILL end up falling in love with the person sitting next to you.

Date and Time:
Saturday, February 9 – Thursday, February 14, 2019 (Showtimes Vary)

Location:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
1120 S Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78704

Information: Click Here

Old Love

Old Love takes real facts about your grandparents and spins them into heartfelt improvised comedy. Funny and poignant, uplifting and uproarious, spend an intimate evening exploring the evolution of a well-aged relationship—perfect for date night or anyone who cried at the beginning of Up.

Date and Time:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Location:
ColdTowne Theater
4803 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751

Information: Click Here

Whisler’s Valentine’s Day

Whisler’s will be featuring a special bubbles and booze menu for the evening and giving out chocolates, flowers, and hand-made love bundles throughout the night. Find your fortune with Tarot readings and watch the legendary Seresse burlesque performers!

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m.- midnight

Location:
Whisler’s
1816 E 6th St,
Austin, TX 78702

Information: Click Here

The Brunch Boat

Set sail with your lover and enjoy all-local, all-complimentary food and beverages, plus a DJ and photo booth! #TheBrunchBoat provides the perfect opportunity to support local businesses while taking in the best view of Austin’s skyline.

Date and Time:
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.

Location:

Information: Click Here

Hopscotch – An Immersive Art Experience

This art experience will feature 13 distinctive installations and showcase works from local, national, and international artists. 

Date and Time:
February 14, 2019 – March 31, 2019 (Times Vary)

Location:
6100 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

Information: Click Here

Molly Burch

Singer/songwriter Molly Burch will make your heart swell with her beautiful lyrics and pop sensibility. Take in an evening of her romantic tunes at Lamberts.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019, Doors at 9:20 p.m.

Location:
Lamberts
401 West 2nd Street,
Austin, TX 78701

Information: Click Here

Icenhauer’s 2nd Annual Galentine’s Day

Sip on the Leslie & the Ann while you and your friends get your boy band fix . The first 20 ladies to arrive will snag a “Party Don’t Stop” headband!

Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Location:
Icenhauer’s
83 Rainey St,
Austin, Texas 78701

Information: Click Here

Red Light Special Valentine’s Day

Just friends? More than friends? Doesn’t matter. Fall in love with the DJ and dance the night away with a Red Light Special R&B DJ set and a special food and drink menu for Valentine’s day only. Come early and eat dinner (reservations required) or come late for dessert. And there will be a kissing booth.

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Location:
Native Hostel
807 East 4th Street,
Austin, Texas 78702

Information: Click Here

The Friend Zone – Single’s Mixer

Here’s a new way for singles to mix and mingle. Bring your best friend. You know, the one you love, but have already put in the friend zone. All love is welcome. Plus, show your Bumble app and win a prize!

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Location:
W Austin
200 Lavaca St,
Austin, Texas 78701

Information: Click Here

Mirror Mirrored Opening Reception and Exhibit

Austin Public Library is launching a multi-media, interactive exploration of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The month-long event is anchored by a new art exhibit—Mirror, Mirrored: Contemporary Art & the Fairy Tale—which features more than 20 local and international artists and visual artwork inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. All ages are welcome!

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Austin Central Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street,
Austin, Texas 78701

Information: Click Here

Bidi Bidi Banda Valentine’s Day

Bidi Bidi Banda Valentine’s Day at Barracuda Austin with Caleb De Casper and Como Las Movies!

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Barracuda Austin
611 E 7th St,
Austin, Texas 78701

Information: Click Here

Limbo Jewelry Galentine’s Day Party

It’s the perfect girls night out at Limbo Jewelry Domain NORTHSIDE featuring snacks and treats, wine, custom lip blends, and Valentine’s Day themed nail art by Nails Y’all!

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Limbo Jewelry
3211 Palm Way #152,
Austin, Texas 78758

Information: Click Here

9th Annual Austin Roller Disco

As always, it’s a B.Y.O.B. late night afterhours Disco getdown, with a crushing live band and Austins bestDJs, until 4 in the morning. This sells out every year so get your tickets early!

Date and Time:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Location:
Austin Roller Rink
11600 Manchaca Road Building 101,
Austin, Texas 78748

Information: Click Here

Hopscotch — a new, uniquely curated immersive art experience created by local entrepreneurs Nicole Jensen and Hunter Inman — is debuting in Austin in February as an interactive pop-up located at 6100 Airport Blvd. From February 14 through March 31, Hopscotch: Light and Sound will feature 13 distinctive installations and showcase works from a variety of local Austin artists, as well as a selection of national and international artists. 

“I’ve always been very driven by the idea that a uniquely curated event can connect and inspire the people that attend it.”   said co-founder Nicole Jensen.  “We’re thrilled to announce Hopscotch and invite the public to experience this exhibit.  To have a platform that allows us to showcase the works of talented immersive artists is something we’re really proud of and excited about.”

Each room in the 10,000 square foot space contains a different exhibit with colorful design elements from LED lights to live videos and music. Hopscotch is constructed by various artists,  the majority of which are Austin-based. Every art activation within the project requires participation from guests, and Hopscotch: Light and Sound invites guests to explore the surreal surroundings in a playful manner. 

Hopscotch’s 13 individual installations include: Paint by RGB Wall, curated by Jared Ficklin and Joey Ficklin (Argo Design) from Austin, TX; Infinity Boxes, curated by Matt Elson from Los Angeles, California; Mujō, curated by Kevin Reilly (Vurvo Collective) from Austin, TX; Gemini 6B, curated by Mickey Delp from Austin, TX; Thunder Lightning curated by Nate Culpepper and Stacy Wheeler (The Balloon Collective) from Austin TX; Cloud Therapy curated by ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND from Brooklyn, NY/Austin, TX; Spirits curated by Barna Kantor, Jerome Martinez, Lisa B. Woods (Dadageek) from Austin, TX; Olya curated by Omnia Rosia Design from Kyiv, Ukraine; Hifi God curated by Jerome Morrison from Austin, TX; a Virtual Reality Experience; and Matrix, Experience Over Things and Deep Eddy Ball Pit, all three curated by Hopscotch from Austin, TX. 

Interactive experiences range from controlling the clouds and weather via balloons to painting with light through an infrared brush by hand. Olya, presented by the only international artist, invites viewers into an immersive space of complicated multidimensional structures and light. Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson uses color, lights, and mirrors to construct beautiful boxes that draw viewers in; it’s an optical illusion project that asks visitors to take a closer look at human perception and social interaction, much like the public’s relationship to social media.  

“We’re excited to bring together this talented group of artists and to help them bring their concepts to life,” said Hunter Inman, co-founder of Hopscotch. “This type of experiential art is a perfect fit for the vibrant Austin community that is always looking for a unique and interactive experience.” 

Inman discovered his passion for building and creating after receiving his MBA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and switching his career in finance to focus on technology, start-ups and other entrepreneurial efforts. Since 2012, he’s been in Austin where he helped found software design and consulting firms before co-founding Hopscotch with Nicole Jensen. Jensen studied art and business at CMU  and has extensive experience in the corporate event planning, sales and hospitality worlds. She launched Austin Tour Company in 2015, creating a brand and business that highlights Austin in a way locals want to experience and are proud of. The duo joined forces to create Hopscotch in 2018.

Hours of operation for Hopscotch are 4 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 – 8pm on Sundays. Additional hours and dates will be added. Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and up, $15 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.  Hopscotch is 18+ after 7:00pm.  . Hopscotch is located at 6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752. For this exhibit, Hopscotch has collaborated with local artists, collaboratives, non-profits and creative brands like Deep Eddy Vodka and neighboring Brewtorium. 

Following the limited Austin pop-up series, Hopscotch will be opening in downtown San Antonio for a permanent, new exhibition in late summer 2019 and is set to feature different San Antonio-based artists. More details will be announced at a later date. For more information on Hopscotch and to purchase tickets, visit letshopscotch.com.

 

The competition is gonna be rich! It’s a hot one! And all other puns welcome! The restaurants at 6555 North Burnet Road, including Lick Honest Ice Creams, Barley Swine, Bufalina, and Flyrite Chicken are vying for the best hot cocoa in their little strip of Austin.

One ticket grants you a hot cocoa sample from each participating business, a vote for your favorite, free games for the family, music, and more. Voting begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 3:45 p.m.

Guests can park in the front lot at 6555 Burnet Road in Austin, in the lot behind the building, or along Burnet Lane also behind the building. Tickets are available at the door!

When: Today, January 20th

Time: 2–4 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $6, or $5 with a non-perishable canned food donation to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Location:
Lick Honest Ice Creams Burnet Road
6555 Burnet Rd, Ste 200
Austin, Texas 78757

Photo via Angela Rutherford on Flickr. 

If you love Dolly Parton—and who in the world doesn’t?—then this will be your favorite meal of the day! She’s the country music angel with legendary talent. TRACE is celebrating her birthday with glitz and glamour. Join them for specialty cocktails and bites while jamming to beats by Kid Slyce! Reservations are recommended because everyone is gonna want to do this! Give them a call at 512-542-3660.

Special appearances by:
Vylette Ward
Grandma Steven
Jezebel
Robin Rose Quartz
Scarlett Kiss

Reservations recommended

When: Today, January 19th

Time: 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Location:
Trace
200 Lavaca St
Austin, Texas 78701

Image via Dolly Parton’s Facebook page. 

The good people at DoorDash want to help you keep the good vibes going in this healthy/happy new year. Join them for a fun evening of music and tacos. Come and feed your soul!

DoorDash and the Clive Bar are hosting an evening of food and fun to raise funds to support the Central Texas Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas.
Guests get two free drink tickets to use at the bar and will enjoy tasty tacos! You can also screen print custom T-shirts, mug for the camera at our VW photo booth van, and enter a raffle to win fantastic prizes. Best of all, enjoy live music performed by a very special surprise guest! All this for a suggested donation of $10 that will support fellow Austinites through the Central Texas Food Bank.

Space at this event is limited, so be sure to RSVP today. We also encourage you to bring canned goods to donate, which will be given to the Central Texas Food Bank.

When: Saturday, January 26th

Time: 7–11 p.m.

Location:
Clive Bar
609 Davis Street
Austin, TX 78701

RSVP right here. The event is on a first, come first served basis as the space will fill up quickly so snag a spot while you can.

Spend the day outside with your neighbors at Possum Park’s Pop Up. There will be complimentary craft beer and wine, and yummy bites for purchase. Plus you can shop plant-based crafts, artisan wares, and more at North Loop’s favorite park. Friendly dogs are welcome. And you can BYOB!

There will be food from these fab spots …

Bistro Vonish
Franny’s
Zucchini Kill Bakery
Sundaze North

And booths to explore from these awesome vendors …

Abstract Expressions By Resi
Rose&Plum
botany & apothecary
Pickle My Fancyy
Skulls that Bloom
Inks by Chetonia
Ethan Ham Artworkss
Gardenio
Twisted Creations
Bohemian Jewel
Austin Facial Hair Club

When: Today, January 13th

Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Location:
Possum Park
701 E 53rd Street
Austin, Texas 78751

It’s an absolutely beautiful day to drink outside, don’t ya think? Come help Lazarus Brewing Co. celebrate two amazing years in East Austin! They are releasing their new Napoleon Complex Brut IPA (collaboration with Pinthouse Pizza) and will have special tappings of super limited cellar beers.

The first 150 people to buy a beer will get a free anniversary glass and everyone can enjoy new swag, food specials, and live music all day.

When: Today, January 12th

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Location:

Lazarus Brewing Co.
1902 E 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78702