Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
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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.

The back to basics nutritional movement marches on, and naturally (pun intended), the animals are getting in on the action. As Americans live longer, healthier lives- with a more focused, additive free diet and lifestyle-they want their pets to enjoy longevity right along with them. So “pet parents”, as they are commonly known, are becoming much more health conscious regarding the products they serve their little ones.

The natural pet product industry’s stock is rising as more and more consumers say they’re willing to pay more for the wellness of their pets. And many of these pet centric families call Austin, TX- an epicenter of small business-minded, quality controlled marketplace-their home.

It is within this arena that Kriser’s Natural Pet– a multiple-award winning pet supply company (2015 Global Pet Expo’s “Best Overall Pet Retailer” among others)-has decided to double up their presence in the Texas capitol (the debut Austin store opened last year off Rt. 183 near the Arboretum). Known widely as “the Whole Foods for pets,” Kriser’s- which opened its first storefront in Chicago and has since spread to numerous locations throughout the country- has been providing high-quality service of all kinds to pets and their families since 2006.

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Kriser’s has been at the forefront helping to provide a wholesome lifestyle to our domestic counterparts. “The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “The store we opened last year was met with a remarkably positive response, and we’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products and grooming.”

So pencil in a visit and head down this weekend to the newest Kriser’s Natural Pet location. Whether your beloved pet (or pets) are in need of anything from toys to supplements to everything in between, they have you covered. Converse with their knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Browse their comprehensive selection and services (all extensively curated and “Kriser’s Approved”) and see why Kriser’s Natural Pet is revolutionizing the domestic animal kingdom.

Location:
4400 North Lamar
Austin, Texas

https://krisers.com/location/austin-n-lamar/

Every Tuesday, Lonesome Dove will offer an extended happy hour from 3 PM – 9 PM, featuring live music and a menu of food and drink specials in the bar and lounge. Sip on signature TX Whiskey Gingers for just $5, along with $2 Lone Star Longnecks and $3 Local Brews, $5 Reyka Bluebonnets and Casamigos Margaritas and Palomas, and $10 Love 22 Jalapeño Cucumber Margaritas while enjoying discounted LDA menu favorites including:

  •  $12 Fettine Trios
  • $8 Soked Tenderloin Sausage & Pretzel Board
  • $3 Hamachi Tostadas
  • $3 Carpaccio Nachos
  • $3 Wild Boar Ribs
  • $2 Corn Fried Catfish
  • $5 Beef and Lamb Bacon Sliders (2 to an order)

When: Tuesdays

Time: 3pm-9pm

Location:
Lonesome Dove
419 Colorado Street
Austin, Texas 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.

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.”

Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer.  #UnpluggedAtTheGrove

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

April 13 CHARLIE MARS DUO
April 20 SWIMMING WITH BEARS
April 27 THE PETERSON BROTHERS
May 4 IAN MOORE
May 11 LISA MORALES
May 18 JAMES MCMURTRY
May 25 DALE WATSON
June 1 BEE CAVES
June 8 BOB SCHNEIDER
June 15 SARAH JAFFE
June 29 DARDEN SMITH
July 6 SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
July 13 JACKIE VENSON
July 27 NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Aug. 3 FLATLAND CAVALRY
Aug. 17 RHETT MILLER
Aug. 24 CHARLEY CROCKETT
Sept. 7 ERIC TESSMER
Sept. 14 JIMMY LAFAVE

Spring has arrived in Austin! If the pollen isn’t getting you down, come celebrate the season at the Zilker Botanical Garden. If your yard could use a little attention, this is a one-stop, garden shopping destination. Have a wonderful day with the family and pick up everything you need to give your home new life.

  • Vendors selling a variety of plants and garden-themed arts & crafts, ceramic pottery, custom jewelry, handmade artistic clothing, herbal products, garden hats, and so much more!
  • Visit the Flower Show in the Garden Center to see judged floral designs and horticulture.
  • Head to Kids’ Corner so kids can build birdhouses, make butterfly wings, enjoy face painting, and making nature rubbings.
  • Relax in the Oakgrove and enjoy Live Music, Food Vendors, and the Craft Beer Garden.

Leave the pups at home this time; dogs aren’t allowed.

When: Today and Tomorrow, March 25th- 26th

Time: Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 Adults (age 13+), $4 Children (age 4-12), Under age 4 Free, Parking $5

Location:
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

Austin has been changing and growing so rapidly over the past few years, that sometimes it’s important to slow down and appreciate the landmarks that have always been a special part of this city. Lions Municipal Golf Course, affectionately known as Muny, is one of them. It’s Austin’s oldest and most beloved public golf course, a treasured urban green space that was recently recognized as a nationally significant civil rights historical site. It has also been named to the National Trust for Historic Places 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Our city is in danger of losing this invaluable property to development, but Muny can still be saved with your support.

Tonight, come celebrate the past, present, and future of golf in Austin while raising funds for Save Muny, a nonprofit organization working to preserve the course for generations to come.

When: Today, March 24th

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $40

Location:
American Legion Hall

 

 

The City of Austin will soon be losing its only live music running event as April 9 will be the 6th and final Austin 10/20.

The Inaugural Austin 10/20 took place in 2012 in a desolate parking lot at The Domain. A lot has changed in the area over the last six years including substantial business and residential growth. The growth has also brought on more difficulties and uncertainties for the race.

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When asked why April 9 will be the final Austin 10/20, Race Director Peter Douglass said, “We’ve had our struggles over the last few years and we really have not been able to get the attention of people in Austin who make things happen. The one thing we can count on every year is great support from our thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators.”

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The Austin 10/20 is known for capturing everything that makes Austin awesome! With twenty live bands along the ten mile course and a party in the park with a headliner concert (Alpha Rev will be headlining!) at the finish, the race features more music than any other running event in town. Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to participate.

The 6th and final Austin 10/20 will be taking place on April 9 at the Domain. Don’t miss your chance to experience an Austin original event before it’s gone. Sign up online at www.Austin1020.com. Use promo code 365MARCH by 3/28 to save $10.

 

Join us on a guided experience through the streets of Downtown Austin on an insider experience of Austin’s best kept secret bars. We’ll sample the best craft cocktails the city has to offer—mixed up by the most creative mixologists around. You’ll also learn cool facts on the history of the craft cocktail and of the buildings themselves.

Here are the basics:

Walking Tour – 3 Hours

Flat Route That Covers 7/10 of a Mile

3 Stops

3 Craft Cocktails and Merriment Included

Guests Must be 21+ and Bring a Valid ID

When: Today, March 22nd

Time: 6 p.m.

Location:
Meet at the Omni Downtown for check-in

Click here to buy your tickets!

Name: Beau
Animal ID: A609221
Age: 8 year old
Breed: American Pit Bull Mix
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: Kennel 110

Austin’s longest stay shelter Dog, Beau, has been in the shelter for over 225 days.

Beau was in a short term foster and proved to be a great dog at home!

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you try one of our previous featured pets!