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.

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of our favorite things to do in Austin. Through summer they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday through Thursdays.

It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. The views are even more spectacular!  You reach speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

Phone: 512-614-1996

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

There’s a new summer concert in town, and we are all about it. The Fairmont Austin—a luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown has just announced that they’ll be hosting Sunset Sounds at their 7th floor venue known as Palm Park.

Produced in collaboration with CultureMap, MIX 94.7, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bright Light Social Hour will headline the show on August 24th and the proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit called Kids In A New Groove, which provides kids in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through private music lessons.Tickets are on sale now and there are three different options. General Admission is $35 per person; VIP tickets at $75 (front row seating, early admission, light bites, and a meet-and-greet). You can also snag a VIP booth that fits up to 10 of your friends.

Attendees can even pre-purchase drink tickets for the event at a discounted rate, and enjoy specialty Tito’s cocktails all night long.

And and even better idea is to take the elevator home! Stay at the Fairmont for the night and do it up right. They’ve got special room packages available to attendees: the General Admission Package and the VIP Package.

Click here for all the details and to grab your tickets before they sell out. Seriously, we’re taking  going for the elevator option; that sounds perfect. See you there.



Even if you’ve seen Grease 400 times in your life, it never really gets old! And watching it on the big screen with a crowd is even better. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary the original high school musical, the Paramount is aiming to collect over 40 backpacks filled with school supplies to give to foster children courtesy of Foster Angels of Central Texas. Bring a backpack filled with the supplies listed at this link and get into the film for free! Help all Central Texas foster children return to school with everything they for a successful year!

Buy your tickets here.

When: Today, August 11th

Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701

Directed by David Gorvy, A Taco Told in Texas tells the story of the greatest tuna taco in the world, and a family that has profoundly impacted the Austin food landscape.

Jack Gilmore is the former chef of Z Tejas and the larger-than-life face of Jack Allen’s, one of the city’s most popular local chains. His son, Bryce Gilmore, is a five-time James Beard finalist and executive chef of Odd Duck and Barley Swine, Austin’s top-rated restaurant.

And then there’s Ralph …

Skip the restaurant reservations tonight and join a bunch of strangers for a totally unique outdoor dining experience at Eden East! This is Wander/Gather’s first event in ATX and it sounds so dreamy.

There will be a three-course menu by chef Sonya Coté, known for creating “edible pieces of art,” and guests can play outdoor games, and sip curated cocktails, craft beer, and wine from the open bar. Plus music by DJ Hakay!

All this is included for $95 per person. Get your tickets here.

When: Today, August 10th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Eden East
755 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78702

Blues On The Green is Austin’s longest-running free music series and a can’t-miss summer experience. Veterans know the drill, but for first-time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in blankets, chairs, and your dog (he must be on a leash at all times). That is what is says on the website, but for the record I’ve never been sent away for packing wine in my picnic basket. My best piece of advice is to either ride your bike, carpool, take the bus, or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can be quite the headache.

Tonight is the LAST ONE OF THE SEASON, so it’s now or never for 2018. 

For more Blues On The Green tips, click here.

When: tonight, August 8th

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8 p.m.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Wake up, y’all! Here’s just what you need: Via 313 on East 6th is now doing $1 mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays! That crazy-delicious Detroit-style cheesy goodness is calling your name right now! See you there.

When: Today, August 5th

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Via 313
1802 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

It’s time to raise your SCH Lemonades + ring in another month of summer in Austin, TX. 

Cool down with tunes from Swimming With Bears + drink specials that last all night. Texas (summer) forever y’all. 

Free entry, as always. 

All the activities: 
Performance by Swimming With Bears
_Dance jams by ulovei
_Staff Shokuji happening in Otoko
_Photobooth by MYEVENTISTHEBOMB, sponsored by CultureMap Austin
_Drink specials all night

Hungry? Grab a bite at Café No Sé, Central Standard or OTOKO before or after the show. 

Drink specials:

  • $7 SCH Lemonade
  • $7 Wine
  • $3 Beer

When: tonight, August 2nd

Time: 6pm-9pm

South Congress Hotel 
1603 South Congress Ave. 
Austin, Texas 78704

Tonight, come out for everyone’s favorite 00’s high school movie and some super fetch live music on the Long Center Lawn! In partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512, the Sound & Cinema series involves live and local music combined with classic movies and cult films projected onto the Drafthouse’s giant, inflatable outdoor screen.

When: Tonight, August 1st

Doors and Food Trucks Open at 6:00 p.m.
Music by GO FEVER at 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark (around 8:45 p.m.)

Long Center
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, Texas 78704