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.

KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. It runs 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.”

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Come on down to the Long Center tonight for Sound & Cinema with Galaxy Quest and the indietronica sounds of The Octopus Project before the movieThousands of Austinites will be flocking to the lawn to watch this unforgettable space opera on a giant inflatable screen with the gorgeous city skyline in the background.

This is all ages and free to the public. Bring folding chairs, blankets, and personal water bottles—but leave your alcohol, coolers, glass bottles, and boom boxes (Boom boxes? Yes it says “boom boxes”) at home please. There will be a ton of great food trucks, so come hungry!

When: Tonight, July 19th

Doors and Food Trucks Open – 6:00 p.m.
The Octopus Project – 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark – around 8:45 p.m.

The Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by roho foto via Austin Sound and Cinema’s Facebook page

Tonight is Summer at the Springs: Party Edition! Join them tonight at 7:30 p.m. for a free vinyasa class followed with free snacks and a free swim at the springs at 9 p.m. Bring your friends and celebrate summer together!

When: Mondays in June

Time: snacks start at 6:30pm, yoga 7:30 p.m.

Barton Springs Pool

Free Yoga + Swim at Barton Springs

Easy Tiger has really made Sunday their day and we love em for it. Today is Real Ale Easy Sunday cohosted by yours truly, 365 Things Austin, and benefitting the Hill Country Conservancy!

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • $1 Cans: Firemans #4, Gose, Hans’ Pils, and Devil’s Backbone
  • On Draft: Axis IPA and 2015 Benedictum
  • Nixon Pop-Up Shop
  • Fine Southern Gentlemen Screenprinting
  • DJ Supafly
  • Pregame with a Bikin’ Betties Social Bike Ride! They’ll have FREE Real Ale beer at Fine Southern Gentlemen (507 Calles St #109 Austin, TX 78702) at 12:30 pm while supplies last. Then, ride over to Easy Tiger at 1:30 p.m. before Easy Sunday kicks off at 2 p.m.!

When: Today, July 16th

Time: 2 p.m. (Stay all day and into the night for Easy Tiger’s Christmas in July party featuring a screening Elf!)

Easy Tiger
709 E 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Keep the Bastille Day vibes going with Texas Keeper at their Demi-Sec cider release party! The second vintage of their Cortland single varietal made in a demi-sec style will be commemorated with crepes from Crepe Crazy and gypsy jazz from Hot Club of Austin and Continental Graffiti!

If you haven’t been out to Texas Keeper yet, it’s a great escape from city life just a few miles down I-35. The taproom is nestled under beautiful old shady trees and the cider flows like water.

When: Today, July 15th

Time: 2-5 p.m.

12521 Twin Creeks Rd.
Manchaca, TX 78652

If you need the perfect family friendly plan tonight, look no further. The Zilker Summer Musical, now in its 59th year, is a local treasure and something every Austinite should experience at least once. This year’s production is a classic: The Wizard of Oz.

Zilker Theatre Productions aims to share the magic of musical theatre with children as well as Central Texans and visitors from all over the world. This summer, they will welcome over 45,000 audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.”

A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.

When: Tonight, July 14th

Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

1. Zilker Free Summer Musical: The Wizard of OZ

2. Explore Austin on a Fat Tire Electric Minibike


3. Jaws on the Water

Alamo Drafthouse Austin screening Jaws on the water Credit: Heather Leah Kennedy/ Alamo Drafthouse Linkback:

4. Picnic at The Seaholm Picnic Table

5. Try Escaping at The Austin Escape Game

6. 3rd Annual BBQ and Wine Fest

7. Eat Breakfast Tacos on the top of Mount Bonnel

8. Hang in a Kammock

9. Blues on the Green

10. Deep Eddy Splash Movie Nights

11. Staycation at Lake Austin Spa

12. Float The River

13. Trailer Food Tuesday at The Long Center

14. South Congress Hotel Pool Pass

This is summer’s best kept secret. Now through Labor Day, you can snag pool passes at the South Congress Hotel that will get you access to the rooftop pool and bar, free valet parking, and towels. Poolside dining is provided by Café No Sé. Guests can book their pool day at South Congress Hotel by emailing

When: Mondays – Fridays though Labor Day, 11 a.m.- sunset

15. Bat Tuesday Sunset Cruise on Lady Bird Lake

16. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

17. Rent a Fishing (or regular) Kayak from Rowing Dock 

18. Sound & Cinema at The Long Center

19. Mohawk’s 7th Annual Quesoff 

20. Walk Dogs or Volunteer with Austin Animal Center 

21. Cool Off at The Greenbelt

22.  Free Sunday Concerts In The Park at The Long Center

23. Monday Movie Night at Yard Bar (Austin’s Dog Bar)

24. Outdoor Voices x Hoxie Wednesday Evening Jogger Club 

25. Visit The Blanton Museum (free on Thursdays)

26. Barton Springs Pool 

27. Libations Trail: Brewery & Distillery Tour

28. Unplugged at The Grove

29. Texas Memorial Museum 

30. Tour The Capitol (It’s FREE)

31. Browse MOSS Designer Consignment 

32. Cool off with some Alcoholic Ice Cream at Prohibition Creamery 

33. Try Vodka Slushies on The Deep Eddy Distillery Tour

34. 27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

35. Take a UT Tower Tour

36. Take An Antonelli’s Cheese Class

37. NLand Surf Park

38. Hike Enchanted Rock

39. Explore Central Texas Caves

40. Stronghorn Fitness Flip & Slide

41. Baylor Street Art Wall 

42. Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayak, or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake

43. Zilker Park

44. Sip Beers at Zilker Brewing Company

45. Crux Climbing Center

46. Sip Frozé at The Infinite Monkey Theorem 

47. Take A Haunted Limo Tour

48. Hike St. Edwards Park

49. St. Elmo Brewing Company’s Grassy Thursdays

50. Movie Night at Alamo Drafthouse

51. Dolce Neve

52. Zilker Botanical Gardens

53. Chaparral Ice 

54. Book People

55. ‘Game of Thrones’ Watch Parties at The North Door

56. Happy Hour at Mattie’s

Photo: Nick Simonite

57. Hotel San José Frozé

58. Playland Skate Center

59. The Veloway

60. Volente Beach

61. Happy Hour at June’s

62. Bullock Texas History Museum

63. Dart Bowl

64. Frozen Mezcal Cocktails at The Hightower

65. Amy’s Ice Cream

66. Pinballz Arcade

67. Violet Crown Cinema

68. Top Golf

69. LBJ Presidential Library & Museum

70. Hopdoddy $5 Happy Hour

71. Lenoir Wine Garden

72. River Place Nature Trail

73. The Austin Winery

74. Sno-Beach

75. Rosé Wine Flights at Red Room Lounge

76. The ABGB

77. Austin Bouldering Project

78. Hike Wild Basin Wilderness Perserve 

79. Curra’s Avocado Margarita 

80. Lick Honest Ice Cream

81. Turkey Creek Trail

82. Austin Antique Mall

83. Summer Classic Film Series at The Paramount

84. McKinney Falls State Park

85. Krause Springs

86. Kitty Cohen’s

87. Sunday Funday at The Wet Deck

88. Hamilton Pool

89. Float Fest

90. Hippie Hollow

91. Austin Steam Train

92. Hula Hut

93. Pedernales Falls State Park

94. Cow Tipping Creamery 

95. Rent a Duffy Boat

96. Round Rock Express Game

97. The Aristocrat Lounge Frosé

98. Cold Cookie Company 

99. East Austin Succulents 

100. Abel’s on the Lake 

101. Easy Tiger’s Free Will Ferrell Summer Movie Series









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 two factory sealed water bottles, 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.

For more Blues On The Green tips, click here.

Admission: Free

When: tonight, July 12th (the final BOTG of the season is August 2nd)

Music Starts: 8 p.m.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Name: Maverick
Animal ID:
Sex: Nuetered Male
Breed:  Hound Mix
Age: 3 Year Old
Location: In Foster

Mavericks foster reports that he is simple the BEST dog in the world! “He’s the best dog in the world, he LOVES to be with other dogs. He did great since the first minute here!!!! He loves to cuddle, he loves to be kissed and he loves to kiss. He loves to go for walks, and he also loves to sleep in the bed with Sassy and my sister.” Maverick is also housetrained and walks on a loose leash. Are you ready to make that lifetime commitment to a really GREAT dog?

Check out our previous Pet of the Week’s!

If you live in Austin, you know that bats are big. Well not literally big, they’re actually pretty small, but their nightly journey to find insects is a spectacle that draws huge crowds of tourists and locals alike. Every night at dusk from early March to November, more than 1.5 million bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in the world. It’s an amazing scene and an absolutely essential Austin activity.

While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Tuesday, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, snacks, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats!

Here are the details for the cruise:  

  • Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m.  We’ll cruise from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • House DJ laying down the best beats around
  • Lite bites from Burro Cheese Kitchen  
  • Drinks from Eastciders and Mighty Swell
  • If delicious cocktails ain’t your thing, the boat is also BYOB!
  • All this for $35 per person
  • You do not need a printed confirmation, we will check you in electronically once you arrive
  • HAVE FUN, and drink responsibly

Space is limited so snag your reservation here.