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.

People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Bros.—becuase it’s the only brand making a legit, real-deal, puritanical bourbon in Texas. At a distillery in the little town of Hye, a man named Dan Garrison has accomplished what many have tried and failed to do. For people who have long conversations in the corners of dark bars about the art of bourbon appreciation, Dan Garrison is a hero.

If you know one of these hardcore whiskey-lovers, or if you aspire to really know your stuff, you should buy tickets for the brand’s next Bourbon Excursion to beautiful Salado. Guests will get a couple of days filled with spectacular bourbon and bourbon cocktails (if you aren’t ready to drink it straight just yet). Garrison Bros. is partnering with vendors like Salado Winery and Barrow Brewery to make it a local affair.

Throughout the weekend there will be lots of amazing music, art, and food. And lots and lots of bourbon. Don’t forget the bourbon. Highlights include a cocktail reception on Friday with yard games like bocce ball, croquet, and washers and an amazing bourbon pairing dinner under the stars on Saturday. Click here to see the full menu. Sunday Brunch will be served in Alexander’s Distillery.

The event will raise money for research into Alzheimers and dementia—so it’s a great experience for a good cause. As Garrison likes to say, “Good bourbon can and will change the world!

When: Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th

To join in the fun, click here to reserve your Saturday dinner tickets and here to book your room.

Celebrate Lick Honest Ice Cream seven year anniversary with a free scoop! Starting at 7pm, all four of Lick’s scoop shops in Austin and San Antonio will be giving out ONE FREE SCOOP to every customer who comes in!

Lamar Union – 1100 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Burnet – 6555 Burnet Road #200, Austin, TX
Mueller – 1905 Aldrich Street, #150, Austin, TX
Pearl – 312 Pearl Parkway #2101, San Antonio, TX

Can’t get enough of a good thing? The celebration continues on Friday, October 26th at Lick’s Nothing But ’90s Birthday Bash at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom! More info here:

When: today, October 16th

Time: 7pm-10pm 

We’re pulling out all the stops to make our fall Brunch Boats and Bat Boats EVEN MORE exciting!

Check out what’s included in ADDITION to our normal perks* on our next few cruises, for the same low prices!

The Brunch Boat: $44
The Bat Boat: $35

Wurstfest Brunch Boat

  • Oktoberfest Beer from Austin’s own Strange Land Brewery 
  • Specially Oktoberfest Pizza from Via313, Pizza with bratwurst, spicy mustard and sauerkraut 
  • Oktoberfest Costume Contest — Winner gets tickets to Wheels To Wurstfest 
  • Polka Lines on the top deck 

Halloween Brunch Boat 

  • Specialty Halloween Cocktail from American Born Whiskey 
  • DJ Spinning Halloween Jams (bring your best thriller)
  • Halloween Costume Contest 
  • Spooky Halloween decor on both decks for photo opportunities 
  • candy for trick-or-treating

3rd Annual ‘BOOze Cruise’ Bat Boat

  • Speciality Halloween Cocktail from Dulce Vida Tequila 
  • DJ Spinning Halloween Jams 
  • Halloween Costume Contest
  • Spooky Halloween Decor on both decks for photo opportunities 
  • candy for trick-or-treating 

*On every Brunch Boat, you get:

Ice Cold Waterloo Sparkling Water and High Brew Coffee to Kick Those Hangovers to the Curb
Deep Eddy Vodka Bloody Mary’s with Bloody Revolution Mix
Dulce Vida Tequila and American Born Whiskey Cocktails * Locally Brewed Beer
Pizza from VIA 313 (Pepperoni & Vegetarian)
Breakfast Taco from One Taco
Chips and Salsa from Jaime’s Spanish Village
Live DJ from Bat City Beats on board

Brunch Boats are from 12-2 PM with Check-In at The Hyatt Regency Austin starting a 11 AM

*On every Bat Boat, you get:

Ice Cold Waterloo Sparkling Water
Dulce Vida Tequila or American Born Whiskey Cocktails
Beer from Bell’s Brewing or Big Bend Brewing
Pizza from VIA 313 (Pepperoni & Vegetarian)
Chips and Salsa from Jaime’s Spanish Village
Live DJ from Bat City Beats on board

Bat Boats are from 6-8 PM with Check-In at The Hyatt Regency Austinstarting at 5 PM

If you don’t have a solid plan for this holiest of holidays, allow us to suggest—beer and ice cream! Blue Owl Brewing will have ice cream on hand to make floats out of Professor Black and Wee Beastie—or any other beer you’d like to float-ify—today!

When: Today, October 14th

Time: noon – 8 p.m.

Blue Owl Brewing
2400 E Cesar Chavez St, Ste 300
Austin, Texas 78702


This huge sale at the Wildflower Center will feature hundreds of species of Texas natives, including seeds, annual wildflowers, grasses, perennials, wetland plants, shrubs, and trees.

Not only are they beautiful, but native plants help conserve water; reduce mowing costs; provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife; protect the soil; and save money on fertilizer and pesticides. Autumn is a great time to plant as temperatures and rain begin to fall.

Pro Tips!

– Bring your own cart to haul plants; they have a limited number of carts to loan.
– Bring a refillable water bottle and wear a hat and sunscreen.
– Make a shopping list using the plant list, which can be found here.
– Plan to make a day of it! After you purchase your plants, they can hold them while you explore.

When: Today, October 13th

Time: 9 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739


Grab your bestie (the furry one) and come out to the UT campus for the fourth-annual Landmarks Dog Walk! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present a docent-led public art dog walk. Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture.

Bring your dog, a leash, and plenty of waste bags to Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot near Dean Keeton Street and Speedway at 11 a.m. Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines!

Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee!

When: Today, October 7th

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Landmarks, The Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Sta
Austin, Texas 78712

Here’s a really unique music experience in the beautiful outdoors of Driftwood, Texas! Get out of town and the ACL hustle for a little musical escape. The lineup includes Padre Paul, the Hot Texas Swing Band, The Lost Pines, Light Horse Harry, Light Horse Harry, Sour Bridges, and headliner The Derailers.

There will also be a ton of beer, wine, cider, and food available for purchase. Vista’s own hyper-local, farm-to-table food will be available for guests, along with wood-fired pizzas from Mandola’s Italian Kitchen and The Salt Lick BBQ. Vista will be unveiling a new canned beer just for this festival, so plan your day drinking strategy accordingly.

When: Today, October 6th

Cost: $35 GA tickets are available at the door!

12 p.m. – Doors Open
1 – 2 p.m. Padre Paul (Beer Garden)
2-3 p.m. – Hot Texas Swing Band (Beer Garden)
3-4 p.m. – The Lost Pines (Main Stage)
4-5 p.m. – Light Horse Harry (Beer Garden)
5-6 p.m. – Will Dupuy & Friends (Main Stage)
6-7:30 p.m. – Sour Bridges (Beer Garden)
7:30-9 p.m. – The Derailers (Main Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Last call
10 p.m. – Close

Vista Brewing
13551 FM 150
Driftwood, TX 78619

Have you heard? The 17th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is happening October 5-7 and October 12-14 at Zilker Park. From Paul McCartney to Metallica, The National, Shaky Graves, and Brandi Carlile, and more you might want to go this year! ACL has just released a list of tips and tricks for making this fest your best yet. If you are a newbie or even an old townie who has been going for years, information is power! Scan through this details below to know before you go.

Get Your Tickets
General Admission 3-Day Tickets for both weekends are sold out. General Admission 1-Day Tickets for Sunday are still available for Weekend Two here or at the Pre-Festival or Festival Box Office. 3-Day & 1-Day VIP Tickets, 1-Day Platinum Tickets Weekend One and 1-Day & 3-Day Platinum Tickets for both weekends are also available. Music fans ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Get There
There are plenty of ways to get to ACL Fest! Check out this page for a plethora of options.

There is no parking at Zilker Park for the ACL Festival, so take advantage of the Complimentary Official Festival Shuttles provided by ACL Fest instead! Board at Republic Square Park at the corner of 4th & Guadalupe streets and you’ll be dropped off on Barton Springs Road outside the Barton Springs West Entrance. When you’re finished rocking, hop back on for a return trip from the same spot, outside the Barton Springs West Entrance. The shuttles begin at Republic Square at 10:30 a.m. and make their final return from the park at 11 p.m. each day of the Festival.

ACL has partnered with Uber to make your experience getting to and from the festival as easy as possible. Ride with Uber for access to dedicated pick-up and drop-off points.

Cap Metro has ramped up its service this year and now offers more than a dozen bus routes that operate every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. Your best bet to get to ACL is MetroRapid Route 803. Use the CapMetro App or click here to plan your trip to the festival.

New this year, they’ve added bike parking locations near the Barton Springs East entrance! Three bike parking options will be located on Stratford Drive near the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge, Toomey Road at Sterzing Street, and on Azie Morton Rd.

Scooter and Dockless Mobility Parking is available at the corner of Sterzing Drive and Toomey Road. Additionally, Austin B-Cycle will have a station at the corner of Sterzing Drive and Barton Springs.

You can always go old school and take a taxi!  The taxi pick-up and drop-off location is at William Barton Drive in front of the Barton Springs Pool.

Take the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail for a quick walk downtown and easy access to the festival grounds. Extra lighting is provided for your safety, and there are also user amenities along different spots of the Trail including water fountains, restrooms, and trash cans. View the interactive Trail map here. If you are using the Trail, be mindful of the burn-ban and responsibly discard cigarette butts.

Get In
Want to get into ACL Fest as quick as possible? Leave your bag at home! If you DO NOT have a bag, enter through the No Bag Express Lane. If you DO have a bag, enter through the Bag Lane and expect delays as bags are open for inspection. ALL bags will be searched before entry. Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14″ x 11″ x 5″ (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.

NO LIQUIDS WILL BE ALLOWED THROUGH SECURITY CHECKPOINTS. Empty water bottles (plastic or aluminum) or hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.

Check the list of prohibited items in advance, listen for the audio announcements and dispose of any item that is not allowed inside the festival.

Stow Your Gear
Do you want a safe and secure place to store your things while you enjoy ACL Fest and keep your phone charged? They offer 3-Day, 2-Day, and 1-Day rental lockers near the Barton Springs entrances so you can free up your hands and avoid losing any personal items during the show. Click here to reserve your locker in advance and secure the best available pricing.

Download the App
From creating your own custom schedule to mapping out Zilker Park before the fest, the app is super helpful. New this year, you can filter ACL Eats restaurants by Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free options! Opt-In for push notifications to stay in the loop on schedule changes, important updates, and emergency information all weekend long!

Go Cashless
Fans can use their wristbands to make onsite purchases including food, art, lockers, beverages, and merchandise. ACtivate your wristband here and you can securely connect a credit or debit card, create a unique 4-digit pin and make safe, cashless transactions throughout the park.

Eat, Drink, Repeat
ACL Eats continues to feature fantastic local restaurants putting their spin on festival fare. Fan favorites such as the famous Torchy’s Tacos, The Mighty Cone, The Peached Tortilla, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and many more will be there to cure all your cravings.

Amy’s Ice Creams, Burro Grilled Cheese, GoodPop, mmmpanadas, Southside Flying Pizza, The Salt Lick, Tinos Greek Café, and Wholly Cow Burgers will all have a second location near the Barton Springs Stage (south of Barton Springs Road). Central Market will also have a booth inside Austin Kiddie Limits offering box lunches and beverages.

The ACL Bodega is a one-stop shop where you can buy quick snacks, like fresh fruit, and festival survival necessities, like sunscreen and ponchos. Stop by the Bodega near ACL Eats and the ACL Wine Lounge.

Don’t miss out on the Barton Springs Beer Hall, where you can choose from different craft brews and catch the weekend’s biggest MLB, NFL and College Football games on the jumbo screen in between sets.

Wine down at the ACL Wine Lounge located in a beautiful shady grove, the lounge features a wine shop and has something for every wine enthusiast from classic varietals to frosé, spritzes, and other specialties.

The fest will have free freshly filtered water at CamelBak Hydration Stations everywhere. Fans are encouraged to bring empty water bottles (plastic or aluminum) to fill once inside the park. For CamelBak-type water bottles, the maximum size is 36 oz.

Get Home Safe
There are several options for getting home after the fest. For a quick ride downtown, jump on the free Official Festival Shuttle from outside the Barton Springs West Entrance to head to Republic Square Park at 4th and Guadalupe.

Every Monday Swift’s Attic hosts Big A** Burger Night where they curate a special burger for the evening. They only make a limited number. Burgers are served at 9pm and are $10. Here’s a list of the upcoming specials so you can decide what drool worthy one you should try to get your hands on. 

BLFGT2x2 –– 10/1
BLT with Fried Green Tomatoes, House Bacon & Gribiche Stacked on a Double Cheeseburger with Cheddar & Garlic Aioli. Served with a Side of Chips.

The Sloppiest Joe –– 10/8
Sesame Seed Bun, Beef patty, Cheddar, House made Sloppy Joe Sauce, Slow Simmered Onions and Peppers.

Flaming Dr. Pepper –– 10/15
Habanero Bun, Beef Patty with Sweet Dr. Pepper Glaze, Dr. Pepper Caramelized Onions and Griddled Jalapenos Dr. Pepper Ketchup with Fries and a Pickle Spear.

Mary Had a Little Lamburger –– 10/29
Ground Lamb Patty, Mint Chimichurri, Mint Jelly, Cilantro Yogurt, Caramelized Onion on a Curds & Whey Bun.

Spicy Chicken Deluxe –– 11/12
Spicy Fried Chicken Patty, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon, Pepper Jack Cheese, Polynesian Sauce. Served with Waffle Fries & White BBQ Sauce.

You Drive Me Caprese Burger –– 11/19
All Beef Patty, Basil Aioli, Mozzarella, Pecorino and Pine Nut Pesto, Beefsteak Tomato, Balsamic Reduction on a Tomato bun.

Me So Corny Burger –– 11/26
Cornbread Brioche Bun, Sweet Corn Aioli, Street Corn Relish, Corned Beef Patty, Pickled Corn, Popcorn, Blue Corn Grits.

When: Mondays

Time: 9pm

Swifts Attic 
315 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

This movie is even better than you remember! It’s lazy Sunday, so come to sip wine, munch on snacks, and gasp loudly at every plot twist! Austin Winery will be clearing out all of the tables and chairs so you can bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the film on the projector. And it’s totally free.

When: Today, September 30th

Time: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

The Austin Winery
440 St Elmo Rd E, Ste A-1
Austin, Texas 78745