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.

Austin, the monumental last work by renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly is finally complete and open to the public. The building is now a cornerstone work of art in the Blanton Museum’s permanent collection.The museum is closed on Mondays but you can still walk around and take in the gorgeous exterior or make plans to tour this week. Share your experience by using #KellyAtTheBlanton.

Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

It’s finally here: National Drink Wine Day! Not that we’ve been not drinking wine on the other days, but still—it will be more fun and official today. How will you be honoring this momentous holiday? We’ve got four words for you people: ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR!

Infinite Monkey Theorem be servin’ up $5 tap glasses + red cans, and $6 slushies.

When: Today, February 18th

Time: 2 – 8 p.m.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
121 Pickle Rd #110
Austin, TX 78704

It’s all about the Year of the Dog over at WuChow! Tonight you can enjoy signature dishes like Beijing roast duck and lobster during their Chinese New Year celebration.

The party continues all weekend with a Chinese New Year dim sum brunch tomorrow featuring additional menu specials.

The annual family-friendly event wraps up with a special celebration on Monday, February 19, featuring fun festivities for the family, including Lion Dancers, temporary tattoos for the kids, and puppy adoption opportunities with Austin Pets Alive.

When: Today, February 17th

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Wu Chow
500 W 5th #168
Austin, TX 7870

Don’t miss this shindig featuring work from local female artists, craft cocktails from South Congress Hotel, two live DJ sets, swag bags for the first 100 attendees, and fun raffles throughout the night.

Proceeds from the event ticket sales will benefit the Girl’s Empowerment Network and SAFE, a merger of SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter.

When: Today, February 16th

Time: 6 – 11 p.m.

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

Get your tickets right here.

Kick off your weekend with free art, music, and inspiration. February’s Third Thursday is an eclectic mix of art-fueled activities in galleries that stay open till 9 pm!

Join them for a day of FREE events and refuel at their café with a slice of pizza & glass of wine for $5 (available after 5pm).

12:30pm-1:00pm ~ Public Tour: Persuasion: Messages & Meaning in Art
See all of the ways artists convey messages on this tour of our permanent collection.

5:30-6:15pm ~ Beat the Rush: Charlie Magnone
Skip the ATX traffic and experience this unique program for emerging artists. This week’s program is led by Fast Forward Austin‘s Co-Director Charlie Magnone, presenting “Mad Rush” by Philip Glass (performed by Charlie Magnone), Philip Glass String Quartet 5 selections (performed by Invoke), and “Piano Phase” by Steve Reich (performed by Joshua Straub and Charlie Magnone).

7:30-8:00pm ~ Slow Looking
Enjoy a thoughtful and relaxed 30-minute conversation about a single work of art on view at the museum.

And don’t miss our current exhibition “Line Form Color,” a selection of bold works on paper from our collection.

Museum admission is always free on Thursdays. On the third Thursday of each month, the museum remains open until 9 pm.

The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Paid parking is available in the Blanton/Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the front desk of the museum.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

We’re partnering with Irene’s to throw a Pretty in Pink Party! Bring your partner or your squad, and get pink with us: 

  • 4 pm to 6 pm: Listen to the “Pretty in Pink” soundtrack spinning during Vinyl Happy Hour to get you in the mood for the movie! 
  • 7 pm to 9 pm: Watch 80’s cult classic “Pretty in Pink” on the back patio while you throw back Goodnight Irene Shots or glasses of Frosé & Rosé and indulge in Strawberry Cake or one of our special Valentine’s Day sweets! 
  • A purchase of anything pink gets you a raffle ticket for the chance to win pink jewelry from Kendra Scott’s Spring collection! We’ll draw winners after the movie ends. Must be present to win.
  • Bonus: FREE carnations all night starting at 4 pm, while supplies last!

When: today, February 14th

Time: 4pm-10pm

506 West Avenue 
Austin, Texas 78701

Whisler’s Legendary Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil returns!

Crawfish Boil starts at 3pm from their good friends at Louisiana Wild. First one of the year!

Interrobang Brass Band will lift your spirits from 7pm-10pm

Of course there will be a classic New Orleans cocktail menu with Hurricanes, Sazeracs and Vieux Carre.

King Cakes from Haydels!

and of course beads, coins and masks! 

Laissez les bon Temps Roule!

Today, February 13th 

Time: 3pm-midnight

1816 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702 

Blazer Tag is celebrating their 19th Anniversary today with a party that includes 19 cent blazer tag! Not only will they have 19 cent lazer tag, they will also have giveways throughout the celebrations!

Blazer Tag is home to the largest lazer tag arena in the state, think three stories of bridges, ramps, towers.

19 cent lazer tag is ‘cash’ only some bring your nickels and dimes to join the fun!

When: today, February 12th

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

1701 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

It’s still pretty nippy out there, but spring is barking at our door. Get ready by bringing some new life into your house! This is just what it sounds like. Swap your pots, seeds, and plants. If you don’t have any plants to swap, you can make a small donation (proceeds go to HOPE Farmers Market).

P.S. Street parking along the market is free on Sundays.

When: Today, February 11th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

HOPE Farmers Market
412 Comal Street
Austin, TX 78702

Just when we think we have seen it all Via313 teams up with Garbo’s to launch a Lobster Pizza for the month of February. 

The $23 Garbo’s Queen Lobster Pizza is topped with bacon, cheese and arugula topped with fresh, butter poached lobster, and finished with Garbo’s house seasoning. 

It will be available at the following locations until February 28th.

  • Oak Hill, 6705 Highway 290
  • North Campus, 3016 Guadalupe Street  

Do you LOVE Via313? You should check out our Brunch Boat! Via313 provides breakfast and regular pizzas, Whole Foods provides tacos and it’s open bar!