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.

Are you ready to strut your stuff?  Bring your really, really, ridiculously good looking self to Stateside where you’ll start your run to the downtown Whole Foods Market. Feeling cover-ready?  After grabbing your complimentary beverage on the Whole Foods Market rooftop patio, head over to the photo frame for a quick photo and wow the photographer with your best “Blue Steel.” Not ready for the cameras quite yet?  Feel free to show us your best moves on the dance floor as our DJ spins some of your favorite tunes.  Once you’re done, make your way back to Stateside for the costume contest and walk-off on the Stateside stage prior to the 7:45 screening of Zoolander.

Pub run participants will also receive two tickets good for beer, soda, or popcorn once back at the theatre.

Whole Foods Market will be serving tacos at the event including:

  • Smoked Pork Shoulder
  • Chili Citrus Grilled Chicken
  • Kabocha & Poblano Adobo

All garnished with homemade pickled cabbage, escabeche and salsas.

All tacos will be $3 each.

Do you think you have what it takes to win best dressed?  Make Derek Zoolander proud and wear your most outrageously stylish apparel and accessories for our Zoolander costume contest.  The top two contestants will battle it out in a walk-off for the title of Best Dressed and two tickets to the 9:30 Bridget Everett show.  The top 5 contestants will receive their choice of free 5k entry or tickets to a future pub run, along with two film passes to the Paramount and Stateside Theatres.

When: Tuesday, January 24th

Time: doors 6pm | event 7:45pm

The Paramount


Every Monday at Craft Pride is video game night! Show off your  skills and win gift cards, brewery swag, and gaming accessories. This is your chance to get all the glory and have a ton of fun while you’re at it.

When: Mondays

Time: Free play starts at 8:00 p.m. | Tournaments start at 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter; 21+ only

Craft Pride
61 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Ok, ordinarily we would never say this but, forget the breakfast tacos. You’ll want to save all your calories for this today. Seriously, this one meal is all you could ever want or need …

Hopdoddy is celebrating their one-year anniversary in Round Rock by bringing back the popular CODE 7 Burger in limited-quantity and today is the last day to get one! The CODE 7 burger is named after the code cops use for a coffee and donut run and it’s made with possibly the best thing in the whole wide world: Round Rock Donuts!

When: Today, January 22nd

Time: Open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Hopdoddy Round Rock
2600 Hoppe Trail
Round Rock, TX 78681

No matter how you feel about this day in history, it will undoubtedly make you feel better to do something productive for the future of America. That’s why the intrepid folks over at Eater Austin have put together a list of restaurants that are donating today’s profits to the causes they believe in. Plus they are marking the occasion with lots and lots of drink specials!

From Bouldin Creek Cafe to Cheer Up Charlie’s and Yellow Jacket Social Club, you can pretty much plan your whole day and night around putting your money where your mouth is.

When: Today, January 20th

Click here to see the list.



The sixth annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will feature more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market, including Friday night’s Lone Star NightsRock Your Taco competition on Saturday night; Sunday Gospel Brunch with The Warrior Gospel Band; hands-on grilling demonstrations; engaging cooking demonstrations;interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; food, wine and cocktail tastings in the Grand Taste Pavilionlive musical performanceschef tastings; book signings; and more.

“Austin is undoubtedly one of America’s most dynamic and diverse culinary capitals,” says Nilou Motamed, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine. “That’s why we are enormously proud to partner with the Austin Food + Wine Festival to showcase a mix of the best and brightest chefs, restaurateurs, and wine and spirits experts, from the great state of Texas and beyond. Paired with incredible live music, this unforgettable event has become a highlight on Austin’s calendar—and one of my favorite weekends of the year.”

On Thursday, April 27, the pre-Festival Feast Under the Starsan intimate outdoor celebration, will be held on Festival grounds at Austin’s Auditorium Shores, offering a five-course, family-style menu with wine pairings fromJackson Family Wines.  Chefs David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, La Corsha Hospitality Group); Tyson Cole (Uchi);Omar Flores (Casa Rubia); Ford Fry (State of the Grace); and pastry chef Janina O’Leary will prepare a collaborative, al fresco meal.  Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250/per person (inclusive of wine pairings and parking) and must be purchased separately from any Festival tickets at

The 2017 Festival officially kicks off on Friday, April 28, with Lone Star Nights, held at Fair Market (1100 E 5th Street), with music by DJ DM.  With a lineup showcasing Texas’ brightest chefs serving their riffs on global night market cuisine, Lone Star Nights will feature dishes from: Matt Balke (Bolsa); Julian Barsotti (Nonna); Junior Borges & Coner Sergeant (CBD Provisions); Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun); Luis Colon (Folc); Andrew Curren (ELM Restaurant Group);Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); Ford FryDiego Galicia & Rico Torres (Restaurant Mixtli); Steve McHugh (Cured); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); Paul Qui (Kuneho); Ryan Shields (Bullfight); and Danny Trace (Brennan’s of Houston).

On Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the Festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will come alive with cooking demonstrations, book signings and interactive stations where chefs will cook over live Fire Pits and offer tastes to attendees throughout the day.  Offering three stations daily, the Fire Pits will provide an interactive experience cooking with live fire from chefs Sonya Coté (Eden East, Hillside Farmacy); Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck); Kent Rathbun (Shinsei); Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp); and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Contigo Catering, Chicon).

Chef/partner Tim Love will once again host the world’s largest hands-on grilling demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.  During Love’s interactive demos, he will teach attendees how to master the grill and share his personal tricks and tips for perfectly cooked meals. Attendees must have an All-In ticket to take part in the interactive demo, and are guaranteed one spot when they pre-register and select one day at time of purchase.

“With the greatest lineup we have ever had, Austin Food + Wine is proud to be ranked with top Food & Wine festivals in the U.S.,” says chef/partner, Tim Love.  “The uniqueness of the programming and the high level of talent makes this the best weekend of the year!”

The Chef Showcase will feature a dynamic roster of chefs serving samples to festivalgoers in the Grand Taste Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy signature dishes from participating chefs, including: Joe Anguiano (VOX Table); Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery); John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co.); Stephen Bonin (Geraldine’s); John Brand (Supper at Hotel Emma); Taylor Chambers (Justine’s Brasserie); Tyson Cole (Uchiko); Austin Ewald (Grizzelda’s); Kazu Fukumoto (Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya); Albert Gonzalez (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile); Daniela Herrera (Counter 3. FIVE. VII); James Holmes (Lucy’s Fried Chicken); Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table); Clinton Kendall (East Side King); Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew); Nathan Lemley (Parkside); Mia Li (Kuneho); Geronimo Lopez (Botika); Rick Lopez (La Condesa); Harold Marmulstein (Salty Sow); Brian Moses (Olive & June); Josh Neises (Lonesome Dove); David Norman (Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden); Michael Paley (Central Standard); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); James Robert (Fixe); Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel); Eric Silverstein(The Peached Tortilla); Marco Silverstrini (Dolce Neve); Anthony Sobotik (Lick Honest Ice Cream); Eddie Solis(Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ); Philip Speer (Bonhomie); George Thomas (Unit-D Pizzeria); Jim Tripi (Eberly); Carmen Valera (Tamale House East); Abby Yates (NO VA); Jacob Weaver (Juliet Ristorante); Martin Wilda (Sway); and Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616).

Rock Your Taco, Saturday evening’s signature tasting event at Fair Market, will bring out the competitive side of all participants. Chefs will square off against one another to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) and FOOD & WINE’s Editor, Nilou Motamed. Chefs include Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, The Florence, The National, Spiller Park); Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven); Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (The Purple Pig); Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen); Tyson Cole(Uchi/Uchiko); Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurants); Jodi Elliott (Bribery Bakery); Amanda Freitag (Chopped); Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, LudoBird)reigning Rock Your Taco champion Tim LoveAarón Sánchez(Johnny Sánchez Restaurants); Alon Shaya (Shaya, Domenica, Pizza Domenica); Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar); Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger); and Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s San Francisco).

A star-studded collection of sommeliers, wine, beer and spirits experts rounds out the Austin Food +

Wine Festival line-up, including Master Sommelier Devon Broglie; Master Sommelier Craig Collins; FOOD & WINE’s executive wine editor Ray Isle; and author Mark Oldman.

Did you know REI offers a variety of community classes and activities? It is a great opportunity for you to learn something new.

They also offer an array of classes that are paid.

Many of the classes require you to sign up in advance (and fill up fast)! So if getting outdoors more is on your agenda this year, browse their schedule sign up in advance for what interests you.

Here are a few of the free courses offered:

  • Gourmet Camp Cooking
  • Backpacking basics
  • Find Your Park: Big Bend National Park
  • Camping Basics…

Getting back to the grind after a long weekend is tough, but thankfully one of our favorite restaurants is doing their part to ease us back in. To celebrate their one year anniversary on Burnet Road, Barley Swine will be offering an all-night version of their Swine Time Happy Hour. Swine Time is usually only available Monday-Friday from 5-6:30pm. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Extended menu selections will be discounted at Swine Time prices
  • Half price off all beer and wine selections (bottles included)
  • Barley Swine will be accepting reservations and walk-ins.

A portion of proceeds from that night will benefit Sustainable Food Center and SFC Farmers’ Markets. Odd Duck and Barley Swine are covering farmers’ vendors fees for the next four weeks to help provide a bit of relief through the colder months. Odd Duck and Barley Swine rely heavily on ingredients from Austin-area farmers and they want to thank the local community by giving back to those who support them every day.

When: Today, January 17th

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Barley Swine
6555 Burnet Rd., Suite 400
Austin, Texas

Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love …” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone! While I’m jealous of all the people that have the privilege of not working today, it’s important to remember and respect the holiday and the long road it has taken our country to get here.

Everyone is invited to join the march that will start at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus and end at Huston-Tillotson University. Celebrations are then planned for the remainder of the day at the university. The celebration will include local vendors, music, and much more fun.

This is a great opportunity to get out and learn more about the history of this day and to enjoy what it’s all about.

This year they’re asking festival goers to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Remember, dream big.

When: Today, Monday January 15th

March Time: 9 a.m. (But you can join at any point along the route.)

Festival Time:  When the march arrives – 3 p.m.

 See map


If you have not had Garbo’s you’re missing out! They’re doing brunch at the Craftsman today and if you don’t have plans, you need to be here. Their lobster roll is one of the best in the city. They overnight their lobster in fresh daily. Trust me. Go.

Here’s a preview of the menu:
Bacon & Brie, Harvest Greens, Garlic Aoili and Maine Lobster.
Served on a Toasted Croissant.

avacado, arugula, tomato, scallions, capers, cream cheese, pickled red onions


$12.99 – Add a 2nd for $9
Choose Your Style:
MAINE – Mayo, Celery & Lemon
CONNECTICUT – Butter Poached Lobster
Includes Cape Cod Chips

Grilled Brisket & Sirloin
Lettuce, Melted Cheddar, Spicy Mayo
ADD Bacon or Fried Egg $1
ADD Butter Poached Lobster $5

ADD Maine or CT Style Lobster $9
w/House Champagne Vinaigrette

New England Clam Chowder $6

Seasonal Side of the Day $2

Drink specials:
$15 Champagne Buckets with 1 carafe of juice, your choice of OJ, Mango, Grapefruit
$15 Beer Buckets- Bud Light, Shock Top, or Ultra
$3 Mimosas

When: today, January 15th

Time: 11am – 3pm

2000 E Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Float Fest is quickly becoming one of our favorite summer festivals.

float fest

This one of a kind festival combines a trifecta of summer activities- live music, floating the river and camping.

Float Fest has hosted many national and regional acts including Grouplove, Portugal The Man, Phantogram, Ghostland Observatory, Local Natives, Dr Dog, Bun B, Devin the Dude, Wild Cub, MuteMath, Robert Delong, and more. So we are anxiously awaiting this drop of this year’s  line-up.
float fest tent
Donʼt like to tube? No problem, come join them for the music! Float Fest offers delicious food, art, activities, a huge inflatable slip n slide, camping, bars, and more. Tubing is open from 10am-5pm each day and the concert gates open at 2pm. Patrons will arrive at the ranch, park, and hop on a shuttle that takes them up river to the drop in area. The float takes about 2-3 hours and once you end the float you have arrived back at Cool River Ranch where you can enjoy the music and festival.

Early bird tickets are on sale now! Get tickets before prices go up. 

When: July 22nd & July 23rd

Cool River Ranch
601 Dupuy Ranch Road
Martindale, TX  78655