Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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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 for the night of your freaking life? If you live in Austin, or are even just visiting, you would be insane to miss the Roller Derby Championship game happening this Saturday. The undefeated Holy Rollers are taking on the relentless Rhinestone Cowgirls. This sport combines athleticism, blind rage, and the occasional beer chug. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Rolling Stone, who called it a “brawling party on wheels”.

When: Saturday, October 19thth

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.| Wheels hit the track at 7 p.m.!

Cost: $17–$40 | Free admission for children 12 and under!

Location:
Travis County Expo Center 
7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724
Austin, TX 78723, USA

Buzzkill Comedy is a weekly curated comedy show at the Buzz Mill where some of Austin’s finest comedians come together to dole out free jokes. As always, it is hosted by “the Property Brothers of Austin comedy,” Angelina and Carlton. We all need a little comic relief—here’s the perfect opportunity make your Wednesday much more exciting.

When: Wednesday, October 16th

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Location:
The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr.
Austin, Texas 78741

On this month’s foodie podcast, I am interviewing Todd Duplechan of Lenoir and Vixen’s Wedding. Todd’s love for food and Austin is apparent in both of his restaurant concepts and in this podcast! 

Todd and his wife Jessica moved to Austin over 12 years ago and opened up Lenoir on 

S. 1st Street shortly there after. Todd is heavily influenced by local farmers. He calls his cuisine “hot weather food” which basically means he likes to use ingredients that are grown near the Equator where it is hot. Austin definitely falls into that category. 

At Lenoir, guests can expect a more refined dining experience where Todd and his crew create dishes that are influenced from flavors from all around the Equator from North Africa to Southeast Asia to Austin. The patio at Lenoir is one of my favorites in town and it’s dog-friendly and has happy hour every day of the week!

Duplechan’s newest concept, Vixen’s Wedding, opened this summer at Arrive Hotel at 6th and Chicon. Vixen’s Wedding is a Goan-inspired restaurant that draws it’s flavors from the Goa region in Indian. Some of our favorites on the menu are the Shrimp Samosa, Coconut Saag and Pork Ribs. If you’re curious about the meaning behind the name Vixen’s Wedding, check out the podcast to hear how they came up with the name!

Vixen’s Wedding

When he’s not in the kitchen at his two restaurants, he enjoys dining out in Austin at local favorites like Bufalina and even gave us the deets on his favorite food truck La Hawaiina! If you’re a gin fan, you’ll be excited to know that Todd is behind the newest gin bar in town located above Lefty’s Bar at Arrive Hotels. 

Treme Zombie & Banh-Boy From Lefty’s Bar

Be sure to tune in to the podcast and let us know what you think! You can follow all my eats around town and kitchen cooking over @natalieparamore. Slide into my DMs and let me know which local chef we should feature on upcoming episode! 

Pork Vindaloo Recipe 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 piece garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vinegar
  • ½teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoon Kashmiri chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • ¼  cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick
  • 5 piece cloves
  • 4 piece green cardamom pods 
  • 2 teaspoon black mustard seeds, crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • Cooked rice or potatoes for serving

In a blender, blend garlic and ginger. Add vinegar, turmeric, cumin, chili powder and salt and blend well. Transfer to a large bowl, add pork and turn to coat well. Cover and set aside at room temperature for one hour.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and mustard seeds. Fry over medium-high heat until sizzling and aromatic, about 4 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add pork and cook, turning until lightly browned, about 6 minutes.

Add tamarind and bell pepper bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until pork is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes.

Let’s groove tonight! Join Outdoor Voices and Define for a dance class led by Leigh Anne Spencer at Fareground. Good music and choreographed moves that will give you that Tuesday endorphin boost!

Grab a pal and RSVP right here!

When: Tuesday, October 15th

Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Location:
Fareground at One Eleven
111 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

In Texas, October and November are ideal for campfires s’mores and sleeping under the stars. If you are feeling a little clueless about it all, don’t worry! Tonight you can join REI’s expert guides for this hands-on introduction to tent camping.

In this workshop you’ll practice setting up tents, learn how to select the best sleeping bag for you, and get lots of practical advice! All gear will be provided; just bring your sense of adventure.

When: Monday, October 14th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location:
9901 N Capitol Of Texas Hwy, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78759

Ok, this is happening! Sip on specialty cocktails by Absolut Juice and dive into brunch bites while jamming out to Lizzo’s latest hits. Reservations are obviously recommended! Call 512-542-3660 to get your table.

When: Sunday, October 13th

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location:
Trace
200 Lavaca St.
Austin, Texas 78701

The pumpkin patches are popping up everywhere, but this one in Pflugerville is quite different! Take a dip in the pool, pick your pumpkin, and decorate it. Kids will love this one. The pool will also be open for recreational swim during the event.

Admission prices (cash only):

$10 per person (includes one large pumpkin)
$5 per child (includes one small pumpkin)
$3 per person (no pumpkin)

When: Saturday, October 12th

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location:
Gilleland Creek Pool
700 Railroad Ave

We’re throwing a haunted bash at Gingerland Austin with enough thrills and chills for the whole family.

We’ll have all your freaky, fall vibes in one convenient location. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

Haunted Hayride

Hop on the back of a tractor-pulled trailer and enjoy a relaxing ride under the Texas sky, just make sure you’re paying attention to what’s around the next turn…

Petting Zoo

Post for pics and pet these carrot-loving, friendly farm animals.

Pumpkin Patch

Instagram influencers (and parents) eat your hearts out. The entire property will be loaded with fall themed photo-ops.

Hay Maze

Equally fun for kids, or adults with a beverage in hand.

Adult and Kid Friendly Beverages

While this is a family-friendly event, there will be plenty of young (and not so young) adults celebrating as well. We’ll have beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverage options available for purchase.

Food

BBQ for purchase from Red White & Blue B-que

Yard Games and General Merriment

Corn-hole, Giant Jenga & Connect Four, Tetherball, and more…This beautiful property is enough to warrant attending alone. Join us for a night of good fun with good people out on the ranch.

We have limited parking spots available for purchase, but if you’re planning on drinking, please take a Lyft, Uber, or other ride-share. 

Cost: $30 per person, kids 12 and under are free 

When: October 30th, Event from 5-11pm with hay rides from 6-10pm

Location:
Gingerland Austin
15709 Richards Dr.
Del Valle, TX 78617

One night of Halloween would never be enough so Gibson Street Bar is going all out for the entire month. Nightmare on Gibson Street is back for the second year of spooky fun, epic Halloween decor and BOOzy specials. Every Friday and Saturday they’ll be in the spooky spirit with DJs, dry ice punch bowls, jell-o shots, deadly cocktails, and more.

And don’t miss the costume contest on Halloween Night!

When: Tuesday, October 8th (and all month long)

Time: 4:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Location:
Gibson Street Bar
1109 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

If you are afraid of ghosts, don’t take this tour! Ghosts, apparitions and things that go bump in the night will be the featured topic for exclusive nighttime ghost tours at Pioneer Farms.

Hosted by Austin’s one and only Austin Ghost Tours, there will be ghost sightings, unexplained events, and disembodied voices all over the place. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a flashlight and water bottle.

When: Thursday, October 10th

Cost: Tickets are $30 for adults (age 16 and older) and $20 for children (age 15 and younger). Buy your tickets here.

Time: 8:00 p.m. (Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The 1.5-hour tours starts at 8 p.m. each night.)

Location:
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
Austin, Texas 78754