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 Restaurant Weeks is back and we love this event because it raises lots of money for an incredible cause. The two-week-long dining extravaganza featuring specially priced lunches, dinners, and cocktails at hot spots throughout the greater Austin area is a fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank.

For restaurateurs, it’s a great opportunity to help fight hunger while providing diners who might not be regular patrons with an easy, economical way to dine with them. And for diners, it’s a way to help our neighbors in need while enjoying some of the best dishes this amazing, food-driven city has to offer.

Check out all of the participating restaurants—there is so much to choose from this year!

When: August 15–September 2, 2019


Get some exercise and enjoy the strange vibes that make this city one of a kind. This super fun 5K/10K race will be a morning of local pride and runners racing their way through the heart of downtown Austin to a celebratory post-race brunch on Auditorium Shores. 

After crossing the finish line, 5K and 10K runners will end in a Finish Line Expo with brands who “Keep Austin Weird.” Enjoy activities, a giant tug-of-war, one-of-a-kind photo ops, DJ beats, and more. Dress weird, taste weirdly creative brunch dishes and cocktails, and celebrate everything we love about Austin!

And this is not just weird for weird’s sake, all registrations will help raise funds for Austin’s own LIVESTRONG and the fight against cancer. 

Registrations are open now!

When: Sunday, September 22nd

Time: 7:30 a.m.–noon

Tickets: $35-$70, Prices Increase closer to race day! 

Auditorium Shores

Spend the evening under the stars with your fellow Austinites. We have only so many of these summer nights left! In partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512, grab your friends and family and experience the cool vibes of Sound & Cinema on the Long Center’s front lawn—live and local music combined with classic movies and cult films projected onto the Drafthouse’s giant, inflatable outdoor screen.

Tonight they are showing the teen classic 10 Things I Hate About You!

When: Wednesday, August 14th

Time: 6 p.m.

Attendance: Free and open to the public

Long Center
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, Texas 78704

You deserve a crazy delicious Italian meal tonight. Join Intero for a phenomenal night of Italian dining as Chefs Ian Thurwachter (Intero Co-Owner/Executive Chef) and special guest Jesse Griffiths (Owner/Executive Chef Dai Due and Dai Due Taqueria) bring their talents together for a five course dinner menu featuring hand-made pasta, cheeses, and charcuterie. Come be taken overseas to Italy in the heart of Central-East Austin! Enjoy great wines, negroni, and amari through out the night, along with dessert from Krystal Craig (Intero Co-Owner/Pastry Chef/Chocolatier) to conclude your evening.

When: Monday, August 12th

Time: 6–10 p.m. | Two seatings available: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

-$86.00 ticket *INCLUDES: Five Course Dinner Menu, Welcome Cocktail + Tax & Gratuity!
-Additional $25 Wine Pairing Available

Intero Restaurant
2612 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702

Spend your Sunday evening watching a classic thriller with a glass of fine wine.  Scream will be playing on the big screen at The Austin Winery and to celebrate, they are offering $5 glasses of Malbec and Cinsault! Bring your own blanket and spread out—all the tables and chairs will be cleared out of the way.

When: Sunday, August 11th

Time: 7–10 p.m.

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

TLC is throwing its first annual Oyster Fest. If you love the tasty little delicacies, this is for you! Watch the best oyster shuckers in Austin compete in a Gulf Oyster shucking contest. And you yourself can see how many oysters is too many oysters in an eating contest for cash prizes.

For those of us who aren’t feeling competitive and just want to hang, there will be live music and hot and cold oyster flight menus.

When: Saturday, August 10th

Time: 2–5 p.m.

TLC Austin
1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 1150
Austin, Texas 78704

The August movie of the month is a good one! Come watch Raising Arizona at Rosewood where they have tons of treats and seats. And you can bring your dog! All ages welcome (assuming they appreciate the Coen brothers.)

Free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, August 8th

Time: 6–10 p.m. (Movie starts at 8 p.m..—get there early to secure your spot and get some food!)

1209 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, Texas 78702

Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and come to Austin’s largest free concert series! This fav summer tradition is back for its 29th season. ACL Radio’s Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Head over to for more information. Tonight is Sweet Spirit and Soul Man Sam!

Pro-tip: Ride your bike, carpool, take the bus, or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker for this event can be quite the headache.

When: Wednesday, August 7th

Time: 8–10 p.m.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78704


Great camping weather is just around the corner! If you don’t have much experience under your belt, but want to explore the great outdoors in Central Texas this fall, this workshop is for you! Join REI’s expert guides for this hands-on introduction to tent camping. Sleeping under the stars has never been easier. In this workshop you’ll practice setting up tents get help selecting the best sleeping bag for you and get practical experience to help you camp for the first (or second or 15th) time. No experience necessary. All gear will be provided.

When: Tuesday, August 6th

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

601 N Lamar
Austin, TX 78703