Kristy Owen - 2/393 - 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.

Garett DiPasquale, a 2014 UT grad in economics, has opened his second i Fratelli Pizza Location on 15th and San Antonio to serve Downtown and the UT campus. His first location is in North Austin (Arboretum). i Fratelli Pizza is baked on a stone deck for a thin and crispy crust. 
Their signature pizzas are packed with flavor and topped with provolone and the freshest ingredients. A big best-seller is the del Bianco, with a creamy white sauce, fresh tomatoes, spinach, and breakfast bacon.

And you can elevate your party game with their party-cut finger food. The thin-n-crispy pizza is a crowd-pleaser and it will be the first thing to go from your feast spread. Plus, delivery is free and the perfect go-to for high-volume corporate luncheons.  

i Fratelli Pizza is known for exemplary service and a consistent, high-quality product. Dough is handcrafted daily, and fresh vinaigrette and Caesar salad dressings are made in-house. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.  

Stop by for a slice and learn why i Fratelli pizza is uniquely Texan.

i Fratelli Pizza – Downtown 
501 W 15th Street Ste C
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512)-614-1114

i Fratelli Pizza – North Austin
10001 Research Blvd Suite 160
Austin, Texas 78759

Phone: (512)-795-8744

Did you know Austin has a minor league basketball team?
Did you know that we’re League Champions?!

We’ve partnered with The Austin Spurs* to bring you this exclusive Rolling Tailgate Experience. Get to know our local minor league basketball team, and have a great night out!

On Friday, January 18th, the Austin Spurs take on the South Bay Lakers, and we’ve got everything you need to quickly become a Spurs Super-fan. 

Even better? It’s 90s Night at the Stadium, and our bus is Space Jam themed – everybody get up, it’s time to slam now! 

Included in the Experience:

Round-Trip Transportation from Corner Bar in Austin to/from the HEB Center in Cedar Park

  • Luxury Coach
  • Martian Margaritas by Dulce Vida Tequila served on board
  • Trivia, Movie Clips and 90s Jams played while en-route
  • BYOB of additional beverages and snacks is welcome

Ticket into the Game

  • Seats in the exclusive Party Box section with a private bar overlooking the court
  • $2 Drafts Special for ATC guests 

Giveaways and Contests 

  • Including awards and prizes for Best Space Jam themed outfit and Best Spurs Super-fan outfit!

Exciting VIP Opportunities at the Game

  • Ever wanted to try a Half Court Shot?

Exclusive Post Game Activities on the Court 

  • 30-minute Shoot-Around
  • Autograph session
  • Photo Opps

All this for only $45! 

Don’t miss out on our first Rolling Tailgate! 

Here’s your chance, do your dance at the Space Jam! Alright, alright alright!

*The Austin Spurs, owned by the San Antonio Spurs, are part of the NBA G League, or the “NBA’s official minor league”. Minor league games are the best place to spot top talent on the way to the NBA! According to the NBA G League, “30% of players on start-of-season NBA rosters boast NBA G League experience”.

It’s a beautiful day to play outside. And you’ll feel like a kid again at the Springs today as you basically learn to fly. No partner needed. And pool admission is free during the winter!

When inside the Barton Springs fence, please abide by these common-sense rules so we can continue to enjoy this brilliant outdoor acro location:

– No acro on beach towels or the ground. Be sure you’re playing on puzzle mats or a thick yoga mat.

– No standing acro, no handstand canes, and no pops where base and flier lose contact with each other. You’re welcome to go outside the fence to practice those skills. (Get a hand stamp so you can return inside.)

If you see someone breaking the rules, kindly inform them!

When: Today, January 6th

Time: 2:00 p.m.

*They meet at the top of the grassy hill under the trees. Use the South Entrance Gate off Azie Morton Rd. 
Barton Springs – South Gate
1076 Robert E Lee Rd.
Austin, Texas 78704

Come celebrate the birth of this rock god and otherwordly human being at Drinks Lounge! These guys are pretty obsessed with Bowie, so this will be their biggest party of the year. DJ Sue will play Bowie music all night (1964-1984) and the glitz and glamour will be overflowing. Wear your best Bowie gear from head to toe. There will be face painting and shirt printing happening, too if your image needs a little boost.

There’s a $5 suggested donation at the door and proceeds will go to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 21 and up only!

When: Today, January 5th

Time: 9 p.m.–3 a.m.

Drinks Lounge
2001 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78702

Image courtesy Observe The Banana via Flickr

Wake up and start 2019 right with a jump into the icy embrace of Barton Springs! Actually, we have it a little easier than some of our polar bear jumping neighbors from around the country, as Barton Springs stays at a constant 68 degrees. The water will actually be warmer than the air temperature! Regardless of that little detail, this is still a crazy way to start your day and the perfect way to set the tone for 365 more days filled with adventure, joy, and saying YES to life in Austin.

When: Today, January 1st, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Barton Springs Pool
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Image via the Save Our Springs Alliance Facebook page. 

If you were planning to do nothing today because tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, think again! It’s the Victory Cup Bloody Mary Festival in beautiful Fredericksburg.

Head out to the heart of the Hill Country for tons of live music, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and brunch! It’s all held on a large polo field just minutes from downtown. Stay all day and shop in this super charming Texas town.

When: Today, December 30th

Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

6276 US-290
Fredericksburg Texas 78624

If you resolve to move your body more in 2019, the most fun and fulfilling way to do it is to welcome a furry friend into your family. Nothing will motivate you more to get out of bed and get some fresh air—every single day! Plus, you know, you’ll have more love in your life than ever before.

Austin Animal Center is celebrating this new trip around the sun with New Year’s Rescue-lution! The perfect pet is waiting for you now and adoption fees are only $19!! And all pets at the shelter are eligible!

In addition, on New Year’s Eve day they’ll have crafts available from 12-1:30 p.m. Join us on December 31 to craft cat, dog, and rabbit toys!

When: Today, December 29th

Time: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, Texas 78702

If your Christmas tree is looking a little sad and dry, it’s time to get that beautiful fire hazard out of the house! We hate to see the holiday twinkle come down around town, but the city of Austin takes the edge off our post-Christmas blues by making it super easy to recycle. Give it whole new life!

There are two simple ways to make this happen. All of the details are right here, but this is the basic gist …

Curbside Collections

The easiest thing to do is recycle their trees at the curb! If you are a City of Austin customer, just remove all decorations and the stand from the tree (obvi!) and set it out  by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.

Zilker Park Drop-off

All residents can drop off their trees for recycling at Zilker Park. Trees with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted. Drop-off is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
  • Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
  • Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019

Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 17, 9 a.m. Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.

Image courtesy Alan Levine via Flickr.

If you still need more Christmas in your life (and something to do with those sugar-crazed kiddos) head out to the Old West Christmas Light Fest! They have awesome light displays, food, and family activities under the beautiful star-filled Texas sky at Enchanted Springs Ranch.

Check out more than 40 Old West buildings glow in the midst of a million twinkling lights, visit Santa, drive through and walk around the light displays, and snap holiday photos. You can also gather around the campfire, and stuff yourself with tasty holiday treats and libations.

To buy your tickets, click here!

When: Today, December 27th

Time: 6–10 p.m.

Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 State Highway 46 W
Boerne, Texas 78006

If I had to pick one word to describe Spa Luxe it would be “experience.” From the warm welcome you receive upon walking in the door to the truly first-class treatments, the experience was nothing short of exceptional.

I’m not sure how many spa days you need under your belt to be considered an expert, but whatever the number is—I’m close! This is probably very obnoxious, but I swear it’s just part of being a lifestyle blogger. That, and lots of 5Ks, heavy appetizers, and cheap champagne! I’ve been scrubbed and buffed and steamed in hotels and day spas at various price points. But I can tell you: The sprawling Spa Luxe in Georgetown has set a new bar.

A critical part of the spa day for me is the relaxation room, the staging room if you will. A luxurious robe and some not-so-cheap champagne before a massage always sets the tone for some serious me time. Spa Luxe set the stage just right. Next up was a 90-minute massage. You now how certain people are born to do things? Like Michael Phelps was born to swim like a fish? Beyoncé was born to bring the house down? Well my masseuse was born to rub muscles! She had a gift for knowing the right amount of pressure and feeling points of tension without me even mentioning it. It was magical and my 80 minutes were over far too soon.

Photo Credit: Aubrey Young Photography

Next up was a HydraFacial, which is the latest and greatest when it comes to facials. I’ve long struggled with clogged pours and this treatment was just what I needed. It’s been three weeks and my face still feels and looks clear and fresh. That most definitely will not be my last HydraFacial.

Topping off my day of self care was a pedicure, with my glass of bubbly in hand. The thing about Spa Luxe is that everyone was so good at their specific job. I felt like I was the only client of the day and they were truly invested in my longterm wellness. A real highlight in the crazy life of a blogger. Duty calls!