Kristy Owen - 2/400 - 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 feeling a familiar combination of nervousness and hunger? Us too. And it can only mean one thing—Quesoff is right around the corner! Austin’s preeminent melted cheese contest is coming back on July 27th and as always, it’s going to be better than ever.

More than 35 teams repping restaurants, top chefs, home cooks, neighbors, brothers, and sisters will go head to head in four categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie, and Wild Card. A Best in Show will also be awarded to the overall favorite.

This year’s teams include past winners Cheesus, Dai Due, Better Half and Kesos Tacos; along with a whole slew of local eateries and businesses like Micklethewait Craft Meats, Uchiko, Central Standard, Scholz Garten, Pink Avocado Catering, Luvit BBQ, Republic Diner, Siete Foods, Posse East, Trudy’s, Red’s Porch, JuiceLand, Sala and Betty, Credo Foods, Jamie’s Salsa, Eldorado Cafe, Taco Baby, Austin Daily Press, Austin’s Pizza, Guero’s, Maudie’s as well as ‘home teams’ such as Voodoo Magic, Club Indigo, Formaggi-hoes, Downtown Cheesy Brown, It’s All Gouda, and more!

The esteemed panel of judges this year are: Andrew Knowlton, Editor at Large, Bon Appétit; Callie Speer – Executive Chef & Owner, Holy Roller; Fermin Nunez – Executive Chef, Suerte; Kendall Antonelli – Co-Owner & Founder, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop; Matthew Odam, Restaurant Critic, Austin American-Statesman; and Michael Fojtasek – Executive Chef & Owner, Olamaie.

A per usual, Quesoff will benefit an amazing cause—the Central Texas Food Bank. A $3 donation will be required to attend the event and 100% of those proceeds will go to the CTFB

Bags of chips will be available for $5. This event is all ages, because even babies love queso.

When: Saturday, July 27th

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Mohawk
912 Red River

All ages, including pets, enjoy relaxing Sunday evenings with different musical ensembles presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The setting of kids dancing, couples lounging on blankets, and friends gathering never gets old. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, June 2nd

Time: 7:30 p.m.

701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Let’s all welcome another glorious Austin summer and a flavor of cider that will make you shun all other drinks for the next three months. I

This fun picnic at Fareground ATX will have a ton of Austin Eastciders Watermelon Cider, live music by Zettajoule and Andy Lane, food specials, drink specials, pop-up shops, and more!

Plus, there will be lots of wholesome activities, like a photo booth, watermelon Bowling, face painting, watermelon draft specials, and bag toss!

The event is free and open to all ages.

When: Today, June 1st

Time: 2–5 p.m.

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

Milk Bar Ice Cream Truck (a vintage 1969 Chevy p10 postal truck) was in town for Hot Luck and sticking around for a few days to serve Cereal Milk Soft Serve with Cornflake Crunch, MilkBar Pie, as well as cake truffles, cookies and more.

  • South Congress Hotel – 5/28 + 5/29 – 6-8 P.M.
  • Franklin BBQ – 5/30 – 11 A.M. -2 P.M. 
  • Gati (1512 Holly Street) – 5/30 – 6-8 P.M.
  • Austin Motel – 5/31 (3 P.M.-8 P.M.), 6/1 (12 P.M. -5 P.M.), 6/2 (12 P.M.-5 P.M.)  

Your dog deserves some quality time with their human. Luckily the best dog-friendly hang out session is back at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden! Grab your furry friend and head to Rainey for live music, an off-leash dog park, and drink specials from Austin Eastciders.

And you might just leave with a bigger crew than you came with. Austin Pets Alive! will be in the garden with their cutest adoptable dogs and all Woof Wurst sales will benefit the center.

When: Today, May 27th

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Location: 79 Rainey St, Austin, Texas 78701

Sundays are for swimming, and if you haven’t checked out the pool at this downtown hotel—you must! It’s got gorgeous views and the loveliest vibe. Come sip and swim with friends as you vibe to sounds curated by Austin-based DJ & Producer collectives Peligrosa, Exploded Drawing, and Austin Boogie Crew. This is happening all summer long!

This year’s kick-off is featuring the one and only Peanut Butter Wolf, with Heart & Soul Soundsystem opening.

And to make life super easy, they’ll be offering free valet parking for the event. Just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

When: Today, May 26th

Time: 3–7 p.m.

The LINE Hotel Austin
111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78701

Before you spend the next three months sunning yourself on the hill at Barton Springs, it might be a good idea to get your skinned checked out! And here’s the easiest way to do it: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Destination Healthy Skin RV is back for its third year, and will stop in Austin on June 8–9! This dermatologist’s office on wheels has two private exam rooms and travels around the country all summer long.

Inside local dermatologists will provide free full-body skin cancer screenings, which are first come, first served. They are on a mission to save lives and screening is everything when it comes to the health of your skin. Participants also get educational materials and Shiseido brand Clear Stick UV Protector SPF 50+.  

At each stop, Walgreens specially trained beauty consultants and pharmacists will be on-hand to distribute sunburn alert stickers, educate visitors on the importance of sun protection, provide recommendations for sun care and sunburn treatments, and advise patients on medication that can cause photosensitivity. Additionally, their nurse practitioners will operate a Canfield Reveal Imager, a portable skin analysis imaging system that visualizes UV damage.

When: June 8th ,10 a.m.–4 p.m. & June 9th, noon-4p.m.

Location: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd (The parking lot by the beach volleyball courts)

JAWS ON THE WATER returns for its fifth year! It’s finally summertime and everyone is invited back to Volente Beach Resort on the shores of Lake Travis for one the best events of the year. Get access to all the Volente Beach Resort rides, a ticket to one of the best films of all time, and an explosive finale to close out the night. Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water… while you’re in the water. We’re pretty sure there’s nothing lurking in there…

WHO:                   Presented by Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow

WHEN:                 June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17
*Doors open at 6:00 PM
*Movie begins at 8:45 PM (or after sundown)

Included with your JAWS ON THE WATER experience…

·         Admission to Volente Beach Resort fun from 6:00PM – 8:30PM, with all rides and hang out spots open, including the Lazy Lagoon, The Sidewinder, volleyball, a beachside bar and grill and a whole lot more.

·         (1) ticket to the On the Water screening of one of the greatest films of all time.

·         An explosive finale.

·         The chance to be a floating shark snack for a squad of scuba divers to scare.

 TUBES: Three options available this year: 

·         Buy one! Alex Kintner’s float inspired tube featuring headrest and cupholders will be available for sale on site (or with an add on to your ticket)

·         Bring your own! Picked up a tube last year? Feel free to bring that, or any other tube 53″ diameter or less.

·         Borrow from us! Don’t want to bring a tube? We’ll also have plenty of loaners available for your use during the screening, and you can just return it to the beach after the film.

Served 6:00-8:30 PM
You can purchase an optional pre-sale Meal Ticket at check out (vegetarian options available). Meal Tickets will be received onsite.

There will be multiple outdoor bars throughout the venue, including permanent bars set up at the waterpark, and pop up bars built on the beach for these screenings.

No unaccompanied minors under 17. All children 12 & under are required to wear a life jacket while in the water. Ages 6 & under are not allowed in water or at water park.

At 365 Things Austin we have always strived to bring you the best of Austin to your fingertips. Today is a huge day for us as we are moving from your fingertips to your earbuds.

365 Things Austin Founder, (me) Kristy Owen along with my friend, BMX extraordinaire and Burro Cheese Kitchen Co-Owner, Aaron Ross will chat all things Austin. Each Thursday we’re going to tell you the BEST Things To Do Over The Weekend and any experiences we’ve personally had with the events.

We are also are going to talk to local celebrities, chefs, athletes, iconic Austinites and anyone else who gives this city a pulse. Aaron is a huge sports fan so expect plenty of Longhorn coverage along side your restaurant reviews.

Future episodes will also cover topics such as Best Places to Happy Hour, Where To Have The Perfect Birthday Dinner, Best Things To Do On A Bachelorette/Bachelorette Party, and many more.

We want to talk about what you want to hear about. So please feel free to DM us on social media at @365ThingsAustin or @TheAaronRoss or email us at

What you can do now? Please, please, please find us on iTunes and RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE.

Huge shouts to MWBK Creative and Sales they have made this such an easy process for us and have been so amazing to work with. This duo is the dream team.

Things To Do In Austin, TX

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Thursday, July 18th

Movies On The Lawn: The Princess Bride

Sunset Knockout Session with Outdoor Voices

Unplugged at The Grove

Austin City Limits Radio is celebrating 26 years of Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday at Shady Grove! It’s the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin.

Friday, July 19th

Rowing Dock Sunset Bat Paddle

Kammok Happy Hour

All Weekend

Float The River

This is a must do at least once this summer! Floating the River is a rite of passage in Central Texas.

Saturday, July 20th

Free Yoga on the Lawn with Lululemon

Dirty Martin’s Classic Car Night

Chasing The Moon at McKinney Falls State Park

Jaws on the Water

Pop open a beer, dangle your feet over your inner tube, and watch the film that made everyone afraid to go in the water … while you’re in the water.

Sunday, July 21st

Wes Anderson Movie Night

Hartman Foundation Free Concert In The Park

All ages, including pets, enjoy relaxing Sunday evenings with different musical ensembles presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The setting of kids dancing, couples lounging on blankets, and friends gathering never gets old.

A Peep Ahead

Dog Restaurant Week

Other Things To Peep

The Brunch Boat on Lady Bird Lake

Enjoy all-local, all-complimentary food and beverages on board, complete with a DJ and a photo booth! It’s the perfect opportunity to support local businesses while taking in the best view of Austin’s skyline!

The Bat Boat on Lady Bird Lake

While most people grab a spot on the bridge, there’s an even better way to watch the bats: from the rooftop deck of a gorgeous boat with pizza in your belly and a drink in your hand!

Waterloo Adventures Is Open For The Season

This locally owned and operated floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play!

New Motown Exhibition at the LBJ Library

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, the LBJ Presidential Library is hosting a new exhibition that will take you way back in time. If you haven’t been to to the LBJ Library, we really think you should. It’s one of the cultural treasures that makes Austin so unique. a

Bachelorette Viewing Parties at Icenhauer’s

Join Icenhauer’s each week for the ultimate girls night. Enjoy happy hour pricing, bring you own snacks or order from their trailer, and the most dramatic show in history on their indoor TVs. When the weather improves they will project on their back patio!

Sunset Cruise on Lake Austin

Take your happy hour out on the water and experience the beauty and fun of this place in a whole new way. We’ve partnered with Float On and Independence Brewing Co. to offer the booze cruise of your dreams!

Free Yoga at Republic Square

Join Wanderlust Yoga for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, KIND Snacks, Siete Foods, and yours truly, 365 Things Austin at Republic Square.

Hotel Pools to Keep You Cool This Summer

Photo: Nick Simonite

You should really play hooky and spend the day at one of these fabulous Austin pools.

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