Kristy Owen - 2/387 - 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.

Today let’s celebrate the birthday of one of the sweetest, cutest dogs in all the land—Penny the Luck Dragon! This little lady has an amazing story and is living proof that adopting a new family member is a magical experience. All proceeds will benefit Austin Pets Alive! Entry to the party is free with a donation to APA!

Dogs welcome! Did we even need to say that? Enjoy complimentary goodies from local Austin dog businesses and explore lots of vendor booths. There will be donation based drawings for over 30 prizes!

When: Today, September 29th

Time: noon – 4:00 p.m.

92 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Image via Penny The Luck Dragon’s Facebook Page

September 27th till September 29th – Free Bag of Coffee (just cover shipping)
To celebrate National Coffee Day, local startup Atlas Coffee Club is offering coffee lovers their 1st Bag (12oz) of premium Single Origin Coffee for Free with any subscription! (just cover shipping / fyi, you can cancel at anytime)
Visit: to get your free bag! 
Use code: AtlasCoffeeDay18

Valid: one per customer/household

If you love coffee, this is the deal you’ve been waiting for!  

About Atlas Coffee Club…
With more than 50+ countries producing coffee, Atlas Coffee Club designed their coffee subscription to zig-zag across the equator to explore the world’s best. From Papua New Guinea to Peru, Burundi to Brazil…each month subscribers get to discover coffee and culture from a new country, turning their morning routine into a daily adventure.  

Whether you are an art rookie or aficionado, atxGALS has managed to curate the coolest art exhibits around Austin by offering a unique way to experience top-notch art, and let me tell you, it’s one of the most fun and rewarding alternatives to your typical night out. 

What’s Unique About atxGALS Events:

  1. They are known for hosting art exhibits in non-traditional gallery settings – South Congress Hotel, Wanderlust Yoga Studios, The Refinery, and DSNMGF to name a few. “Galleries can be stuffy and intimidating for people, even to some artists. We try to create an atmosphere that is fun and comfortable for everyone to simply come out to have a good time while also supporting a good cause.”

2. The tickets to their events are super accessible and in most cases, they include OPEN BAR. You can also score some sweet swag bags with your ticket purchase. 

3. The level of talent is no joke, and it’s all local! The exhibits feature art from at least 10 different women artists, each unique in style and medium. The curation is beautiful, fun, diverse and effortless. 

4. Wear your dancing shoes – these ladies sure know the best DJs in town, setting the ambiance far from ‘stuffy’. The music is upbeat but easy enough to sit back with friends and enjoy the art. Stay long enough and you might find yourself in the middle of a dance party surrounded by incredible art. Either way, sign me up!

5. By attending an atxGALS event, you are supporting local arts and Organizations.  Artists keep 100% of art sales, which is unusual in a typical gallery setting, and a portion of ticket sales benefit incredible Organizations with a focus on women’s empowerment, rights, and equality. Talk about a feel-good party.

Upcoming Events

If you haven’t been to an art party put on by atxGALS, now is your chance. atxGALS and Native Hostel are partnering for atxGALS official Fall party this Friday, September 28th.

The night will kick off at 6pm with an exclusive meet and greet with the artists, open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, Austin Eastciders, Dulce Vida Tequila and Lone Star Beer,  passed around chef-prepared appetizers, and an exhibit with works from 14 emerging female artists. The party will continue at 7:30 when doors open to VIP and General Admission guests.

atxGALS is expected to put on an incredible event, and in partnership with Native Hostel, will have two DJ sets, swag bags for the VIP ticket buyers (tickets are limited) and a silent auction benefiting Girls Empowerment Network. Participating artists will include:  Kristin FreemanMolly MansfielArielle AustinChanel KreuzeMonica CenicerosWhitney Turetzky Neena BuxaniEryn BrookeBrooke RobinsonUmbreen AhmadKara PendlKiah DensonJulie Ahmad  and Ashley Gierke

This is an oldie and a goodie! Featuring 300 juried vendors, food concessions, three stages of music, kids rides, and a petting zoo, the Fall Pecan Street Festival is an Austin institution. In fact, it’s one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation. The fest is always a rain or shine event, so when the clouds part today—head downtown for some fun. It’s all day tomorrow, too!

When Today, September 22nd

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

24 Blocks on 6th Street from Brazos to I-35
Austin, Texas 78722

Free rooftop yoga is BACK! Join Black Swan Yoga on the rooftop of Whole Foods at S. Lamar every Wednesday for the entire months of September and October.

Enjoy free Kombucha from sponsor GTS Kombucha after and hang for a dance party with each DJ afterwards. No need to sign up, just show up and bring your yoga mat, a water bottle and a friend!

September 19th – Patsy – DJ Alfa Leone
September 26th – Bridgid – Cass&ra
October 3rd – Christine – Cass&ra
October 10th – Lizzie – SWAYLÓ
October 17th – Jenn – SWAYLÓ
Ocober 24th – Cheyenne – Cass&ra
October 31st – Gillian – Cass&ra

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Whole Foods
524 North Lamar
Austin, Texas

Can you spell F-U-N-D-R-A-I-S-E-R?  Austin Bat Cave (ABC) inaugural Buzzed Spelling Bee for Adults, a fundraising event to benefit ABC’s writing programs is happening tonight. Spectators can cheer on the spellers and support ABC’s mission for a suggested donation of $5. Local writer and radio personality Kelly Stocker will serve as Queen Bee (mistress of ceremonies).

All the participants have been registered, and the lineup is locked—come cheer on the spellers!

Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks from Butterfly Bar (including a signature cocktail created for this event) and pasta from Patrizi’s food truck will be available for purchase. ABC will also hold a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

This event is open to the public. All donations and raffle proceeds will go to support ABC’S free writing programs for kids.

When: tonight, September 18th

Time: 7pm-9pm

The Butterfly Bar
2307 Manor Road
Austin, Texas

The good people at Austin Animal Center are trying to avoid using pop crates this weekend by waiving adoption fees on medium and large doggies! They are super full right now and also looking for fosters.

If you’ve been thinking about bringing someone special into your family, THIS is the perfect time to find them.

When: Today, September 16th

Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

7201 Levander Loop Bldg. A
Austin, TX 78702

If you are in search of something amazing to do tonight, here’s a great night of music for a great cause! Pearl-snaps will be starched, Wranglers will be creased, and ladies’ hairdos will be as big as Texas as we honor George Strait with a night of songs, dancin’, and beer drinkin’.

Hosted by Jacob Jaeger and Kristopher Wade, and joined by a star-studded cast of some of Austin’s finest musicians, The Space In The Hole Band. This is just a no-brainer!

When: Today, September 15th

Tickets: $20 (All proceeds benefit The SIMS Foundation.)

Time: 9 p.m. – midnight

1305 W Oltorf St.
Austin, TX 78704

Come celebrate the release of St. Paul and The Broken Bones brand new album, Young Sick Camellia with this special, intimate performance!

Purchase the brand new St Paul & the Broken Bones Limited Color LP (while supplies last), LP or CD and receive a FREE Priority wristband for admission to the in-store performance and autograph signing!

Fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Co!

When: today, September 14th

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Waterloo Records
600 N Lamar Blvd Ste A,
Austin, Texas 78703