Kristy Owen - 2/376 - 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.

Hakuna Matata! Come out to North West District Park for a free showing of Lion King.

Bring a blanket and come hungry, because food trucks will be at each movie this year.

When: tonight, April 5th 

Time: 8pm-10pm

Location:
Northwest District Park 
7000 Ardath St,
Austin, TX 78757

I’ve told myself many lies in this lifetime, and if we were to flashback 10 years ago, one of the biggest lies would have been, “Getting your real estate license will be easy, Kristy!” While it was way harder than I thought, in spite of all the twists and turns, I still would do it all again.  

I was a senior at UT and about to graduate college with no real plan for my life. All I knew was that I wasn’t ready to go sit at desk for the foreseeable future. I know! I’ll get my real estate license. They’re always out and about and can make their own schedules. Problem solved. So with about three weeks left until graduation, and my dad’s coverage of most of my expenses about to expire, I decided to figure out how one does such a thing.

There were two options: 1. Sit in a classroom for six to eight weeks, eight hours a day. I definitely didn’t have time for that. 2. Order textbooks online for about a grand, study at home, and take the test. Option number two it was!

After three attempts, I finally passed the test. The online classes that went with the books were gut-wrenchingly boring and did nothing to prep me for the state real estate test. Unfortunately, they also didn’t prepare me much for being a Realtor. But the state of Texas said I could practice real estate—so off I went.

At 22, real-life real estate was a far cry from the glamorous life I’d imagined, which was basically just showing jaw-dropping, million-dollar homes and having your phone ring off the hook. In actuality, I was showing low-income housing in parts of town where I wish I had a security guard to accompany me. And it was 2008, so the Austin real estate market bubble had just popped. It wasn’t the best time to dive into a new career. I got a side job as an assistant to one of the best realtors in town and that’s where I finally started to learn about the business and pick up some of my own clients. Like most things in life, true education comes from actually throwing yourself in the mix and learning from trial and error.

Fast forward a few more years—lots of life happened—and while I am not practicing real estate anymore, that attempt at a career led me to my current job. I do however still have my license and collect referral fees when I can. Gotta love making money for not really doing anything! It’s the American Dream, right? When I started down the path to becoming a realtor, it took me down a road I didn’t expect, but I am so happy it did.

Would I do it all again? Yes. But if I did, there is no doubt that I would use AceableAgent for my real estate licensing (see above how witty they are). Despite being a really great driver, I have had to use their Aceable defensive driving program to get a ticket taken care of. Their education software is convenient because it’s in an app and online and it’s written in a really witty way. I didn’t hate having to do it. And, now, they offer products that were not previously available for aspiring real estate agents (to help them prepare for the state licensing exam) and for established agents (to meet their continuing education requirements). This is a game changer, and I think it will allow more people to enter the market. It’s the best real estate education course I’ve seen. I just wish it has been around 10 years ago!

 

You’ll get all the Easter essentials at Yellow Jacket today: candy, mimosas, a petting zoo, and naturally—a Peep art exhibit! Come have brunch and party like a fluffy little bunny with your fellow Austinites.

When: Today, April 1st

Time: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Location:
Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 E 5th St, Austin, Texas 78702

What to hear something that will make you feel really old? The Sandlot first hit theaters 25 years ago this weekend. Yep, 25 friggin’ years! And here’s a fun outdoor screening to celebrate this beloved movie.

The Rolling Roadshow is hosting an outdoor screening at Austin’s and only actual sandlot venue, The Long Time, and they are bringing in all sorts of extra fun to make it an experience like no other.

Admission price includes:
A “Meet the Beast” photo booth
Food trucks featuring hot dogs and other classic baseball fare
Pop-up bars with beer, wine, and more available for purchase
Live music before the movie
An amateur wiffle ball home run derby contest
A campfire to roast marshmallows for s’mores
A ticket to the screening of the film with seating on an actual sandlot!

When: Today, March 31st

Time: Doors at 5:30 p.m. | Movie starts after sunset (around 7:50 p.m.)

Cost:
Full Access Admission $25 per person
Kids Full Access Admission $10 per child (12 and under)
Passes may be available at door until sold out. (NO Cash – debit/credit onlu)

Location:
The Long Time
5707 Dunlap Road North
Austin, TX 78725

 

 

Local hero chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin invite you to a preview of their new restaurant Loro! Come sample the menu, enjoy a surprise performance, and celebrate the big opening in support of one of their favorite causes, No Kid Hungry.

When: Today, March 29th

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Get your tickets here!

Location:
Loro
2115 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) announced the return of the popular Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM kicking off March 13 through July 3. The 17-week program will allow cyclists to bike around the world-renowned circuit from 6 until dark every Tuesday, giving them the opportunity to experience the 3.4-mile, 20-turn racetrack at their own pace. To participate, guests must register on-site at COTA or online at www.thecircuit.com/bike.

Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM is open to all levels of experience, from beginner to professional. Riders seeking a more challenging route can conquer Turn 1 — one of the most iconic turns in motorsports. A flatter route is available for novice riders with the Turn 1 Bypass route. Bike Rentals will be available to guests who do not have their own bike, and Bicycle Sport Shop will be onsite to provide mechanical support.  

“Two of the primary values for us at Bicycle Sport Shop are our commitment to the community with our advocacy for cycling and supporting great opportunities for people to ride,” said Bicycle Sport Shop Owner Hill Abell. “The Tuesday night bike events at COTA are a fantastic opportunity for cyclists of all skill levels to ride together at one of the most incredible facilities in the world, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Registration is $15 for early online booking and $20 at the door. Early online booking will close at 10 p.m. every Monday prior to event. Season passes, available for purchase at $195 now through March 19, include thirteen guaranteed rides with additional Tuesday nights free through July.

Parking in Lot A is free and will open each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

To participate in Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM, riders must register online at www.thecircuit.com/bike or on site at COTA’s picnic area or Paddock.

Do you have a habit of killing plants just by looking at them? Wish you could bring more life into your home? Then this is the workshop for you. Join Tillery Street Plant Co.‘s houseplant gurus to learn nifty tips and tricks for choosing the perfect plant for your space! Plus you can enjoy a Daily Greens specialty cocktail while enjoying a presentation on the basics: light, water, how to repot, and keep plants happy for years to come! Lindsey and Melissa will share some lesser known varieties of their favorites and finish with a Q&A.

Admission is free for all! If you are inspired to take some goodies home, a selection of plants and pottery will be available to mix, match, and purchase for 20% off!

When: Today, March 25th

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Street parking around Mohawk is free on Sunday!

The lovely people at P. Terry’s are helping out our animal friends in Austin today with Giving Back Day! Stop by ANY P. Terry’s today and the proceeds from your purchase will benefit Austin Pets Alive!.

If you think about it, you could eat all three meals there today! An egg burger for breakfast, veggie burger for lunch, and a double w/ cheese for dinner—plus a milkshake to wash it all down. Let’s really commit for our furry friends!

When: Today, March 24th

Time: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Location: All of ’em!

Image via the P. Terry’s Facebook page. 

YOGA + SNACK + SHOP at Nordstrom Barton Creek Square.

One hour all-levels yoga followed by local vendor pop-up shops, snacks, drinks, and shopping.
“Stay, Sip, and Shop” with a percentage of donations going to HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Campaign, one of my favorite local non-profits. 

Adult beverages from Deep Eddy Vodka
Hydration from Sway Water and Busy Bee Yerba Mate
Snacks from Vegan Nom
Giveaways from Wild Heart Yoga
Pop-up shops: City Surf Fitness – Austin, Tiffany Campbell Photography, Pharao, Moon Mantra, and Stephanie Estrin!

Arrive early to get your mat down and save a spot. Class is first come first serve. Limited spots available, but we’ll absolutely squeeze as many yogis in as possible! 

All levels welcome! Bring your mat and your friends ♥

Class is donation based. Cash/credit/venmo excepted!

When: today, March 20th 

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location:
Norstorm Barton Creek
2901 Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, Texas 

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Foster ATX + Made In Cookware present: Made In Austin, a celebration of the local Austin food scene. They’ve curated six intimate experiences that highlight the diverse cultural scene here in our city. Featuring six local chefs, guests will enjoy amazing bites with local libation pairings. There’s also two Kasita experiences, four WhereInn pop-up tents, a vinyl DJ lounge, and an immersive VIP experience. Raise your glasses as an Ode to Austin!

Confirmed chefs:

  • Gabe Erales, Dai Due Taqueria 
  • Evan Leroy, Leroy & Lewis
  • Fernando Marri, Boteco
  • Sarah Prieto, Barley Swine
  • Deepa Shridhar, PuliRa
  • Andre Molina + Ian Thurwatcher, Intero

When: Sunday, March 18

Time: noon — 6:00 p.m.

Cost: free with RSVP 

Location:
1304 E. 4th St (Kasita)