Kristy Owen - 2/398 - 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.

vintage market spring 2019

The weather is heating up fast and you need new stuff! But not just any old stuff—chic vintage finds you’ll get compliments on every time you wear them. Come shop more than 20 vintage vendors for clothing, jewelry, home goods, and more. It’s a beautiful day for shopping in an open-air market!

When: Today, April 28th

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

General Admission is free! VIP tickets are $10.

Location:
Native Hostels
807 E 4th St.
Austin, TX 78702

Today is a marvelous day for an Austin tradition like no other, Eeyore’s Birthday. This is day that our city pays tribute to the ever-so-famous and dependably pessimistic character from Winnie-the-Pooh.

This festival is basically the epicenter of the Keep Austin Weird movement. In fact, weird doesn’t even begin to describe this delightful event. Picture hundreds of people in costume dancing, sitting in drum circles, and running around maypoles to celebrate the fictional birthday of a fictional donkey. Needless to say, be sure to wear a costume.

It’s also a kid-friendly event. Artists will be offering face painting and temporary tattoos, and groups will be selling food, soft drinks, juices, Texas beer, and more. Eeyore’s Birthday is one of the city’s most fun and well-known cultural events. It also serves as a fundraiser to benefit nonprofit groups in Austin.

When: Today, April 27th

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St.

A new cocktail and coffee bar has come to South Austin: Velouria is now open morning to night, serving coffee and snacks in the a.m. and cocktails and bites in the evenings at 3801 S Congress, Suite 116. It’s the perfect spot for everything from remote working to lunching to happy hour-ing to partying.

The swanky space comes from The Brixton and Drinks Lounge owners Tim and Sara Lupa. The Lupas have created a cozy, modern atmosphere in Velouria with ample seating, a spacious bar, deep jewel tones, a large patio, and moody lighting. Behind the bar is general manager Kelon Bryant.
The menu includes morning staples such as pour over coffee, espresso, and cold brew using beans from Austin Roasting Company. Day time eats feature pastries from Crema Bakery, breakfast tacos, sandwiches like Chicken Salad Croissant and Avocado BLT, hearty salads, and Antonelli’s cheese boards. 


Afternoon and evening offerings showcase classic cocktails like Negronis, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Bee Knees, Martinis, and more, as well as craft beer, and wine. Don’t miss the amazing frozen cocktails like frozen Espresso Martinis and Mai Tais. Evening eats offer a variety of bar snacks, cheese and charcuterie boards. 


Velouria’s normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Velouria is located on the northwest corner of the Davis SoCo Apartments at 3801 S Congress Ave in Suite 116. Plenty of free parking is available for Velouria guests in street spots on Congress, in the retail spaces provided in the Davis Soco lots behind the building and below ground in the parking garage that conveniently exits right on to Velouria’s patio.

Some of the best memories of my childhood come from sneaking into local hotel pools. While we don’t advise that we do advise playing hooky and spending a pool day at one of these fabulous pools in Austin.

South Congress Hotel

  • Available Monday-Thursday, 11am-5pm through September 3rd.
  • Pool passes are $30 per person.
  • Pool passes include access to South Congress Hotel’s rooftop pool, bar and towel service.
  • Poolside food service provided by Cafe No Se. 
  • Reservations available up to one week in advance. 
  • To book your pool day, email concierge@southcongresshotel.com with your name, party size, and requested date & time.

Hotel Ella

  • Non-hotel guests can access the pool with daily pool passes, Monday-Thursday from 11am-5pm.
  • Pool passes are $25 per person.
  • Pool passes include valet parking, pool towel & entry to the pool and courtyard.
  • No outside food or beverage allowed. Poolside dining available for purchase, provided by Goodall’s Kitchen.
  • Pool passes may be reserved up to one week in advance by emailing concierge@hotelella.com.

W Hotel Wet Deck Pool Pass

  • WET Deck day passes now available for $10/person.
  • Day passes can be redeemed at the WET Deck entrance on Monday through Friday from 11AM-9PM.
  • Cash will not be accepted at the door, all tickets must be purchased here. 
  • Happy Hour // Complimentary access to the WET Deck Monday-Friday after 5PM. You’re welcome.
  • Not Valid on holidays

jackalope south shore

Just when you are old enough to get really good at egg hunting, you are apparently too old. Well, no more! This year you are going to dominate! This egg hunt for adults at the Jackalope South Shore was such a success last year that they had to do it again! And this year they are adding an adorable petting zoo. So prep your cascarones and get ready to feel like a kid again.

When: Today, April 21st

Time: noon–10 p.m.

Location: The Jackalope South Shore, 1523 Tinnin Ford Rd. Austin, TX 78741

Jo's Coffee pet parade

This annual Pet Parade on South Congress is beloved by all who have ever come across it—because it’s hard not to love animals parading down the street in ridiculously adorable outfits with a marching band.

It starts at Annie and ends at the Jo’s parking lot, where there will be a costume contest emceed by Lyndon’s twin and local celebrity chef Lou Lambert. The judges will be well-known locals like Dale Watson, Andy Langer, Steve Wertheimer, and others. Then you can hang out for a few hours to eat, drink, and ogle a lot of great looking animals while a band or two plays.

You can register your pet at the marching line or you can just march without competing. All proceeds go to the Austin Humane Society!

When: Today, April 20 @ Noon

Thursday, April 18th

Happy Hour at Lenior

Celebrate spring under the live oaks in the wine garden at Lenoir. They have wine and beer specials and locally sourced options on the menu.

Friday, April 19th

Bloom: atxGals Spring Art Party

The atxGALS are hosting another urban art pop-up highlighting 10 amazing women artists. Stimulate your senses with art, music, food, and, of course, an open bar.

Tyler’s & Rowing Dock’s Glow Paddle ATX Benefitting Flatwater Foundation

Come dressed in your brightest, shiniest, and most flamboyant apparel. Each Glow Paddler will receive a limited-edition glow-in-the-dark TYLER’S tee and a glowing lantern to attach to their vessel.

Full Moon Swim at Austin Motel

We are knocking on summer’s door! Austin Motel and Joann’s Fine Foods have launched Full Moon Swims. Grab a Mai Tai from the pool bar and relax to some tunes from Sundown to pool close!

Protect Your Privacy: Document Shredding At Front Bank North

Frost invites all Austin-area residents to come have your sensitive documents shredded! And they will be serving treats and refreshments to keep you happy after tax season.

In The Doghouse Comedy Show

It’s a free stand-up comedy show and bring-a-dog party. What on Earth could be better?

Aaron Franklin at BookPeople

Come hear from a local icon and global barbecue superstar, and get a signed copy of his new book Franklin Steak.

All Weekend

7th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort has had over 10,000 attendees over the past few yeas. Bring the kids and blow their minds with this awe-inspiring event!

Saturday, April 20th

Jo’s Annual Pet Parade

This is the place for dogs in drag! This annual Pet Parade on South Congress is beloved by all who have ever come across it—because it’s hard not to love animals in outfits.

Houseplants & Succulents 101

Watermelon Cider Launch

Dazed & Confused Movie Night

North Loop Block Party & Sidewalk Sale

Fun, food, drinks, music, sidewalk sales, and more with your favorite local businesses on North Loop!

Corner Bar Austin’s Annual Crawfish Boil

DJ Jeff Strange will be laying down an all-vinyl set and crawfish king Cade Braquet will be boiling it up!

Rooftop Yoga at The Line Hotel

Come for some complimentary detox yoga class at this fab hotel’s rooftop porch overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Reconnect with your body and boost your confidence!

Star Bar 4/20 Party

Star Bar will mark 4:20 the Willie Nelson way—with a literal bang! Party night long with a “High-Scream” specialty cocktail and some free late-night snacks from Taco Bell.

Sunday, April 21st

Austin’s Original Bloody Mary & Crawfish Festival

Bloody Mary Fest is back at Scholz Garten for the second year, and this time they are topping it off with crawfish!

Jackalope’s 2nd Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt

This thing was such a success last year that they had to do it again! And this year they are adding an adorable petting zoo. So prep your cascarones and get ready to feel like a kid again.

Upcoming EventsL

Antonelli’s Cheese-y Bus Tour

Trust us when we say if you’re a cheese lover, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Only five tickets remain!

Icenhauer’s New Spring Cocktails

Icenhaur’s has launched Spring cocktails!

Stretch Soundscapes Yoga on Lady Bird Lake

Don’t miss this unique experience overlooking Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake. While using Sound Off headphones to stream music and the teacher’s voice directly to you, you’ll be treated to an amazing vinyasa flow class.

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Bidi bidi bom bom down to Micheladas Cafe and Cantina and join them for a drag brunch inspired by La Reina de la Cumbia, Selena! The event is hosted by The Q Austin, and is totally open to the public.

Grab your friends who know all her songs and head done for an epic Sunday fun day.

When: Today, April 14th

Time: noon–3 p.m.

Location: Micheladas Cafe y Cantina, 333 E 2nd St. Austin, Texas 78701

wildflower center

Whether you’re just getting started with gardening or have a seasoned green thumb, this Spring Native Plant Sale has seeds, flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, and more—plus expert help to get you growing!

The Wildflower Center’s big sale will feature hundreds of species of Texas natives. Not only are they beautiful, but native plants help conserve water; reduce mowing costs; provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife; protect the soil; and save money on fertilizer and pesticides.

When: Today, April 13th

Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., 78739

The atxGALS are at it again hosting another urban art pop-up highlighting 10 locally based, incredibly talented, emerging women artists. BLOOM 2019: A Springtime Art Party will get you in the springtime mood by stimulating your senses with art, music, food, and, of course, an open bar.

BLOOM 2019 will take place at the Refinery for the second year in a row with a killer raffle and noteworthy sponsors, like Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nine Banded Whiskey, Austin Eastciders, Layer Cake Wines, Dulce Vida Tequila, Via 313 Pizza, and more, to bring you one amazing event. And the best part? A portion of the proceeds will go to Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), so you’ll get to sip, see, and support a good cause. Early bird VIP tickets are on sale now and you’re not going to want to miss these VIP swag bags. Tickets here: https://atxgals.org/pages/upcoming-events.

When: April 19th, 6pm – 11pm

Location:
The Refinery 
612 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701