Kristy Owen - 2/383 - 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.

It’s time to raise your SCH Lemonades + ring in another month of summer in Austin, TX. 

Cool down with tunes from Swimming With Bears + drink specials that last all night. Texas (summer) forever y’all. 

Free entry, as always. 

All the activities: 
Performance by Swimming With Bears
_Dance jams by ulovei
_Staff Shokuji happening in Otoko
_Photobooth by MYEVENTISTHEBOMB, sponsored by CultureMap Austin
_Drink specials all night

Hungry? Grab a bite at Café No Sé, Central Standard or OTOKO before or after the show. 

Drink specials:

  • $7 SCH Lemonade
  • $7 Wine
  • $3 Beer

When: tonight, August 2nd

Time: 6pm-9pm

South Congress Hotel 
1603 South Congress Ave. 
Austin, Texas 78704

Tonight, come out for everyone’s favorite 00’s high school movie and some super fetch live music on the Long Center Lawn! In partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512, the Sound & Cinema series involves live and local music combined with classic movies and cult films projected onto the Drafthouse’s giant, inflatable outdoor screen.

When: Tonight, August 1st

Doors and Food Trucks Open at 6:00 p.m.
Music by GO FEVER at 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark (around 8:45 p.m.)

Long Center
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, Texas 78704

Do you ever wake up thinking, ‘Man, it sure is good to be an Austinite?’ Well my friends, today was one of those days for me.

Earlier today, Texas Monthly reported that legendary BBQ joint, Franklin BBQ, is opening a breakfast taco and coffee truck later this year in the existing Franklin’s parking lot. Read the full article from Texas Monthly here.

While this news may have you itching to stop by the original establishment, note that they are on summer vacation until August 10th!

The wait is over, Madewell South Congress is opening their doors today! They’re celebrating with a week-long celebration. 

Activities include free denim personalization c/o Ft. Lonesome and Ace Tailors, sips, snacks, shopping and so. much. more. A free limited-edition tote with any purchase?*

Thursday, August 2nd / 7-9pm
Live performances by Suzanne Choffel, Ruby Jane and Miggy Milla. Tote screenprinting by Industry Print Shop. 10% of the event proceeds will benefit Black Fret, an organization that supports Austin’s local musicians.

Friday, August 3rd / 5-7pm
Join the female-artist collective, Broad Studios, as they chat about entrepreneurship in the maker-slash-art world, what it’s really like to collaborate and how they navigate the creative process. Moderated by Emily Eisenhart.

Saturday, August 4th / 9-10am**
Located at South Congress Hotel, taught by Kaley Klasson.

Saturday, August 4th / 1-4pm
Featuring CK Goods, Slantt, Moulton, and Settle Ceramics.

Sunday, August 5th / 1-4pm
Hosted by Ellen Bruxvoort of Fibrous.

*While supplies last
**Seating is limited. Please RSVP to reserve a spot:

Madewell South Congress
1329 South Congress Avenue 
Austin, Texas 78704

Let’s all be kids again and meet on a street corner to douse each other with squirt guns! I mean, what could possibly be a better plan on July day in Austin?

Bring your squirt guns, all filled up! Bring water balloons, a water cannon, laser-seeking water grenades, a truck with a freakin’ water tank and hose, or whatever you’ve got! It’s going to be a soakin’ good time all over again.

The organizers want us all to have an awesome time, but no one should be irresponsible or mean. No squirting unarmed people or passing cars.

Don’t start until the air-horn goes off and don’t forget to wear goggles!

When: Today, July 29th

Time: 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Same location as past Splash Mobs—6th & Trinity!

Austin is all about Christmas in July this year! Grocery Pup and Austin Eastciders are teaming up for a big bash in support of Austin Police Operation Blue Santa. Bring your pup dressed in their best Christmas costumes for a chance to win giveaways.

  • Make a toy or cash donation to Operation Blue Santa onsite and be entered in our raffle to win an Austin Eastciders Yeti Cooler and a bag of Grocery Pup food.
  • Bring your pup dressed in their best Christmas costumes for a chance to win giveaways!
  • A one-day debut of Austin Eastciders Spiced Cider.
  • Samples of Grocery Pup food for your pup to enjoy.

Ho, Ho, HOPE to see you there—be sure to RSVP here.

When: Today, July 28th

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Austin Eastciders Collaboratory
979 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78702

It’s free movie in the park night! 101x Summer Cinema is back with a screening of The Incredibles at Republic Square Park. 


Pizza from Stony’s pizza – Rainey

Tacos from Juana Taco
Ice Cream from Yummi Joy
Snow Cones  from Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs

And food for 🐕 from H-E-B because they’re welcome to join you for the movie too!

Don’t forget, we also offer Blue Moon Brewing Company Company and Bota Boxfor only $6 – to those legal to drink.

When: today, July 26th

Time: Dusk (8:40-ish)

Republic Square
422 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas 78701

The best way to keep cool in this sweltering weather is $7 froze. Join TRACE at The W Hotel Wednesdays this summer for froze and half bottles of rosé.

Beats by Joshua Klaus. 

When: Wednesdays

Time: 5pm-7pm

Trace at The W 
200 Lavaca Street 
Austin, Texas 78701

Today (and all through the night) we’re celebrating the first birthday of a new Austin institution!

Everyone through the door gets an Old Fashioned or a Nickel City Boilermaker for a nickel! They’ll also have exclusive one day only Nickel City merch and food specials from the  Delray Cafe. Plan to waste the day away right here.

When: July 22nd-23rd

Time: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Nickel City
1133 East 11th
Austin, Texas 78702