Kristy Owen - 2/359 - 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.

Juliet might be one of the most unappreciated patios in Austin. If you have not been, you’re missing out. This has been my recent go-to place for a cocktail and patio time. Tonight is Jazz Night which makes it the perfect excuse to check it out!

During the KUTX jazz music series, sip on a $5 Aperol Spritz, Juliet Italian Kitchen’s version of an Aperol Spritz or an Italian Sunrise during the Aperol Spritz Extended Happy Hour.

When: Tonight, October 11th

Time: 7  – 9:00 p.m.

Juliet Italian Kitchen
1500 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

Because they love us, Irene’s is offering a special ACL discount for all wristband holders—25% off food all day long during both weekends!

Today they’re having a boozy brunch with biscuits, Happy Hour Specials (10 a.m. to 2 a.m.) $3 Mimosas + $15 Carafes, $3 Bloody Marys, and DJ Emily Rabbit spinning rocksteady, dub, and rare grooves on the patio.

When: Today, October 8th

Time: noon – 4 p.m.


506 West Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

For the few of us who aren’t going to ACL this weekend, we present the most awesome alternative plan: The Cross Plants and Produce Pumpkin Patch opens today!

This is a year round farm market and local plant nursery and in the fall, it’s transformed into a sea of orange! Expect to find local treasures in the shop such as kettle corn, fall cookies and treats as well as the best milk, eggs, honey, meats and produce you’ve ever tasted.

Outside, you can stretch your legs and get some use out of those cute Halloween costumes at our many cute photo spots. Paint a pumpkin for $5 and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. There’s a hay pyramid to climb, a tunnel to crawl through, a tractor to explore, play house for imaginations to run wild, tree swing to fly like a bird, and lots of room to run and play.

Bring a picnic and stay a while and hang with their mini horse and mini donkey, Shorty and Spot! It’s the perfect fall family day.

When: Today, October 7th

Time: 10 a.m.

Cross Plants and Produce
705 N Old Highway 81, Kyle, Texas 78640

Rise and shine, Austin! The ACL fun starts early today. KUTX 98.9 Live at the Four Seasons takes place on the Hotel’s back lawn and the event proceeds benefit The Seton Infusion Center.

The annual live music broadcast is produced in partnership with local Austin radio station KUTX and features 25- to 30-minute sets, as well as candid interviews, with some of the festival’s most anticipated performers. Admission is $10 per person, which includes a complimentary breakfast taco, all-you-can-drink coffee, and KIND Snacks bar. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the show.

The 2017 KUTX Live at the Four Seasons lineup will feature Benjamin BookerHamilton LeithauserValerie June and Annabelle Chairlegs!

When: Today, October 6th

Time: 9 a.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701

1. 5th Annual Banger’s Oktoberfest

What: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, home to the city’s widest selection of handmade sausages and craft beer, is celebrating Oktoberfest with special food, beer and live music. Nodding homage to the home country host of Oktoberfest, German beers – some local and some national draughts – will be featured to celebrate beer and sausage.  

When: October 26th – October 28th 

Location: Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden

2. Hey Sugar! Austin Dessert Fest

What: Get ready for Austin’s first dessert festival, Hey Sugar! at Peached Social House! They are packing the joint with drool-worthy sweets from some of Austin’s best and most talented bakers and shops, who will be selling their treats to the masses!

When: October 29th, 11:00am-4:00pm 

Location: Peached Social House 

3. Grand Opening of Austin’s New Central Library

What: Austin’s #NewCentralLibrary opens its doors at 710 W. César Chávez St. on Saturday, October 28 at 1 PM. Everyone is welcome. There will be live music and fun for the kids until dusk.  The celebration is free and open to the public. 

When: October 28th, 1:00pm-6:00pm 

Location: Austin’s New Central Texas Library 

4. Hocus Pocus at the Community Cinema

What: Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of HOCUS POCUS.

Come as early as 7:00pm to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase

When: October 13th, 7:00pm-11:00pm 

Location: Community First! Village

5. Top Golf Crush Comes To Circuit of The Americas

What: Racing fans can experience a new kind of competition during the 2017 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX: Topgolf®Crush. Sports fans, golfers and non-golfers alike can enjoy food, drinks and music – all while crushing golf balls alongside the legendary Turn 1 of Circuit of The Americas (COTA) racetrack into giant target. 

Players will aim for seven giant targets ranging from 50-150 yards away from one of 23 bays. Topgolf’s Toptracer Range technology – not yet available at TopgolfAustin – tracks the flight path of the golf balls, instantly scoring every shot so players can challenge others to competition. Operating daily from 9 a.m. to midnight, Topgolf Crush Grand Prix guests can enjoy food and drinks, as well as various recreation games for those wanting to keep the fun going before or after their tee time. A live DJ will spin every day throughout the weekend.

When: October 18th – October 22nd 

Location: Circuit of the Americas 

6. Easy Sunday at Easy Tiger

What: Cider Lovers: Our next Easy Sunday is for you! Get ready to pop open $1 Austin Eastciders cans, snap up tees from Fine Southern Gentlemen, peruse a pop-up by Succulent Native and groove to tunes by DJ Gatsby. We’ll be giving away an Austin Eastciders cooler bag, hat and exclusive VIP tour for 4, as well as swag from all of our other vendors. Bonus: The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of ATX, who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with us! Can’t wait til 2 to join us? Build up your thirst with a Bikin’ Betties Social Ride

When: October 22nd, 2pm-6pm 

Location: Easy Tiger

7. Free Scoop Night at Lick Honest Ice Cream

What: Celebrate Lick Honest Ice Cream’s six year anniversary! Starting at seven o’clock, all four of our scoop shops in Austin & San Antonio will be giving out one free scoop to every customer who comes in! 

When: October 17th, 7pm-10pm

Location: Lick Honest Ice Cream, all locations

8. Free Shakespeare at The Market

What: Present Company’s 4th annual Shakespeare at the Market, ROMEO & JULIET, runs October 13th – 29th on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market.

When: October 13th-October 29th

Location: Whole Foods Downtown

9. Spirits of Mexico

What: Spirits of Mexico, SoM is taking over Austin and offering Tequila and Mezcal enthusiasts the chance to interact with makers, brand ambassadors, and SoM competition participants over tastings, and food and beverage pairings.

When: October 19th, 7pm-10pm

Location: Fair Market

10. Halloween Sunset Cruise on Lady Bird Lake

What: While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Capital Cruises to bring you a Halloween Bat Cruise, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, food, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats and tell you a little bit about them!

When: October 31st 

Location: Lady Bird Lake

BONUS: Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg General Store

What: For one week in October Austin, Texas is going to feel a lot more like a tiny little town in Tennessee. That’s because Jack Daniel’s is bringing a taste of its hometown of Lynchburg right to us with a pop-up general store in honor of the brand’s more than 150 year heritage.

When: October 8th – October 14th

Location: 800 Congress

PLAN AHEAD: Wheels To Wurstfest 

WHAT: Wurstfest was  voted the number two Oktoberfest in the country by USA Today.  This “10-Day Salute To Sausage” in New Braunfels is one of our favorite festivals of the year.  With sausage, beer, polka and potato pancakes as far as the eye can see, it’s a Bavarian wonderland that’s not to be missed.    

By offering round trip transportation all ten days of the fest again we’re making getting to New Braunfels easier than fitting into last years lederhosen.  Why risk the hour drive when you can take our Wheels to Wurstfest?  

* Worry free transportation from downtown Austin to Wurstfest (and back home)
*Admission into the festival.
*BYOB welcome on the ride down. 
*Exclusive Specials at Easy Tiger before and after you board. 

More Reasons to Ride: 
-Three plus hours on site to enjoy the festival.
-Practice safe festing, take group transportation! 
-Total trip time approximately five and a half hours. 

When: November 3rd – November 12th

Location: Roundtrip Transportation from Easy Tiger to Wurstfest in New Braunfels. 




Today is National Taco Day, I repeat today is National Taco Day. 

Fresa’s (both locations) will be celebrating by giving out a FREE breakfast taco when you stop by between 8am-10am today. 

When: Today, October 4th

Time: 8:00am-10:00am

9th & Lamar 
and South First 

From the creators of The Color Run comes, Soul Pose the Happiest Yoga on the Planet!  This is the most non-boring yoga you’ll ever practice. The all-level yoga sessions will be taught by local teachers from Core PowerYoga and are guaranteed to brighten your day!

Each one starts with a pre-session block party where participants get to decorate themselves and their mats with body paint, visit with local sponsors and vendors, and buy Soul Pose apparel for 50 percent off. Registration gets you a Soul Pose yoga mat, towel, bracelet, and confetti!

When: Saturday, October 14th

Session times: 9:00 a.m. | Noon | 4:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m.

Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Ln, Austin, TX 78724

Tequila, tarot card readings, a patio. What more could you ask for on the third day of October. 

Tonight at Tarot & Tequila Tuesday they’ll have:

  • Free Tarot Card Readings by Kristin of Senders Receive from 6pm-8pm
  • Tequila Tuesday Specials Til Close:
    * $3 Tequila Shot
    * $3 Rocks or Frozen Margarita
    * $5 Tequila Punch

When: Today, October 3rd 

504 West Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

 Geraldine’s is hosting a special Hurricane Harvey relief concert featuring c, Shakey Graves! 

The evening will benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s dedicated Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which goes directly to the victims that have been affected by the recent floods.

While general admission to the show is free, Geraldine’s is selling a limited number of VIP tickets for $175. The VIP passes include exclusive front-row access and food & beverages from the restaurant for the duration of the event.

Geraldine’s is also collaborating with Live Oak Brewing Company and Tito’s Vodka, who are featured beer and alcohol sponsors of the evening. All VIP ticket sales, Live Oak sales, and beverage sales that incorporate Tito’s as an ingredient will be donated to the relief fund. 

“So many people near and dear to us in Austin have been affected by Harvey. It’s personal to all of Texas, and it’s amazing to see so many artists, venues and brands coming together to help however we can. When we reached out to Alejandro (Shakey Graves), Tito’s Vodka and Live Oak about this event, they were in right away. We hope everyone comes out to help us raise as much money as possible for the Harvey victims!” – Lauren Bucherie, Director of Music at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

Additionally, the event will have a table set up on-site to accept donations and a silent auction with exclusive prizes, including two guitars signed by Shakey Graves.   

To purchase VIP tickets, visit For more information, call 512-476-4755 or visit

When: Today, October 2nd

Time: 7pm-10pm

605 Davis Street
Austin, Texas 78701 

Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present a docent-led public art dog walk around The University of Texas at Austin. Come out and appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. 

Bring your dog, a leash and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ “Monochrome for Austin” near 24th Street and Speedway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 1. Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines!

When: today, October 1st

Time: 11am 

The University of Texas