Kristy Owen - 2/351 - 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.

Tonight is Strings night on the lawn at the Long Center’s Concert in the Park—a guaranteed good time for your family. There will be kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 15th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from through August 27th. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, August 6th

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Banger’s is celebrating their fifth anniversary like only Banger’s would: by pitting three whole hogs against 96 of the most unique beers they have! This year’s line up includes 47 perfect-for-summer sours. So much food, so much beer—you guys better get over there and help them make a dent!

There will also be a growler giveaway every hour, filled with Pinthouse Pizza‘s Electric Jellyfish! Come on out and party with them and experience the best beer line up of all time (since last year)!

When: Today, August 5th

Time: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701

One of Austin’s great institutions is turning 85 years young today! To celebrate, they’re having an all-day party with live music, drink specials, and, of course, more steak than you can shake a stick at. Plan all your meals around this momentous event.

Choose from the “Birthday Special,” an 8 oz sirloin for just $ 8.50, or the “1932 Special,” a 10 oz boneless ribeye for just $19.32. Both come with all the fixins and complimentary birthday cake!

When: Today, August 4th

Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse
613 W 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Image via The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse Facebook page. 

In a city with as many culinary delights as Austin, there is a burning question that each of us must answer every single day: What should I eat?

And of course, most days we have the ever-pressing conundrum of: Where should I drink?

Thankfully, the cheerful people at Austin Eats have a very good answer: EAT AND DRINK IT ALL, FOLKS! And they will help you do it.

Since 2011, Austin Eats Food Tours have been offering guided tours of local Texas-born establishments all over town—the unique, only-in-Austin spots they personally love. They are the No. 1 ranked Austin tour on Yelp and the happy customers keep coming back for more.

If either you’re visiting Austin for a few days, planning a celebration, or you’re a local who needs  to catch up on the constantly changing restaurant scene, there is an ideal tour for you. Check out the options below.  

East Austin Happy Hour Walking Food Tour

Eat and drink like a local by discovering the very best of what Austin has to offer.
This tour is equally awesome for Austinites who know Downtown and South Congress like the back of their hand and adventurous tourists. They’ll provide an insider tour of Austin’s hottest and most diverse neighborhood district that pairs great eats with multiple libation options. You’ll finish the tour feeling full and pretty impressed you can introduce friends to hidden gems on the eastside.

Best of Austin Food Truck Bus Tour

From Austin’s best-kept secrets to well-known staples, this tour lets you experience them all. This 10 a.m. bus tour runs every Saturday and will always include one of Austin’s top BBQ stops.

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

Saturday Brunch/BBQ/Brewery Bus Tour

Hungry people on this 10:15 a.m. bus tour will experience some of Austin’s top breakfast tacos, a high end brunch stop, a top rated BBQ stop, and a local brewery.

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

Saturday Pub & Grub Bus Tour

This tour is exactly what the title suggests. It begins and ends in the bustling entertainment district of Rainey Street and includes two pubs, an awesome multi-meat BBQ stop, an East Austin unique restaurant, Via 313 Detroit style pizza, and Gourdoughs Donuts!

Stops in multiple parts of the city; local food and beverages will be featured all along the way.

South Congress Walking Tour

A savvy Austinite will guide your party on an engaging culinary journey to 4-5 local eateries with the best Austin food, drinks and desserts. Guests will sample a wide array of food in the South Congress area, the epicenter of eclectic Austin. This tour typically includes Austin’s best breakfast tacos, an amazing brunch stop, the top burger spot in town, Home Slice Pizza, and  a local dessert stop! In addition 1 non-alcoholic beverage and two libations are provided.

Corporate & Private Tours

Lastly, Austin Eats can completely customize a walking/van/bus food tour in and around Austin.  Corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Dell have signed up along with countless birthday, bachelor, bachelorette outings as well.

Most private events can start anywhere between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week and evening tours are available Sunday-Thursday.  Transportation options include executive buses, vans, or walking (naturally!). Let Austin Eats show you the town.



Hell yes, beer makes all of these things better. The Hell Yes Project also believes that beer has the power to make our entire community better. The Hell Yes Projects’ goal is to make this idea true. The Hell Yes Projects harness beer’s innate goodness and puts it into action improving our city and enriching the lives of lots of folks.

They’ll be doing the 11a-1p shift, but there are 9am and 1pm shifts, too! 

Afterwards you’re invite to The ABGB for a slice of pizza on them!

Cost: free

When: today, August 3rd

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78746

Blues On The Green is Austin’s longest-running free music series and a can’t-miss summer experience. Veterans know the drill, but for first-time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs, and your dog (he must be on a leash at all times). That is what is says on the website, but for the record I’ve never been sent away for packing wine in my picnic basket. My best piece of advice is to either ride your bike, carpool, take the bus, or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can be quite the headache.

For more Blues On The Green tips, click here.

When: tonight, August 2nd

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8 p.m.

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

   Mattie’s is celebrating summer with the launch of happy hour on the lawn under the shade of its grand live oak trees. Mattie’s Lawn Happy Hour, which is now running nightly Tuesday through Saturday between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., features a selection of savory snacks, along with a variety of specially-priced cocktails, wine and beer options. 

                    Choose from delicious bites like Grilled Pimento Cheese ($5) with toasted brioche and Irish cheddar; Prosciutto Tartine ($6) with Texas Goat Cheese, GP figs and honey; and a Chicken Sandwich ($6) with soft roll and spicy blue cheese slaw. The Mattie’s Lawn Happy Hour also includes new, refreshing cocktails like the Summer Old Fashioned ($7) made with rye whiskey, citrus oils, Lillet Blanc and triple bitters; or Oak Garden Ginger Buck ($6) made with your choice of vodka, local gin or Blanco Tequila, and house ginger and lime cordial.

When: Tuesdays – Saturdays 

Time: 4pm – 9 pm

811 W. Live Oak Street
Austin, Texas 78704

As if you could pass up seeing this 1990s teen comedy classic on the Paramount’s big screen! With great quotes, one-liners, and unmistakable 90s fashion, this gem essentially gave us Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, not to mention firmly establishing director Amy Heckerling as a master of putting a smile on the face of teen angst. Upgrade your ticket to include fan favorite martinis and manicures before the movie!

When: Today, July 30th

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Tickets – $12 (includes a $1 preservation fee)
Film Fan Admission – $7 (includes a $1 preservation fee)
FLIX-TIX: Book of 10 admissions for $60 ($50 for Film Fans)

Martinis and Manicures Package – $25 (includes a $1 preservation fee): Enjoy a pre-screening mini-manicure, martini, photo booth, and more.

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Picture this: it’s late, you are either working on a project, studying or just got back home from a fun night out and you really need tasty food – enter UberEATS, available after hours to satisfy your late night cravings. ‘Cause if you are up, UberEATS is as well.

Amy’s Ice Creams

Not even the Texas heat can stop you from dancing the night away to “Despacito”. Cool off with some Amy’s Ice Creams, home of the acclaimed Mexican vanilla ice cream. Perfect for that sweet tooth that won’t give up, even after last call.

Easy Tiger

Craving a late night hearty sandwich? Easy Tiger will definitely leave you satisfied with their artisan bread and housemade meats.


Irene’s serves delicious American-comfort food classics, ideal for after hours food needs. Their Strawberry Cake was included in Zagat’s “15 New Dishes to Try in Austin” list. Get it delivered and enjoy with some drinks with friends.

G’Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge

After party at your house? This Rainey Street restaurant has their large portion trays available on UberEATS until midnight, perfect for big groups that want to keep the party going.


The Holy Grail of late night eats – Mickey D’s. You can now get McDonald’s World Famous Fries delivered straight to your door with UberEATS, and we are lovin’ it.

Qdoba (Guadalupe)

Get Qdoba delivered and satisfy your middle of the night hankering for Mexican food. Indulge in some Drunken Yardbird Tacos with tequila lime chicken, salsa verde, cotija cheese, and guac that is hand-smashed daily.

Way South Philly

Voted as one of the best Philly Cheesesteaks outside of Philly, Way South Philly serves authentic cheesesteaks, Italian sausage, and tots. For a little taste of the Northeast, sink your teeth into “The Balboa”- seasoned grilled Philly steak, sautéed with steamed onions then topped with cheese whiz.

Yalla Burgers & Wings

There’s no reason for you to go to bed hungry. This food truck located at Spider House has all the late night eats you need, like their special fries with natural grilled steak, grilled red pepper, tomatoes and red onions topped with a fried egg and aji sauce.

Zen City Asian Bistro

Dumplings, crispy egg rolls, chicken with fried rice, Chinese delivery at its finest. Zen City Asian Bistro is available for delivery to make your midnight munchies’ dreams come true.

The Pizza Press

This recently opened pizza joint prides itself on using fresh and nutritious ingredients. Order a signature pizza or build your own with your favorite toppings. Looking for a lighter late night treat? You can also “publish” your own Italian salad.

Let UberEATS take care of your post-last-call treats. ‘Cause if you are up, UberEATS is as well.  


Smirnoff Vodka is throwing a patio party with free food and free boozy snow cones! Dj Diggy Dutch will be dropping all those hot summer beats. This is 21 and up—no kiddos this time.

When: Today, July 29th

Time: They’ll be grillin and chillin starting at 1 p.m. Burgers, hot dogs, and snow cones are on the house until they run out!

Drink specials will include $5 Smirnoff cocktails:
Moscow Mules
Bloody Marys
POGs- Smirnoff with Passion Fruit, OJ, Guava juice

2000 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78702