Kristy Owen - 3/391 - 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.

One of the best holiday experiences in town is back and better than ever! Bundle up the kiddos and take them to see over a million LED lights kick off the Christmas season. The people at Mozart’s go absolutely nuts and over-the-top this time of year and we love them for it.

Since it’s a coffee house, they will have plenty of hot chocolate and warm treats. They’ll also have a German Market in the parking lot serving up all kinds of goodies. New this year is a cobalt blue piano that will be played by pianist all season long and a gigantic coffee mug!

This is essential holiday fun in ATX, so don’t miss out.

When: Now–January 1st

Time: 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

Mozart’s Coffee
3826 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Gobble. Gobble. Woof. Let’s give thanks to the dogs (and cats) that we ruv. Bring Your Own Dog is hosting Austin’s happiest (and most drool-worthy), pre-Thanksgiving pawty!

This is an afternoon of tail wags, furiendships, and great brews. Humans will enjoy beefy brews, while dogs enjoy pupkin treats and creating memorable paw print art. Between the celebratory pupkin cider, barkworthy raffle, and fun crafts, you and your pup will end the evening with many tail wags and happy faces!

When: Today, November 17th

Time: 1–3 p.m.

Oskar Blues Brewery Austin
10420 Metric Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78758

It is no secret that Austin is a dog loving town. Edible Austin has taken it to the next level and launched the first Annual Dog Restaurant Week! That means today through Sunday you and your pup can head a select group of restaurants and fido can enjoy his own dog friendly meal. The fido-friendly menu will include options like a fall feast with turkey and garden vegetables, beef sliders, pumpkin truffles and a canine cocktail made of frozen bone broth.

While on the patio with your pup, you can enjoy a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail for humans, and a dollar from each drink will benefit pet-related nonprofits. All of this is made possible by Vodka for Dog People, a program of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which works to better the lives of pets and their families, both locally and globally.

Participating Restaurants:
Opal Divine’s
Benefiting nonprofit: Blue Dog Rescue

Opal Divine’s Marina
12709 N. Mopac

Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
2200 S. I-35

Red’s Porch
Benefiting nonprofit: Classic Canines

Red’s Porch South Lamar
3508 S. Lamar Blvd.

Red’s Porch Quarry Lake
4200 B Braker Ln.

Red’s Porch Round Rock
4401 N. I-35 #2005

Habana Restaurant
Benefiting nonprofit: Bully Ranch

2728 S. Congress Ave.

The 5th annual Waller Creek Conservancy Creek Show is on! Take a stroll along the edge of the creek downtown and see how various artists have lit the way with their original work. It’s a newer Austin tradition and it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. The location of the art is a little different this year—so take note!

In addition to the amazing art installations, attendees can check out the Creek Show Lounge with a bar and a diverse lineup of Austin bands at Symphony Square. Attendees can also participate in free activities and games for the whole family at the Doyle House and attend an Artist Talk from 6 – 8 p.m. on  Thursday, November 15 at CB’s Lounge at Stubb’s.

When: Friday, Nov. 11th – Saturday, Nov. 17th | 6 – 10 p.m. nightly in Austin.

Waller Creek between 9th and 11th Streets

Alright everyone, we officially have plans the day after Thanksgiving and we aren’t shopping—we’re drinking. Christmas pop-up bar known as Miracle, is coming our way this holiday season and bringing themed cocktails that will make everything merry and bright:

“The New York-based pop-up will transform Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space The Eleanor into Miracle on 5th Street. The temporary bar will offer seasonally-themed cocktails and kitschy decor from Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 29th”

Can you imagine anything more fun than having a Bad Santa (mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur, spices, golden raisins) or a You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out (pumpkin-spiced rye whiskey, Budweiser­, marshmallow syrup, egg) at this completely decked out holiday hot spot and then heading over to the Zilker tree and spinning around with your buds? The answer is no, no you cannot.

This year also features new, limited availability “Dasher Passes.” Options include a ’Twas the Night Pass starting at $25, which is valid for a specified date, as well as a ’Tis the Season Pass for $100, good for the entirety of the pop-up. Dasher Passes allow guests to skip to the front of the line and include a token for a free Naughty or Nice Shot. Passes are available via Eventbrite at

The holidays in Austin just keep getting better. 



Grey Goose Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Rosemary, Lime, Spiced Cranberry Sauce, Absinthe Mist

Snowball Old Fashioned

Butterscotch George Dickel Rye Whiskey, Spiced Brown Sugar, Wormwood Bitters, Orange Zest


Gingerbread Flip

Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Gingerbread Syrup, Whole Egg, Tiki Bitters, Gingersnap Cookie Crumbs


Bad Santa (served hot)

Hot Milk Punch with Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, Plantation O.F.T.D., Batavia Arrack, Pineapple, Lemon, Almond Milk, 8 Spices, Coconut Water, Coconut Oil


Christmas Carol Barrel

Bacardi 4-yr Rum, Aquavit, Jägermeister, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon, Orange, Angostura Bitters, Nutmeg

Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!

Flor de Caña 4-yr Gold Rum, Plantation O.F.T.D., Leblon Cachaça, Sweet Potato, Cointreau, Marshmallow Orgeat, Lime


Koala-La La La, La La La La

Bombay Sapphire Gin, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Pine, Lime, Eucalyptus Syrup, Orange Bitters


Run Run Rudolph

Hendrick’s Gin, Mulled Wine Purée, Lemon, Cane Syrup, Torresella Prosecco


And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Cazadores Reposado Tequila, Ilegal Mezcal, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup, Lime, Egg White, Club Soda, Angostura Bitters, Cinnamon


Jingle Ball Nog

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Luxardo Maraschino, Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cherry, Vanilla, Almond Milk, Cream, Sugar, Egg, Nutmeg



2018 SHOTS

Nice Shot

Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, Peppermint Tea, Chocolate

Naughty Shot

Fistful of Bourbon, Cinnamon, Spice





Porter’s Coffee Break

Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey, Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee, Guinness-Maple Syrup, Salted-Cinnamon Cream


Santa’s ‘Tussin

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Scotch, Ginger, Honey, Lemon juice, Pimento Dram,

Star Anise 


Noche de Navidad

Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Ginger Snap Syrup, Ancho Reyes, Cacao, Cassia,

Mole bitters, Orange peel


Drunk & Alone

Mystery Shot. Better than coal.

To mark Veterans Day this year, Garrison Brothers is throwing a giant party at their distillery in Hye, Texas to honor the brave people who serve our country. The all-day celebration will be a good time for a good cause, benefitting the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, which provides funding for the National Museum of the Pacific War, a museum dedicated to telling the human story of WWII in the Pacific.

There will be all sorts of things to eat and drink, so prepare yourself. Beer from Family Business Beer Co., hamburgers from Fischer & Weiser, tacos from Tubby’s Ice House, and a variety of red and white wines from William Chris Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, Cicada Cellars, and Hye Meadow Winery. One hundred percent of sales from beer, wine, and food will go directly to the foundation.

Habana Cowboy will also bring their mobile cigar lounge and Complete Culture Custom T-Shirts will debut an exclusive Red, White and Bourbon branded tee.

Plus, you’ll be at Bourbon Heaven, so you should probably opt for a tour of the ranch atop the Nimitz’s 76-year old M31A Stuart Tank for a $10 donation. Then you can dip your own red, white, and blue wax bourbon bottles at the gift shop!

There are only 500 tickets available, and when they sell out, they really sell out! Click here to get yours.

When: Saturday, November 10th

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Garrison Brothers Distillery
1827 Hye-Albert Rd.
Hye, TX 78635


You need new stuff! Probably. Come shop more than 20 vintage vendors for clothing, jewelry, home goods, and more. And find something super unique for the people on your holiday shopping list. It’s a beautiful day for shopping in an open-air market!

Hosted by Pieceology Vintage and Passport Vintage.

When: Today, November 4th

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost $10-20 | Click here for tickets.

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

Did you wake up thinking: Today would be a wonderful day to find a kitty friend? Well you are in luck! The Tarrytown location of Austin Pets Alive! is full so they are waiving adoption fees.

They’ll have both kitties with FeLV and kitties without FeLV for you to meet. Fosters and adoption counselors will be on hand to introduce them and let you know what it’s like to have a cat with Feline Leukemia in your family.

See you there! Mrow!

Time: noon – 6 p.m.

Austin Pets Alive Tarrytown Adoption Center
3108 Windsor Rd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Here’s your chance to win a super romantic Austin staycation! Krystal Luxuries chauffeur service will pick you up and whisk you away to the luxurious W Austin where you will spend two nights with extra special perks. Your chauffeur will take you to Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille for a truly Rare and Well Done® experience. Award-winning Perry’s is famous for their seven-finger-high pork chop, butcher-fresh prime steaks, flaming desserts, reserve wine, and handcrafted cocktails. 
To enter, just follow Krystal Luxuries, W Austin, and Perry’s Steakhouse on Facebook and Instagram. To get an additional entry, you can direct message your email to Krystal Luxuries. 
Please note: You must be 21, and the hotel will require CC incidentals. The booking is subject to availability and blackout dates. Don’t forget to tip your driver, bellhop, and waitstaff. Emails gathered from giveaway participants may receive exclusive offers from Krystal Luxuries, W Austin, and Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille.

If you love to ski (or just après ski and drink hot toddies all day), this is a pretty exciting development—Taos, New Mexico wants you to come visit so badly that they’ve started their own nonstop airline from Austin and Dallas.

This is not some crappy bargain airline that charges you for breathing and using the bathroom on the plane, it’s a high-style charter jet for a super reasonable price! Tickets start at just $400 roundtrip and the airline will be making trips from December through March.

Taos Air is being touted as the fastest and easiest route to the Rockies. There are no baggage fees for up to two bags, free changes if you make them at least 24-hours in advance, and late check-in up to 30 minutes before time of departure. It’s like going back in time to when air travel was civilized and enjoyable! This is a public charter, and that also means no TSA checkpoints.

You can book your flight by clicking here or calling 833-359-8267.

The charter is getting a lot of buzz, so you might want to plan that ski trip before they sell out for the season. That beautiful powder is calling your name. We love Austin, but this is worth skipping town for.