Kristy Owen - 3/346 - 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 the purple one’s birthday and the ABGB is throwing a party 4 U. Austin’s Diamonds & Thieves will rock songs from the entire catalog.

All proceeds go to Let Them Rock, a nonprofit that provides increased access to performance-based music education for families with aspiring young musicians in Austin. Providing scholarships to Austin’s youth enriches not only the lives of the student and teacher, but enriches the heart of our music community as well.

And of course, there will be cake. And much more is the works, so get the look ready (face = jammin’, body = slammin’), and stay tuned.

When: Today, June 7th

Time: 9:30 p.m. (doors @ 8:30 p.m.)

Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

1305 Oltorf St W.
Austin, Texas 78704

We’ll be slinging cocktails like Tom Cruise (ok, maybe not—we’re new at this!) and it’s all for a fabulous local cause. Enjoy 50% off food and drinks during Sophia’s weekly “shift drinks” industry night, and help us raise money for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) by purchasing our delish signature cocktail.

When: June 6th

Time: 9pm

Location: Sophia’s

Home Page – Sophias

Italic is participating once again in #NegroniWeek, an international campaign that pairs drinking the classic cocktail with raising money for charity. They’ll donate $1 per Negroni sold between June 5-11 to No Kid Hungry!

Tonight they’ll  have FREE pizza and $5 Negronis!

When: Today, June 5th

Time: 5pm-7pm

123 West 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701


If you can’t stand to be apart from your pup today, don’t worry, you two can take in a game together. The Dell Diamond is opening for a bonus Bark in the Park day for the 1:05 p.m. game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Take your best friend out to the ball game! The event is brought to you by Action Pack Dog Center.

To secure yours and your dog’s tickets (yes, your dog needs a ticket!), click here and enter code “BARK”. Each dog ticket comes with a customized Round Rock Express chew toy thanks to PrideBites.

It’s going to be PAW-some!

When: Today, June 4th

Time: 1-5 p.m. (Gates open at noon.)

Dell Diamond
3400 E Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock , 78665

This is a no-brainer on a hot day! The owners of MOOJO Food Truck are celebrating their second location by giving away ice cream sandwiches. Let’s take them up on their generosity, shall we?

In addition to the treats, they’ll be live music from two locals: Aaron Chávez Music, a local singer/songwriter who specializes in piano and acoustic guitar, and The Smile Bunch, a “party punk / emo” band.

When: Today, June 3rd

Time: 4-6 p.m.

The Midway Food Park
1905 S Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, Texas 78746

Need something magical to do tonight? Here’s the ticket: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ballet Under the Stars with a mixed repertory program. Come early to stake a claim on the hillside; bring a picnic to enjoy as you wait for the show to begin just at sundown. Your best bet at the Zilker Hillside Theatre is to jump in the Springs before the show and let nature’s A/C keep you cool throughout the show.

When: Today, June 2nd

Time: 8-10 p.m.

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746

1. Free Yoga + Swim at Barton Springs Pool

What: Wanderlust is back with their third annual Summer at the Springs! Join them June 5th – July 24th every Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a free vinyasa class followed by free snacks and a free swim at the springs at 9 p.m. Bring your friends and celebrate summer together!

When: Mondays in June, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Barton Springs Pool

2. Float The River

WhatA Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And if you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other.

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, ice, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe.

When: Wednesdays – Sundays

Location: San Marcos River

3. Pool Passes at South Congress Hotel

What: This is summer’s best kept secret. Now through Labor Day, you can snag pool passes at the South Congress Hotel that will get you access to the rooftop pool and bar, free valet parking, and towels. Poolside dining is provided by Café No Sé. Guests can book their pool day at South Congress Hotel by emailing

When: Mondays – Fridays though Labor Day, 11 a.m.- sunset

Location: South Congress Hotel

Photo: Nick Simonite

4. Trailer Food Tuesday at The Long Center

What: It’s that time of year again, so grab your family and friends and head out to the Long Center for Austin’s annual celebration of the city’s culinary mascot: the food truck.  

For the sixth year in a row, the Trailer Food Tuesdays team will bring together O.G. favorites such as The Peached Tortilla and Burro Cheese Kitchen as well as exciting up-and-comers like Rosarito and Cold Ones Pops to kick off a diverse summer line-up that is sure to please all palates.

Folks can chow down picnic-style on the Long Center lawn, or grab a seat at the tables on the terrace, and enjoy the family friendly environment. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are also allowed on the Long Center grass, where guests can enjoy the sunset over the Austin skyline.

When: June 27th, 5 -9 p.m.

Location: The Long Center

5. Free Concerts In The Park at The Long Center

What: 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. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago.

When: Sundays, 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Long Center

6. We’re Guest Bartending at Sophia’s for Charity

What: We’ll be slinging cocktails like Tom Cruise (ok, maybe not—we’re new at this!) and it’s all for a fabulous local cause. Enjoy 50% off food and drinks during Sophia’s weekly “shift drinks” industry night, and help us raise money for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) by purchasing our delish signature cocktail.

When: June 6th

Location: Sophia’s

7. The Hello Kitty Truck Comes To Austin

What: The hugely popular Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be returning to Austin on Saturday, June 10th at Barton Creek Square. This is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers a delicious array of Hello Kitty sweets and special goodies to fans of all ages; it has been rolling up to festivals and events across the U.S. since its official debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014.

When: June 10th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Location: Barton Creek Mall

8. Ballet Under Stars

What: Time for a little summer magic! It’s the 25th anniversary of Ballet Under the Stars. AMDE’s fine choreographers and dancers will present a mixed repertory program. Come early to stake a claim on the hillside; bring a picnic to enjoy as you wait for the show to begin just at sundown.

When: June 2nd, 8-10 p.m.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theatre

9. Blues On The Green

What: Blues On The Green is Austin’s longest-running free music series. 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 (but he must be on a leash at all times). 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 can be quite the headache.

When: May 24th

Location: Zilker Park

10. Jaws on the Water

WhatJaws on the Water is back and it is definitely not for the faint of heart! Head out to Volente Beach and watch Jaws while floating in a tube on that water. It’s super creepy, but also totally fun!

When: see calendar

Location: Jaws on the Water

Alamo Drafthouse Austin screening Jaws on the water Credit: Heather Leah Kennedy/ Alamo Drafthouse Linkback:


Friday, June 2 is National Donut Day and the forecast is looking deliciously glazed with a chance of sprinkles. This holiday is the perfect excuse to indulge in the best doughnuts Austin has to offer, and you can get these tasty treats straight to your door through UberEATS! Check out our top recommendations:

The Peached Tortilla

UberEATS-Exclusive! 11am-2pm Friday only

No need to stand in a crazy long line to get your hands on these trendy donut milkshakes. UberEATS is making it as easy as tapping a button to get the “Friday Morning Milkshake” from The Peached Tortilla. This one-day exclusive is made with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, frosting, sprinkles and a breakfast donut, and is only available from 11am—2pm on Friday, June 2 through UberEATS.

While supplies last, in North-Central Austin.

Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts

This hard-to-miss Rainey street food truck serves the most delicious bite size donuts and they come in an “adoughrable” pink bag. Order a bag of Chow Chow, cinnamon and sugar mini donuts, and “donut” forget to add some dipping sauces like nutella, caramel or raspberry to your UberEATS order!

Ken’s Donuts

Maple glazed, chocolate coconut, even sour cream donut, this campus legend has a delicious option for every taste. Make your coworkers’ day a “hole” lot sweeter and get them delivered to your office at Uber speed.

Krack of Dawn Donuts

In case you didn’t know, UberEATS  operates in Round Rock as well! Everyone up north can also join this holiday celebration by getting Krack of Dawn Donuts delivered.  Their menu includes gourmet donuts made fresh daily.

Krispy Kreme

An oldie but a goodie. There is a reason why Krispy Kreme’s donuts are always top of mind when thinking of these sweet treats. Get them delivered hot from their glaze machine to your doorstep with UberEATS.

So toss some sprinkles in the air and order donut goodies through UberEATS!

South Congress Hotel will host their monthly First Thursday party on Thursday, June 1 from 6pm to 9pm. Not only will the evening feature property-wide drink specials , an NLand Surf Park photobooth and live music from A Giant Dog, but South Congress Hotel’s Amanda Rockman will face some of the best pastry chefs in town with an ice cream showdown .

For $3 per scoop , guests can taste ice cream from select special chef’s.  Guest s may then cast their vote at their favorite chef’s table by 8:30pm. The winner will be crowned at 8:45pm that night.

Ice Cream Showdown contestants:

  • Derrick Flynn, Swift’s Attic

  • Kendall Melton, Contigo

  • Ariana Quant, Uchiko

  • Amanda Rockman, South Congress Hotel

  • Juliann Stoddart, Parkside

First Thursday activities:

When: today, June 1

Time: 6pm-9pm

South Congress Hotel


Name: Layla
Animal ID:
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed:  Chihuahua mix
Age: 1 Year Old
Location: In Foster

Layla has been in foster for over a month now, because she arrived at AAC with a broken leg. Since she has been in foster, we know that she gets along with cats and large dogs!

Her behavior is wonderful, too. She is crate trained and will sleep quietly all night long! She loves to cuddle with people and other pets. Layla rides well in the car, and is respectful of supervised children who are gentle with her. Layla is mostly potty trained, and seems very healthy. If you would like to meet Layla contact Customer Service at 512-978-0500.

Check out our previous Pet of the Week’s!