Kristy Owen - 4/403 - 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.

When it’s this hot in Austin, it can be hard to find a safe and fun way to get your pup out of the house and active. Well, the Wildflower Center has thought of this and they are here for us this weekend! They have a ton of fur-baby-friendly activities going on today, plus a lot of natural groundcover, soft turf grass, and gravel trails that won’t be as hot the roads and sidewalks around your house. And Richard’s Rainwater is sponsoring onsite doggy hydration stations.

When: Sunday, July 14th
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost for Humans: regular admission (members get in free)
Cost for Dogs: $5 per pup (members and non-members; part of each dog admission will go to support Divine Canines and Austin Humane Society)

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739

We recommend this every year, because once you go it will become an unmissable part of your ideal Austin summer. For 61 years now, the Zilker Summer Musical has been giving audiences packed with families some Broadway-level magic for free. And this year, the kids (and our inner kids) are going to freak out because it’s The Little Mermaid! Based on the animated 1989 film of the same name, and the classic by Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, this one is a going to be a total crowd pleaser.

A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. It’s like natural air conditioning that lasts throughout the show. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.

When: Thursdays – Sundays through August 17th

Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

If you are feeling fancy, head over to the historic Driskill Hotel for high tea and bubbles! The first lady of champagne, Veuve Clicquot, will be the star of your perfectly quaint afternoon. Savor three scrumptious courses of classic French pastries, petit fours, and delicate finger sandwiches, as you leisurely sip premium loose leaf teas and luxury champagne.

Reservations are a must and it’s $95 per person. But that includes two glasses of the good stuff. Get you pinkies in the air!

When: Today, July 7th

Time: 3–5 p.m.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Keep the Americana vibes going this weekend with a vintage car show at Top Notch. Enjoy live music from The Octanes at 7 p.m. and come hang and have some beers with your fellow car enthusiasts. Leave the parking spots for those who want to show off their wheels. Neighborhood parking is the best way to go!

When: Today, July 6th

Time: 6–10 p.m.

Top Notch
7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

Sundays are for swimming, and if you haven’t checked out the pool at this downtown hotel—you must! It’s got gorgeous views and the loveliest vibe. Come sip and swim with friends as you cool off to sounds curated by Austin-based DJ & Producer collectives Peligrosa, Exploded Drawing, and Austin Boogie Crew. This is happening all summer long!

Today’s sessions will feature the sounds of El Dusty and The Homies!

And to make life super easy, they’ll be offering free valet parking for the event. Just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

And if you love this, check out our guide to other great hotel pools in Austin.

When: Today, June 30th

Time: 3–7 p.m.

Location: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78701

At Lala’s, you can get Christmas all year long—but we’re now half way to the real holiday season, so that’s reason enough to celebrate for this super quirky dive bar.

Naturally, this Christmas party is tiki themed and over-the-top! Step in out of the hot humid weather and transport yourself to a winter wonderland!

There will be Jingle Juice, a specialty frozen cocktail, and other drink specials all day and night. Merry Half Christmas to all!

When: Today, June 22nd

Time: 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

Location: 2207 Justin Ln., Austin, Texas 78757

Weather permitting, it’s going to be a great night to take dad out for a free concert at Zilker! Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works will be part of the amazing lineup.

Gather friends and family, bring a picnic basket, and spread out a blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Zilker Hillside Theatre.

When: Today, June 16th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.

This is the perfect mellow summer Saturday evening plan. On this International Day of Yoga, let’s celebrate our asana-loving community with a unique group class at the Texas State Capitol!

The program at this gorgeous setting under the trees will include a 90-min yoga class, peace meditation, live music, and more! Wear your cool, white, and comfy clothing and bring your own mat and water.

It’s all totally free, just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

When: Today, June 15th

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.

Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

Do something good for the world today—while you are eating something really good! If you love puppies, pizza, and pints, we have the perfect event for you! Come to Via 313 and meet some of their super sweet adoptable dogs.

Enjoy a pizza and drink while you hang and Happy Hearts Dog Rescue will get 10% of the proceeds.

When: Today, June 9th

Time: noon–3 p.m.

Location: Via 313 Pizza – East Side, 1802 East 6th Street, 78702

Are you feeling a familiar combination of nervousness and hunger? Us too. And it can only mean one thing—Quesoff is right around the corner! Austin’s preeminent melted cheese contest is coming back on July 27th and as always, it’s going to be better than ever.

More than 35 teams repping restaurants, top chefs, home cooks, neighbors, brothers, and sisters will go head to head in four categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie, and Wild Card. A Best in Show will also be awarded to the overall favorite.

This year’s teams include past winners Cheesus, Dai Due, Better Half and Kesos Tacos; along with a whole slew of local eateries and businesses like Micklethewait Craft Meats, Uchiko, Central Standard, Scholz Garten, Pink Avocado Catering, Luvit BBQ, Republic Diner, Siete Foods, Posse East, Trudy’s, Red’s Porch, JuiceLand, Sala and Betty, Credo Foods, Jamie’s Salsa, Eldorado Cafe, Taco Baby, Austin Daily Press, Austin’s Pizza, Guero’s, Maudie’s as well as ‘home teams’ such as Voodoo Magic, Club Indigo, Formaggi-hoes, Downtown Cheesy Brown, It’s All Gouda, and more!

The esteemed panel of judges this year are: Andrew Knowlton, Editor at Large, Bon Appétit; Callie Speer – Executive Chef & Owner, Holy Roller; Fermin Nunez – Executive Chef, Suerte; Kendall Antonelli – Co-Owner & Founder, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop; Matthew Odam, Restaurant Critic, Austin American-Statesman; and Michael Fojtasek – Executive Chef & Owner, Olamaie.

A per usual, Quesoff will benefit an amazing cause—the Central Texas Food Bank. A $3 donation will be required to attend the event and 100% of those proceeds will go to the CTFB

Bags of chips will be available for $5. This event is all ages, because even babies love queso.

When: Saturday, July 27th

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Mohawk
912 Red River