Kristy Owen - 4/400 - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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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.

Jo's Coffee pet parade

This annual Pet Parade on South Congress is beloved by all who have ever come across it—because it’s hard not to love animals parading down the street in ridiculously adorable outfits with a marching band.

It starts at Annie and ends at the Jo’s parking lot, where there will be a costume contest emceed by Lyndon’s twin and local celebrity chef Lou Lambert. The judges will be well-known locals like Dale Watson, Andy Langer, Steve Wertheimer, and others. Then you can hang out for a few hours to eat, drink, and ogle a lot of great looking animals while a band or two plays.

You can register your pet at the marching line or you can just march without competing. All proceeds go to the Austin Humane Society!

When: Today, April 20 @ Noon

Thursday, April 18th

Happy Hour at Lenior

Celebrate spring under the live oaks in the wine garden at Lenoir. They have wine and beer specials and locally sourced options on the menu.

Friday, April 19th

Bloom: atxGals Spring Art Party

The atxGALS are hosting another urban art pop-up highlighting 10 amazing women artists. Stimulate your senses with art, music, food, and, of course, an open bar.

Tyler’s & Rowing Dock’s Glow Paddle ATX Benefitting Flatwater Foundation

Come dressed in your brightest, shiniest, and most flamboyant apparel. Each Glow Paddler will receive a limited-edition glow-in-the-dark TYLER’S tee and a glowing lantern to attach to their vessel.

Full Moon Swim at Austin Motel

We are knocking on summer’s door! Austin Motel and Joann’s Fine Foods have launched Full Moon Swims. Grab a Mai Tai from the pool bar and relax to some tunes from Sundown to pool close!

Protect Your Privacy: Document Shredding At Front Bank North

Frost invites all Austin-area residents to come have your sensitive documents shredded! And they will be serving treats and refreshments to keep you happy after tax season.

In The Doghouse Comedy Show

It’s a free stand-up comedy show and bring-a-dog party. What on Earth could be better?

Aaron Franklin at BookPeople

Come hear from a local icon and global barbecue superstar, and get a signed copy of his new book Franklin Steak.

All Weekend

7th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort has had over 10,000 attendees over the past few yeas. Bring the kids and blow their minds with this awe-inspiring event!

Saturday, April 20th

Jo’s Annual Pet Parade

This is the place for dogs in drag! This annual Pet Parade on South Congress is beloved by all who have ever come across it—because it’s hard not to love animals in outfits.

Houseplants & Succulents 101

Watermelon Cider Launch

Dazed & Confused Movie Night

North Loop Block Party & Sidewalk Sale

Fun, food, drinks, music, sidewalk sales, and more with your favorite local businesses on North Loop!

Corner Bar Austin’s Annual Crawfish Boil

DJ Jeff Strange will be laying down an all-vinyl set and crawfish king Cade Braquet will be boiling it up!

Rooftop Yoga at The Line Hotel

Come for some complimentary detox yoga class at this fab hotel’s rooftop porch overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Reconnect with your body and boost your confidence!

Star Bar 4/20 Party

Star Bar will mark 4:20 the Willie Nelson way—with a literal bang! Party night long with a “High-Scream” specialty cocktail and some free late-night snacks from Taco Bell.

Sunday, April 21st

Austin’s Original Bloody Mary & Crawfish Festival

Bloody Mary Fest is back at Scholz Garten for the second year, and this time they are topping it off with crawfish!

Jackalope’s 2nd Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt

This thing was such a success last year that they had to do it again! And this year they are adding an adorable petting zoo. So prep your cascarones and get ready to feel like a kid again.

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Antonelli’s Cheese-y Bus Tour

Trust us when we say if you’re a cheese lover, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Only five tickets remain!

Icenhauer’s New Spring Cocktails

Icenhaur’s has launched Spring cocktails!

Stretch Soundscapes Yoga on Lady Bird Lake

Don’t miss this unique experience overlooking Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake. While using Sound Off headphones to stream music and the teacher’s voice directly to you, you’ll be treated to an amazing vinyasa flow class.

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Bidi bidi bom bom down to Micheladas Cafe and Cantina and join them for a drag brunch inspired by La Reina de la Cumbia, Selena! The event is hosted by The Q Austin, and is totally open to the public.

Grab your friends who know all her songs and head done for an epic Sunday fun day.

When: Today, April 14th

Time: noon–3 p.m.

Location: Micheladas Cafe y Cantina, 333 E 2nd St. Austin, Texas 78701

wildflower center

Whether you’re just getting started with gardening or have a seasoned green thumb, this Spring Native Plant Sale has seeds, flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, and more—plus expert help to get you growing!

The Wildflower Center’s big sale will feature hundreds of species of Texas natives. Not only are they beautiful, but native plants help conserve water; reduce mowing costs; provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife; protect the soil; and save money on fertilizer and pesticides.

When: Today, April 13th

Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., 78739

The atxGALS are at it again hosting another urban art pop-up highlighting 10 locally based, incredibly talented, emerging women artists. BLOOM 2019: A Springtime Art Party will get you in the springtime mood by stimulating your senses with art, music, food, and, of course, an open bar.

BLOOM 2019 will take place at the Refinery for the second year in a row with a killer raffle and noteworthy sponsors, like Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Nine Banded Whiskey, Austin Eastciders, Layer Cake Wines, Dulce Vida Tequila, Via 313 Pizza, and more, to bring you one amazing event. And the best part? A portion of the proceeds will go to Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), so you’ll get to sip, see, and support a good cause. Early bird VIP tickets are on sale now and you’re not going to want to miss these VIP swag bags. Tickets here: https://atxgals.org/pages/upcoming-events.

When: April 19th, 6pm – 11pm

Location:
The Refinery 
612 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Native Hostel

Join Native every Sunday until series’ end for screenings, drinks, and revelry. Before and after the show? Let’s hang and chat. During the show? Anyone who tries to discuss their theories of Bran being the night king will be SHAMED. Save all comments until end of show plz n thank u.

Space is limited, so come early. And yes, costumes welcome (highly encouraged, really).

Time: 8pm-10pm

Location:
807 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Nickel City

The entire family is invited out to Nickel City for their weekly watch parties.

Time:7pm-10pm

Location:
1133 East 11th
Austin, Texas 78702

The North Door

The North Door will be screening Game of Thrones on their 25′ screen. Each week they will play the previous week’s episode before the new episode.

Cold beer and Tacos from Pueblo Viejo all night.

Time: 6pm-11pm

Location:
502 Brushy St.
Austin, Texas 78702

Last Straw

Last Straw is doing a King’s Feast that includes a cocktails and the Feast that includes pulled pork, served with grilled pineapple, slaw, slider buns and tortillas. 

Time: Feast at 7:30pm, GOT at 8:00pm

Location:
Last Straw
1914 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

The Local Post

The Local Post is having a watch party with some of the Game of Thrones cast members at The Local Post. 

Location:
The Local Post
7133 Burnet Road 
Austin, Texas 78757

Loro Austin

Time flies when we are stuffing our face with crazy-delicious fusion food! It’s already been one whole year since Loro debuted on South Lamar and today we are going to celebrate.

The Asian smokehouse from Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, will celebrate its anniversary with all-day food and drink specials, including $1 champagne cocktails and $5 ribs, while supplies last.

They open at 11 a.m. today so plan accordingly!

When: Today, April 7th

Time: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Location: Loro, 2115 South Lamar Blvd.

Zilker Botanical

It may be a little dreary outside, but it’s the perfect time to bring a little life into your garden or house! The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society is hosting its Spring Show and Sale at the Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden.

Head to the Botanical Garden to check out rare and beautiful cacti and succulent species from around the world. You can buy native and exotic cacti and succulents, and hand-made pottery at reasonable prices.

When: Today, April 6th

Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cost: Admission to the show is free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children and seniors).

Location: Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, Texas 78746


There’s a new fitness-focused supplement and nutrition company in town, and they are kicking things off with a big workout event at Fair Market on Saturday, April 13th that is completely free. Relentless creates products to help you maximize your fitness pursuit and they are here to help Austinites live their best lives.

Guests will get the first chance to shop Relentless supplements and apparel (and score a free sample or two), work out with the company’s founder Tim Kennedy, do some yoga, drink Cuvee coffee, and grab food from East Side King and Ranch Hand. Plus there will be a silent auction benefiting Hire Heroes USA!

It’s all FREE and open to the public. Just make sure to RSVP for the workout session you want. And if you really want to be relentless about your fitness this year, this city is the place to do it. Checkout our 2019 Austin Workout Guide.

When: Saturday, April 13th

Cost: FREE

Time: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St.
Austin TX 78702

We are so dang lucky to have the Blanton Museum of Art right here in Austin. If you’ve never been, today is the day to check it out. For the third year in a row, the Blanton is going all out to kick off springtime. This fest runs all day into the night and features a ton of live music, outdoor family art activities, local food—and tours of the world-class art that calls our city home.

Click here for the full music lineup and lots of transportation/parking tips for getting down there.

When: Today, March 30th

Time: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Location:
The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712